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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

Never would’ve guessed #1

Posted Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 08:39 pm GMT -5 in Business,Concerts,Links,Music,Work at 8:39 PM

https://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/touring/8488873/the-year-in-touring-charts-ed-sheeran-claims-2018s-top-tour-taylor

Originally published by DK on December 5, 2018 at 8:39 pm

Put me in, coach

Posted Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 02:10 pm GMT -5 in Family,Football,Friends,Mini Posts,Personal,Work at 2:10 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 ops team rocked it

Posted Saturday, December 1st, 2018 01:35 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Sports,Work at 1:35 PM

The place looked great – nicely done

Originally published by DK on December 1, 2018 at 1:35 pm

Never wanted a hot dog more

Posted Sunday, November 25th, 2018 08:32 pm GMT -5 in Food,Football,Work at 8:32 PM

Can’t wait to work again

Originally published by DK on November 25, 2018 at 8:32 pm

Great to see everyone

Posted Monday, November 12th, 2018 05:15 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Personal,Work at 5:15 PM

Stopped in at work after my HCMC appointment

Originally published by DK on November 12, 2018 at 5:15 pm

Thank you, MSFA

Posted Sunday, November 4th, 2018 02:05 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Work at 2:05 PM

Took a lot of coordination for delivery, but it’s beautiful

Originally published by DK on November 4, 2018 at 2:05 pm

I ❤️ the people I work with

Posted Thursday, October 25th, 2018 04:26 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Football,Friends,Personal,Work at 4:26 PM

SKOL, VIKINGS ?

Originally published by DK on October 25, 2018 at 4:26 pm

NotATweet: Timberwolves home opener

Posted Friday, October 19th, 2018 06:47 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Sports,Work at 6:47 PM

Good luck to Justin and his team at tonight’s Timberwolves home opener against Cleveland

Originally published by DK on October 19, 2018 at 6:47 pm

Quiet at the office

Posted Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 02:57 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 2:57 PM

Press box can be a very productive spot

Originally published by DK on October 3, 2018 at 2:57 pm

Early donut-making

Posted Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 05:46 am GMT -5 in Football,Work at 5:46 AM

Vikes vs Bills

Originally published by DK on September 23, 2018 at 5:46 am

NotATweet: frickin’ Apple dialog warnings

Posted Thursday, September 20th, 2018 01:46 pm GMT -5 in Technology,Tweets,Work at 1:46 PM

No, Apple, I really *don’t* want a passcode on these iPads – please stopping asking me three times

Originally published by DK on September 20, 2018 at 1:46 pm

Sponsor golf for charity

Posted Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 08:17 pm GMT -5 in Charities,Friends,Golf,Work at 8:17 PM

It’s a tough job, but someone had to do it

Originally published by DK on September 19, 2018 at 8:17 pm

NotATweet: Golf at Keller with Leo

Posted Friday, September 14th, 2018 10:59 am GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Shopping,Work at 10:59 AM

Team building with Leo at Keller – shot an 86 from the blues

Originally published by DK on September 14, 2018 at 10:59 am

Destruction from within

Posted Thursday, September 13th, 2018 12:34 pm GMT -5 in Business,Work at 12:34 PM

Still wish they would’ve blown it up

Originally published by DK on September 13, 2018 at 12:34 pm

Why’d it have to be snakes?

Posted Saturday, September 1st, 2018 07:12 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Work at 7:12 PM

You just can’t go wrong with giant snakes

Originally published by DK on September 1, 2018 at 7:12 pm

Quite the production

Posted Saturday, September 1st, 2018 02:18 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Work at 2:18 AM

TayTay @ my office

Originally published by DK on September 1, 2018 at 2:18 am

This is how my body feels

Posted Friday, August 31st, 2018 04:32 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Work at 4:32 PM

Tired and crumpled up

Originally published by DK on August 31, 2018 at 4:32 pm

Wish I had a real camera

Posted Friday, August 24th, 2018 07:29 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 7:29 PM

Still a cool effect, Vikings

Originally published by DK on August 24, 2018 at 7:29 pm

MOR POWER

Posted Thursday, August 16th, 2018 11:23 am GMT -5 in Technology,Work at 11:23 AM

Everybody needs a quick recharge

Originally published by DK on August 16, 2018 at 11:23 am

Carters at the office

Posted Thursday, August 9th, 2018 12:37 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Work at 12:37 AM

Fuckery

Originally published by DK on August 9, 2018 at 12:37 am

Don’t envy goalies

Posted Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 05:56 pm GMT -5 in Sports,Work at 5:56 PM

Those nets are huge

Originally published by DK on July 31, 2018 at 5:56 pm

My spirit animal

Posted Sunday, July 22nd, 2018 02:24 pm GMT -5 in Art,Work at 2:24 PM

Doesn’t get any better than this

Originally published by DK on July 22, 2018 at 2:24 pm

Historic Height

Posted Friday, July 20th, 2018 08:32 pm GMT -5 in History,Sports,Work at 8:32 PM

Highest quarter pipe jump ever @ X Games

Originally published by DK on July 20, 2018 at 8:32 pm

Does the Mouse know about this?

