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Thanks to everyone who made this Tom Petty stream possible – it’s been amazing

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, October 23rd, 2020 08:30 pm GMT -5

2020 Top 7 Online Reads

story posted Friday, October 23rd, 2020 12:35 pm GMT -5

Back in 2017, I posted my top 7 online publications. The list today has changed a little:

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Uptown was always the best – lots of good memories in that store

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 04:29 pm GMT -5


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Thank you, Zen Box

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Today’s life hacks: turned off all iMac notifications and new mail sounds, used iPad as a second monitor via Sidecar

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 12:39 pm GMT -5

Pandemic drivers + first snowfall of the season = just about what you’d expect

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 05:35 pm GMT -5

A very different kind of Patch Tuesday

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 09:48 am GMT -5

Mondays are for pizza

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Mr. Clean in the hood

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We would have to have 6 oz. Coca-Cola in the studio. When they were working on the Traveling Wilburys’ first album, Roy told Tom that the sugar and the syrup put just a little smooth on your voice…

- Jim Scott

quoted Monday, October 19th, 2020 11:04 am GMT -5

RIP to the legend whose namesake press box I sit in every game

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, October 18th, 2020 02:35 pm GMT -5

End of the line?

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Danger lurks in these wild woods

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Craziest golf weather ever

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I don’t need no arms around me. And I don’t need no drugs to calm me. I have seen the writing on the wall. Don’t think I need anything at all…

- Another Brick In The Wall (Part III)

quoted Friday, October 16th, 2020 05:41 pm GMT -5

Not a bad day’s work

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Not that I mind, but everyone else at Rayette seems to have forgotten that we have an exercise room

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, October 15th, 2020 09:20 pm GMT -5

The internet has all the answers

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, October 15th, 2020 09:30 am GMT -5

Tonight’s rabbit hole: Lost Spur golf sign > Osman Shriners > Freemasonry > 1917 Code of Canon Law > OBE

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 08:25 pm GMT -5

Last of the fall bike rides?

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The barges are active

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First golf outing with Jeff

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Per the @kilbo tip, had Bezos send me one of these babies

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 02:09 pm GMT -5

Almost done with the JNUC 2020 sessions – thanks to all who shared their knowledge (for free)

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 05:07 pm GMT -5

Freddy’s Freaky Flip

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Leaf days are numbered

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Strongly endorse the apple and hard cider tasting kits @sweetlandorchrd – perfect day for a visit

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, October 11th, 2020 06:34 pm GMT -5

Good fortune has arrived

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This soup, though

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Solid Weekend Update and Jack White made a strong case for the best SNL performance ever crown

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, October 11th, 2020 12:04 pm GMT -5

Every time I hear someone say “offices are dead and aren’t coming back,” I wonder how many companies they have actually worked for

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, October 10th, 2020 06:18 pm GMT -5

Fall (re)construction

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Pizza in the park

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Top 7 Minnesota Courses

story posted Friday, October 9th, 2020 11:43 pm GMT -5

Patrick’s list of his top 10 Minnesota golf courses got me thinking. People often ask me my favorite courses in the state, but I’ve never really wanted to rank them. I’ve also never joined a club, so there are a number of great private courses that I’ve only played a handful of times (and some key ones I’ve still yet to play). Throw in the recent Minnesota public and private rankings from Golfweek and I guess it’s time to finally come up with my list. But since this is 7 Minute Miles, we only do “Top 7” lists around here, OK?

Before we start, a few general comments. Golf has been insanely popular in Minnesota during COVID, which has made it harder to get tee times all over this season. This is a complete reversal of the downward slide the industry took since the “Tiger Boom,” which lead to the closing of so many courses in the state (Joe Bissen documents this history extremely well in his two books on the topic). It’s been a really long time since Minnesota had any courses listed in national “best new course” rankings, but we definitely punch above our weight class nationally, with a wide range of great courses that are typically much less expensive to play than other parts of the country.

Full disclosure: I’m a big fan of Donald Ross and local architects Paul Miller and Garrett Gill are friends of mine. Minnesota has many great Ross courses that don’t make my list, but are truly great courses. Northland and White Bear Yacht Club, in particular, would likely make the list if I got to play them more often (and I’ve never played Woodhill or Minikahda). I’m curious to play Minneapolis again after the big redo, but the layout wasn’t one of my favorites before that work was done. Gill and/or Miller worked on many of my favorite public courses around here, including two that aren’t in my top seven, but are very close to the cut: Legends Club and Meadows at Mystic Lake.

I should also talk briefly about the Brainerd lakes area. There are a concentration of spectacular courses there, but most of them get canceled out for me by the Jeffrey Brauer trio of courses farther north. So I while I think courses like The Classic and The Preserve are wonderful, I’d still rather play at Fortune Bay and Giants Ridge. Deacon’s Lodge is the only course on the Golfweek public list that I haven’t played, so I may have to revisit my thinking about this at some point (I also haven’t played Golden Eagle in Fifty Lakes).

