7 Minute Miles

Sunday Brunch @ Dinette 💯

Posted Monday, December 5th, 2022 06:51 am in Family,Food at 6:51 AM

A little food and drink before Christmas tree shopping

Originally published by DK on December 5, 2022 at 6:51 am

Hi, I’m an acrobat now

Posted Thursday, December 1st, 2022 11:57 pm in Family,Pets at 11:57 PM

Silly doge

Originally published by DK on December 1, 2022 at 11:57 pm

The Destroyer

Posted Tuesday, November 29th, 2022 08:55 am in Family,Pets at 8:55 AM

Lots of “enrichment” time this morning

Originally published by DK on November 29, 2022 at 8:55 am

Best of Thanksgiving

Posted Friday, November 25th, 2022 02:13 pm in Family,Food,Holidays at 2:13 PM

Forgot to post this yesterday – thanks, Stacey!

Originally published by DK on November 25, 2022 at 2:13 pm

Fridge Doge

Posted Friday, November 11th, 2022 09:41 pm in Family,Pets at 9:41 PM

She found a new place to hang

Originally published by DK on November 11, 2022 at 9:41 pm

The coworker is j chillin’

Posted Thursday, November 10th, 2022 10:05 am in Family,Pets,Work at 10:05 AM

Swapped home office day this week

Originally published by DK on November 10, 2022 at 10:05 am

Twitter Tales

Posted Thursday, November 10th, 2022 01:05 am in Business,Family,Friends,Longform,Technology at 1:05 AM

Twitter is really having a moment, isn’t it? Too bad it feels like the verge of implosion, as it has been my favorite social media platform since I joined back in February 2008. Not sure of all the dates, but I think I joined LinkedIn (the first time) just after Twitter, followed by Facebook in December 2008 and Instagram sometime in 2010. I deleted my Facebook account in June 2020, followed by Instagram a few days later. Dropped off LinkedIn for about five years, as it became a huge source of spam and unsolicited sales pitches. I rejoined last year for career reasons, but it seems rather sad that may be the last one standing if I decide to drop Twitter.

Now, I don’t really want to leave Twitter. I likely use the service differently than 99% of the rest of the world, and it has served me well. I’m rarely on the actual twitter.com website, using the awesome Tweetbot client on both macOS and iOS. For reasons I don’t fully understand, using those tools means I never see ads and my timeline is always in chronological order (with only accounts I want to see).

I currently follow about 400 accounts (many of those, it turns out, have been inactive for some time) and I’ve carefully curated what accounts I follow to get useful and timely info in my personal areas of interest (music, sports, food, travel, running, casinos and technology). There are friends and family on there that I know from real life and a bunch of real people that I only know through Twitter. Some of these people I’m connected with on LinkedIn, but I’d miss out on so much if Twitter was out of the picture. Hoping for personal blogs to make a comeback – RSS is solid tech and NetNewsWire is still a great reader on macOS.

Decided to spend some time this week studying what content has been hitting my timeline since Electric Rocket Boy took over. There are a few friends that I follow that use the service *a lot* and I don’t think I fully realized just how much they shape my Twitter experience (hello @rstanzel, @russohockey, @bynkii and @peril_in_pink). I’m closing in on 23,000 lifetime tweets, but Russo is nearing 200,000. I respect how everyone uses the service – you can always unfollow or mute if you don’t like the frequency (or the content). Of course, the new ownership may have other plans. Seriously wondering just how long third party clients like Tweetbot will be allowed access to the system…

So where do I go from here? Just like I did with the other services, I requested a download of my data (which you can do on this page). The Twitter archive you get is actually pretty nice – it creates a local web page you can open with your browser and view all of your tweets, likes, replies, direct messages and media files. I would like to find a way to take this archive, strip out the private stuff and just have a page with all the tweets (like I did for my old Instagram pics here).

