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Sunset Steakhouse

Posted Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 09:49 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 9:49 AM

Totally worth the price

Originally published by DK on July 1, 2020 at 9:49 am

Our little friend Stompy

Posted Monday, June 29th, 2020 10:14 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 10:14 PM

Fortune Bay Resort Casino

Originally published by DK on June 29, 2020 at 10:14 pm

What does VC stand for?

Posted Monday, June 29th, 2020 10:08 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 10:08 PM

Interesting times in the Northland

Originally published by DK on June 29, 2020 at 10:08 pm

Ely surf and turf

Posted Monday, June 29th, 2020 12:31 am GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 12:31 AM

Walleye and steak, Ely Steakhouse

Originally published by DK on June 29, 2020 at 12:31 am

Porch pickup

Posted Monday, June 29th, 2020 12:26 am GMT -5 in Food,Shopping,Travel at 12:26 AM

Great! Lakes Candy Company

Originally published by DK on June 29, 2020 at 12:26 am

Lives have been lost here

Posted Monday, June 29th, 2020 12:21 am GMT -5 in Nature,Travel at 12:21 AM

Cross River, Schroeder, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on June 29, 2020 at 12:21 am

Duluth Grill pit stop

Posted Sunday, June 28th, 2020 01:31 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 1:31 PM

Deluxe biscuits and gravy with eggs

Originally published by DK on June 28, 2020 at 1:31 pm

Good luck in HKG!

Posted Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 07:31 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Travel at 7:31 PM

Last visit with Armon before the adventure begins

Originally published by DK on June 24, 2020 at 7:31 pm

Adventure Day in Glenwood

Posted Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 07:26 pm GMT -5 in Food,History,Travel at 7:26 PM

Lakeside Bar

Originally published by DK on June 24, 2020 at 7:26 pm

Thank you, Hinckley

Posted Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 08:35 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 8:35 PM

Quick, fun stop at Grand Casino

Originally published by DK on June 9, 2020 at 8:35 pm

So not healthy (but OMG)

Posted Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 08:27 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 8:27 PM

Duluth Grill biscuits and gravy with fried chicken and eggs

Originally published by DK on June 9, 2020 at 8:27 pm

Another new hike

Posted Monday, June 8th, 2020 08:07 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Travel at 8:07 PM

Devil’s Track River, Minnesota

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

Goat photobomb

Posted Monday, June 8th, 2020 08:00 pm GMT -5 in Family,Golf,Pets,Travel at 8:00 PM

Grand Marais mini golf

Originally published by DK on June 8, 2020 at 8:00 pm

Wes Anderson’s Grand Marais

Posted Monday, June 8th, 2020 01:53 pm GMT -5 in Art,Movies,Travel at 1:53 PM

The Beaver House

Originally published by DK on June 8, 2020 at 1:53 pm

National Iron Co.

Posted Sunday, June 7th, 2020 01:24 pm GMT -5 in History,Travel at 1:24 PM

Inside harbor walk, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on June 7, 2020 at 1:24 pm

North House Folk School

Posted Sunday, June 7th, 2020 01:20 pm GMT -5 in Schools,Travel at 1:20 PM

First time seeing this complex – looks cool

Originally published by DK on June 7, 2020 at 1:20 pm

The tombolo known as Artist Point

Posted Sunday, June 7th, 2020 01:17 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Travel at 1:17 PM

Just learned what “tombolo” means this trip too

Originally published by DK on June 7, 2020 at 1:17 pm

A North Shore Tradition

Posted Saturday, June 6th, 2020 07:23 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 7:23 PM

Sven and Ole’s, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on June 6, 2020 at 7:23 pm

Hinckley ❤️ the Orchid

Posted Friday, June 5th, 2020 10:05 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 10:05 PM

