Father John Misty opening for Alabama Shakes @ Hall’s Island, MinneapolisOriginally published by DK on May 30, 2015 at 7:12 pm
…on Hall’s Island, MinneapolisOriginally published by DK on May 30, 2015 at 5:41 pm
Shortly after I staggered across the finish line at the Superior Spring 50K in Lutsen, I hopped in the car and drove south as fast as I legally could to catch the Kids in the Hall at the State Theater in Minneapolis. The tickets said it started at 8:00pm, so my extra slow race made it a lot tighter than I planned. Ended up missing the first two and a half sketches, but I was glad I told Colleen to drive on her own and meet me there.
We had really great seats this time: main floor center, row B, with two seats right on the aisle. That made it easy for me to sneak in with an usher during a quick break and I really liked being so close. This wasn’t really the second row (there were two rows in the orchestra pit), but it was fun to really see all of their facial expressions without having to use a pair of binoculars. We both parked at the new “secret” ramp at the end of Hennepin, since everything else was full due to the Piano Man also performing at Target Center that evening.
It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since we saw them last at the Orpheum (April 26, 2008). It’s even harder to believe that Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson formed the troupe in 1984 (the TV show ran from 1988 to 1994). The sketches on this Tour 2015 included a mix of new, including a few of our favorite characters and sketches:
- Charles Budderick “Buddy” Cole (Thompson)
- Gavin (McCulloch)
- Headcrusher Mr. Tyzik (McKinney)
- Bruce singing The Daves I Know
- Running Faggot
Still waiting for The Pit of Ultimate Darkness with Simon and Hecubus, but they told us at the end we may be waiting a while for the next KITH production.
Hope they don’t wait too long…
So shines a good deed in a weary world…Originally published by DK on May 29, 2015 at 4:19 pm
St. Paul girls are hot (Grand Avenue)Originally published by DK on May 29, 2015 at 1:34 pm
Shish Cafe, voted best St. Paul restaurant by City PagesOriginally published by DK on May 29, 2015 at 1:33 pm
Only took me five plus years to stop here for a quick nineOriginally published by DK on May 28, 2015 at 4:20 pm
Go Vikings!Originally published by DK on May 28, 2015 at 9:48 am
Alabama, coming to Fortune Bay in AugustOriginally published by DK on May 27, 2015 at 5:26 pm
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/05/14/opinion/14-in-flight-mark-vanhoenacker.htmlOriginally published by DK on May 27, 2015 at 12:04 pm
TPH attacking the 14th green from a “unique” spotOriginally published by DK on May 26, 2015 at 10:46 pm
Grumps and MK, 2015 JettaOriginally published by DK on May 25, 2015 at 6:51 pm
About ten cars in the lot on a holiday @ The Summit Golf Club, Cannon FallsOriginally published by DK on May 25, 2015 at 2:03 pm
We aren’t bad people, but we did a bad thing…Originally published by DK on May 24, 2015 at 10:06 pm
…donuts, *plus*Originally published by DK on May 24, 2015 at 8:59 am
The day after my double-dip concert night, I was back at First Avenue with the whole family for Trampled By Turtles. As with all sold out shows there now, you really need to get there shortly after doors if you want a good spot, so we sat through opener Web of Sunsets from beside the soundboard. Colleen really didn’t care for them, but I was still glad we got there early for the good spot.
This was your “standard” (excellent) Turtles show – and I think the first time we got to hear most of the new songs from Wild Animals. The girls have basically worn out the CD playing Repetition, so I’m sure that was the highlight for them. For me, it’s basically any song that gets a Fiddle Turtle solo (aka Ryan Young) – that man is just freakin’ amazing. Erik Berry also made some magic with his mandolin, something I hadn’t really associated with them in the past.
