Kid two, Minnesota State Fair, Falcon Heights, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on September 30, 2011 at 10:57 pm
…but even a gypsy caravan was too much settling down. And they say her flower is faded now, hard weather and hard booze. But maybe that’s just the price you pay for the chains you refuse…Originally published by DK on September 30, 2011 at 10:56 pm
Kid one, Minnesota State Fair, Falcon Heights, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on September 30, 2011 at 8:40 pm
http://amyschmidt0126.wordpress.com/Originally published by DK on September 29, 2011 at 9:22 pm
So many things going on right now – rolling out the new kiosks at work this week, trying to wrap up a bunch of items before I leave town, marathon expo on Friday, family races on Saturday, a wedding reception later that day, the Twin Cities Marathon Sunday morning, a benefit dinner Sunday night and an early morning flight to Vegas on Monday.
I also still have to get the new work website finished, design a new look for the Tapemark Pro-Am site, move my personal server somewhere cheaper, get Halloween items listed on Craigslist and finish cleaning the house. I’m already behind on a bunch of TV shows, but don’t really want to spend the time to catch up – I’d much rather work on relationships with family and friends.
More on that soon…Originally published by DK on September 28, 2011 at 11:20 pm
Authors are like bloggers, but rich.Originally published by DK on September 28, 2011 at 10:08 pm
Tom Beaudry and the Bois Forte Tribal Council, Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on September 28, 2011 at 10:06 pm
The Wilderness at Fortune Bay, Tower, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on September 27, 2011 at 11:59 pm
http://www.lakevermilionresorts.com/webcams/cam5/Originally published by DK on September 27, 2011 at 9:27 am
Drivers are rude, such attitudes. When I show my piece, complaints cease. Something’s odd, I feel like I’m God…Originally published by DK on September 26, 2011 at 7:42 am
It seems like almost every golf course I play on a regular basis has at least one nemesis hole where I never score well. At this point, screw ups on these holes are almost all mental (although some holes are just plain hard). I imagine the pros have a similar feeling about the seventeenth at TPC Sawgrass – you know it’s coming, you know all the details of the hole, yet it still has the all-too-frequent ability to mushroom into a dreaded “other.”
Today’s lovely round at Willingers Golf Club in Northfield had two current nemesis holes for me: the par three seventh (which I don’t think I’ve hit in years) and the par four sixteenth (pictured above). I doubled both today in different fashions:
- Hit the left bank of the seventh green and ricocheted directly into the marsh. Dropped, chipped on and missed the putt.
- Pulled my drive on sixteen into the trees on the left off the tee, dropped and punched out to about 115 yards. Hit a perfect pitching wedge that landed just short of the hole, bounced up, hit the flag stick and rolled long. Missed the putt.
Golf for me really isn’t about scoring these days – I play primarily for the social interaction, being outside on a beautiful day and getting in a good walk. There is still the opportunity for a decent score each time I tee it up, though, so it would be nice if these nemesis holes would give up a par every once in a while…Originally published by DK on September 25, 2011 at 10:10 pm
You’re going to be bad for business. I can tell.Originally published by DK on September 24, 2011 at 11:22 pm
With the new work site about to come online, I’ve been experimenting with various options for displaying photo galleries in WordPress. I’ve used Gallery2 with the WPG2 plugin for quite a long time on many of my sites, but it’s getting a little long in the tooth. Gallery3 hasn’t seemed to get a lot of traction yet and I really wasn’t too impressed with the other WordPress gallery options I tried.
There is a Lightbox plugin I’ve been using for a bit on this site called jQuery Lightbox For Native Galleries. It works with built-in WordPress galleries, which I also didn’t really like much. After reading more about them, however, I’ve decided to migrate from Gallery2 to native galleries and use the Lightbox plugin for all of my images.
There is another plugin out there that’s supposed to help automate this conversion, but I have so many images and albums, that I really want to do it manually. I’ve already culled some albums and might decide to only repost the best images in some of the larger albums (especially with golf and hockey shots).
