It’s coming back together again – slowlyOriginally published by DK on October 10, 2020 at 5:47 pm
Correctly, tooOriginally published by DK on September 14, 2020 at 1:13 pm
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Today was one of those days when I worked on so many strange things, I don’t know how I ever learned all this random stuff. I’m sure there are a million people that could step in and learn my job over time, but right now I don’t know what my colleagues will do if I get a fever and can’t go to work. I’m trying to diversify that risk through delegation, training and documentation, but there is a ton of specialization in our environment (which I’m sure is true for many other professions as well).
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Who talks like that?Originally published by DK on September 11, 2020 at 11:21 pm
Are you ready for some football?Originally published by DK on September 9, 2020 at 7:31 am
I’ve been thinking a lot about safety lately. The pandemic, political and economic turmoil, return to work plans – all of these have safety components that give me anxiety and make 2020 feel like even more of a challenge. What exactly is the condition of being safe? I like these definitions: freedom from danger, risk, injury or loss; unhurt, harmless, cautious. Of course, safe can also mean unlikely to produce controversy or contradiction – also sometimes useful, but not what I’m writing about today.
The spread of COVID and the tools and policies available to manage the threat have become overtly political, which is unfortunate. I’m lucky that I really don’t have to fight any physical battles with people who won’t wear masks or follow guidelines and have the economic stability to isolate at home as much as I can during the pandemic. I’ve already decided I don’t *need* to visit casinos, go to movie theaters or drink in bars right now and I tend to favor take-out over eating inside at restaurants that are offering that option (and winter is coming, patio people). Correctly wearing a face mask to Target or the grocery store is literally the easiest thing you can do to keep the economy running, limit the spread of the virus and help keep people safe.
Outdoor activities are safer than indoor activities, which has resulted in a surge of bike sales and golf rounds. These are both things I love to do in a “regular” year, so this has been a great way to pass the time (and keep my move streak alive). It’s funny that some of the outdoor things I like to do aren’t always considered safe: danger is part of the appeal with downhill skiing and single-track mountain biking, for example. But even with those activities, I’m more cautious the older I get. Running has always been important to me, but I’ve even turned that down a notch, preferring strenuous hill walks to full out running for speed (at least for now).
I’m very fortunate that sports, concerts, travel and food have played significant roles in my life. Venue safety is part of my career, so I pay close attention to what others are doing. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a great experience with the Saints returning to live baseball in our neighborhood, so we only bought tickets to two games. Why? We didn’t feel safe: no security at the gates, seat maps that placed people at the drink rail immediately behind us, other fans not following the guidelines and limited staff to enforce the rules. I get the economics, but what is the long-term damage to your brand if people don’t feel safe? We did have a good experience at the Minnesota Zoo a few weeks back and expect to have a good experience at the Minnesota State Fair Food Parade next week, but it seems critical to me that you get safety figured out.
I miss live music, but I don’t see that industry coming back for a while. The next ticket I have is for a November 27th show at the Fitzgerald, a theater I love. Even with masks and a limited audience (which isn’t possible, since tickets are already sold), I can’t imagine any scenario that would make me feel safe enough to go on that date (and near-zero chance it doesn’t get rescheduled again like every other show I still have tickets for from 2020). I’ve also been reading a lot about Disney, and while thoughts of an uncrowded Disney World are tempting, my internal safety meter says tell Mickey we will see him again later.
The activities I’ve talked about so far mostly involve things that a majority of people would consider first-world privilege. I’m still employed, we’re not facing eviction and we have food on the table. Everyone in the family is still healthy. We have a bit of an economic safety net thanks to inheritance. We have access to reliable transportation. Middle class white males don’t have to face the same issues that women and people of color do as part of their daily existence (I’m working on a draft “On Race” post that I hope to publish soon). So what other safety issue is front and center for me? Crime rates.
