7 Minute Miles

Midwest leader in fine dining

Posted Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 09:31 pm GMT -5 in Business,Food,Friends,Links at 9:31 PM


Originally published by DK on March 24, 2020 at 9:31 pm

The Nive Man

Posted Sunday, March 15th, 2020 01:50 pm GMT -5 in Business,Food,Friends at 1:50 PM

Live at five with Nive…

Originally published by DK on March 15, 2020 at 1:50 pm

Great to see this crew

Posted Monday, December 23rd, 2019 07:50 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends at 7:50 PM

Lots of Vegas in the house

Originally published by DK on December 23, 2019 at 7:50 pm

Top 9 of 2019

Posted Thursday, December 12th, 2019 07:56 pm GMT -5 in Family,Friends,Photography at 7:56 PM

5.4K likes isn’t too shabby

Originally published by DK on December 12, 2019 at 7:56 pm

Silly tourists

Posted Friday, December 6th, 2019 01:58 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Travel,Work at 1:58 PM

The Bean still rocks, though

Originally published by DK on December 6, 2019 at 1:58 pm

Straight Outta Hong Kong

Posted Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 10:04 am GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Travel at 10:04 AM

Thanks, AF

Originally published by DK on November 13, 2019 at 10:04 am

Pho with the Fudenbergs

Posted Saturday, November 9th, 2019 09:02 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 9:02 PM

Good luck with your big week!

Originally published by DK on November 9, 2019 at 9:02 pm

Good luck, Justin

Posted Friday, November 8th, 2019 08:31 am GMT -5 in Friends,Work at 8:31 AM

See, they can appear in the same room at the same time

Originally published by DK on November 8, 2019 at 8:31 am

Lunch with Rob

Posted Friday, November 1st, 2019 09:50 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Travel at 9:50 PM

He gets to live here all the time

Originally published by DK on November 1, 2019 at 9:50 pm

Two fisted

Posted Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 10:24 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Holidays,Travel,Work at 10:24 PM

Oktoberfest in Milwaukee

Originally published by DK on October 16, 2019 at 10:24 pm

Good luck, Janette!

Posted Friday, October 11th, 2019 01:11 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Shopping,Work at 1:11 PM

L.A. is lucky to get you

Originally published by DK on October 11, 2019 at 1:11 pm

One Year of Bonus Time

Posted Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 08:20 am GMT -5 in Family,Friends,Personal,Travel,Work at 8:20 AM

It was a year ago today when a blood vessel in my head decided it had enough, resulting in a ruptured aneurysm and subarachnoid hemorrhaging on the train platform outside U.S. Bank Stadium. It was a humbling experience to see the outpouring of love and support from my family and friends throughout my recovery and I will be forever thankful to the good Samaritan in the pickup truck, the first responders that treated me on the platform and the entire staff at Hennepin Healthcare for extending my time on this little planet we call home.

Health-wise, things are almost back to normal. I’m still wearing glasses with a 3M Prism lens on the left side to correct the remaining double vision. The strength of the lens has dropped from +30 to +8 during the past 11 months and the hope is still that I eventually won’t need them at all. I can read most screens without glasses, but the “bilateral 6th nerve palsy” and resulting diplopia at further distances is really the only major remaining issue from October 8, 2018. I’ve been off all of the additional medications from my time in the ICU for a while now and have returned to most physical activities with no issues. In fact, my bike mileage in 2019 sits at 1,058 miles and I’ve played 21 rounds of golf (both of which are a little more challenging with glasses).

I won’t lie, walking past that spot nearly every day is unsettling. It can feel frustrating to not be 100% yet with my vision. And all that weight I lost in the hospital came back with a vengeance. But I am so thankful for having access to high-quality healthcare that didn’t bankrupt our family. This full year of bonus time had some amazing memories: an extra special Thanksgiving with family, the NCAA Final Four, MK’s graduation, Las Vegas with SK, lake visits to Vermilion and Superior, Rib Fest, Summer X Games, another epic State Fair, a quick day trip to Los Angeles, the Saints championship season, more Vikings football and lots of concerts and restaurants. Life at fifty has been good.

