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JB and Rage Cage did not disappoint – have fun tonight, Saint Paul

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 11:16 am GMT -5

The Return of the D

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One from the list b4 the show

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WELCOME TO D DAY

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 11:12 am GMT -5

Perfect 612 summer morning

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First outdoor run since the ICU – slow, but steady, 3.5 miles along the mighty Mississippi

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, July 29th, 2019 07:25 pm GMT -5

Love their breakfast burger

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Pulp Fiction has aged really well (except for the dialog about $5 milkshakes)

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, July 28th, 2019 11:36 pm GMT -5

The Spread of Sports Betting

story posted Sunday, July 28th, 2019 08:24 pm GMT -5

While I worked for a number of years in the casino business, my property never offered sports betting. As it now spreads across the United States, it is starting to make an impact with my current industry, professional sports venue management. I haven’t done a lot of research on this topic, but I feel like both sides aren’t fully prepared for all the potential side effects of a much larger pool of bettors.

Minnesota has always had a unique gaming environment among states and the various types of tribal compacts, so I don’t envision any immediate changes in the landscape. As it sweeps across the country, though, I imagine Minnesota will join at some point – too much money is involved to completely sit out. Minnesota tribes have understandably been reluctant to reopen the gaming agreements, but most of the larger ones already have ties to professional sports in one form or another.

As a technical venue manager, I’m curious as to what additional demands will be made on wireless networks, digital signage, cyber security and real-time statistical data feeds if sports betting is approved here. Not to mention physical changes to buildings if things like betting windows were ever to be added. I can easily imagine fans having sports betting apps on their phones, placing bets in their seats during a game and wanting to cash out winners immediately.

Lastly, I had another thought while watching the Twins lose their epic battle with the Yankees the other night. If human referees and umpires are still used in all leagues (which is likely), what extra security measures will be needed when they make bad calls? Will it influence how they make calls in the first place? It’s already a challenging environment with rowdy fans who have had too much to drink…

They are trying hard, but this doesn’t look promising

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, July 28th, 2019 05:14 pm GMT -5

This will be a busy week

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Two days, two MLS games, 3056 miles

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, July 27th, 2019 06:49 pm GMT -5

Who leaves on a jet plane, but doesn’t know when they’ll be back again?

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, July 27th, 2019 02:03 pm GMT -5

It was promising for a minute

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Six years in a row

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Victory for the home team

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, July 27th, 2019 01:28 am GMT -5

Olympic History

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So great to visit (and eat)

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Literally run from LAX terminal 1 to terminal 5 ✔️

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, July 27th, 2019 01:15 am GMT -5

Well that was really something

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Iconic

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Because of course

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Mandatory stop #2

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Of course we did

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Holy flightpath, Batman

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, July 26th, 2019 09:55 am GMT -5

TSA Precheck didn’t show on my ticket today and I had to do it the old way. The old way is not good

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, July 26th, 2019 05:21 am GMT -5

That was a tough one

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Been stuck in airports, terrorized. Sent to meetings, hypnotized. Overexposed, commercialized…

- Handle With Care

quoted Friday, July 26th, 2019 12:12 am GMT -5

We were 12 when ELO was last here, but the lasers were worth the wait

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, July 26th, 2019 12:08 am GMT -5

Hey policeman don’t bother, even as a kid I only played robbers and robbers…

- C’mon, Atmosphere

quoted Thursday, July 25th, 2019 05:08 pm GMT -5

It’s almost time

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First Pip, then Paul, now Erin 🙁

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, July 25th, 2019 10:23 am GMT -5

So much baseball ⚾️

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Not sure I understand the “symbiosis” of Cracker Barrel investing $140 million in Punch Bowl Social

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 03:55 pm GMT -5

Beer pipes

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I, for one, will welcome our new robot umpire overlords

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 12:11 am GMT -5

American Association All Stars

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Really love it when my vendor partners step up and perform above expectations

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019 04:57 pm GMT -5

Revisiting the fish burger

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River choo-choo

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Your 2019 HR Derby champ!

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Today was a busy start to a really crazy two weeks

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, July 22nd, 2019 04:24 pm GMT -5

So much is said in silence…

- Larry (and Robert)

quoted Sunday, July 21st, 2019 10:44 pm GMT -5

I know, I know…

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Perfect Simpson clouds today at Target Field

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, July 21st, 2019 01:24 pm GMT -5

A little late

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Champion Golfer + Twins

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Guilty pleasures

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Thank you, Lyft driver

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The justification of discrimination against women and girls on grounds of religion or tradition, as if it were prescribed by a Higher Authority, is unacceptable.

- The Elders

quoted Saturday, July 20th, 2019 10:00 pm GMT -5

First golf rainout of the season

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, July 20th, 2019 08:54 am GMT -5

Blues and Funk Fest

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Murray’s is only two train stops away from the office – really should go here more often

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, July 19th, 2019 06:56 pm GMT -5

Still the best deal in town

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I understand why they do it, but it kind of bugs me when they don’t use the regular championship course routings in majors

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, July 19th, 2019 08:27 am GMT -5

Good morning, Stans

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Big Boy Choo-Choo Tour

story posted Thursday, July 18th, 2019 10:49 pm GMT -5

It’s not every day the “Beatles of the train world” rolls into your city, but last night we heard the train whistle blow on the largest operational steam locomotive in the world, also known as Union Pacific’s Big Boy #4014. Currently on a Midwest Tour to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad’s Completion, this Big Boy was on display at Union Depot today. How could I not walk the two blocks from our loft to check out this impressive piece of history?

Turns out there are a lot of choo-choo nerds in these parts, so lines were a little long to view the one car exhibit. There was also another line to view the inside of the engine cab, but I didn’t wait for that one. You could walk around both sides of the train, though, so there was plenty of opportunity to get some cool pictures without nine million other people in the shot (more pics after the jump). They also had food available on the platform and there were a number of vendor booths in the Waiting Room hall with all kinds of interesting stuff for sale.

Built in 1941, the #4014 is the only operating Big Boy of the eight that remain in existence. It was used in revenue service to haul trains weighing up to 4,200 tons over Utah’s Wasatch Range until 1959, traveling 1,031,205 miles during that period. The Big Boys are 132 feet long, weigh 1.2 million pounds (more than a 747), output 6,290 horsepower and have a top speed of 80 miles per hour. After retirement, this Big Boy spent time resting in the RailGiants Train Museum in Pomona, California. In 2013, Union Pacific regained ownership and started a multi-year restoration project in their Cheyenne Steam Shop. The locomotive was converted from coal to oil and in May 2019, Big Boy #4014 completed a successful test round trip from Cheyenne to Nunn, Colorado.

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So. Many. Taps.

pic posted Thursday, July 18th, 2019 06:22 pm GMT -5

Trains are cool

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New Hiawatha trail fence

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So glad I picked this up @efetusmpls yesterday – so much fun hearing these songs

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 10:49 pm GMT -5

PSA: the new updates to the iOS WordPress app have been wreaking havoc on my media library

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 10:38 pm GMT -5

Family reunion in 317

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The witching hour approaches

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The tarps are finally off

pic posted Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 12:44 pm GMT -5

The Twins had Jack White, but the Saints made the most of their walk-off grand slam opportunity ⚾️

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 06:54 am GMT -5

Flicker comfort food

pic posted Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 07:35 pm GMT -5

Wut

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