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Sweet 16

Posted Thursday, January 12th, 2017 09:05 am GMT -6 in Cars,Family,Holidays at 9:05 AM

Extra special present on a special birthday 

Originally published by DK on January 12, 2017 at 9:05 am

The bane of my existence

Posted Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 06:18 pm GMT -6 in Work at 6:18 PM

The beeping will continue until morale improves

Originally published by DK on January 11, 2017 at 6:18 pm

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Posted Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 06:10 pm GMT -6 in Tweets at 6:10 PM

First run in a month – thanks Shannon

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WordPress security update 4.7.1 tested and deployed – addresses the PHPMailer issue (and others)

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Tom’s #1! Tom’s #1!

Posted Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 09:47 am GMT -6 in Friends,Golf,Links at 9:47 AM

The Mobile Golfer’s Top 50 Golf Courses You Can Play in America: Nos. 10-1

Originally published by DK on January 11, 2017 at 9:47 am

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Posted Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 09:09 am GMT -6 in Tweets at 9:09 AM

You know the commute is bad when the watch tells you it’s time to stand up (twice)

Originally published by DK on January 11, 2017 at 9:09 am

That new scoreboard though

Posted Monday, January 9th, 2017 11:33 pm GMT -6 in Business,Sports,Technology at 11:33 PM

Nice job on the remodel so far

Originally published by DK on January 9, 2017 at 11:33 pm

Wolves + Fhima =

Posted Monday, January 9th, 2017 11:14 pm GMT -6 in Photography at 11:14 PM

From the @kingsbury account on Instagram

Originally published by DK on January 9, 2017 at 11:14 pm

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Posted Monday, January 9th, 2017 11:21 am GMT -6 in Tweets at 11:21 AM

Swaggiest Bro-Coach to Have Ever Swagged – https://t.co/K5O9aqWZLw

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Concert Goals

Posted Monday, January 9th, 2017 11:17 am GMT -6 in Concerts,Music at 11:17 AM

The Ryman had a pretty outstanding year, eh?

Full Size Image

Originally published by DK on January 9, 2017 at 11:17 am

Tweet: After almost exactly a year, fina…

Posted Sunday, January 8th, 2017 09:39 pm GMT -6 in Tweets at 9:39 PM

After almost exactly a year, finally coded a new solution to automate “last played” from last.fm to my site footer

Originally published by DK on January 8, 2017 at 9:39 pm

Coyotes

Posted Sunday, January 8th, 2017 09:37 pm GMT -6 in Music,Quotes at 9:37 PM

Now the long horns are gone, and the drovers are gone, the Comanches are gone and the outlaws are gone…

Originally published by DK on January 8, 2017 at 9:37 pm

The Cure at Xcel

Posted Sunday, January 8th, 2017 05:30 pm GMT -6 in Concerts,Music at 5:30 PM

For all the loss we experienced in the music world in 2016, it was nice to attend a number of concerts by acts that I’ve had on my list for years. The Cure hadn’t played a Minnesota date in 20 years, so when their June 7th show at Xcel was announced, I really didn’t care how much it was – we were all going.

Turns out prices were reasonable, but for some reason it was only a half-house setup. I got tickets during the initial on-sale, but then the promoter did something I’ve never seen before: they pushed the stage back and switched it to a full arena layout (which made our seats worse). I ended up buying four new tickets and was able to refund the original purchase (but had to float the extra money for a few weeks).

Both Ross and Chris had nice write-ups of the show, which (just like Sir Paul) ran for nearly three hours and included 34 songs and *four* encores. Almost linked to the City Pages negative review, but decided not to after reading the comments (never read the comments).

Just about every show we saw after April 21 either mentioned Prince, dedicated a song to him or performed a cover. Mr. Smith was a little subtle – “The pressure of holding a purple guitar is really getting to me.” Speaking of Mr. Smith, I just couldn’t stop thinking about him versus Mecha-Streisand on South Park. And as Kyle says, “Disintegration is the best album ever.”

The show was a little too long for the kids on a Tuesday night, but I will never complain about that. They were also sad there was no Friday I’m in Love or The Lovecats, but we just hit a night those weren’t played (other tour stops did get those). Overall, I was very happy – particularly with hearing Pictures of You, Lovesong and Fascination Street. Great production quality and lighting too.