So where to from here? I’ll be seeing my eye doctor again soon and I need to get back to my “regular” doctor to start all of the normal old guy things that need to be tested and monitored. Colleen and I head to Maui later this month to check off the second milestone birthday trip that was postponed due to the incident. Hopefully we’ll get the third and final trip scheduled for January. This week I’ll find out about the 2020 London Marathon ballot, which would immediately kick-start a return to running. Quick trip next week to Milwaukee to visit the Buck’s new arena. After the Vikings-Eagles game this weekend, the football season will already be half over. And you know what Steve Miller said about flying eagles…

Originally published by DK on October 8, 2019 at 8:20 am

Just another Wednesday

Posted Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 11:35 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Work at 11:35 PM

Four bars, two cities, one night

Originally published by DK on September 25, 2019 at 11:35 pm

Tapemark 2019

Posted Saturday, September 21st, 2019 02:05 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 2:05 PM

Different, but great to see Phil and Mikey

Originally published by DK on September 21, 2019 at 2:05 pm

Twins Arete

Posted Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 06:34 pm GMT -5 in Baseball,Friends,Sports,Technology,Work at 6:34 PM

John Avenson bringing the heat

Originally published by DK on September 18, 2019 at 6:34 pm

Home opener

Posted Sunday, September 8th, 2019 02:57 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends at 2:57 PM

The Erben Brothers; Jen of the North

Originally published by DK on September 8, 2019 at 2:57 pm

Love this crew

Posted Friday, August 30th, 2019 11:19 pm GMT -5 in Food,Football,Friends,Work at 11:19 PM

Thanks Rich (and team) for a great day

Originally published by DK on August 30, 2019 at 11:19 pm

The Great Minneapolis Get Together

Posted Friday, August 23rd, 2019 08:19 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends at 8:19 PM

Come on, Hootie

Originally published by DK on August 23, 2019 at 8:19 pm

Tenacious D at the Palace

Posted Thursday, August 22nd, 2019 09:50 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Food,Friends,Music at 9:50 PM

As I pulled out my red concert shirt today, I realized I better post my pictures and grab the setlist from the fun Tenacious D show I saw with Mike and Jake at the Palace last month before I forget all the details. This really was about as perfect as a concert gets for me these days: early access pre-sale seats in the first row of the loge (three seats all by themselves, even), pre-show dinner at a nice restaurant (finally crossed Pazzaluna off the list), our own little bar with no line right behind our section, two great friends I don’t see nearly often enough and a band that changed people’s lives that night.

This was my second time seeing the D. The other time was, believe it or not, a get out the vote concert with the Beastie Boys and Ben Harper at Roy Wilkins. The first half of the show was the new Post Apocalypto album in its entirety, followed by a greatest hits set and a one song encore (set list and pics after the jump). Other than missing out on Wonder Boy, I was very happy with the song selection. JB and KG definitely gave it their all, with a talented group of musicians backing them up.

Softly. Gently. Sweetly. Discreetly.

Set List (July 30, 2019 – First Night of Two):

  • Hope
  • Making Love
  • Take Us Into Space
  • Fuck Yo-Yo Ma
  • Daddy Ding Dong
  • Robot
  • Colors
  • JB Jr Rap
  • Woman Time
  • Save The World
  • Post-Apocalypto Theme (Reprise)
  • Rize of the Fenix
  • Low Hangin’ Fruit
  • Sax-a-Boom
  • Roadie
  • Kickapoo
  • Beelzeboss (The Final Showdown)
  • The Metal
  • Dude (I Totally Miss You)
  • Kielbasa
  • Tribute
  • Double Team
  • Fuck Her Gently
Originally published by DK on August 22, 2019 at 9:50 pm

Still finding stuff from this

Posted Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 03:25 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Sports,Work at 3:25 PM

That was quite a weekend, though

Originally published by DK on August 13, 2019 at 3:25 pm

Odd conditions at Sand Creek

Posted Saturday, August 10th, 2019 01:30 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 1:30 PM

But still very playable

Originally published by DK on August 10, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Holding the pose

Posted Friday, August 9th, 2019 11:58 am GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 11:58 AM

Nice round, Leo (Stonebrooke 17th)

Originally published by DK on August 9, 2019 at 11:58 am

Be Unstoppable

Posted Friday, August 2nd, 2019 09:15 pm GMT -5 in Family,Friends,Games at 9:15 PM

Go Squad (XGMN19)

Originally published by DK on August 2, 2019 at 9:15 pm

Look who’s back

Posted Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 12:09 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Work at 12:09 PM

Great to see our visitor from Indiana for X Games

Originally published by DK on July 31, 2019 at 12:09 pm

The Return of the D

Posted Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 11:14 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Friends,Music at 11:14 PM

Tenancious D @ Palace with Mikey & Jake

Originally published by DK on July 30, 2019 at 11:14 pm

So great to visit (and eat)

Posted Saturday, July 27th, 2019 01:22 am GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Travel at 1:22 AM

Go to The Left Handed Cook, L.A. people

Originally published by DK on July 27, 2019 at 1:22 am

Good morning, Stans

Posted Friday, July 19th, 2019 07:41 am GMT -5 in Friends,Pets at 7:41 AM

Just a pair of city doge

Originally published by DK on July 19, 2019 at 7:41 am

BFFs forever

Posted Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 10:58 am GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends,Travel at 10:58 AM

