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Minnesota Wild versus San Jose Sharks

Posted Thursday, November 30th, 2006 12:35 am GMT -6 in Hockey at 12:35 AM

Wow, was that an unsatisfying game! Manny plays solid, the Wild get a goal from the line of Weinhandl-Foy-Smith (!) and they still lose 2-1 to a San Jose team that didn’t really look like much of a powerhouse. Joe Freakin’ Thornton seemed sluggish and Borat’s friend Nabokov was hardly challenged in net (only 9 shots in the first two periods).

It was painful to hear the list of Wild player scratches before the game: Gaborik, Demitra, Boogaard, Walz, Morgan. Our Buffalo Wild Wings friend Kurtis Foster got hit in the neck by a puck while sitting on the bench and didn’t return, so I suppose a 2-1 loss wasn’t that bad, all things considered.

The officiating in the games I’ve attended this year has been awful. In the last two games I watched, the opposing team went through the first two periods with no calls against them. Now I’ve never played hockey myself and maybe I don’t know the rules to the letter, but there are four professional referees on the ice that are supposed to be watching the same areas of the ice that fans do (primarily around the puck). How can you not see obvious stick-holding and interference that may be a great pick in basketball, but I’m pretty sure is illegal in hockey. Overall I like the “new NHL” style of play and associated rule changes, but you have to make consistent calls on both teams.

Next set of tickets: Tuesday night versus the Blackhawks…DK

Originally published by DK on November 30, 2006 at 12:35 am

Seven in ’07 – Wish List Purchases

Posted Wednesday, November 29th, 2006 01:44 pm GMT -6 in Personal at 1:44 PM

Top seven things I’d like to spend money on in 2007:

  • Debt Elimination
  • Basement Project
  • HDTV and Home Theater System
  • Vespa Scooter
  • Memberships and Season Tickets – Various
  • Cabin and Land on Lake Superior
  • Aston Martin Rapide (pre-order) 🙂
Originally published by DK on November 29, 2006 at 1:44 pm

Seven in ’07 – Cities to Visit

Posted Tuesday, November 28th, 2006 04:28 pm GMT -6 in Travel at 4:28 PM

Top seven cities I’d like to visit in 2007:

  • Beaver Creek, Colorado
  • Hamilton, Bermuda
  • London, England
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Tokyo, Japan
Originally published by DK on November 28, 2006 at 4:28 pm

Minnesota Wild Player Visit – Kurtis Foster #26

Posted Monday, November 27th, 2006 07:43 pm GMT -6 in Family,Hockey at 7:43 PM

The latest Wild player event occurred tonight at Buffalo Wild Wings in Apple Valley. Defenseman Kurtis Foster showed up early and signed my daughter’s jersey and a “To DK” photo before the event was even scheduled to start. He continued the trend of friendly, polite players in kid-friendly environments that I think reflect very well on the Wild organization.

Our next game is coming up this week–Wednesday night against San Jose. Hopefully a few more people will be healthy by then (Demitra for a birthday goal?). Two points and a strong goalie performance would really help–the Pacific is getting too dangerous to fall further behind now…DK

Originally published by DK on November 27, 2006 at 7:43 pm

Seven in ’07 – Minnesota Restaurants

Posted Monday, November 27th, 2006 11:17 am GMT -6 in Food at 11:17 AM

Top seven Minnesota restaurants I’d like to visit in 2007:

Originally published by DK on November 27, 2006 at 11:17 am

Seven in ’07 – Minnesota Golf Courses

Posted Sunday, November 26th, 2006 06:12 pm GMT -6 in Golf at 6:12 PM

Top seven Minnesota golf courses I’d like to play in 2007:

Originally published by DK on November 26, 2006 at 6:12 pm

Seven in ’07 – Golf Courses (Outside Minnesota)

Posted Sunday, November 26th, 2006 02:43 pm GMT -6 in Golf at 2:43 PM

Top seven non-Minnesota golf courses I’d like to play next year:

Originally published by DK on November 26, 2006 at 2:43 pm

Meadowbrook at Thanksgiving

Posted Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006 11:03 am GMT -6 in Golf at 11:03 AM

Winter continues to hide from Minnesota this year. Yesterday we played at Meadowbrook Golf Course in Hopkins under sunny skies and a temperature of around 55 degrees. The course was in good condition for this time of year and there were a lot of people taking advantage of the opportunity. Temps today will approach 60, so there are a few more chances for people to get out and enjoy the weather.

