Especially May the FourthOriginally published by DK on April 30, 2019 at 5:15 pm
Stairwell 16 is the best stairwellOriginally published by on April 30, 2019 at 11:25 am
As promised, a quick health update from the halls of Hennepin Healthcare. I’m still wearing my prism glasses to treat double vision, but ophthalmologist Dr. Amy Chang is happy with the progress so far. She has reduced the strength of the lens twice now and said I can stop bi-weekly occupational therapy after my next appointment later this week. The hope is still to get to no glasses by October, but surgical options remain available if it takes longer than that. I can read my phone without them now and my left eye is really good at seeing far away, while my right is better close up. This has been mildly annoying, but my first attempt at golf while wearing glasses went much better than expected.
Last week’s big news was a successful third cerebral angioplasty to assess the stent and arteries in my head. The procedure had more risk than I realized before getting there (about a 1% chance of the catheter breaking something loose that would cause a stroke), but vascular neurosurgeon Dr. Adam Khan calmly explained everything before I signed the release form. It really amazes me that they can run a tube up the 8mm-wide artery in my leg, past my heart, up to my brain, inject contrast and take an x-ray of the blood vessels in my head. Science, for the win!
With the stent looking good and no signs of other aneurysms, they took me off the blood thinner. Neurologist Dr. Ann Hoang-Tienor has been managing my seizure care, which consists of anti-seizure medication and a review of activities that may be dangerous. At our last appointment, the doctor reduced my dosage a second time (with a goal of eliminating it altogether). She also gave the green light to all outside activities (with the exception of swimming alone), so I purchased a new bike helmet and ordered a new bike that will hopefully arrive in time for the bike challenge at work. Still haven’t returned to any alcohol yet, but she said it would be OK to take it slow and see how my head reacts. I’ve never been a big drinker, but these six months have really revealed what a huge part alcohol plays in fine dining and in many social situations.
Continued thanks to the staff at Hennepin Healthcare and everyone out there who has supported my recovery (and our family).Originally published by DK on April 30, 2019 at 10:30 am
The croque madame @ BarbetteOriginally published by DK on April 29, 2019 at 12:50 pm
Those levels were interestingOriginally published by DK on April 28, 2019 at 10:26 pm
The 2019 Get in Gear 10K was to be my first race since the TC 10 Mile (and all the fun stuff that happened after that). It was the only thing I had registered for all year and race organizers had reached out to all runners who had done the race for more than ten years in a row (I had a 17-year streak going and had run it one other time too). Unfortunately, my rock star neurosurgeon had other plans and scheduled me for a third angioplasty two days before the race (more on that coming soon in another post).
Regardless of my surgical state, I decided to visit Minnehaha Park on Friday during my lunch break to pick up my number and shirt (I paid for it, right?). I felt pretty good on Saturday morning, so I decided to give it a go (nobody said anything about no walking). The changes to the 5K and half marathon races made for an interesting morning. The half marathoners start at the same time as the 10K runners and their course now goes north to Gold Medal Park in downtown Minneapolis before looping back to reconnect with the 10K finish. The 5K runners started 20 minutes after everyone else, then turned around near Minnehaha Academy. So most of my walk was fairly peaceful and laid back, but it was fun to have the rush of the 5K runners passing me towards the beginning and the half marathoners dashing by at the end.
It was somewhat humbling to be last in my age group for the first time, but as my wife pointed out, it’s likely I was the only one in that group with a brain injury in the last six months. To be honest, I was quite pleased to be under two hours walking (my official chip time of 1:34:47 was good for a 15:16 Minute Mile). Looking back at all my Get in Gear races, my 10K PR would still have only placed 16th in 2019, so major props to the old guys that can run at a sub-six pace.
Registration for the 2020 Get in Gear opens tomorrow and the annual bike challenge starts on Wednesday. Let summer begin!
From the @kingsbury Instagram accountOriginally published by DK on April 28, 2019 at 12:20 pm
I never realized that Snoop Dogg should be on my artist bucket list, but I was really, really wrong. Friday night’s show at Treasure Island Resort & Casino (of all places) was quite the experience. Calvin Broadus Jr. has had an amazing 47 years of life. Seriously, go read his Wikipedia page right now. Even if you aren’t a fan of rap music, Snoop’s influence on pop culture is undisputed.
It shouldn’t be a complete surprise that the show started late, with a DJ set that seemed to be stalling for time until opener Warren G finally did a short 25-minute set that concluded with Regulate. After a much shorter wait, Snoop took the stage for an entertaining hour-long set that included tributes to Nipsey Hussle, Biggie and Tupac. He covered all the big crowd-pleasers:
- Murder Was The Case
- The Next Episode
- Gin & Juice
- Drop It Like It’s Hot
- Who Am I (What’s My Name)?
