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Forgot about the “Hills” part

pic posted Sunday, May 26th, 2019 01:52 pm GMT -5

First bonus time single track and it’s totally kicking my ass

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, May 26th, 2019 01:30 pm GMT -5

Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy, sunshine in my eyes can make me cry…

- John Denver

quoted Sunday, May 26th, 2019 11:55 am GMT -5

Hi, Mom ❤️

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Kid two grad party

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Better weather here

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No Dogs (at the market)

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As the workers stay enslaved, I spent the day in bed. I’m not my type, but I love my bed…

- Morrissey

quoted Saturday, May 25th, 2019 02:00 am GMT -5

Haven’t done much air travel the past year, but are we at peak therapy dog?

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, May 25th, 2019 01:54 am GMT -5

Leaving Las Vegas (2019)

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Hope the bean counters don’t find out how much they spend on the gardens

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, May 24th, 2019 02:39 pm GMT -5

Chicken + honey @ the old Cafe Bellagio

pic posted Friday, May 24th, 2019 01:50 pm GMT -5

It’s amazing how much change there is in Vegas year over year

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, May 24th, 2019 11:37 am GMT -5

She “LOVED” it

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Great experience at Spago

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Way slower than last week

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Bellagio Still Life

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Look what I found at Caesar’s Palace

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 05:56 pm GMT -5

Caesar’s saves the day

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Never run out of options here

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THE RAIDERS ARE COMING

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Can’t imagine the engineering to have reliable plumbing infrastructure in a 3,044 room hotel

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 12:33 pm GMT -5

New zip lines at Linq

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Belated Birthdays

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Sunny, but cold (and windy)

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The Cosmopolitan has really made some smart moves

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 03:12 pm GMT -5

The new food court at Cosmo is 100%

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We call this one “Stompy” – he’s a Good Boy

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 12:20 pm GMT -5

Haven’t played this in ages

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Game of Thrones Cirque

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Dinner, night one

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Match three (and the first two were “MAXI”)

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 05:26 pm GMT -5

I love this town

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First up

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As an old school “traditional” airline person, I find Southwest’s operating procedures highly interesting

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 03:53 pm GMT -5

We have arrived

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Window seat + together

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Denver layover

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MSP-DEN-LAS

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The new shoes have shipped

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Perfect morning on the river today

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, May 20th, 2019 11:45 am GMT -5

Safely back from Seattle

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The new seats are A-OK

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Random Brain Dump 5.2019

story posted Sunday, May 19th, 2019 02:39 pm GMT -5

Some stuff from a cold, rainy Sunday afternoon in Minnesota:

  • I feel like generational labels like Gen X and Millennial are a lazy way to stereotype, blame and criticize groups of people that would never be allowed based on traits other than birth year.
  • On a related note, publications and organizations that use “X Under X” awards are really just ageist money grabs for additional advertising revenue.
  • We really enjoyed BlacKkKlansman – MK couldn’t believe some people are actually like that in real life.
  • Wasn’t sure the Falvey/Levine/Baldelli regime with the Twins would ever take hold, but wow, what a start to the season.
  • Thought we’d be empty-nesters soon, but I’m starting to think you never really get to be empty-nesters.
  • Looks like the WordPress 5.2 update might be secretly breaking things behind the scenes for some websites.
  • The Black Course at Bethpage does appear to be Extremely Difficult.

Vegas next week – prepare for a wave of food and gaming pics here soon…

4AM Wakeup Call

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I hear the clock, it’s six a.m. I feel so far from where I’ve been. I got my eggs and my pancakes too. I got my maple syrup, everything but you…

- You Were Meant For Me

quoted Sunday, May 19th, 2019 06:01 am GMT -5

Greg’s Meats 24/7

pic posted Saturday, May 18th, 2019 09:59 pm GMT -5

Wow! Congrats to @KaitSchiltz and Yaniha Geibel on amazing times at Spring Superior

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, May 18th, 2019 04:22 pm GMT -5

One of the few pars today

pic posted Saturday, May 18th, 2019 11:39 am GMT -5

In honor of Ride To Work Day, I passed 300 miles for the month (and can’t feel my fingertips)

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, May 17th, 2019 09:28 pm GMT -5

Bonus baseball is the best

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Saints opening night

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Good luck to @DerekSharrer and the entire CHS Field team on another @StPaulSaints home opener

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, May 16th, 2019 05:29 pm GMT -5

My best world ranking ever

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Awesome week so far

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Pushing (my) boundaries

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Minnesota doesn’t get many good spring weather days, but today is pretty much perfect

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 10:11 am GMT -5

Strongest, fastest bonus ride yet (and the lilacs are *finally* starting to bloom)

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 07:04 pm GMT -5

Gross conditions

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Awesome job by the senior

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Come rack up the points

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Words of wisdom from the old photo shoebox

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, May 12th, 2019 03:39 pm GMT -5

St. Paul does have a few blooms

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Miss you, mom ❤️

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Happy Mother’s Day, CK!

