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Season’s Greetings from Lowertown Saint Paul

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, December 25th, 2018 02:17 pm GMT -6

Let the jokes begin

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Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?

- Clarence Odbody, AS2

quoted Monday, December 24th, 2018 10:10 pm GMT -6

Tucker the Pug ❤️

pic posted Monday, December 24th, 2018 10:04 pm GMT -6

My favorite Xmas trolls

pic posted Monday, December 24th, 2018 11:16 am GMT -6

Waiting again

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Christmas with Stompy

pic posted Monday, December 24th, 2018 09:57 am GMT -6

Thinking of grandpa (and mom)

pic posted Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 07:20 pm GMT -6

Woke up this morning and I could read my phone without the prism glasses – starting to get there!

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 11:09 am GMT -6

Star Wars Christmas

pic posted Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 10:39 am GMT -6

My Photoshop skills are not strong

story posted Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 10:36 am GMT -6

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Get the wings

pic posted Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 01:09 pm GMT -6

Very happy to report: light dumbbell reps and two slow treadmill miles

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 10:48 am GMT -6

A Holiday Update from HCMC

story posted Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 10:44 am GMT -6

Quick update from the medical professionals this week on my recovery. I had two appointments this week, one with my occupational therapist and a rare one-on-one visit with my neurovascular surgeon, Dr. Tummala. He has been named a “Top Doctor” with Mpls.St.Paul Magazine three years in a row and only visits HCMC one half day a month, so this was a special treat to get to talk with him in person.

Good news to report on all fronts: the therapist has reduced my appointments from once a week to once every other week, Dr. Tummala was pleased with my progress and approved me to start running on the treadmill, OK’d air travel and said my eyes look like they will be strong enough in another three months to not need glasses at all. We went over the results of the recent MRI and looked at a lot of scans that showed the aneurysm and the stents. I learned more about “prominent infundibulums” and why they are important to what happened to me. I should also get to stop taking the new medications they added when I left the hospital by March. So good news all around.

The only sad thing this week was the letter I received from my primary care doctor, Dr. Amal Chaniara, which said he is leaving Allina Health at the end of the year. Dr. Chaniara has been wonderful and I wish him the best of luck with his future career opportunities. He is a great doctor who really took the time to discuss things with me and I will miss seeing him.

Lastly, big shout out to the HCMC cafeteria (see above). Hospital food gets a bad rap in general, but the food and service at the cafeteria has been great. Reasonable prices, friendly staff and a wide selection of options mean I usually stop in after appointments in the new building to grab a quick bite. Not sure they always follow the latest health guidelines when it comes to what they offer, but that’s fine by me…

Happy to see you, treadmill

pic posted Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 10:32 am GMT -6

Got approved this morning to return to running (treadmill only for now) – very happy about this, as the weight is recovering fast

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, December 21st, 2018 12:19 pm GMT -6

C- on the plating, but solid

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Another XR in the family

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Merry Two Dots

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Good Mexican Vittles

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Historians rock – thanks Olivia!

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My Force number was more secure than my college ID

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 09:25 pm GMT -6

Laptop sticker retirement

pic posted Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 08:16 pm GMT -6

Has Target eliminated paper bags everywhere now?

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 07:46 pm GMT -6

The Admiralty had demanded six ships; the economists offered four; and we finally compromised on eight…

- Winston Churchill

quoted Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 07:28 pm GMT -6

A festive office break room

pic posted Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 12:38 pm GMT -6

My word of the day yesterday: infundibulum, a funnel-shaped cavity or structure (of which I apparently have a prominent one)

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 10:42 am GMT -6

If you are a Talking Heads fan, run (don’t walk) and listen to True Stories, The Complete Soundtrack

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, December 17th, 2018 11:16 pm GMT -6

Top 7 French Fries

story posted Monday, December 17th, 2018 08:00 pm GMT -6

Screw that Harvard guy – French fries are life. I had some especially good ones this week that made me think I should list my favorites in a mini post. It’s too hard to rank them in order, so here are my current top seven in alphabetical order:

Honorable mention (and RIP) – The Station House in Sagle, Idaho (which burned to the ground at some point – thanks to the Bonner County History Museum for helping me research). Platters of fries the size of your head (made from fresh-cut Idaho potatoes, of course).

UPDATE: After further consideration, I think that McDonald’s and Raising Cane’s should be in a separate big fast food chain category and that I should replace them with Meritage and Band Box Diner.

While millennials have dominated headlines in recent years, baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) have continued to dominate consumer spending in the U.S. In fact, consumers over 50 now account for more than half of all U.S. spending…

- Visa Business and Economic Insights

quoted Monday, December 17th, 2018 03:37 pm GMT -6

Woot! Woot! Thanks, DGS

pic posted Monday, December 17th, 2018 02:44 pm GMT -6

Officially back making donuts

pic posted Sunday, December 16th, 2018 09:49 am GMT -6

Going to regret this at 4:45am, but @atmosphere is totally worth it

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, December 15th, 2018 10:08 pm GMT -6

I’ve hit the Niver trifecta!

pic posted Saturday, December 15th, 2018 07:14 pm GMT -6

Kid two remembered! Thanks, MK ❤️

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, December 14th, 2018 11:04 pm GMT -6

