7 Minute Miles

My hair is now approaching surfer territory, so I thought it appropriate to wear my pineapple Crazyshorts

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 03:18 pm GMT -5

Survived the first night

pic posted Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 12:40 pm GMT -5

A little something for those missing live music now – I’ll keep pulling them out of the archive

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, March 30th, 2020 03:01 pm GMT -5

7 Minute Miles Turns 14

story posted Monday, March 30th, 2020 08:00 am GMT -5

It’s blog birthday time again – the first 7 Minute Miles post appeared on this domain fourteen years ago today.

Current stats:

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  • 41,174 unique visitors in 2019
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Currently running WordPress 5.3.2 with my custom theme and 19 plugins on the old Mac mini server colocated in Las Vegas. Favorite plugins: Wordfence Security, VaultPress, Intagrate and Really Simple SSL (with a Let’s Encrypt cert managed via Certbot). Still want to write some custom data entry forms for the golf, run and bike pages, but those (along with making the theme more mobile friendly) have still not made it off the to-do list. Also never figured out the solution to the weird SSL/emoji issue.

Haven’t changed the overall site structure much this year, adding only a new Concerts page that I’m experimenting with using the Vimeo hosting platform. I made some major updates to the Résumé page and just realized that the Biography page now needs a refresh too. After prepping photo boards for funerals in back-to-back months, I should also spend some time on updating the Photos section. I finally moved our Christmas samplers to online-only last year and might do a Hummel section soon too (hit me up if you need any).

As always, thanks for visiting and stay safe out there!

You got to whip it up and hit me like a ton of lead. If I blow my top, will you let it go to your head?

- Gimme All Your Lovin’

quoted Sunday, March 29th, 2020 10:07 pm GMT -5

Casinos + Mexican drug cartels + KC mob = solid season of Ozark

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, March 29th, 2020 03:59 pm GMT -5

Football, steak, stamps & Snoopy

pic posted Sunday, March 29th, 2020 02:48 pm GMT -5

Sheltering in Lowertown

story posted Saturday, March 28th, 2020 09:10 pm GMT -5

Like many people around the world, the pandemic has been a difficult thing for me to process. I don’t have any particular expertise in the science behind it, but I’m married to the Corona Queen, I like to follow sites like this and I spent a lot of time last week getting our office configured and trained for an indefinite work from home scenario. Most of the things listed in my Twitter bio have shut down and it will likely be months before things return to some semblance of normal.

But we are very fortunate to still get outside to walk, run or bike, have money to order take-out from our favorite local restaurants and have reliable high-speed internet to cross off shows we always wanted to watch from our Netflix and HBO lists (and, of course, work from home). MK is doing the distance learning thing for the rest of the school year and SK has picked up some hours here and there helping out the Nive Man with take-out downstairs.

The Minnesota COVID-19 numbers so far pale with those in the hardest hit parts of the country (and world). The reports out of places like New York and Italy are terrifying and I worry about those on the front lines, like my Twitter friend @susanruns, who bravely works long hours to save lives in unimaginable conditions. My colleague was scheduled to start a new position in Hong Kong on April 1, but he is currently in limbo until the international travel and quarantine picture becomes clearer. I’m not sure what will happen with my work, but I’ve been trying to mentally prepare for all the different possibilities.

On the medical front, I had a 17-month MRI check-up this week at Hennepin Healthcare (which I thought might get cancelled under the non-essential procedure executive order). The new clinic building was empty – I was the only one in radiology and only saw one other person in the general waiting room. I never really had claustrophobia before, but now that MRI equipment feels like a torture chamber. Thankfully, the tech was done after two shorts scans (one 30 seconds, one four minutes). The resident that met with me pulled up the image and said everything looked great. Dr. Tummala will make the final call, but I shouldn’t have to go back for two more years. At that point, they will decide if it will be another MRI or a more invasive CT angiogram.

