Four new Sons of Anarchy slots @ Fortune BayOriginally published by DK on June 30, 2015 at 4:08 pm
Quite the storm in EaganOriginally published by DK on June 29, 2015 at 8:49 pm
Fun visit with BCH and the Shusters in BloomingtonOriginally published by DK on June 28, 2015 at 9:24 pm
Sometimes I want to drink, sometimes I want to gamble…Originally published by DK on June 27, 2015 at 4:55 pm
Dr. John @ CHS Field, St. PaulOriginally published by DK on June 27, 2015 at 2:52 pm
MK during the 100 freestyleOriginally published by DK on June 27, 2015 at 10:28 am
Congrats to Corner Table for bringing home the baconOriginally published by DK on June 26, 2015 at 7:10 pm
TBF (and Marvel Bar) celebrate KrÃ¤ftskiva 2015 on August 1Originally published by DK on June 26, 2015 at 2:16 pm
Little Red hits 100KOriginally published by DK on June 25, 2015 at 3:31 pm
The Chocolate Moose, ElyOriginally published by DK on June 25, 2015 at 12:33 pm
The streets are paved with diamonds and there’s just so much to see, but the best thing about New York City is you and me…Originally published by DK on June 24, 2015 at 4:38 pm
Mr. Lehti on the signature holeOriginally published by DK on June 23, 2015 at 4:24 pm
http://www.runnersworld.com/races/grandmas-marathon-traditionOriginally published by DK on June 23, 2015 at 8:10 am
Colleen asked me the other day what are my top ten favorite concerts and I decided that was a very good question. After considerable thought, here’s my current list (in no particular order):
- Tom Petty with Joe Cocker @ Red Rocks
- Rolling Stones @ The Bank
- Police Synchronicity Tour @ Met Center
- Beastie Boys and Tenancious D @ The Roy
- Arctic Monkeys @ First Ave
- Cake @ Brooklyn Bowl Vegas
- Richard Thompson @ Papa Charlies
- Living Colour @ First Ave
- Bruce Springsteen Seeger Sessions Tour @ Xcel
- Robert Cray @ State Fair Bandshell
Honorable Mention: Bjork @ First Ave, U2 Joshua Tree Tour @ St. Paul Civic Center, Offspring @ First Ave, Freedy Johnston @ Aster Cafe, Kid Rock @ State Fair Grandstand, Macklemore @ State Fair Grandstand, Tracy Chapman @ First Ave, AmericanaramA (Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Richard Thompson) @ Midway Stadium, David Byrne @ The Fitz. Also need to pick one of the many Pearl Jam and Neil Young shows…Originally published by DK on June 22, 2015 at 8:46 pm
Four for a dollar seems like a good dealOriginally published by DK on June 22, 2015 at 9:32 am
SK at workOriginally published by DK on June 22, 2015 at 6:12 am
Don’t come a-hangin’ around my door, I don’t wanna see your face no more. I got more important things to do, than spend my time growin’ old with you…Originally published by DK on June 21, 2015 at 7:41 pm
Colleen at the Twins-Cubs game, Target FieldOriginally published by DK on June 20, 2015 at 12:52 pm
The Guess Who @ Fortune Bay Resort CasinoOriginally published by DK on June 19, 2015 at 8:23 pm
Super nice guysOriginally published by DK on June 19, 2015 at 6:51 pm
RIP Count Dooku & Saruman the WhiteOriginally published by DK on June 18, 2015 at 6:04 pm
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Love that they are sponsored…Originally published by DK on June 17, 2015 at 6:33 pm
My wife and I both think that the half-marathon should be called Grandpa’s Marathon because she tells me every day that men do half the work that women do….Originally published by DK on June 17, 2015 at 11:24 am
A beautiful morning on the 18th holeOriginally published by DK on June 17, 2015 at 8:33 am
http://blog.redcurrent.com/2015/06/16/tot-boss-owner-dan-docken-feeds-twin-cities-and-beyond-with-a-local-favorite/Originally published by DK on June 16, 2015 at 11:40 am
It’s a dynasty (so says the commish)Originally published by DK on June 15, 2015 at 11:09 pm
No filter, Dwan tee boxesOriginally published by DK on June 15, 2015 at 11:08 pm
Thanks Tom!Originally published by DK on June 15, 2015 at 11:07 pm
