7 Minute Miles

Still no TP, so…

Posted Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 12:22 pm GMT -5 in Food,Shopping at 12:22 PM

My policy on home drinking is being revised

Originally published by DK on March 25, 2020 at 12:22 pm

Byerly’s has the best candy

Posted Monday, March 23rd, 2020 08:09 pm GMT -5 in Food,Shopping at 8:09 PM

Eating way too much of it, though

Originally published by DK on March 23, 2020 at 8:09 pm

Personally Yours

Posted Monday, March 23rd, 2020 08:05 pm GMT -5 in Family,Shopping at 8:05 PM

Forgot about that company

Originally published by DK on March 23, 2020 at 8:05 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

My new Hoser Hat

Posted Friday, January 17th, 2020 09:08 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Shopping,Travel at 9:08 PM

The toffee is good too

Originally published by DK on January 17, 2020 at 9:08 pm

Canada knows what’s up

Posted Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 10:49 pm GMT -5 in Shopping,Travel at 10:49 PM

Pop > Soda

Originally published by DK on January 15, 2020 at 10:49 pm

Looking forward to using these

Posted Thursday, January 9th, 2020 09:02 pm GMT -5 in Shopping,Skiing at 9:02 PM

Only five days to go…

Originally published by DK on January 9, 2020 at 9:02 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

Hidden Saint Paul

Posted Tuesday, December 24th, 2019 03:04 pm GMT -5 in Shopping at 3:04 PM

Lived here most of my life and had never seen this alley before

Originally published by DK on December 24, 2019 at 3:04 pm

All ready to ski

Posted Monday, December 2nd, 2019 06:37 pm GMT -5 in Family,Shopping,Skiing at 6:37 PM

Uncle Greg would be proud

Originally published by DK on December 2, 2019 at 6:37 pm

From an 8 to a red XR

Posted Saturday, November 30th, 2019 02:10 pm GMT -5 in Family,Shopping,Technology at 2:10 PM

Happy iPhone Upgrade Day for kid one

Originally published by DK on November 30, 2019 at 2:10 pm

Maui Target > Eagan Target

Posted Saturday, October 26th, 2019 10:19 pm GMT -5 in Family,Shopping,Travel at 10:19 PM

Only one on the island

Originally published by DK on October 26, 2019 at 10:19 pm

Apple has finally made it

Posted Thursday, October 24th, 2019 12:38 pm GMT -5 in Business,Shopping,Technology at 12:38 PM

Computers are so last year

Originally published by DK on October 24, 2019 at 12:38 pm

Scenes from the mall

Posted Saturday, October 19th, 2019 12:12 pm GMT -5 in Shopping,Travel at 12:12 PM

The Milaca MegaMall

Originally published by DK on October 19, 2019 at 12:12 pm

Good luck, Janette!

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

L.A. is lucky to get you

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

Visiting this doge is expensive

Posted Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 09:51 pm GMT -5 in Shopping at 9:51 PM

At least I get 2% back now…

Originally published by DK on August 20, 2019 at 9:51 pm

American Association All Stars

Posted Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019 06:21 pm GMT -5 in Baseball,Shopping,Sports at 6:21 PM

So much CHS Field time this week

Originally published by DK on July 23, 2019 at 6:21 pm

Plastic abs

Posted Monday, July 15th, 2019 02:01 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Shopping at 2:01 PM

Models, models, models

Originally published by DK on July 15, 2019 at 2:01 pm

No Ordinary Five and Dime!

Posted Saturday, June 29th, 2019 12:54 pm GMT -5 in Shopping,Travel at 12:54 PM

When it’s in the 90s in the Twin Cities, Grand Marais sounds awfully good

Originally published by DK on June 29, 2019 at 12:54 pm

24/7

Posted Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 12:18 pm GMT -5 in Pets,Shopping at 12:18 PM

That seems a little harsh

Originally published by DK on June 23, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Just priced out a new MINI

Posted Friday, June 21st, 2019 06:51 pm GMT -5 in Cars,Shopping at 6:51 PM

…and it was $41,266 (!)