Strangely enough, I didn’t see any of the music reviewers post anything on this show and setlist.fm has a slug for it, but nothing is listed so far. Guess I need to start taking notes again for some of these shows (or ask for the set lists from the engineer). We will be heading north in July to see them again at Bayfront Park, along with MK’s favorite John Mark Nelson, Actual Wolf, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, The Lowest Pair and Field Trip. Guessing there will be just a bit more coverage of that one…Originally published by DK on May 23, 2015 at 11:33 pm
Buffalo Tap wings, curds and 1919 root beerOriginally published by DK on May 23, 2015 at 6:55 pm
Papa Wheelies Surrey Rental, StillwaterOriginally published by DK on May 23, 2015 at 6:40 am
Wisconsin mac and cheese with grilled chicken, Eagan Noodles and CompanyOriginally published by DK on May 22, 2015 at 8:31 pm
Kingsbury Drive, Eagan, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on May 22, 2015 at 10:53 am
Demo has begun…Originally published by DK on May 21, 2015 at 6:46 pm
A Night at The Wilderness GrillOriginally published by DK on May 21, 2015 at 4:14 pm
OMG! Kittens, new at Jackpot Party Casino (on Facebook)Originally published by DK on May 21, 2015 at 3:50 pm
Fireplace on Birch Point, Lake VermilionOriginally published by DK on May 20, 2015 at 9:57 pm
An eight-course tasting dinner @ The Wilderness GrillOriginally published by DK on May 20, 2015 at 9:52 pm
Originally published by DK on May 20, 2015 at 12:29 pm
The hoot of an owl in the sky. Sad though his song, no bluer was he than I. The moon went down, stars were gone. But the sun didn’t rise with the dawn. There wasn’t a thing left to say, the night we called it a day…Originally published by DK on May 20, 2015 at 12:13 pm
Quick stop in Hinckley for gas and caramel rollsOriginally published by DK on May 20, 2015 at 9:13 am
So proud of MK – Presidential Academic Fitness Award, BHMSOriginally published by DK on May 20, 2015 at 7:41 am
https://heidihasa.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/1st-50k-in-the-books-sht-superior-spring-race-lutsen-mn-2015/?preview_id=2Originally published by DK on May 19, 2015 at 3:29 pm
Flowers popping at The WildernessOriginally published by DK on May 19, 2015 at 1:49 pm
Snow on Little Red, May 18thOriginally published by DK on May 18, 2015 at 10:48 pm
The dwarf lives until we find a cock merchant…Originally published by DK on May 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Soft opening of the new Tim Hortons at the Y StoreOriginally published by DK on May 18, 2015 at 12:15 pm
I’d been warned by Jean that this was a hard race. I had joked with the people at the Arrowhead 135 that I was planning to run a “baby ultra” as my first trail race (and first race longer than a marathon). They all laughed at me and said there is nothing “baby” about Superior.
Were they ever right.
The 50K event starts at my old haunt, Lutsen Mountains ski resort. I’ve been there so many times growing up – skiing in the winter, alpine slide and Moguls in the summer. Hell, I even had brochures to buy one of those condos when they were first built. This made everything feel very comfortable before the race. I had stayed at my sister’s apartment in Duluth the night before (with awesome marathon spaghetti from Grandma’s), woke up at 3:30am and pulled into the parking lot around 5:45.
The race organizers, Rock Steady Running, had an efficient check-in center where the gift shop used to be. I got my bib (#105) and waited for Megan and Yaniha. When I signed up for this race, I didn’t know Yaniha had already registered. When Megan found out we were both running, she got one of the last spots in the 50K. This, of course, came with the added benefit of the world-class Menning Support Team. Joan and Tom are just wonderful – hauling bags between aid stations, taking pictures, providing motivation when we want to drop out and offering a seemingly endless supply of Coke.
Minnesota has been in a drought the first part of the year. The week before the race, it rained just about every day. Saturday turned out to be the only sunny day of the week, but the trail was a mess. I’ve never seen so much mud in my life. There is still dirt on my feet now (and I’ve taken multiple showers). I threw away my socks and don’t know if my Mizunos will ever be usable again. The temperature at the start of the race was in the lower 40Fs, but quickly climbed as the day went on. It never seemed too hot, though, and there was a light breeze most of the day.
