Support your local venuesOriginally published by DK on May 22, 2020 at 6:48 pm
Hit the boutique (safely)Originally published by DK on April 7, 2020 at 5:31 pm
The toffee is good tooOriginally published by DK on January 17, 2020 at 9:08 pm
My new golf gloveOriginally published by DK on October 27, 2019 at 7:18 pm
…plus the new north end event building.Originally published by DK on August 23, 2019 at 9:32 pm
Tales from the Green Line floorOriginally published by DK on August 2, 2019 at 1:31 pm
Models, models, modelsOriginally published by DK on July 15, 2019 at 2:01 pm
Feel better already after just a couple miles…Originally published by DK on June 21, 2019 at 3:18 pm
Too late for Vegas, but still super excitedOriginally published by DK on May 20, 2019 at 9:01 pm
Ready to get our hee-haw onOriginally published by DK on May 3, 2019 at 3:21 pm
Comfortable clothes – don’t care what size anymoreOriginally published by DK on March 24, 2019 at 6:08 pm
I finally own a green hat to wear once a yearOriginally published by DK on March 17, 2019 at 3:25 pm
Tim Pros!Originally published by DK on March 12, 2019 at 8:55 pm
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Thank you, MK, for the presentOriginally published by DK on January 5, 2019 at 3:51 pm
Hello again, BrenthavenOriginally published by DK on December 28, 2018 at 3:38 pm
It’s like a rainbow of hairOriginally published by DK on December 14, 2018 at 8:48 am
So happy to see the eye doctorOriginally published by DK on November 23, 2018 at 2:34 pm
Another excellent show at his largest venue yetOriginally published by DK on November 18, 2018 at 12:28 am
Changing my name to match my new glassesOriginally published by DK on November 6, 2018 at 1:40 pm
SKOL, VIKINGS ?Originally published by DK on October 25, 2018 at 4:26 pm
Brother Ali @ Hazelfest 2018Originally published by DK on August 4, 2018 at 9:47 pm
Thanks, TapemarkOriginally published by DK on June 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Beautiful dress for a beautiful girlOriginally published by DK on March 22, 2018 at 1:47 pm
The last one only made it 11 yearsOriginally published by DK on February 17, 2018 at 5:23 pm
Hey kids, line up here in front of the Johnnie WalkerOriginally published by DK on February 6, 2018 at 10:50 pm
Damn you, electronic silent auctionsOriginally published by DK on December 14, 2017 at 2:13 pm
I think I’ve been scammed (but MK wears it well)Originally published by DK on December 11, 2017 at 11:42 pm
Spotted at Target in NEOriginally published by DK on June 12, 2017 at 7:29 pm
FinallyOriginally published by DK on April 4, 2017 at 7:29 pm
Mizuno Wave Rider 20s from Run N Fun St. PaulOriginally published by DK on February 9, 2017 at 10:36 pm
Thanks for the hat, downtown councilOriginally published by DK on February 9, 2017 at 4:34 pm
Don’t want Atlanta to win *that* muchOriginally published by DK on February 2, 2017 at 1:41 pm
Why does the one item I liked the most cost $265?Originally published by DK on September 27, 2016 at 9:20 pm
We still love you, thoughOriginally published by DK on July 8, 2016 at 12:39 am
Purple (of course)Originally published by DK on May 22, 2016 at 4:20 pm
Found everything I was looking forOriginally published by DK on May 22, 2016 at 2:56 pm
This used to be in my room on Lombard AvenueOriginally published by DK on May 8, 2016 at 7:31 pm
Why can’t I have normal hair?Originally published by DK on March 19, 2016 at 6:25 pm
The Grandma’s jacket has arrivedOriginally published by DK on February 10, 2016 at 1:58 pm
$50 for a 2015 Boston Marathon jacket @ Marshalls Mall of AmericaOriginally published by DK on December 13, 2015 at 12:33 pm
This one was only $200 @ SFOOriginally published by DK on December 11, 2015 at 3:27 pm
The Arcs @ First AveOriginally published by DK on December 2, 2015 at 12:40 am
…hard at workOriginally published by DK on November 26, 2015 at 5:30 pm
Wave Rider 19s, Johnston & Murphy, EccoOriginally published by DK on November 8, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Blow the whistle, refOriginally published by DK on November 5, 2015 at 11:36 pm
My new steel toe construction site shoesOriginally published by DK on November 3, 2015 at 1:09 pm
The Cosmopolitan rolls real smoothOriginally published by DK on October 1, 2015 at 6:27 pm
SK and her new short hairOriginally published by DK on September 25, 2015 at 8:04 pm
Colleen’s silver and purple designOriginally published by DK on September 6, 2015 at 1:22 am
Selfie republished with permissionOriginally published by DK on August 18, 2015 at 10:59 pm
Veruca Salt @ Cedar Cultural CenterOriginally published by DK on July 23, 2015 at 8:42 pm
Footjoy DNAOriginally published by DK on July 11, 2015 at 10:03 am
The Guess Who @ Fortune Bay Resort CasinoOriginally published by DK on June 19, 2015 at 8:23 pm
Mizuno Wave Rider 17sOriginally published by DK on June 4, 2015 at 10:53 pm
St. Paul girls are hot (Grand Avenue)Originally published by DK on May 29, 2015 at 1:34 pm
The beautiful SK before the SES promOriginally published by DK on May 8, 2015 at 9:14 pm
SK and the silver dress @ Macy’s MOAOriginally published by DK on April 24, 2015 at 2:42 pm
Way too much gray – go Wild!Originally published by DK on April 24, 2015 at 1:32 pm
The governor said soOriginally published by DK on April 24, 2015 at 1:25 pm
A friend of mine asked me the other day if I was getting an Apple Watch and I actually hadn’t thought about it much (until today). Another friend was very excited when it was first announced and a few co-workers are counting down the days until the pre-order window, but I haven’t been super excited about April 24th. My two biggest reasons for this are 1) you need to have your phone for GPS (which kills the biggest runner reason for having one) and 2) I haven’t worn a watch since my first job out of college.