Well done, Grand Casino – more fun than Mystic right now

Originally published by DK on June 5, 2020 at 10:05 pm

North Shore Winery

Posted Friday, June 5th, 2020 09:59 pm GMT -5 in Food,Skiing,Travel at 9:59 PM

Pretty spot on the ski hill road

Originally published by DK on June 5, 2020 at 9:59 pm

Gordy’s Hi-Hat at 60

Posted Friday, June 5th, 2020 09:55 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 9:55 PM

As solid as ever

Originally published by DK on June 5, 2020 at 9:55 pm

The Welsh 3000s sound fun

Posted Sunday, May 24th, 2020 10:17 pm GMT -5 in Links,Running,Travel at 10:17 PM

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welsh_3000s

Originally published by DK on May 24, 2020 at 10:17 pm

Ah, Dave’s

Posted Friday, May 8th, 2020 12:15 pm GMT -5 in Food,History,Travel at 12:15 PM

Dave’s Bar, San Francisco, California

Originally published by DK on May 8, 2020 at 12:15 pm

Top 7 Disney World Attractions

Posted Monday, May 4th, 2020 03:24 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Travel at 3:24 PM

Tom and Sarah Bricker’s excellent Disney Tourist Blog just published a post with their ranking of all 94 attractions at Walt Disney World. I’m really missing the Disney parks these days and haven’t seen any of the new Star Wars rides in California or Florida, so it was really fun reading this (and all of their posts, to be honest). Here are my personal top seven in Florida:

I’m sure some of the new rides I’ve haven’t seen might impact this list. Looking forward to our next visit…

Originally published by DK on May 4, 2020 at 3:24 pm

It’s a resort. It’s an experience…

Posted Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 09:45 pm GMT -5 in Disney,History,Travel at 9:45 PM

Disneyland Hotel postcard, circa 1983

Originally published by DK on April 8, 2020 at 9:45 pm

Almost like flying private

Posted Monday, April 6th, 2020 12:26 pm GMT -5 in Family,Travel at 12:26 PM

Seriously, he was the only one being dropped off at Terminal 2

Originally published by DK on April 6, 2020 at 12:26 pm

Trip Recap: Birthdays in Banff

Posted Saturday, February 1st, 2020 07:30 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Skiing,Travel at 7:30 PM

“Sleep at the Fairmont Banff Springs” has been item #34 on my bucket list for quite a long time. As we looked to conclude the year of milestone birthday trips, Marisa and I decided we would make ours a combined ski trip (and invite Colleen and Sasha to tag along). SkiBig3 had some good sales after Thanksgiving, so we picked the week between our two birthdays and made reservations. Airfare between MSP and Calgary wasn’t too terrible on the Delta nonstops and I reserved my normal Emerald Aisle rental with National.

We planned to fly on Monday and Friday, with ski days on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The drive from the airport to downtown Banff only takes about 90 minutes and we purchased the required park passes ahead of time, so we didn’t have to stop at the park entrance. Sasha and Marisa brought their own skis with, so we had one large ski bag, four large suitcases and a bunch of carry-ons. Thankfully, National had a Mazda SUV for us that really held up all week with the extreme winter conditions (heated steering wheels are awesome).

Speaking of conditions, the Canadian equivalent of the National Weather Service warned: “Temperatures will plummet to values not seen in years.” Air temp was -30C (-22F) during the early part of the week, closing two of the three ski areas completely on Tuesday. That was the day Marisa and I got to experience the Canadian health system with a morning visit to Banff Mineral Springs Hospital. She had flu symptoms the night before and they did a great job helping get her back in shape for skiing the last two days. Everything was pre-pay for service, so we are now working with our regular insurance to get reimbursed for the hospital and doctor fees (which weren’t outrageous).

What can I say about the hotel? The Fairmont Banff Springs is one of the most iconic hotels in the world, built as part of the Canadian Pacific Railway network in 1888. The “Castle in the Rockies” was just perfect – historic, great amenities and flawless customer service. It’s not cheap, but in the overall scheme of world-class hotels, very competitive. Tipping was included for most services, so that was different (and convenient, since I didn’t exchange for any Canadian currency this time). The valet was wonderful all week – we’d just call down to the concierge (“How is the Kingsbury Family doing today?”) and they would pull our warmed up car to the front entrance. The bellmen were great – somehow loading up everything at the end of the trip back into the SUV. Maid service also went the extra mile to line up shoes, organize things on the desk and generally pick up after our daily mess.