MK + Gordy = true love ❤️

Originally published by DK on July 3, 2019 at 10:58 am

Hot times in Highland

Posted Friday, June 28th, 2019 06:40 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Weather at 6:40 PM

Summer can be exhausting

Originally published by DK on June 28, 2019 at 6:40 pm

RIP Ki Ki Gore, 1934-2019

Posted Thursday, June 27th, 2019 07:19 am GMT -5 in Friends,Personal,Schools at 7:19 AM

She was truly one in a million – sincere condolences to Paul and the family

Originally published by DK on June 27, 2019 at 7:19 am

All the gnats in Chaska

Posted Saturday, June 8th, 2019 01:49 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Nature at 1:49 PM

It was so, so awful

Originally published by DK on June 8, 2019 at 1:49 pm

Looking good, Brooklyn Park

Posted Saturday, June 8th, 2019 06:36 am GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Nature at 6:36 AM

Nice to see Mr. Berry too

Originally published by DK on June 8, 2019 at 6:36 am

Picture perfect meeting

Posted Thursday, June 6th, 2019 12:33 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Work at 12:33 PM

Number 16 @ Windsong Farm

Originally published by DK on June 6, 2019 at 12:33 pm

Another OG moves on

Posted Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 09:58 am GMT -5 in Food,Football,Friends,Work at 9:58 AM

Good luck to Toyya in SoCal

Originally published by DK on June 5, 2019 at 9:58 am

The OGs

Posted Saturday, June 1st, 2019 11:45 am GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Work at 11:45 AM

Culture + colleagues

Originally published by DK on June 1, 2019 at 11:45 am


Posted Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 12:39 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Travel,Work at 12:39 PM

Nice to catch up with Raiders Nation

Originally published by DK on May 23, 2019 at 12:39 pm

Gross conditions

Posted Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 04:02 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 4:02 PM

…at Gross National (and I played poorly).

Originally published by DK on May 14, 2019 at 4:02 pm

Great tech here

Posted Friday, May 10th, 2019 01:53 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Friends,Sports at 1:53 PM

Congrats to Yagya and Atomic Data on some very smart work

Originally published by DK on May 10, 2019 at 1:53 pm

RIP Michael Cobb

Posted Friday, May 3rd, 2019 10:59 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Work at 10:59 PM

Always a smile, always helpful and kind

Originally published by DK on May 3, 2019 at 10:59 pm

Lunch at Giulia

Posted Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 02:13 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 2:13 PM

Thanks, Yagya – great to catch up

Originally published by DK on May 2, 2019 at 2:13 pm

Physical therapy success!

Posted Friday, April 19th, 2019 02:45 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Personal at 2:45 PM

Shot 91 from the whites, Ridges at Sand Creek, Jordan, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on April 19, 2019 at 2:45 pm

Lunch with Soren

Posted Thursday, April 18th, 2019 01:31 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 1:31 PM

Thumbs up on the Howe

Originally published by DK on April 18, 2019 at 1:31 pm

The road to the pizza party

Posted Monday, April 8th, 2019 03:11 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Sports,Work at 3:11 PM

…ends here.

Originally published by DK on April 8, 2019 at 3:11 pm

DO feed the nerds

Posted Thursday, April 4th, 2019 09:30 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Sports,Work at 9:30 PM

IT Command will be the place to be the next three days

Originally published by DK on April 4, 2019 at 9:30 pm

Pork Boy

Posted Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 08:32 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Sports,Work at 8:32 PM

We are all just a bunch of meat sacks…

Originally published by DK on March 27, 2019 at 8:32 pm

Hey look, it’s Shelly!

Posted Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 07:10 pm GMT -5 in Family,Friends,Sports at 7:10 PM

Timberwolves vs. Golden State @ Target Center

Originally published by DK on March 19, 2019 at 7:10 pm

Rocket scientist

Posted Saturday, March 16th, 2019 11:41 am GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 11:41 AM

…and my damn Shirley Temples

Originally published by DK on March 16, 2019 at 11:41 am

The Nive Man

Posted Thursday, March 14th, 2019 08:13 am GMT -5 in Business,Food,Friends,Quotes at 8:13 AM

There’s nobody that’s trying to kick the crap out of Philly cream cheese…

Originally published by DK on March 14, 2019 at 8:13 am

RIP Bob Klas, Sr. 1928-2019

Posted Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 10:13 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Personal at 10:13 PM

When I was three years old, Bob Klas, Sr. and Pat Cody founded a charity golf tournament at Southview Country Club to raise money for Minnesota children and adults living with developmental disabilities. I started supporting the event after tournament president Phil Callen read about my CD-ROM guide to Minnesota golf in a Pioneer Press story written by Gregg Wong (who also wrote about the tournament). This started an 18 year run that included multiple versions of the tournament website, thousands of lines of code, hundreds of photographs and one very stressful long weekend every June. I even got to play in the event one year, shooting two embarrassingly high numbers and failing to make the cut.

