7 Minute Miles

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

Thank you, Lyft driver

Posted Sunday, July 21st, 2019 10:57 am GMT -5 in Family,Work at 10:57 AM

Well, not really a Lyft driver

Originally published by DK on July 21, 2019 at 10:57 am

Macho Nacho

Posted Monday, July 8th, 2019 01:09 pm GMT -5 in Food,Work at 1:09 PM

As opposed to?

Originally published by DK on July 8, 2019 at 1:09 pm

Buffalo chicken poutine

Posted Thursday, June 13th, 2019 06:18 pm GMT -5 in Baseball,Food,Work at 6:18 PM

Delta 360 Club @ Target Field

Originally published by DK on June 13, 2019 at 6:18 pm

Picture perfect meeting

Posted Thursday, June 6th, 2019 12:33 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Work at 12:33 PM

Number 16 @ Windsong Farm

Originally published by DK on June 6, 2019 at 12:33 pm

Another OG moves on

Posted Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 09:58 am GMT -5 in Food,Football,Friends,Work at 9:58 AM

Good luck to Toyya in SoCal

Originally published by DK on June 5, 2019 at 9:58 am

Mission Accomplished

Posted Monday, June 3rd, 2019 10:53 am GMT -5 in Biking,Personal,Work at 10:53 AM

Who let the guy with the TBI win?

Originally published by DK on June 3, 2019 at 10:53 am

The OGs

Posted Saturday, June 1st, 2019 11:45 am GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Work at 11:45 AM

Culture + colleagues

Originally published by DK on June 1, 2019 at 11:45 am

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

Mr. Garth Brooks

Posted Friday, May 3rd, 2019 11:11 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Work at 11:11 PM

People were really into this one

Originally published by DK on May 3, 2019 at 11:11 pm

RIP Michael Cobb

Posted Friday, May 3rd, 2019 10:59 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Work at 10:59 PM

Always a smile, always helpful and kind

Originally published by DK on May 3, 2019 at 10:59 pm

Shape one and see

Posted Friday, May 3rd, 2019 03:21 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Fashion,Music,Work at 3:21 PM

Ready to get our hee-haw on

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

If you draft another corner…

Posted Thursday, April 25th, 2019 09:20 pm GMT -5 in Football,Sports,Work at 9:20 PM

…don’t come home

Originally published by DK on April 25, 2019 at 9:20 pm

This still cracks me up

Posted Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 03:08 pm GMT -5 in Technology,Work at 3:08 PM

Nerd humor, amirite?

Originally published by DK on April 23, 2019 at 3:08 pm

The Road Ends

Posted Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 03:18 am GMT -5 in Sports,Work at 3:18 AM

Yup, I’m still here (no trains until 4:13am)

Originally published by DK on April 9, 2019 at 3:18 am

The road to the pizza party

Posted Monday, April 8th, 2019 03:11 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Sports,Work at 3:11 PM

…ends here.

Originally published by DK on April 8, 2019 at 3:11 pm

The league’s best venue

Posted Sunday, April 7th, 2019 04:07 pm GMT -5 in Football,Links,Sports,Work at 4:07 PM

Vikings stadium seamlessly transitions to basketball hub

Originally published by DK on April 7, 2019 at 4:07 pm

Not our worst season

Posted Saturday, April 6th, 2019 02:59 pm GMT -5 in Sports,Work at 2:59 PM

TRUTH

Originally published by DK on April 6, 2019 at 2:59 pm

DO feed the nerds

Posted Thursday, April 4th, 2019 09:30 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Sports,Work at 9:30 PM

IT Command will be the place to be the next three days

Originally published by DK on April 4, 2019 at 9:30 pm

Today’s lunch visitor

Posted Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 02:12 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Work at 2:12 PM

Calm amongst the chaos

Originally published by DK on April 2, 2019 at 2:12 pm

A ramp with a view

Posted Thursday, March 28th, 2019 08:37 am GMT -5 in Work at 8:37 AM

Yes, doctor, I stayed away from the edge of the roof…

Originally published by DK on March 28, 2019 at 8:37 am

Pork Boy

Posted Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 08:32 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Sports,Work at 8:32 PM

We are all just a bunch of meat sacks…

Originally published by DK on March 27, 2019 at 8:32 pm

Respect the icicle

Posted Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 08:06 am GMT -5 in Weather,Work at 8:06 AM

