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Strong targeted casino marketing

Posted Saturday, December 8th, 2018 01:53 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Hockey,Travel at 1:53 PM

Marketing geniuses, I tells ya

Originally published by DK on December 8, 2018 at 1:53 pm

Week Four Update

Posted Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 07:26 pm GMT -6 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
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Brains!

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

Stacks!

Posted Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 09:32 am GMT -6 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

Go Knights Go

Posted Monday, May 28th, 2018 08:29 pm GMT -6 in Friends,Hockey at 8:29 PM

Herm and AF @ T-Mobile Arena

Originally published by DK on May 28, 2018 at 8:29 pm

More fun than the couch

Posted Friday, April 13th, 2018 06:09 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 6:09 PM

Playoff viewing party @ Xcel

Originally published by DK on April 13, 2018 at 6:09 pm

Marketing geniuses

Posted Thursday, March 29th, 2018 03:30 am GMT -6 in Casinos,Hockey,Travel at 3:30 AM

Who would’ve thought Vegas would go hockey mad?

Originally published by DK on March 29, 2018 at 3:30 am

Wild vs. Preds, Audi Edition

Posted Saturday, March 24th, 2018 11:42 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Hockey at 11:42 PM

Tonight’s 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators was a great game for the home team, who are in a tight playoff race. It was also a great game for Colleen and I, as we were invited by my uncle to sit with him in the Audi Quattro seats. These seats are not available for every game (it’s the spot where Pierre McGuire stands between the benches when NBC does the broadcast), but they were up for auction to season ticket holders and my uncle bid and won. This was a good thing, because the face value of $1550 per seat is just a little out of my price range.

We had to register our car ahead of time so we could park where the players park. Our little Honda Civic fit right in with the Mercedes, Audis and the Maserati. Our friendly host for the night, Jared, met us at the loading dock and took us to the Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Club for dinner. Matt Anderson made an appearance and we had a very nice buffet dinner before down to ice level. The team photographer took shots of us outside the locker room and on the Wild bench before warmups. We also got to watch the team exit the locker room before we hit up the Audi Quattro Club.

Sitting between the two benches was really something else. We couldn’t hear as much banter as I would’ve liked, as the plastic “glass” around us was tall and fairly sound-proof. There were a few f-bombs dropped towards Koivu and Prosser, which was very entertaining. I wish I had a better camera with me than just my phone, but you can see the best shots after the jump.

After the first period, Jared escorted us up to the press box for a tour, which was fun. I’ve been up there before, but never during a game. Got to say hi to Russo in the hallway and took a peek inside their video control room before heading back to the seats (and missing the first Wild goal while riding the elevator back down to main concourse). We skipped going back to the Quattro Club and headed to our car immediately after the game (which had surprise gift bags in the back seat). Nice game experience touches, to be sure…

Originally published by DK on March 24, 2018 at 11:42 pm

Oh, The Places You’ll Flow!

Posted Sunday, March 11th, 2018 09:49 am GMT -6 in Hockey,Links,Video at 9:49 AM

Originally published by DK on March 11, 2018 at 9:49 am

Not chicken strips

Posted Sunday, February 25th, 2018 11:45 pm GMT -6 in Food,Hockey at 11:45 PM

…or fries

Originally published by DK on February 25, 2018 at 11:45 pm

Hey – look what’s back!

Posted Sunday, February 25th, 2018 11:43 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 11:43 PM

From the awesome @Ech28 Twitter account

Originally published by DK on February 25, 2018 at 11:43 pm

It was for charity

Posted Thursday, December 14th, 2017 02:13 pm GMT -6 in Charities,Fashion,Hockey at 2:13 PM

Damn you, electronic silent auctions

Originally published by DK on December 14, 2017 at 2:13 pm

He’s just a little bit taller

Posted Sunday, September 17th, 2017 02:11 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 2:11 PM

Duuuuuuuubs

Originally published by DK on September 17, 2017 at 2:11 pm

Mostly thumbs up on the arena

Posted Thursday, June 29th, 2017 12:59 pm GMT -6 in Concerts,Hockey,Music,Travel at 12:59 PM

Some areas were really nice, but navigation was a bit troublesome 

Originally published by DK on June 29, 2017 at 12:59 pm

Wanted the Preds

Posted Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 05:25 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 5:25 PM

…but happy for Cullen

Originally published by DK on June 14, 2017 at 5:25 pm

Yeouch

Posted Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 06:20 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 6:20 PM

I can’t believe the Wild and the Hawks are done

Originally published by DK on April 22, 2017 at 6:20 pm

Double Sigh

Posted Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 06:16 pm GMT -6 in Hockey,Music at 6:16 PM

Hockey is gone; Prince is gone 😢

Originally published by DK on April 22, 2017 at 6:16 pm

Fun stuff at Shattucks

Posted Saturday, April 15th, 2017 05:26 pm GMT -6 in History,Hockey,Schools at 5:26 PM

Crosby, Toews and a midget Zach Parise

Originally published by DK on April 15, 2017 at 5:26 pm

Same seats, same result

Posted Friday, April 14th, 2017 11:31 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 11:31 PM

This team drives me crazy

Originally published by DK on April 14, 2017 at 11:31 pm

Again with the white towels

Posted Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 08:38 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 8:38 PM

We Are Committed

Originally published by DK on April 12, 2017 at 8:38 pm

The 2017 Salad Report

Posted Saturday, March 11th, 2017 11:40 pm GMT -6 in Hockey,Links,Video at 11:40 PM

Originally published by DK on March 11, 2017 at 11:40 pm

Thanks, Mikey Boom-Boom

Posted Friday, March 10th, 2017 11:38 pm GMT -6 in Friends,Hockey at 11:38 PM

World-class amateur hockey

Originally published by DK on March 10, 2017 at 11:38 pm

Best prep tourney anywhere

Posted Thursday, March 9th, 2017 07:03 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 7:03 PM

Wayzata vs. EP during Class 2A

Originally published by DK on March 9, 2017 at 7:03 pm

I love my office

Posted Thursday, March 9th, 2017 11:05 am GMT -6 in Hockey,Work at 11:05 AM

Ready for high school hockey

Originally published by DK on March 9, 2017 at 11:05 am

Damn you Jake Allen

Posted Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 10:08 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 10:08 PM

At least the Captain ruined his shutout with 10 seconds to spare

Originally published by DK on March 7, 2017 at 10:08 pm

Professional courtesy

Posted Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 03:12 pm GMT -6 in Friends,Hockey,Work at 3:12 PM

The Twin Cities sports IT world rocks – thanks, Josh

Originally published by DK on February 7, 2017 at 3:12 pm

The new Herbie looks great

Posted Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 03:11 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 3:11 PM

So much bigger now

Originally published by DK on February 7, 2017 at 3:11 pm

So is it really the coach?

Posted Friday, January 27th, 2017 09:50 am GMT -6 in Hockey at 9:50 AM

The Wild continue to kick ass – #1 in the West at the All-Star break

Originally published by DK on January 27, 2017 at 9:50 am

From Edina to Victoria

Posted Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 12:56 am GMT -6 in Hockey,Travel at 12:56 AM

One of us

Originally published by DK on December 14, 2016 at 12:56 am

The Wizard of Cros

Posted Friday, November 25th, 2016 02:56 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 2:56 PM

Wild vs. Penguins @ Xcel

Originally published by DK on November 25, 2016 at 2:56 pm

New gig, same great clothes

Posted Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 07:01 pm GMT -6 in Food,Friends,Hockey at 7:01 PM

Great to see Mr. Anderson again at the X

Originally published by DK on November 23, 2016 at 7:01 pm

Play for Patrick

Posted Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 06:22 pm GMT -6 in Family,Friends,Hockey at 6:22 PM

Nice display at the X

Originally published by DK on November 23, 2016 at 6:22 pm

Need to add this to the list

Posted Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 06:19 pm GMT -6 in Food,Hockey at 6:19 PM

Herbie’s on the Park

Originally published by DK on November 23, 2016 at 6:19 pm

Great adds by the Wild

Posted Friday, November 11th, 2016 07:51 am GMT -6 in Food,Hockey,Links at 7:51 AM

https://www.nhl.com/wild/news/wild-guest-chef-takeover/c-283591510

Originally published by DK on November 11, 2016 at 7:51 am

Now that’s a National Anthem

Posted Monday, June 6th, 2016 07:21 pm GMT -6 in Hockey,Music at 7:21 PM

Metallica at the Shark Tank

Originally published by DK on June 6, 2016 at 7:21 pm

Thank you, Wild

Posted Monday, April 18th, 2016 11:28 pm GMT -6 in Family,Hockey at 11:28 PM

Gotta love the playoff hockey atmosphere 

Originally published by DK on April 18, 2016 at 11:28 pm

They lost (and won, kinda)

Posted Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 10:29 pm GMT -6 in Family,Hockey at 10:29 PM

Wild lose to Burnsie 3-0, but still get the eight seed in the west

Originally published by DK on April 5, 2016 at 10:29 pm

The Kings are still so good

Posted Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 08:29 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 8:29 PM

Like them every game (except when they play us)

Originally published by DK on March 22, 2016 at 8:29 pm

Disappointing loss

Posted Sunday, March 6th, 2016 10:45 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 10:45 PM

Blues over Wild, 4-2

Originally published by DK on March 6, 2016 at 10:45 pm

The Tourney 16

Posted Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 11:57 pm GMT -6 in Friends,Hockey at 11:57 PM

Great to visit with Mikey Boom-Boom down @ the X

Originally published by DK on March 3, 2016 at 11:57 pm

Go back to the old league

Posted Monday, February 29th, 2016 07:56 am GMT -6 in Hockey,Links at 7:56 AM

http://www.startribune.com/big-ten-hockey-is-a-buzzkill-for-fans-in-minnesota/370397541/

Originally published by DK on February 29, 2016 at 7:56 am

The Bank Shines Again

Posted Sunday, February 21st, 2016 08:53 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 8:53 PM

Weird layout and fake snow, but great fun

Originally published by DK on February 21, 2016 at 8:53 pm

Crowd Control

Posted Sunday, February 21st, 2016 08:51 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 8:51 PM

State of Hockey really packs them in

Originally published by DK on February 21, 2016 at 8:51 pm

Best tradition in sports

Posted Saturday, February 20th, 2016 09:17 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 9:17 PM

North Stars and Blackhawks alumni game handshakes

Originally published by DK on February 20, 2016 at 9:17 pm

Scary NHL Guy

Posted Saturday, February 20th, 2016 09:14 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 9:14 PM

Fan Zone @ Stadium Series

Originally published by DK on February 20, 2016 at 9:14 pm

Happy birthday to me

Posted Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 01:56 pm GMT -6 in Family,Hockey,Holidays at 1:56 PM

Thanks mom and dad – I love it

Originally published by DK on February 10, 2016 at 1:56 pm

Should be cold (but fun)

Posted Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 01:54 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 1:54 PM

Wild-Blackhawks Stadium Series tix

Originally published by DK on February 10, 2016 at 1:54 pm

Two isn’t enough

Posted Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 09:02 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 9:02 PM

A rare home game highlight

Originally published by DK on February 9, 2016 at 9:02 pm

Hockey in America

Posted Friday, January 15th, 2016 10:42 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 10:42 PM

Winnipeg fans need better kids

Originally published by DK on January 15, 2016 at 10:42 pm

Drop. The. Puck.

Posted Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 07:56 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 7:56 PM

Wild vs. Canucks @ Xcel

Originally published by DK on December 15, 2015 at 7:56 pm

Orange out = tough loss

Posted Thursday, November 5th, 2015 11:36 pm GMT -6 in Fashion,Hockey at 11:36 PM

Blow the whistle, ref

Originally published by DK on November 5, 2015 at 11:36 pm

El Nino on the Roster

Posted Friday, October 23rd, 2015 02:04 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 2:04 PM

State of Hockey Game Roster, Home Game 2, Thursday, October 22, 2015

Originally published by DK on October 23, 2015 at 2:04 pm

Our first game of the season

Posted Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 07:43 pm GMT -6 in Family,Hockey at 7:43 PM

Wild vs. CBJ @ the X

Originally published by DK on October 22, 2015 at 7:43 pm

Hockey in Vegas?

