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Happy New Year everyone

Posted Monday, December 31st, 2018 09:01 pm GMT -6 in Holidays,Personal at 9:01 PM

Let’s do this thing, 2019

Originally published by DK on December 31, 2018 at 9:01 pm

NYE secret: no lines & open tables

Posted Monday, December 31st, 2018 07:26 pm GMT -6 in Photography at 7:26 PM

Fuddruckers

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on December 31, 2018 at 7:26 pm

Tweet: NYE 2018: alive ✅ treadmill 5K ✅ Curse of Oak Island marathon ✅ ear…

Posted Monday, December 31st, 2018 05:45 pm GMT -6 in Tweets at 5:45 PM

NYE 2018: alive ✅ treadmill 5K ✅ Curse of Oak Island marathon ✅ early bedtime ✅

Originally published by on December 31, 2018 at 5:45 pm

Rough day at the office

Posted Sunday, December 30th, 2018 05:13 pm GMT -6 in Football,Work at 5:13 PM

So far, anyways

Originally published by DK on December 30, 2018 at 5:13 pm

Sneak peek

Posted Saturday, December 29th, 2018 04:51 pm GMT -6 in Photography at 4:51 PM

Bus Stop Burgers and Brewhouse

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on December 29, 2018 at 4:51 pm

The original with the shorties

Posted Friday, December 28th, 2018 07:11 pm GMT -6 in Photography at 7:11 PM

Carbone's Pizza on Randolph

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on December 28, 2018 at 7:11 pm

Tweet: Plans for my 50th birthday changed after my little incident, but this wil…

Posted Friday, December 28th, 2018 04:32 pm GMT -6 in Tweets at 4:32 PM

Plans for my 50th birthday changed after my little incident, but this will be nice too

Originally published by on December 28, 2018 at 4:32 pm

Goodbye, Duluth Pack

Posted Friday, December 28th, 2018 03:38 pm GMT -6 in Fashion,Shopping,Technology at 3:38 PM

Hello again, Brenthaven

Originally published by DK on December 28, 2018 at 3:38 pm

Tweet: Had my playoff options mixed up, but I don’t see the Cardinals beating …

Posted Friday, December 28th, 2018 02:15 pm GMT -6 in Tweets at 2:15 PM

Had my playoff options mixed up, but I don’t see the Cardinals beating the Seahawks in Seattle either

Originally published by on December 28, 2018 at 2:15 pm

My stained glass from Greg

Posted Thursday, December 27th, 2018 07:18 am GMT -6 in Art,Family,Skiing at 7:18 AM

It’s been at every house I’ve lived in

Originally published by DK on December 27, 2018 at 7:18 am

Building amenities

Posted Wednesday, December 26th, 2018 06:12 pm GMT -6 in Photography at 6:12 PM

Saint Dinette

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on December 26, 2018 at 6:12 pm

Tweet: Hope it breaks the other way, but Vikings losing to the Bears and the Eag…

Posted Wednesday, December 26th, 2018 04:09 pm GMT -6 in Tweets at 4:09 PM

Hope it breaks the other way, but Vikings losing to the Bears and the Eagles beating the Cardinals doesn’t seem like huge odds

Originally published by on December 26, 2018 at 4:09 pm

RIP Greg Smith, 1946-2018

Posted Wednesday, December 26th, 2018 12:35 pm GMT -6 in Family,Personal at 12:35 PM

Decembers have not been kind to the Smith side of the family. Eleven years ago, I lost my grandmother Helen Smith on the day after Christmas. In 2013, my grandfather Donald Smith passed away on December 30th. Last year, my mom died on December 22nd. This year, we learned that my mom’s brother Greg passed away early Christmas morning in Spokane, Washington.

Uncle Greg was kind, generous, funny and progressive. He grew up in Minnesota and went to law school here before heading west. He briefly led my dream life as a ski bum, running chair lifts at Schweitzer and living in the slope-side Tamarack condo that I would visit every spring break from age nine through college. Later, I would bring both daughters to visit several times (one time via Amtrak’s Empire Builder and one time in the Mini Cooper). He was hired by the city of Spokane as an attorney and eventually became a hearing examiner before retiring. I vaguely remember his old house in the valley and vividly remember the blue house up the hill from downtown on 8th. He had a fondness for old station wagons (VW and Volvo) and I’m not sure if he ever bought a new car from a dealer.

