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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

So great to visit (and eat)

Posted Saturday, July 27th, 2019 01:22 am GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Travel at 1:22 AM

Go to The Left Handed Cook, L.A. people

Originally published by DK on July 27, 2019 at 1:22 am

Iconic

Posted Friday, July 26th, 2019 09:43 pm GMT -5 in Design,Travel at 9:43 PM

Everyone seems to hate LAX, but I kinda like it (mostly)

Originally published by DK on July 26, 2019 at 9:43 pm

Because of course

Posted Friday, July 26th, 2019 09:12 pm GMT -5 in Cars,Sports,Travel,Work at 9:12 PM

This market is so not like the others

Originally published by DK on July 26, 2019 at 9:12 pm

Such a great Vegas property

Posted Saturday, July 13th, 2019 02:40 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Links,Travel at 2:40 PM

https://www.forbes.com/sites/larryolmsted/2019/07/11/the-cosmopolitan-las-vegas-hotel-is-now-better-than-ever/

Originally published by DK on July 13, 2019 at 2:40 pm

Not your normal backdrop

Posted Saturday, July 6th, 2019 05:55 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Travel at 5:55 PM

The American Integrity hauling ore past the Bayfront Park stage

Originally published by DK on July 6, 2019 at 5:55 pm

Good luck is right

Posted Friday, July 5th, 2019 01:55 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 1:55 PM

Just *once* I’d like something other than the smallest one, Stompy…

Originally published by DK on July 5, 2019 at 1:55 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

BFFs forever

Posted Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 10:58 am GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends,Travel at 10:58 AM

MK + Gordy = true love ❤️

Originally published by DK on July 3, 2019 at 10:58 am

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

Didn’t think SIN could get cooler

Posted Friday, June 28th, 2019 10:04 am GMT -5 in Links,Travel at 10:04 AM

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewel_Changi_Airport

Originally published by DK on June 28, 2019 at 10:04 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

Quick stop in Two Harbors

Posted Sunday, June 16th, 2019 01:09 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 1:09 PM

Thanks for the pie, Betty

Originally published by DK on June 16, 2019 at 1:09 pm

What the hell is that?

Posted Saturday, June 15th, 2019 05:32 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Design,Games,Travel at 5:32 PM

Scary-ass IGT slot monkeys @ Grand Portage

Originally published by DK on June 15, 2019 at 5:32 pm

Seagulls like donuts

Posted Saturday, June 15th, 2019 12:37 pm GMT -5 in Art,Nature,Travel at 12:37 PM

New(ish?) mural downtown

Originally published by DK on June 15, 2019 at 12:37 pm

Outside at Angry Trout Cafe

Posted Saturday, June 15th, 2019 12:35 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 12:35 PM

Too bad the patio is only open about 10% of the year

Originally published by DK on June 15, 2019 at 12:35 pm

We’ve found the mother load

Posted Saturday, June 15th, 2019 09:50 am GMT -5 in Business,Travel at 9:50 AM

Don’t know how I’ve missed it all this years

Originally published by DK on June 15, 2019 at 9:50 am

The back seat is full

Posted Saturday, June 15th, 2019 09:49 am GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 9:49 AM

Only the best on the North Shore

Originally published by DK on June 15, 2019 at 9:49 am

Remembering Uncle Greg

Posted Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 10:09 am GMT -5 in Family,Television,Travel at 10:09 AM

Spokane visit or Stranger Things audition?

Originally published by DK on June 2, 2019 at 10:09 am

Leaving Las Vegas (2019)

Posted Friday, May 24th, 2019 05:17 pm GMT -5 in Travel,Weather at 5:17 PM

Another great visit to Sin City

Originally published by DK on May 24, 2019 at 5:17 pm

She “LOVED” it

Posted Friday, May 24th, 2019 01:31 am GMT -5 in Family,Music,Theater,Travel at 1:31 AM

Beatles Cirque – probably last saw this a dozen years ago

Originally published by DK on May 24, 2019 at 1:31 am

Great experience at Spago

Posted Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 09:25 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 9:25 PM

In the “new” location @ Bellagio

Originally published by DK on May 23, 2019 at 9:25 pm

Caesar’s saves the day

Posted Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 05:52 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 5:52 PM

Slot holds are rough on the Strip

Originally published by DK on May 23, 2019 at 5:52 pm

THE RAIDERS ARE COMING

Posted Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 12:39 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Travel,Work at 12:39 PM

