7 Minute Miles

Part of the Problem?

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

1:49 AM

Posted Monday, March 2nd, 2020 01:50 am GMT -5 in Personal at 1:50 AM

My ribs hurt from coughing

Originally published by DK on March 2, 2020 at 1:50 am

The OG Luncheon

Posted Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 01:11 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Personal at 1:11 PM

Thanks, Gardens of Olive!

Originally published by DK on February 22, 2020 at 1:11 pm

THE most powerful tool

Posted Friday, February 21st, 2020 03:40 pm GMT -5 in Family,History,Personal,Technology at 3:40 PM

I wonder if that IIc in the corner will boot up

Originally published by DK on February 21, 2020 at 3:40 pm

Our Town

Posted Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 11:02 pm GMT -5 in Family,Music,Personal,Quotes at 11:02 PM

I buried my Mama and I buried my Pa. They sleep up the street beside that pretty brick wall. I bring them flowers about every day. But I just gotta cry when I think what they’d say…

Originally published by DK on February 18, 2020 at 11:02 pm

RIP Michael Kingsbury, 1946-2020

Posted Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 10:45 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 10:45 PM

It seems like I’ve written way too many “RIP” posts recently and unfortunately that now includes my father Mike, who died on Monday at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in downtown Saint Paul. With Colleen’s mom Jean passing at the end of 2019, we are now officially out of parents/grandparents, which is a really, really tough thing to process.

Dad’s medical journey started back in October when he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. He had surgery at Saint John’s Hospital in Maplewood to have his thyroid glands removed. That procedure went fine and the first few times I visited him out there, he was sitting in the chair next to his bed with his iPad playing video poker and could walk around the room. The surgery was close to his vocal cords, though, so he talked in a whisper-voice. Things seemed to be progressing nicely and he was transferred to Bethesda Hospital in Saint Paul, which is now an intermediate care facility in the Fairview system.

After only a few days at Bethesda, I got the first of many calls that said they needed to transfer him to the ICU at Saint Joe’s to deal with more serious complications that they couldn’t handle at Bethesda. These included a chyle leak, heart and breathing issues and the eventual installation of a tracheostomy tube, connection to a ventilator and installation of a pacemaker. Unfortunately, his condition continued to weaken even after these steps were taken, leaving him bedridden and unable to talk. My brother and sister traveled back to Saint Paul last weekend upon the recommendation of the palliative care team at St. Joe’s and we all got to say our goodbyes before he passed away peacefully just before 1 p.m. on Monday afternoon.

Like my mom, my dad loved being a grandparent to our daughters. As I’ve gone back looking for the photos posted below, I remember that he really liked combining his interests with Sasha and Marisa, whether it was a Twins game, a visit to a Disney park or the annual trip to Grand Marais and the North Shore. He loved playing video poker on his iPad (with fake money) and at many of the Minnesota tribal casinos with me and other family members (for real money). He visited me during my time at Fortune Bay, we made many round trip drives from Grand Marais to Grand Portage, used our free spin coupons at Treasure Island, stopped in at Grand Casino Hinckley on the way to Duluth to play the nickel poker machines and occasionally I would even get him to step out at the ritzy Mystic Lake.

The Twins were a huge deal for my dad. I’m super proud of him for going on the team trip to Seattle last year solo. He had partial season tickets for many years and we all liked to attend games with him (or stop by and visit if we had our own tickets). He’d participate in Twins Fest every year, would go to spring training games in Florida with Brian and Patti and had a great time at the bigger events like the All Star Game and last year’s playoff game (stupid Yankees). His man cave is full of Twins bobbleheads and signed baseballs and it will be bittersweet if they have a great season this year – although he did get to experience both 1987 and 1991. I still have the foul ball I got on 9-5-79 at Met Stadium sitting on my desk that he went and had signed after the game by the Twins hitter (Jesus Vega: Twins 8, Royals 3). If I remember right, the KC pitcher was the Mad Hungarian himself, Al Hrabosky.

