Now that Monster Jam is over, it’s full on Final FourOriginally published by DK on February 17, 2019 at 6:40 pm
What a franchise, eh?Originally published by DK on February 15, 2019 at 10:06 am
Monster Jam returns SaturdayOriginally published by DK on February 11, 2019 at 2:16 pm
I thought I felt a little déjà vuOriginally published by DK on February 9, 2019 at 4:29 pm
The little ones on the concourse were pretty nice, eh?Originally published by DK on January 31, 2019 at 1:42 pm
Hope there are no major issues this weekend…Originally published by DK on January 25, 2019 at 5:32 pm
It’s almost gone againOriginally published by DK on January 16, 2019 at 6:44 pm
Bowlero Brooklyn Park (or is it Center?)Originally published by DK on January 14, 2019 at 7:07 pm
This one was called “Cagney”Originally published by DK on January 10, 2019 at 11:48 am
Blood-thinners are no jokeOriginally published by DK on January 4, 2019 at 10:18 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
So far, anywaysOriginally published by DK on December 30, 2018 at 5:13 pm
They just don’t come offOriginally published by DK on December 18, 2018 at 8:16 pm
Thanks, Aramark!Originally published by DK on December 18, 2018 at 12:38 pm
Almost ready…Originally published by DK on December 16, 2018 at 9:49 am
Getting my office current againOriginally published by DK on December 11, 2018 at 11:48 am
Scene of my incident; artwork in the new Hennepin Healthcare buildingOriginally published by DK on December 6, 2018 at 12:16 pm
https://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/touring/8488873/the-year-in-touring-charts-ed-sheeran-claims-2018s-top-tour-taylorOriginally published by DK on December 5, 2018 at 8:39 pm
Yesterday I had my appointment with the neurosurgeons who needed to approve my return to work. Happy to report that I’ve been cleared to return next week. I really didn’t think it would happen that soon, but I’m super excited to be back in time for the final two regular season Vikings home games (and hopefully at least one playoff game before diving into Final Four prep). Big thanks to everyone at work who stepped in to help while I’ve been out – I’m looking forward to getting back out there. And thanks again to everyone who has facilitated and supported my recovery.
SKOL!Originally published by DK on December 5, 2018 at 2:10 pm
The place looked great – nicely doneOriginally published by DK on December 1, 2018 at 1:35 pm
Can’t wait to work againOriginally published by DK on November 25, 2018 at 8:32 pm
Stopped in at work after my HCMC appointmentOriginally published by DK on November 12, 2018 at 5:15 pm
Took a lot of coordination for delivery, but it’s beautifulOriginally published by DK on November 4, 2018 at 2:05 pm
SKOL, VIKINGS ?Originally published by DK on October 25, 2018 at 4:26 pm
Good luck to Justin and his team at tonight’s Timberwolves home opener against ClevelandOriginally published by DK on October 19, 2018 at 6:47 pm
Press box can be a very productive spotOriginally published by DK on October 3, 2018 at 2:57 pm
Vikes vs BillsOriginally published by DK on September 23, 2018 at 5:46 am
No, Apple, I really *don’t* want a passcode on these iPads – please stopping asking me three timesOriginally published by DK on September 20, 2018 at 1:46 pm
It’s a tough job, but someone had to do itOriginally published by DK on September 19, 2018 at 8:17 pm
Team building with Leo at Keller – shot an 86 from the bluesOriginally published by DK on September 14, 2018 at 10:59 am
Still wish they would’ve blown it upOriginally published by DK on September 13, 2018 at 12:34 pm
You just can’t go wrong with giant snakesOriginally published by DK on September 1, 2018 at 7:12 pm
TayTay @ my officeOriginally published by DK on September 1, 2018 at 2:18 am
Tired and crumpled upOriginally published by DK on August 31, 2018 at 4:32 pm
Still a cool effect, VikingsOriginally published by DK on August 24, 2018 at 7:29 pm
Everybody needs a quick rechargeOriginally published by DK on August 16, 2018 at 11:23 am
FuckeryOriginally published by DK on August 9, 2018 at 12:37 am
Those nets are hugeOriginally published by DK on July 31, 2018 at 5:56 pm
Doesn’t get any better than thisOriginally published by DK on July 22, 2018 at 2:24 pm
Highest quarter pipe jump ever @ X GamesOriginally published by DK on July 20, 2018 at 8:32 pm
Wait, the Mouse owns this event tooOriginally published by DK on July 20, 2018 at 10:32 am
X Games is such a cool eventOriginally published by DK on July 20, 2018 at 10:30 am
Coming soon to the office – ice cream if the futureOriginally published by DK on July 20, 2018 at 10:28 am
Seems like a safety issue (either way)Originally published by DK on June 29, 2018 at 2:38 pm
July will be busyOriginally published by DK on June 22, 2018 at 12:55 pm
https://www.sportsvideo.org/2018/06/20/minnesota-vikings-unveil-spectacular-media-facilities-at-tco-performance-center/Originally published by DK on June 21, 2018 at 11:24 am
