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Wilbert Cafe, Cotton, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on November 27, 2013 at 3:02 pm
WMS Gaming Ferris Bueller’s Day Off slot machineOriginally published by DK on November 26, 2013 at 4:07 pm
The temporary buffet next door to my office has been very bad for the scale…Originally published by DK on November 26, 2013 at 12:40 pm
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Colleen has been in the Pearl Jam Ten Club for quite a long time. One of the perks of membership is access to concert tickets that the general public can’t get. When they announced the Lighting Bolt tour, the nearest stop to Minnesota (aside for the Wrigley Park special show) was Oklahoma. Since I hadn’t been back to that state since I was born in the army hospital at Fort Sill, I told her I’d drive her down there if she wanted to go. We entered the ticket lottery and had the chance to purchase two tickets to the show at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday, November 16, 2013.
We hit the road on Friday morning just after the kids left for school (my mom stayed with them at our house) and drove south on I-35. We stopped just across the Minnesota-Iowa border at the Diamond Jo Casino, which is one of my favorite smaller casinos. They sent me a flier with $15 of free play (each way), a half price buffet coupon and $10 of free gas. This was Colleen’s first time there and we had a great time on both visits.
We continued south through Des Moines, drove around Kansas City and stayed overnight at Jason’s new casino, Prairie Band Casino and Resort. We had dinner at his wonderful steakhouse, Three Fires, which included some amazing table-side cocktails prepared by his F&B manager Damian. The room we stayed in was really nice and I wish I could’ve spent more time there. I almost golfed at their top-ranked course, but the winds were howling and we needed to get back on the road.
It took about four hours to get to Oklahoma City (including some quality time on the Kansas Turnpike). We dropped off our bags at the Holiday Inn Express before the concert and also visited the Oklahoma tourist center, which had all kinds of great things (even picked up a brochure for the American Banjo Museum). The person working the counter said we should park in the Bass Pro Shop parking lot and walk to the arena, which turned out to be great advice.
We picked up our will call tickets and hung out in the excellent 70-degree evening temps before the doors opened. Chesapeake is the arena for the NBA’s Thunder, so it’s similar in size and layout to Target Center (although I think it holds a little more). With the fan club tickets, you don’t know what you get until the day of the show, so I wasn’t sure if ours were good or not. It said we were third row on the main floor, but it turned out the immediate area in front of the stage was all standing GA. Even so, our seats were pretty great (see pics below).
Opener Midlake is from neighboring Texas and was only doing a few regional stops on the overall tour. They were very humble and grateful for the opportunity to play. Not sure if an arena that size was the best setting for their music, but I enjoyed listening to them and will probably pick up their album Antiphon at some point.
As for Pearl Jam, they were amazing. Turns out they’ve only come to Oklahoma every ten years, so they added several songs to the original set list and had a lot of extra banter with the crowd based on OKC “stealing” Seattle’s NBA team. Jeff Ament even slipped on an old Supersonics jersey at one point. It was all in good fun, though, and the fans and the band all seemed to have a great time (I think Eddie drinking several bottles of wine during the evening helped too).
Some of the commenters on Instagram said this was the best set list of the tour (see pics). Colleen said she heard every song she wanted to hear long before the night was over and I was thoroughly entertained all night too. The reviews I saw were all positive: see here and here. My favorite song of the night was probably Immortality and it was pretty great to hear that Who cover at the end (which included Eddie’s only real scream of the night).
We got out of the arena shortly after midnight, only to find almost all of the restaurants in the trendy Bricktown area closed. We hadn’t had dinner yet, so we stopped at a Waffle House on MLK, which was one of the more adventurous meals we’ve had in a long time. The waffles and hash browns were excellent and reasonable priced, though, and we headed back to the hotel for a brief sleep before driving straight through to Minnesota on Sunday.
Directions from Oklahoma City to Minneapolis are pretty simple – just follow Interstate 35 the entire way. We did take a brief detour to have lunch with Jason and his family in Lawrence, Kansas (and later, the second stop at Diamond Jo), but we made it home in time to pick up kid one from work at ten.