CK at Betty Danger’s Country Club, NE MinneapolisOriginally published by DK on June 14, 2015 at 8:18 pm
He’s on his final hole. He’s about 455 yards away, he’s gonna hit about a 2 iron I think…Originally published by DK on June 14, 2015 at 3:52 pm
Don Berry on the first teeOriginally published by DK on June 14, 2015 at 2:53 pm
A warm Sunday at the Tapemark – ninth greenOriginally published by DK on June 14, 2015 at 2:52 pm
Cody Central @ Southview CCOriginally published by DK on June 14, 2015 at 1:55 pm
Management staff at Southview Country ClubOriginally published by DK on June 14, 2015 at 7:01 am
SM on his way to IowaOriginally published by DK on June 13, 2015 at 7:11 pm
The plain mac and cheese was goodOriginally published by DK on June 13, 2015 at 12:27 pm
Loving this new Tapemark traditionOriginally published by DK on June 13, 2015 at 6:36 am
MK and friends at the 2015 TapemarkOriginally published by DK on June 12, 2015 at 6:33 am
First breakfast visit – the bacon English muffinOriginally published by DK on June 11, 2015 at 7:52 am
One week ago I was part of the sell-out crowd of 42,500 fans watching rock history unfold as the Rolling Stones Zip Code Tour visited the Gopher football stadium at the University of Minnesota. With a large chunk of the tickets topping out around $400, this was one expensive show. I decided to bite the bullet on a mid-range ticket in the lower level corner (around $150), but Colleen opted out. DGS picked up two pretty cool tickets at the side of the stage the day before and I was a bit jealous as Mick took several walks down that side of the huge setup, stopping about 20 feet away from his seats. The trade-off was his semi-obstructed view of the center stage and the three giant video screens that really made this a stellar concert experience.
That overall production quality goes to show that you get what you pay for. I don’t know all the logistics behind this tour, but I imagine it takes hundreds of people to put on this show with multiple semis full of equipment, costumes, lighting and pyro. The tour is only stopping in 15 cities and there appears to be a minimum of three days between shows. Mick (71), Keith (71), Charlie (74) and youngster Ronnie (68) had lots of other musician support, including the wonderful VocalEssence choir during the first song of the encore (You Can’t Always Get What You Want). That was a highlight of the night for me, along with Miss You, Sympathy for the Devil and the closer, Satisfaction.
“The world’s greatest rock and roll band” really lived up to the moniker all night. Jagger looked great, sounded awesome and still has all the trademark moves. Ronnie Wood is simply a rock and roll badass who often played guitar holding a cigarette between his middle and ring fingers while holding a pick with his thumb and index finger. Charlie Woods looked happy to be there all night, pounding the skins like someone half his age. And what can you say about Keith Richards? It’s a miracle the guy has survived this long – he really did remind me of the White Walker king from Game of Thrones. Too bad the long walkway that jutted out into the main floor didn’t get closer to my end of the stadium.
This tour has different opening acts in each city and I’ll admit I was a little disappointed that Minnesota got Grace Potter when other cities had the Avett Brothers, Gary Clark, Jr., Kid Rock and AWOLNATION. Still wanted to see her set, though, but traffic had other plans. On the sage advice of DGS, I pre-purchased parking in the same ramp he did (my old haunt, the Washington Avenue ramp behind the Radisson). I hadn’t been there since the light-rail went in, however, and found getting to that part of campus from I-94 to be extremely trying. I’m sure the rain didn’t help either, but I finally made it to the sixth floor of the reservation-only ramp and hiked over just in time to catch Grace’s last song. At least the rain stopped by that point (and never returned the rest of the night).