Lists like this are always subjective (and ultimately political), but this is my take for 2020. With all of that out of the way, let’s get started.

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The flowers from @sushirocks are thriving

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, October 9th, 2020 02:53 pm GMT -5

The new sign at Gross 👌🏻

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Celebration dinner @ Pittsburgh Blue

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Metro colors are popping

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Two Years of Bonus Time

story posted Thursday, October 8th, 2020 12:00 am GMT -5

Today is the two year anniversary of what kid one has called my “big brain blowout” that I experienced on the train platform in downtown Minneapolis on October 8, 2018. Looking back on the post I wrote a year ago, it’s amazing how much has changed in the world since then. The pandemic has dramatically altered my industry and most of my hobbies, but there’s still nothing like three weeks in the ICU to change your outlook on life.

Health-wise, almost everything is back to normal. It appears that my previous 20/20 vision won’t return fully, but I now have permanent prism glasses that mostly do the trick. I don’t really like to wear them, though, so it’s nice I don’t need them to read screens. My brain can trick my eyes for longer distances if I tilt my head a certain way, but overall it’s safer to just wear the glasses for driving and biking. They are also technically bifocals, as my neuro optometrist says I’m just getting too old to read the small print now. Dammit, she’s right.

In other miscellaneous health notes, I successfully completed my colonoscopy back in February and started a move streak in April that still continues (yesterday was day 175). As a result, my weight is trending in the right direction (switching to the no sugar versions of Cherry Coke and Mountain Dew is probably helping too). I’ve played more golf this year than any other, walking almost every round. Bike miles this year are down compared to the last two years, but I should still hit 600 miles by the end of the year. My run log is trending in the right direction, but most of those miles were spent walking hills. Will 2021 mark the return of full-blown running? Time will tell, but I’m not quite ready to throw in the towel on that just yet.

The last year has truly been a roller-coaster of emotion. We got in all of the milestone birthday trips before everything shut down – Las Vegas for SK, Maui for CK and Banff for MK. We lost the last of the parents months apart: Jean in December and Mike in February. I still feel like we didn’t get to properly mourn them once COVID hit. The pandemic continues to hammer away at other parts of our lives that will unfortunately never come back again.

I can’t allow this doom and gloom to overshadow my gratitude to be here today, though. I continue to be inspired by people like Dr. Uzma Samadani, who helped me leave the ICU at Hennepin Healthcare two years ago. Reading about her research on Twitter gives me hope about my continued health and that science will find a way out of this mess. The free lectures I’ve been watching from MIT about the pandemic are also fascinating and inspiring. We need more leaders like this to guide us through these challenging times…

🇺🇸 VOTE 🇺🇸

SK and the rent-a-doge

pic posted Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 10:00 pm GMT -5

Messy desk still life

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Iconoclast. Lover of women, adventure and mystery. Founder of McAfee Anti-virus

- @officialmcafee

quoted Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 10:49 am GMT -5

Kicked off bonus week on the patio @spoonandstable – thanks to @gavinkaysen and @pastrydiane for another fabulous experience

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, October 5th, 2020 08:19 pm GMT -5

Rollin’ on the River

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Best slippers ever

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Ronnie, gentle reminder, the line has been changed to I want to KISS you like an animal…

- Moira Rose

quoted Sunday, October 4th, 2020 10:47 pm GMT -5

Seven Tips for Better Living

story posted Sunday, October 4th, 2020 09:10 pm GMT -5

It’s the start of bonus week, so let’s kick off things with a new Top 7 list:

  • Let those you love know
  • Never read the comments
  • Always keep learning
  • Move every day
  • Travel as much as possible
  • Eat the good stuff
  • Less talking, more thinking

More reflections coming soon…

Hearing creaky noises?

pic posted Sunday, October 4th, 2020 05:09 pm GMT -5

Food Parade II highlights: both daughters, real Pronto Pups, my own cup of fries and a Vikings win

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, October 4th, 2020 04:39 pm GMT -5

Molt season?

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Miracle pizza

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Judge Magney’s park is 🔥

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Nerd alert: the AWS Lightsail Let’s Encrypt instructions don’t let you use “certbot renew” and now I’m locked out for an hour

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, October 2nd, 2020 08:07 pm GMT -5

It’s the SHT

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$40 on a 30-cent bet

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Happy Tastes Good

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Too bad fall in Minnesota is only a week long

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, October 1st, 2020 11:16 pm GMT -5

Hello, Foxy

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Hungry Hippy

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Pre-ordering rules

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Big Two Dots Milestone

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It me

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Road trip to the Bulldoge

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New games at Mel’s old place

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Personal Records & Mileage

  • Mile - 6:10
  • 5K - 21:42
  • 10K - 44:40
  • Half - 1:38:40
  • Full - 3:43:32
  • 50K - 7:37:00
  • 2020 Run Mileage: 175.9
  • 2020 Bike Mileage: 604.5

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