I do like the design and a few of the bands are very nice. I also like that they are doing both the 42mm and the 38mm sizes, as my wrists have always been rather small compared to the rest of my body. If I was going for the cheap end, I’d probably get a 38mm Space Gray aluminum sport model with a black sport band. For a more expensive (and stylish) option, I’d go for the 38mm stainless steel version with the Milanese loop band. Even if I had the money, I don’t really find the gold edition models any more appealing than a traditional Rolex (or my old Movado for that matter).
My Garmin Forerunner 610 is probably nearing the end of useful life, but right now I’d be more inclined to replace it with something like the fÄ“nix 3 over an Apple Watch. That model retails for $500, though, so I’ll likely just wait and see what develops. I also find it funny how many people out there are already critical of Apple Watch functionality when hardly anyone has actually used one in real life. Apple didn’t get to be a bazillion-dollar company by releasing junk, so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt for now…Originally published by DK on March 24, 2015 at 6:50 pm
…Springsteen is Boss @ Electric Fetus DuluthOriginally published by DK on February 4, 2015 at 3:21 pm
Pearl Jam Seahawks Super Bowl T-shirtOriginally published by DK on February 1, 2015 at 9:34 am
Locally Laid Egg Company, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on January 30, 2015 at 11:12 am
MK and her new Christmas shirtOriginally published by DK on December 18, 2014 at 8:42 pm
In addition to the big race, I was quite fortunate to experience a few additional things on my trip to New York (while still trying not to spend money). This trip was also a bit of an adventure for me, as I had never really had to figure out the subway system before. Both of my Delta flights were perfect – on time, window seats and great experiences with TSA Preâœ“ at MSP and LGA. My one cab ride from the airport to Queens was inexpensive and quick.
I figured out the apartment situation the first night on my own, as my host Dillon had to work until 11pm. His place was really nice: smallish one bedroom on the third floor, with an elevator and balcony. It was located about two blocks from the N/Q line’s Astoria Boulevard station, which was really convenient. That train was a straight shot into Times Square, which I took on Saturday morning to head over to the race expo at the Javits Center, where I met my friends Deb and Jeff.
The expo was the same as last time: packed with people from all over the world. As I found out this week, the 2014 edition of the race was also the largest ever in the history of marathons (50,564 finishers). We walked right up to the bib areas, though, and really only had to wait in line to buy stuff. They also hand out the finisher shirts at the expo (just like Disney), so I picked mine up before buying a few five finger borough gloves for MK and SK. There were lots of other great things to buy there, but I didn’t want to burn all my cash on the first day. Stopped by the Sweaty Bands booth to look for my friend Kris, but she skipped this expo (and race).
Javits was also hosting a photography show and the huge Nikon booth was teasing me from just inside the guarded barrier. The marathon expo had a second level nearby, though, so we headed up there and found lots of interesting new booths. They handed out borough “passports” that you could get stamped to receive a free race poster. The inspiring Kathrine Switzer was there signing her book and a number of government and charity groups were handing out info.
The weather Saturday was crappy all day, with a cold, constant drizzle and relatively high winds. It wasn’t super fun walking around midtown, but we headed from Javits back to Times Square to wait in line at the TKTS booth to see if we could get discounted tickets to see Dillon’s show (he’s the sound engineer) – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. When we got up there, the guy said they only had five single seats left (for 50% off). Sold!
Once we had the tickets for the matinee, we walked over to Eighth Avenue to hit up Shake Shack for lunch. I ordered a single ShackBurger with no tomato, cheese fries and a vanilla malt. In hindsight, I don’t know if that was a great pre-race selection, but it sure tasted good (especially the bun). That place is always packed, but we didn’t have to wait too long.