Last year, the Klas family decided to find a new group to continue the tradition and the tournament has transitioned to the leadership of the Minnesota Section of the PGA. They have launched a new website and will take over all tournament operations this year. I plan to add a Tapemark section to this site, so that people can still view the old scoreboard pages and view some of my favorite photos from past tournaments.

Last Friday, Bob Senior died at the age of 91. My condolences go out to the entire Klas family, many of whom I have had the pleasure to spend considerable time with since joining the Tapemark family. That’s really what it was too, a family. It was always so great to see Bob Senior at the drawing banquet and driving his golf cart around on tournament weekend with wife Sandy by his side. His son Bob Junior is a wonderful person too, although I’m not 100% convinced he really likes golf all that much.

Pics and obituary after the jump. UPDATE: the 7MM Tapemark page is here.

Robert C. Klas Sr. Age 91 February 26, 1928 – March 8, 2019 Passed away at Lilydale Senior Living in Lilydale, MN, surrounded by family. Former President and CEO of the Tapemark Company in West St. Paul, Bob was a continuing member of the Board of Directors. Born and raised in Wabasha, MN, he was the second oldest of nine children. It was when he was in high school that Bob began his career in business when he purchased, along with his older brother Dan, a full-sized portable popcorn stand. It was through his paper route, home chores, the popcorn business, and his living away from home while working the rails as a teenager that he learned the importance of dedication and hard work. Upon graduating from Wabasha High School in 1946, Bob spent the following two years in the U.S. Navy before entering Hamline University in 1948. It was when he was a student at Hamline that Bob met and married the former Frances Alexandra “Sandra” Boardman. Together they raised six children. Upon graduating from Hamline, he soon was hired at the one-machine Tapemark Company. Bob eventually purchased Tapemark, building it into one of the premier tape- and adhesive- label printing companies in the Upper Midwest before transforming the business into a medical device and pharmaceutical contract manufac-turer with end-use customers located throughout the world. In 1967, Bob was named “Small Businessman of the Year” by the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce. Tapemark was twice voted Best Managed Company in its industry under his leadership. Later in his career, Bob led a turn-around of WTC Industries, serving as its Chairman until the company was sold to CUNO Industries. Parents of two special needs children, Bob and Sandy were deeply connected to the Saint Paul Association for Retarded Children. It was this association that inspired Bob to found and co-direct the Tapemark Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament in 1972. Annually held over three days each June, the Pro-Am is recognized as part of the unofficial Grand Slam of golf for the MN PGA Section. Over its 47-year history, the Pro-Am has raised nearly $8 million for special needs children and adults. Included in his numerous business board memberships was his time as Director and Chair of WTC Industries. A very proud alumnus of Hamline University, Bob served two terms as a member of the Board of Trustees, and later was elected a Life Trustee of Hamline in recognition of his long support and dedication to the University. He is survived by his wife Sandra; his children Margaret (Phil) Johnson, Robert (Linda) Klas, Elizabeth (Reid) Polome, Thomas and Christine (Brian) Nelson; his grandchildren Katherine Johnson, Charles Johnson, Scott Klas, Lauren Klas, Annie Polome, Samuel Polome, Christopher Polome and Kate (Jonathan) Plett; his great-grandchildren Noah Johnson and Lily Plett; sisters Mary Peterson, Janet Roberts and Alice (Chuck) Harrison; sisters-in-law Mary Lou Klas, Louise Klas, and Evelyn Morse; as well as many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. Preceded in death by his daughter Frances; parents Thomas and Gertrude; brothers Daniel, James and William; sisters Carol Carr and Harriet King. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 13 at Willwerscheid Funeral Home, 235 Wentworth Avenue West, West St. Paul from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral service will be held on Friday, March 15 at the United Church of Christ, 317 2nd Street West, Wabasha, MN, at 1:00 PM. A visitation will also be held at the church one hour before the funeral service. Interment will be at Riverview Cemetery in Wabasha. Memorials preferred to the United Church of Christ in Wabasha.

Originally published by DK on March 12, 2019 at 10:13 pm

Good luck, Rob – please support

Posted Friday, March 1st, 2019 01:39 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Links,Personal,Work at 1:39 PM


Originally published by DK on March 1, 2019 at 1:39 pm

On to the End of the Road

Posted Sunday, February 17th, 2019 06:40 pm GMT -5 in Family,Friends,Sports,Work at 6:40 PM

Now that Monster Jam is over, it’s full on Final Four

Originally published by DK on February 17, 2019 at 6:40 pm

Brunch at the Dinette

Posted Sunday, January 27th, 2019 02:36 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends at 2:36 PM

Thanks, Jim and Darla!

Originally published by DK on January 27, 2019 at 2:36 pm

Happy Birthday, Cathy!

