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Some Snaps. Nothing Fancy. Baby Squirrel.

7 Sep

So, it’s been a little while since I last posted I think, and truthfully, I haven’t been up to much. I can only take so many pictures of Lake Harriet before it starts to get a little old. However, I did take some pictures as they were having some sailboat races one night and the lake was full of white sails at sundown.

Lake Harriet Sailboats

Lake Harriet Sailboats

I also took some pictures of some sailboats that were at bay while an airplane flew overhead. Lake Harriet is directly in the path of a couple of the runways for MSP International and that means that sometimes you can get some good shots of the planes as they come in for a landing.

Lake Harriet Sailboats

Lake Harriet Sailboats

Lake Harriet Sailboats

Lake Harriet Sailboats

FedEx Airplane

FedEx Airplane

On Labor Day I biked down to the Wood Lake Nature Center to see what was up with that place, and found it to be pretty serene. It’s a nice place to go for a jog or sit in nature and read a book. I happened to find this nice view of the wooden docks that you walk across the marshes on.

Wood Lake Nature Center

Wood Lake Nature Center

Wood Lake Nature Center

Wood Lake Nature Center

THEN, as I was leaving the nature center, this really small, baby squirrel was following everyone around. I’m guessing it was lost or scared or it’s parents had died somehow, but it would not leave me alone and followed me up the path from where it was to my bike without any provocation from myself. He/she was really cute, but I couldn’t adopt it as it’s still a rodent and I had no way to transport it or keep it. Here’s hoping the little guy/gal makes it.

Baby Squirrel

Baby Squirrel

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Another Typical Weekend

20 Oct

This weekend was spent doing relaxing things. On Saturday, after working out, I called my dad and we went on a bike ride from my apartment, into downtown Minneapolis, across the Hennepin Bridge into Northeast. We walked around a bit there and then headed down St. Anthony Main and across the Stone Arch Bridge and biked down West River Parkway until we hit the Greenway for the final leg back to Bryant Ave, where I live. All in all, it was a nice way to spend the afternoon and a nice 15 mile bike ride all the way round. These are just some quick pictures of the scenery from that bright Saturday afternoon.

Stone Arch Bridge

Stone Arch Bridge

Hennepin Ave Bridge and Grain Belt Sign

Hennepin Ave Bridge and Grain Belt Sign

St. Anthony Falls

St. Anthony Falls

Northeast Minneapolis

Northeast Minneapolis/Pillsbury Factory

On Sunday, I went to a concert. It was Gorillaz with N.E.R.D. opening for them. It was an audio/visual treat that was well worth the money. First off, I own all of the albums from both bands, so was excited to see that N.E.R.D was going to be on the bill as well. They played a lot of new songs, but did whip out She Wants To Move, Lapdance and Rock Star. They played for about an hour, and had some dancers on the ends of the stage going for almost the full time. The workout they got must have been phenomenal. Also, Pharrell is one uncannily smooth dude. He was giving shout-outs to some woman in a sequin dress and go-go boots and even brought two audience members on stage to dance because they were dancing on the tops of their chairs.

Gorillaz Concert Prep

Gorillaz Concert Prep

N.E.R.D at Target Center

N.E.R.D at Target Center

Of course, the headliners were the main reason to go. And they did not disappoint. The entire show had visuals behind the band, including music videos, montages and even Snoop Dogg and Bruce Willis.

Gorillaz About to Start

Gorillaz About to Start

Gorillaz Plastic Beach Snoop Dogg

Gorillaz Plastic Beach Snoop Dogg

Gorillaz at Target Center

Gorillaz at Target Center

Gorillaz Target Center

Gorillaz Target Center

Here is the set list that they played:

Orchestral Intro
Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach (feat. the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble & Snoop Dogg via video screen)
19-2000 (feat. Rosie Wilson)
Last Living Souls
O Green World
Stylo (feat. Bobby Womack & Boobie Brown)
On Melancholy Hill
Rhinestone Eyes
Superfast Jellyfish (feat. De La Soul)
Kids With Guns
Tomorrow Comes Today
Broken (feat. The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
Dirty Harry (feat. Bootie Brown)
El Manana
DARE (feat. Rosie Wilson)
White Flag (feat. Bashy & Kano)
Glitter Freeze
Plastic Beach

Encore:

Cloud of Unknowing (feat. Bobby Womack)
Feel Good Inc. (feat. De La Soul)
Clint Eastwood (feat. Bashy & Kano)
Don’t Get Lost in Heaven
Demon Days (feat. Bobby Womack)

Gorillaz Target Center

Gorillaz Target Center

Gorillaz Target Center

Gorillaz Target Center

So, Uh… The Saturday That Was

5 Oct

This past Saturday was different from the typical, boring, monotonous, routine, humdrum, lonely long weekend day that I usually wallow through. I was actually fairly busy throughout the entire day although some of that busyness was spent in a place I never want to visit ever again.

