From the @kingsbury account on InstagramOriginally published by DK on March 31, 2017 at 11:32 pm
What a great surprise to see the local guys in townOriginally published by DK on March 31, 2017 at 10:54 pm
One of my Final Four souvenirs (also got a hat)Originally published by DK on March 31, 2017 at 10:24 pm
From the @kingsbury account on InstagramOriginally published by DK on March 31, 2017 at 4:25 pm
Desert running rules – five morning miles along the Arizona CanalOriginally published by on March 31, 2017 at 11:26 am
Great visit with St. Paul Central classmate Paul Diedrich @ OkraOriginally published by DK on March 30, 2017 at 10:33 pm
And we’re not talking WELYOriginally published by DK on March 30, 2017 at 10:31 pm
My Kia Soul PHX rentalOriginally published by DK on March 30, 2017 at 10:30 pm
From the @kingsbury account on InstagramOriginally published by DK on March 30, 2017 at 1:17 pm
Thanks @SunCountryAir for the safe, on-time ride to PhoenixOriginally published by DK on March 30, 2017 at 8:58 am
Catching an all-night station, somewhere in Louisiana. It sounds like 1963, but for now, it sounds like heaven…Originally published by DK on March 30, 2017 at 12:30 am
Son Volt @ First Ave with DGSOriginally published by DK on March 30, 2017 at 12:29 am
What a strange day: witnessed beefs, social inequality, had my heart scanned and now headed to Son VoltOriginally published by on March 29, 2017 at 5:55 pm
SK and I try out the St. Paul Lowry (aka Bottle Rocket)Originally published by DK on March 29, 2017 at 12:12 pm
From the @kingsbury account on InstagramOriginally published by DK on March 28, 2017 at 9:56 pm
Really great to see @KevinLeecy at the Wild-Caps gameOriginally published by DK on March 28, 2017 at 8:17 pm
He doesn’t know any better…Originally published by DK on March 28, 2017 at 3:44 pm
The Joe C rap in Devil Without a Cause gets me every timeOriginally published by on March 28, 2017 at 8:58 am
I’ve already said about all I can say about the burger – it was time to try brunch at Saint Dinette. My only issue with the regular menu is that my younger daughter is a picky eater and won’t be adventurous, while my wife is allergic to eggs and corn and won’t eat red meat (SK is always good for a burger and fries). The brunch menu had expanded options for Colleen and MK is still out of the country, so Sunday was the day to go.
You know it must be a good sign when there were people waiting outside the door to get in when I got back from my morning run. There were still a few tables open after I showered and changed, but it was almost completely full by the time we left. It will probably be even worse once the regular Farmer’s Market resumes next month.
We started off with the monkey bread (cream cheese frosting, $7), which might have to be served alongside that cheeseburger and fries during my last meal on Earth. I’ve always had a soft spot for Cinnabon amongst all the evil chain options, but damn, this thing just blew them out of the water. It was hard to really follow that up, but my crepe was really good (Canadian bacon, gruyere, truffle bechamel, egg, $13), while Colleen had granola and blueberries ($8) with a side of maple pork belly ($6). So tasty.
What can I say? Saint Dinette is one of the best amenities to living in Lowertown. Come early, come often…
Beware, take care. Most motherfuckers have a cold ass stare…Originally published by DK on March 27, 2017 at 11:45 pm
When I heard that Mia was doing a Guillermo del Toro exhibition, I immediately thought of Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy and was super excited to go see it. Once I got there, I realized 1) there are a bunch of del Toro movies I’ve never seen and 2) everyone in Minneapolis seems to love the guy – it was absolutely packed.
At Home with Monsters is divided into multiple themed rooms that had a mix of movie props and artwork primarily pulled from his personal collection at Bleak House (his home in Los Angeles). It was easy for me to feel a connection to the director: vintage Disney artwork from Mary Blair (and many others), a comic book wall, Ray Harryhausen props, Marlon Brando bronze bust, Edward Gorey prints and a recreation of his personal “rain room” with an Edgar Allen Poe wax figure. How could I not love all that?
Open now through May 28, get your $20 tickets online here (while they last).