  • Open
  • Alt.End
  • A Night Like This
  • The Walk
  • Push
  • Inbetween Days
  • Just Like Heaven
  • The Snakepit
  • Pictures Of You
  • The Perfect Girl
  • High
  • The End Of The World
  • Lovesong
  • Dressing Up
  • Lullaby
  • Fascination Street
  • From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea
  • One Hundred Years
  • End
  • Encore 1:
  • It Can Never Be The Same
  • Want
  • Shake Dog Shake
  • Encore 2:
  • If Only Tonight We Could Sleep
  • Charlotte Sometimes
  • A Forest
  • Encore 3:
  • Never Enough
  • Burn
  • Wrong Number
  • Encore 4:
  • Hot Hot Hot !!!
  • The Caterpillar
  • Let’s Go To Bed
  • Close To Me
  • Why Can’t I Be You?
  • Boys Don’t Cry
Originally published by DK on January 8, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Sweet 16 Bowling Party

Posted Sunday, January 8th, 2017 02:54 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Friends,Holidays,Sports at 2:54 PM

Thanks, Cedarvale

Originally published by DK on January 8, 2017 at 2:54 pm

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Posted Sunday, January 8th, 2017 02:38 pm GMT -6 in Tweets at 2:38 PM

I’ll take a 147 and a 112 with a cracked rib

Originally published by DK on January 8, 2017 at 2:38 pm

Hard to believe it's the big 1-6

Posted Sunday, January 8th, 2017 01:43 pm GMT -6 in Photography at 1:43 PM

From the @kingsbury account on Instagram

Originally published by DK on January 8, 2017 at 1:43 pm

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Posted Saturday, January 7th, 2017 10:01 pm GMT -6 in Tweets at 10:01 PM

Not auto-linking blog posts to Twitter any longer, but https://t.co/WOP5DR5tPW has five new stories – stop by and say hi

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Paul McCartney at Target Center

Posted Saturday, January 7th, 2017 08:51 pm GMT -6 in Concerts,Family,Music at 8:51 PM

When Paul McCartney played Target Field in August 2014, I just couldn’t pull the trigger on expensive seats in an unknown venue (at least from an acoustics standpoint). Then the reviews came out and I was in serious regret mode. And as the last few years have shown, if you want to see someone in concert, do it when you have the chance.

Sir Paul may be getting up there (he turns 75 in June), but his concerts are still marathons (just like Bruce and Neil). When the One on One tour was announced, I cringed a bit when I saw Target Center listed. That venue has gotten much better over the years, but I still prefer Xcel (especially when the tickets are pricey). I pulled some strings to get the best tickets I could for the price category we wanted and ended up about ten rows up on the side (and not in the $250 section).

This show was everything I had hoped for – nearly three hours of non-stop classics from a true rock and roll superstar. Based on Ross Raihala’s review, it was very similar to what I missed at Target Field. Our May 4th concert was almost two weeks after Prince’s death, so the one noticeable change was the addition of Let’s Go Crazy to the encore (which was heartfelt, but didn’t follow the actual lyrics). Sounded like the May 5th show was a carbon copy of the night before, so I’m glad we didn’t try for both shows.

The production quality of this show was top-notch. The rising platform, background video boards, lighting and pyro were all incredible – I can still feel the heat from Live and Let Die in my mind. The only flaw in the production were the two boom cameras on each side of the stage that continuously blocked sightlines all night. Telephoto lenses, anyone? As a child of the 70s, I’d also take more Wings, but it’s hard to complain about 40 songs – especially when they include Let It Be, Hey Jude and Eleanor Rigby.

Bravo!

