7 Minute Miles

Trapped in the Tangled Tower

pic posted Thursday, November 26th, 2020 10:14 pm GMT -6

If anybody stops by, I’ll cut out all the lights and hide in the can until they go away. I got 5 phones, but none of ’em is hooked up, and I wouldn’t answer them if they were…

- Peaceful Valley, Charlie Parr

quoted Thursday, November 26th, 2020 07:51 pm GMT -6

Slow, virtual Turkey Trot 5K along the Mississippi – forgot how different outdoor running is vs. treadmill/walking/biking

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, November 26th, 2020 04:52 pm GMT -6

Back alley turkey 🦃

pic posted Thursday, November 26th, 2020 10:50 am GMT -6

Winter market has arrived

pic posted Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 08:54 pm GMT -6

Ugh the Tug, Port of Saint Paul

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 08:40 pm GMT -6

Shelly’s Salty Flip

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My quarantine buddy

pic posted Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 01:57 pm GMT -6

The sun is great, but still trying to mentally adjust from fall to winter temps

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, November 23rd, 2020 04:10 pm GMT -6

Busy little beavers

pic posted Monday, November 23rd, 2020 04:07 pm GMT -6

PHP 8 will break all the things

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, November 23rd, 2020 10:57 am GMT -6

Somebody bring back the 🔥

pic posted Sunday, November 22nd, 2020 07:37 pm GMT -6

Arrive home from the Vikings game to find…a kernel panic 😢

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, November 22nd, 2020 07:32 pm GMT -6

Gotta walk outside now

pic posted Saturday, November 21st, 2020 06:19 pm GMT -6

Wait, Jerry Jones borrowed a million dollars from Jimmy Hoffa to open up a string of Shakey’s Pizza Parlors?

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, November 21st, 2020 12:14 pm GMT -6

Might be jumping the gun, but no kernel panics so far on the iMac under Big Sur 🤞🏻

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, November 21st, 2020 11:52 am GMT -6

Prepping for Dallas

pic posted Friday, November 20th, 2020 09:31 pm GMT -6

It was nice in November

pic posted Thursday, November 19th, 2020 08:55 pm GMT -6

For sale: 174 acres in Stillwater, includes StoneRidge Golf Club, $7.75 million

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, November 19th, 2020 08:30 pm GMT -6

Greg’s Crack Chicken

pic posted Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 04:11 pm GMT -6

This was handy

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Interesting pivot by two-year-old Vault Health and their former Amazon/Home Depot CEO Jason Feldman

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 08:50 am GMT -6

That hit the spot

pic posted Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 09:40 pm GMT -6

Queen of the Castle

pic posted Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 09:35 pm GMT -6

The soft fade transitions in the Big Sur Music MiniPlayer might be my favorite macOS change in a decade

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 09:31 pm GMT -6

Checked out the free testing at Roy Wilkins tonight – surprising amount of mobile phone data entry

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 08:49 pm GMT -6


pic posted Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 01:10 pm GMT -6

Bravo, Minnehaha Cafe

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Good fortune *did* arrive

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SK at the Steakhouse

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FU Moo Moo

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We went 0-10

pic posted Monday, November 16th, 2020 09:57 am GMT -6

I played in one “real” golf tournament and had a 10, but I don’t recall following that up with five birdies

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, November 15th, 2020 12:17 pm GMT -6

Shaking things up?

pic posted Sunday, November 15th, 2020 09:31 am GMT -6

Apple Silicon and Big Sur

story posted Sunday, November 15th, 2020 12:25 am GMT -6

I don’t really have a ton of comments on the new stuff this week:

  • The upgrade file for Big Sur is huge, then it asks for even more free space to install.
  • Happy it’s still free, but how exactly does that continue to work?
  • Upgraded my work MacBook Air on the first day, then my home iMac the next day. No big issues so far on either one – there was one alert about the Cisco AnyConnect client, but version 4.9.00086 seems to work fine.
  • Out of the gate, Big Sur seems very polished for a dot-0 release.
  • Speaking of 11: while I like the Spinal Tap reference, the end of the “X” is a little sad too.
  • Will the new Safari improvements get me to switch back from Chrome? Time will tell on that one…
  • Hoping the AirPod tradeoff process between devices works as promised, since I switch a lot these days.
  • Happy that Music and Photos survived the upgrade with no issues (and maybe even a little better performance?).
  • All of my old crusty menubar apps seem to work so far (Last.fm Scrobbler, Backblaze).
  • No issues with virtual desktops (i.e. – Mission Control), terminal sessions, Screen Sharing or iCloud Notes.
  • The Apple Silicon stuff is impressive – guessing my first one will be an iMac next year.
  • I would be clamoring for a new Air if they would’ve made the screen bezel smaller – that is the only thing I envy on our fleet of Dell XPS laptops.

In other Kingsbury Apple news, Colleen got her new Max on Friday and loves it. I’m still happy with my decision to get the smaller phone (and the iPad Pro for all of us to use as needed). Not really using the pencil, though (so far).

Guys – I cooked a thing!

pic posted Saturday, November 14th, 2020 03:01 pm GMT -6

Saturday at the Masters

pic posted Saturday, November 14th, 2020 01:18 pm GMT -6

Phonezilla has arrived

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Ultra-cold chains: -70C (or colder) 🥶

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, November 14th, 2020 12:17 pm GMT -6

Lastly: what’s up with the old Eagle Pines/Osprey Ridge at WDW? Is Tranquilo a mix and match of Fazio and Dye?

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, November 13th, 2020 08:22 pm GMT -6

And did Pete ever visit Izaty’s (or was that just Dye Design)?

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, November 13th, 2020 08:18 pm GMT -6

Is Pete Dye really buried behind #8 at Teeth of the Dog?

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, November 13th, 2020 08:18 pm GMT -6

One down, seven to go

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, November 13th, 2020 02:31 pm GMT -6

Oh Maggie, I wish I’d never seen your face. You made a first-class fool out of me, but I’m as blind as a fool can be. You stole my heart, but I love you anyway…

- Maggie May

quoted Friday, November 13th, 2020 02:27 pm GMT -6

Thank you, clown

pic posted Thursday, November 12th, 2020 05:25 pm GMT -6

Double rainbows all the way 🌈🌈 Double ear infections, not so much

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, November 12th, 2020 05:20 pm GMT -6

Mother Nature is awesome

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Million Case Club: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, France, India, Russia, Spain, UK and Texas

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 02:50 pm GMT -6

It still blows my mind that Prince was 5’3’’ and 112 pounds

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 01:30 pm GMT -6

Don’t make a sound

pic posted Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 08:07 am GMT -6

Tonight’s snowfall has inspired me to find and reload all my Christmas music into the new library

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 07:21 pm GMT -6

Somebody ❤️ chippies

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Pizza (and cheese bread) Monday

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So long, old friend

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Turkey burger theme night

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Wait, I can work remotely from Aruba for up to 90 days?

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, November 7th, 2020 08:42 pm GMT -6

That might be a wrap on the 2020 Minnesota golf season

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, November 7th, 2020 05:06 pm GMT -6


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Historic 🇺🇸

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Making good progress on the photo library, but it’s a bummer lots of EXIF dates are wrong

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, November 6th, 2020 08:20 pm GMT -6

Dinette-n-Out is back!

pic posted Friday, November 6th, 2020 07:53 pm GMT -6

Friday clown breakfast

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Remember when the mouse used to sell clown fries in Frontierland? That was awesome

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, November 5th, 2020 11:31 pm GMT -6

Luna likes the good stuff

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Well, that’s a new one

pic posted Thursday, November 5th, 2020 10:21 am GMT -6

Top 7 Food Items

story posted Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 09:08 pm GMT -6

Three years ago, I did a “Top 7” post on my favorite foods, but that talked about food categories in general terms. Lots of people have asked me about my favorite specific food items, so here they are (in no particular order):

  • Homemade bleu cheese @ Vermilion Club
  • Let’s start in the Northland at one of the premier dive bars in the country, the VC. Also known for it’s 24-inch Bamboozler pizza, the homemade bleu cheese is the best I’ve had anywhere. Wednesdays are wing night, so load up on buffalo sauce and dip away in that amazing bleu. I usually order some Poor Gary’s pizza too, but I never really have room for that in the end.