Originally published by DK on June 21, 2019 at 6:51 pm

These should do the trick

Posted Friday, June 21st, 2019 03:18 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Fashion,Shopping at 3:18 PM

Feel better already after just a couple miles…

Originally published by DK on June 21, 2019 at 3:18 pm

Looks like a new to do list to me

Posted Thursday, June 20th, 2019 10:00 am GMT -5 in Business,Links,Music,Shopping at 10:00 AM

https://mentalfloss.com/article/578591/best-record-stores-in-america

Originally published by DK on June 20, 2019 at 10:00 am

Look at me buying books

Posted Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 11:10 pm GMT -5 in Reading,Shopping,Travel at 11:10 PM

The woman at Drury Lane Books in Grand Marais was very persuasive

Originally published by DK on June 18, 2019 at 11:10 pm

More ammo has arrived

Posted Thursday, June 6th, 2019 05:59 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Shopping at 5:59 PM

The sharpie is dying, though

Originally published by DK on June 6, 2019 at 5:59 pm

No Dogs (at the market)

Posted Saturday, May 25th, 2019 12:50 pm GMT -5 in Pets,Shopping at 12:50 PM

They are everywhere else, though

Originally published by DK on May 25, 2019 at 12:50 pm

The new shoes have shipped

Posted Monday, May 20th, 2019 09:01 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Shopping at 9:01 PM

Too late for Vegas, but still super excited

Originally published by DK on May 20, 2019 at 9:01 pm

Greg’s Meats 24/7

Posted Saturday, May 18th, 2019 09:59 pm GMT -5 in Food,Shopping at 9:59 PM

Meat vending machines = brilliant

Originally published by DK on May 18, 2019 at 9:59 pm

Top 7 Purchases

Posted Saturday, May 11th, 2019 09:50 pm GMT -5 in Shopping at 9:50 PM

My new Rockhopper mountain bike purchase earlier this month was about ten years in the making and has turned out to be one of my favorite purchases of all-time. This got me thinking – what else have I bought in the past 50 years that was awesome? Let’s see:

  • Wedding ring. CK’s current ring has transformed three times – the original engagement band and marquise stone were purchased from Goodman’s Jewelers, while the wedding band with two trillion stones were from Dayton’s Rosedale. I added an anniversary band that I bought from an American Express catalog (of all places) in 2001.
  • MINI Cooper. Back in the day, I bought a 2005 MINI Cooper in British Racing Green that was such a fun car to drive. The girls and I even took it on a ski trip to Schweitzer one year, driving from Minnesota to Spokane and back. Motor on!
  • Lapzilla. I’ve owned multiple Apple products over the years, but the 17-inch MacBook Pro laptop that I purchased when I started my consulting company was probably the most durable and productive of them all.
  • Nikon D70. My parents helped purchase the camera body as a graduation present and I added new glass and accessories over the years, but this digital camera trailblazer was built like a tank and took some really great pictures. I still have all the kit and it still works, but the iPhone in my pocket arguably takes better pictures today (sadly). It’s hard for me to justify spending the money on a new D850 (or even a Sony RX100) now, but the images from our D70 continue to live on.
  • Ken & George. When I was in college at UW, I decided I needed a pet and bought a grey cockatiel from a local breeder. Ken was a great bird and companion, but I thought he should have a friend. I purchased George from a Madison pet store, which prominently listed on the receipt that George came with no guarantee. George was really a Georgette, but we continued to call her George and she had four babies with Ken, who all lived together in a large aviary.
  • Scotty Cameron putter. I’ve never been a good golfer, but I enjoy the game and like the fact that you can use the same equipment and play the same courses as the professionals. I’ve learned over the years that the equipment the pros use is not always the best for hacks to use, but when it comes to putters, everyone can benefit from a Scotty. It looks like I’ve owned my classic Newport Two model for more than 20 years now, restoring it about ten years ago instead of buying a new one. It has dancing “DK” letters on it and everything.
  • Aeron chair. While working for Studio 4, I had the chance to design my dream office in Saint Paul with my friend and colleague Jake. We had our eyes on Herman Miller Aeron chairs, but couldn’t stomach the big price tag. We ultimately secured two of them through a discount channel, but I really missed that chair when I moved on to other companies (none of which would let me order another one). One day I saw a used one pop up for sale from a Lowertown advertising agency that was downsizing and I never looked back. Writing this post while sitting on it right now…

Honorable mentions: Sony TVs (from my first 13-inch Trinitron to my current 4K model), the original Sony receiver with Jamo speakers I bought in high school from Sound Center in Roseville and my first pair of Rossignol racing skis.

Originally published by DK on May 11, 2019 at 9:50 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

Wanted these for two years

Posted Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 08:55 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Shopping at 8:55 PM

Tim Pros!

Originally published by DK on March 12, 2019 at 8:55 pm

Love these guys

Posted Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 10:39 am GMT -5 in Music,Shopping at 10:39 AM

…but 10 songs on a 30 minute album isn’t enough.