Celebrating 27 years

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Variations on a classic

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Hee-haw & Merry Christmas

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Fancy hair for SK

pic posted Friday, December 14th, 2018 08:48 am GMT -6

Ryan Suter plays hockey like Ernie Els plays golf

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, December 13th, 2018 11:22 pm GMT -6

Still a long way to go, but it’s nice watching hockey with two eyes again

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, December 13th, 2018 07:50 pm GMT -6

GD Nordy

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My Insty 2018 Top 9

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New laptop setup day

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, December 13th, 2018 10:30 am GMT -6

Throwback night in Bedford Falls

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Pretty little city built on a hillside. Music in the bars and fire in the sky. We went to the beach and it was covered in ice. And I used to call it home…

- Winners, Trampled By Turtles

quoted Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 11:26 pm GMT -6

Thanks @deadmanwinter

pic posted Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 10:46 pm GMT -6

A little Lucy before DMW light up the Furnace

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 09:01 pm GMT -6

Just like the Mall of America

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It’s like time stood still

pic posted Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 11:48 am GMT -6

My name in donuts and Dew

pic posted Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 09:26 am GMT -6

When you come back to your office computer after two months, you get *two* full Office updates

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 09:20 am GMT -6

Back at it – green line to work on a brisk, sunny morning

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 08:02 am GMT -6

It’s not every day you get a home visit from George Bailey, followed by dinner with old friends ❤️

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, December 10th, 2018 11:23 pm GMT -6

Goodbye Bibelot

pic posted Monday, December 10th, 2018 10:57 pm GMT -6

Got though it, but not even the Valium and the “calming nature video and soothing music & lights” made the MRI experience cool

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, December 10th, 2018 01:50 pm GMT -6

Post-MRI stop with my driver

pic posted Monday, December 10th, 2018 12:34 pm GMT -6

My Christmas elves

pic posted Sunday, December 9th, 2018 05:09 pm GMT -6

Didn’t know if the Christmas CD would happen this year or not, but making progress

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, December 9th, 2018 01:41 pm GMT -6

Strong targeted casino marketing

pic posted Saturday, December 8th, 2018 01:53 pm GMT -6

So. Much. Two Dots.

pic posted Saturday, December 8th, 2018 12:43 pm GMT -6

Duck meatloaf with CK, JV & SV

pic posted Friday, December 7th, 2018 11:31 pm GMT -6

Back in my airline days, people used Minny all the time to refer to MSP. Plus: Minnie and Paul?

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, December 7th, 2018 04:09 pm GMT -6

Need to compare with the Mpls one

pic posted Friday, December 7th, 2018 12:52 pm GMT -6

Upgraded to WordPress 5.0, turned on the classic editor for now (and the emoji issue persists)

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, December 6th, 2018 09:29 pm GMT -6


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Security broke my emojis

story posted Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 10:49 pm GMT -6

This site has always been a tool for me to stay sharp on new web technologies and lately it’s been a great way to test my cognitive skills since the little incident in October. I’ve had three things on my web development to-do list for a long time: 1) use Let’s Encrypt to add TLS/SSL security, 2) make my WordPress theme mobile-friendly and 3) create some dedicated data entry screens for golf scores, runs and bike rides. During my recovery at home, I decided to tackle item #1…

Since I still had Homebrew installed on this server, I was able to get Certbot installed early on in the process and had a valid certificate ready and waiting. I haven’t tried automating the renewal process yet, but can manually renew the certificate with no problem (had to do this once already, in fact). For whatever reason, I had trouble finding examples online of people with similar setups and had several false starts in getting Apache configured correctly to use the certificate for this domain. This post got me most of the way there, but had more of a focus on Mac OS X Server and not plain old Mac OS X client. A few other helpful links here, here and here. And this thread on the Let’s Encrypt site helped me figure out what can/should go in the httpd-vhosts.conf file versus what should go in the httpd-ssl.conf file.

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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: 12.1
  • 2019 Bike Mileage: 9

Upcoming Races

  • Get in Gear 10K - 4/27/19

Upcoming Sporting Events

  • Timberwolves vs. Golden State - 3/19/19
  • Final Four - 4/6/19
  • Final Four - 4/8/19
  • Twins vs. Toronto - 4/17/19
  • Twins vs. Houston - 5/1/19
  • Saints vs. Milwaukee - 5/19/19
  • Saints vs. Sioux City - 5/26/19
  • Saints vs. Milwaukee - 6/9/19
  • 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
  • Twins vs. Oakland - 7/21/19
  • Saints All Star Game - 7/23/19
  • Saints vs. KC - 7/28/19
  • Twins vs. Angels - 8/7/19
  • Saints vs. Gary - 8/11/19
  • Saints vs. Chicago - 8/25/19
  • Twins vs. Washington - 9/11/19

Upcoming Concerts

  • Elton John - 2/21, Target Center
  • Little River Band - 4/13, Treasure Island
  • Oak Ridge Boys - 4/18, Mystic Lake
  • Snoop Dogg - 4/26, Treasure Island
  • Garth Brooks - 5/3, USBS
  • Garth Brooks - 5/4, USBS
  • P!nk - 5/5, Xcel
  • Trampled By Turtles - 7/6, Bayfront
  • Jeff Lynne's ELO - 7/25, Xcel
  • Tenacious D - 7/30, Palace
  • Avett Brothers & TBT - 9/21, Treasure Island