Posted Sunday, January 13th, 2019 05:27 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Holidays at 5:27 PM

Very, very nice to see everyone

Originally published by DK on January 13, 2019 at 5:27 pm

The Year Ahead

Posted Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 06:04 pm GMT -5 in Family,Friends,Golf,Personal,Running,Skiing,Travel,Work at 6:04 PM

I’ve never been big on year-end lists or goal summaries here, but I’ve always done a fair amount of goal-setting privately. This past year has put a different spin on my perspective, so I thought it might be useful to share a few things as 2019 gets started. In hindsight, a lot of my previous health goals seem rather vain compared to plain old recovery. And how fortunate was I in the past to just want to run faster, bike farther or finish another marathon? Now, regaining my normal vision (without prism lenses) is goal #1, followed closely by getting cleared to resume driving and riding a bike. I’m very thankful that the outlook for all of these things is good – much of this might happen by the middle of March.

Since Dr. Tummala gave me the OK to resume treadmill running, I’ve felt good the past week, with three slowish runs totaling 7.1 miles. I also did one nine mile ride on a stationary bike and resumed doing light dumbbell repeats. Not really sure what workout goals to set for 2019 – the only race I’m registered for is the Get in Gear 10K in April and I’d really like to participate in the Bike to Work challenge again in May. Beyond that, I just want to stay consistent all year and not have any big gaps in my charts (which happened twice in 2018). It would be nice to return to regular weekly runs with WeRunMpls once the ice melts and I’d love to reschedule a ski trip for next season (Banff, Colorado or Schweitzer). Lots of golf outings to schedule with people too.

The doctors cleared a return to air travel already, but money and time will be limited. The original plan was to give each person in our family a trip for their respective milestone birthday in 2019, but all of those plans are on hold for the time being. Most likely options? A quick Las Vegas trip after the Final Four and maybe a work trip to the annual Cisco conference, which is in San Diego this year (June 9-13). And of course Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in both Florida and California this year, but that will likely fall in the Tokyo/Lanai/Switzerland dream trip category for the time being.

With the Vikings season over, my job shifts focus to the Final Four on April 6th and 8th. We have four large events before then (two trade shows and two dirt shows), but there is a lot to do before “the road ends” in Minneapolis. Then we get to break down that setup for Garth Brooks and his sold-out stadium tour before prepping for Summer X Games (version 3.0). Since X Games moves to early August, there won’t be a lot of time between that and football pre-season. With all that work to do, maybe I should start daydreaming again about building a tiny cabin on the North Shore to escape to with the family…

Wow, how lucky am I to be writing this post? Happy New Year to all of you – may 2019 be full of love, health and prosperity!

Originally published by DK on January 1, 2019 at 6:04 pm

Woot! Woot! Thanks, DGS

Posted Monday, December 17th, 2018 02:44 pm GMT -5 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

Goodbye Bibelot

Posted Monday, December 10th, 2018 10:57 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Shopping at 10:57 PM

Great to see Mike and Courtney

Originally published by DK on December 10, 2018 at 10:57 pm

Put me in, coach

Posted Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 02:10 pm GMT -5 in Family,Football,Friends,Mini Posts,Personal,Work at 2:10 PM

Yesterday I had my appointment with the neurosurgeons who needed to approve my return to work. Happy to report that I’ve been cleared to return next week. I really didn’t think it would happen that soon, but I’m super excited to be back in time for the final two regular season Vikings home games (and hopefully at least one playoff game before diving into Final Four prep). Big thanks to everyone at work who stepped in to help while I’ve been out – I’m looking forward to getting back out there. And thanks again to everyone who has facilitated and supported my recovery.


Originally published by DK on December 5, 2018 at 2:10 pm

The ops team rocked it

Posted Saturday, December 1st, 2018 01:35 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Sports,Work at 1:35 PM

The place looked great – nicely done

Originally published by DK on December 1, 2018 at 1:35 pm

Week Four Update

Posted Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 07:26 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Food,Football,Friends,Hockey,Holidays,Music,Personal at 7:26 PM

A little tardy on the latest update, but all is well. I survived a four hour therapy appointment and apparently did well enough that my speech therapist thinks I don’t need to continue with that track any longer. I had my long-awaited appointment with the ophthalmologist and received a pair of “magic glasses” that have greatly reduced the need for future eye patch use. They have optical film from 3M (see above) that utilizes prism technology to correct my double vision. My left eye is slightly crossed, but this stuff really helps correct that (and it’s so nice to have both eyes open all the time). The extra good news is that there is nothing wrong with either eye – the double vision is caused by the nerves that control the muscles that direct each eye and the doctor is optimistic that this will eventually correct itself. I will also be starting therapy next week to work specifically on eye exercises to help this process along.