Nice to catch up with Raiders Nation

Originally published by DK on May 23, 2019 at 12:39 pm

New zip lines at Linq

Posted Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 12:02 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 12:02 PM

Cool, but no thank you

Originally published by DK on May 23, 2019 at 12:02 pm

Sunny, but cold (and windy)

Posted Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 11:09 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Family,Travel,Weather at 11:09 PM

Caesar’s Palace and the Palms

Originally published by DK on May 22, 2019 at 11:09 pm

Haven’t played this in ages

Posted Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 01:00 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 1:00 AM

Not much return on a 2.50 bet

Originally published by DK on May 22, 2019 at 1:00 am

Game of Thrones Cirque

Posted Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 12:55 am GMT -5 in Family,Theater,Travel at 12:55 AM

That would be an easy conversion

Originally published by DK on May 22, 2019 at 12:55 am

I love this town

Posted Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 05:24 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 5:24 PM

As my good friend would say: “Vegas, we are in you”

Originally published by DK on May 21, 2019 at 5:24 pm

We have arrived

Posted Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 03:51 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Travel at 3:51 PM

Starting to have a love/hate relationship with the Mirage

Originally published by DK on May 21, 2019 at 3:51 pm

Denver layover

Posted Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 12:23 pm GMT -5 in Family,Travel at 12:23 PM

It’s so cold here

Originally published by DK on May 21, 2019 at 12:23 pm

MSP-DEN-LAS

Posted Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 08:47 am GMT -5 in Family,Travel at 8:47 AM

Trying WN again with SK

Originally published by DK on May 21, 2019 at 8:47 am

Safely back from Seattle

Posted Sunday, May 19th, 2019 06:48 pm GMT -5 in Baseball,Family,Travel at 6:48 PM

Twins season ticket holder trip was successful

Originally published by DK on May 19, 2019 at 6:48 pm

4AM Wakeup Call

Posted Sunday, May 19th, 2019 01:50 pm GMT -5 in Family,Schools,Travel at 1:50 PM

Field study to the BWCA for MK

Originally published by DK on May 19, 2019 at 1:50 pm

In calmer times

Posted Monday, April 15th, 2019 07:16 pm GMT -5 in Family,History,Travel at 7:16 PM

Not our favorite place in Europe, but still tragic news from a historic city

Originally published by DK on April 15, 2019 at 7:16 pm

One last day of twenty

Posted Saturday, February 16th, 2019 02:00 pm GMT -5 in Family,Travel at 2:00 PM

SK on her way to NYC

Originally published by DK on February 16, 2019 at 2:00 pm

The Year Ahead

Posted Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 06:04 pm GMT -5 in Family,Friends,Golf,Personal,Running,Skiing,Travel,Work at 6:04 PM

I’ve never been big on year-end lists or goal summaries here, but I’ve always done a fair amount of goal-setting privately. This past year has put a different spin on my perspective, so I thought it might be useful to share a few things as 2019 gets started. In hindsight, a lot of my previous health goals seem rather vain compared to plain old recovery. And how fortunate was I in the past to just want to run faster, bike farther or finish another marathon? Now, regaining my normal vision (without prism lenses) is goal #1, followed closely by getting cleared to resume driving and riding a bike. I’m very thankful that the outlook for all of these things is good – much of this might happen by the middle of March.

Since Dr. Tummala gave me the OK to resume treadmill running, I’ve felt good the past week, with three slowish runs totaling 7.1 miles. I also did one nine mile ride on a stationary bike and resumed doing light dumbbell repeats. Not really sure what workout goals to set for 2019 – the only race I’m registered for is the Get in Gear 10K in April and I’d really like to participate in the Bike to Work challenge again in May. Beyond that, I just want to stay consistent all year and not have any big gaps in my charts (which happened twice in 2018). It would be nice to return to regular weekly runs with WeRunMpls once the ice melts and I’d love to reschedule a ski trip for next season (Banff, Colorado or Schweitzer). Lots of golf outings to schedule with people too.

The doctors cleared a return to air travel already, but money and time will be limited. The original plan was to give each person in our family a trip for their respective milestone birthday in 2019, but all of those plans are on hold for the time being. Most likely options? A quick Las Vegas trip after the Final Four and maybe a work trip to the annual Cisco conference, which is in San Diego this year (June 9-13). And of course Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in both Florida and California this year, but that will likely fall in the Tokyo/Lanai/Switzerland dream trip category for the time being.

