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Still a wait for Minnesota golf

Pic posted March 23, 2023

Great to catch up with DP @ Hazeltine today

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Pizza Friday with Armon @ Rosalia

Posted March 17, 2023

Winter parking in Linden Hills is…challenging 🍕

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Great to catch up with DGS @ Zantigo

Pic posted March 16, 2023

They really need to do something about the drink machine and the ‘Tigo fries situations, though

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Lunch @ Maxwell’s with EK

Pic posted March 10, 2023

Great to catch up (and I had something that was not fish and chips)

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Dinner with John and Cathy @ Owamni ✅

Pic posted March 8, 2023

The 2022 James Beard Best New Restaurant – Owamni by The Sioux Chef, Minneapolis

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Look who parked next to me (!)

Pic posted March 1, 2023

So great to see another USBS original at Hammond Stadium

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The Bear @ Pizza Lucé 🍕

Pic posted February 16, 2023

Great to hear the latest from Sun Country ✈️

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Tested out the new membership

Pic posted February 10, 2023

PSA: you still need to make reservations

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Carbone’s + Wild vs. Vegas

Pic posted February 9, 2023

Great to catch up with Herm – even forgave his choice of apparel

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Chloe by Vincent 💫

Pic posted February 8, 2023

Great food, great hospitality and great company

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🫡 Nature finds a way

Posted February 4, 2023

With Ivory on iOS and hundreds of people moving to Mastodon every hour, I’m excited about social media again (hello dasharez0ne!). Fun to read some smart voices I haven’t followed in a while, plus more and more migrations from Space Karen’s hell site every time I check. Now I just need that macOS Ivory client and some of my music, food and sports people to make the jump…

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Great night @ Emerald Lounge

Pic posted February 2, 2023

Another new Saint Paul gem – 455 West 7th

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LVTC Holiday Party

Pic posted December 16, 2022

St. Paul Tap – *excellent* pinball machines

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Link: Through the Mirror by @kilbo

Linked December 15, 2022

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Crackey Mac @ Lone Oak Grill

Pic posted December 2, 2022

Comfort food, indeed. Great to catch up with Cheryl and Josh in Eagan

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LVTC Meeting @ Xcel Energy Center

Pic posted November 27, 2022

Thanks for the awesome afternoon, Jim!

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Up Next: Public Broadcasting

Posted November 17, 2022

Now that I’ve been in my new role as systems engineer at TPT for a month, I figured it was a good time to reflect on this change and write about my experience so far. The organization’s post-COVID return to the office has been branded as a “Return to Lowertown” and it literally is for me too. Hard to believe it’s almost a year already since we left Rayette Lofts to head on down the river…

The commute back and forth has been great so far, usually taking under 15 minutes each way. Next spring, I hope to ride my bike a few days each week if I can sort out the storage issues. I splurged on the expensive parking option in the Lowertown Ramp, which is easy-in on Sibley and easy-out on Jackson (plus covered spots with no winter scraping). I’ve never really had any security trouble in Lowertown, but it is convenient to have a parking spot right next to the office entrance.

Some other logistical things: currently working a hybrid schedule of four days in the office and one day from home (Wednesdays), which has been very nice. While every day has been focused on getting up to speed on systems and technology, I’ve been trying to use the work from home day as a deep-dive research day (which is easier alone). TPT has a nice lunchroom, so I’ve mainly been bringing in frozen lunches to eat. The reawakening of the downtown St. Paul lunch dining scene has been slow, but there are pockets here and there. Still exploring the skyway, but always open to suggestions and recommendations.

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Twitter Tales

Posted November 10, 2022

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.

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Now is the marryin’ times

Pic posted October 29, 2022

Congrats to Armon and Molly 🤵‍♂️👰‍♀️

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The Copperfield walleye sammy 🐟

Pic posted October 19, 2022

Great to see Armon (and have some “overrated lake fish”)

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Pic posted October 6, 2022

Vermilion Inn, Soudan, Minnesota

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Way early breakfast in Prescott

Pic posted August 25, 2022

Great to visit with Garrett Gill @ The Kitchen Table

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Link: In Conversation with Douglas

Linked August 23, 2022

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A gray morning in Jordan

Pic posted August 20, 2022

Ridges at Sand Creek – such a fun course

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Training Camp 2022 🏈

Pic posted August 18, 2022

Thanks to Cheryl and Matt for the great morning

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