I still need to research a way to replicate the random photo in the sub-footer (and not include private photos), reload several photo categories, decide how best to handle URL re-directs and/or 404 issues with the old Gallery2 URLs and decide if I want a better way to deal with titles, captions and EXIF data.
So far, though, I’m pretty happy with how things are working. Here is a sneak peak of the new look – feedback is always welcome.Originally published by DK on September 24, 2011 at 12:00 am
Gordy’s Hi-Hat, Cloquet, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on September 22, 2011 at 6:47 pm
http://www.drawastickman.com/Originally published by DK on September 21, 2011 at 11:05 pm
From R.E.M. HQ today:
“To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.” R.E.M.
After a while, it seemed like the newer R.E.M. albums all blurred together, but Automatic for the People, Life’s Rich Pageant, Document and even Monster played a huge part in my life growing up. I can’t remember how many times we saw them in concert (maybe just once), but I’ll never forget secretly following Stipey around the British Museum while trying not to look too much like a star-struck fan.
Cheers to you, Messrs. Stipe, Buck and Mills!Originally published by DK on September 21, 2011 at 7:26 pm
But it was not your fault but mine. And it was your heart on the line…Originally published by DK on September 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm
http://chuck.goolsbee.org/Originally published by DK on September 21, 2011 at 6:55 pm
Employee Recognition Luncheon, Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on September 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm
‘What’ ain’t no country I’ve ever heard of. They speak English in What?Originally published by DK on September 20, 2011 at 9:38 pm
http://www.gocomics.com/jimsjournalOriginally published by DK on September 20, 2011 at 6:47 pm
Caramel Apples, Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on September 20, 2011 at 6:44 pm
It’s now been 14 months since I started working at a casino. I just had my first annual review last week and left the meeting feeling pretty good about what I accomplished the first year and the goals I’ve set for year two. Here are some highlights for the upcoming 2012 fiscal year starting October 1st:
- Officially launch new public and internal websites
- Deploy four new players club information kiosks
- Increase corporate and public internet speeds
- Improve telephone system performance and quality
- Strengthen cellular and wi-fi signal and enhance resort coverage area
- Replace and upgrade server room storage capacity
- Upgrade resort reservation system
- Develop prototypes using mobile technologies
Working in a casino resort has been a great experience so far, with so much to learn and experience. Our resort is big enough to be exciting, but small enough for me to get involved in virtually all aspects of the operation. I particularly like helping with some of the marketing and concert promotion activities, along with the golf operations of a top Minnesota course.
The people here are great and it really is like a big family. The restaurant staff automatically brings my favorite drink, the front desk books my favorite rooms each week and the golf course crew knows I won’t be needing a cart.
I’m still working on building the latest “ultimate” office space, but the current setup is comfortable and we have most of the tools needed to get the job done.
Networking with industry contacts and other local casinos should get a boost when I attend the G2E trade expo in Las Vegas next month, along with the 2012 NIGA conference, to be held April 1-4 in San Diego. Can’t wait!Originally published by DK on September 20, 2011 at 2:45 pm
Plans for this fall:
- Hawaii Five-O, CBS, Mon@9PM
- Glee, Fox, Tue@7PM
- Survivor, CBS, Wed@7PM
- Modern Family, ABC, Wed@8PM
- CSI, CBS, Wed@9PM
- Community, NBC, Thu@7PM
- The Office, NBC, Thu@8PM
I’d also like to catch Boardwalk Empire and Hung on HBO, depending on when the replays air at the resort. Lots of Showtime series too, but we don’t get that channel here…Originally published by DK on September 19, 2011 at 10:39 pm
Ernest, Brian, DK and Thor, The Wilderness at Fortune Bay, Tower, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on September 19, 2011 at 10:20 pm
You’re the fastest runner, but you’re not allowed to win.Originally published by DK on September 18, 2011 at 6:34 pm
Hillcrest Golf Club of St. Paul has new owners since the last time I played there – Steamfitters Pipefitters Local 455. I’m pretty sure this is the only union-owned private golf course in Minnesota (and it sounds like one of just a few in the whole country).