The hotel has at least three known ghost stories. Our favorite was the Ghost Bride, who was commemorated with a postage stamp and coin by the Canadian government in 2014. Sasha and I spent one night searching for the staircase, where the hotel has a picture hanging (along with the stamp and coin). The ghost of Sam the Bellman and the alleged murder-suicide in room 873 are tales that added an extra element of suspense every time the lights by the elevator would flicker when the doors opened. There was a cool museum-style area off of the lobby that was loaded with historical pictures and artifacts. The old pictures of the golf course and visits from Queen Elizabeth and Marilyn Monroe were highlights for me.

We ate at two of the twelve hotel restaurants: Castello Italiana and the Swiss-themed Waldhaus Pub & Biergarten. Both were high quality with great service. I think the Waldhaus might have been the original golf course clubhouse, as it was set down a hill from the main hotel along the river (and near the current 15th hole). Colleen and Sasha both enjoyed time in the Willow Stream Spa, which included the semi-spooky indoor pool. There were also outdoor pools that amazingly had people in them, despite the extremely frigid temperatures (how exactly did they get out there?). The hotel also had several very nice stores, a free ski storage room (with overnight boot heaters) and a uniquely Canadian five pin bowling alley (which is really difficult to master).

The actual town of Banff is a short ride or walk from the hotel, across the Bow River. It was a wonderful little mountain town, full of shops and restaurants and surrounded by the most amazing mountain vistas. On our arrival on Monday, we picked up my rental skis at the SkiBig3 Adventure Hub and had lunch at Tommy’s Neighbourhood Pub. Other stops over the course of the week included a great dinner at the Maple Leaf Grill (with the bison tenderloin recommended by my friend Chuck), poutine at the local McDonald’s, shopping at Roots and Hudson’s Bay and a visit to the largest rock store I’ve ever seen in my life. I also wanted to try out the famous Beaver Tails, but they didn’t really have any indoor seating and it was just too cold to stand around outside for any length of time.

As far as skiing goes, there are three different resorts near Banff: Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise Ski Resort. Norquay is the closest to town, but we elected to skip that one when we found out we could only ski two days. We decided to go to Sunshine Village on Wednesday, as several people told us that Sunshine sometimes gets temperature inversions that make it warmer there compared to town. The other unique thing about Sunshine is that the base area is just a parking lot in front of a building with a gondola. A long ride takes you up to the actual resort (with one stop in the middle for Goat’s Eye Mountain). We didn’t have great visibility that day and had difficulty finding easier, groomed runs to ease back into skiing shape. Groomed runs don’t seem to be as big a thing in the Canadian Rockies as they are at home, so we were initially a little uncomfortable (and I was extra cautious this trip anyways, for obvious reasons). We did find a few runs off the Strawberry Express chair, which is marketed as their beginner chair (sigh). We also skied the Wawa lift, but that was about it. I would love to try it again with warmer temps, clear skies and more confidence in my skiing ability.

On Thursday, we went to Lake Louise. By the second day, we were more comfortable with the bus shuttle system: all three resorts have nice coach-style busses that pick up right in front of the hotel. Schedules varied, but there were usually 5-6 departures and returns each day to each one. The Fairmont was the first stop in the mornings and the last to drop off on the return, with 2-3 stops at various spots in town. Lake Louise is the farthest resort from Banff, but it took less than an hour to get there on the Trans-Canada Highway. The town of Lake Louise is a few minutes away from the ski resort and is home to a couple of other cool hotels, including the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and the Post Hotel. I thought about the hotel package that let you split your time between the castle and the chateau, but I’m glad we did what we did. It would’ve been cool (literally) to see the ice sculptures on the lake for their Ice Magic competition, but that just wasn’t in the cards this time.