Posted Friday, October 2nd, 2015 10:09 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Hockey,Travel at 10:09 PM

The new arena is getting closer

Originally published by DK on October 2, 2015 at 10:09 pm

The new Wild bar is nice

Posted Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 07:05 am GMT -6 in Hockey,Travel at 7:05 AM

Humphrey terminal, MSP

Originally published by DK on September 29, 2015 at 7:05 am

Lord Stanley loves Chicago

Posted Monday, June 15th, 2015 11:09 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 11:09 PM

It’s a dynasty (so says the commish)

Originally published by DK on June 15, 2015 at 11:09 pm

Such a great tradition

Posted Sunday, April 26th, 2015 05:03 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 5:03 PM

Ott shakes Duuuuub’s hand while Kaptain Koivu watches

Originally published by DK on April 26, 2015 at 5:03 pm

Playoff (gray) beard

Posted Friday, April 24th, 2015 01:32 pm GMT -6 in Fashion,Hockey at 1:32 PM

Way too much gray – go Wild!

Originally published by DK on April 24, 2015 at 1:32 pm

Wild Anthem

Posted Monday, April 20th, 2015 10:22 pm GMT -6 in Hockey,Music,Quotes at 10:22 PM

We will fight to the end. We will stand and defend. Our flag flying high and free…

Originally published by DK on April 20, 2015 at 10:22 pm

Wild Viewing Party

Posted Thursday, April 16th, 2015 07:49 pm GMT -6 in Food,Hockey at 7:49 PM

And for free, even

Originally published by DK on April 16, 2015 at 7:49 pm

A new angle

Posted Saturday, April 4th, 2015 05:32 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 5:32 PM

Section 122, row 24 for Wild-Detroit

Originally published by DK on April 4, 2015 at 5:32 pm

Let’s! Play! Hockey!

Posted Saturday, March 28th, 2015 06:38 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 6:38 PM

Wild vs. Kings @ Xcel

Originally published by DK on March 28, 2015 at 6:38 pm

So many scoring chances

Posted Friday, March 13th, 2015 10:32 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 10:32 PM

That game should’ve been 8-2 Wild

Originally published by DK on March 13, 2015 at 10:32 pm

The new Wild restaurant at MSP

Posted Friday, February 13th, 2015 02:30 pm GMT -6 in Food,Hockey,Travel at 2:30 PM

Humphrey Terminal, MSP

Originally published by DK on February 13, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Progressives up, hockey down

Posted Monday, January 19th, 2015 11:30 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Hockey at 11:30 PM

Konami game (and system) @ White Oak

Originally published by DK on January 19, 2015 at 11:30 pm

Thinking of Herb

Posted Saturday, January 10th, 2015 05:32 pm GMT -6 in History,Hockey at 5:32 PM

The Herb Brooks statue outside the X

Originally published by DK on January 10, 2015 at 5:32 pm

The Wild beating the Wild

Posted Saturday, January 10th, 2015 04:29 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 4:29 PM

Losers to Nashville @ home

Originally published by DK on January 10, 2015 at 4:29 pm

Warm-up time at the X

Posted Friday, January 2nd, 2015 07:32 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 7:32 PM

Wild vs. Toronto

Originally published by DK on January 2, 2015 at 7:32 pm

I miss the Bogeyman

Posted Friday, January 2nd, 2015 07:21 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 7:21 PM

Derek Boogaard Memorial @ Xcel Energy Center

Originally published by DK on January 2, 2015 at 7:21 pm

Work Selfies

Posted Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 10:34 pm GMT -6 in Hockey,Work at 10:34 PM

Suite 4, Wild vs. Islanders

Originally published by DK on December 9, 2014 at 10:34 pm

Hockey Holidays

Posted Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 09:08 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 9:08 PM

From Zach Parise

Originally published by DK on December 9, 2014 at 9:08 pm
 

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