I’ll likely stay on the service as long as Tweetbot works the way I’m used to, my favorite people continue to post and it remains free to use. If any of those things change (or the “Chief Twit” makes me as mad as the “Meta” joker did), I will deactivate & delete the @kingsbury account, pour one out for the bird and get to work on improving this little corner of the internet…

7 Minute Miles Twitter Hall of Fame

@4waytest
@acidprime
@acpage_77
@adenab
@alanbergo
@amanjo
@andrewrcraven
@arekdreyer
@badbanana
@bgervais
@bigdad3233
@bigriverpizza
@billamend
@bloomcounty
@blushnbashfuls
@bradleysklein
@brandon_seekins
@briankrebs
@brianstucki
@bryanhansel
@bryanrossi1
@bynkii
@cedge318
@charley_walters
@chuckgoolsbee
@cmkingsbury
@cookcovisitors
@ct_turf
@dailyangst
@danielle_ottman
@danothebeach
@dasharez0ne
@davidkingsbury
@davidshamaminn
@deardara
@derushaeats
@drunkhunk
@dskoglund_mn
@erheil
@ericsieger
@fairmontsprings
@fallon
@firstavenue
@fortunebay
@grandmasmara
@grayter1
@gregneagle
@gregswan
@grlitman
@gruber
@hammen
@harvdog1
@hazeltine
@hewittstrib
@hsra_mn
@jakeaune
@jefflagrua
@jeffshelman
@jemsekgolf
@jessflem
@joebissen
@johntdrumjr
@jonbream
@kerifromkansas
@kevinleecy
@kilbo
@lamppag
@letsreallylive
@linebackrbarbie
@lovesbassets
@lutsen_tofte
@lutsenmountains
@macshome
@mauioceancenter
@mfpip
@michaelguille
@minikahdaturf
@mlindstrom
@mnstatefair
@mnzoo
@muccisitalian
@munsongs
@myprontopup
@mysticlake
@niess_lisa
@nihilist_arbys
@nkrnz
@nwstwincities
@officialwilbury
@palacestpaul
@pashcam
@patricktalty
@paul_brinkman
@paulkaps
@peril_in_pink
@peterdog5
@pmdigolf
@pooserville
@richwang3
@ricknelsonmn
@riverviewtheatr
@robertcrayband
@rossraihala
@rskohner
@rstanzel
@russohockey
@ryanmathre
@schweitzerid
@saintdinette
@samcrut
@sarahmariette
@schoun
@schutz
@skatergirl916
@stephmarch
@stpaulsaints
@summerofjumbo
@susanruns
@tapinbirdie
@tbridge777
@tbtduluth
@tcmarathon
@tdelibassis
@techgrltweeter
@tenaciousd
@thecedar
@thecharlieparr
@thefitztheater
@themasters
@tjdsbtom
@tldresen
@tniver
@tompetty
@tonyminnieapple
@turfclubmn
@twindependent
@twinsprez
@twodots
@usbankstadium
@wtipradio

Thanks for all the awesome micro-content and socializing 💜

Originally published by DK on November 10, 2022 at 1:05 am

0.5 trail walk with the expert

Posted Saturday, October 29th, 2022 04:23 pm in Family,Nature at 4:23 PM

It’s like a whole month of perfect fall weather this year

Originally published by DK on October 29, 2022 at 4:23 pm

It’s almost Booni-ween

Posted Saturday, October 29th, 2022 03:43 pm in Family,Holidays,Pets at 3:43 PM

The little doge would like some candy, please

Originally published by DK on October 29, 2022 at 3:43 pm

The artist and her art

Posted Tuesday, October 25th, 2022 06:27 pm in Art,Family at 6:27 PM

Love the latest canvas ❤️

Originally published by DK on October 25, 2022 at 6:27 pm

Highland Bridge picnic with MK

Posted Sunday, October 9th, 2022 01:00 pm in Family,Food at 1:00 PM

Six buck click from Byerly’s too

Originally published by DK on October 9, 2022 at 1:00 pm

Bonus Day dinner @ Hazelwood

Posted Saturday, October 8th, 2022 11:15 pm in Family,Food at 11:15 PM

Woodbury, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on October 8, 2022 at 11:15 pm

Four Years of Bonus Time

Posted Saturday, October 8th, 2022 02:24 pm in Baseball,Concerts,Family,Food,Longform,Personal,Travel at 2:24 PM

This is a streak I can fully get behind: four full years of bonus time as of today (read about year one, year two and year three). As the memories of that day fade farther and farther out, I love having this extra “birthday” to reflect on how lucky I am to have more time with family and friends before moving in to my forever home (pictured above).