Thank you to everyone at Mueller-Bies Funeral Home, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and Acacia Park Cemetery for your help in arranging the events scheduled for next week (please see the obituary below for details). Thanks also to everyone who has expressed their condolences and reached out to our family in this time of grief.

Love you, dad. ❤️

Obituary from Mueller-Bies and photo gallery after the jump.

Michael Alvin Kingsbury. September 7, 1946 – February 10, 2020. Age 73, of St. Paul, died on February 10, 2020. Preceded in death by wife, Karen; parents, Alvin & Evalyn; & brother, John. Survived by children, David (Colleen), Brian (Patti), & Lynn; grandchildren, Sasha & Marisa; siblings, Charles, Caroline (Robert) Anfinson & Richard. Mike retired from New York Life. He loved the Twins, the North Shore, Disney, bowling & video poker. His smile & laugh will be missed. Memorial service 11 AM Friday, February 21 at GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN CHURCH, 700 Snelling Ave. S., St. Paul. Visitation 4-7 PM Thursday 2/20 at MUELLER-BIES FUNERAL HOME-ROSEVILLE, 2130 N. Dale St. @ County Rd. B and also at church on Friday from 10-11 AM. Interment Acacia Park Cemetery.

Published in the Pioneer Press on February 16, 2020

Originally published by DK on February 12, 2020 at 10:45 pm

Still so thankful for this place

Posted Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 11:22 am GMT -5 in Personal at 11:22 AM

Getting all my old person stuff done now

Originally published by DK on February 12, 2020 at 11:22 am

Room with a view

Posted Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 07:48 am GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 7:48 AM

Back at St. Joe’s (again)

Originally published by DK on January 28, 2020 at 7:48 am

Periods of flurries

Posted Sunday, January 19th, 2020 09:34 am GMT -5 in Personal,Weather at 9:34 AM

Happy birthday to me ❄️

Originally published by DK on January 19, 2020 at 9:34 am

RIP Jean Kane, 1944-2019

Posted Monday, January 6th, 2020 09:35 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 9:35 PM

The Smith Family December Curse has now carried over to the Kane side, as Colleen’s mom Jean passed away on December 30. Add this to my uncle Greg last year, my mom Karen in 2017, my grandfather Donald in 2013 and my grandmother Helen in 2007. January may be cold, but it’s nice to be done with another December.

Grandma Jean had Huntington’s disease, a genetic degenerative neurological disorder that she fought valiantly for many years. Unfortunately, there is no cure and her symptoms eventually forced her out of the house where Colleen grew up in the Midway area of Saint Paul. She moved to assisted care living last summer and had a nice corner room with a view at Sunrise of Roseville.

Jean was a Christmas Eve baby, so we always celebrated her birthday along with the Kane Christmas on the 24th. This year we were fortunate to have Colleen’s brother Dan pick up Jean from Sunrise and bring her over to his house in Oakdale for dinner and cake. She had caught a bit of the flu earlier in the month, but was doing better on her birthday. Thankfully, Colleen and Dan both got to talk to her on the phone earlier on the day she passed, which by all signs was peaceful and without pain.

Thank you to everyone at Mueller-Bies Funeral Home, Saint Columba Catholic Church and Oakland Cemetery for your help in arranging the events of the last two days. Even though funerals are difficult emotionally, it was wonderful to see the outpouring of love and support from family and friends – many of whom we only see at events like this.

❤️

Obituary from Mueller-Bies and photo gallery after the jump.

Jean Carol Kane. Age 75, of St. Paul. Beloved Mom and Grandma Passed away December 30, 2019, after battling Huntington’s Disease for six years. Preceded in death by loving husband, James T. Kane; and parents, Francis and Esther Reith. Survived by children, Colleen (David) Kingsbury and Daniel (Alicia) Kane; grandchildren, Sasha and Marisa; siblings, Mary Ann (William) Pozarski and Frank (Jean) Reith; other family and many dear friends and neighbors. Jean loved talking with her friends and family, crossword puzzles, and watching Channel 2. She was loved so much and will be dearly missed. Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Monday, January 6 at THE CHURCH OF ST. COLUMBA, 1327 Lafond Ave, St. Paul. Interment Oakland Cemetery. Visitation 1-4 PM Sunday at MUELLER-BIES FUNERAL HOME-ROSEVILLE, 2130 N Dale St at Co Rd B, and at the church from 10-11 AM Monday. MUELLER-BIES 651-487-2550
Published in Pioneer Press from Jan. 3 to Jan. 5, 2020