With the Vikings season over, my job shifts focus to the Final Four on April 6th and 8th. We have four large events before then (two trade shows and two dirt shows), but there is a lot to do before “the road ends” in Minneapolis. Then we get to break down that setup for Garth Brooks and his sold-out stadium tour before prepping for Summer X Games (version 3.0). Since X Games moves to early August, there won’t be a lot of time between that and football pre-season. With all that work to do, maybe I should start daydreaming again about building a tiny cabin on the North Shore to escape to with the family…

Wow, how lucky am I to be writing this post? Happy New Year to all of you – may 2019 be full of love, health and prosperity!

Originally published by DK on January 1, 2019 at 6:04 pm

Good Mexican Vittles

Posted Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 10:04 pm GMT -5 in Food,History,Travel at 10:04 PM

Elton & Sandra Davis – your fries made my childhood better

Originally published by DK on December 18, 2018 at 10:04 pm

Next business retreat?

Posted Thursday, December 13th, 2018 09:38 am GMT -5 in Links,Travel,Work at 9:38 AM

Front

Originally published by DK on December 13, 2018 at 9:38 am

Strong targeted casino marketing

Posted Saturday, December 8th, 2018 01:53 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Hockey,Travel at 1:53 PM

Marketing geniuses, I tells ya

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

Then and now

Posted Friday, September 28th, 2018 10:45 pm GMT -5 in Family,History,Travel at 10:45 PM

Finally found the “then” pic

Originally published by DK on September 28, 2018 at 10:45 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

Happy birthday, my friend

Posted Monday, September 24th, 2018 11:44 am GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Holidays,Travel at 11:44 AM

Quick, fun trip to Vermilion to celebrate Mr. Schuster’s 50th

Originally published by DK on September 24, 2018 at 11:44 am

Reward: jackpots wanted

Posted Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 11:07 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 11:07 AM

None to be found on this trip

Originally published by DK on September 22, 2018 at 11:07 am

Dragons kick ass

Posted Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 01:59 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 1:59 AM

Liked this game a lot

Originally published by DK on September 22, 2018 at 1:59 am

Fall is coming

Posted Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 01:53 am GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Nature,Travel at 1:53 AM

Wide range of weather at The Wilderness

Originally published by DK on September 22, 2018 at 1:53 am

Rawhide!

Posted Sunday, September 16th, 2018 12:14 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Travel at 12:14 AM

The new Grand Portage Casino is nice

Originally published by DK on September 16, 2018 at 12:14 am

Since 1969

Posted Saturday, September 15th, 2018 06:25 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 6:25 PM

…just like me

Originally published by DK on September 15, 2018 at 6:25 pm

Canadian bacon, eh?

Posted Saturday, September 15th, 2018 06:23 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 6:23 PM

Thanks, Sven and Ole

Originally published by DK on September 15, 2018 at 6:23 pm

NotATweet: Waking up early in hotels

Posted Monday, August 27th, 2018 06:19 am GMT -5 in Travel at 6:19 AM

Waking up early in hotels seems like a rip-off (have to do it twice too)

Originally published by DK on August 27, 2018 at 6:19 am

Somebody flies home today

Posted Monday, August 27th, 2018 06:17 am GMT -5 in Family,Travel at 6:17 AM

Yay! Missed Little Chef a ton

Originally published by DK on August 27, 2018 at 6:17 am

Minnesota train swamp

Posted Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 07:34 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Travel at 7:34 PM

Bet there are bluff snakes out there too

Originally published by DK on August 21, 2018 at 7:34 pm

For the ride home

Posted Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 02:37 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 2:37 PM

Chicago Mix (of course)

Originally published by DK on August 21, 2018 at 2:37 pm

Love these public spaces

Posted Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 12:34 pm GMT -5 in Design,History,Travel at 12:34 PM

Union Station, Chicago

Originally published by DK on August 21, 2018 at 12:34 pm

CLIN-TON

Posted Monday, August 20th, 2018 12:32 pm GMT -5 in Television,Travel at 12:32 PM

Thanks a lot, Simpsons

Originally published by DK on August 20, 2018 at 12:32 pm

Meta Bean Tourists

Posted Sunday, August 19th, 2018 04:49 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Travel at 4:49 PM

Warm and crowded @ Cloud Gate

Originally published by DK on August 19, 2018 at 4:49 pm

Cities are cool

Posted Sunday, August 19th, 2018 01:15 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 1:15 PM