When we moved from the suburbs to Lowertown, my mom was very concerned about our safety (even though she also lived in Saint Paul). The area has had ups and downs from a crime standpoint, but I’d never felt threatened here (even at night). The pandemic and the protests following the death of George Floyd have changed the look and atmosphere of downtown Saint Paul. According to the Pioneer Press, there have been more than forty recent arrests in the area around Mears Park and Union Depot for fighting, drug dealing and other criminal activity (including a shooting). Homelessness has also been on the rise and a small tent city can now be seen outside our windows near I-94. There are people needing obvious mental health assistance. I wish I knew the answers to these problems – what we are doing now isn’t working and something needs to change…Originally published by DK on August 23, 2020 at 9:07 pm
Lower Pentair lobby @ USBSOriginally published by DK on August 20, 2020 at 9:52 pm
The SSD drive upgrades do helpOriginally published by DK on August 19, 2020 at 1:35 pm
I forgot that was one of my first ever projects – NWA Newswire, February 11, 1992Originally published by DK on August 15, 2020 at 8:47 pm
Testing broadcast connectionsOriginally published by DK on July 28, 2020 at 3:41 pm
Too bad there won’t be a fourthOriginally published by DK on July 27, 2020 at 4:34 pm
Looked good today @ USBSOriginally published by DK on July 20, 2020 at 8:36 pm
Hoping it gets used in 2020Originally published by DK on June 17, 2020 at 1:28 pm
Troy Burne, Hudson, WisconsinOriginally published by DK on May 27, 2020 at 4:19 pm
Hope it sticks (even if it’s TV-only)Originally published by DK on May 7, 2020 at 9:15 pm
Still there, still closedOriginally published by DK on May 5, 2020 at 3:24 pm
Well-earned retirementOriginally published by DK on May 1, 2020 at 9:48 am
So bittersweet right nowOriginally published by DK on April 30, 2020 at 6:50 pm
Not too shabbyOriginally published by DK on April 1, 2020 at 12:43 pm
Man, I hope the Stones still get to playOriginally published by DK on March 16, 2020 at 7:29 pm
Colleen in the Allina command centerOriginally published by DK on March 15, 2020 at 3:59 pm
https://www.isitcanceledyet.com/Originally published by DK on March 11, 2020 at 5:06 pm
Foul ball at the very end of the sessionOriginally published by DK on March 10, 2020 at 3:22 pm
Baseball in this building looks so wonkyOriginally published by DK on March 6, 2020 at 3:29 pm
https://www.usbankstadium.com/connect-with-us/employmentOriginally published by DK on March 3, 2020 at 11:40 am
But what about Saint Paul?Originally published by DK on February 25, 2020 at 12:20 pm
Sunday, SUNDAY, SundayOriginally published by DK on February 15, 2020 at 9:28 pm
$20 snow cones for all!Originally published by DK on February 14, 2020 at 5:11 pm
Original turf sample from U.S. Bank StadiumOriginally published by DK on January 30, 2020 at 10:06 pm
Ich liebe dichOriginally published by DK on January 21, 2020 at 12:56 pm
Everybody is in your way, but it would be cool once or twiceOriginally published by DK on December 18, 2019 at 2:31 pm
Now get all the dust out of here, pleaseOriginally published by DK on December 15, 2019 at 9:41 am
And on Monday Night tooOriginally published by DK on December 8, 2019 at 4:46 pm
The Bean still rocks, thoughOriginally published by DK on December 6, 2019 at 1:58 pm
Thanks for the memories, MortensonOriginally published by DK on November 30, 2019 at 5:35 pm
Mood.Originally published by DK on November 19, 2019 at 2:23 pm
So. Much. Football.Originally published by DK on November 15, 2019 at 4:33 pm
Good thing they didn’t give me one of those boardsOriginally published by DK on November 13, 2019 at 10:02 am
Aging sucksOriginally published by DK on November 9, 2019 at 12:50 pm
See, they can appear in the same room at the same timeOriginally published by DK on November 8, 2019 at 8:31 am
Lifeguard @ D.T. Fleming Beach ParkOriginally published by DK on October 30, 2019 at 9:59 pm
Blow that horn, Steve JordanOriginally published by DK on October 24, 2019 at 8:27 pm
Super Bowl LII artworkOriginally published by DK on October 23, 2019 at 12:09 pm
Oktoberfest in MilwaukeeOriginally published by DK on October 16, 2019 at 10:24 pm
Impressive win by the home teamOriginally published by DK on October 13, 2019 at 4:30 pm
L.A. is lucky to get youOriginally published by DK on October 11, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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
Catalina (10.15 arrives on my MacBook Air)Originally published by DK on October 7, 2019 at 5:08 pm
Thank you Target Center (and Shelly)Originally published by DK on October 4, 2019 at 4:37 pm
…in imagining experiences!Originally published by DK on October 1, 2019 at 9:18 am
Four bars, two cities, one nightOriginally published by DK on September 25, 2019 at 11:35 pm
All the field lights were completely off when I took this…Originally published by DK on September 22, 2019 at 7:37 am
John Avenson bringing the heatOriginally published by DK on September 18, 2019 at 6:34 pm
Thanks Rich (and team) for a great dayOriginally published by DK on August 30, 2019 at 11:19 pm
They should all countOriginally published by DK on August 24, 2019 at 1:53 pm
That was quite a weekend, thoughOriginally published by DK on August 13, 2019 at 3:25 pm
Technically five, I thinkOriginally published by DK on August 12, 2019 at 8:15 pm
It’s almost that timeOriginally published by DK on August 12, 2019 at 8:13 pm
So long, X GamesOriginally published by DK on August 9, 2019 at 11:56 am
Why isn’t this just permanent?Originally published by DK on August 8, 2019 at 4:06 pm
No.Originally published by DK on August 6, 2019 at 3:55 pm
Spin you right round, baby, right roundOriginally published by DK on August 4, 2019 at 12:36 pm
Started work late, but will still probably be here 14 hoursOriginally published by DK on August 2, 2019 at 1:32 pm
Solo Foo Fighter – left before any Grohl sightingsOriginally published by DK on August 1, 2019 at 11:25 pm
Four in a row + indoor vertOriginally published by DK on August 1, 2019 at 9:28 pm
X Fest 2019, MinneapolisOriginally published by DK on August 1, 2019 at 6:16 pm
Great to see our visitor from Indiana for X GamesOriginally published by DK on July 31, 2019 at 12:09 pm
XGMN19 – now with e-sportsOriginally published by DK on July 28, 2019 at 5:11 pm
Really didn’t know that is so close to Staples CenterOriginally published by DK on July 27, 2019 at 1:26 am
This market is so not like the othersOriginally published by DK on July 26, 2019 at 9:12 pm
They seem extra large to meOriginally published by DK on July 24, 2019 at 2:07 pm