In other HCMC appointment news, I met with an awesome neurologist who showed me the “before” and “after” CT scans of my brain from the day of the incident and from when they discharged me from the ICU. It was really cool technology and the way she explained it made it crystal clear how serious the situation was on October 8th (and how much improvement there was after three weeks). Have I mentioned how big a fan I am of the staff at HCMC? I’ll return there again on Friday for another CT scan that will hopefully continue the trend. That will also be Colleen’s last full day with me, as she returns to work on Monday. After that, my next big appointment will be on December 4th, when I meet with the lead neurosurgeon to discuss continued recovery plans and possibly a return to work date.

We saw both Charlie Parr and Hippo Campus at the Palace Theater with no issues from the lights or sound levels (the infamous Palace talkers are another story). On the advice of my friend TG, I picked up a pair of Vibes earplugs, which seemed to work well at the Hippo Campus show (and dampened the discussions of the people sitting near me). Saw one Wild win (Ottawa) and one Wild loss (Arizona) at the X with my uncle, also with no sensory overload issues. Stopped by the stadium for the start of the very loud Packers game, but found it totally manageable. Left that game before halftime to beat the train rush, but had a great time seeing people and delivering thank you cards.

With the Thanksgiving holiday, it was a busy week for seeing family and friends. Had lunch one day with a friend at Dark Horse and went over to the Inver Grove Heights AMC to see Ralph Breaks the Internet (which we both liked). We took my mother-in-law out on Thanksgiving Day for lunch at the original Buca di Beppo in St. Paul, then had a more traditional dinner at my aunt and uncle’s house in the Mac-Groveland area.

This will be my last “weekly update.” Truly thankful for you all – thanks for reading!

Cheers, DK

Week 3 Update
Week 2 Update
Week 1 Update

Originally published by DK on November 28, 2018 at 7:26 pm


Posted Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 09:32 am GMT -5 in Friends,Hockey at 9:32 AM

One of my favorite stadium quitters

Originally published by DK on November 22, 2018 at 9:32 am

Week Three Update

Posted Friday, November 16th, 2018 06:03 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends at 6:03 PM

The third week out of the ICU started with lots of family time and a return to HCMC to meet with a neurosurgeon P.A. to have the sutures removed from the top of my head. Since we were so close, I also stopped in at the office for a short visit. It was so great to see everyone (and get more hugs than I can ever remember). After Colleen’s excellent suggestion, I also took the opportunity to clean out my office refrigerator and empty the trash and recycling cans. During my appointment, I was cleared to attend sporting events and concerts, so I hope to return soon for the basketball classic (as a fan) and get back to the Xcel Center with my uncle to catch a Wild game. My first concert should be a perfect one to ease back into live music – Charlie Parr tomorrow night at the Palace Theater up the street.

I was hoping the Monday appointment would be more definitive on determining clearance to return to a number of things, but that was not the case. It was great to get the sutures out (which didn’t even register on the pain scale compared to things in the ICU); a return to work estimate will have to wait until next month. We added some new future appointments and had to reschedule a few others, so now I have a pretty full schedule the next few weeks. It looks like spring will be a fine goal for a return to driving (seizure risk) and biking (warmer, head injury risk). My planned 50th birthday ski trip will have to wait a season, but truly just glad to have a 50th birthday. Haven’t talked much yet about a return to running…

My brother flew up from Orlando last weekend and my sister came down from Duluth, so we spent a lot of time together. We had Carbone’s for lunch at my aunt and uncle’s house on Saturday and my brother wanted to take us out to one of his restaurants in St. Louis Park Saturday night (Yard House). He’s now with Darden Concepts as a corporate trainer and really seems to like the company. Colleen, SK and I introduced him to the magic that is Raising Cane’s the day before he flew home. Also on the foodie radar this past week: lunch with another aunt and uncle at Handsome Hog, lunch with my friend and mentor Doug at Buttered Tin and SK’s first solo server shift at Saint Dinette. I’m really spoiled with so many great options within walking distance of our place (and to have so many kind offers to buy us lunch).

It’s been very strange defining my weekdays by Price Is Right in the mornings and Jeopardy in the afternoons, but I have been working on things other than sitting on the couch and watching TV. I designed some new personal business cards and the thank you cards with SK’s custom artwork arrived this week. Finding addresses and hand writing cards takes a long time, but is actually great therapy for me. I also rolled out the artwork on all the social media platforms, as there are so many people to thank (and I don’t have all those mailing addresses). I’m just amazed at all the communities who have supported us throughout this medical emergency:

  • U.S. Bank Stadium colleagues
  • Allina Health colleagues
  • Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority staff
  • Minnesota Vikings staff
  • National Football League IT staff
  • Hennepin Healthcare doctors, nurses, EMT and support staff
  • Metro Transit Police
  • Minneapolis Police and Fire Departments
  • Fortune Bay and the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
  • High School for Recording Arts
  • Northwest Airlines alumni
  • St. Paul Central and Ramsey Junior High alumni
  • WeRunMpls and the online running community
  • MMR

This whole time period has felt like soccer’s stoppage time – I feel like every day I get beyond Oct. 8, 2018, is a bonus. It seems crazy to me that this could be one month or another 50 years. Appointments next week include the long-awaited ophthalmology session on Friday with Dr. Chang to discuss my daily occupational therapy eye exercises (see above) and options for prism glasses to help resolve the double vision.