  • A Hard Day’s Night
  • Save Us
  • Can’t Buy Me Love
  • Letting Go
  • Temporary Secretary
  • Let Me Roll It
  • Foxy Lady (Hendrix)
  • I’ve Got a Feeling
  • My Valentine
  • Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
  • Here, There and Everywhere
  • Maybe I’m Amazed
  • We Can Work It Out
  • In Spite of All the Danger (Quarrymen)
  • You Won’t See Me
  • Love Me Do
  • And I Love Her
  • Blackbird
  • Here Today
  • Queenie Eye
  • New
  • The Fool on the Hill
  • Lady Madonna
  • FourFiveSeconds
  • Eleanor Rigby
  • Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite
  • Something
  • Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  • Band on the Run
  • Back in the USSR
  • Let It Be
  • Live and Let Die
  • Hey Jude
  • ENCORE:
  • Yesterday
  • Hi Hi Hi
  • Let’s Go Crazy (Prince)
  • Birthday
  • Golden Slumbers
  • Carry That Weight
  • The End
Originally published by DK on January 7, 2017 at 8:51 pm

Apple Watch Nike+ First Impressions

Posted Saturday, January 7th, 2017 08:27 pm GMT -6 in Running,Technology at 8:27 PM

When the first Apple Watch came out, it didn’t appeal to me due to the lack of built-in GPS. The only way I could really justify spending that much on a watch would be if I was replacing my Garmin for running. The thought of requiring your iPhone to be close in order to get accurate mileage defeated the whole purpose of having a watch, in my mind. Then Apple announced the Apple Watch Nike+ right around the same time my Forerunner 610 died. A colleague offered to pick one up for me to try and I’ve been wearing it daily ever since.

Likes:

  • The animated Mickey Mouse watch face makes me smile (every single time).
  • Battery life is better than expected – I recharge nightly, but have never used more than 25% in a day.
  • Unlocking my laptop when the watch is nearby works well and saves time.
  • The personal tracking features (pulse, daily “circles”) are handy and should help me improve overall health.
  • Once fine-tuned, the notifications between the phone and the watch are generally useful and reliable.
  • The Nike+ watch band is easy to put on and is more comfortable than my old Garmin.

Dislikes:

  • Just don’t like wearing watches every day (but don’t want to lose tracking data).
  • Haven’t had a lot of outdoor runs yet, but the Nike run club app doesn’t seem very accurate for pace, sometimes doesn’t draw the on-screen route and has had issues synching with the Nike website.
  • Indoor treadmill runs are way off – I manually add miles to my run log and just wear the watch to earn the exercise circle time.
  • Speaking of the circles, right now it just creates anxiety about filling or not filling all three daily – don’t really need something new to remind me all the time about how I’m falling behind in my health goals.
  • The special exercise awards are a great idea, but when you fail to award them when earned, people will get pissed off (looking at you, Thanksgiving award that is still missing).
  • The watchOS seems to be a little flakey, restarting at odd times.
  • Siri is Siri – I’d even take 50% accuracy at this point.

Looking at the latest Garmin products, I probably would’ve spent more and had less in terms of total features and future growth options. The reduction in features might actually be a good thing, but the Apple Watch should get better over time via software updates. I don’t really use any third-party apps right now (outside of the Nike app), but new ones get released all the time. Once I start running and biking outside again, I’ll report back…

Originally published by DK on January 7, 2017 at 8:27 pm

Bob Mould at First Avenue

Posted Saturday, January 7th, 2017 06:46 pm GMT -6 in Concerts,Food,Friends,Music at 6:46 PM

The day Prince died, Bob Mould played a micro show at the Turf Club in St. Paul. This was a preview for back-to-back nights in the mainroom at First Avenue, the first of which DGS and I planned to attend. Still in shock from the purple news, the club was a very calming and welcoming place for us to be. They had the screen down over the stage before the show (as usual), but that night it was a non-stop loop of Prince pictures (see the gallery after the jump).

After an early dinner at the Depot Tavern, we got inside right at doors in order to catch both opening acts – Fury Things and The Suicide Commandos. Both openers were good – Fury Things opened up for Bob in the mainroom in 2015 (and that Entry show in 2014 that I still regret not attending). The Commandos are older than both of us, but still bring it in a big way.

While I was never a big Hüsker Dü fan back in the day, I loved Sugar and have all of Mould’s solo albums (and have since gone back for the early stuff too). The latest Patch the Sky album received great reviews and even got a fair amount of airplay on The Current. In an interview with Chris Riemenschneider before the Minnesota shows, the 55-year-old Mould talks about three solo albums in four years, working through personal issues in San Francisco and how he takes care of himself by eating right and getting to the gym every day.