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The way it goes is this: your mom has you, and then you have her. And even when she’s gone, you still have her. Magic. Have a happy day…

- Michael McKean

quoted Sunday, May 12th, 2019 10:03 am GMT -5

Top 7 Purchases

story posted Saturday, May 11th, 2019 09:50 pm GMT -5

My new Rockhopper mountain bike purchase earlier this month was about ten years in the making and has turned out to be one of my favorite purchases of all-time. This got me thinking – what else have I bought in the past 50 years that was awesome? Let’s see:

  • Wedding ring. CK’s current ring has transformed three times – the original engagement band and marquise stone were purchased from Goodman’s Jewelers, while the wedding band with two trillion stones were from Dayton’s Rosedale. I added an anniversary band that I bought from an American Express catalog (of all places) in 2001.
  • MINI Cooper. Back in the day, I bought a 2005 MINI Cooper in British Racing Green that was such a fun car to drive. The girls and I even took it on a ski trip to Schweitzer one year, driving from Minnesota to Spokane and back. Motor on!
  • Lapzilla. I’ve owned multiple Apple products over the years, but the 17-inch MacBook Pro laptop that I purchased when I started my consulting company was probably the most durable and productive of them all.
  • Nikon D70. My parents helped purchase the camera body as a graduation present and I added new glass and accessories over the years, but this digital camera trailblazer was built like a tank and took some really great pictures. I still have all the kit and it still works, but the iPhone in my pocket arguably takes better pictures today (sadly). It’s hard for me to justify spending the money on a new D850 (or even a Sony RX100) now, but the images from our D70 continue to live on.
  • Ken & George. When I was in college at UW, I decided I needed a pet and bought a grey cockatiel from a local breeder. Ken was a great bird and companion, but I thought he should have a friend. I purchased George from a Madison pet store, which prominently listed on the receipt that George came with no guarantee. George was really a Georgette, but we continued to call her George and she had four babies with Ken, who all lived together in a large aviary.
  • Scotty Cameron putter. I’ve never been a good golfer, but I enjoy the game and like the fact that you can use the same equipment and play the same courses as the professionals. I’ve learned over the years that the equipment the pros use is not always the best for hacks to use, but when it comes to putters, everyone can benefit from a Scotty. It looks like I’ve owned my classic Newport Two model for more than 20 years now, restoring it about ten years ago instead of buying a new one. It has dancing “DK” letters on it and everything.
  • Aeron chair. While working for Studio 4, I had the chance to design my dream office in Saint Paul with my friend and colleague Jake. We had our eyes on Herman Miller Aeron chairs, but couldn’t stomach the big price tag. We ultimately secured two of them through a discount channel, but I really missed that chair when I moved on to other companies (none of which would let me order another one). One day I saw a used one pop up for sale from a Lowertown advertising agency that was downsizing and I never looked back. Writing this post while sitting on it right now…

Honorable mentions: Sony TVs (from my first 13-inch Trinitron to my current 4K model), the original Sony receiver with Jamo speakers I bought in high school from Sound Center in Roseville and my first pair of Rossignol racing skis.

Can we do an exchange?

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  • Mile - 6:10
  • 5K - 21:42
  • 10K - 44:40
  • Half - 1:38:40
  • Full - 3:43:32
  • 50K - 7:37:00
  • 2019 Run Mileage: 42.9
  • 2019 Bike Mileage: 559.4

Upcoming Races

  • Get in Gear 10K - 4/25/20

Upcoming Sporting Events

  • Saints vs. Gary - 6/23/19
  • Twins vs. Tampa Bay - 6/25/19
  • Saints vs. Lincoln - 7/2/19
  • Saints vs. Winnipeg - 7/14/19
  • Saints vs. KC - 7/17/19
  • 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

  • The Minus 5 - 6/20, Turf Club
  • Frankie Lee - 6/28, Cedar Cultural Center
  • 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
  • ZZ Top - 9/2, Grandstand
  • Väsen - 9/18, Cedar Cultural Center
  • Avett Brothers & TBT - 9/21, Treasure Island
  • The Black Keys - 9/28, Target Center
  • Little Steven - 10/17, Ames Center
  • Cloud Cult - 3/20, Orchestra Hall