Originally published by DK on January 6, 2020 at 9:35 pm

Still glad I bought that chair

Posted Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 09:26 am GMT -5 in Design,Personal,Shopping at 9:26 AM

It will last a lifetime

Originally published by DK on January 2, 2020 at 9:26 am

Pre-Snow Random Thoughts

Posted Monday, November 25th, 2019 08:09 pm GMT -5 in Mini Posts,Personal,Weather at 8:09 PM

As Minnesota awaits the first big snowfall of the season, it seems like a good time to ponder:

  • Never had them before, but really ready for the nosebleeds to stop (it’s been 1-2 times daily for 12 days now).
  • This website was running slow for a bit and it seems that it was due to a memory leak in ARDagent, of all things.
  • End of the year free time goal: mobile-friendly theme programming.
  • Got our first 16-inch MacBook Pro in the office today: keyboard is nice and the speakers are unbelievable.
  • Baby Yoda and the Mando character are worth getting Disney+ all by themselves.
  • Today I paid off my last ultra-high interest rate credit card from the old days (and it feels great).
  • I’ve stayed away from casinos for a long time, but that all changes for Black Friday Bingo.
  • Speaking of Black Friday sales, kid one will be upgrading her phone this weekend (getting a red iPhone 11).
  • My dad had thyroid cancer surgery at St. John’s hospital and was transferred to Bethesda before having breathing issues. He’s now been in the ICU at St. Joe’s hospital for two weeks and we can’t wait to get him back home.
  • My mother-in-law’s house has been cleaned out and will hopefully be listed for sale this week.
  • I haven’t run or biked in nearly two months and I’m pretty OK with that, to be honest.
  • Plan to start weight training over the winter, but I need some PT on my right rotator cuff (12/3).
  • Still have the +8 prism lens, but I’ve been spending more time without glasses (and visit the eye doctor again 12/24).
  • Hoping to get back to skiing this season: Banff/Lake Louise, Lutsen, Afton, Welch and maybe Colorado.
  • Get to shadow a game at Soldier Field next month in Chicago (vs. Dallas on TNF).
  • The new Star Wars Card Trader app update is nice, but I still can’t figure out how to trade the way I used to.
  • Perfect stars in Two Dots might be my greatest gaming accomplishment ever – love that game.
  • Both kids doing great in school: kid one at Metro State and kid two at St. Paul College.
  • They are also learning a lot at Nive Man University (aka Saint Dinette).
  • Wilco was great at the Palace and I have three more shows in the next week (POLIÇA, Lydia Liza and Dead Man Winter).

Happy Thanksgiving!

Originally published by DK on November 25, 2019 at 8:09 pm

Question of the Day

Posted Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 10:02 am GMT -5 in Personal,Work at 10:02 AM

Good thing they didn’t give me one of those boards

Originally published by DK on November 13, 2019 at 10:02 am

A long, long time ago

Posted Saturday, November 9th, 2019 12:50 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Work at 12:50 PM

Aging sucks

Originally published by DK on November 9, 2019 at 12:50 pm

Corey Kitzmann

Posted Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 01:15 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Quotes,Sports at 1:15 PM

I’m not sure there is a better place in the entire world to reflect on life than in a boat on Lake Vermilion…

Originally published by DK on October 23, 2019 at 1:15 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

Spooky Soirée ‘19

Posted Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 01:30 pm GMT -5 in Art,Design,Games,Holidays,Personal at 1:30 PM

This artwork is so great

Originally published by DK on October 2, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Shane Koyczan

Posted Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 10:52 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Personal,Quotes at 10:52 PM

If you can’t see anything beautiful about yourself, get a better mirror…

Originally published by DK on October 1, 2019 at 10:52 pm

Well?