Lastly, the situation with my father’s estate made significant progress the past two weeks. With assistance from our friend John Schuster at Richfield Bloomington Honda, we were able to pay off his car loan and sell the car. Today, with the help of Kary Marpe from Edina Realty, we sold the house on Lombard. I thought that process was going to be challenging, given the hoarding nature of my mom (that would be one of my elementary school pictures above), various repairs needed and the pandemic’s impact on the economy. Kary was amazing, though, accurately pricing and listing the property, resulting in multiple offers by day two. If all goes according to plan, we will close on April 10. All that will be left is my dad’s taxes for 2019 (which shouldn’t be too hard).

Stay safe, y’all!

This year has been crazy, but 1979 was apparently no walk in the park either

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, March 28th, 2020 06:44 pm GMT -5

Bring ‘em back

pic posted Saturday, March 28th, 2020 12:52 pm GMT -5

In time, music shall prevail

pic posted Saturday, March 28th, 2020 12:49 pm GMT -5

We got Take-Out Fever

pic posted Friday, March 27th, 2020 06:27 pm GMT -5

I’m just like Star Wars

pic posted Friday, March 27th, 2020 01:29 pm GMT -5

Finally left the couch and closed both a move ring *and* an exercise ring

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, March 27th, 2020 12:34 pm GMT -5

Fabian’s Finest Flip

pic posted Thursday, March 26th, 2020 11:05 pm GMT -5

Just finished season one of Beforeigners (another h/t @BradleySKlein) – pretty sure Alfhildr is the Norwegian @JNomes

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, March 26th, 2020 10:08 pm GMT -5

My weekend reading from @RickShefchik has arrived (h/t @BradleySKlein)

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, March 26th, 2020 10:02 pm GMT -5

House flippers wanted

pic posted Thursday, March 26th, 2020 11:10 am GMT -5

There is a lot of jackassery online right now, but this is so great

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, March 26th, 2020 08:07 am GMT -5

At least nobody talks in my loft while Charlie plays

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

Still no TP, so…

pic posted Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 12:22 pm GMT -5

Doge photobombed the clown

pic posted Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 05:05 pm GMT -5

Byerly’s has the best candy

pic posted Monday, March 23rd, 2020 08:09 pm GMT -5

Personally Yours

pic posted Monday, March 23rd, 2020 08:05 pm GMT -5

Admin is right – bring it back

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 10:23 pm GMT -5


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And that’s why you get less money, you don’t think…

- Putney Swope

quoted Friday, March 20th, 2020 06:36 pm GMT -5

Quarantine art from SK

pic posted Friday, March 20th, 2020 03:08 pm GMT -5

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, March 20th, 2020 12:26 pm GMT -5

A Two Dots Odyssey

pic posted Thursday, March 19th, 2020 11:27 pm GMT -5

Willie is the best

pic posted Thursday, March 19th, 2020 11:23 pm GMT -5

Good now Thu-Sun

pic posted Thursday, March 19th, 2020 12:30 pm GMT -5

Takeout from Doug and Amy ️

pic posted Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 05:31 pm GMT -5

I can sorta cook stuff

pic posted Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 08:26 pm GMT -5

Drowned rat

pic posted Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 06:26 pm GMT -5

Just under two months

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, March 16th, 2020 08:53 pm GMT -5

Construction 3.0

pic posted Monday, March 16th, 2020 07:29 pm GMT -5

Thanks HBO for the escapism tonight – both Westworld and Curb were grade A entertainment

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, March 15th, 2020 10:50 pm GMT -5

Liked the beard look, but now I feel about five years younger (and hopefully won’t touch my face as much)

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, March 15th, 2020 05:51 pm GMT -5

I spy a Coronavirus Queen

pic posted Sunday, March 15th, 2020 03:59 pm GMT -5

Live at five with Nive…

- The Nive Man

quoted Sunday, March 15th, 2020 01:50 pm GMT -5

Permanent Glasses

story posted Saturday, March 14th, 2020 07:10 pm GMT -5

The ongoing saga of my double vision has now lead to a semi-permanent solution. I had always been the one person in my family without glasses, but one of the lasting side effects of my brain aneurysm has been diplopia at farther distances. Thanks to the treatment plans of Dr. Amy Chang and therapist Courtney Mitchell at Hennepin Heathcare, I can now read screens at most distances and watch TV without glasses. Even at farther distances, I can usually find an angle to hold my head to remove any doubling up (although Dr. Chang says that I’m cheating when I do that).