My overall health remains good, but wear and tear issues are starting to be felt more and more. Heading to see a foot specialist in a few weeks to have my left foot looked at – not sure if it’s a broken bone, arthritis or something else, but it’s not been the same since running the Garry Bjorklund Half in June. That was my first race longer than a 10K during bonus time, but I’m not sure I want to do anything longer than that again (but we’ll see what the doctor says). Rode 500+ miles on the bike this year and have the watch move streak at 905 days and counting, but played a lot less golf this season. Should drop 25 pounds, but that’s been a challenge.

My periodic MRI and subsequent talk with Dr. Tummala was very positive, so I don’t need another one of those for three years. That’s really great news, as I feel ultra-claustrophobic in that machine now. Had a visit with the dentist this week and everything on that front is still coming up Milhouse. I have a love/hate relationship with my glasses – the prism prescription is now probably the best it will get, so I still need to generally wear them for driving and golf. I can get by the rest of the time without them, so that’s an OK compromise.

At the end of the year three bonus time update, I mentioned there was a big change coming soon. That was me leaving U.S. Bank Stadium and joining the pre-opening team for the new Four Seasons Hotel Minneapolis. I haven’t written much about my time there, but it was a great learning experience. We opened the hotel on time on June 1 and my last day was June 24. For the first time in my professional career, I voluntarily took a few months off during the summer to recharge and figure out what’s next. I’ll have more to write about that next week, but I have to say the Europeans that get to do this every year are really on to something…

Colleen and I have had a very eventful last 12 months. We went to Kauai for our 30th wedding anniversary, built a new “retirement special” home south of Saint Paul and became pretty big baseball fans, attending lots of Saints and Twins game (hoping we can go to spring training next year too, if Fort Myers recovers). We’ve slowed down a bit with concerts, but still love a good live show. Since the last bonus post, I saw The Rolling Stones at U.S. Bank Stadium, Elvis Costello at First Avenue, Richard Thompson at the Fitzgerald, Diana Ross at the Minnesota State Fair, Florence + the Machine at Xcel Energy Center and another amazing Tenacious D show at Surly. Too bad Duran Duran got rained out at Treasure Island.

Today Colleen and I went to brunch at The Copperfield in Mendota Heights, we drove by my grandparent’s old street nearby (which has a completely different house on that lot now), stopped by Acacia Cemetery and admired the giant blaze maple and will head down to Xcel Energy Center for some pre-season hockey before wrapping up the night checking out the hot new Woodbury restaurant Hazelwood.

Still super, super grateful for the wonderful health professionals who helped me on this journey, along with the amazing support of family and friends – you all rock. Lots of big changes coming up in the next year of bonus time – stayed tuned!

Peace and love, DK

Originally published by DK on October 8, 2022 at 2:24 pm

The flock is reunited

Posted Saturday, October 8th, 2022 09:48 am in Family,Pets at 9:48 AM

Where have you guys been?

Originally published by DK on October 8, 2022 at 9:48 am

The professional has returned

Posted Sunday, October 2nd, 2022 01:50 pm in Family,Nature at 1:50 PM

Stink bug, turtles, caterpillars, oh my

Originally published by DK on October 2, 2022 at 1:50 pm

Time for a little ice bath

Posted Saturday, October 1st, 2022 02:53 pm in Disney,Family,Pets at 2:53 PM

Tropical refreshment for the doge

Originally published by DK on October 1, 2022 at 2:53 pm

Nature walk with the professional

Posted Sunday, September 25th, 2022 07:33 pm in Family,Nature at 7:33 PM

More bugs and more people than ever

Originally published by DK on September 25, 2022 at 7:33 pm

Celebration flapjacks at Dinette 🎉 🥞

Posted Saturday, September 24th, 2022 12:02 pm in Family,Food at 12:02 PM

SK, Nive Man and the whole crew at the bar

Originally published by DK on September 24, 2022 at 12:02 pm

Proud of the Bulldoge 💯

Posted Saturday, September 17th, 2022 10:40 pm in Family,Schools at 10:40 PM

Had to hustle with the bad weather and go to plan B, but what a great day

Originally published by DK on September 17, 2022 at 10:40 pm

Little Miss One Foot

Posted Thursday, September 15th, 2022 11:06 am in Family,Pets at 11:06 AM

J chillin’