Posted Friday, August 16th, 2019 10:57 am GMT -5 in Food,Personal,Travel at 10:57 AM

Is it, punk?

Originally published by DK on August 16, 2019 at 10:57 am

Lowertown friends

Posted Saturday, August 10th, 2019 03:43 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal,Pets at 3:43 PM

Surprise visit from the SK (and my closet needs a cleaning)

Originally published by DK on August 10, 2019 at 3:43 pm

The witching hour approaches

Posted Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 10:20 pm GMT -5 in Art,Design,Games,Personal at 10:20 PM

Hide yourself until dawn…

Originally published by DK on July 17, 2019 at 10:20 pm

Gotta love the VC

Posted Thursday, July 4th, 2019 01:01 am GMT -5 in Food,Personal,Travel at 1:01 AM

Nothing else quite like it

Originally published by DK on July 4, 2019 at 1:01 am

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

Lowertown is closed

Posted Thursday, June 6th, 2019 07:49 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 7:49 PM

Construction season is everywhere

Originally published by DK on June 6, 2019 at 7:49 pm

The caption says it all

Posted Monday, June 3rd, 2019 02:18 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 2:18 PM

So proud of our graduate

Originally published by DK on June 3, 2019 at 2:18 pm

Mission Accomplished

Posted Monday, June 3rd, 2019 10:53 am GMT -5 in Biking,Personal,Work at 10:53 AM

Who let the guy with the TBI win?

Originally published by DK on June 3, 2019 at 10:53 am

The ride that shaped my childhood

Posted Monday, June 3rd, 2019 09:47 am GMT -5 in Art,Design,Disney,Movies,Personal at 9:47 AM

Add in Star Wars and it was a great time to be a nerdy kid

Originally published by DK on June 3, 2019 at 9:47 am

He’d be proud of you

Posted Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 02:09 pm GMT -5 in Family,Links,Personal at 2:09 PM

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/twincities/obituary.aspx?n=gregory-alan-smith&pid=192923075

Originally published by DK on May 28, 2019 at 2:09 pm

John Denver

Posted Sunday, May 26th, 2019 11:55 am GMT -5 in Music,Personal,Quotes at 11:55 AM

Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy, sunshine in my eyes can make me cry…

Originally published by DK on May 26, 2019 at 11:55 am

Hi, Mom ❤️

Posted Sunday, May 26th, 2019 11:43 am GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 11:43 AM

Still haven’t figured out this whole grieving thing

Originally published by DK on May 26, 2019 at 11:43 am

Random Brain Dump 5.2019

Posted Sunday, May 19th, 2019 02:39 pm GMT -5 in Mini Posts,Personal at 2:39 PM

Some stuff from a cold, rainy Sunday afternoon in Minnesota:

  • I feel like generational labels like Gen X and Millennial are a lazy way to stereotype, blame and criticize groups of people that would never be allowed based on traits other than birth year.
  • On a related note, publications and organizations that use “X Under X” awards are really just ageist money grabs for additional advertising revenue.
  • We really enjoyed BlacKkKlansman – MK couldn’t believe some people are actually like that in real life.
  • Wasn’t sure the Falvey/Levine/Baldelli regime with the Twins would ever take hold, but wow, what a start to the season.
  • Thought we’d be empty-nesters soon, but I’m starting to think you never really get to be empty-nesters.
  • Looks like the WordPress 5.2 update might be secretly breaking things behind the scenes for some websites.
  • The Black Course at Bethpage does appear to be Extremely Difficult.