This was the third time I’ve played Hillcrest, the first two with former Eagle Eye Photography owner, Steve Smith. Aside from the ownership, nothing much had changed on the course from what I remember. I think some bunkers were removed from the hill fronting the 17th green, but that’s about it.
The greens were typical private course speedy and we couldn’t hold one all day – every approach shot would roll through to the back. With so many elevated greens, being at the back added an extra dimension of fear when putting back to pins located in the front. I also experienced several greens that I just couldn’t read – don’t know if they were optical illusions or what.
It will be interesting to see what happens with this course. It’s not exactly the greatest time to own a golf course, public or private. I know the union paid $4.3 million (in cash even), but I’d love to read the business plan behind that deal. Apparently the purchase agreement includes a commitment to stay private for a minimum of two years.
Hillcrest holds an interesting piece of St. Paul golf history, opening in 1921 as a municipal course and operated as a predominately Jewish private club from 1945 until the late 70s. The current clubhouse opened in 2000 and they’ve been offering numerous specials the past few years in a big marketing effort to stop declining membership. Time will time if the pipefitters have better luck with that goal.
Hillcrest trivia: the 14th tee is the highest point in Ramsey County.Originally published by DK on September 17, 2011 at 11:05 pm
Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Eagan, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on September 16, 2011 at 7:29 pm
http://www.digitalcyclone.com/products/mobile-my-cast/iPhone/Originally published by DK on September 16, 2011 at 6:42 pm
As posted earlier this week, I finally implemented a few design changes on 7 Minute Miles. I discovered that the updated news feed still has some issues that I need to test out further (thanks Joss Crowcroft), but overall I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.
With the additional of post formats, I should be able to post something almost every day – favorite quotes, links to other sites I like and single images are quick and easy. I also want to write regular posts more often and will focus on my usual food, golf, running and travel stories, along with some personal posts about whatever grabs my fancy on that particular day.
I haven’t decided yet just how personal I want to get here – there is definitely a school of thought that says you need to cultivate your “online brand” and be aware of what a potential future employer might read. Others get all uptight if you swear, become too political or say something that’s out of the ordinary. And it’s much easier to write crazy stuff if you are anonymous (or an idiot).
Online publishing platforms like WordPress create an incredible opportunity for self-expression and wide dissemination of thoughts and ideas. Everyone likes to hold up freedom of speech as an ideal, but the reality is that words have consequences and must be wielded carefully. I hate self-censorship, but I’ve also been burned enough times by things I write to know I need to think twice (or more) before hitting the publish button.
I am who I am, though, and don’t plan to be anonymous or (hopefully) boring. So sit back, relax and enjoy the show…Originally published by DK on September 15, 2011 at 11:01 pm
Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on September 15, 2011 at 8:13 am
Listen, strange women lyin’ in ponds distributin’ swords is no basis for a system of government.Originally published by DK on September 14, 2011 at 10:38 pm
The cold temps this week reminded me that our golf course will be closed for the 2011 season on October 10 (no matter what). Discounted fall rates are in effect and our tee sheet has been jammed all week.
If you’d like to get up here and join me for a round, there are only 25 days left after today…Originally published by DK on September 14, 2011 at 9:59 am
Kid two art project, Eagan, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on September 13, 2011 at 2:30 am
The thirtieth running of the Twin Cities Marathon is only three weeks away, yet I feel like I’m the most prepared I’ve ever been. Today was my last long run, which I’ve pushed up to 22.5 miles this time around (never did longer than 17 before this year). Almost all of my mileage this summer has occurred on Lake Vermilion or around the Minneapolis lakes, which is a nice change from boring suburban routes. And a big shout out to Megan for helping me build up to those longer distances (and getting faster).
Ah, to be in my twenties again…
I recently switched my mileage log over to a custom-built database running on this site after using the Runner’s World run log for several years. As of today, my 2011 total is “only” 564 miles (after a high of 1001 in 2009). This is still ahead of last year and 2008, but not as high as I’d like. I attribute part of that to doing more cross training (particularly mountain biking) and the rest to my weekly commute schedule. I’ll start my taper now, so September mileage won’t get too much higher.