Cheers, DK

Week 2 Update
Week 1 Update

Originally published by DK on November 16, 2018 at 6:03 pm

Thanks DJP!

Posted Thursday, November 15th, 2018 01:49 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 1:49 PM

Lunch with Doug @ Buttered Tin

Originally published by DK on November 15, 2018 at 1:49 pm

Great to see everyone

Posted Monday, November 12th, 2018 05:15 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Personal,Work at 5:15 PM

Stopped in at work after my HCMC appointment

Originally published by DK on November 12, 2018 at 5:15 pm

Youngest visitor yet

Posted Friday, November 9th, 2018 04:10 pm GMT -5 in Friends at 4:10 PM

So happy to finally meet AJ

Originally published by DK on November 9, 2018 at 4:10 pm

David Schmillen

Posted Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 01:40 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Friends at 1:40 PM

Changing my name to match my new glasses

Originally published by DK on November 6, 2018 at 1:40 pm

Thank you, MSFA

Posted Sunday, November 4th, 2018 02:05 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Work at 2:05 PM

Took a lot of coordination for delivery, but it’s beautiful

Originally published by DK on November 4, 2018 at 2:05 pm

Brains: A Minneapolis Miracle

Posted Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 06:00 pm GMT -5 in Family,Friends,Personal at 6:00 PM

The day after the TC 10 was definitely not my typical Monday. I didn’t have any meetings scheduled, so I slept in a little later than usual, then walked over to the train station. I texted Armon that my neck was super sore when I woke up, but that I was headed in. I was told later I brought a bag of groceries for my office, along with my badge and headphones. When I got to the stadium train stop, I exited the train, walked towards Chicago and Fourth, crossed the train tracks, then suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm, followed by a seizure and stroke (and the groceries went flying everywhere).

I haven’t seen the video footage or read the police report yet, but I reportedly fell and hit my head on the train tracks and was unresponsive. A good Samaritan bystander administered CPR and a Metro Transit police officer contacted HCMC for transport the three blocks to their Level I Trauma Center. As my sister said, it was almost like my mom and my grandfather were watching out for me, deciding it was too early for me to join their party. The doctors later told me the overall odds of surviving a brain aneurysm are under 40% and that if the other pieces hadn’t fallen into place, there was a zero percent chance of me making it.


To be honest, I don’t really remember much about the first few days in the ICU. Colleen says I was a gremlin, trying to bust out of the unit and needing to be restrained. The first procedure completed was the placement of two stents in my left vertebral artery to treat the aneurysm. Dr. Tummala and his team of amazing vascular neurosurgeons were the first in a long line of HCMC care providers who literally saved my life. I can’t say thank you enough to this amazing group of professionals (including Dr. Clay Garthe, neurosurgeon, pictured above).

After the stents were placed, a drain was placed in the top of my head that regulated pressure and fluids in my brain. This was connected to a bag that filled with what we affectionately called “brain juice.” Normally, these fluids are processed back into your head, but after the trauma, the team wanted direct control over this. The drain became the first milestone in my recovery – I couldn’t leave the ICU until the drain was removed. We thought this would happen around the two week mark, but thanks to some unexpected vasospasms, we had to wait until day 21 to remove the drain. This extra week also included multiple trips to the CT scanners and two angioplasty procedures. I only remember the second one, which included the surgeons playing Tequila Sunrise by the Eagles, which of course made me think of The Big Lebowski.

I had a number of different therapists work with me while I was in the ICU, including a speech pathologist (Kim), physical therapist (Kari) and occupational therapist (Bri). Don’t remember much about the speech tests, but the other two were fascinating. Bri had a lot of interesting iPad apps and encouraged me to continue with Two Dots and Words with Friends on my phone. She also had a number of written tests that I got better at as time went on. Kari accompanied me on my many walking laps around the ICU, which included exercises that reminded me of the Ministry of Silly Walks. I also seriously wanted to learn this choreography, but that will have to wait for another time (and maybe a future Halloween costume?).