Greg was very active and definitely helped shape my love of skiing and running. The spring break trips were great, as my mom worked for the airlines and I could fly to Spokane for free (I also loved that the Spokane airport code was GEG). Schweitzer didn’t always have the best snow cover in the spring, but there was always plenty of sunshine and I usually returned to school red as a lobster. As I recently posted, frequent stops at The Station House restaurant were a given and I’m pretty sure I wore out the Lee Oskar cassette tape Before the Rain.

Greg’s birthday was two days after Christmas (he would’ve been 72 tomorrow), which was just close enough to usually get the shaft as far as dual celebrations go. He was always so generous with my brother and sister, though, opening Spokane bank accounts that he always deposited money in every Christmas and birthday. When each of us turned 18, he would present a large check that we could use for college, new skis or whatever we wanted. Later, he did the same thing for my girls (he was also MK’s godfather).

I didn’t make it out to Spokane much outside of winter, but do remember running the Bloomsday 12K race with him in 1996 (he ran almost every year with a big group of friends). Speaking of friends, Greg had a million of them. It was impossible to walk around the lodge at Schweitzer without a ton of people stopping to say hi. Greg never married, but had several girlfriends I met over the years and his long friendship with the Barbieri family was special. I also seem to remember playing golf at Indian Canyon one year and having dinner downtown at Clinkerdagger, Bickerstaff and Petts (which apparently goes by just Clinkerdagger these days).

Thanks, Greg – you will be dearly missed…❤️

Originally published by DK on December 26, 2018 at 12:35 pm

Nathan Arizona Sr.

Posted Wednesday, December 26th, 2018 11:23 am GMT -6 in Movies,Quotes at 11:23 AM

Hell, they’re all disgruntled. I ain’t running no damn daisy farm. My motto is “Do it my way or watch your butt!”

Originally published by DK on December 26, 2018 at 11:23 am

Another game to lose

Posted Wednesday, December 26th, 2018 08:57 am GMT -6 in Family,Games,Holidays at 8:57 AM

Kids these days don’t let their elders win nothing

Originally published by DK on December 26, 2018 at 8:57 am

Who put this in my stocking?

Posted Tuesday, December 25th, 2018 02:20 pm GMT -6 in Photography at 2:20 PM

Rayette Lofts

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on December 25, 2018 at 2:20 pm

Tweet: Season’s Greetings from Lowertown Saint Paul

Posted Tuesday, December 25th, 2018 02:17 pm GMT -6 in Tweets at 2:17 PM

Season’s Greetings from Lowertown Saint Paul

Originally published by on December 25, 2018 at 2:17 pm

Let the jokes begin

Posted Tuesday, December 25th, 2018 02:07 pm GMT -6 in Personal at 2:07 PM

I’m old

Originally published by DK on December 25, 2018 at 2:07 pm

Clarence Odbody, AS2

Posted Monday, December 24th, 2018 10:10 pm GMT -6 in Holidays,Movies,Quotes at 10:10 PM

Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?

Originally published by DK on December 24, 2018 at 10:10 pm

Tucker the Pug ❤️

Posted Monday, December 24th, 2018 10:04 pm GMT -6 in Family,Holidays,Pets at 10:04 PM

That dog is so damn cute

Originally published by DK on December 24, 2018 at 10:04 pm

My favorite Xmas trolls

Posted Monday, December 24th, 2018 11:16 am GMT -6 in Photography at 11:16 AM

Cossetta's Italian Market & Pizzeria

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on December 24, 2018 at 11:16 am

Waiting again

Posted Monday, December 24th, 2018 10:38 am GMT -6 in Design,Games at 10:38 AM

Plenty of levels to get three stars on, though

Originally published by DK on December 24, 2018 at 10:38 am

Christmas with Stompy

Posted Monday, December 24th, 2018 09:57 am GMT -6 in Casinos,Games at 9:57 AM

Wish I could transfer credits

Originally published by DK on December 24, 2018 at 9:57 am

Thinking of grandpa (and mom)

Posted Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 07:20 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Personal at 7:20 PM

The holidays are still tough

Originally published by DK on December 23, 2018 at 7:20 pm

Tweet: Woke up this morning and I could read my phone without the prism glasses …

Posted Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 11:09 am GMT -6 in Tweets at 11:09 AM

Woke up this morning and I could read my phone without the prism glasses – starting to get there!