I didn’t get a set list to this show, but Chad Werner at City Pages had a nice write-up. It was a blistering rock and roll show and the cover of “When You Were Mine” was a nice touch (even with the tour manger singing lead). The only disappointment was the sound engineer from a video crew that thought it would be cool to set up a dual-mic rig in front of the soundboard, perfectly blocking our view of center stage. Boo!

From the Bob Mould Facebook page:

I never spoke with Prince. He always struck me as a private guy. Maybe he was shy around strangers. We never had much actual interaction – a couple nods in passing, but no real words were exchanged.

The Twin Cities of the 1980s was a very special time for all of us local musicians. There were the North Minneapolis R&B artists, the South Minneapolis guitar rock bands, and in the center of it all was First Avenue/7th Street Entry.

I’ve seen Prince perform sold out shows with The Revolution at First Ave, he and a rhythm section jamming as a guitar/bass/drums three piece in the Entry for 30 people, and was selfishly frustrated when he took over “the main room” for 25 days of filming Purple Rain.

I had the pleasure of spending seven days recording the basic tracks for my first solo album at Paisley Park in December 1988. It was the most professional studio I had ever seen at that point in my life. On the seventh day, I moved from the B room to Studio A, which was Prince’s primary room. I remember seeing Sheila E’s percussion in one of the isolation booths. The large control room was decorated with several of Prince’s scarves. It certainly felt like Prince’s home.

Prince was an artist through and through – always pushing himself to new levels, often creating controversy through his actions and words, and ultimately creating a lifetime of wonderful memories for the world with his incredible volumes of published (and unheard) works.

I heard the news while driving from Tomah WI to Minneapolis. I immediately flipped on The Current 89.3 FM to make sure what I was hearing was true. Sure enough, there was a live report from outside Paisley Park confirming the sad news of Prince’s passing.

I’m two blocks from First Avenue as I write these words. Friday and Saturday nights, I will walk that same stage we all know from the movie. The exterior walls of First Avenue are covered with stars to honor the musicians who made an impact on music fans in Minnesota.

Make no mistake: Prince was the brightest star in these Northern skies. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and fellow musicians. Prince’s music will give consolation and comfort to the collective grief. Godspeed.

Originally published by DK on January 7, 2017 at 6:46 pm

Crayola at the work house

Posted Friday, January 6th, 2017 08:06 pm GMT -6 in Art,Football,Shopping at 8:06 PM

New stuff at the Mall of America

Originally published by DK on January 6, 2017 at 8:06 pm

A little NYC at the MoA

Posted Friday, January 6th, 2017 06:55 pm GMT -6 in Photography at 6:55 PM

From the @kingsbury account on Instagram

Originally published by DK on January 6, 2017 at 6:55 pm

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Posted Friday, January 6th, 2017 10:56 am GMT -6 in Tweets at 10:56 AM

It’s official: I’m moving in with the @SaintDinette cheeseburger on 3/1

Originally published by DK on January 6, 2017 at 10:56 am

Väsen at the Cedar

Posted Thursday, January 5th, 2017 09:19 pm GMT -6 in Concerts,Family,Music at 9:19 PM

The night before we went to see fake Foreigner at Mystic Lake, we were at the Cedar Cultural Center to see a Swedish original, Väsen. Founded in 1990, we first discovered this unique group when they were a guest on A Prairie Home Companion at the Fitzgerald in St. Paul.

Väsen has released 16 albums, but we only have two in our iTunes library (so far). It’s a bit hard to describe their sound, but let’s just say the nyckelharpa is an amazing instrument. Olov Johansson is a World Champion nyckelharpa player and the other two members of the trio, Mikael Marin (viola) and Roger Tallroth (guitar), combine to create a Scandinavian folk sound that is reminiscent of the theme song to the TV show Lilyhammer.

They joked that they play too many polskas, but what a fun night of music.