Three of my early issues were taste, hearing and vision. Hospital food doesn’t have a great reputation, but really nothing tasted right to me the first week. Big thanks to everyone who smuggled in outside food (which also tasted funny for a long time). They were threatening a feeding tube down my nose if I didn’t increase my caloric intake, so I quickly became a fan of hospital scrambled eggs, milk shakes, Boost, 1% milk and juices pretty quick. Only threw up once (drank a milk shake too fast after taking meds) and had a constant fight with sodium (of all things), and ended up on salt pills with lots of Gatorade and no water. Bonus: down 23 pounds!

Hearing and vision issues have been odd. Colleen initially sounded like Snow White, then like an Imperial Probe droid from Empire Strikes Back. Sasha sounded like Rosie from The Jetsons. Thankfully, that only lasted a few days. Vision has been a problem that I still suffer from today. Double vision lead to an eye patch that I was suppose to swap back and forth, but I was definitely favoring the right eye (which was the only one I could use to read close-up screens). I can now use the left to watch TV clearly, but this is an area that will likely need more therapy. It’s really the primary source of remaining head pain (which I can use limited Tylenol to treat).

Colleen has been a saint though this entire episode. She met with HR reps at both her work and mine to take care of paperwork and start working with my insurance company (we are both on Federal Medical Leave for the short-term). She started a great CaringBridge site to keep everyone informed of my status that as of today has received 8,806 visits. I didn’t have a login while I was in the hospital, but thank you to everyone who commented or posted on that site – your support was heart-warming (and a bit overwhelming).

She also started a GoFundMe site that has been well supported. We are 75% of the way to her initial goal, which will definitely help as the bills pile up and our income slows down. The rack rate on my hospital stay may approach a half million dollars, so I truly appreciate all of you who have already contributed and humbly ask for help to get to our goal. So far the summaries from the insurance company have looked promising, but I know they are many, many more that we haven’t received yet and I’m sure there will be multiple payment plans to be negotiated.

Big thanks to everyone who visited me in the ICU, called, sent cards and commented online – watch your mailboxes for something special in the next few weeks. Also want to send a special thank you to the Vikings, who brought me a custom Kingsbury #1 jersey and a signed Stefon Diggs photo of the Minneapolis Miracle. How cool is that?

Being home versus being in the ICU is a 1000% improvement. My arms and fingers are starting to not look like pincushions, I don’t have a million wires running everywhere and I don’t have someone waking me up every two hours to give me more salt tablets and horse pills (now it’s just five normal pills when I wake up and two when I go to bed). I also get to take showers whenever I want, brush my teeth every morning, sleep in a soft bed with flannel sheets and watch TV with a screen big enough to read the letters and numbers during sporting events.

I was sad that I missed senior night for Marisa’s swim team, the Avett Brothers concert at Mystic Lake (where I had third row center tickets), Timberwolves opening night in a suite and the Wild vs. Kings game with my uncle. But my new philosophy when I get sad or start to complain is that I can let that control my life or I can just be happy to be alive.

When viewed through that lens, the answer is easy…

Originally published by DK on October 31, 2018 at 6:00 pm

2018 TC 10

Posted Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 10:41 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Running at 10:41 PM

Before I get to the big post, let’s look at the day before. My friend and colleague Katie decided that we would take advantage of not having a football game on marathon Sunday for the first time since the stadium opened by entering the TC 10 Mile lottery. I’ve done this race once before (2003) and knew it was a fairly tough entry to get. Amazingly, we were both selected and placed in corral C. We were thinking about a ten minute mile goal and set about creating a brief training schedule of short runs during the week and a longer run on weekends that we would increase each week.

Since I’m now a terrible training partner, we only managed two long weekend runs: one rainy seven miler around the lakes in Minneapolis and one eight miler along the Mississippi. Combined with some bike cross training, I was OK with this and felt fine with our prep on race morning. The four corral setup was different than 2003 and was really nice – we basically started right in the middle of the Commons before heading towards the river. It was also interesting to see how they used the Vikings Longhouse for VIP runners.

The weather and the race itself were both very nice. We ran a leisurely 10:49 pace, finishing right around the 1:48 mark (Katie results, DK results). The medals this year were very nice and the finish line food was excellent, as usual. We both felt fine after the race and walked back down the hill to our brunch reservations at Parlour St. Paul. Colleen picked us up afterwards and we dropped off Katie at her house. I remember watching the Vikings beat the Eagles and getting up for work the next day, but then I basically don’t remember anything that happened the next three days (more on that coming soon). A few race day pics after the jump.

Originally published by DK on October 30, 2018 at 10:41 pm

Can’t wait to rejoin this foursome

Posted Monday, October 29th, 2018 11:22 am GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 11:22 AM

Number 14 at Sand Creek

Originally published by DK on October 29, 2018 at 11:22 am

I ❤️ the people I work with

Posted Thursday, October 25th, 2018 04:26 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Football,Friends,Personal,Work at 4:26 PM


Originally published by DK on October 25, 2018 at 4:26 pm

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