http://www.wired.com/2014/07/usb-security/Originally published by DK on July 31, 2014 at 1:36 pm
Mankato Golf Club Head Professional Mike ZinniOriginally published by DK on July 30, 2014 at 12:10 pm
Navip Slivovitz, 8 Years OldOriginally published by DK on July 29, 2014 at 6:51 pm
Rained out after seven…Originally published by DK on July 29, 2014 at 6:48 pm
Severe downpour @ The WildernessOriginally published by DK on July 29, 2014 at 5:53 pm
SK in front of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster (2007), Disney’s Hollywood Studios, FloridaOriginally published by DK on July 29, 2014 at 12:23 pm
…before the pizza.Originally published by DK on July 28, 2014 at 7:22 pm
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Studio Phil’s inbox is waaaay worse than any of mineOriginally published by DK on July 27, 2014 at 8:20 pm
Walleye dinner with Phil, Tavern on GrandOriginally published by DK on July 27, 2014 at 8:17 pm
Still some storm and flood damageOriginally published by DK on July 27, 2014 at 10:49 am
Half rack of ribsOriginally published by DK on July 26, 2014 at 8:16 pm
Oak Ridge Boys @ Mystic LakeOriginally published by DK on July 26, 2014 at 8:15 pm
Texas Outlaws @ Mystic LakeOriginally published by DK on July 26, 2014 at 6:25 pm
Yesterday was the 100 day warning for the 2014 New York City Marathon. Last week was also the start of the 16 week training programs for that race, which starts at 9:40 a.m. on November 2 (wave 1). As I found out earlier this year, I was picked again during the lottery (which worked out so well in 2012). I should be getting super excited and motivated to go back and try again, but it’s been a rough go so far.
First off, I really want to take the whole family, but airfare and hotel costs are ruling that out. In fact, I don’t know if I can afford for me to go solo. I’m working a few angles, though – there are a couple friends that offered up couches and I’m about 2,000 Delta SkyMiles away from a free ticket (anybody have any extra they’d like to gift?).
Second, the Minnesota weather hasn’t exactly been cooperating. Spring took forever to arrive, then lasted about four days. Summer has consisted of trail-flooding rains, high dew points and way too many flying bugs. That has translated into lots of summer treadmill time, which also unfortunately means a reduction in miles. I’ve kept up the 100-mile per month goal so far, but a few of those were cutting it close.
Lastly, I’ve just haven’t been motivated to run the past few months. I think part of that is due to general aches and pains that I’m assuming are due to aging (since I’ve been training continuously). It’s tough going out when every time feels like I’m starting over from scratch. I’ve been reading a little bit on hip flexors and wonder if the new pain I’m feeling there is caused by that. My running partner also moved across town, which makes it harder to get off the couch (especially with less-than-prefect weather).
There are a couple of things in play that could help change course on motivation. First, I need to get my weight back in check. It’s been inching up for months and really needs to drop at least ten pounds. Distance running isn’t generally a weight loss tool for most, but it has been for me as I build mileage and cross-train.
Second, I’d really like to get that BQ before I jump to the next age group in four years. That means a 3:25:00 (7:49 pace) if I want a mid-April trip to Boston (April 20, 2015; April 18, 2016; April 17, 2017 or April 16, 2018). This would be an aggressive goal – I need to cut about 18 minutes from my marathon PR – but it might be exactly what I need this year. Plus, how cool would it be to BQ at NY?
My next confirmed race is the Minnesota State Fair Milk Run 5K (7:45 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24). It would do wonders for my confidence if I can PR at that race and get an age group ribbon (need to beat 21:42 to be in contention).
Thinking ahead to 2015, I’d love to do the spring 50K Superior Trail Race in Lutsen and then run the 50 mile in the fall (I need the former to qualify for the latter). The spring race is May 16th and the fall date is TBD (September). I had that dream about running a BQ at Grandma’s, so I feel like I just *have* to run that in 2015 (7:45 a.m. on Saturday, June 20). I also still want to run the Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon (June) and Des Moines (October), but those will probably have to wait at least another year.