Originally published by on December 23, 2018 at 11:09 am

Star Wars Christmas

Posted Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 10:39 am GMT -6 in Art,Design,Holidays,Movies at 10:39 AM

This app has it’s moments

Originally published by DK on December 23, 2018 at 10:39 am

My Photoshop skills are not strong

Posted Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 10:36 am GMT -6 in Art,Design,Music at 10:36 AM

If you know, you know. If you want to know, hit me up at dk@7minutemiles.com.

Originally published by DK on December 23, 2018 at 10:36 am

Get the wings

Posted Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 01:09 pm GMT -6 in Photography at 1:09 PM

Bonchon

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on December 22, 2018 at 1:09 pm

Tweet: Very happy to report: light dumbbell reps and two slow treadmill miles

Posted Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 10:48 am GMT -6 in Tweets at 10:48 AM

Very happy to report: light dumbbell reps and two slow treadmill miles

Originally published by on December 22, 2018 at 10:48 am

A Holiday Update from HCMC

Posted Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 10:44 am GMT -6 in Family,Food,Mini Posts,Personal at 10:44 AM

Quick update from the medical professionals this week on my recovery. I had two appointments this week, one with my occupational therapist and a rare one-on-one visit with my neurovascular surgeon, Dr. Tummala. He has been named a “Top Doctor” with Mpls.St.Paul Magazine three years in a row and only visits HCMC one half day a month, so this was a special treat to get to talk with him in person.

Good news to report on all fronts: the therapist has reduced my appointments from once a week to once every other week, Dr. Tummala was pleased with my progress and approved me to start running on the treadmill, OK’d air travel and said my eyes look like they will be strong enough in another three months to not need glasses at all. We went over the results of the recent MRI and looked at a lot of scans that showed the aneurysm and the stents. I learned more about “prominent infundibulums” and why they are important to what happened to me. I should also get to stop taking the new medications they added when I left the hospital by March. So good news all around.

The only sad thing this week was the letter I received from my primary care doctor, Dr. Amal Chaniara, which said he is leaving Allina Health at the end of the year. Dr. Chaniara has been wonderful and I wish him the best of luck with his future career opportunities. He is a great doctor who really took the time to discuss things with me and I will miss seeing him.

Lastly, big shout out to the HCMC cafeteria (see above). Hospital food gets a bad rap in general, but the food and service at the cafeteria has been great. Reasonable prices, friendly staff and a wide selection of options mean I usually stop in after appointments in the new building to grab a quick bite. Not sure they always follow the latest health guidelines when it comes to what they offer, but that’s fine by me…

Originally published by DK on December 22, 2018 at 10:44 am

Happy to see you, treadmill

Posted Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 10:32 am GMT -6 in Personal,Running at 10:32 AM

Never thought I’d ever say that – first two miles back

Originally published by DK on December 22, 2018 at 10:32 am

Tweet: Got approved this morning to return to running (treadmill only for now) -…

Posted Friday, December 21st, 2018 12:19 pm GMT -6 in Tweets at 12:19 PM

Got approved this morning to return to running (treadmill only for now) – very happy about this, as the weight is recovering fast

Originally published by on December 21, 2018 at 12:19 pm

C- on the plating, but solid

Posted Friday, December 21st, 2018 12:01 pm GMT -6 in Photography at 12:01 PM

Big Bowl Rosedale

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on December 21, 2018 at 12:01 pm

Another XR in the family

Posted Thursday, December 20th, 2018 06:25 pm GMT -6 in Family,Holidays,Shopping,Technology at 6:25 PM

Going from a 6 to a X will be a shock for her

Originally published by DK on December 20, 2018 at 6:25 pm

Merry Two Dots

Posted Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 10:18 pm GMT -6 in Design,Games,Holidays,Technology at 10:18 PM

Best iOS game ever, no?

Originally published by DK on December 19, 2018 at 10:18 pm

Didn’t know this had a name

Posted Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 12:24 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,History,Links at 12:24 PM

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Googie_architecture

Originally published by DK on December 19, 2018 at 12:24 pm

Good Mexican Vittles

Posted Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 10:04 pm GMT -6 in Food,History,Travel at 10:04 PM

Elton & Sandra Davis – your fries made my childhood better

Originally published by DK on December 18, 2018 at 10:04 pm

Historians rock – thanks Olivia!

