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Fall (re)construction

Posted Saturday, October 10th, 2020 05:47 pm GMT -5 in Football,Weather,Work at 5:47 PM

It’s coming back together again – slowly

Originally published by DK on October 10, 2020 at 5:47 pm

Please wear your mask

Posted Monday, September 14th, 2020 01:13 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 1:13 PM

Correctly, too

Originally published by DK on September 14, 2020 at 1:13 pm

Well…how did I get here?

Posted Friday, September 11th, 2020 11:21 pm GMT -5 in Mini Posts,Technology,Work at 11:21 PM

 

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ĕs″ə-tĕr′ĭk
adj. Intended for or understood by only a small group, especially one with specialized knowledge or interests: synonym: mysterious.

Mysterious?

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).

Seriously, though:

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Who talks like that?

Originally published by DK on September 11, 2020 at 11:21 pm

Skol Vikings

Posted Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 07:31 am GMT -5 in Football,Work at 7:31 AM

Are you ready for some football?

Originally published by DK on September 9, 2020 at 7:31 am

On Safety

Posted Sunday, August 23rd, 2020 09:07 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Food,Personal,Politics,Science,Work at 9:07 PM

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

New art at the office

Posted Thursday, August 20th, 2020 09:52 pm GMT -5 in Art,Football,Work at 9:52 PM

Lower Pentair lobby @ USBS

Originally published by DK on August 20, 2020 at 9:52 pm

Making do with what we have

Posted Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 01:35 pm GMT -5 in Business,Technology,Work at 1:35 PM

The SSD drive upgrades do help

Originally published by DK on August 19, 2020 at 1:35 pm

Don’t Be A-Freight To Change

Posted Saturday, August 15th, 2020 08:47 pm GMT -5 in Business,History,Work at 8:47 PM

I forgot that was one of my first ever projects – NWA Newswire, February 11, 1992

Originally published by DK on August 15, 2020 at 8:47 pm

The Al Michaels seat is 🔥

Posted Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 03:41 pm GMT -5 in Football,Technology,Work at 3:41 PM

Testing broadcast connections

Originally published by DK on July 28, 2020 at 3:41 pm

The board mounts arrived

Posted Monday, July 27th, 2020 04:34 pm GMT -5 in Art,Design,Pop Culture,Sports,Work at 4:34 PM

Too bad there won’t be a fourth

Originally published by DK on July 27, 2020 at 4:34 pm

Still ready and waiting

Posted Monday, July 20th, 2020 08:36 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 8:36 PM

Looked good today @ USBS

Originally published by DK on July 20, 2020 at 8:36 pm

Field is still there

Posted Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 01:28 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 1:28 PM

Hoping it gets used in 2020

Originally published by DK on June 17, 2020 at 1:28 pm

Forgot how good this is

Posted Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 04:19 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Work at 4:19 PM

Troy Burne, Hudson, Wisconsin

Originally published by DK on May 27, 2020 at 4:19 pm

The schedule is set

Posted Thursday, May 7th, 2020 09:15 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 9:15 PM

Hope it sticks (even if it’s TV-only)

Originally published by DK on May 7, 2020 at 9:15 pm

Do not enter

Posted Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 03:24 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 3:24 PM

Still there, still closed

Originally published by DK on May 5, 2020 at 3:24 pm

Congratulations, Leo

Posted Friday, May 1st, 2020 09:48 am GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Golf,Work at 9:48 AM

Well-earned retirement

Originally published by DK on May 1, 2020 at 9:48 am

Drove around a bit

Posted Thursday, April 30th, 2020 06:50 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 6:50 PM

So bittersweet right now

Originally published by DK on April 30, 2020 at 6:50 pm

Empty stadium, empty office

Posted Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 12:43 pm GMT -5 in Technology,Work at 12:43 PM

Not too shabby

Originally published by DK on April 1, 2020 at 12:43 pm

Construction 3.0

Posted Monday, March 16th, 2020 07:29 pm GMT -5 in Business,Concerts,Music,Work at 7:29 PM

Man, I hope the Stones still get to play

Originally published by DK on March 16, 2020 at 7:29 pm

I spy a Coronavirus Queen

Posted Sunday, March 15th, 2020 03:59 pm GMT -5 in Business,Family,Work at 3:59 PM

Colleen in the Allina command center

Originally published by DK on March 15, 2020 at 3:59 pm

This list keeps growing :(

Posted Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 05:06 pm GMT -5 in Links,Sports,Work at 5:06 PM

https://www.isitcanceledyet.com/

Originally published by DK on March 11, 2020 at 5:06 pm

Only one day left

Posted Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 03:22 pm GMT -5 in Baseball,Work at 3:22 PM