Originally published by DK on September 15, 2022 at 11:06 am

Mini family reunion pizza

Posted Friday, September 9th, 2022 03:02 pm in Family,Food at 3:02 PM

Thanks to my aunt for lunch (and great to see my sister too)

Originally published by DK on September 9, 2022 at 3:02 pm

Mini-molt shower time

Posted Monday, August 29th, 2022 02:09 pm in Family,Pets at 2:09 PM

Not quite back to normal yet

Originally published by DK on August 29, 2022 at 2:09 pm

Breakfast with Speedy Magee

Posted Monday, August 22nd, 2022 09:18 am in Family,Food at 9:18 AM

The North Pole (Newport)

Originally published by DK on August 22, 2022 at 9:18 am

Birthday Doge 🎂🎉

Posted Sunday, August 21st, 2022 07:30 pm in Family,Pets at 7:30 PM

Somebody turns eight this week

Originally published by DK on August 21, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Summer in the City ⚾️

Posted Sunday, August 21st, 2022 05:13 pm in Baseball,Family at 5:13 PM

Thanks, Katie – bonus baseball with CK and MK

Originally published by DK on August 21, 2022 at 5:13 pm

Sleeping on the job

Posted Tuesday, August 16th, 2022 04:11 pm in Family,Pets at 4:11 PM

My assistant takes frequent breaks

Originally published by DK on August 16, 2022 at 4:11 pm

Nature is Neat

Posted Sunday, August 14th, 2022 02:06 pm in Family,Nature,Wildlife at 2:06 PM

Neature walk with MK in the neighborhood park

Originally published by DK on August 14, 2022 at 2:06 pm

Kid two patio garden

Posted Wednesday, August 10th, 2022 11:38 am in Family,Food,Nature at 11:38 AM

Her work is bearing fruit 🍅

Originally published by DK on August 10, 2022 at 11:38 am

Tasty raptor feet

Posted Sunday, August 7th, 2022 05:13 pm in Family,Pets at 5:13 PM

She’s not really a fan of baths, but it sure chills her out

Originally published by DK on August 7, 2022 at 5:13 pm

Don’t know about this .5 business

Posted Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022 11:28 pm in Family,Food,Movies at 11:28 PM

Pizza on Randolph before a movie at the Riverview

Originally published by DK on August 3, 2022 at 11:28 pm

She was not amused

Posted Monday, August 1st, 2022 07:37 am in Family,Pets at 7:37 AM

Bathtime for the screm doge

Originally published by DK on August 1, 2022 at 7:37 am

RIP, Karen Rivers, 1942-2022

Posted Friday, July 15th, 2022 01:58 pm in Family,Links at 1:58 PM

https://drydenwire.com/obituaries/karen-m-rivers/

Originally published by DK on July 15, 2022 at 1:58 pm

All Bulldogs.

Posted Wednesday, July 13th, 2022 11:24 am in Family,Schools,Sports at 11:24 AM

All the time.

Originally published by DK on July 13, 2022 at 11:24 am

A walk in the park with MK

Posted Sunday, July 3rd, 2022 06:38 pm in Family,Nature at 6:38 PM

She finds way more stuff than I do

Originally published by DK on July 3, 2022 at 6:38 pm

You know he got that look

Posted Saturday, July 2nd, 2022 08:27 pm in Family,Pets at 8:27 PM

Penultimate day of dog sitting with Snoliver

Originally published by DK on July 2, 2022 at 8:27 pm

Kickoff to Summer 2022

Posted Monday, May 30th, 2022 03:11 pm in Family,Food at 3:11 PM

Glad the Minnesota State Fair is still doing this – nice break from the over the top week