Fun trip, but I really hope the Pearl Jam tour manager finds his Minnesota rolodex for the next tour…
Grand Ole Creamery, St. Paul, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on November 24, 2013 at 7:26 pm
Napoli with prosciutto, Punch PizzaOriginally published by DK on November 24, 2013 at 7:06 pm
Dinner with the girls, Punch on GrandOriginally published by DK on November 24, 2013 at 7:05 pm
Lake Nokomis, MinneapolisOriginally published by DK on November 24, 2013 at 4:37 pm
Marvel Bar’s latest, MinneapolisOriginally published by DK on November 23, 2013 at 7:04 pm
I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen.
Kid one at the Woodbury ZantigoOriginally published by DK on November 22, 2013 at 8:26 pm
Eagan SmashburgerOriginally published by DK on November 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm
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It seems like the tech press has almost become bored with Apple these days. I also sense that many people like to see the Android/iOS competition as the second coming of Mac versus Windows. Whatever. I still use the tools I like best and most of those still come from Cupertino. Are there things I still hate? Of course – looking at you iOS keyboard, OS X Finder and AppleID management.
Part of my job involves staying current with what everyone else is doing, so I’ve tested Windows 8, Android and Windows Phone. Some of it is OK, but at the end of the day, I still primarily use my MacBook Air, iPad mini and iPhone 5S.
When it came time to get a new personal phone, I decided to skip the lower cost 5C option and get a 32GB “space gray” 5S. The main differences for me were the faster processor, the better camera and the touchID sensor. Speed has been decent and the sensor is handier than I imagined (especially when buying items), but the camera hasn’t been as much of an improvement over the 5 as I had hoped. Granted, the old camera was still pretty great for a phone.
As for the other recent Apple announcements, I guess the only thing I’d buy right now (if I had the money) would be the Retina iPad mini. I thought the current work mini I have had a great screen and was plenty fast, so to get a new model that’s faster and sharper with no other tradeoff would be very nice. On the other hand, if I could get a phone that had a screen size somewhere between the 5S and the mini, I’d need only one iOS device. The iPad Airs are technically very nice, but I just don’t like that size in my hands.
In the laptop world, my true dream machine hasn’t been built yet. The new Retina MacBook Pros are nice, but I prefer the Air size and feel. Add a Retina screen to that, include a pooled LTE data connection and 1TB of SSD storage and it would be just about perfect. No real interest in the new Mac Pro for my needs…Originally published by DK on November 20, 2013 at 10:42 pm
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First time I’ve used the new in-room hotel microwave ovens, Fortune Bay room 301Originally published by DK on November 19, 2013 at 9:28 pm
Wish I could be there for this…Originally published by DK on November 19, 2013 at 7:35 pm
Black Friday is our Super Bowl and we plan to win.Originally published by DK on November 19, 2013 at 4:06 pm
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Still catching up, so here’s the long overdue Dave Chappelle post about his late show one week ago at First Avenue in Minneapolis. I’m still in shock he did all of those shows (eight at First Ave, four more at the Pantages), followed by the late night basketball appearance at Target Center on Saturday night. It’s not totally unique (Denver got ten shows), but it was historic for First Avenue.
When this all started, it was just two nights (Monday & Tuesday), with early shows at 7pm and late shows at 10:30pm. With my work schedule, I tried right away to get tickets to the Monday early show, but they sold out first (at $55 per ticket). I did get two for the late show, which turned out to be the better value, seeing as how he performed for about three hours (we left at nearly 2:15am).
Chris Riemenschneider wrote about our show here, while his colleague Rohan Preston covered the early Monday show here (we heard that Slug from Atmosphere was at that one). I didn’t really see any reviews of the shows later in the week, but I’m sure they are out there somewhere. Everyone I know on Twitter that went later seemed to have a great time.
Chicago-based opener Azhar Muhammad Usman was really funny and a good choice to get the crowd warmed up. A DJ was playing music when the doors opened until the time Usman started his roughly 15 minute routine. A few more songs from the DJ during the brief intermission, then it was time for Dave.
It was really bizarre attending a general admission seated show at First Avenue, but I liked it. Supposedly they only sold 500 tickets for each session, which was later supplemented somehow with standing room only GA tickets (that must have been fun for the floor staff to enforce). We were lucky to be under the heaters at the front of the line and got seats in the second row.