Foul ball at the very end of the session

Originally published by DK on March 10, 2020 at 3:22 pm

Only a few days left

Posted Friday, March 6th, 2020 03:29 pm GMT -5 in Baseball,Work at 3:29 PM

Baseball in this building looks so wonky

Originally published by DK on March 6, 2020 at 3:29 pm

Entry-level nerds needed

Posted Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 11:40 am GMT -5 in Links,Technology,Work at 11:40 AM

https://www.usbankstadium.com/connect-with-us/employment

Originally published by DK on March 3, 2020 at 11:40 am

Meet Minneapolis 2020

Posted Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 12:20 pm GMT -5 in Business,Work at 12:20 PM

But what about Saint Paul?

Originally published by DK on February 25, 2020 at 12:20 pm

Office visitors

Posted Saturday, February 15th, 2020 09:28 pm GMT -5 in Family,Work at 9:28 PM

Sunday, SUNDAY, Sunday

Originally published by DK on February 15, 2020 at 9:28 pm

This can only mean one thing

Posted Friday, February 14th, 2020 05:11 pm GMT -5 in Food,Work at 5:11 PM

$20 snow cones for all!

Originally published by DK on February 14, 2020 at 5:11 pm

Purple piece of history

Posted Thursday, January 30th, 2020 10:06 pm GMT -5 in Football,History,Work at 10:06 PM

Original turf sample from U.S. Bank Stadium

Originally published by DK on January 30, 2020 at 10:06 pm

Fire, fire, FIRE

Posted Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 12:56 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Work at 12:56 PM

Ich liebe dich

Originally published by DK on January 21, 2020 at 12:56 pm

Yeah, I’d hang out here

Posted Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 02:31 pm GMT -5 in Business,Football,Work at 2:31 PM

Everybody is in your way, but it would be cool once or twice

Originally published by DK on December 18, 2019 at 2:31 pm

Survived another Jam

Posted Sunday, December 15th, 2019 09:41 am GMT -5 in Work at 9:41 AM

Now get all the dust out of here, please

Originally published by DK on December 15, 2019 at 9:41 am

That one will be nuts

Posted Sunday, December 8th, 2019 04:46 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 4:46 PM

And on Monday Night too

Originally published by DK on December 8, 2019 at 4:46 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

The OGs remember

Posted Saturday, November 30th, 2019 05:35 pm GMT -5 in Business,History,Work at 5:35 PM

Thanks for the memories, Mortenson

Originally published by DK on November 30, 2019 at 5:35 pm

Conference slide of the day

Posted Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 02:23 pm GMT -5 in Business,Television,Work at 2:23 PM

Mood.

Originally published by DK on November 19, 2019 at 2:23 pm

Four days of football

Posted Friday, November 15th, 2019 04:33 pm GMT -5 in Football,Schools,Work at 4:33 PM

So. Much. Football.

Originally published by DK on November 15, 2019 at 4:33 pm

Question of the Day

Posted Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 10:02 am GMT -5 in Personal,Work at 10:02 AM

Good thing they didn’t give me one of those boards

Originally published by DK on November 13, 2019 at 10:02 am

A long, long time ago

Posted Saturday, November 9th, 2019 12:50 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Work at 12:50 PM

Aging sucks

Originally published by DK on November 9, 2019 at 12:50 pm

Good luck, Justin

Posted Friday, November 8th, 2019 08:31 am GMT -5 in Friends,Work at 8:31 AM

See, they can appear in the same room at the same time

Originally published by DK on November 8, 2019 at 8:31 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

Welcome to the Ring

Posted Thursday, October 24th, 2019 08:27 pm GMT -5 in Football,Sports,Work at 8:27 PM

Blow that horn, Steve Jordan

Originally published by DK on October 24, 2019 at 8:27 pm

Hadn’t seen this before

Posted Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 12:09 pm GMT -5 in Art,Football,Work at 12:09 PM

Super Bowl LII artwork

Originally published by DK on October 23, 2019 at 12:09 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

Halfway done

Posted Sunday, October 13th, 2019 04:30 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 4:30 PM

Impressive win by the home team

Originally published by DK on October 13, 2019 at 4:30 pm

Good luck, Janette!

Posted Friday, October 11th, 2019 01:11 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Shopping,Work at 1:11 PM

L.A. is lucky to get you

Originally published by DK on October 11, 2019 at 1:11 pm

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

Let the testing begin!