Vegas next week – prepare for a wave of food and gaming pics here soon…

Originally published by DK on May 19, 2019 at 2:39 pm

Tweet: In honor of Ride To Work Day, I passed 300 miles for the month (and can’t feel my fingertips)

Posted Friday, May 17th, 2019 09:28 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 9:28 PM

In honor of Ride To Work Day, I passed 300 miles for the month (and can’t feel my fingertips)

Originally published by DK on May 17, 2019 at 9:28 pm

The Night The Lights Went Out

Posted Friday, May 17th, 2019 10:31 am GMT -5 in Links,Personal at 10:31 AM

https://theconcourse.deadspin.com/the-night-the-lights-went-out-1834298070

Originally published by DK on May 17, 2019 at 10:31 am

Bonus baseball is the best

Posted Thursday, May 16th, 2019 07:29 pm GMT -5 in Baseball,Personal at 7:29 PM

It’s been quite an off-season

Originally published by DK on May 16, 2019 at 7:29 pm

Miss you, mom ❤️

Posted Sunday, May 12th, 2019 01:53 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 1:53 PM

Mom at Disneyland

Originally published by DK on May 12, 2019 at 1:53 pm

Michael McKean

Posted Sunday, May 12th, 2019 10:03 am GMT -5 in Personal at 10:03 AM

The way it goes is this: your mom has you, and then you have her. And even when she’s gone, you still have her. Magic. Have a happy day…

Originally published by DK on May 12, 2019 at 10:03 am

A Quick Health Update

Posted Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 10:30 am GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Personal at 10:30 AM

As promised, a quick health update from the halls of Hennepin Healthcare. I’m still wearing my prism glasses to treat double vision, but ophthalmologist Dr. Amy Chang is happy with the progress so far. She has reduced the strength of the lens twice now and said I can stop bi-weekly occupational therapy after my next appointment later this week. The hope is still to get to no glasses by October, but surgical options remain available if it takes longer than that. I can read my phone without them now and my left eye is really good at seeing far away, while my right is better close up. This has been mildly annoying, but my first attempt at golf while wearing glasses went much better than expected.

Last week’s big news was a successful third cerebral angioplasty to assess the stent and arteries in my head. The procedure had more risk than I realized before getting there (about a 1% chance of the catheter breaking something loose that would cause a stroke), but vascular neurosurgeon Dr. Adam Khan calmly explained everything before I signed the release form. It really amazes me that they can run a tube up the 8mm-wide artery in my leg, past my heart, up to my brain, inject contrast and take an x-ray of the blood vessels in my head. Science, for the win!

With the stent looking good and no signs of other aneurysms, they took me off the blood thinner. Neurologist Dr. Ann Hoang-Tienor has been managing my seizure care, which consists of anti-seizure medication and a review of activities that may be dangerous. At our last appointment, the doctor reduced my dosage a second time (with a goal of eliminating it altogether). She also gave the green light to all outside activities (with the exception of swimming alone), so I purchased a new bike helmet and ordered a new bike that will hopefully arrive in time for the bike challenge at work. Still haven’t returned to any alcohol yet, but she said it would be OK to take it slow and see how my head reacts. I’ve never been a big drinker, but these six months have really revealed what a huge part alcohol plays in fine dining and in many social situations.

Continued thanks to the staff at Hennepin Healthcare and everyone out there who has supported my recovery (and our family).

Originally published by DK on April 30, 2019 at 10:30 am

2019 Get in Gear 10K

Posted Sunday, April 28th, 2019 05:40 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 5:40 PM

The 2019 Get in Gear 10K was to be my first race since the TC 10 Mile (and all the fun stuff that happened after that). It was the only thing I had registered for all year and race organizers had reached out to all runners who had done the race for more than ten years in a row (I had a 17-year streak going and had run it one other time too). Unfortunately, my rock star neurosurgeon had other plans and scheduled me for a third angioplasty two days before the race (more on that coming soon in another post).

Regardless of my surgical state, I decided to visit Minnehaha Park on Friday during my lunch break to pick up my number and shirt (I paid for it, right?). I felt pretty good on Saturday morning, so I decided to give it a go (nobody said anything about no walking). The changes to the 5K and half marathon races made for an interesting morning. The half marathoners start at the same time as the 10K runners and their course now goes north to Gold Medal Park in downtown Minneapolis before looping back to reconnect with the 10K finish. The 5K runners started 20 minutes after everyone else, then turned around near Minnehaha Academy. So most of my walk was fairly peaceful and laid back, but it was fun to have the rush of the 5K runners passing me towards the beginning and the half marathoners dashing by at the end.