The no pictures, no talking and no heckling signs were up everywhere and overall the crowd was well behaved. There was lots of interaction towards the end that was borderline heckling, but he brought that on himself (asking questions, taking requests, calling on individuals, etc.). I wish our audience would have asked smarter questions, but it was still cool to see him be so open.
The start of the show was a little more scripted – like a regular prepared stand up routine. He talked about the incident in Hartford, his family and even pulled out Lil Wayne a few times (the Lil Wayne CSI bit was one of my favorites of the night, as was his Eddie Vedder impersonation). We really didn’t get any of his regular Chappelle Show sketch characters, though.
As the night went on, he kept smoking and drinking and basically ran out of prepared material. The last hour or so was basically just him talking about whatever popped into his head – Purple Rain, Prince, Minneapolis, movies, strip clubs. At first I was a little disappointed to not see more prepared stuff, but after it was over, I felt like I had just hung out with a good friend all night.
He’s Rick James, bitch!Originally published by DK on November 18, 2013 at 8:01 pm
Why does this never happen to me?Originally published by DK on November 18, 2013 at 3:19 pm
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Dempsey’s Burger Pub on Vermont StreetOriginally published by DK on November 17, 2013 at 2:27 pm
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HI Express, North Oklahoma City, OKOriginally published by DK on November 17, 2013 at 8:55 am
Oklahoma City’s Bricktown (with an unfortunate burned out bulb)Originally published by DK on November 17, 2013 at 1:59 am
MLK, Oklahoma CityOriginally published by DK on November 17, 2013 at 1:56 am
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Kansas City Strip, Three Fires SteakhouseOriginally published by DK on November 16, 2013 at 10:07 am
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The Kitchen Buffet @ Diamond Jo CasinoOriginally published by DK on November 15, 2013 at 12:28 pm
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….big time. Good luck Alex – you can come back anytime!Originally published by DK on November 14, 2013 at 6:19 pm
Big Konami win at Fortune Bay, Tower, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on November 14, 2013 at 3:13 am
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I’m getting backed up on posts (hardly ever have drafts sitting in the queue, but there are a bunch in there right now), so watch for new stories coming up in the next week or so). I’ll start with the oldest one first, which was the John Mark Nelson concert the girls and I went to see last Friday at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis.
We parked in the U of M ramp and walked over to the Wienery first, which seems to be my favorite routine for shows at the Cedar. The girls ordered some cheese fries and I had an upsetter with scrambled eggs. No Turtle sightings this time around, unfortunately.
The concert was a general admission seated show and there was no line when we walked over from the restaurant. I bought tickets in the lobby for Trailer Trash next month and Charlie Parr in February, then headed inside to claim some seats (third row, despite it being sold out).
The Ericksons (sisters Bethany Erickson and Jennifer Kochsiek) opened the night and were kid one’s favorite act. Dave Simonett and Ryan Young (Trampled By Turtles and Dead Man Winter) played next and were my favorite (and whose set concluded with a wonderful cover of Neil Young’s One of These Days). Lastly, kid two preferred the headliner, who performed with quite a large band (five plus him).
Nelson has two albums out currently and was running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the next one (not bad for a 19-year-old, eh?). I think he said the new stuff should be out by the end of the year and ended up playing a number of newer songs that I hadn’t heard before. He was very good at stage banter between songs and had interesting stories to tell about his songwriting process.
When we saw him at the Lake Harriet bandshell this summer, it was really hard to hear him sing on some songs, as many of his compositions have loud parts interspersed with very soft sections. The Cedar (with chairs) was the perfect venue for him, as people generally kept their big mouths shut for the entire evening (thank you, thank you, thank you).
At $10 a ticket, I’m really starting to dig the Cedar as a venue. It was fun taking the girls there for the first time too. Looking forward to a Trashy Little Xmas Family Matinee on the 8th…Originally published by DK on November 14, 2013 at 1:34 am
Sunset SteakhouseOriginally published by DK on November 13, 2013 at 6:36 pm
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Cold, shmold…Originally published by DK on November 11, 2013 at 1:15 pm
Dudley do no wrong 2night, if Nell just let him kick it…Originally published by DK on November 11, 2013 at 9:40 am
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