I went into this race thinking it “just” a marathon plus an extra five miles. The 4200 feet of elevation change that everyone talks about didn’t really register in my mind, but I’ll never forget those six climbs now: Mystery Mountain, Moose Mountain, Oberg Mountain, Levaux Mountain, Britton Peak and Carlton Peak. From a snobby skier standpoint, these aren’t “real” mountains, but as part of a trail race? Oh my. I honestly thought the return back up Moose Mountain was going to kill me – it was hard to even walk it slowly.
The aid stations are spaced nicely – 7.75, 13.3, 17.7 and 23.25 miles. The volunteers were amazing everywhere, but especially at those stops. You could tell a lot of them were trail runners themselves and knew exactly how I was feeling. They gave me salt tablets at the last one when I told them I was getting leg cramps and someone was always there right away to refill my water bottle. The selection of food and beverages was perfect.
I tried to run with Megan and Yaniha at the start, but we ended up getting separated a bit by the crowd of people on the single track course. They never got too far ahead at this point, though, and we reunited at the Oberg aid station. We stayed together from there to Britton and Carlton and back to Britton. The hike up Carlton was really intense, but the view at the top was amazing (along with the greetings from Chuck and his offer of free beer). I started to fall behind between the two aid stations and ended up about 35 minutes behind by the end.
My primary problems during that time were mud, fear of falling and/or twisting an ankle and the leg cramps, which strangely moved from one leg to the other (and back again). I did fall once when my right thigh cramped up, but thankfully it wasn’t into the mud. Tom gave me a great pep talk at the last aid station and asked one of the volunteers if I was clear of the cutoff. Normally, if you don’t finish within eight hours, it’s not official and the finish line closes. With the muddy conditions this year, they announced at the start that we had nine hours. The volunteer said I could walk it in from there and still be fine, which is close to what I ended up doing.
That last 7.75 miles was just brutal. I didn’t see many other people the entire time, climbing Moose was horrible, Mystery Mountain seemed to never end and the all of the downhills that I wanted to run down were incredibly muddy from all the traffic from the 25K runners. The mud was so thick and unpredictable, I didn’t want to risk injury by trying to run through it. It wasn’t all walking, but the run/walk ratio dropped significantly compared to the rest of the day. I was so happy to finally cross the Poplar River again and get back on the chalet road, where I found Tom with more words of encouragement. It was easy to run the rest of the way after that.
The finish line sits right next to the old condo pool, which was great. The party was still going when I crossed the line after nearly 8.5 hours. They announced my name and placed the tree stump around my neck. Success! I headed for the hoses to wash off some of the mud, got a Coke and clean shoes from the Mennings, posed for pictures with Megan and Yaniha, then hopped in the car to drive back to Minneapolis for the Kids in the Hall concert at the State (that I thought I’d easily make when I bought the tickets).
My official time was 8:29:06 (16:24 Minute Miles), which was good for 169th out of 186 overall, 128th of 136 men and 53rd out of 56 male masters. As Megan said, the time and rankings aren’t what it’s all about, but my goal time of seven hours was overly optimistic. I’d like to blame the muddy conditions, but most others didn’t seem to have a problem. Hell, the winner ran a 4:08 (8:00 Minute Miles) and was totally flying through the mud when he passed us on the return loop – ten whole miles in front of our pace.
Still, happy to finish at all and check off the first “baby ultra” and trail race. It was an incredible experience in a beautiful part of Minnesota with a bunch of amazing people. When I checked this morning, there was one spot left in the fall 50 miler (which Megan and Yaniha are both running – Megan for the second time). I thought about it briefly, but opted to wait. I’d like to try that distance on a course that isn’t quite that brutal before heading back north. Perhaps next year for that one.