P.S. – Forgot to mention one other thing from the exhibit that really resonated with me: one of the signs said that del Toro was taught from an early age to keep a journal – notes, sketches, keepsakes, souvenirs. This site serves the same function for me – now 7,649 posts and growing…
That was a lot of updating for a MondayOriginally published by on March 27, 2017 at 3:48 pm
Her horse Rose in KillarneyOriginally published by DK on March 27, 2017 at 11:50 am
From the @kingsbury account on InstagramOriginally published by DK on March 26, 2017 at 11:07 am
Sunday Funday: Eminem Mississippi run, St. Dinette brunch, Wild, Guillermo del Toro at Mia, dinner at Bellecour & Munro at the arboretumOriginally published by on March 26, 2017 at 10:09 am
From the @kingsbury account on InstagramOriginally published by DK on March 25, 2017 at 11:01 pm
Taller windows; bigger TVOriginally published by DK on March 25, 2017 at 5:23 pm
New specials @ Shake Shack MoAOriginally published by DK on March 25, 2017 at 5:22 pm
Billy Mitchell Pac Man Minnesota Lottery promotion @ MoAOriginally published by DK on March 25, 2017 at 5:20 pm
Another beautiful Ireland pic from MKOriginally published by DK on March 25, 2017 at 5:18 pm
Brownie with sweet cream from Grand Ole Creamery @ 7th Street SocialOriginally published by DK on March 24, 2017 at 9:05 pm
End of an era 🙁Originally published by DK on March 24, 2017 at 9:01 pm
From the @kingsbury account on InstagramOriginally published by DK on March 24, 2017 at 7:28 pm
Free time to shop and exploreOriginally published by DK on March 24, 2017 at 11:32 am
Grey and wet in MinneapolisOriginally published by DK on March 24, 2017 at 11:31 am
Excuse me. May I go to the bathroom first?Originally published by DK on March 24, 2017 at 11:27 am
MK in IrelandOriginally published by DK on March 24, 2017 at 8:18 am
The choo-choo don’t slow downOriginally published by DK on March 23, 2017 at 5:44 pm
Liking the sound of the new Gorillaz songs – Humanz should be goodOriginally published by on March 23, 2017 at 4:05 pm
Bird sauce forever @ Cecil’sOriginally published by DK on March 23, 2017 at 2:19 pm
Bon voyage and safe travels to kid two on her exciting concert journey to IrelandOriginally published by DK on March 23, 2017 at 2:16 pm
From the @kingsbury account on InstagramOriginally published by DK on March 23, 2017 at 1:38 pm
Spring break band trip to the old country for MKOriginally published by DK on March 23, 2017 at 7:01 am
When my mom stopped to visit the loft earlier this week, we were talking about upcoming concerts and she mentioned that Dolly Parton is one of her favorites. That reminded me I never posted the pictures from the show last summer at Grand Casino Hinckley. The Pure and Simple Tour stopped for a Wednesday evening show in their outdoor amphitheater on July 20, 2016 and thanks to Hinckley’s amazing general manager Mel Towle, we got to sit front and center (seriously, Mel is one of the best people in the entire casino world).
Growing up, I probably knew Dolly more for the movie 9 to 5 than for her country music. I also thought it was cool that we shared a birthday (hello, Edgar Allan Poe). Seeing her perform live, it’s really hard to believe she is 70 (now 71). Gotta believe Dolly and Debbie Harry must have some sort of Secret 70 Club that prevents the effects of aging.
Don’t have a set list or much recollection of the show now – I just remember it was really sunny at the start and that she was quite the entertainer. I think we also waited in the parking lot afterwards for nearly as long as she played (guessing the Hinckley police force is not a fan of summer concert nights). Looking at set lists from other stops, she did hit all the big ones: Jolene, Islands in the Stream, 9 to 5, Coat of Many Colors and I Will Always Love You.
That’s a damn fine store (even if it’s a bit $$$)Originally published by DK on March 22, 2017 at 10:15 pm
From the @kingsbury account on InstagramOriginally published by DK on March 22, 2017 at 8:12 pm
And all the people say, try to catch up, motherfucker…Originally published by DK on March 22, 2017 at 5:14 pm
From the @kingsbury account on InstagramOriginally published by DK on March 21, 2017 at 5:53 pm
Kid one @ Sea ChangeOriginally published by DK on March 21, 2017 at 4:14 pm
Change is good, right? Well, we’ve been charging ahead full force the past month. Kid one moved out and into her own apartment mid-February, while the rest of us decided to pack it up and move back to the city. Today marks three weeks in our new loft in St. Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood, which the local boosters describe as:
A vibrant artists’ quarter filled with beautiful workspaces, hip cafes, fine dining and the stunning CHS Field.
We are kitty-corner from the wonderful St. Paul Farmer’s Market in the Rayette building, which we share with the home of my all-time favorite cheeseburger, Saint Dinette. The building has had an interesting history, opening as a millinery in 1911, with stints as the home of Aqua Net hairspray and as a parking ramp before being converted to lofts in 2014. We downsized from three bedrooms to two, but added 13 foot ceilings, huge windows and a layout that seems much larger than before (ours is the Monroe, with 1,459 square feet). I love the exposed brick, industrial columns and lack of carpeting throughout (finally got to toss our crappy vacuum cleaner).