We loved the skiing and atmosphere at Lake Louise. The bus dropped us off right in front of the Lodge of the Ten Peaks and one of the friendly information guides told us that the breakfast buffet at the Northface Bistro was the spot to go for pre-skiing food. After a great meal, we discovered there are only two choices from that spot: the Glacier Express chair and the Grizzly Express gondola. We started with the chair and took two great runs on nice intermediate cruisers that really tired us out. After another stop in the chalet (and a visit to the nice ski shop), we tried the gondola. It’s not the highest lift there, but I felt like I was on the top of the world when we exited (and honestly, a little frightened at how everything dropped off from that point). Lake Louise prides itself on having green, blue and black runs from every lift, but the cat track we took down from there was scary just for the fact that the runs that crossed it were very steep. But once we got down below the tree line, it turned into our favorite run of the trip.

One of the things that I still find magical about skiing in the big mountains are the moments of complete silence you sometimes find among the trees in the back country. Since our week was so cold, none of the locals really wanted to be out, so it was nice and uncrowded all over. I let the girls ski ahead of me on that long, green cruiser and at one point I just stopped and soaked in the silence. That trail crossed in front of another favorite thing of mine, the mid-mountain chalet with sun deck and greasy mountain cafeteria food. The Temple Lodge made me think of the great times I used to have with my Uncle Greg at the Outback Inn in Idaho. He would’ve loved this trip… ❤️

Originally published by DK on February 1, 2020 at 7:30 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

The Great One

Posted Friday, January 17th, 2020 06:35 pm GMT -5 in Hockey,Travel at 6:35 PM

Hanging near the five pin bowling alley

Originally published by DK on January 17, 2020 at 6:35 pm

Surprise, surprise

Posted Friday, January 17th, 2020 06:33 pm GMT -5 in Art,Movies,Travel at 6:33 PM

“Boy with Apple” is used as the concierge of the year award at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Originally published by DK on January 17, 2020 at 6:33 pm

Bougie Boys

Posted Thursday, January 16th, 2020 10:02 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 10:02 PM

Spoil ’em? Just a little…

Originally published by DK on January 16, 2020 at 10:02 pm

Reminded me of Greg ❤️

Posted Thursday, January 16th, 2020 06:44 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Travel at 6:44 PM

He would’ve totally loved this trip

Originally published by DK on January 16, 2020 at 6:44 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

Send more sun, eh?

Posted Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 08:54 pm GMT -5 in Travel,Weather at 8:54 PM

This town is really something

Originally published by DK on January 15, 2020 at 8:54 pm

Hey, Ladies

Posted Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 10:47 pm GMT -5 in Design,History,Travel at 10:47 PM

Off with his head!

Originally published by DK on January 14, 2020 at 10:47 pm

We found her!

Posted Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 10:17 pm GMT -5 in Family,History,Travel at 10:17 PM

The Ghost Bride @ Fairmont Banff Springs

Originally published by DK on January 14, 2020 at 10:17 pm

Those golf carts, though

Posted Monday, January 13th, 2020 08:27 pm GMT -5 in Golf,History,Travel at 8:27 PM

Old shot of the Banff Springs course

Originally published by DK on January 13, 2020 at 8:27 pm

When in (frozen) Rome

Posted Monday, January 13th, 2020 03:47 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 3:47 PM

Feels colder in C vs. F

Originally published by DK on January 13, 2020 at 3:47 pm

Off to the Great White North

Posted Monday, January 13th, 2020 08:41 am GMT -5 in Family,Travel at 8:41 AM

MSP-YYC

Originally published by DK on January 13, 2020 at 8:41 am

Environment Canada

Posted Saturday, January 11th, 2020 07:46 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Travel,Weather at 7:46 PM

Temperatures will plummet to values not seen in years…

Originally published by DK on January 11, 2020 at 7:46 pm

Silly tourists

Posted Friday, December 6th, 2019 01:58 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Travel,Work at 1:58 PM