Waking up at eight on a Saturday may seem like a waste to most. However, I was on a mission. For you see, I live in Minneapolis, but work out on Saturday mornings in St. Paul. Normally, this isn’t that big of a deal since I own a car and there is little traffic to deal with on these brisk mornings. Also, the class starts at 10, so normally I can sleep in a little as it only takes but 15 minutes to drive there. Today, however, I got it in my head that I would bike to the workout class. Thankfully, Minneapolis has a bevy of biking trails and getting from where I live to where I work out is actually a pretty straight shot without the need to deal with too many busy streets (or if they are busy, they include a bike lane). The only problem with this is that it takes time, and was about 45 degrees outside that day. True, it was bright and sunny, but it was also windy. All in all, it took me 45 minutes to get to my destination – Angel’s Life Solutions, which was about 7.5 miles away, just off Marshall Ave (according to Google maps). This workout class I attend is all about stretching and kettlebells. It’s a fairly strenuous workout from which I am still sore right now (it being Tuesday). After working out, I biked home, though at a much more leisurely pace as I had only eaten two bananas before setting out.

I knew at some point during the day that I would have to go to the hospital. On Monday, my grandmother had had a stroke. She has had them before, and it really sucks to have to see someone who is already so frail become even more delicate. After driving to the wrong hospital in Woodbury – which is where my grandparents live and the hospital she normally has been at, but somehow, the info of where she was actually at was not relayed to me – I eventually drove back to St. Paul and St. Joseph’s. Suffice it to say that it was the most depressing part of my day and I don’t want to keep going through it every few months. Hospitals are not places that I tend to come out of feeling better about things based on past history with them. So to try and get my mind off of that, I went to an art gallery on the way home.

St. Joseph's Hospital room

St. Joseph's Hospital room

I had been wanting to see the Spinal Tap “Smell the Glove” exhibit since I heard about it, and this was the last day of the show. The motive behind the show was that, in the classic movie, the band Spinal Tap has a record coming out called “Smell the Glove” but the label decides at the last moment that the cover art would be too racy and obscene. Since the cover is never actually shown and merely described, the art gallery enlisted a bunch of local artists to come up with their idea of what that cover would actually look like, had it been seen in the film. Thus, we get a ton of weird ass looking art – including actual semen on a sock (under glass thank god) – that is both terrifyingly close to the description in the film and outlandishly ridiculous at the same time. Also, that screen is there because, for the final night of the exhibit, they were going to show the film as a final send off.

Spinal Tap "Smell the Glove"

Spinal Tap "Smell the Glove"

Spinal Tap "Smell the Glove"

Spinal Tap "Smell the Glove"

Spinal Tap "Smell the Glove"

Spinal Tap "Smell the Glove"

Spinal Tap "Smell the Glove"

Spinal Tap "Smell the Glove"

Spinal Tap "Smell the Glove"

Spinal Tap "Smell the Glove"

Spinal Tap "Smell the Glove"

Spinal Tap "Smell the Glove"

Spinal Tap "Smell the Glove"

Spinal Tap "Smell the Glove"

The rest of my day was spent making supper and playing video games, neither of which need to be seen as they are pretty boring. Oh yeah, I also have television now, so I watched SNL just to see Abby Elliott. She is the best thing about that show right now… because she is hot.

So, uh… Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

1 Oct

Been biking a lot lately as the weather has been calm, cool and collected. The autumn days and evenings in Minnesota are some of the best for getting out and experiencing and checking out different things and places. Because not only do you get great colors as the trees turn from green to reds, browns and oranges, but you get to see it all in perfect weather. It’s not too hot or too cold and when there are no clouds in the sky, it just feels great to be outside. Frankly, if the weather in this state were to stay at this temperature all the time, I wouldn’t complain at all. It is still early in the fall season though, and as you can see, the trees are not all changed. They are just starting to turn, but when they do, it’s going to look great.

Early Fall Foliage

Early Fall Foliage

Sunset on Mississippi

Sunset on Mississippi

I also checked out the sculpture garden at the Walker Art Center yesterday. If ever you have seen a postcard of Minneapolis, it usually includes a shot of the Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture. Here you can see some of the other sculptures that are also on the grounds. And while this place has nothing on, say, any European sculpture garden, it is still someplace that everyone in the TC should check out at least one time. Also, don’t pictures just look more “arty” when taken in black and white? I think I might add some more artist-y type shots in the future because they seem to come out better as well on the ol’ phone.