Cermak-McCormick Place Station

Originally published by DK on August 19, 2018 at 1:15 pm

Chicago Doge

Posted Sunday, August 19th, 2018 01:06 pm GMT -5 in Art,Pets,Travel at 1:06 PM

Doge art is cool

Originally published by DK on August 19, 2018 at 1:06 pm

Lindstrom loves cookies

Posted Saturday, August 4th, 2018 02:29 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 2:29 PM

More cookies than I’ve ever seen in one place

Originally published by DK on August 4, 2018 at 2:29 pm

King of the North

Posted Sunday, July 8th, 2018 08:36 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 8:36 PM

Long live Gordy

Originally published by DK on July 8, 2018 at 8:36 pm

Most lupine ever

Posted Sunday, July 8th, 2018 08:30 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Travel at 8:30 PM

This one was outside the candy store

Originally published by DK on July 8, 2018 at 8:30 pm

All the best places

Posted Sunday, July 8th, 2018 07:56 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 7:56 PM

Nice to see Lynn at the candy store

Originally published by DK on July 8, 2018 at 7:56 pm

Quick hit at the Bear

Posted Sunday, July 8th, 2018 11:43 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Travel at 11:43 AM

Could Black Bear possibly be looser than Mystic now?

Originally published by DK on July 8, 2018 at 11:43 am

Swedish

Posted Sunday, July 8th, 2018 11:31 am GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 11:31 AM

Don’t ever change, Gordy

Originally published by DK on July 8, 2018 at 11:31 am

MK’s first visit to Glensheen

Posted Saturday, July 7th, 2018 02:47 pm GMT -5 in Family,History,Travel at 2:47 PM

(Not the Musical)

Originally published by DK on July 7, 2018 at 2:47 pm

Dexter was their favorite

Posted Saturday, July 7th, 2018 11:22 am GMT -5 in History,Travel at 11:22 AM

Glensheen Carriage House

Originally published by DK on July 7, 2018 at 11:22 am

Cisco Live! Orlando 2018

Posted Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 03:08 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Food,Technology,Travel,Work at 3:08 PM

Last week I attended my second Cisco Live! conference in Orlando (last year was my first in Vegas; next year will be San Diego). It blows my mind how much it must cost to host 25,000 people in a facility like the Orange County Convention Center – setup, food twice a day, video production for keynotes and sessions, utilities, staffing, etc. And then there was the customer appreciation event Wednesday night at Universal Studios, which not only included exclusive access to the original park for four hours, but also had free food and drinks everywhere and big name concerts from Leon Bridges, Cake and Sam Hunt. No wonder my annual maintenance bill never goes down…

Speaking of bills, I needed to do this trip on the cheap, so I stayed with my brother and his wife and leaned on them for ground transportation (along with some 25% off Lyft rides). He took me to Animal Kingdom on Sunday night after I arrived so I could check out the new(ish) Avatar stuff. Na’vi River Journey has the cool Audio-Animatronics Shaman of Songs, while Flight of Passage lived up to the nearly two hour wait. We had dinner at the excellent Satu’li Canteen, which really elevates the whole theme park food quality experience, in my opinion.

My conference pass this time was a new intermediate “Imagine” badge, so I didn’t get access to all of the sessions (or a T-shirt or backpack). It did get me into all of the keynotes and Innovation Showcase presentations, though, along with the “World of Solutions” trade show, the party at Universal and free food for breakfast and lunch each day. I found most of the sessions to be useful and not just a week-long sales pitch to buy new stuff (like you get at some conferences). I learned about a lot of new technology trends, including improved security techniques, software-defined networking and container-based development, along with the evolution of the Cisco platforms and products we’ve deployed at the stadium (which thankfully I don’t need to replace right away).

After the conference wrapped up, I had a little extra time to kill before flying home (I wish the standby rules for Delta were more customer friendly). I spent some more time checking out all the changes at Disney Springs, where I had had dinner earlier in the week with my brother at Art Smith’s wonderful Homecomin’ restaurant. World of Disney was half-closed for remodeling, but I still managed to find some things for people. It was interesting to see retail additions like UNIQLO and the dining scene continues to impress with the likes of Morimoto Asia, Jock Lindsey’s Hanger Bar and The Boathouse (in addition to all of the old favorites). Also caught Deadpool 2 at the AMC and made a quick trip to Tampa to check out the very impressive Seminole Hard Rock Tampa complex.

See you in San Diego?

Originally published by DK on June 20, 2018 at 3:08 pm

This was a nice one

Posted Friday, June 15th, 2018 01:28 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Travel at 1:28 PM

Glad I took a couple hours to visit

Originally published by DK on June 15, 2018 at 1:28 pm
 

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