My 2009 Monster Half time of 1:39 gets me into the first wave for TCM again, so I’m hoping to break my marathon PR of 3:47 this year. The next best goal would be to run sub-four (which I’ve never done at this race) and finally, just set a new TCM PR (4:13). My body has held up OK on these longer training runs, but I definitely got slower at the end today. Hopefully three weeks of shorter runs will be just what I need to fully recover before October 2. Fingers crossed for good weather too.
Crossing over to “TMI” territory, I’ve had some painful bleeding problems twice in the past month. I used Glide today and was OK, but the weather was also pretty dry. I should be OK for the race as long as it doesn’t rain or get too humid. If that happens, I’ll just make sure not to wear a white shirt (ick).
The new GMC sports vitamins I’ve been taking have helped with joint pain, but today my ankles and hips hurt a little more than usual. I plan to increase my upper body and core workouts the next three weeks to offset the decrease in miles and help out with the hills and my kick at the finish of the TCM course.
This is the last race I’m currently registered for, but there are several I’d like to do if I can come up with the money. Team Ortho’s Monster Half is moving to St. Paul this year and I really like the course, but $75 is pushing it for me when it comes to a half. Megan is registered for the Goofy Challenge in January and asked if I wanted to run it also, but airfare and the $350 entry fee make that highly unlikely (even with a free lodging and park admission offer from my brother). I’m also holding off on the 2012 Grandma’s for now, as there’s still a chance I will get picked for New York next year. Lots of other wish list races too…Originally published by DK on September 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm
“Stood by on believing.
Stood by on my own.
Always thought I was someone.
Turned out I was wrong.”
As part of my effort to start writing more, today I go back to my roots of golf course reporting. Today’s afternoon round was at one of my favorites: Willingers Golf Club near Northfield. I was accompanied by three generations of Millers – Grandpa Al, his son Brad and grandson Sam. We took advantage of the aeration special ($30 walking or riding), which proved popular based on the nearly full parking lot at 1:30PM.
They seem to be using the newer aeration process with smaller holes that heal quickly. To be honest, it was hard to tell that they punched at all this week. The greens seemed to be rolling a little slower than normal, but overall were quite nice. The winter damage I experienced on the sixth fairway this spring was completely healed and most fairways were fine – just some spots here and there.
I wish they would find an extra 64 yards to get the white tees to 6000 yards, as people keep playing the wrong tees for their ability. The group in front of us was terrible, but they seemed to think the blue tees were the place to be. Unfortunately, they also couldn’t keep pace and were out of position most of the day, which led to a 4:40 round. Frustrating.
On the upside, I tied my best score ever, a nine-over 81. I started with five straights pars, followed by bogeys on holes six through ten. I had five more pars on the back nine, but took a double bogey on the difficult par four sixteenth. I pulled my tee shot into a trap on the par three seventeenth, which basically blew any chance of breaking 80 for the first time. Still, it was nice to play an entire round with the same ball for a change.Originally published by DK on September 10, 2011 at 9:21 pm
http://fortybythirty.com/Originally published by DK on September 10, 2011 at 10:46 am
Minneapolis, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on September 10, 2011 at 12:27 am
The biggest items involved adding post formats to my custom theme (which now supports standard, link, quote and image posts) and integrating a three-column formatting structure based on the jQuery plugin Masonry. I also modified the RSS feed to deal with post formats, tweaked the Twitter section and cleaned up the style sheet.
I’ve also been thinking a lot about how I spend my time online and how I present myself in various venues (I’m currently on a Facebook hiatus, quit Google+ before I really started and came very close to shutting down my LinkedIn profile). The simplicity of Tumblr drove the implementation of post formats and I like the idea of having full control over my content. Also have high hopes for the next version of the WordPress iOS app.