Originally published by DK on March 2, 2019 at 10:39 am

Goodbye, Duluth Pack

Posted Friday, December 28th, 2018 03:38 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Shopping,Technology at 3:38 PM

Hello again, Brenthaven

Originally published by DK on December 28, 2018 at 3:38 pm

Another XR in the family

Posted Thursday, December 20th, 2018 06:25 pm GMT -5 in Family,Holidays,Shopping,Technology at 6:25 PM

Going from a 6 to a X will be a shock for her

Originally published by DK on December 20, 2018 at 6:25 pm

Visa Business and Economic Insights

Posted Monday, December 17th, 2018 03:37 pm GMT -5 in Business,News,Shopping at 3:37 PM

While millennials have dominated headlines in recent years, baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) have continued to dominate consumer spending in the U.S. In fact, consumers over 50 now account for more than half of all U.S. spending…

Originally published by DK on December 17, 2018 at 3:37 pm

Goodbye Bibelot

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

Great to see Mike and Courtney

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

My Christmas elves

Posted Sunday, December 9th, 2018 05:09 pm GMT -5 in Family,Holidays,Shopping at 5:09 PM

Another farmer’s market tree

Originally published by DK on December 9, 2018 at 5:09 pm

The European Christmas Market

Posted Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 08:50 pm GMT -5 in Family,Holidays,Shopping at 8:50 PM

Still cool (literally and figuratively), but needs more variety

Originally published by DK on December 2, 2018 at 8:50 pm

Nice use of the shield

Posted Monday, November 26th, 2018 09:02 pm GMT -5 in Food,Football,Shopping at 9:02 PM

NFL-approved yard of Snickers

Originally published by DK on November 26, 2018 at 9:02 pm

This stuff is so good

Posted Sunday, November 18th, 2018 08:21 pm GMT -5 in Food,Shopping at 8:21 PM

…but super expensive

Originally published by DK on November 18, 2018 at 8:21 pm

Charlie and I could talk recovery

Posted Sunday, November 18th, 2018 12:28 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Fashion,Music,Shopping at 12:28 AM

Another excellent show at his largest venue yet

Originally published by DK on November 18, 2018 at 12:28 am

iPhone upgrade day for MK

Posted Friday, November 9th, 2018 04:12 pm GMT -5 in Family,Shopping,Technology at 4:12 PM

The key to teen happiness

Originally published by DK on November 9, 2018 at 4:12 pm

Idéal pour partager!

Posted Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 12:06 am GMT -5 in Food,Shopping,Travel at 12:06 AM

Thank you Grand Marais Ben Franklin

Originally published by DK on September 26, 2018 at 12:06 am

Remember when upgrades cost $129?

Posted Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 11:28 am GMT -5 in Shopping,Technology at 11:28 AM

macOS Mojave 10.14 is all about Dark Mode

Originally published by DK on September 25, 2018 at 11:28 am

NotATweet: Golf at Keller with Leo

Posted Friday, September 14th, 2018 10:59 am GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Shopping,Work at 10:59 AM

Team building with Leo at Keller – shot an 86 from the blues

Originally published by DK on September 14, 2018 at 10:59 am

NotATweet: New iPhone time

Posted Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 11:30 pm GMT -5 in Shopping,Technology at 11:30 PM

Silver 256GB Xs

Originally published by DK on September 12, 2018 at 11:30 pm

Look what she made me do

Posted Monday, September 10th, 2018 09:54 am GMT -5 in Music,Shopping at 9:54 AM

It’s kinda catchy

Originally published by DK on September 10, 2018 at 9:54 am

What to do, what to do

Posted Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 05:58 pm GMT -5 in Family,Mini Posts,Shopping,Technology at 5:58 PM

Everyone in my family wants a new phone. With the upcoming Apple event next week, I need to come up with a plan that doesn’t involve taking out a mortgage. I really preferred the days when your phone was subsidized by your plan, even if you were still paying hundreds of dollars overall. Now I have an expensive service plan *and* an expensive monthly payment for my iPhone.

As I’ve expressed before, I’m not a fan of my latest phone, the X. Everyone else seems to love theirs, so maybe I just have a lemon. About the only thing I really like is the camera, which, while still not a replacement for a real camera, is often “good enough.” After a huge increase lately in junk calls, I could do without the phone part, to be honest. If they released a modern iPod touch with a reasonable data-only plan, I could probably get away with that.

Haven’t switched carriers in a while either – no real complaints with AT&T (or T-mobile when I had that), but maybe it’s time to shop around. Also curious to see what happens with the Apple Watch, iPad, Air and Mac mini (if anything). It’s seems about time for Apple to release some lust-worthy stuff again – it’s been a while, no?