The Bean still rocks, though

Originally published by DK on December 6, 2019 at 1:58 pm

Straight Outta Hong Kong

Posted Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 10:04 am GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Travel at 10:04 AM

Thanks, AF

Originally published by DK on November 13, 2019 at 10:04 am

Lunch at Mama’s Fish House

Posted Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 05:15 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 5:15 PM

We had a great time on Maui last week, despite the record high temps (and crazy dew points). We had lots of great food recommendations from people, but Mama’s Fish House took home the prize for most memorable experience. Located on the central north shore of Maui just outside Paia, Mama’s was a 2018 James Beard semifinalist for Outstanding Restaurant. Open Table says Mama’s is the second most popular restaurant in the United States, Trip Advisor has them listed as a Top 10 U.S. Fine Dining Restaurant, while ZAGAT has them number one for food on Maui. Everyone we talked to said Mama’s was expensive, but also a can’t miss.

Needless to say, expectations were high…

Floyd and Doris Christenson have an awesome backstory. The location, atmosphere and general setting of Mama’s is probably the most Hawaiian thing I’ve ever seen in my life. You turn off the Hana Highway at the fishing boat and enter a lot that offers complimentary valet. Once checked in, you get to roam around their own private beach, which we were told often has sea turtles playing in the water. The day we visited had a high surf warning, so the turtles were (hopefully) playing elsewhere. After checking in at a second host stand, we were escorted into the open-air dining room and seated near the bar.

Our server Lacey was wonderful. We started with fancy tropical drinks: Colleen had a Mama’s Margarita, while I had a Pink Hibiscus (hibiscus, elderflower liqueur, lime, cranberry and Maui PAU vodka). We shared an appetizer of seared island venison with honey lime sauce, which was extremely tender for venison. We both had autumn salads, with Waipoli greens, Kula persimmons, spiced pecans, goat cheese and Tahitian vanilla vinaigrette dressing. For the fish main course, I choose “kanpachi from ocean waters off Hawaii Island,” while Colleen had “onaga caught bottom fishing off Keanae by Joe Hobson.” We both loved that they customized the menu daily with who caught the fish (and where). I was super-excited to order the Polynesian Black Pearl for dessert: lilikoi (passion fruit) chocolate mousse in a pastry seashell (with a beautiful plate presentation – pics after the jump).

When we looked at the menu before we went, I didn’t think the prices were crazy-high. Afterwards, we found out it just all adds up, turning in to the most we’ve probably ever spent on lunch. That’s also part of the trick – there is no discount for having lunch over dinner. We heard one of the servers say they average about 1,000 covers a day, so I think they can price however they want. I’m glad we went, though, and would highly recommend it at least once in your life. Mahalo, Mama.

Originally published by DK on November 3, 2019 at 5:15 pm

Maui Ocean Center

Posted Friday, November 1st, 2019 10:12 pm GMT -5 in Museums,Nature,Travel at 10:12 PM

Fun stop on the way to the airport

Originally published by DK on November 1, 2019 at 10:12 pm

Makena Beach was no joke

Posted Friday, November 1st, 2019 09:54 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 9:54 PM

Not Ohana-friendly (per the lifeguards)

Originally published by DK on November 1, 2019 at 9:54 pm

Lunch with Rob

Posted Friday, November 1st, 2019 09:50 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Travel at 9:50 PM

He gets to live here all the time

Originally published by DK on November 1, 2019 at 9:50 pm

Last night of Hawaii 5-0

Posted Thursday, October 31st, 2019 10:54 pm GMT -5 in Family,Travel at 10:54 PM

Thank you, Kaanapali Beach Hotel

Originally published by DK on October 31, 2019 at 10:54 pm

Among the other old couples

Posted Thursday, October 31st, 2019 02:31 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Travel at 2:31 AM

Still pretty fun, though

Originally published by DK on October 31, 2019 at 2:31 am

Job opportunity for MK

Posted Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 09:59 pm GMT -5 in Family,Travel,Work at 9:59 PM

Lifeguard @ D.T. Fleming Beach Park

Originally published by DK on October 30, 2019 at 9:59 pm

The moose outside…

Posted Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 09:55 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Travel at 9:55 PM

Kapalua Plantation – closed for remodeling

Originally published by DK on October 30, 2019 at 9:55 pm

TRUTH

Posted Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 06:28 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Pets,Travel at 6:28 PM

RC Burger Shack

Originally published by DK on October 30, 2019 at 6:28 pm

Mars or Earth?