So now I need to decide what comes next. The only race I’m currently registered for is the State Fair Milk Run 5K in August, so it’s probably time to commit to something for the fall. I’m still leaning towards the Des Moines Marathon on October 18th. It’s relatively inexpensive and would help with the 50 States goal. The I-35 Challenge is intriguing too: you run the Kansas City Marathon on Saturday and Des Moines on Sunday. Of course, this would be significantly more expensive and logistically difficult – not to mention running 52.4 miles in two days. Surf the Murph at the end of October would be an “easier” 50 mile course (and one that I’ve already run one loop of with Megan), so maybe Des Moines and that?
Had a few more thoughts after publishing the original post:
- My top pain points the next day were 1) sore ankles, 2) sunburned neck and 3) bloody nipples
- Race organizers switched from shirts to buffs this year, saying everyone has enough shirts, but I’ll always prefer a nice shirt and will never wear the buff
- I received an inspirational tweet halfway through the race from my boss that reminded me “one step at a time” – thought about this often during the last 8 miles
- Not sure if this was a good idea, but some kind soul creatively left a bunch of M&Ms on a tree stump near the bottom of Mystery Mountain – picked up half a dozen little miracles that immediately melted in my mouth
- Yaniha is amazing – she qualified for Boston the week before at the Fargo Marathon, then ran this difficult 50K in under 8 hours
- Megan is no slouch either, running the Zumbro 50 miler last month, while training for her first full Ironman in August
MK and her new Caribou friendOriginally published by DK on May 17, 2015 at 4:05 pm
Day two of the latest meet @ RiptideOriginally published by DK on May 17, 2015 at 1:40 pm
Superior Spring Trail RacesOriginally published by DK on May 16, 2015 at 5:51 am
A very old family portrait hanging at my sister’s place in DuluthOriginally published by DK on May 15, 2015 at 8:10 pm
I will never grow tired of coming here…Originally published by DK on May 15, 2015 at 7:24 pm
New platter plates with the country club meltOriginally published by DK on May 15, 2015 at 11:23 am
The week after we had our first opener only show at First Avenue, I had another first – two concerts in one night. This was just stupidity on my part, as I forgot to check my calendar before buying the second ticket (and I almost bought tickets to the Charlie Parr album release show at the Varsity too). In true music critic form, though, I just hopped in the car between shows and caught part of each.
First up was the sold-out Hurray for the Riff Raff show at the Cedar Cultural Center. Doors were at 7 and there was an opening act. Canadian Daniel Romano was originally scheduled, but he dropped out and Laulu was added at the last minute. They were OK, but I was really hoping they would just skip the opener so I could get to First Avenue quicker.
Colleen had heard good buzz on Hurray for the Riff Raff, so she bought us two tickets as a Christmas stocking stuffer. Lead singer Alynda Lee Segarra has been on Treme and I picked up their major label debut Small Town Heroes a few months back and really liked it. They played Festival Palomino last year and apparently were well received at SXSW.
Their live show was just great (and they had the tallest female bass player I’ve ever seen – don’t think she played on the album, though). The Shusters showed up too, which was a nice surprise. It was a standing show, but we sat on the benches in back for most of it. I really didn’t want to leave, but headed for the door right as the main set ended. Colleen stayed for the encore, while I made it to First Avenue just as the second set of Drive-By Truckers Revenge of the Dirt Underneath Tour started.