In addition to the suburb-to-city change, transportation has also been turned on its head. We still have two cars, but one is parked here and the other is in storage. Colleen gets a discounted transit pass from her employer and now rides the bus to work (express plus a short transfer). I bought a monthly Go-To card from Metro Transit and ride the Green Line trains to and from the stadium. The Union Depot station is a block over and takes just under 40 minutes to drop me off right across Chicago Avenue from the Legacy Gate (and/or the skyway entrance). I can’t express how much of a quality of life improvement it is to not drive in metro rush hour traffic any longer. Now I plug in my headphones, check social media, read stories, play games and just relax. Hoping to eventually sell one car and just stick with one (which kid two uses to drive herself to school).
We lived in downtown St. Paul the first year out of college at Galtier Plaza, but this area is now completely different. I read somewhere that Lowertown now has 3500 residents and I’m pretty sure about half of them have dogs, which makes me very happy (even though allergies still prevent us from adding to the total). Mears Park is a block west and has a mini restaurant row, with Bulldog, Barrio, Public Kitchen + Bar and Handsome Hog. Big River Pizza is across the street, with the eclectic Golden’s Deli a few doors south of that. There are a ton of additional restaurants nearby and we are super excited for Saints games to start. Our Twins ticket group also has Saints tickets, so we are buying one share this season to see how it goes. The stadium is literally on the other side of the building you see above.
In addition to having the option of that cheeseburger downstairs six days a week, the building has a bunch of other great amenities. The workout room is just perfect – it’s exactly what I would design if I had the opportunity: all Life Fitness gear, two treadmills, a room full of spin cycles, free weights, an elliptical, squat rack, benches and more. There are two large TVs with DirectTV and a speaker system that you can supposedly plug stuff into (can’t seem to get that part working so far). It’s conveniently located one floor below our unit and now I don’t have to go outside in the winter any more to exercise. The downtown YMCA teaches a free spin class one night a week and may bring back a yoga class later in the year too. Once it gets warmer, I will have some great new running and biking routes along the Mississippi that I can’t wait to try.
Directly across from the exercise room is the “Sinatra Lounge,” which is a shared community space that has a fireplace, bar, multiple TVs and a pool table. We’ve already spent a lot of time shooting pool – I really like having access to that again (and free is even better). Up on the roof, there is a community patio that includes a gas fire pit, grill, all-season TV and speaker system. The views of the river and surrounding areas are stellar, day or night. The office manager and maintenance guy are great, the mail and package delivery systems seem to work well and I love having chutes for trash and recycling. My only (small) issues so far are the overly complicated thermostat and the noise from one of the garage door openers.
We are mostly unpacked now, with just a few areas that need to be cleaned up (and a few more things to hang on the walls). Once that’s done, we’d love to have visitors – drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will see you soon in Lowertown!
First visit by my parents at the new placeOriginally published by DK on March 19, 2017 at 11:52 pm
SK and Kodos visit LowertownOriginally published by DK on March 19, 2017 at 4:34 pm
Most frustrating player to watch during this slump, IMO https://t.co/FdV8DfFcUEOriginally published by on March 18, 2017 at 7:26 pm
Tried out first new outdoor training route – ran 5 miles along the sunny St. Paul riverfrontOriginally published by on March 18, 2017 at 5:44 pm
It’s a rare SK sighting at Golden’s DeliOriginally published by DK on March 18, 2017 at 8:56 am
From the @kingsbury account on InstagramOriginally published by DK on March 18, 2017 at 1:10 am
The Black Orchid was fickle @ Mystic LakeOriginally published by DK on March 18, 2017 at 12:35 am
Handsome Hog, LowertownOriginally published by DK on March 18, 2017 at 12:33 am
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/03/train-line-minneapolis-st-paul-streetcar-light-rail-214920Originally published by DK on March 17, 2017 at 6:10 pm
From the @kingsbury account on InstagramOriginally published by DK on March 17, 2017 at 1:18 pm
World of Wheels 2017, MinneapolisOriginally published by DK on March 17, 2017 at 1:17 pm
United Crushers, behind the Gopher StadiumOriginally published by DK on March 17, 2017 at 9:02 am
The watch says move streak now at 29 days (with 93 days to Grandma’s)Originally published by DK on March 16, 2017 at 11:38 pm
Figured them both out todayOriginally published by DK on March 16, 2017 at 5:21 pm
This building has it allOriginally published by DK on March 15, 2017 at 8:32 pm
From the @kingsbury account on InstagramOriginally published by DK on March 15, 2017 at 7:29 pm
Aww, why didn’t we get Mix Master Mike with Metallica?Originally published by DK on March 15, 2017 at 5:56 pm
http://movies.disney.com/cocoOriginally published by DK on March 15, 2017 at 1:20 pm
Nerds crack me upOriginally published by DK on March 15, 2017 at 12:28 pm