The concourses were wall-to-wall people both before and after the show. There were multiple merch booths inside and outside the stadium, but none had the special Minnesota-themed T-shirt that I wanted. The outside stands did have the $100 football jerseys and hoodies, but I just couldn’t bring myself to spend that much (even though I really liked them). I ended up ordering the T-shirt online after the show while I waited an hour to get out of the parking ramp. I keep hoping they will discount those other items, but so far they are still full price.
Here are links to the main reviews: Jon Bream at the Star Tribune, Riemenschneider’s set list story, Ross Raihala at the Pioneer Press and City Pages. My social media feeds were full of friends and family that were also there. Seems like everyone acknowledged the significance of this show – so, so glad I went. I really regretted not seeing McCartney last year at Target Field and decided this was too important to also pass up…
- Jumping Jack Flash
- It’s Only Rock N Roll
- All Down the Line
- Tumbling Dice
- Doom and Gloom
- Bitch (by Twitter request – choices were Bitch, Live With Me, Get Off My Cloud & Like a Rolling Stone)
- Moonlight Mile
- Out of Control
- Honky Tonk Woman
- Before They Make Me Run (Keith Richards)
- Happy (Keith Richards)
- Midnight Rambler
- Miss You
- Gimme Shelter (with Grace Potter)
- Start Me Up (with pyro)
- Sympathy for the Devil
- Brown Sugar
- You Can’t Always Get What You Want (with VocalEssence Choir)
- Satisfaction (pyro finale)
Rollin’ with the fatness, you don’t even know what the half is. You gotta pay to play, just for shorty bang bang to look your way…Originally published by DK on June 10, 2015 at 6:17 pm
Big Bay @ Lake VermilionOriginally published by DK on June 9, 2015 at 8:49 pm
http://www.faceitfoundation.org/depression-is-real/Originally published by DK on June 9, 2015 at 6:15 pm
Best Amazon box everOriginally published by DK on June 8, 2015 at 11:24 am
http://www.npr.org/2015/06/07/412042921/first-listen-richard-thompson-stillOriginally published by DK on June 8, 2015 at 9:04 am
Lunch at Tavern on GrandOriginally published by DK on June 7, 2015 at 11:37 am
As a fan of history (and Minneapolis), I was excited when First Avenue announced that Father John Misty and Alabama Shakes would be playing a show at Historic Hall’s Island on May 30th. Then I was like – where the hell is Historic Hall’s Island? And why I have I never heard of it before now? Seems like everyone in town had pretty much the same reaction. But hey, I’m always up to try something new…
Turns out Hall’s Island isn’t really an island any longer – the east channel dried out and was filled in a while ago, but the the area has a really interesting back story. Named after Dr. Pearl M. Hall, the area that’s now between the Broadway and Plymouth bridges on the east side of the Mississippi was once home to public bathhouses and was slated to host a garbage incinerator at one point. Boom Island is just south of this area (also no longer an island), then comes Nicollet Island (which really is an island) and finally St. Anthony Falls. I also loved the story about the dead fly contest – way to be creative, Strib!
Initially, we thought it would be difficult to get there and find parking. Colleen pre-purchased parking in “lot four,” which was located two blocks over from the park, next to the Graco building on Marshall. We basically took I-94 to the Broadway exit, crossed the river, turned on Marshall and were right there. It was easy to get out too, but we took Hennepin back into downtown to grab some late food afterwards at Eli’s Food and Cocktails (first time there – it’s been on the list for a while due to their “best late night dining” awards).