Posted Monday, October 7th, 2019 05:08 pm GMT -5 in Technology,Work at 5:08 PM

Catalina (10.15 arrives on my MacBook Air)

Originally published by DK on October 7, 2019 at 5:08 pm

Imagine the Cookies

Posted Friday, October 4th, 2019 04:37 pm GMT -5 in Business,Food,Work at 4:37 PM

Thank you Target Center (and Shelly)

Originally published by DK on October 4, 2019 at 4:37 pm

Welcome to a new dawn

Posted Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 09:18 am GMT -5 in Work at 9:18 AM

…in imagining experiences!

Originally published by DK on October 1, 2019 at 9:18 am

Just another Wednesday

Posted Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 11:35 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Work at 11:35 PM

Four bars, two cities, one night

Originally published by DK on September 25, 2019 at 11:35 pm

Night Mode on the new phone

Posted Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 07:37 am GMT -5 in Football,Technology,Work at 7:37 AM

All the field lights were completely off when I took this…

Originally published by DK on September 22, 2019 at 7:37 am

Twins Arete

Posted Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 06:34 pm GMT -5 in Baseball,Friends,Sports,Technology,Work at 6:34 PM

John Avenson bringing the heat

Originally published by DK on September 18, 2019 at 6:34 pm

Love this crew

Posted Friday, August 30th, 2019 11:19 pm GMT -5 in Food,Football,Friends,Work at 11:19 PM

Thanks Rich (and team) for a great day

Originally published by DK on August 30, 2019 at 11:19 pm

Preseason #2

Posted Saturday, August 24th, 2019 01:53 pm GMT -5 in Football,Sports,Work at 1:53 PM

They should all count

Originally published by DK on August 24, 2019 at 1:53 pm

Still finding stuff from this

Posted Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 03:25 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Sports,Work at 3:25 PM

That was quite a weekend, though

Originally published by DK on August 13, 2019 at 3:25 pm

Ticket system #4

Posted Monday, August 12th, 2019 08:15 pm GMT -5 in Football,Technology,Work at 8:15 PM

Technically five, I think

Originally published by DK on August 12, 2019 at 8:15 pm

Open the Gates

Posted Monday, August 12th, 2019 08:13 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 8:13 PM

It’s almost that time

Originally published by DK on August 12, 2019 at 8:13 pm

Three down, one to go

Posted Friday, August 9th, 2019 11:56 am GMT -5 in Design,Sports,Work at 11:56 AM

So long, X Games

Originally published by DK on August 9, 2019 at 11:56 am

The longhouse is coming

Posted Thursday, August 8th, 2019 04:06 pm GMT -5 in Business,Football,Work at 4:06 PM

Why isn’t this just permanent?

Originally published by DK on August 8, 2019 at 4:06 pm

Are you ready for some football?

Posted Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 03:55 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 3:55 PM

No.

Originally published by DK on August 6, 2019 at 3:55 pm

Damn Hooligans

Posted Sunday, August 4th, 2019 12:36 pm GMT -5 in Sports,Work at 12:36 PM

Spin you right round, baby, right round

Originally published by DK on August 4, 2019 at 12:36 pm

The morning commute

Posted Friday, August 2nd, 2019 01:32 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Work at 1:32 PM

Started work late, but will still probably be here 14 hours

Originally published by DK on August 2, 2019 at 1:32 pm

Chevy Metal @ Armory

Posted Thursday, August 1st, 2019 11:25 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Work at 11:25 PM

Solo Foo Fighter – left before any Grohl sightings

Originally published by DK on August 1, 2019 at 11:25 pm

X Games history

Posted Thursday, August 1st, 2019 09:28 pm GMT -5 in Sports,Work at 9:28 PM

Four in a row + indoor vert

Originally published by DK on August 1, 2019 at 9:28 pm

I am Angst

Posted Thursday, August 1st, 2019 06:16 pm GMT -5 in Movies,Work at 6:16 PM

X Fest 2019, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on August 1, 2019 at 6:16 pm

Look who’s back

Posted Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 12:09 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Work at 12:09 PM

Great to see our visitor from Indiana for X Games

Originally published by DK on July 31, 2019 at 12:09 pm

This will be a busy week

Posted Sunday, July 28th, 2019 05:11 pm GMT -5 in Art,Games,Sports,Work at 5:11 PM

XGMN19 – now with e-sports

Originally published by DK on July 28, 2019 at 5:11 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

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

Beer pipes

Posted Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 02:07 pm GMT -5 in Food,Work at 2:07 PM

They seem extra large to me

Originally published by DK on July 24, 2019 at 2:07 pm
 

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