All of these things will hopefully mean I get back to posting more often, but no promises…Originally published by DK on September 10, 2011 at 12:12 am
It is better to remain silent and thought a fool than to speak up and remove all doubt.Originally published by DK on September 9, 2011 at 10:14 pm
Falcon Heights, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on September 8, 2011 at 9:51 pm
http://www.barbette.com/Originally published by DK on September 8, 2011 at 1:54 pm
As I write this, there is still a day and a half left of the 2011 Minnesota State Fair. As a huge fair fan who has attended the event every year of my life, it’s hard not to think about sneaking in one last visit. This year I’ve gone three times, though, so it’s probably better if I save what’s left of my money and do something else with the rest of the long holiday weekend.
Visit #1 was to run the State Fair Milk Run 5K, which I’ve done with kid one the past several years. This year the rest of the family decided to sign up and walk it too, which was cool. Kid one decided she didn’t want to run with me, so I was free to attempt a PR. The course winds through the hills of Saint Anthony Park and those said hills kicked my butt a little. I ran the first mile in 6:52, but slowed to a 7:24 in the second (really hilly) mile. I ran a 6:48 third mile, though, and was able to finish in 21:42 (6:59 overall pace). That beat my old 5K PR by about a minute and a half and was good enough for 7th in my age group and 69th overall (in a field of about 1400).
My dad had purchased Twins single game tickets at the beginning of the baseball season and happened to pick Milk Run day as the game to take me to for my first visit to Target Field (which I liked more than I thought I would). It was an afternoon game, so we spent a few hours at the fair after the race, then he picked us up on Como for the drive to Minneapolis. We decided to return to the fair after the game, which worked out well – plus it was a rare August 2011 Twins win too.
Visit #2 was unplanned – my mom had tickets to see Garrison Keillor perform his Prairie Home Companion show at the grandstand, but didn’t feel up to going. My dad and sister had the other two tickets, so I met them there. The seats were amazing (third row center) and the show had the added benefit of four songs by the Jayhawks (Closer to Your Side, She Walks in So Many Ways, Blue and Over My Shoulder). Sara Watkins was really good and I enjoy seeing all the regular cast members as well (Sue Scott, Tim Russell, Tom Keith, etc.). Also got to visit with an old high school friend for a bit before the show (and saw an old co-worker who plays in a band near the beer garden afterwards).
Last night we all went back as a family to see Weezer at the grandstand. Since we missed machinery hill the first day, we decided to get there around 1:30 and cover that half of the fairgrounds. It was crowded everywhere, but the afternoon went by quickly and a cold westerly wind kicked up. By the time the opening act started to play (Motion City Soundtrack), I was really wishing I had worn something other than shorts and a T-shirt. Weezer was very entertaining (Star Tribune review) and fireworks both nights seemed better than usual. Here’s the Weezer set list:
- Surf Wax America (Blue Album)
- We Are All on Drugs (Make Believe)
- Troublemaker (Red Album)
- El Scorcho (Pinkerton)
- Say It Ain’t So (Blue Album)
- Hash Pipe (Green Album)
- My Name Is Jonas (Blue Album)
- Dope Nose (Maladroit)
- Pumped Up Kicks (Foster the People cover)
- Island in the Sun (Green Album)
- Perfect Situation (Make Believe)
- (If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To (Raditude)
- Undone (The Sweater Song) (Blue Album)
- Pork and Beans (Red Album)
- Beverly Hills (Make Believe)
- Paranoid Android (Radiohead cover)
- Buddy Holly (Blue Album)
Contrary to my normal eating pattern, I actually tried two new foods this year: pretzel dogs (hot dog on a stick, wrapped by a large soft pretzel) and sweet corn ice cream. The former was located in a booth near the horse barn and came with optional butter and a side of melted cheese for dipping. Aside from the pretzel slipping off of the hot dog, it was really good. As for the sweet corn ice cream, I don’t think I’ll be needing to order that again. $5 lesson learned, I guess.
Kid one gets to return with her aunt tomorrow to see Train and Maroon 5. She will also be old enough to work at the corn roast booth next year, so we all have that to look forward to. Mark your calendars now: August 23 – September 3, 2012!Originally published by DK on September 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm