7 Minute Miles

Memorial Day 2021 🇺🇸

Posted Monday, May 31st, 2021 06:07 pm GMT -5 in History,Mini Posts,Personal,Science at 6:07 PM

Remembering those who perished in service to this country:

  • Civil War: 655,000
  • World War I: 116,516
  • World War II: 405,399
  • Korean War: 36,516
  • Vietnam War: 58,209

And as vaccines start to take hold, also thinking of these American lives lost:

  • Flu Pandemic of 1918: 675,000
  • COVID-19 Pandemic: 591,265

Rest in Peace 💜

Originally published by DK on May 31, 2021 at 6:07 pm

So many changes in a month

Posted Monday, May 17th, 2021 08:41 pm GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Personal at 8:41 PM

Can’t believe the neighbor lot went from nothing to framed up in about 30 days

Originally published by DK on May 17, 2021 at 8:41 pm

15 Years of Publishing

Posted Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 10:20 pm GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Personal,Technology at 10:20 PM

Happy 15th birthday, 7 Minute Miles! Current stats:

  • 12,192 Posts
  • 216 Pages

Skipping unique visitors or page counts this year, as my web server logs are all mixed up after the big move to AWS Lightsail. I do hope to get that cleaned up soon – want to learn how the new nginx logs differ from Apache (which I used for years). WordPress.com stats report 8,066 visitors in 2020, along with 20,522 views, but I don’t really know how they calculate that. They also report that the “Reflections on Spring Hill Golf Club” post continues to be one of my most visited stories of all time. Rather hoping this will be the year I actually play there…

Won’t get too much into the technical weeds this time, as I have a lot of things cooking right now that I’m sure I’ll cover in more detail soon. Aside from the move to virtual AWS servers, I’m still on WordPress (v5.7) with the same old custom theme and the same set of plugins I had last year. Hoping for a new look in 2021, but I don’t know the timing of that launch yet. No new functionality recently – just lots of under the hood things (including a fix for the weird SSL/emoji issue).

Thanks for visiting!

Originally published by DK on March 30, 2021 at 10:20 pm

One jab in, one to go

Posted Monday, March 22nd, 2021 10:14 am GMT -5 in Personal,Science at 10:14 AM

Grateful to everyone working on this

Originally published by DK on March 22, 2021 at 10:14 am

Back at it this week

Posted Monday, March 15th, 2021 08:54 pm GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Longform,Personal at 8:54 PM

It was really, really nice to have an entire week off work (and someone else to cover on-call). It’s also great to see some movement in the fight against COVID-19, both on the vaccine front and in the sports and entertainment world. I really felt recharged and ready to move forward this morning, as there are a lot of things that need my attention right now:

  • Find a vaccine – my tier is up now, so I’ve got tabs open in my browser for all the big providers. Also discovered vaccinespotter.org (above), which is a big help. Briefly thought I snagged one for this afternoon, only to be kicked out of the process at the end (just like a hot concert ticket). And as the new South ParQ Vaccination Special said, “There’s a place in town, very hard to get into, very exclusive. Walgreens.
  • Reconnect at work – continuation of the file server saga, spring cleaning on software licensing and backups, starting a new firewall upgrade project and generally preparing for the return of ticketed guests to the building. Sounds like I might even get to hire some help this summer, which would be super awesome.
  • AWS servers – the $100 credit I received from the re:Invent survey is almost used up, so I need to get back to moving this site off of virtual server one and over to the new virtual server I started experimenting with. That way I can shut the first one down and start figuring out a bunch of things on Ubuntu Server 20.04, including virtual host management, transfer of Let’s Encrypt certs, log analysis and WordPress theme development. It’s already been (nerdy) fun switching from Apache to nginx and from MySQL to MariaDB and kicking the tires on PHP8. WordPress 5.7 is the first release in a long time that did something to my (admittedly) ancient theme: the spacing below quote and status posts on the front page is off. Since I use Masonry and jQuery for layout, I thought it had to do with the upgrade of core WP jQuery from 1.12.4 to the 3.5.x tree mentioned here. After testing with the Enable jQuery Migrate Helper plugin, however, I don’t think this is the root cause (my version of Masonry is also pretty old). Stayed tuned…
  • Construction – the design center meeting for the new house last week lasted just under four hours and everything has now been finalized and signed. Next, we move on to the electrical meeting, which has been scheduled for early April. So excited!
  • Baseball – the announcements last week about fans at CHS Field (2,700) and Target Field (10,000) mean both of our ticket groups are about to fire up again. The Saints begin their new Triple A life at home on May 11th, while the Twins welcome fans back to Minneapolis on April 8th. I don’t know yet how many games we will end up with, but I’m very excited to watch more outdoor baseball in 2021.
  • Exercise – my Apple Watch move streak hit 333 days last night, so I’m getting very close to my goal of one full year. Also found out last week that there will be a limited, in-person field for the 2021 Get in Gear 10K, which will include multiple waves and a sidewalk-only course. I was able to snag one of the spots and look forward to running outside more in the coming weeks to prepare.
  • Taxes – ugh, just don’t want to start this yet. Also need to do my dad’s taxes one last time too, so that’s a double bummer. Not too scared of the potential financial hit for 2020, just thinking it will be more complex than normal. Hopefully TaxAct is up to the task (as they usually are).

Now back to refreshing those vaccine screens…

Originally published by DK on March 15, 2021 at 8:54 pm

Build house here

Posted Saturday, March 6th, 2021 06:53 pm GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Personal at 6:53 PM

Coming soon to Newport

Originally published by DK on March 6, 2021 at 6:53 pm

👍 on new 🤡 🐔

Posted Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 12:36 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 12:36 PM

Not better, but solid – will put in the rotation

Originally published by DK on March 3, 2021 at 12:36 pm

Whole Foods Ribs

Posted Monday, March 1st, 2021 07:06 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 7:06 PM

Still not Rib Fest, but tasty

Originally published by DK on March 1, 2021 at 7:06 pm

That’s me in the middle

Posted Thursday, February 25th, 2021 06:53 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 6:53 PM

It’s been a little noisy (again) outside my office window

Originally published by DK on February 25, 2021 at 6:53 pm

One sleeve down

Posted Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 12:01 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 12:01 PM

Girl Scout cookies are the best/worst

Originally published by DK on February 23, 2021 at 12:01 pm

Lombard Revisited

Posted Friday, February 19th, 2021 07:40 pm GMT -5 in History,Housekeeping,Personal at 7:40 PM

Today I needed to get from I-94 to Brake Bread on West 7th, so I exited at Snelling and headed over to the infamous Short Line. When I got to St. Clair, I thought, “why not swing by Lombard?” Lots of changes starting to appear at the two former family residences (more pics after the jump).

Originally published by DK on February 19, 2021 at 7:40 pm

Lots of change in Prior Lake

Posted Monday, February 15th, 2021 05:49 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 5:49 PM

Mystic Lake is no smoke-free on the gaming floor (and all of the machines are turned on)

Originally published by DK on February 15, 2021 at 5:49 pm

Been a while, Davanni’s

Posted Saturday, February 13th, 2021 04:40 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 4:40 PM

Still one of my all-time favorite Minnesota sammies

Originally published by DK on February 13, 2021 at 4:40 pm

MyFishBurger

Posted Friday, February 12th, 2021 07:50 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 7:50 PM

Not sure what was going on at the Grand location today

Originally published by DK on February 12, 2021 at 7:50 pm

65 Days to Go

Posted Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 10:31 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Sports,Technology at 10:31 PM

Might not stop after a year, but trying to at least that far

Originally published by DK on February 10, 2021 at 10:31 pm

Coming Soon

Posted Thursday, February 4th, 2021 01:16 pm GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Personal,Shopping at 1:16 PM

This year will fly by, right?

Originally published by DK on February 4, 2021 at 1:16 pm

DK’s January Journal

Posted Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 01:11 am GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Longform,Personal at 1:11 AM

Haven’t really written much lately – both here or on Twitter (my last remaining social media account). The Banff trip from January 2020 seems like an eternity ago and while I’m very grateful for our health and stability, it’s been a mentally tough twelve months. There are so many things I miss right now: attending live concerts and sporting events, eating out, happy hours with co-workers, walking around the Great Minnesota Get-Together, traveling to Disneyland and Vegas. Luxuries, to be sure, but I still miss them.

So what else is going on? The kids are both doing well. Work for Colleen has been intense (as it is for everyone in healthcare these days). With football season complete, my job is all about planning, budgets and maintenance until the future of events becomes a little clearer. It’s stressful being a department of one (and the 24/7 on call), but I’m trying to balance things as best as I can. The days and nights really all blend together now, as do weekdays and weekends. I’ve noticed a shift lately of time seeming to pass by faster, which is definitely a different vibe from a few months ago. Looking forward to the new Boludo to open near the office.

We’re in house search mode and it’s been absolutely bonkers (that’s my nemesis website above). Everything you read about the real estate market right now is true – almost every new listing is receiving multiple offers on the first day. If it doesn’t, you wonder what’s wrong with the place. We’ve only made one offer so far and were outbid (by a lot). Many showings get canceled before we even get there because they sell so quickly. Hoping more inventory comes online as the weather gets better. We are being patient and prudent for now – it will happen when it happens.

Health-wise, I’ve been feeling pretty good. My move streak is closing in on 300 days, so I’m doing something every day. With the cold weather, that’s mainly been hill walking on the treadmill while I watch Netflix. MK and I did ski a few weekends ago at Spirit Mountain and SK wants to hit up Afton next weekend. Still need to read up on the new Nordic walking sticks and get them configured for my height – it hasn’t been *that* cold out so far (and it would be good to get outside on the sunny days that occasionally roll around). Mixed messages on my eyesight these days: still prefer no glasses with most computer work, but finding I need them more and more for reading and watching TV. Stress eating definitely still an issue.

Lastly, I’ve been spending a lot of my free time at night learning new cloud technology stuff on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Inspired by the free sessions and keynotes posted during the online re:Invent conference, I wanted to build on my experience with moving this site to a Lightsail instance a few months ago. After re:Invent, Amazon sent me a feedback survey and gave me a $100 account credit. About a week ago, I decided to use some of that credit to spin up a second virtual server and learn the LEMP stack on Ubuntu Server 20.04, building it from scratch (instead of using a Bitnami bundle). I’ll write more about that experience soon…

Originally published by DK on January 27, 2021 at 1:11 am

The learning never stops

Posted Sunday, January 24th, 2021 01:59 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 1:59 PM

A+

Originally published by DK on January 24, 2021 at 1:59 pm

Inauguration Day 2021 🇺🇸

Posted Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 11:07 am GMT -5 in Personal at 11:07 AM

What comes next, America?

Originally published by DK on January 20, 2021 at 11:07 am

It’s been quite a day

Posted Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 09:30 pm GMT -5 in Movies,Personal,Pop Culture at 9:30 PM

The train in Snowpiercer, though

Originally published by DK on January 6, 2021 at 9:30 pm

January sunshine

Posted Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 06:07 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Weather at 6:07 PM

Walked to my latest COVID test

Originally published by DK on January 6, 2021 at 6:07 pm

Early 2021 Brain Dump

Posted Monday, January 4th, 2021 09:37 pm GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Longform,Personal at 9:37 PM

It’s already been eight months since the last one, so let’s do this:

  • For my Christmas and birthday gift this year, I got new skis and bindings (returning to my classic Rossi/Marker combo). Had a mixed experience at The House – will probably go back to Joe’s next time.
  • With the skis finally here, trying to figure out when I can break them in. Lutsen has some really appealing midweek flex pricing, so that is a leading contender. Might do an Afton or Welch day and still really want to hit Beaver Creek someday (as well as return to Schweitzer).
  • I got all excited about responsive, mobile-friendly WordPress themes this week, but have hit a testing roadblock. MAMP worked out of the box with a plain vanilla WordPress install, but I haven’t been able to get this site transferred over successfully.
  • Thought about tossing my current theme completely (instead of retro-fitting for mobile) and customizing a theme like this one, but now I’m not sure which direction I want to go.
  • Also not entirely 100% behind WordPress these days: don’t like Gutenberg and complexity seems to be increasing overall. Don’t see any great alternatives on the horizon, though.
  • I’ve been happier with my transition to AWS, but maintenance and upgrade issues with the Bitnami WordPress Stack are making me reconsider moving to a straight LAMP virtual server instead.
  • Yes, I do keep my iPhone boxes (but I’m trying to get better about recycling them).
  • We’re house shopping, but this market is crazy aggressive right now. If you know someone in the Twin Cities thinking about selling a good “old people” house, please hit me up.
  • Adult ear infections are not for the faint of heart.
  • My Apple Watch move streak is closing in on 270 days – shooting for a year, then it can restart whenever.
  • I bought a pair of Exerstrider Nordic walking poles after reading the story in the Strib, but I haven’t read the setup and training instructions yet. Seems like it will be fun.
  • OWC has agreed to refund the SSD purchase, thereby ending my iMac kernel panic trauma.
  • I have temporary computer options in place, but do want to move to an M1 machine. At first I thought I would do a Mac mini with a large, third-party monitor, but the retina screens on the iMacs just look so much better to me. I’ll probably wait for the M1 iMac later this year (with lots of RAM and SSD storage).
  • I’m craving a Fuddruckers burger so badly I would consider an eight hour round-trip drive to South Dakota to get one.
  • Sad the Vikings season turned out the way it did, but at least we get the Dallas circus back in town later this year. It will be nice to have Wild hockey again soon (helps to be a night owl) and I’m cautiously optimistic about the Twins and the Saints (but don’t get the whole “we’ve invited” thing – is there a deal or not?).
  • The first Sunday of the Charlie Parr online residency at First Avenue was so emotional – make sure and catch the rest of them (every Sunday in January at 8 p.m. on his YouTube page) and drop him some money via GoFundMe.
  • Speaking of music, we really enjoyed the Bee Gees documentary on HBO – nice job by Frank Marshall (with lots of fun cameos).
  • Long live Grogu!

Welcome 2021, nice to have you around…

Originally published by DK on January 4, 2021 at 9:37 pm

Why I don’t go out anymore

Posted Sunday, December 13th, 2020 09:53 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Personal at 9:53 PM

The pandemic is only part of the problem

Originally published by DK on December 13, 2020 at 9:53 pm

Bananas 🍌

Posted Thursday, December 10th, 2020 04:34 pm GMT -5 in Art,Personal at 4:34 PM

Scenes from a walk, part 396

Originally published by DK on December 10, 2020 at 4:34 pm

Daylight walking hours

Posted Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 04:55 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 4:55 PM

…are very brief these days

Originally published by DK on December 8, 2020 at 4:55 pm

The Excellence of Arete

Posted Sunday, November 29th, 2020 07:51 pm GMT -5 in History,Mini Posts,Personal,Schools at 7:51 PM

Back in high school, I loved studying history. Richard Demers was my favorite teacher, leading such courses as Ancient Civilizations, Western Civilizations and American Experience as part of Central’s Quest program. As I mentioned on my biography page, I took eight semesters of history, along with one independent study about the history of classical music. His euphemism for tests, OTEs (“opportunities to excel”), is something most of my high school classmates will recall fondly. They were always very difficult, but I’m grateful that grading on a curve was a thing back then.

Another concept that Mr. Demers taught in “Ancient Civ” was the Greek notion “excellence of body, excellence of mind.” This resonated deeply with me, but Google has not located authoritative references for this saying that I clearly remember (perhaps the Mandela Effect is in play?). The closest I’ve found is the Greek term arete (not to be confused with mountaineering’s sharp ridge separating two cirques or glacial valleys in mountainous regions). This line in the arete Wikipedia page jumped out at me:

It was commonly believed that the mind, body, and soul each had to be developed and prepared for a man to live a life of arete.

While I don’t recall the word arete being used by Demers, I do remember him discussing the concepts of paideia and the education of the aristocracy. It seems there is much more to learn about these concepts from Aristotle and Plato – perhaps some light reading for the long Minnesota winter?

Originally published by DK on November 29, 2020 at 7:51 pm

Guys – I cooked a thing!

Posted Saturday, November 14th, 2020 03:01 pm GMT -5 in Food,Personal at 3:01 PM

All by myself (thanks, Greg’s Meats)

Originally published by DK on November 14, 2020 at 3:01 pm

Dinette-n-Out is back!

Posted Friday, November 6th, 2020 07:53 pm GMT -5 in Food,Personal at 7:53 PM

Chicken sliders and the “too much space” onion rings

Originally published by DK on November 6, 2020 at 7:53 pm

Top 7 Food Items

Posted Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 09:08 pm GMT -5 in Food,Longform,Personal at 9:08 PM

Three years ago, I did a “Top 7” post on my favorite foods, but that talked about food categories in general terms. Lots of people have asked me about my favorite specific food items, so here they are (in no particular order):

  • Homemade bleu cheese @ Vermilion Club
  • Let’s start in the Northland at one of the premier dive bars in the country, the VC. Also known for it’s 24-inch Bamboozler pizza, the homemade bleu cheese is the best I’ve had anywhere. Wednesdays are wing night, so load up on buffalo sauce and dip away in that amazing bleu. I usually order some Poor Gary’s pizza too, but I never really have room for that in the end.

  • Chocolate cake donuts @ World’s Best Donuts
  • Staying on the Northland theme, let’s take a trip to the little village on the big lake, Grand Marais. While there are many great food traditions in town (Sven and Ole’s, Angry Trout Cafe, Blue Water Cafe – hell, even the local DQ is bomb), the claim of “World’s Best Donuts” is 100% true. Given the chance, I could eat an entire bag of the chocolate cake donuts in one sitting. Pro tips: pre-order online to skip the line and pay extra for a box instead of a bag so the chocolate doesn’t stick to the side.

  • Cheeseburger @ Saint Dinette
  • Closer to home, the cheeseburger at Saint Dinette is my favorite burger of all time (and I’ve tried way too many). The competition between Chef Adam’s masterpiece and Au Cheval in Chicago was anti-climatic (and definitely not worth a multi-hour pre-pandemic wait). I’ve long had a soft spot in my heart for the burger at Fuddruckers in Bloomington (RIP), but that was good in a different way. Lots of people in town love the Parlour burger (and I think it’s very, very solid), but I’ve got to give the nod to the St. Paul contender. Team Nive Man, all the way!

  • Pronto Pups and Fresh French Fries @ Minnesota State Fair
  • Going to cheat with a two-fer of Minnesota State Fair classics: the Pronto Pup (NEVER CORN DOG SINCE 1947) and Fresh French Fries. Of course, the fair has an amazing assortment of excellent food options (corn roast, Blue Barn, Lulu’s), but I can eat Pronto Pups right when I get there in the morning and just before we leave after a late Grandstand concert (and usually several more times in between). I LOVE French fries (Barbette, the clown, many others), but this year’s pandemic Food Parade reminded me that the red and yellow booth serves up the best ones ever.

  • Pepperoni pizza @ Carbone’s on Randolph
  • If you’ve been following this site at all the past few months, you probably saw that we’ve been making a habit lately of visiting Carbone’s on Randolph for pizza on Mondays. This is the pizza of my childhood, and only the original Randolph location is legitimate in my book (the other franchises try admirably, but they just aren’t the same). We had our concerns when they closed down briefly to remodel and expand, but the original ovens remained and the greasy flavor lives on. In a metro area full of great pizza options, Carbone’s on Randolph is the one for my list.

  • 3 Finger Combo @ Raising Canes
  • I wasn’t sure if I wanted to have a fast food entry on my list, but the 3 Finger Combo at Raising Canes is something I could order every day and not get tired of it. The quality of the chicken is always top notch, they have great fries, the Texas toast is a nice extra and for someone who grew up wanting things plain, Cane’s sauce is the best. Also love the little ice cubes in the freshly made lemonade. Egg McMuffins from the clown are also something I could eat every day (and the quality never wavers no matter where you are in the world, which is an incredible feat). And of course, Arby’s has the meats.

  • Steak @ Murray’s
  • I’ve handed down my love of steak to my eldest daughter, but I’ve yet to take her to the temple of Minneapolis beef, Murray’s. Now I know that many people consider Manny’s to be the temple of Minneapolis beef, but I went to Murray’s first, sharing a Silver Butter Knife steak with my mom way back when. I thought it was magical that they could cook such a thick steak so uniformly perfect and have it be *so* tender. These days, I usually get there for the luncheon filet, a 6 ounce tenderloin with au gratin potatoes that is an absolute steal at $32. Just like pizza, there are a lot of great steak places in town, but Murray’s is my fave.

After I came up with this list, Colleen asked me, “what about Cecil’s?” Their New York style hot pastrami & Swiss on egg white absolutely needs to be top 7, but I don’t know what I want to bump off the list. Let’s just go with eight for now…

UPDATE: I also forgot about mild chilitos with extra cheese at Zantigo.

Originally published by DK on November 4, 2020 at 9:08 pm

Move Streak Milestone

Posted Monday, November 2nd, 2020 12:29 am GMT -5 in Personal at 12:29 AM

This is getting tougher as it gets colder

Originally published by DK on November 2, 2020 at 12:29 am

These two ❤️

Posted Monday, October 26th, 2020 10:51 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 10:51 PM

My heart is full…

Originally published by DK on October 26, 2020 at 10:51 pm

Two Years of Bonus Time

Posted Thursday, October 8th, 2020 12:00 am GMT -5 in Longform,Personal at 12:00 AM

Today is the two year anniversary of what kid one has called my “big brain blowout” that I experienced on the train platform in downtown Minneapolis on October 8, 2018. Looking back on the post I wrote a year ago, it’s amazing how much has changed in the world since then. The pandemic has dramatically altered my industry and most of my hobbies, but there’s still nothing like three weeks in the ICU to change your outlook on life.

Health-wise, almost everything is back to normal. It appears that my previous 20/20 vision won’t return fully, but I now have permanent prism glasses that mostly do the trick. I don’t really like to wear them, though, so it’s nice I don’t need them to read screens. My brain can trick my eyes for longer distances if I tilt my head a certain way, but overall it’s safer to just wear the glasses for driving and biking. They are also technically bifocals, as my neuro optometrist says I’m just getting too old to read the small print now. Dammit, she’s right.

In other miscellaneous health notes, I successfully completed my colonoscopy back in February and started a move streak in April that still continues (yesterday was day 175). As a result, my weight is trending in the right direction (switching to the no sugar versions of Cherry Coke and Mountain Dew is probably helping too). I’ve played more golf this year than any other, walking almost every round. Bike miles this year are down compared to the last two years, but I should still hit 600 miles by the end of the year. My run log is trending in the right direction, but most of those miles were spent walking hills. Will 2021 mark the return of full-blown running? Time will tell, but I’m not quite ready to throw in the towel on that just yet.

The last year has truly been a roller-coaster of emotion. We got in all of the milestone birthday trips before everything shut down – Las Vegas for SK, Maui for CK and Banff for MK. We lost the last of the parents months apart: Jean in December and Mike in February. I still feel like we didn’t get to properly mourn them once COVID hit. The pandemic continues to hammer away at other parts of our lives that will unfortunately never come back again.

I can’t allow this doom and gloom to overshadow my gratitude to be here today, though. I continue to be inspired by people like Dr. Uzma Samadani, who helped me leave the ICU at Hennepin Healthcare two years ago. Reading about her research on Twitter gives me hope about my continued health and that science will find a way out of this mess. The free lectures I’ve been watching from MIT about the pandemic are also fascinating and inspiring. We need more leaders like this to guide us through these challenging times…

🇺🇸 VOTE 🇺🇸

Originally published by DK on October 8, 2020 at 12:00 am

Messy desk still life

Posted Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 02:40 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Pets at 2:40 PM

Hello, doge

Originally published by DK on October 6, 2020 at 2:40 pm

Seven Tips for Better Living

Posted Sunday, October 4th, 2020 09:10 pm GMT -5 in Mini Posts,Personal at 9:10 PM

It’s the start of bonus week, so let’s kick off things with a new Top 7 list:

  • Let those you love know
  • Never read the comments
  • Always keep learning
  • Move every day
  • Travel as much as possible
  • Eat the good stuff
  • Less talking, more thinking

More reflections coming soon…

Originally published by DK on October 4, 2020 at 9:10 pm

It me

Posted Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 08:07 pm GMT -5 in Food,Personal at 8:07 PM

Fit *and* obese

Originally published by DK on September 30, 2020 at 8:07 pm

All done with my civic duty

Posted Saturday, September 26th, 2020 09:04 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Politics at 9:04 PM

Now I can mute everything, right?

Originally published by DK on September 26, 2020 at 9:04 pm

End of an era

Posted Friday, September 25th, 2020 10:55 pm GMT -5 in Friends,History,Personal,Travel at 10:55 PM

So long, Dacha Batinich

Originally published by DK on September 25, 2020 at 10:55 pm

This is pretty cool

Posted Sunday, September 13th, 2020 09:48 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Sports,Technology at 9:48 PM

Move streak hit 150 days this week

Originally published by DK on September 13, 2020 at 9:48 pm

Purchased: ONE GRAVE

Posted Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 07:59 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Shopping at 7:59 PM

Come and visit after I kick the bucket

Originally published by DK on September 3, 2020 at 7:59 pm

On Safety

Posted Sunday, August 23rd, 2020 09:07 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Food,Longform,Personal,Politics,Science,Work at 9:07 PM

I’ve been thinking a lot about safety lately. The pandemic, political and economic turmoil, return to work plans – all of these have safety components that give me anxiety and make 2020 feel like even more of a challenge. What exactly is the condition of being safe? I like these definitions: freedom from danger, risk, injury or loss; unhurt, harmless, cautious. Of course, safe can also mean unlikely to produce controversy or contradiction – also sometimes useful, but not what I’m writing about today.

The spread of COVID and the tools and policies available to manage the threat have become overtly political, which is unfortunate. I’m lucky that I really don’t have to fight any physical battles with people who won’t wear masks or follow guidelines and have the economic stability to isolate at home as much as I can during the pandemic. I’ve already decided I don’t *need* to visit casinos, go to movie theaters or drink in bars right now and I tend to favor take-out over eating inside at restaurants that are offering that option (and winter is coming, patio people). Correctly wearing a face mask to Target or the grocery store is literally the easiest thing you can do to keep the economy running, limit the spread of the virus and help keep people safe.

Outdoor activities are safer than indoor activities, which has resulted in a surge of bike sales and golf rounds. These are both things I love to do in a “regular” year, so this has been a great way to pass the time (and keep my move streak alive). It’s funny that some of the outdoor things I like to do aren’t always considered safe: danger is part of the appeal with downhill skiing and single-track mountain biking, for example. But even with those activities, I’m more cautious the older I get. Running has always been important to me, but I’ve even turned that down a notch, preferring strenuous hill walks to full out running for speed (at least for now).

I’m very fortunate that sports, concerts, travel and food have played significant roles in my life. Venue safety is part of my career, so I pay close attention to what others are doing. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a great experience with the Saints returning to live baseball in our neighborhood, so we only bought tickets to two games. Why? We didn’t feel safe: no security at the gates, seat maps that placed people at the drink rail immediately behind us, other fans not following the guidelines and limited staff to enforce the rules. I get the economics, but what is the long-term damage to your brand if people don’t feel safe? We did have a good experience at the Minnesota Zoo a few weeks back and expect to have a good experience at the Minnesota State Fair Food Parade next week, but it seems critical to me that you get safety figured out.

I miss live music, but I don’t see that industry coming back for a while. The next ticket I have is for a November 27th show at the Fitzgerald, a theater I love. Even with masks and a limited audience (which isn’t possible, since tickets are already sold), I can’t imagine any scenario that would make me feel safe enough to go on that date (and near-zero chance it doesn’t get rescheduled again like every other show I still have tickets for from 2020). I’ve also been reading a lot about Disney, and while thoughts of an uncrowded Disney World are tempting, my internal safety meter says tell Mickey we will see him again later.

The activities I’ve talked about so far mostly involve things that a majority of people would consider first-world privilege. I’m still employed, we’re not facing eviction and we have food on the table. Everyone in the family is still healthy. We have a bit of an economic safety net thanks to inheritance. We have access to reliable transportation. Middle class white males don’t have to face the same issues that women and people of color do as part of their daily existence (I’m working on a draft “On Race” post that I hope to publish soon). So what other safety issue is front and center for me? Crime rates.

When we moved from the suburbs to Lowertown, my mom was very concerned about our safety (even though she also lived in Saint Paul). The area has had ups and downs from a crime standpoint, but I’d never felt threatened here (even at night). The pandemic and the protests following the death of George Floyd have changed the look and atmosphere of downtown Saint Paul. According to the Pioneer Press, there have been more than forty recent arrests in the area around Mears Park and Union Depot for fighting, drug dealing and other criminal activity (including a shooting). Homelessness has also been on the rise and a small tent city can now be seen outside our windows near I-94. There are people needing obvious mental health assistance. I wish I knew the answers to these problems – what we are doing now isn’t working and something needs to change…

Originally published by DK on August 23, 2020 at 9:07 pm

A North Shore Dream

Posted Sunday, August 9th, 2020 11:33 am GMT -5 in Mini Posts,Personal at 11:33 AM

With all the crazy, awful things going on in the world today, I’m not sure it’s really appropriate to daydream about material things that are so outside the realities of a worldwide pandemic. On the other hand, it does feel a little therapeutic to briefly escape from all the anxiety and think about a different, calmer life. The North Shore of Lake Superior has always been one of those escapes for me and I could easily envision spending the rest of my life on that lake:

  • Design and build a not-so-big log cabin
  • Stone fireplace and large picture window
  • Screen porch to manage the flying bugs
  • Heated floors for warm feet in the winter
  • Fast internet (but no phones)
  • Nice speakers to play the North Shore playlist
  • Wooded lot with shoreline
  • Wildflowers and hummingbirds
  • Detached garage with exercise area/game room
  • Guest cottages for SK and MK
  • Family kayaks
  • Access to the SHT and bike trails
  • Golf at Superior National
  • Skiing at Lutsen Mountains
  • Gaming at Grand Portage
  • Concerts at Papa Charlie’s

Ahh…

Originally published by DK on August 9, 2020 at 11:33 am

Family Time

Posted Friday, August 7th, 2020 04:27 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 4:27 PM

Acacia is so peaceful ❤️

Originally published by DK on August 7, 2020 at 4:27 pm

Life After Zuckerberg

Posted Thursday, August 6th, 2020 10:20 pm GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Longform,Personal,Pop Culture,Technology at 10:20 PM

It’s been two and a half months since I last posted to Instagram (and about two months since I officially deleted both my Facebook and Instagram accounts). It wasn’t that hard to give up Facebook – I really only used it to sync status with a couple of games, promote posts from this site and to communicate with more distant family members. Add to that all of the other reasons people don’t like Facebook and it became a pretty easy decision. Now I just need Two Dots to continue to improve the Facebook-free experience and I’ll be fine (LEADERBOARDS).

Instagram, on the other hand, was a much tougher decision for me. From what I can tell, it launched on iOS in October of 2010 and I posted my first image on Christmas Day 2010. The original pictures were 640×640 and I used Iain Poulson’s excellent Intagrate WordPress plugin for many years to automatically pull my pics from Instagram and create image posts on this site. Facebook purchased the service in April 2012, but largely left it independent (image sizes did increase to 1080×1080 in 2015).

Instagram is the de facto social media standard for restaurants and foodies, so that’s really what I used it for in the beginning. I don’t like accounts that post the same thing across all platforms, so I’d use Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in specialized ways to help prevent overlap. Now that I’m only on Twitter, I initially tried to recreate some of that there, but I’m finding that I need to continue to prune my Twitter follow list and just move on from some things that I know I’m missing. Some examples: Instagram stories from Armon and Meredith, donut pictures from Erin and everything posted by my wife and daughters.

I finally finished merging all of the Instagram metadata they sent me in JSON format with the image files that I uploaded here. Also starting to get back to equilibrium on my main @kingsbury Twitter account (and will continue to use @7minutemiles to link to stories like this one). Really trying to get most of the politics out of my feed too – no real appetite for doomscrolling these days…

Originally published by DK on August 6, 2020 at 10:20 pm

Gripin’ ❤️

Posted Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 10:30 am GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 10:30 AM

Cleaning up the Lombard bags

Originally published by DK on July 29, 2020 at 10:30 am

Lookin’ good in the neighborhood

Posted Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 05:03 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 5:03 PM

No Applebee’s down here

Originally published by DK on July 28, 2020 at 5:03 pm

82 days and counting

Posted Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 08:30 am GMT -5 in Personal,Sports,Technology at 8:30 AM

All three rings

Originally published by DK on July 7, 2020 at 8:30 am

Top 7 Character Stengths

Posted Monday, June 15th, 2020 05:50 pm GMT -5 in Mini Posts,Personal,Schools,Science at 5:50 PM

As part of my recently completed online class, The Science of Well-Being, I took a survey that purports to identify my top character strengths:

  • Love of Learning
  • Curiosity
  • Kindness
  • Honesty
  • Judgement
  • Love
  • Creativity

There were a couple I thought would be higher, but overall, that’s close…

Originally published by DK on June 15, 2020 at 5:50 pm

So this happened today

Posted Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020 06:04 pm GMT -5 in Business,Friends,Personal at 6:04 PM

Eric at James Irving Grooming, Uptown Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on June 2, 2020 at 6:04 pm

Part of the Problem?

Posted Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020 01:10 am GMT -5 in Mini Posts,Personal at 1:10 AM

Step 1 – Download my info
Step 2 – Deactivate my account
Step 3 – Permanently delete my account

Two out of three so far…

UPDATE:
And since Facebook owns Instagram:

Step 1 – Download my info
Step 2 – Deactivate my account
Step 3 – Permanently delete my account

Originally published by DK on June 2, 2020 at 1:10 am

Hummel Bin #2

Posted Thursday, May 14th, 2020 10:18 pm GMT -5 in Mini Posts,Personal at 10:18 PM

This bin had a lot more than the first one – this project is going to take a long time. As I mentioned in the first bin post, please let me know if you are interested in any of these little beauties (pics after the jump).

Originally published by DK on May 14, 2020 at 10:18 pm

Don’t Fear the Reaper

Posted Monday, May 11th, 2020 12:29 am GMT -5 in Longform,Personal at 12:29 AM

Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life:

Who is it, darling? It’s a Mr. Death or something. He’s come about the reaping. I don’t think we need any at the moment…

Nobody wants to think about death, but unfortunately our family has had a lot of experience with it the last few years. With the state of the world now, I thought it might be useful to write up a post on our experiences, what you should do to plan and how to make things easier for your loved ones when the time comes.

When I was younger, I can remember having an intense fear of dying (and of losing other people in my life). The funeral of my great grandmother was open casket and was very traumatizing for me. I also remember my next door neighbor dying after an ambulance pulled up outside – she was the first person close to me that died and I had nightmares about it for years. I remember going on a trip to southern California shortly after that and having an existential freakout in the backseat of the rental car as we drove from LAX to Anaheim. Sorry about that, mom and dad.

As I’ve aged, my thinking about death has become less scary and more sensible. It’s still incredibly hard to mourn and deal with loss, but now I know it’s a part of the natural cycle in our world. That’s not an easy thing to come to terms with, though, after losing so many people in my family. I thankfully haven’t had a lot of friend funerals yet and feel extraordinarily lucky to not be one of the first after that fateful morning in 2018. And even though I never met them in person, I still get emotional when I listen to a Prince, Tom Petty or David Bowie song.

So, what happens when the reaper comes calling? A good funeral home can help immensely and we’ve had great experiences with Mueller Bies in Roseville. If you’re a fan of the HBO series Six Feet Under, you may have pre-conceived notions of what the funeral home business is all about, but a good funeral director can be a huge help in navigating what is usually an extremely difficult time for people. They will work to arrange cremation or embalming, assist with purchase of an urn or casket, coordinate any desired church services, host visitations, order flowers, help write and publish obituaries in local newspapers, submit paperwork to the state for death certificates and arrange for cemetery services (if needed). These services do not come cheap: expect it to cost $7,000 – $12,000.

So what should you do now to help out your loved ones later?

  • Review your insurance and make sure you store all the information in a secure, easy-to-find location like a fire safe or safety deposit box. Keep your beneficiary information up to date and periodically review your coverage levels with a professional to make sure the people you care about get what they need. Term life is way cheaper when you are young and healthy, but whole life acts like an investment that may or may not fit in with your overall retirement and investment planning strategy.
  • If you have assets to pass on, it’s a good idea to have a current will that clearly states your intentions so that probate can be avoided. There are free online options to assist with this, but I recommend spending the money to have a lawyer draw this up that is specific to your state. If there are limited assets, there are transfer on death deed and affidavit options in some states, but advice from a lawyer is still the best route for these situations.
  • You should spell out health care directives now. End of life care decisions are never easy to think about or discuss, but so is having to guess what people want when they can’t decide for themselves. This is also a good place to talk about cremation versus casket burial, where you want to be buried, what type of service or memorial you would want (if any), what songs you want played, etc.
  • Account information and passwords. Get a good password manager (I’ve been using 1Password for many years now) and make sure someone in your family knows where it is and how to access it. Create a spreadsheet that summarizes all of your accounts – checking, savings, investments, retirement funds, credit cards, utilities, loans, etc. Include website addresses, account numbers, login information and any contact information. This will be invaluable, but also needs to be kept as secure as possible.
  • Social media and other online accounts. Your login information should be stored in your password manager, but it’s a good idea to think about how you want your online presence managed after you are gone. Facebook allows relatives to “memorialize” accounts, which involves providing a copy of the death certificate. It’s important to also think about things like AppleID, Netflix, Hulu, PayPal, Dropbox, newspaper, magazine and email accounts, which are likely tied to credit cards that will need to be closed (or transferred to someone else).
  • If you publish personal websites like this one, there are many issues to address: renewal of web hosting services, domain names, DNS services and SSL certificates. I’d like to think I could keep this website online indefinitely for my heirs to access in the future, but that is not an automatic process by any means.
  • Take lots of pictures of the ones you love and keep them organized and backed up (in more than one place). They are some of the most important digital files you will ever create.

In the immortal words of the great Buck Dharma, “Seasons don’t fear the reaper, nor do the wind, the sun or the rain…”

Originally published by DK on May 11, 2020 at 12:29 am

She said doodee

Posted Sunday, May 10th, 2020 03:52 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 3:52 PM

Cups and Wands

Originally published by DK on May 10, 2020 at 3:52 pm

Walkin’ by the tracks

Posted Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 08:09 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 8:09 PM

Keepin’ the move streak alive

Originally published by DK on April 21, 2020 at 8:09 pm

Biked to Acacia

Posted Monday, April 20th, 2020 09:41 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 9:41 PM

Still waiting for the numbers

Originally published by DK on April 20, 2020 at 9:41 pm

Lowertown Brain Dump

Posted Sunday, April 19th, 2020 09:17 pm GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Mini Posts,Personal at 9:17 PM

A few random Sunday night notes:

  • The introvert in me is doing just fine, thank you very much.
  • Started Yale’s free Science of Well-Being online class and I’m really glad I did (h/t Charles).
  • Inspired by Ms. Rosner, I’m going to switch to unleaded for the immediate future.
  • The scale is not my friend these days, but I’m still trying to close those three damn circles every day.
  • Need to pick a day this week to run the virtual Get in Gear 10K and submit my (likely very slow) time.
  • News and social media can be soul-crushing these days, but I just can’t turn it completely off. As the great Sandra Boynton said, don’t let the turkeys get you down.
  • When this is all over, I want to buy drinks (in person) for all the cool people I follow on Twitter and Instagram.
  • This weekend’s focus was deciding which physical CDs and DVDs we could do without. Once it reopens, Electric Fetus will be gifted the whole pile.
  • The plan this week is to get the food page updated with those spots now offering great take-out. I don’t have an unlimited budget, but we should all try and support as many of our local favorites as we can.
  • Finished all the taxes (ours and my dad’s) before the original April 15th deadline, but will hold on to those checks until July.
  • Still can’t believe we are all done with Lombard – such a huge relief (thanks again Kary).
  • Photos + iPhone + Catalina = fubar. All I want is to sync albums from Photos to my phone, but all I get is “Photos cannot be synced to the iPhone because your Photos Library is not yet available. Please try again later.” Never thought I’d yearn for iTunes.
  • Starting week three with the CPAP and so far I’m not a big fan. Can’t sleep on my stomach or side, I don’t like breathing only through my nose and it hasn’t improved my sleep quality much. Definitey quieter for everyone else, though.
  • Looking forward to my first socially-distanced round of golf this week at the always excellent Willingers in Northfield.
  • Scheduled to see my long lost friend Eric at James Irving on May 4th. Fingers crossed…

Wishing you all peace, love and happiness ❤️

Originally published by DK on April 19, 2020 at 9:17 pm

Thank you, clown

Posted Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 10:35 am GMT -5 in Food,Personal at 10:35 AM

Needed some normalcy today

Originally published by DK on April 15, 2020 at 10:35 am

Today’s pandemic walkabout

Posted Friday, April 10th, 2020 04:50 pm GMT -5 in Family,Nature,Personal at 4:50 PM

Highway 52 bridge over the Mississippi, Saint Paul

Originally published by DK on April 10, 2020 at 4:50 pm

So long, 1058

Posted Thursday, April 9th, 2020 06:21 pm GMT -5 in Family,History,Personal at 6:21 PM

Thanks for the memories…

Originally published by DK on April 9, 2020 at 6:21 pm

A Little Gentleman

Posted Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 09:36 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 9:36 PM

First Grade report card, Linwood Park Elementary, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on April 8, 2020 at 9:36 pm

New goal has been set

Posted Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 10:04 am GMT -5 in Personal,Running at 10:04 AM

Please let August be normal

Originally published by DK on April 7, 2020 at 10:04 am

Backyard walkies

Posted Sunday, April 5th, 2020 04:16 pm GMT -5 in Family,Nature,Personal at 4:16 PM

Not many choo-choos these days

Originally published by DK on April 5, 2020 at 4:16 pm

Coffee is for closers

Posted Sunday, April 5th, 2020 11:56 am GMT -5 in Business,History,Personal at 11:56 AM

Always hustlin’

Originally published by DK on April 5, 2020 at 11:56 am

Won the Target lottery today

Posted Saturday, April 4th, 2020 12:15 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Shopping at 12:15 PM

We were almost out too

Originally published by DK on April 4, 2020 at 12:15 pm

Survived the first night

Posted Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 12:40 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Technology at 12:40 PM

CPAP for sleep apnea (and the snore score)

Originally published by DK on March 31, 2020 at 12:40 pm

7 Minute Miles Turns 14

Posted Monday, March 30th, 2020 08:00 am GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Mini Posts,Personal,Technology at 8:00 AM

It’s blog birthday time again – the first 7 Minute Miles post appeared on this domain fourteen years ago today.

Current stats:

  • 11,119 Posts
  • 208 Pages
  • 41,174 unique visitors in 2019
  • 2,169,487 pages displayed in 2019

Currently running WordPress 5.3.2 with my custom theme and 19 plugins on the old Mac mini server colocated in Las Vegas. Favorite plugins: Wordfence Security, VaultPress, Intagrate and Really Simple SSL (with a Let’s Encrypt cert managed via Certbot). Still want to write some custom data entry forms for the golf, run and bike pages, but those (along with making the theme more mobile friendly) have still not made it off the to-do list. Also never figured out the solution to the weird SSL/emoji issue.