Posted Friday, July 20th, 2018 10:32 am GMT -5 in Art,Work at 10:32 AM

Wait, the Mouse owns this event too

Originally published by DK on July 20, 2018 at 10:32 am

Unlike all others

Posted Friday, July 20th, 2018 10:30 am GMT -5 in Art,Sports,Work at 10:30 AM

X Games is such a cool event

Originally published by DK on July 20, 2018 at 10:30 am

Good capex or best capex?

Posted Friday, July 20th, 2018 10:28 am GMT -5 in Food,Work at 10:28 AM

Coming soon to the office – ice cream if the future

Originally published by DK on July 20, 2018 at 10:28 am

Never seen that before

Posted Friday, June 29th, 2018 02:38 pm GMT -5 in Work at 2:38 PM

Seems like a safety issue (either way)

Originally published by DK on June 29, 2018 at 2:38 pm

Work on the train

Posted Friday, June 22nd, 2018 12:55 pm GMT -5 in Sports,Work at 12:55 PM

July will be busy

Originally published by DK on June 22, 2018 at 12:55 pm

Harper’s new toys in Eagan

Posted Thursday, June 21st, 2018 11:24 am GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Links,Work at 11:24 AM

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

Cisco Live! Orlando 2018

Posted Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 03:08 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Food,Technology,Travel,Work at 3:08 PM

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

Innovation Showcase

Posted Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 02:56 pm GMT -5 in Technology,Travel,Work at 2:56 PM

Lots of interesting presentations @ Cisco Live!

Originally published by DK on June 12, 2018 at 2:56 pm

Florida NerdFest ?

Posted Monday, June 11th, 2018 08:58 am GMT -5 in Technology,Travel,Work at 8:58 AM

Cisco Live! 2018, Orlando

Originally published by DK on June 11, 2018 at 8:58 am

Off to Orlando

Posted Sunday, June 10th, 2018 06:25 am GMT -5 in Travel,Work at 6:25 AM

The early air choo-choo

Originally published by DK on June 10, 2018 at 6:25 am

Today’s office doge

Posted Thursday, June 7th, 2018 10:13 am GMT -5 in Pets,Work at 10:13 AM

See what happens when you open the beef jerky?

Originally published by DK on June 7, 2018 at 10:13 am

Not the outcome I wanted

Posted Monday, June 4th, 2018 03:54 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Work at 3:54 PM

But still proud of the 430+ miles I rode

Originally published by DK on June 4, 2018 at 3:54 pm

Turn out the lights…

Posted Sunday, April 29th, 2018 11:52 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 11:52 PM

…the party’s over

Originally published by DK on April 29, 2018 at 11:52 pm

No snow or ice here

Posted Saturday, April 14th, 2018 11:27 am GMT -5 in Sports,Work at 11:27 AM

Just a whole lotta dirt and gas fumes

Originally published by DK on April 14, 2018 at 11:27 am

The choo-choo wins again

Posted Saturday, April 14th, 2018 09:02 am GMT -5 in Personal,Weather,Work at 9:02 AM

So thankful for this option

Originally published by DK on April 14, 2018 at 9:02 am

Party in the Pit

Posted Saturday, April 7th, 2018 02:55 pm GMT -5 in Work at 2:55 PM

Monster Jam 2018

Originally published by DK on April 7, 2018 at 2:55 pm

Last Day

Posted Sunday, March 11th, 2018 06:19 am GMT -5 in Baseball,Work at 6:19 AM

Three early baseball MOD shifts for 2018

Originally published by DK on March 11, 2018 at 6:19 am
 

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  • Twins vs. Tampa Bay - 6/25/19
  • Saints vs. Lincoln - 7/2/19
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  • Twins vs. Oakland - 7/21/19
  • Saints All Star Game - 7/23/19
  • Saints vs. Cleburne - 7/24/19
  • Saints vs. KC - 7/28/19
  • Twins vs. Braves - 8/7/19
  • Saints vs. Gary - 8/11/19
  • Saints vs. Winnipeg - 8/13/19
  • Vikings vs. Seattle - 8/18/19
  • Vikings vs. Arizona - 8/24/19
  • Saints vs. Chicago - 8/25/19
  • Saints vs. Chicago - 8/26/19
  • Vikings vs. Atlanta - 9/8/19
  • Twins vs. Washington - 9/11/19
  • Vikings vs. Raiders - 9/22/19
  • Vikings vs. Eagles - 10/13/19
  • Vikings vs. Washington - 10/24/19
  • Vikings vs. Denver - 11/17/19
  • Vikings vs. Lions - 12/8/19
  • Vikings vs. Packers - 12/23/19
  • Vikings vs. Bears - 12/29/19

Upcoming Concerts

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  • Snoop Dogg - 4/26, Treasure Island
  • Garth Brooks - 5/3, USBS
  • Garth Brooks - 5/4, USBS
  • P!nk - 5/5, Xcel
  • Rock Bottom Remainders - 5/10, First Ave
  • The Minus 5 - 6/20, Turf Club
  • The Lonely Island - 6/29, Armory
  • Trampled By Turtles - 7/6, Bayfront
  • Jeff Lynne's ELO - 7/25, Xcel
  • Tenacious D - 7/30, Palace
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates - 8/28, Grandstand
  • Avett Brothers & TBT - 9/21, Treasure Island
  • The Black Keys - 9/28, Target Center