Posted Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 09:54 pm GMT -6 in Photography at 9:54 PM

Bonner County Historical Society and Museum

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on December 18, 2018 at 9:54 pm

Tweet: My Force number was more secure than my college ID

Posted Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 09:25 pm GMT -6 in Tweets at 9:25 PM

My Force number was more secure than my college ID

Originally published by on December 18, 2018 at 9:25 pm

Laptop sticker retirement

Posted Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 08:16 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,Technology,Work at 8:16 PM

They just don’t come off

Originally published by DK on December 18, 2018 at 8:16 pm

Tweet: Has Target eliminated paper bags everywhere now?

Posted Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 07:46 pm GMT -6 in Tweets at 7:46 PM

Has Target eliminated paper bags everywhere now?

Originally published by on December 18, 2018 at 7:46 pm

Winston Churchill

Posted Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 07:28 pm GMT -6 in History,Politics,Quotes at 7:28 PM

The Admiralty had demanded six ships; the economists offered four; and we finally compromised on eight…

Originally published by DK on December 18, 2018 at 7:28 pm

A festive office break room

Posted Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 12:38 pm GMT -6 in Food,Holidays,Work at 12:38 PM

Thanks, Aramark!

Originally published by DK on December 18, 2018 at 12:38 pm

Tweet: My word of the day yesterday: infundibulum, a funnel-shaped cavity or str…

Posted Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 10:42 am GMT -6 in Tweets at 10:42 AM

My word of the day yesterday: infundibulum, a funnel-shaped cavity or structure (of which I apparently have a prominent one)

Originally published by on December 18, 2018 at 10:42 am

Tweet: If you are a Talking Heads fan, run (don’t walk) and listen to True Sto…

Posted Monday, December 17th, 2018 11:16 pm GMT -6 in Tweets at 11:16 PM

If you are a Talking Heads fan, run (don’t walk) and listen to True Stories, The Complete Soundtrack

Originally published by on December 17, 2018 at 11:16 pm

Top 7 French Fries

Posted Monday, December 17th, 2018 08:00 pm GMT -6 in Food,Mini Posts at 8:00 PM

Screw that Harvard guy – French fries are life. I had some especially good ones this week that made me think I should list my favorites in a mini post. It’s too hard to rank them in order, so here are my current top seven in alphabetical order:

Honorable mention (and RIP) – The Station House in Sagle, Idaho (which burned to the ground at some point – thanks to the Bonner County History Museum for helping me research). Platters of fries the size of your head (made from fresh-cut Idaho potatoes, of course).

UPDATE: After further consideration, I think that McDonald’s and Raising Cane’s should be in a separate big fast food chain category and that I should replace them with Meritage and Band Box Diner.

Originally published by DK on December 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Visa Business and Economic Insights

Posted Monday, December 17th, 2018 03:37 pm GMT -6 in Business,News,Shopping at 3:37 PM

While millennials have dominated headlines in recent years, baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) have continued to dominate consumer spending in the U.S. In fact, consumers over 50 now account for more than half of all U.S. spending…

Originally published by DK on December 17, 2018 at 3:37 pm

Woot! Woot! Thanks, DGS

Posted Monday, December 17th, 2018 02:44 pm GMT -6 in Friends,Movies,Music at 2:44 PM

Oddly enough, this was delayed to my old work address, where Officer Kingsbury from MPD received it

Originally published by DK on December 17, 2018 at 2:44 pm

Officially back making donuts

Posted Sunday, December 16th, 2018 09:49 am GMT -6 in Football,Work at 9:49 AM

Almost ready…

Originally published by DK on December 16, 2018 at 9:49 am

Tweet: Going to regret this at 4:45am, but @atmosphere is totally worth it

Posted Saturday, December 15th, 2018 10:08 pm GMT -6 in Tweets at 10:08 PM

Going to regret this at 4:45am, but @atmosphere is totally worth it

Originally published by on December 15, 2018 at 10:08 pm

I’ve hit the Niver trifecta!