After lunch, we walked up Eighth to 48th and waited outside the Walter Kerr Theater for a bit before the doors opened. Now that I think about it, we also got a drink across the street at Hurley’s Saloon and picked up some souvenirs for the girls at a tourist trap on Broadway. Once inside, we found our seats in the mezzanine and waited for the show to start. The guy sitting next to me was in town from Arkansas to run the marathon and said he was also a 2012 returnee. This was going to be his second marathon (he ran a BQ in his first at Chicago) and will retire from racing after Boston next April. So jealous. Oh yeah, he was wave one, corral A too…
The show was really fun. Jefferson Mays was outstanding, Lisa O’Hare was beautiful (and funny) and I really liked Carole Shelley as Miss Shingle. Bryce Pinkham was also very talented, turning from good to evil at the drop of a hat. The set design and lighting effects were cool and the orchestra and sound were perfect (of course). The play had two acts with an intermission and Dillon arranged to have our names at the stage door for an after show tour. We ended up actually getting escorted backstage by the other sound engineer Dave, who took us out the back exit and down the alley fire escape. Dillon let us walk out on center stage and showed us the very cramped backstage area, which was really special (thanks again, DJC!). Go see this show if you haven’t – there’s a reason it won four Tony Awards (including Best Musical).
After the show, we walked towards our dinner destination, stopping briefly at 30 Rock to watch the brave ice skaters gliding by in the rain. My pasta carbo load crosshairs were set on Alfredo’s, my old Italy EPCOT Center pals (RIP). The original restaurant is in Rome, but I’ve only known it from the Florida branch that closed on my brother’s birthday in 2007 (the New York location opened in 1977). I ordered a Caesar salad to start and (of course) had the fettuccine Alfredo. Not sure if it was my headache or the food, but it just didn’t seem the same to me, unfortunately.
After dinner, we walked up Fifth Avenue, stopping at the huge UNIQLO store to browse. They had a number of cool MoMA special edition jackets that I really wanted – Keith Haring and Andy Warhol designs for only $90! I restrained myself, though, and walked up to Tiffany & Co. to get a photo for free (no Cracker Jacks on this trip). Headed back to Queens after that and tried to rest up.
I already covered the race specifics in my other post, so I’ll jump to end of the race. I basically ended up walking all the way around the south half of Central Park and got back on the N train to Queens. Took a nice hot shower, changed and rested on the couch until Dillon got back from his Sunday afternoon performance. The local ABC affiliate re-ran the whole marathon broadcast, so I got to watch the two Kenyans battle down the stretch for their respective titles. It was a little reassuring to see the elites were also slowed down quite a bit by the conditions.
We walked a few blocks over to Chef Michael Psilakis’ Greek restaurant on Ditmars Boulevard, MP Taverna for dinner. Dillon had heard good things about it and when I saw the chef was a James Beard finalist, I was sold. My hanger steak & Greek sausage with smashed fries was delicious, as was our appetizer, yogurt dip with warm pita. Dillon ordered the spinach, feta & dill stuffed filet of sole, which he also enjoyed. We stopped in at the Sparrow Tavern on the way home for some Jameson and Laphroaig.
I attempted to sleep in a little on Monday, but was still up by nine. I packed up everything and decided to hop on the train one more time to head in to Times Square and a visit to the Cake Boss Cafe to pick up a couple gifts for Colleen. Before I left, I found an old Village Voice article that listed the top ten places to eat around Times Square. I decided the number one thing they picked sounded like a good plan and walked over to Sapporo on 49th:
Katsudon at Sapporo – This aging noodle shop has long been a haven for homesick Japanese travelers, and the ramen, gyoza, and curries are superb, but our greatest affection is for the luncheon delight katsudon, consisting of a perfectly fried pork cutlet mired in egg and onion, squirted with a vaguely sweet sauce and served over a big bowl of rice. A cup of miso soup comes alongside, making this one of the best under-$10 meals in town. 152 West 49th Street, 212-869-8972
Lunch was very good (I also added an order of Buffalo wings) and the location was perfect – the 49th Street N train station was basically right outside their door. I hopped back on the train, got my stuff and had Dillon drop me off at the airport on his way out of town. I hung out at the airport for a couple hours and arrived home that night around 8:30pm. Dillon’s suggestion to load A Dark Room on my phone was brilliant – no network connection required and it made the flight seem extra quick.
Growing up, I always preferred the West Coast (and especially LA) to New York. Living in the Midwest, I also hated how everything was so focused on the East Coast (all times Eastern, news broadcasts, New Years Eve countdowns, etc). Now that I’ve visited twice in the past two years, it’s starting to grow on me. I also realized this time just how much of New York I’ve never seen. I may not get back again for a while, but now I’d really like to (especially with the whole family). Until we meet again, Gotham…Originally published by DK on November 6, 2014 at 12:06 am
November casino promotionOriginally published by DK on October 29, 2014 at 7:17 pm
Run DMG @ JNUC 2014, Guthrie TheaterOriginally published by DK on October 22, 2014 at 10:11 am
I-35 southboundOriginally published by DK on October 16, 2014 at 5:49 pm
It’s always been bad…Originally published by DK on August 17, 2014 at 8:06 pm