It was somewhat humbling to be last in my age group for the first time, but as my wife pointed out, it’s likely I was the only one in that group with a brain injury in the last six months. To be honest, I was quite pleased to be under two hours walking (my official chip time of 1:34:47 was good for a 15:16 Minute Mile). Looking back at all my Get in Gear races, my 10K PR would still have only placed 16th in 2019, so major props to the old guys that can run at a sub-six pace.

Registration for the 2020 Get in Gear opens tomorrow and the annual bike challenge starts on Wednesday. Let summer begin!

Originally published by DK on April 28, 2019 at 5:40 pm

New purchases

Posted Saturday, April 27th, 2019 03:12 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Personal,Sports at 3:12 PM

Part I – protect the brain

Originally published by DK on April 27, 2019 at 3:12 pm

The Important Stuff

Posted Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 01:00 am GMT -5 in Family,Mini Posts,Personal,Politics at 1:00 AM

Growing up, there were two things we never talked about: politics and religion. I’ll leave the latter for another day, but the former is something that I’ve really come to dislike as I’ve grown older. I mean, politics are everywhere, of course, whether it be at work, in the news or at a family gathering. But as far as traditional Republicans versus Democrats, right versus left and conservative versus liberal, I’ve had just about all I can take. I’ve never been a fan of political parties – why can’t all elections be like those for mayor, school board or judge? I don’t need to see an “R” or “D” behind your name – tell me your qualifications, what your positions are and how you came to those conclusions. Party platforms are an intellectual cop-out, in my opinion.

We all form our key values as we mature and I find it interesting how these can change over time (and how they are shaped by our individual experiences and environments). I’ve always held the Golden Rule in high esteem and try to follow the “Thumper Rule” online (“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all”). Some of my other favorites?

  • Love and kindness
  • Knowledge, expertise and dedication
  • Fairness and equality
  • Civility and respect

Closely related to these values are other things important to me: family and friends, culture, education, science, history, nature, fitness, sportsmanship, fine food, live music, good writing, silence. I used to think that I hated rules (especially those seemingly arbitrary ones created by “the man”), but really I just hate dumb rules (i.e. – this).

Originally published by DK on April 24, 2019 at 1:00 am

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

Asleep or awake?

Posted Thursday, April 4th, 2019 06:21 am GMT -5 in Personal at 6:21 AM

Definitely too old for this now

Originally published by DK on April 4, 2019 at 6:21 am

Thirteen Years of Publishing

Posted Saturday, March 30th, 2019 01:15 pm GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Personal at 1:15 PM

It’s that time of year again – the first 7minutemiles.com post appeared on this domain thirteen years ago today.

Current stats:

  • 10,066 Posts
  • 204 Pages
  • 383 Comments (which are now turned off)
  • 54,914 unique visitors in 2018
  • 1,687,856 pages displayed in 2018

Still running WordPress (currently 5.1.1) with my custom theme and 17 plugins on the old Mac mini server colocated in Las Vegas. Favorite plugins: Wordfence Security, VaultPress, Intagrate and Really Simple SSL. Yes, I finally made the move this year to SSL using Let’s Encrypt, Certbot and that SSL plugin. I experimented with some form plugins for data entry on the golf, run and bike pages, but I didn’t like any of them. Planning to just write some custom code when I find the time. I’ve also given up on using a plugin to make the site more mobile-friendly, so at some point I’ll just have to learn the design and coding techniques to deal with that using my existing theme.

The old Tapemark Charity Pro-Am online leaderboards have a historical home now here. We had a new foodie join our team at the stadium, so I created a food page to summarize some of my favorite places in Minnesota. My upcoming races, concerts and sporting events are now displayed in the home page footer (and stored in a new database). The Biography and Résumé pages have some small updates. Video and photos still need a lot of love in the coming months and the mysterious SSL/emoji issue still needs resolution…

As always, thanks for visiting!