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
Lots of interesting presentations @ Cisco Live!Originally published by DK on June 12, 2018 at 2:56 pm
Cisco Live! 2018, OrlandoOriginally published by DK on June 11, 2018 at 8:58 am
The early air choo-chooOriginally published by DK on June 10, 2018 at 6:25 am
See what happens when you open the beef jerky?Originally published by DK on June 7, 2018 at 10:13 am
But still proud of the 430+ miles I rodeOriginally published by DK on June 4, 2018 at 3:54 pm
…the party’s overOriginally published by DK on April 29, 2018 at 11:52 pm
Just a whole lotta dirt and gas fumesOriginally published by DK on April 14, 2018 at 11:27 am
So thankful for this optionOriginally published by DK on April 14, 2018 at 9:02 am
Monster Jam 2018Originally published by DK on April 7, 2018 at 2:55 pm
Three early baseball MOD shifts for 2018Originally published by DK on March 11, 2018 at 6:19 am
The big staff sale finally made it reasonableOriginally published by DK on March 7, 2018 at 12:44 pm
Now a full month in the rear-view mirror, Super Bowl LII is history. It’s hard to describe what it feels like to have this over and done – we’ve been talking and working towards that day for more than two years. I wrote a tweet about looking forward to the Monday after, but even that day had an early start and a full day of work breaking things down to prepare for the next event in the building.
People have asked me how it went, what would I do differently and how many celebrities I saw. My number one goal was to not be in the newspaper for the wrong reason, so mission accomplished in that regard. In fact, we did get some great press about crushing the WiFi record, so I’m very happy with that. The Super Bowl isn’t truly our event – the NFL runs and controls everything and we just assist as needed, so there wasn’t much I could really change. As for stars, I (politely) asked Peyton Manning to get out of my way, but that was about it.
The NFL uses many different companies to help put on the event and it was a pleasure working with all of them. In the technology realm, we worked with WBL Services of Seattle, owned by Bill Lipscomb. He and his team of nerds (lead by the super smart Nikos Mouat) were a huge help in supporting not only the stadium, but all of the activations around the metro. Todd Barnes and his team from Populous performed with a logistical calmness that would drive most people insane. I was also impressed with the graphics team from bluemedia, who created signage and displays all around town that looked beautiful.
In addition to all of these groups, we re-enlisted many of the people that helped design and build the stadium to come back for game day support. This included my favorite team of engineers from CenturyLink (Andy, Mark, Evan, Dennis and Greg) and the amazing group of WiFi experts at AmpThink, lead by Bill Anderson and Wesley Terry. Parsons, Cisco, Verizon and WIN also had small armies of support people ready to help if needed and the Department of Homeland Security had our back monitoring for network threats the entire time. And kudos to the NBC broadcast crew, who really turned out to be self-supporting the entire week.
So what’s next? Personally, I’m going on vacation later this month with the whole family. Events like the Super Bowl require a ton of time away from home and come with a stress level that is not “super” beneficial for one’s health, so it will be good to get away and recharge. I’ll also pay a visit this month to Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the home of Super Bowl LIII. Their team was up here before our event and I’m looking forward to sharing stories (and seeing their cool new building). Everyone is now talking about the Final Four, but we have a whole lot of other work to do before then. Never a dull moment…Originally published by DK on March 6, 2018 at 2:39 pm
First games start tomorrowOriginally published by DK on February 26, 2018 at 2:09 pm
Way to rock it, ops departmentOriginally published by DK on February 16, 2018 at 10:52 pm
Originally published by DK on February 9, 2018 at 10:26 am
JT, you forgot your signOriginally published by DK on February 8, 2018 at 2:46 pm
He’s the secret weaponOriginally published by DK on February 6, 2018 at 10:53 pm
https://www.today.com/video/this-year-s-super-bowl-stadium-flexes-its-high-tech-muscles-1153401411949Originally published by DK on February 6, 2018 at 2:36 pm
Step 1: open building. Step 2: host Super Bowl LIIOriginally published by DK on February 5, 2018 at 12:42 pm
Yup, the confetti was shaped like the trophyOriginally published by DK on February 5, 2018 at 10:42 am
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I don’t know, I thought the halftime show was pretty goodOriginally published by DK on February 5, 2018 at 2:54 am