At the end of January, we decided that I’d stop using the 3M Prism inserts in the pair of non-prescription lenses I had purchased from Amazon. We started at a +30 strength in the beginning and dropped all the way down to +8 with the temporary inserts. Dr. Chang wrote a prescription for a permanent pair of glasses that included a +6 Prism for the top half of the lens and some magnification on the bottom half to assist with reading small letters close up (i.e. – cheaters). I’ve had 20/20 vision for most of my life, but age has caught up to me and some things just don’t work the same as they did before (regardless of the aneurysm side effects).

On the advice of a friend, I took the prescription to Warby Parker in the Galleria. Since I’ve never done this before, I wasn’t sure what my insurance would cover, but they had people in the store that seemed knowledgable about my situation and helped me pick out frames and make adjustments for this particular prescription. I paid for everything and was told the glasses would be ready for pick-up and fitting in 7-10 days. After two weeks of not hearing anything, I looked up my order on their website, which had a “please call us about your order” message displayed. No phone calls or emails during this time – WTH? The person I talked to when I called was very nice, but told me that their lab couldn’t produce my prescription, saying the prism strength couldn’t be higher than +5 and that they would just cancel the order. Ugh.

So in the end, I just went to Target Optical in West Saint Paul, which fitted me in a nice pair of Ray-Bans that they shipped in under a week for around $300. It took me a little while to get used to the progressive aspect of my prescription, but once I figured that out, they work really well. I do still prefer to not wear glasses when I can (like right now while I type on the iMac), but it’s nice to have them for driving and for reading the small type on menus in low-light situations. It will be interesting to see how they work for golf and biking later this spring…

Is the census survey shorter now? That hardly took any time at all…

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, March 14th, 2020 05:00 pm GMT -5

More burger therapy

pic posted Saturday, March 14th, 2020 11:42 am GMT -5

Shout-out to Shoey at Richfield-Bloomington Honda for awesome service and assistance

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, March 14th, 2020 11:29 am GMT -5

Desperately needed

pic posted Friday, March 13th, 2020 07:16 pm GMT -5

Wayzata comes to Rosedale

pic posted Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 07:10 pm GMT -5

Only one day left

pic posted Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 03:22 pm GMT -5

I could get these every day

pic posted Monday, March 9th, 2020 07:46 pm GMT -5

Persuaded, paraded, inebriated, and down…

- Whiskey Bottle

quoted Monday, March 9th, 2020 02:41 pm GMT -5

RIP Brewmeister Smith

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, March 9th, 2020 09:04 am GMT -5

Nino Highlights

pic posted Monday, March 9th, 2020 02:39 am GMT -5

Tonight I learned the next big Hummel auction is April 4th in Ohio

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, March 7th, 2020 09:15 pm GMT -5

So @T_McKee is a national treasure and Saint Paul is lucky to have him

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, March 6th, 2020 07:47 pm GMT -5

Hello, old friend

pic posted Friday, March 6th, 2020 06:31 pm GMT -5

Only a few days left

pic posted Friday, March 6th, 2020 03:29 pm GMT -5

Wait, Chris Pratt was born in Virginia, Minnesota and was discovered waiting tables at the Maui Bubba Gump?

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, March 5th, 2020 10:31 pm GMT -5

They finally made it big

pic posted Thursday, March 5th, 2020 08:44 am GMT -5

Guard the Cyber Citadel

pic posted Thursday, March 5th, 2020 12:29 am GMT -5

Hope you find it in everything, everything that you see…

- Hide and Seek

quoted Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 11:30 pm GMT -5

High school flashback night with Howard Jones in Saint Paul

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 11:20 pm GMT -5

This isn’t the Ordway

pic posted Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 08:12 pm GMT -5

Best hockey TV day of the year

pic posted Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 11:26 am GMT -5

Personal Records & Mileage

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  • 10K - 44:40
  • Half - 1:38:40
  • Full - 3:43:32
  • 50K - 7:37:00
  • 2020 Run Mileage: 30.2
  • 2020 Bike Mileage: 36.6

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