Now I just need my body to cooperate and hold on for a few more years…Originally published by DK on July 26, 2014 at 5:18 pm
http://www.startribune.com/local/268544262.html?page=all&prepage=2&c=yOriginally published by DK on July 26, 2014 at 4:09 pm
Eyes that look like heaven, lips like sherry wine. That girl can sure enough make my little light shine…Originally published by DK on July 26, 2014 at 3:49 pm
The Squirrel Book @ PatinaOriginally published by DK on July 26, 2014 at 2:29 pm
Neighborhood Cafe, St. PaulOriginally published by DK on July 26, 2014 at 11:40 am
Music & Movies in the Parks 2014Originally published by DK on July 25, 2014 at 8:10 pm
Lee Oskar’s 1978 classic album @ Cheapos UptownOriginally published by DK on July 25, 2014 at 8:08 pm
Dinner at coup d’ Ã©tat (with Libertine and Stella’s in the background)Originally published by DK on July 25, 2014 at 5:38 pm
I’ll take 150 & 191 any day, Cedarvale LanesOriginally published by DK on July 25, 2014 at 3:34 pm
MK @ Cedarvale LanesOriginally published by DK on July 25, 2014 at 2:55 pm
SK and MK @ BWW EaganOriginally published by DK on July 25, 2014 at 1:46 pm
I finish work, I go home, read a book, have a couple of beers, take myself for a walk and go to bed…Originally published by DK on July 25, 2014 at 1:37 am
Wild Alaska @ Black BearOriginally published by DK on July 24, 2014 at 3:12 pm
SK @ Walt Disney World, 2000Originally published by DK on July 24, 2014 at 8:35 am
MK @ the Polynesian, 2007Originally published by DK on July 24, 2014 at 8:33 am
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-jason-isbell-and-amanda-shires-strip-down-born-in-the-u-s-a-20140702Originally published by DK on July 23, 2014 at 8:44 am
Post-run sunset, Fortune Bay Marina, Lake VermilionOriginally published by DK on July 22, 2014 at 8:37 pm
SK and MK waiting in line at the Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorOriginally published by DK on July 22, 2014 at 9:29 am
SK and MK in 2007, Orlando, FloridaOriginally published by DK on July 22, 2014 at 9:25 am
http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/21/5923291/listen-to-weezers-rocking-catchy-new-single-back-to-the-shackOriginally published by DK on July 21, 2014 at 12:42 pm
$1 Tuscan chicken sandwichesOriginally published by DK on July 21, 2014 at 12:11 pm
She’s the Mr. Wolf of Panera BreadOriginally published by DK on July 20, 2014 at 6:31 pm
This is Jim Rockford. At the tone, leave your name and message. I’ll get back to you…Originally published by DK on July 20, 2014 at 5:02 pm
The neighborhood (twice removed)Originally published by DK on July 20, 2014 at 9:36 am
Nike store @ the new Eagan Outlet MallOriginally published by DK on July 20, 2014 at 9:36 am
Eagan Community CenterOriginally published by DK on July 20, 2014 at 8:35 am
My dad has had partial Twins season tickets for a few years. He saved up when the All-Star Game was announced and purchased two seats for all of the events. He also had the chance to order four tickets to the big Imagine Dragons show at TCF Bank Stadium, which I totally forgot about on the day the free tickets went on “sale.” The show sold out right away and local demand went up even more when Minneapolis favorites Atmosphere were added to the bill. Dad planned to take my sister and both SK and MK, so at least they were covered.
Somewhere in the Rhymesayers social media world, I saw a link to a page that said they were giving away pairs of tickets to show. I filled out a weird online Google Docs spreadsheet and promptly forgot about it. About a week before the show, I received an email from them saying we won tickets. Score!
We had to pick up the tickets in person between 11 and 4 on Saturday at Fifth Element on Hennepin. A later email mentioned that a limited number of “VIP” tickets would be available – first come, first serve. So after visiting my dad during his volunteer gig at the All-Star Fan Fest, we headed over to get in line around 10:15. There were maybe 50 people in front of us, but we were able to get two of the big blue VIP tickets that said to enter gate A. Other than that, we had no idea what the VIP part meant.
My dad and sister took the new Green Line and left early, as their tickets said upper level general admission. They ended up getting seats in the second row of the middle section directly across from the stage and saved two extra seats. We drove the girls later and parked in a lot right next to the stadium (for the low, low price of $20).