Originally published by DK on May 30, 2022 at 3:11 pm

Memorial Day 2022 💜

Posted Monday, May 30th, 2022 03:09 pm in Family,Holidays,Personal at 3:09 PM

Found an easier way to Oakland Cemetery

Originally published by DK on May 30, 2022 at 3:09 pm

Returning 16 years later

Posted Saturday, May 28th, 2022 10:00 pm in Family,History,Schools at 10:00 PM

…to teach @ Children’s Country Day School

Originally published by DK on May 28, 2022 at 10:00 pm

Mmm…Bob’s Burgers

Posted Saturday, May 28th, 2022 08:45 pm in Family,Movies at 8:45 PM

Movie time with MK and The Boy @ Alamo Woodbury

Originally published by DK on May 28, 2022 at 8:45 pm

Work BFF

Posted Friday, May 13th, 2022 04:33 pm in Family,Pets at 4:33 PM

Will work for seeds

Originally published by DK on May 13, 2022 at 4:33 pm

Oh, Hai Hai

Posted Monday, May 9th, 2022 07:10 am in Family,Food at 7:10 AM

Mother’s Day 2022 with the whole fam

Originally published by DK on May 9, 2022 at 7:10 am

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom ❤️

Posted Sunday, May 8th, 2022 10:25 am in Family at 10:25 AM

Five years already

Originally published by DK on May 8, 2022 at 10:25 am

Bork! Bork! Bork!

Posted Saturday, April 30th, 2022 03:04 pm in Family,Television at 3:04 PM

CK got a present from the boy

Originally published by DK on April 30, 2022 at 3:04 pm

Doggy Still Life

Posted Saturday, April 23rd, 2022 07:21 pm in Family,Pets at 7:21 PM

Doge on amethyst with flowers

Originally published by DK on April 23, 2022 at 7:21 pm

Spring molt is real

Posted Monday, April 11th, 2022 08:38 pm in Family,Pets at 8:38 PM

Almost done, scruffy

Originally published by DK on April 11, 2022 at 8:38 pm

Northland Sunday Fun Day

Posted Sunday, April 10th, 2022 11:05 pm in Family,Food,Skiing,Travel at 11:05 PM

Lutsen, Grand Marais, Cloquet (and The Masters)

Originally published by DK on April 10, 2022 at 11:05 pm

Saturday in Bulldog Country

Posted Saturday, April 9th, 2022 08:12 pm in Family,Food,Schools,Travel at 8:12 PM

Super nice spring day in the Northland

Originally published by DK on April 9, 2022 at 8:12 pm

A return visit to Wayback Burgers

Posted Saturday, March 26th, 2022 04:16 pm in Family,Food at 4:16 PM

This time with kid two (the Cheeesy is my confirmed favorite)

Originally published by DK on March 26, 2022 at 4:16 pm

SK surprise for the sickie

Posted Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022 03:14 pm in Family,Food at 3:14 PM

Byerly’s bakery is the best

Originally published by DK on March 23, 2022 at 3:14 pm

Such a nice coworker

Posted Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022 11:10 am in Family,Pets at 11:10 AM

A little bit sleeping on the job, though

Originally published by DK on March 22, 2022 at 11:10 am

Bulldoge Country (+ the Northland)

Posted Sunday, March 20th, 2022 02:44 pm in Casinos,Family,Food,Skiing,Travel at 2:44 PM