Originally published by DK on September 5, 2018 at 5:58 pm

Catbus with Totoro Inside

Posted Saturday, August 25th, 2018 09:04 pm GMT -5 in Movies,Pop Culture,Shopping at 9:04 PM

Watching the movie now…

Originally published by DK on August 25, 2018 at 9:04 pm

Pretty rare for $0.95

Posted Sunday, August 12th, 2018 10:44 pm GMT -5 in Holidays,Music,Shopping at 10:44 PM

Can’t find it on Google: totallyadult No. 10, the album network, December 5, 1995

Originally published by DK on August 12, 2018 at 10:44 pm

My new old guy shoes

Posted Thursday, June 21st, 2018 07:00 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Golf,Shopping at 7:00 PM

Thanks, Tapemark

Originally published by DK on June 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Wasn’t expecting this

Posted Monday, May 28th, 2018 08:35 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Shopping at 8:35 PM

Kinda like finding a “Bort”

Originally published by DK on May 28, 2018 at 8:35 pm

Thanks, Down in the Valley

Posted Sunday, May 13th, 2018 09:41 pm GMT -5 in Music,Shopping at 9:41 PM

Couldn’t find it myself, but the checkout clerk volunteered it without me asking

Originally published by DK on May 13, 2018 at 9:41 pm

Saturday should be fun

Posted Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 08:31 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Shopping at 8:31 PM

Looking forward to breaking this one in over at Brookview – thanks Phil!

Originally published by DK on May 9, 2018 at 8:31 pm

Kindle on, dude

Posted Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 06:53 pm GMT -5 in Family,Reading,Shopping at 6:53 PM

Colleen’s Third Kindle

Originally published by DK on March 22, 2018 at 6:53 pm

Got my Duke

Posted Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 12:44 pm GMT -5 in Football,Shopping,Sports,Work at 12:44 PM

The big staff sale finally made it reasonable

Originally published by DK on March 7, 2018 at 12:44 pm

Time for a new Descente

Posted Saturday, February 17th, 2018 05:23 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Shopping,Skiing at 5:23 PM

The last one only made it 11 years

Originally published by DK on February 17, 2018 at 5:23 pm

We didn’t get that one

Posted Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 12:45 am GMT -5 in Food,Shopping at 12:45 AM

Silly suburban liquor stores

Originally published by DK on January 16, 2018 at 12:45 am

These are kinda cute

Posted Sunday, January 14th, 2018 12:07 am GMT -5 in Football,Shopping,Work at 12:07 AM

Mini SB helmets in the office

Originally published by DK on January 14, 2018 at 12:07 am

Only the road is closed

Posted Saturday, January 6th, 2018 03:21 pm GMT -5 in Music,Shopping at 3:21 PM

Support your local record store

Originally published by DK on January 6, 2018 at 3:21 pm

Best hoodie ever?

Posted Monday, December 11th, 2017 11:42 pm GMT -5 in Family,Fashion,Shopping at 11:42 PM

I think I’ve been scammed (but MK wears it well)

Originally published by DK on December 11, 2017 at 11:42 pm

Greetings from Vienna

Posted Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 11:08 pm GMT -5 in Food,Holidays,Shopping at 11:08 PM

Or something like that

Originally published by DK on December 3, 2017 at 11:08 pm

Trees at the market

Posted Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 03:39 pm GMT -5 in Holidays,Shopping at 3:39 PM

Back where it started

Originally published by DK on November 22, 2017 at 3:39 pm

‘Tis the season

Posted Monday, November 20th, 2017 12:56 pm GMT -5 in Food,Holidays,Shopping at 12:56 PM

Explorin’

Originally published by DK on November 20, 2017 at 12:56 pm

Toys in Uptown

Posted Thursday, October 26th, 2017 01:40 pm GMT -5 in Shopping,Technology at 1:40 PM

Christmas in October

Originally published by DK on October 26, 2017 at 1:40 pm

“Who bought the shitty Mac?”

Posted Friday, August 4th, 2017 05:42 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Shopping at 5:42 PM

Kids these days

Originally published by DK on August 4, 2017 at 5:42 pm

What the hell is this?

Posted Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 01:27 pm GMT -5 in Art,Music,Shopping at 1:27 PM

Not sure if I like Jeremy or the little dude in front

Originally published by DK on June 21, 2017 at 1:27 pm

Dab Cat > Grumpy Cat

Posted Monday, June 12th, 2017 07:29 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Pop Culture,Shopping at 7:29 PM

Spotted at Target in NE

Originally published by DK on June 12, 2017 at 7:29 pm

Wonder vacuum has arrived

Posted Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 12:43 am GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Shopping at 12:43 AM

Thanks again, Mystic Lake

Originally published by DK on June 7, 2017 at 12:43 am

My little desert shopping trip

Posted Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 07:29 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Shopping,Travel at 7:29 PM

Finally

Originally published by DK on April 4, 2017 at 7:29 pm
 

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