We took our VIP tickets and were granted access to some standing-room areas on the field, but were told we needed different credentials to get in the big white hospitality tent (that appeared to have free food and drinks – bummer). There were a bunch of folding chairs directly in front of the stage and there was signage that said the front half was the red section and the back half was blue. We asked about our tickets and were told they were for the blue section, so we found two seats directly in front of the sound board.
It was a rather warm, sunny day and the white tiles on the field pretty much acted as heating coils. We were so happy when the sun finally dropped behind the large scoreboard. After a rather weird introduction by one of the Pohlad kids, Atmosphere started their short, mostly PG set. While the Atmosphere and Imagine Dragons fans probably don’t overlap much (hi DGS!), I would’ve liked to see a little more of Slug (especially since ID only has the one album).
Semi-funny side note: the three women behind us at Fifth Element kept talking about how all they cared about was Atmosphere and how they planned to leave before “Magic Dragons” started. They kept laughing about Magic Dragons, then stopped and said “wait, what are they really called?” Now ID will forever be Magic Dragons to me…
As for the actual performances, I thought both acts were entertaining. Chris Riemenschneider had a rather harsh review at the Star Tribune and I agree that the All-Star Game concert probably deserved someone like Pearl Jam. But hey, it was free and I’m sure the sponsors were happy. The fireworks were cool too – the only real negative was the horrendous traffic getting out of there.
Here are the set lists (according to Chris):
- January on Lake Street
- Kanye West
- She’s Enough
- Party for the Fight to Write
- Shoulda Known
- Trying to Find a Balance
- Hear Me
- It’s Time
- Battle Cry
- With or Without You (U2 cover)
- 30 Lives
- Who We Are
- Nothing Left to Say
- On Top of the World
Up next: Rod Stewart & Santana at Xcel on August 10thOriginally published by DK on July 19, 2014 at 10:59 pm
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Last year we hit Summerfest for Tom Petty at Marcus Amphitheater (and by chance got to see most of Rhymesayers Day as well). This year we planned on two days: one for Arctic Monkeys on Wednesday and one for a repeat of Rhymesayers Day on Friday (this time with Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Grieves, PROF and deM atlaS). With nine different stages, strong lineups and a super cheap general admission price, Summerfest is hard to beat for value. On Arctic Monkey day, we also got to see Communist Daughter and Caroline Smith at no extra charge – bonus!
Last year it was just Colleen and I, while this year we had both kids. That mostly worked fine, but the crowds at the free stages can be a challenge. It’s also tough when everyone just stands on the metal bleachers – the Arctic Monkeys show in particular was really bad (that show should have been at Marcus in my opinion). Construction around downtown also meant extra long waits to get out of the parking lots (on Friday night we backed out of our spot and didn’t move – at all – for a full 45 minutes). I think we’ll probably take a year or two off, but I’m sure they will have someone next year I just can’t miss.
We stopped in Madison on the way down and gave SK and MK a tour of “our” campus. Of course we had lunch at the Nitty Gritty, visited the Memorial Union Terrace and had some Babcock Hall ice cream. Other stops on the tour included a walk up and down State Street, a visit to the University Bookstore, our first time at Strictly Discs and a quick tour of the new Union South. On our way out of town, we hit the always interesting Ella’s Deli. It’s amazing how much new construction has occurred in that city since we graduated. Might get to see it more often if MK really does end up going to school there too (she already has the Badger Swim and Dive shirt).
As far as food in the Milwaukee area, we hit a couple of repeat spots (Uncle Harry’s Frozen Custard and the Calderone Club) and one awesome new one (Traditional Pancake House). I also returned to the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino and ate at their sports bar, The Fire Pit, which was very good. No luck on their (relatively) high-denom machines, unfortunately.