All of the favorites – the Splash Cup was cool too

Originally published by DK on March 20, 2022 at 2:44 pm

Lucy Michell Family Portrait

Posted Tuesday, March 15th, 2022 09:10 pm in Art,Family at 9:10 PM

To clarify: our family, drawn by Lucy Michell, at the Minnesota State Fair

Originally published by DK on March 15, 2022 at 9:10 pm

Not a restaurant

Posted Monday, February 28th, 2022 10:32 pm in Family,Food at 10:32 PM

Some awesome, creative home cooking by CK

Originally published by DK on February 28, 2022 at 10:32 pm

Diet Pepsi bath time

Posted Wednesday, February 16th, 2022 09:16 pm in Family,Pets at 9:16 PM

Crazy doge – needed another bath after that

Originally published by DK on February 16, 2022 at 9:16 pm

Heart-shaped cake

Posted Monday, February 14th, 2022 06:18 pm in Family,Food,Holidays at 6:18 PM

Surprise Valentines dinner at the Woodbury Portillo’s ❤️

Originally published by DK on February 14, 2022 at 6:18 pm

Miss you, Dad 💜

Posted Thursday, February 10th, 2022 11:03 pm in Family at 11:03 PM

Hard to believe it has been two years already

Originally published by DK on February 10, 2022 at 11:03 pm

You know she got that look

Posted Wednesday, February 9th, 2022 10:39 pm in Family,Pets at 10:39 PM

Crazy-eye Doge

Originally published by DK on February 9, 2022 at 10:39 pm

Two hours, 19 runs ❄️

Posted Tuesday, February 8th, 2022 09:30 pm in Family,Skiing at 9:30 PM

Quality time with SK @ Afton Alps

Originally published by DK on February 8, 2022 at 9:30 pm

Fun day at Giants Ridge

Posted Saturday, January 29th, 2022 09:05 pm in Family,Skiing,Travel at 9:05 PM

Despite the cluster at the start with the ticket line

Originally published by DK on January 29, 2022 at 9:05 pm

Introduced SK to Spoon & Stable

Posted Thursday, January 20th, 2022 11:00 pm in Family,Food at 11:00 PM

Happy birthday to me – thanks, Team Gavin!

Originally published by DK on January 20, 2022 at 11:00 pm

Molt season is no joke

Posted Monday, January 17th, 2022 03:16 pm in Family,Pets at 3:16 PM

Don’t look at me – those feathers were there when I got here

Originally published by DK on January 17, 2022 at 3:16 pm

My mom loved Powers

Posted Wednesday, January 5th, 2022 01:24 pm in Family,History,Shopping at 1:24 PM

Finally stopped to take this pic today

Originally published by DK on January 5, 2022 at 1:24 pm

Somebody is watching me work

Posted Monday, January 3rd, 2022 11:14 am in Family,Pets,Work at 11:14 AM

Work doge has two offices again

Originally published by DK on January 3, 2022 at 11:14 am

Scenes from Christmas 2021

Posted Saturday, December 25th, 2021 09:09 pm in Casinos,Family,Fashion,Food,Holidays at 9:09 PM

Lego jackets, little smokies, turkey, Niver/Cossetta and Mystic’s new tower

Originally published by DK on December 25, 2021 at 9:09 pm

Back in her comfort zone

Posted Friday, December 24th, 2021 05:36 pm in Family,Housekeeping,Pets at 5:36 PM

Doge the Destroyer Happy Place

Originally published by DK on December 24, 2021 at 5:36 pm

Mahalo, Grand Hyatt Kauai

Posted Saturday, December 18th, 2021 08:55 pm in Family,Nature,Travel at 8:55 PM

This was really a magical place to stay

Originally published by DK on December 18, 2021 at 8:55 pm

National Tropical Botanical Garden

Posted Friday, December 17th, 2021 08:46 pm in Family,Nature,Travel at 8:46 PM

The sunset tour here was really something special

Originally published by DK on December 17, 2021 at 8:46 pm

The “casual” spot at Grand Hyatt

Posted Thursday, December 16th, 2021 02:15 pm in Family,Food,Travel at 2:15 PM

Every hotel should have a terrace like this

Originally published by DK on December 16, 2021 at 2:15 pm

Glad I picked Poipu Bay

Posted Wednesday, December 15th, 2021 04:46 pm in Family,Golf,Travel at 4:46 PM

I’m sure Princeville is great too, but this course was spectacular

Originally published by DK on December 15, 2021 at 4:46 pm

The Grand Hyatt was a solid pick

Posted Tuesday, December 14th, 2021 03:43 pm in Family,Nature,Travel at 3:43 PM

“This is the real Polynesian”

Originally published by DK on December 14, 2021 at 3:43 pm