The concert setup really only used half of the park – the area closest to the river was fenced off and the part being used was long and narrow. The stage was up front by Plymouth, with beer stands and food trucks on the sides and porta-potties in the back. The Minneapolis skyline made for a nice backdrop behind the stage and the sun was at our backs all afternoon. Doors were at 4:30 and I can’t remember now what the actual set times were for both acts, but Father John Misty played for just over an hour and the Alabama Shakes set was about 90 minutes (which included songs from both albums, but no Hold On – they didn’t even play that song at Paisley Park two nights later). The Riemenschneider review can be found here and the set list (also per Chris) can be found after the jump (along with a few photos).
We enjoyed the music, but everyone in our group wanted to leave before the encore due to the number of drunks near us. It didn’t bother me much (working in a casino does that to you), but the stands were obviously over-serving people that should’ve been cut off. Josh Tillman was a big hit with the girls, who thought he looked like Jesus with a great voice. Brittany Howard still brings it big time, but she didn’t even try to do that primal yell at the beginning of Don’t Wanna Fight that I was looking forward to all day. Bummer.
Overall, I thought it was nice outdoor venue, but Colleen didn’t care for it much. The Anchor food truck was awesome as usual and Travail even had a tent set up in back with a limited menu. The visit to the merch tent was quick and easy and I thought it was great that you could bring in one bottle of water (and a blanket to sit on if you found room for that). Oh, almost forgot – the sound system was really great for an outdoor venue (even on the sides). Nicely done, First Ave team, I’d come back here again…
FATHER JOHN MISTY
- I Love You, Honeybear
- Strange Encounter
- True Affection
- Only Son of the Ladiesman
- When You’re Smiling and Astride Me
- The Night Josh Tillman Came to Our Apt.
- I’m Writing a Novel
- Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)
- Bored in the USA
- Funtimes in Babylon
- Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
- The Ideal Husband
- Future People
- Rise to the Sun
- Always Alright
- Ain’t No Fun to Be Alone
- Hang Loose
- Miss You
- Guess Who
- I Found You
- Gimme All Your Love
- Be Mine
- I Ain’t the Same
- On Your Way
- Don’t Wanna Fight
- Over My Head
- The Greatest
- You Ain’t Alone
Next up: Charlie Parr, Erik Koskinen and Dead Man Winter tomorrow at Grand Old Day.
First purchase at PerkinsOriginally published by DK on June 6, 2015 at 10:29 am
…according to the rest of the family, anyway.Originally published by DK on June 5, 2015 at 1:51 pm
Mizuno Wave Rider 17sOriginally published by DK on June 4, 2015 at 10:53 pm
I stuck around St. Petersburg, when I saw it was a time for a change…Originally published by DK on June 4, 2015 at 8:38 pm
Pyro to close out the Rolling Stones showOriginally published by DK on June 4, 2015 at 3:16 pm
Bois Forte sign outside TCF Bank Stadium, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on June 4, 2015 at 3:15 pm
Another good, quick stop @ Grand Casino HinckleyOriginally published by DK on June 4, 2015 at 2:46 pm
One week after running John Storkamp’s wonderful Superior Spring 50K in Lutsen, a friend and colleague talked me into doing his race, the Stillwater Half Marathon. Starting at 8AM on May 23rd, this was a very different experience from the last time I ran a half in Stillwater. Ryan bought the race two years ago and has tweaked the course both years. It turns out that was a popular choice – the number of participants nearly doubled this year to around 1100 people (5K and half combined).
Full disclosure: Ryan provided me with a complimentary entry in exchange for feedback on the race. Thankfully, I don’t have to make up nice things to say – this was a fun, well-organized race that a vast improvement on my 2009 experience. The new course runs along the Gateway Trail for the first nine miles or so, which was nice and flat (with no real road traffic to deal with). There are some short, nasty hills at miles 10 and 11, but the finish is all downhill (including a steep drop at the actual finish line just in front of Pioneer Park).