Posted Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 02:42 am GMT -5 in Nature,Travel at 2:42 AM

Haleakala National Park

Originally published by DK on October 29, 2019 at 2:42 am

A different North Shore

Posted Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 02:39 am GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 2:39 AM

CK @ Mama’s Fish House Beach

Originally published by DK on October 29, 2019 at 2:39 am

Heed the nene crossing

Posted Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 02:28 am GMT -5 in Nature,Travel at 2:28 AM

Cows too on the road to the summit

Originally published by DK on October 29, 2019 at 2:28 am

Only place on Earth

Posted Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 02:25 am GMT -5 in Nature,Travel at 2:25 AM

The silversword of Haleakala

Originally published by DK on October 29, 2019 at 2:25 am

The Chicken and the Banyan Tree

Posted Sunday, October 27th, 2019 10:06 pm GMT -5 in History,Nature,Travel at 10:06 PM

Sounds like a lost Wilbury song

Originally published by DK on October 27, 2019 at 10:06 pm

Sunday Night Football

Posted Sunday, October 27th, 2019 10:01 pm GMT -5 in Food,Football,Travel at 10:01 PM

As seen on Diners, Drive In’s and Dives

Originally published by DK on October 27, 2019 at 10:01 pm

Hang Loose

Posted Sunday, October 27th, 2019 07:18 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Golf,Travel at 7:18 PM

My new golf glove

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

Hawaii’s most Hawaiian hotel

Posted Sunday, October 27th, 2019 07:15 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 7:15 PM

Kaanapali Beach Hotel – older, but pretty decent overall

Originally published by DK on October 27, 2019 at 7:15 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

Roscoe goes to Hawaii

Posted Saturday, October 26th, 2019 04:52 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 4:52 PM

Chicken and pancakes @ Roy’s

Originally published by DK on October 26, 2019 at 4:52 pm

Good morning, Maui

Posted Saturday, October 26th, 2019 02:07 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Travel at 2:07 PM

Day one on the beach

Originally published by DK on October 26, 2019 at 2:07 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

Two fisted

Posted Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 10:24 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Holidays,Travel,Work at 10:24 PM

Oktoberfest in Milwaukee

Originally published by DK on October 16, 2019 at 10:24 pm

Is this Deadwood?

Posted Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 12:56 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Television,Travel at 12:56 AM

Sweargen, you cock-sucka

Originally published by DK on October 16, 2019 at 12:56 am

Just like Masters tickets :(

Posted Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 07:09 am GMT -5 in Marathons,Running,Travel at 7:09 AM

Still love the British phrasing, though

Originally published by DK on October 9, 2019 at 7:09 am

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

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

Postcard day in Red Wing

Posted Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 10:50 pm GMT -5 in Family,Golf,Travel,Weather at 10:50 PM

Mississippi National with the boys

Originally published by DK on August 14, 2019 at 10:50 pm

Olympic History

Posted Saturday, July 27th, 2019 01:26 am GMT -5 in Sports,Travel,Work at 1:26 AM

Really didn’t know that is so close to Staples Center

Originally published by DK on July 27, 2019 at 1:26 am
 

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  • Cloud Cult - 1/18, Orchestra Hall
  • Kenny Chesney - 6/5, USBS
  • Rage Against the Machine - 7/2, Target Center
  • Def Leppard - 7/8, USBS
  • George Strait - 7/31, USBS
  • Doobie Brothers - 8/31, Grandstand

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