I’ve seen them before, but this was a unique acoustic show with lots of commentary on how the songs came about (kind of like MTV Unplugged). Patterson Hood is one funny dude (and a very good storyteller). Mike Cooley was a little more reserved, but those two voices are just so unique and powerful. Picked up a cool signed poster, but never found a good place to stand since I got there after everyone else. The Prince Sign O the Times cover was another instant First Avenue classic – just perfect…Originally published by DK on May 15, 2015 at 9:39 am
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucille_(guitar)Originally published by DK on May 15, 2015 at 9:37 am
The remodel of the entrance from the parking ramp and bus area is (mostly) completeOriginally published by DK on May 15, 2015 at 1:22 am
Led Zeppelin on baritone kicks assOriginally published by DK on May 14, 2015 at 8:41 pm
On to high school band for kid twoOriginally published by DK on May 14, 2015 at 8:40 pm
…and it was still short of the green on ten.Originally published by DK on May 13, 2015 at 2:07 pm
http://boz.com/articles/be-kind.htmlOriginally published by DK on May 13, 2015 at 9:53 am
Art means something. Fonts â€” see, I get emotional over fonts. Spacing. Proportion.Originally published by DK on May 13, 2015 at 9:48 am
Christmas in MayOriginally published by DK on May 12, 2015 at 7:38 pm
Barely fits in the roomOriginally published by DK on May 12, 2015 at 3:49 pm
Masters 2016 Ticket DrawingOriginally published by DK on May 11, 2015 at 8:18 pm
We have very, very bad management…Originally published by DK on May 11, 2015 at 12:51 pm
http://vegasseven.com/2015/05/07/last-days-riviera/Originally published by DK on May 11, 2015 at 12:41 pm
She does so much for me and our family – love you, Mom!Originally published by DK on May 10, 2015 at 4:03 pm
Colleen had read about the reaction people had to Leon Bridges at SXSW this year and really wanted to see him. Given the strange opening spot on a Lord Huron bill at First Avenue on April 26th, we decided to get a couple tickets and do something we’ve never done at First Ave – leave after the opener. If Lord Huron blows up in the future, I’ll probably regret that decision down the road. It was a Sunday school night show, though, so we were willing to take that risk.
The 26-year-old Texan doesn’t even have an album out yet (the Columbia release Coming Home is scheduled for June 23) and only played for 35 minutes, but he definitely had a strong stage presence (and amazing voice). The soon to be gone Vita.mn had a short review of the show and I don’t have much to add other than he seemed a little nervous, rushing through the “thank-you’s” after each song while the appreciative audience tried to shower him with applause. I’m sure he’ll get more comfortable as time goes by – and the audiences grow.
A few more pics after the jump.
New water bottle (and Gu)Originally published by DK on May 10, 2015 at 11:45 am
Signed Drive-By Truckers print, Revenge of the Dirt Underneath Tour, Spring 2015Originally published by DK on May 10, 2015 at 11:44 am
My renewed passport has finally arrivedOriginally published by DK on May 9, 2015 at 12:12 pm
Apple juice. Apple juice flood…Originally published by DK on May 8, 2015 at 9:16 pm
The beautiful SK before the SES promOriginally published by DK on May 8, 2015 at 9:14 pm
Dinner with my sister in CloquetOriginally published by DK on May 8, 2015 at 9:10 pm
Gordy’s Hi-Hat fish and chips, CloquetOriginally published by DK on May 8, 2015 at 9:09 pm
Thirteenth hole, The Wilderness at Fortune BayOriginally published by DK on May 8, 2015 at 9:08 pm
Five tee, The Wilderness at Fortune BayOriginally published by DK on May 8, 2015 at 9:06 pm
Governor’s Fishing Opener @ Fortune Bay, Lake VermilionOriginally published by DK on May 8, 2015 at 9:08 am
The VC does serve other stuff after all…Originally published by DK on May 7, 2015 at 9:52 pm
Thanks to Mr. Shama for the invite to hear Vikings GM Rick Spielman at today’s Dunkers breakfastOriginally published by DK on May 7, 2015 at 10:50 am
They must be havin’ a hard time getting gigs…Originally published by DK on May 6, 2015 at 4:00 pm
http://www.theverge.com/2015/5/6/8544303/casino-slot-machine-gambling-addiction-psychology-mobile-gamesOriginally published by DK on May 6, 2015 at 3:08 pm