Haven’t changed the overall site structure much this year, adding only a new Concerts page that I’m experimenting with using the Vimeo hosting platform. I made some major updates to the Résumé page and just realized that the Biography page now needs a refresh too. After prepping photo boards for funerals in back-to-back months, I should also spend some time on updating the Photos section. I finally moved our Christmas samplers to online-only last year and might do a Hummel section soon too (hit me up if you need any).

As always, thanks for visiting and stay safe out there!

Originally published by DK on March 30, 2020 at 8:00 am

Football, steak, stamps & Snoopy

Posted Sunday, March 29th, 2020 02:48 pm GMT -5 in Food,Football,History,Personal at 2:48 PM

That’s still about right

Originally published by DK on March 29, 2020 at 2:48 pm

Sheltering in Lowertown

Posted Saturday, March 28th, 2020 09:10 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Longform,Personal at 9:10 PM

Like many people around the world, the pandemic has been a difficult thing for me to process. I don’t have any particular expertise in the science behind it, but I’m married to the Corona Queen, I like to follow sites like this and I spent a lot of time last week getting our office configured and trained for an indefinite work from home scenario. Most of the things listed in my Twitter bio have shut down and it will likely be months before things return to some semblance of normal.

But we are very fortunate to still get outside to walk, run or bike, have money to order take-out from our favorite local restaurants and have reliable high-speed internet to cross off shows we always wanted to watch from our Netflix and HBO lists (and, of course, work from home). MK is doing the distance learning thing for the rest of the school year and SK has picked up some hours here and there helping out the Nive Man with take-out downstairs.

The Minnesota COVID-19 numbers so far pale with those in the hardest hit parts of the country (and world). The reports out of places like New York and Italy are terrifying and I worry about those on the front lines, like my Twitter friend @susanruns, who bravely works long hours to save lives in unimaginable conditions. My colleague was scheduled to start a new position in Hong Kong on April 1, but he is currently in limbo until the international travel and quarantine picture becomes clearer. I’m not sure what will happen with my work, but I’ve been trying to mentally prepare for all the different possibilities.

On the medical front, I had a 17-month MRI check-up this week at Hennepin Healthcare (which I thought might get cancelled under the non-essential procedure executive order). The new clinic building was empty – I was the only one in radiology and only saw one other person in the general waiting room. I never really had claustrophobia before, but now that MRI equipment feels like a torture chamber. Thankfully, the tech was done after two shorts scans (one 30 seconds, one four minutes). The resident that met with me pulled up the image and said everything looked great. Dr. Tummala will make the final call, but I shouldn’t have to go back for two more years. At that point, they will decide if it will be another MRI or a more invasive CT angiogram.

Lastly, the situation with my father’s estate made significant progress the past two weeks. With assistance from our friend John Schuster at Richfield Bloomington Honda, we were able to pay off his car loan and sell the car. Today, with the help of Kary Marpe from Edina Realty, we sold the house on Lombard. I thought that process was going to be challenging, given the hoarding nature of my mom (that would be one of my elementary school pictures above), various repairs needed and the pandemic’s impact on the economy. Kary was amazing, though, accurately pricing and listing the property, resulting in multiple offers by day two. If all goes according to plan, we will close on April 10. All that will be left is my dad’s taxes for 2019 (which shouldn’t be too hard).

Stay safe, y’all!

Originally published by DK on March 28, 2020 at 9:10 pm

Bring ‘em back

Posted Saturday, March 28th, 2020 12:52 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 12:52 PM

The revolution will not be televised

Originally published by DK on March 28, 2020 at 12:52 pm

Thanks for this, Jason

Posted Saturday, March 21st, 2020 05:35 pm GMT -5 in Links,Personal at 5:35 PM

https://kottke.org/20/03/some-people

Originally published by DK on March 21, 2020 at 5:35 pm

Permanent Glasses

Posted Saturday, March 14th, 2020 07:10 pm GMT -5 in Longform,Personal,Shopping at 7:10 PM

The ongoing saga of my double vision has now lead to a semi-permanent solution. I had always been the one person in my family without glasses, but one of the lasting side effects of my brain aneurysm has been diplopia at farther distances. Thanks to the treatment plans of Dr. Amy Chang and therapist Courtney Mitchell at Hennepin Heathcare, I can now read screens at most distances and watch TV without glasses. Even at farther distances, I can usually find an angle to hold my head to remove any doubling up (although Dr. Chang says that I’m cheating when I do that).

At the end of January, we decided that I’d stop using the 3M Prism inserts in the pair of non-prescription lenses I had purchased from Amazon. We started at a +30 strength in the beginning and dropped all the way down to +8 with the temporary inserts. Dr. Chang wrote a prescription for a permanent pair of glasses that included a +6 Prism for the top half of the lens and some magnification on the bottom half to assist with reading small letters close up (i.e. – cheaters). I’ve had 20/20 vision for most of my life, but age has caught up to me and some things just don’t work the same as they did before (regardless of the aneurysm side effects).

On the advice of a friend, I took the prescription to Warby Parker in the Galleria. Since I’ve never done this before, I wasn’t sure what my insurance would cover, but they had people in the store that seemed knowledgable about my situation and helped me pick out frames and make adjustments for this particular prescription. I paid for everything and was told the glasses would be ready for pick-up and fitting in 7-10 days. After two weeks of not hearing anything, I looked up my order on their website, which had a “please call us about your order” message displayed. No phone calls or emails during this time – WTH? The person I talked to when I called was very nice, but told me that their lab couldn’t produce my prescription, saying the prism strength couldn’t be higher than +5 and that they would just cancel the order. Ugh.

So in the end, I just went to Target Optical in West Saint Paul, which fitted me in a nice pair of Ray-Bans that they shipped in under a week for around $300. It took me a little while to get used to the progressive aspect of my prescription, but once I figured that out, they work really well. I do still prefer to not wear glasses when I can (like right now while I type on the iMac), but it’s nice to have them for driving and for reading the small type on menus in low-light situations. It will be interesting to see how they work for golf and biking later this spring…

Originally published by DK on March 14, 2020 at 7:10 pm
 

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