Posted Saturday, December 15th, 2018 07:14 pm GMT -6 in Photography at 7:14 PM

Mucci's Italian

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on December 15, 2018 at 7:14 pm

Tweet: Kid two remembered! Thanks, MK ❤️

Posted Friday, December 14th, 2018 11:04 pm GMT -6 in Tweets at 11:04 PM

Kid two remembered! Thanks, MK ❤️

Originally published by on December 14, 2018 at 11:04 pm

Celebrating 27 years

Posted Friday, December 14th, 2018 11:01 pm GMT -6 in Photography at 11:01 PM

Meritage A Brasserie

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on December 14, 2018 at 11:01 pm

Variations on a classic

Posted Friday, December 14th, 2018 01:55 pm GMT -6 in Photography at 1:55 PM

Meyvn

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on December 14, 2018 at 1:55 pm

Hee-haw & Merry Christmas

Posted Friday, December 14th, 2018 01:07 pm GMT -6 in Holidays,Theater at 1:07 PM

I still want to hear Jim Cunningham say this at a Wild or Twins game…

Originally published by DK on December 14, 2018 at 1:07 pm

Fancy hair for SK

Posted Friday, December 14th, 2018 08:48 am GMT -6 in Family,Fashion at 8:48 AM

It’s like a rainbow of hair

Originally published by DK on December 14, 2018 at 8:48 am

Tweet: Ryan Suter plays hockey like Ernie Els plays golf

Posted Thursday, December 13th, 2018 11:22 pm GMT -6 in Tweets at 11:22 PM

Ryan Suter plays hockey like Ernie Els plays golf

Originally published by on December 13, 2018 at 11:22 pm

Tweet: Still a long way to go, but it’s nice watching hockey with two eyes aga…

Posted Thursday, December 13th, 2018 07:50 pm GMT -6 in Tweets at 7:50 PM

Still a long way to go, but it’s nice watching hockey with two eyes again

Originally published by on December 13, 2018 at 7:50 pm

GD Nordy

Posted Thursday, December 13th, 2018 07:36 pm GMT -6 in Photography at 7:36 PM

Xcel Energy Center

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on December 13, 2018 at 7:36 pm

My Insty 2018 Top 9

Posted Thursday, December 13th, 2018 04:11 pm GMT -6 in Personal at 4:11 PM

Super Bowl, Vikings, then all recovery shots

Originally published by DK on December 13, 2018 at 4:11 pm

Tweet: New laptop setup day

Posted Thursday, December 13th, 2018 10:30 am GMT -6 in Tweets at 10:30 AM

New laptop setup day

Originally published by DK on December 13, 2018 at 10:30 am

Next business retreat?

Posted Thursday, December 13th, 2018 09:38 am GMT -6 in Links,Travel,Work at 9:38 AM

Front

Originally published by DK on December 13, 2018 at 9:38 am

Throwback night in Bedford Falls

Posted Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 08:23 pm GMT -6 in Photography at 8:23 PM

The Saint Paul Hotel

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on December 12, 2018 at 8:23 pm

Winners, Trampled By Turtles

Posted Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 11:26 pm GMT -6 in Concerts,Music,Quotes at 11:26 PM

Pretty little city built on a hillside. Music in the bars and fire in the sky. We went to the beach and it was covered in ice. And I used to call it home…

Originally published by DK on December 11, 2018 at 11:26 pm

Thanks @deadmanwinter

Posted Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 10:46 pm GMT -6 in Photography at 10:46 PM

Turf Club

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on December 11, 2018 at 10:46 pm

Tweet: A little Lucy before DMW light up the Furnace

Posted Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 09:01 pm GMT -6 in Tweets at 9:01 PM

A little Lucy before DMW light up the Furnace

Originally published by on December 11, 2018 at 9:01 pm

Just like the Mall of America

Posted Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 03:17 pm GMT -6 in Photography at 3:17 PM

U.S. Bank Stadium

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on December 11, 2018 at 3:17 pm

It’s like time stood still

Posted Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 11:48 am GMT -6 in Art,Design,Disney,Work at 11:48 AM

Getting my office current again

Originally published by DK on December 11, 2018 at 11:48 am

My name in donuts and Dew

Posted Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 09:26 am GMT -6 in Photography at 9:26 AM

U.S. Bank Stadium

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on December 11, 2018 at 9:26 am

Tweet: When you come back to your office computer after two months, you get *two…

Posted Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 09:20 am GMT -6 in Tweets at 9:20 AM

When you come back to your office computer after two months, you get *two* full Office updates

Originally published by on December 11, 2018 at 9:20 am
 

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