Originally published by DK on November 22, 2006 at 11:03 am

SPCO at the Basilica

Posted Sunday, November 19th, 2006 12:22 am GMT -6 in Concerts at 12:22 AM

Tonight my wife and I went to see the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at St. Mary’s Basilica in downtown Minneapolis. The ninth is my favorite classical work to see performed live–the sight of all of those people on stage at the same time is unparalleled. The acoustics in that building were not the greatest, but the beauty of the architecture made up for it.

It boggles my mind that people can’t shut up for 90 minutes. Unless you are saying you need an ambulance, be quiet! Between the people talking, the guy with the repeater cough and the lady flipping through her program during the performance, it was hard to focus on the music. Still, I enjoy attending classical performances and this is a work I think everyone should see at least once in their lifetime. The peak of the chorus in the last movement brings a tear to my eye every time…DK

Originally published by DK on November 19, 2006 at 12:22 am

Minnesota Election Review Volunteering

Posted Tuesday, November 14th, 2006 12:16 am GMT -6 in Politics at 12:16 AM

Minnesota passed a new law this year that requires all counties to conduct a post-election audit of 2-4 randomly picked precincts. The paper ballot totals for Minnesota Governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. Congress will be manually counted and compared to the results of the optical scan machines. If there is more than a 0.5 percent difference, an automatic recount of the entire county will be called.

The non-partisan groups Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota and the League of Women Voters Minnesota have requested volunteers to observe these audits. I will be observing Dakota County on Wednesday morning and Goodhue County on Thursday morning. Should be interesting…DK

UPDATE: The Dakota County review went smoothly and all four precincts matched the machine count exactly. I picked the largest one to observe, Burnsville Precinct 2, which had about 1200 ballots and took a little more than two hours to complete. Goodhue County up next…DK

UPDATE 2: My experience in Goodhue County had the same end result, but the process was a little different. Goodhue has a new election official, Carolynn Holsten (sp?), who said she started in October. Chairs had been set out for observers about ten feet away from the two counting tables and there were two other observers from Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota when I arrived.

The review started and at one point I got up and walked to a table to get the count totals and observe the ballots. The election official asked me to stay in my seat, as they has been provided for us. I told her I need to be able to see the ballots and that I could be within three feet, as long as I didn’t touch the ballots or interfere with the people counting. I didn’t have anything with me that had that spelled out, so I just remained in my chair for most of the review. I did raise my hand and ask to review one ballot that was recorded as defective (it was an over count), but overall I really wasn’t close enough to see what was marked on any of the other ballots.

This situation made my uncomfortable, especially after Dakota County officials the previous day had made it a point several times during the review to make sure I could see each ballot clearly. The people doing the review in Goodhue County also had the machine totals in front them and seemed to be looking at those to see how many they needed in each stack versus totaling, then comparing.

I called Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota after the review and discussed my concerns with Director Mark Halvorson. He said Goodhue was one of the counties they had not been able to contact before the review, likely due to the recent turnover of county personnel. He also said I could have called him during the review and he would have spoke directly with the official right away. While the end result of this audit had the desired outcome, we both agreed that the new election review law could use some better guidelines for county election officials and observers in the future…DK

Originally published by DK on November 14, 2006 at 12:16 am

Saint Paul Murray Class of 1983

Posted Wednesday, November 8th, 2006 08:30 pm GMT -6 in Personal at 8:30 PM

Look what I found on the floor this week. I went to a different junior high in Saint Paul, but all of these people became friends of mine in high school, including my wife. Recognize anyone? Are you one of them? Drop me a line at dk@7minutemiles.com and give us an update…DK

Originally published by DK on November 8, 2006 at 8:30 pm

The Long Drive Home

Posted Wednesday, November 8th, 2006 08:23 pm GMT -6 in Cars,Personal at 8:23 PM

The drive home tonight was magical: 70 degrees in November, both windows rolled down, great music playing on the iPod, sweet smells from restaurants and bakeries, the joy of driving a Mini around tight curves and a beautiful sunset over the Mississippi River. Probably won’t get another one of those for about six months…DK

Originally published by DK on November 8, 2006 at 8:23 pm

My New Government Officials

Posted Wednesday, November 8th, 2006 11:31 am GMT -6 in Politics at 11:31 AM

Here is the tentative list of the people who will be representing me in the major offices:

  • U.S. Senators: Norm Coleman (R) and Amy Klobuchar (D)
  • U.S. Representative, District 2: John Kline (R)
  • Governor: Tim Pawlenty (R)
  • MN Attorney General: Lori Swanson (D)
  • MN Secretary of State: Mark Ritchie (D)
  • MN State Auditor: Rebecca Otta (D)
  • MN Senate, District 38: Jim Carlson (D)
  • MN House, District 38A: Sandra Masin (D)
  • Eagan Mayor: Mike Maguire
  • Eagan City Council: Peggy Carlson, Paul Bakken, Meg Tilley, Cyndee Fields

Overall, I think it was an interesting mix of results in this election. I’m neither excited or angry, so I guess that’s a positive. I do plan to communicate more with the people listed above and make them work for their money, something I haven’t done nearly enough in the past…DK

Originally published by DK on November 8, 2006 at 11:31 am

Election Day 2006

Posted Tuesday, November 7th, 2006 11:22 am GMT -6 in Politics at 11:22 AM

Today’s the day we’ve all been waiting for–the day when election ads stop on TV! Seriously, though, I encourage all of you to get informed and exercise your right to vote. You can’t bitch about things later if you don’t vote today. The League of Women Voters site has a good ballot site and will tell you where to vote.

I voted this morning at 8:15am and did not have to wait in line at all. My wife got there when the polls opened at seven and she had to wait about a half hour. The counter said I was ballot 243–let’s get those participation numbers up…DK

Originally published by DK on November 7, 2006 at 11:22 am

November Golf at Sawmill

Posted Monday, November 6th, 2006 12:19 am GMT -6 in Golf at 12:19 AM

Yet another late season round, this time at Sawmill Golf Club in Stillwater. Sunny and sixty today, with a few more good golf days forecast for later this week. Sawmill was running an 18-for-18 promotion, so the price was right and the tee sheet was full.

It’s been six years since I last played Sawmill and today I found a course that was fun to play, but the conditioning of several greens was less than optimal. It’s also very short (5500 yards from the white tees) and they weren’t picking up leaves, so it was hard to find balls. Small price to pay, though, for November golf in Minnesota.

Originally published by DK on November 6, 2006 at 12:19 am

Office Update and New Company Website

Posted Thursday, November 2nd, 2006 03:43 pm GMT -6 in Work at 3:43 PM

Our new office is done–at least until we earn enough money to buy a pool table and Chexx Hockey (new pictures here). The ceiling fans, fluorescent lights and security cameras were installed, the video editing workstation is configured, the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner has been set up, most of the trash and boxes have been removed and today our ultimate office chairs arrived.

We also launched the new code.mn company website this week, which has a WordPress blog here. I’ll be moving most of my work-related entries over to that site, just like I did for golf posts and the Golfing in Minnesota site.

Visitors are always welcome–give us a call at 952-212-9680 or just stop by. We are usually here during regular business hours…DK

Originally published by DK on November 2, 2006 at 3:43 pm

Another Late Season Round at Legends Club

Posted Thursday, November 2nd, 2006 12:35 am GMT -6 in Golf at 12:35 AM

Wow, a late October, sunny, mid-60s day in Minnesota. Of course the temperature dropped about 40 degrees the next day, but we’ll take it. The Legends Club was in superb condition and the food in the clubhouse continues to be well above average. The forecast for the weekend shows promise for at least one more round in 2006.

Originally published by DK on November 2, 2006 at 12:35 am

Minnesota Wild Players at Sensers Eagan

Posted Thursday, November 2nd, 2006 12:19 am GMT -6 in Family,Hockey at 12:19 AM

Tonight my daughter and I went to the Wild event at Joe Senser’s in Eagan. Finns Mikko Koivu and Petteri Nummelin were very nice to us: they answered her question, signed her jersey and gave me my favorite “To DK” signed photos. The organizers from the Wild were also very nice to us and I thanked them for holding great events like this that are kid-friendly.

The Hockey Unplugged event started with an hour broadcast that I believe will be pondcast from the Wild site in a few days. After the broadcast, the large crowd got in line for autographs. We waited for a bit, but the line wasn’t moving at all. Instead of leaving, we decided to get a table and have a snack. Afterwards, it was a very short wait and a fun end to the night…DK

Originally published by DK on November 2, 2006 at 12:19 am

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  • Mile - 6:10
  • 5K - 21:42
  • 10K - 44:40
  • Half - 1:38:40
  • Full - 3:43:32
  • 50K - 7:37:00
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