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Silly tourists

Posted Friday, December 6th, 2019 01:58 pm GMT -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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
 

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