Special thanks to Colleen’s cousin Cheryl and her husband Mike for letting us stay with them again this year – so, so sorry for the garage door. SMH…Originally published by DK on July 19, 2014 at 8:39 pm
Fifth hole @ Tartan ParkOriginally published by DK on July 19, 2014 at 10:44 am
Machete don’t smoke…Originally published by DK on July 18, 2014 at 7:40 pm
Fried Chicken Fridays @ Sandcastle, Lake Nokomis, MinneapolisOriginally published by DK on July 18, 2014 at 6:59 pm
Mom, dad and MK @ Red Robin AVOriginally published by DK on July 18, 2014 at 1:25 pm
We’re overdue for a dream-come-true, long time nothing new…Originally published by DK on July 17, 2014 at 11:54 pm
Prime rib dinner for $7.77Originally published by DK on July 17, 2014 at 7:39 pm
http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_26146657/keller-golf-course-hole-by-hole-guide?source=pkgOriginally published by DK on July 17, 2014 at 12:41 am
Take a Kid Fishing Day food (by Chef Dan)Originally published by DK on July 16, 2014 at 5:31 pm
Take a Kid Fishing Day on Lake Vermilion (Frazer Bay)Originally published by DK on July 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm
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Fifteen minutes kicked my buttOriginally published by DK on July 15, 2014 at 11:54 pm
Lucky Dog Doubler – the latest (semi) legal eScratch ticket from the Minnesota State LotteryOriginally published by DK on July 15, 2014 at 6:53 pm
Not what I was expecting…Originally published by DK on July 15, 2014 at 5:02 pm
Decided I needed a reward from the steakhouseOriginally published by DK on July 14, 2014 at 5:51 pm
Retrospect Macworld 2000 Party, ThirstyBear EditionOriginally published by DK on July 14, 2014 at 2:49 pm
Everybody’s got something to hide, except for me and
I think they had funOriginally published by DK on July 14, 2014 at 4:39 am
Thanks for the great tix, RhymesayersOriginally published by DK on July 12, 2014 at 6:59 pm
tokidoki bags @ Fan FestOriginally published by DK on July 12, 2014 at 12:39 pm
Lunch outside at The Lowy, Uptown MinneapolisOriginally published by DK on July 12, 2014 at 11:31 am
Dad taking photos at the All-Star Fan Fest, Minneapolis Convention CenterOriginally published by DK on July 12, 2014 at 10:31 am
Disguised as the Keebler Elf, Fan FestOriginally published by DK on July 12, 2014 at 10:30 am
Golden Glove Award @ Fan FestOriginally published by DK on July 12, 2014 at 10:29 am
Big Foot @ Fan Fest – ‘Murica!Originally published by DK on July 12, 2014 at 10:28 am
Me and the big prize, Fan FestOriginally published by DK on July 12, 2014 at 10:27 am
All-Star Fan Fest, Minneapolis Convention CenterOriginally published by DK on July 12, 2014 at 10:26 am
This post is super late (we visited Sea Change for Colleen’s birthday almost a month ago), but I’ve been focused on things other than writing blog posts that take longer than two minutes to write. Oh well, now that I’m getting Lapzilla back into production mode, there should be a whole plethora of posts coming soon…
Not sure why it took us so long to hit this restaurant. Executive Chef Tim McKee (2009 James Beard Award). Chef de Cuisine Jamie Malone (one of Food & Wine’s 2013 Best New Chef award winners). Beautiful location at the “new” Guthrie. What’s not to like? Perhaps it was just that seafood isn’t really at the top of my food category list (although I generally like a lot of fish). And City Pages says if you want seafood in Minneapolis, Sea Change is the place to go.
Plus how can you not like someone who wrote a post for Esquire entitled Penis or Vagina: Which is the better kitchen tool? The Bachelor Farmer’s Paul Berglund named Malone one of the top five most impressive Twin Cities chefs. And she convinced fiancee Erik Anderson to leave Nashville’s Catbird Seat and return to Minnesota.
The name of the game at Sea Change is sustainable seafood, so Colleen started off with langoustines (hot olive oil, chile, and rosemary). This was at the recommendation of our very skilled and knowledgable server (whose name I unfortunately don’t remember now). He also let us know that Monday is half-price wine night (up to $75), so he selected a very nice bottle of Riesling for us to share.
I started with the romaine salad (brioche, egg, lemon and garlic), which our server said was his favorite Caesar in town. It was very good – my only knock on it was that I ran out of dressing before I ran out of romaine.
For our main course, Colleen ordered the crisp skinned arctic char (white bean and artichoke giardiniera), while I elected to hit the “Not Fish” section of the menu and picked the chicken breast (country ham, velveeta gratin and collard green). We also shared a side of roast carrots that were served with house-made yogurt. The presentation and flavor of all three were unique and excellent.
Sea Change offers a prix fixe menu option with three courses for $34 per person that was very similar to what I ordered, but that is only offered until 6:00 pm (we had a late reservation). Still, prices were very reasonable (especially with the wine special). We elected to skip dessert on this outing, but the available items all sounded very good.