Originally published by DK on January 5, 2017 at 9:19 pm

So much to discuss here

Posted Thursday, January 5th, 2017 02:57 pm GMT -6 in Golf,Links at 2:57 PM

http://www.golfdigest.com/gallery/americas-100-greatest-golf-courses-ranking

Originally published by DK on January 5, 2017 at 2:57 pm

Tweet: Interlachen still top MN course (…

Posted Thursday, January 5th, 2017 02:51 pm GMT -6 in Tweets at 2:51 PM

Interlachen still top MN course (#54, Spring Hill at #69)

Originally published by DK on January 5, 2017 at 2:51 pm

Tweet: Shocked that Spring Hill bumped H…

Posted Thursday, January 5th, 2017 02:43 pm GMT -6 in Tweets at 2:43 PM

Shocked that Spring Hill bumped Hazeltine out of the Top 100 Golf Digest list

Originally published by DK on January 5, 2017 at 2:43 pm

Tweet: After 25 years of wandering aroun…

Posted Thursday, January 5th, 2017 01:06 pm GMT -6 in Tweets at 1:06 PM

After 25 years of wandering around the suburbs, it’s time to go home

Originally published by DK on January 5, 2017 at 1:06 pm

Foreigner at Mystic Lake

Posted Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 09:48 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Concerts,Family,Music at 9:48 PM

This Saturday night casino show back on 4/9/2016 was the one that finally made me realize I need to research old groups *before* I buy tickets. Foreigner songs were a big part of my formative years and I had never seen them live. While I knew Lou Gramm was out of the picture, I figured Mick Jones was still worth the money, right?

Well, turns out Mick was sick that night and we ended up paying waaaaay too much money to hear what was essentially a Foreigner cover band. It was really weird, though, that I was one of the few people in the sold-out, 2100-seat venue that seemed to care. I mean, just check out this glowing review from Dave Rubene at Twin Cities Media.

What the hell, people.

I will say, the musicians themselves were talented and it was cool to have them bring out the local high school choir during the encore. I also really have a soft spot for many of these songs – particularly Juke Box Hero, Waiting for a Girl Like You and Urgent. This wasn’t enough, however, for me to get over how the new lead singer sounded nothing like the original.

Set list and pictures after the jump.

  • Double Vision
  • Head Games
  • Cold as Ice
  • Waiting for a Girl Like You
  • Dirty White Boy
  • Say You Will
  • Feels Like the First Time
  • Urgent
  • Juke Box Hero
  • Encore:
  • Long, Long Way From Home
  • I Want to Know What Love Is (with Prior Lake High School Choir)
  • Hot Blooded
Originally published by DK on January 4, 2017 at 9:48 pm

More good stuff from Chuq

Posted Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 02:43 pm GMT -6 in Links,Technology at 2:43 PM

Apple’s 2016 in review

Originally published by DK on January 4, 2017 at 2:43 pm

Tweet: Good luck this weekend to everyon…

Posted Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 06:36 am GMT -6 in Tweets at 6:36 AM

Good luck this weekend to everyone at runDisney

Originally published by DK on January 4, 2017 at 6:36 am

This place hasn't really changed much since I was in high school

Posted Monday, January 2nd, 2017 06:36 pm GMT -6 in Photography at 6:36 PM

From the @kingsbury account on Instagram

Originally published by DK on January 2, 2017 at 6:36 pm

Tweet: The Great Purge of ’17 has begu…

Posted Monday, January 2nd, 2017 04:29 pm GMT -6 in Tweets at 4:29 PM

The Great Purge of ’17 has begun

Originally published by DK on January 2, 2017 at 4:29 pm

So long, dragon

Posted Monday, January 2nd, 2017 04:00 pm GMT -6 in Art,Shopping at 4:00 PM

Purchased many, many seasons ago at RenFest

Originally published by DK on January 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Kid crafts

Posted Monday, January 2nd, 2017 03:59 pm GMT -6 in Art,Schools at 3:59 PM

From ancient times – grade school at Linwood?

Originally published by DK on January 2, 2017 at 3:59 pm

One (more) and done

Posted Sunday, January 1st, 2017 05:32 am GMT -6 in Football,Work at 5:32 AM

It’s been a great first season (aside from the whole playoff thing)

Originally published by DK on January 1, 2017 at 5:32 am

Tweet: Hello 2017 – I have lots of big c…

Posted Sunday, January 1st, 2017 05:29 am GMT -6 in Tweets at 5:29 AM

Hello 2017 – I have lots of big changes planned for you

Originally published by on January 1, 2017 at 5:29 am
 

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