Originally published by DK on March 30, 2019 at 1:15 pm

Shoppin’ Day

Posted Sunday, March 24th, 2019 06:08 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Personal,Shopping at 6:08 PM

Comfortable clothes – don’t care what size anymore

Originally published by DK on March 24, 2019 at 6:08 pm

Rayette Stairwell A

Posted Thursday, March 21st, 2019 07:31 am GMT -5 in Personal at 7:31 AM

After two years of avoidance, I now take this one to get to the train

Originally published by DK on March 21, 2019 at 7:31 am

Tapemark Memories

Posted Monday, March 18th, 2019 07:27 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 7:27 PM

Old scoreboards now available on the ProAm page

Originally published by DK on March 18, 2019 at 7:27 pm

Sounds good to me

Posted Thursday, March 14th, 2019 07:53 pm GMT -5 in Food,Personal at 7:53 PM

Fortune cookies always make me think of the Simpsons

Originally published by DK on March 14, 2019 at 7:53 pm

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

2019 Best Of

Posted Sunday, March 10th, 2019 03:42 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 3:42 PM

I kind of forget that City Pages is now owned by the Star Tribune, but it seems to have kept the same editorial vibe as before. I always have liked reading the annual Best of the Twin Cities issue, which you can vote for here (until March 26). Here are a few of my recommendations:

  • Best Place to Buy Art Supplies – Wet Paint on Grand (at least according to my very artsy daughter).
  • Best Movie Theater – Riverview Theater. All of the nominees are solid, but this one is still my favorite.
  • Best Casino – Mystic Lake. It really is in a class by itself (for Minnesota).
  • Best Festival – Minnesota State Fair (don’t really consider it a festival, but whatever). See also: Best Place to People-Watch
  • Best Public Park – Minnehaha Park and Falls. I wish I was riding my bike there right now.
  • Best BBQ – Q Fanatic. Need to get back to the one in Minneapolis soon.
  • Best Breakfast – Keys Cafe & Bakery. Really just the one on Raymond, though.
  • Best Brunch – Martina. I like others just as much (if not more), but this wins out of those five.
  • Best Burger (Classic) – Parlour out of that list, but Saint Dinette’s burger blows all of them away.
  • Best Chinese Restaurant – Rainbow Chinese. I need to go there more often.
  • Best Cocktails – Marvel Bar. Still the best, in a town full of great places to drink.
  • Best Diner – Hi-Lo Diner. Another strong category – we are blessed with many fine diners.
  • Best Distillery – Tattersall Distilling. Those guys rock.
  • Best Dive Bar – Bull’s Horn. Go Team Amy and Doug.
  • Best Fried Chicken – Revival. This is a very, very tough category with many fine options.
  • Best Fries – Barbette. Long time champ retains my title (for that type of fries, anyways).
  • Best Ice Cream – Grand Ole Creamery. Sweet Cream Forever.
  • Best Italian Restaurant – Mucci’s Italian. Chef Chris and Sarge rule.
  • Best Lunch – Cecil’s Deli. Home of my all-time favorite sandwich.
  • Best Mexican Restaurant – Pajarito. Need to go here more often too.
  • Best New Restaurant – In Bloom. Lots of good options, but gotta stay true to my Saint Paul roots.
  • Best Pizza – Punch Pizza (at least out of those five)
  • Best Restaurant Minneapolis – Restaurant Alma. So much has changed, but Alma still holds strong.
  • Best Restaurant St. Paul – Saint Dinette. The default was always Meritage, but the times are a-changin’
  • Best State Fair Food – Pronto Pup. NEVER CORN DOGS.
  • Best Steak – Murray’s Steakhouse. Although you can’t wrong at any of these.

Skipping all of the the music options, as I don’t know what to think of the local scene these days. Rock the vote, yo.

Originally published by DK on March 10, 2019 at 3:42 pm
 

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  • 10K - 44:40
  • Half - 1:38:40
  • Full - 3:43:32
  • 50K - 7:37:00
  • 2020 Run Mileage: 36.4
  • 2020 Bike Mileage: 264.3

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