The supporting cast for Snoop’s part of the evening included Tha Dogg Pound, six pole dancers (with only four poles), a “Nasty Dogg” mascot in full costume and several very burly security guards (that were definitely not a part of the seriously conflicted house security). The crowd (and artist) must’ve been extra challenging for the house managers, as there was ample gin and juice being consumed and Snoop kept encouraging people to light up all night.
Sounds like “DJ Snoopadelic” showed up for an after show DJ set at Muse Event Center in Minneapolis at some point after midnight (with a $100 cover). Still have to wonder, though, how Treasure Island got the full concert booking. Snoop-A-Loop, indeed!
Part I – protect the brainOriginally published by DK on April 27, 2019 at 3:12 pm
First time I’ve ever walked it, but finished @getingearevents 10K 18 years in a rowOriginally published by on April 27, 2019 at 10:44 am
Treasure Island Resort & Casino
From the @kingsbury Instagram accountOriginally published by DK on April 26, 2019 at 10:48 pm
From the @kingsbury Instagram accountOriginally published by DK on April 26, 2019 at 6:42 pm
Race Day 2019 could snow (again)Originally published by DK on April 26, 2019 at 1:18 pm
Sea Salt Eatery
From the @kingsbury Instagram accountOriginally published by DK on April 26, 2019 at 12:41 pm
…don’t come homeOriginally published by DK on April 25, 2019 at 9:20 pm
Ad-hoc chicken and waffles for dinner @SaintDinette tonightOriginally published by on April 25, 2019 at 5:44 pm
Kelly's Depot Bar
From the @kingsbury Instagram accountOriginally published by DK on April 24, 2019 at 5:13 pm
Luna was none too happy about that visit, eitherOriginally published by DK on April 24, 2019 at 3:10 pm
Growing up, there were two things we never talked about: politics and religion. I’ll leave the latter for another day, but the former is something that I’ve really come to dislike as I’ve grown older. I mean, politics are everywhere, of course, whether it be at work, in the news or at a family gathering. But as far as traditional Republicans versus Democrats, right versus left and conservative versus liberal, I’ve had just about all I can take. I’ve never been a fan of political parties – why can’t all elections be like those for mayor, school board or judge? I don’t need to see an “R” or “D” behind your name – tell me your qualifications, what your positions are and how you came to those conclusions. Party platforms are an intellectual cop-out, in my opinion.
We all form our key values as we mature and I find it interesting how these can change over time (and how they are shaped by our individual experiences and environments). I’ve always held the Golden Rule in high esteem and try to follow the “Thumper Rule” online (“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all”). Some of my other favorites?
- Love and kindness
- Knowledge, expertise and dedication
- Fairness and equality
- Civility and respect
Closely related to these values are other things important to me: family and friends, culture, education, science, history, nature, fitness, sportsmanship, fine food, live music, good writing, silence. I used to think that I hated rules (especially those seemingly arbitrary ones created by “the man”), but really I just hate dumb rules (i.e. – this).Originally published by DK on April 24, 2019 at 1:00 am
Set aside the actual cancellation, I’m shocked at the communications process by the Grand Avenue Business AssociationOriginally published by on April 23, 2019 at 7:09 pm
Nerd humor, amirite?Originally published by DK on April 23, 2019 at 3:08 pm
Kyatchi St. Paul
From the @kingsbury Instagram accountOriginally published by DK on April 22, 2019 at 7:59 pm
The big woman still here?Originally published by DK on April 22, 2019 at 4:20 pm
Wonder how many IT nerds worked for the Special Counsel – the report is full of terms from my worldOriginally published by on April 21, 2019 at 7:05 pm
From the @kingsbury Instagram accountOriginally published by DK on April 21, 2019 at 12:31 pm
From the @kingsbury Instagram accountOriginally published by DK on April 20, 2019 at 12:36 pm
Spread the word: @MuccisItalian (weekend) lunch is now a thingOriginally published by on April 20, 2019 at 12:24 pm
Shot 91 from the whites, Ridges at Sand Creek, Jordan, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 19, 2019 at 2:45 pm
The “new guy” joined the band in 1973…Originally published by DK on April 18, 2019 at 11:08 pm
Don’t wanna be buried in debt or in sin, so we pray to Jesus and we play the lotto…Originally published by DK on April 18, 2019 at 11:06 pm
Keepin’ It Real HotOriginally published by DK on April 18, 2019 at 11:00 pm