Race day morning was low stress and easier than I expected. Race headquarters was located at the Water Street Inn in downtown Stillwater and runners were instructed to park nearby. I found a spot in a city ramp a few blocks over (on Second between Mulberry and Myrtle) and walked over to registration to get my shirt, bib and timing chip. The room had many helpful staffers, race numbers were posted on the wall if you didn’t know yours and there were lots of extra large safety pins to attach your bib. That whole process took me about 45 seconds, so I walked back to my car and dropped off the extra stuff.
The start to the half marathon was located just off highway 36, almost all the way back to I-694. There were two rows of busses parked on north Water Street – one side for 5K participants and the other side for the half marathon. I boarded the first bus to leave for the start and our driver got a little lost. There were people that knew where we should be going, though, so he turned the school bus around and got us to the start with plenty of time to spare.
The starting line was near the Gateway Trail bridge under highway 36, which quickly filled up with busload after busload of runners. There were about eight portable toilets set up to the side of the trail, but they were on the wrong side of the starting line. This basically meant that everyone who was still in line when the gun went off needed to backtrack to trigger the timing chip. Not a big deal, but it’s something I’d change in the future. I also wasn’t wild about having a prayer said before the race (and no national anthem). It was cool to have Minnesota race legend Gaylen Morse announce the start and finish of the race, however – he is such a big part of the Get in Gear and Twin Cities Marathon experience.
If you sign up early enough, you get a personalized race bib (like many other races are doing now) and the gender specific tech shirts were very nice (with a cool design). I’m not big on finisher medals for shorter races, but Ryan was very proud of the interlocking design of his medals. If you run the half along with the two other races he produces (the Lift Bridge 10 Mile on July 25th and the Log Run 10 Mile on September 19th), you will have three medals that all snap together.
Water stops were fairly spaced, well-staffed and didn’t run out of liquids (unlike some other smaller races I’ve done). I found out these stops are staffed by volunteers, but each person is also paid an hourly wage that goes to whatever charity they are supporting. Not sure if that is common at other races, but I thought it was a cool idea. At the end, Pioneer Park had a number of tables and tents set up for finishers, including a food tent that had water, bananas and pretzels. I missed the usual Minnesota race staples of salted nut rolls, Old Dutch potato chips and Great Harvest Bread, but this is a smaller race than some of the others I run (and it doesn’t cost as much either).
Overall, this is a nice race that I’d recommend for those interesting in the half marathon distance. Ryan reports they may tweak the course again next year to deal with the late hills, but I’m not sure how much of that can be done within the confines of Stillwater proper. I do like the Pioneer Park finish area and the walk back down the hill to the parking ramp wasn’t nearly as bad as I remembered. I think they also offered a free beer back at the Water Street Inn, but I’m just never going to be a beer drinker – especially after running a race. Many others will love this little touch, though.
As for my actual race performance, I knew I wasn’t going to break any records this time around. My “A” goal was simply to break two hours and my chip time was 1:56:26. Didn’t think to get my splits off the Garmin, but that averaged out to an 8:54 pace. Most of the early splits were decent – the only bad ones were during the hills. I was 181st out of 521 finishers and placed about in the middle of the pack for my age group. Fine by me.
Up next: State Fair Milk Run 5K (unless I pick up a summer race)
UPDATE: My Garmin still had the splits in memory – 9:03, 8:47, 8:46, 8:55, 8:41, 8:43, 8:51, 8:49, 8:50, 8:55, 9:01, 9:23 & 8:44
Originally published by DK on June 2, 2015 at 8:21 pm
Fortune Bay Marina, Lake VermilionOriginally published by DK on June 2, 2015 at 3:56 pm
Another one came around this yearOriginally published by DK on June 1, 2015 at 9:47 pm
AAA got a good chance in major markets, but ratings were bad and the stations flipped format…Originally published by DK on June 1, 2015 at 1:38 pm
Plane taking off from MSPOriginally published by DK on June 1, 2015 at 5:46 am