  • Chocolate cake donuts @ World’s Best Donuts
  • Staying on the Northland theme, let’s take a trip to the little village on the big lake, Grand Marais. While there are many great food traditions in town (Sven and Ole’s, Angry Trout Cafe, Blue Water Cafe – hell, even the local DQ is bomb), the claim of “World’s Best Donuts” is 100% true. Given the chance, I could eat an entire bag of the chocolate cake donuts in one sitting. Pro tips: pre-order online to skip the line and pay extra for a box instead of a bag so the chocolate doesn’t stick to the side.

  • Cheeseburger @ Saint Dinette
  • Closer to home, the cheeseburger at Saint Dinette is my favorite burger of all time (and I’ve tried way too many). The competition between Chef Adam’s masterpiece and Au Cheval in Chicago was anti-climatic (and definitely not worth a multi-hour pre-pandemic wait). I’ve long had a soft spot in my heart for the burger at Fuddruckers in Bloomington (RIP), but that was good in a different way. Lots of people in town love the Parlour burger (and I think it’s very, very solid), but I’ve got to give the nod to the St. Paul contender. Team Nive Man, all the way!

  • Pronto Pups and Fresh French Fries @ Minnesota State Fair
  • Going to cheat with a two-fer of Minnesota State Fair classics: the Pronto Pup (NEVER CORN DOG SINCE 1947) and Fresh French Fries. Of course, the fair has an amazing assortment of excellent food options (corn roast, Blue Barn, Lulu’s), but I can eat Pronto Pups right when I get there in the morning and just before we leave after a late Grandstand concert (and usually several more times in between). I LOVE French fries (Barbette, the clown, many others), but this year’s pandemic Food Parade reminded me that the red and yellow booth serves up the best ones ever.

  • Pepperoni pizza @ Carbone’s on Randolph
  • If you’ve been following this site at all the past few months, you probably saw that we’ve been making a habit lately of visiting Carbone’s on Randolph for pizza on Mondays. This is the pizza of my childhood, and only the original Randolph location is legitimate in my book (the other franchises try admirably, but they just aren’t the same). We had our concerns when they closed down briefly to remodel and expand, but the original ovens remained and the greasy flavor lives on. In a metro area full of great pizza options, Carbone’s on Randolph is the one for my list.

  • 3 Finger Combo @ Raising Canes
  • I wasn’t sure if I wanted to have a fast food entry on my list, but the 3 Finger Combo at Raising Canes is something I could order every day and not get tired of it. The quality of the chicken is always top notch, they have great fries, the Texas toast is a nice extra and for someone who grew up wanting things plain, Cane’s sauce is the best. Also love the little ice cubes in the freshly made lemonade. Egg McMuffins from the clown are also something I could eat every day (and the quality never wavers no matter where you are in the world, which is an incredible feat). And of course, Arby’s has the meats.

  • Steak @ Murray’s
  • I’ve handed down my love of steak to my eldest daughter, but I’ve yet to take her to the temple of Minneapolis beef, Murray’s. Now I know that many people consider Manny’s to be the temple of Minneapolis beef, but I went to Murray’s first, sharing a Silver Butter Knife steak with my mom way back when. I thought it was magical that they could cook such a thick steak so uniformly perfect and have it be *so* tender. These days, I usually get there for the luncheon filet, a 6 ounce tenderloin with au gratin potatoes that is an absolute steal at $32. Just like pizza, there are a lot of great steak places in town, but Murray’s is my fave.

After I came up with this list, Colleen asked me, “what about Cecil’s?” Their New York style hot pastrami & Swiss on egg white absolutely needs to be top 7, but I don’t know what I want to bump off the list. Let’s just go with eight for now…

UPDATE: I also forgot about mild chilitos with extra cheese at Zantigo.


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: 262.7
  • 2020 Bike Mileage: 634.1

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