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
From the @kingsbury Instagram accountOriginally published by DK on April 18, 2019 at 8:47 pm
Thumbs up on the HoweOriginally published by DK on April 18, 2019 at 1:31 pm
…with that gourmet shitOriginally published by DK on April 17, 2019 at 8:19 pm
From the @kingsbury Instagram accountOriginally published by DK on April 17, 2019 at 5:59 pm
As I was leaving a therapy appointment at HCMC, realized the Final Four title game was exactly six months after my aneurysm #thankfulOriginally published by DK on April 17, 2019 at 5:07 pm
She laughed in my face, told me good-bye. Said, “Don’t think about it, you can go crazy. Anything can happen, anything can end. Don’t try to fight it, don’t try to save me”Originally published by DK on April 17, 2019 at 12:01 pm
First game of the year and I got here the earliest everOriginally published by on April 16, 2019 at 5:28 pm
From the @kingsbury Instagram accountOriginally published by DK on April 16, 2019 at 11:53 am
With the Wild out, haven’t watched any playoff hockey until tonight. Fun Caps-Carolina game, but Milbury irritates meOriginally published by on April 15, 2019 at 8:35 pm
Not our favorite place in Europe, but still tragic news from a historic cityOriginally published by DK on April 15, 2019 at 7:16 pm
Phil's Tara Hideaway
From the @kingsbury Instagram accountOriginally published by DK on April 14, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Think I heard a store manager say they would do $280K todayOriginally published by on April 14, 2019 at 3:56 pm
From the @kingsbury Instagram accountOriginally published by DK on April 14, 2019 at 3:46 pm
Final Four, Masters, Game of Thrones – April has been good to my TV so farOriginally published by on April 14, 2019 at 2:15 pm
I’d be OK with starting the Sunday round early every yearOriginally published by on April 14, 2019 at 12:26 pm
Uh oh: “None of the musicians now performing as Little River Band are original members” and none of them are from AustraliaOriginally published by on April 13, 2019 at 9:32 pm
Player singing “Baby Come Back” at a casino in rural Minnesota is the bestOriginally published by on April 13, 2019 at 8:19 pm
First treadmill run in almost a month – funny what hard work weeks do to your exercise routineOriginally published by on April 13, 2019 at 11:44 am
Back at the end againOriginally published by DK on April 13, 2019 at 12:36 am
First re-booked trip post-ICU: Vegas with SK next monthOriginally published by on April 12, 2019 at 8:31 pm
I generally like winter and snow, but come on already…Originally published by DK on April 12, 2019 at 9:03 am
People have said a lot of thing about the Masters over the years, but the ability to follow Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia for their entire first round in HD on my AppleTV with no commercials, announcers that don’t scream and silence the majority of the broadcast (aside from the birds chirping) is about as good as sports TV gets, in my opinion. Add in a work-from-home snow day blizzard outside (with wife and daughter safely inside) + hot pizza from across the street + new levels in Two Dots = my favorite day in weeks.Originally published by DK on April 11, 2019 at 1:05 pm
My wallet is now permanently closed for all Yondr eventsOriginally published by on April 11, 2019 at 9:33 am
Of course it needs to snow againOriginally published by DK on April 11, 2019 at 8:47 am
PSA: The Masters par three tournament is now streaming liveOriginally published by on April 10, 2019 at 1:04 pm
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/04/10/see-black-hole-first-time-images-event-horizon-telescope/?utm_term=.d954086f97b7Originally published by DK on April 10, 2019 at 10:38 am
From the @kingsbury Instagram accountOriginally published by DK on April 9, 2019 at 8:18 pm
Golf is like bicycle shorts. It reveals a lot about a man…Originally published by DK on April 9, 2019 at 6:32 pm
U.S. Bank Stadium
From the @kingsbury Instagram accountOriginally published by DK on April 9, 2019 at 3:24 am
Yup, I’m still here (no trains until 4:13am)Originally published by DK on April 9, 2019 at 3:18 am
…ends here.Originally published by DK on April 8, 2019 at 3:11 pm
U.S. Bank Stadium
From the @kingsbury Instagram accountOriginally published by DK on April 8, 2019 at 12:23 pm
The late night train isn’t crazytown tonight – just lots of quiet Sparty fansOriginally published by on April 7, 2019 at 12:28 am
U.S. Bank Stadium
From the @kingsbury Instagram accountOriginally published by DK on April 7, 2019 at 12:07 am
How’s your Saturday going?Originally published by on April 6, 2019 at 7:02 pm