So glad it’s gone

Originally published by DK on March 20, 2019 at 8:06 am

The banners are up

Posted Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 10:38 pm GMT -5 in Sports,Work at 10:38 PM

…and the countdown is on

Originally published by DK on March 6, 2019 at 10:38 pm

Good luck, Rob – please support

Posted Friday, March 1st, 2019 01:39 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Links,Personal,Work at 1:39 PM

https://www.gofundme.com/6xi8fpc

Originally published by DK on March 1, 2019 at 1:39 pm

Everybody worships something

Posted Monday, February 25th, 2019 02:51 pm GMT -5 in Business,Links,Work at 2:51 PM

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/02/religion-workism-making-americans-miserable/583441/

Originally published by DK on February 25, 2019 at 2:51 pm

On to the End of the Road

Posted Sunday, February 17th, 2019 06:40 pm GMT -5 in Family,Friends,Sports,Work at 6:40 PM

Now that Monster Jam is over, it’s full on Final Four

Originally published by DK on February 17, 2019 at 6:40 pm

Baby Diggers in the house

Posted Friday, February 15th, 2019 10:06 am GMT -5 in Sports,Work at 10:06 AM

What a franchise, eh?

Originally published by DK on February 15, 2019 at 10:06 am

Bring on the Monsters

Posted Monday, February 11th, 2019 02:16 pm GMT -5 in Sports,Work at 2:16 PM

Monster Jam returns Saturday

Originally published by DK on February 11, 2019 at 2:16 pm

Today at the stadium

Posted Saturday, February 9th, 2019 04:29 pm GMT -5 in History,Sports,Technology,Work at 4:29 PM

I thought I felt a little déjà vu

Originally published by DK on February 9, 2019 at 4:29 pm

RV Tetris

Posted Thursday, January 31st, 2019 01:42 pm GMT -5 in Business,Work at 1:42 PM

The little ones on the concourse were pretty nice, eh?

Originally published by DK on January 31, 2019 at 1:42 pm

Up and running

Posted Friday, January 25th, 2019 05:32 pm GMT -5 in Work at 5:32 PM

Hope there are no major issues this weekend…

Originally published by DK on January 25, 2019 at 5:32 pm

Longhouse, no more

Posted Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 06:44 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 6:44 PM

It’s almost gone again

Originally published by DK on January 16, 2019 at 6:44 pm

Holiday party in the burbs

Posted Monday, January 14th, 2019 07:07 pm GMT -5 in Holidays,Work at 7:07 PM

Bowlero Brooklyn Park (or is it Center?)

Originally published by DK on January 14, 2019 at 7:07 pm

Puppy day in the office

Posted Thursday, January 10th, 2019 11:48 am GMT -5 in Pets,Work at 11:48 AM

This one was called “Cagney”

Originally published by DK on January 10, 2019 at 11:48 am

Glad we have these

Posted Friday, January 4th, 2019 10:18 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Work at 10:18 PM

Blood-thinners are no joke

Originally published by DK on January 4, 2019 at 10:18 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

Rough day at the office

Posted Sunday, December 30th, 2018 05:13 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 5:13 PM

So far, anyways

Originally published by DK on December 30, 2018 at 5:13 pm

Laptop sticker retirement

Posted Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 08:16 pm GMT -5 in Art,Design,Technology,Work at 8:16 PM

They just don’t come off

Originally published by DK on December 18, 2018 at 8:16 pm

A festive office break room

Posted Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 12:38 pm GMT -5 in Food,Holidays,Work at 12:38 PM

Thanks, Aramark!

Originally published by DK on December 18, 2018 at 12:38 pm

Officially back making donuts

Posted Sunday, December 16th, 2018 09:49 am GMT -5 in Football,Work at 9:49 AM

Almost ready…

Originally published by DK on December 16, 2018 at 9:49 am

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

It’s like time stood still

Posted Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 11:48 am GMT -5 in Art,Design,Disney,Work at 11:48 AM

Getting my office current again

Originally published by DK on December 11, 2018 at 11:48 am

Foreshadowing?

Posted Thursday, December 6th, 2018 12:16 pm GMT -5 in Art,Personal,Work at 12:16 PM

Scene of my incident; artwork in the new Hennepin Healthcare building

Originally published by DK on December 6, 2018 at 12:16 pm
 

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