Basilica of St. Mary

Basilica of St. Mary

Walking Bridge

Walking Bridge

Hennepin Ave

Hennepin Ave

Sculpture Garden

Sculpture Garden

Spoonbridge and Cherry

Spoonbridge and Cherry

B&W Garden Shot

B&W Garden Shot

B&W Garden Shot

B&W Garden Shot

Hare on Bell on Portland Stone

Hare on Bell on Portland Stone

Standing Frame

Standing Frame

Standing Frame

Standing Frame

Also, just for the record, in that last shot, the white building in front of the IDS is the one I work in. Yea! :\

Stone Arch Bridge and Downtown at Sunset

17 Sep

I’ve come to realize that I enjoy being by myself more and more all the time. The more interaction I seem to have with people, the more disappointed I become. It’s not for a lack of trying on their part, but I just can’t stand when things aren’t properly planned or thought out. For this reason, I am trying to distance myself from others for a while. In rare circumstances, people are fine, like just hanging out when there are no real time constraints, but for 95% of the time, I am going to be by myself. Which brings me to my bike ride this past Wednesday. Sure, it would be fun to go on a bike ride with others and have those “shared experiences” that I’ve heard are all the rage these days, but I went by myself and I was all the better for it. Wednesday was probably the last nice day here in Minnesota, so I took a trip down the Greenway and over to the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis. I had never been there before, and it was a really nice ride. The winding path flows next to the Mississippi, providing great views of the University of Minnesota (boo!) as well as the many bridges and the downtown skyline. Check out the pictures below and see some of the beauty that I experience by myself all the time.

On the Greenway

On the Greenway

On the Greenway

On the Greenway

Mississippi River

Mississippi River

University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota (boo!)

Guthrie Theater

Guthrie Theater

Stone Arch Bridge and Northeast Minneapolis

Stone Arch Bridge and Northeast Minneapolis

Mill City Museum

Mill City Museum

Mill City Museum

Mill City Museum

Guthrie Theater

Guthrie Theater

Downtown Minneapolis

Downtown Minneapolis

Downtown Minneapolis

Downtown Minneapolis

St. Anthony Falls

St. Anthony Falls

St. Anthony Falls

St. Anthony Falls

Downtown at Sunset

Downtown at Sunset

U of M

U of M again (boo!)

Burning Down The… Duplex

11 Aug

So, uh… yeah a duplex across the street started on fire the other day. That was pretty unexpected. Luckily, I just happened to get some shots of it.

Fire Brigade Arrives

Fire Brigade Arrives

I had just gotten done biking, taken a shower and was about to sit down to continue the great “Under The Dome,” by Stephen King (because I have no cable TV, Internet and am very, desperately lame, lonely and sad) when what to my wandering eyes should appear? But a great many firemen, and with a fire so near!

Duplex Fire

Duplex Fire

Yes, the duplex right across the street from me started on fire somehow. All I know is that I heard sirens getting near my apartment, saw them stop outside my window and then saw smoke billowing out of the building.

Duplex Fire

Duplex Fire

“Golly gee,” I thought. “This could turn into an exciting real-life episode of the acclaimed FX original series, Rescue Me, starring Denis Leary as the irascible fireman, Tommy Gavin!” But then… no. That did not happen. But I did get to see firefighters doing their thing. This included breaking out windows, propping up ladders, chainsawing through the roof of the building and hosing the whole thing down. Truth be told, there wasn’t a whole lot of fire, and the building is still standing – although that probably is what they were there to do, keep the building standing and contain the flames – but I still would have liked to have seen a rager of a show. Oh well. At least it gave me something else to do that day. Here are some shots of the carnage… if you can call it that.

Duplex Fire

Duplex Fire

Duplex Fire

Duplex Fire - And somewhat interesting clouds

Duplex Fire

Duplex Fire

Duplex Fire

Duplex Fire - Finally some flames

Duplex Fire

Duplex Fire - Getting Bigger

Duplex Fire

Duplex Fire

Duplex Fire

Duplex Fire - Now we're getting somewhere

Also, this lady below lived in the downstairs part of the duplex. I overheard her saying that she had three cats in the building. Now, I’m not saying I personally smelled any singed cat hair or heard any loud yowls and meows for help, but I sort of assume she went to sleep that night three cats short of her normal quota. Oh well, kittens are much cuter anyway, and now she can start anew (sometimes you have to take the good with the bad.)

Duplex Fire

Duplex Fire - Lady with the cats sporting white shirt

The Onlookers

A fire brings out the neighborhood like nothing else

Then, when all was supposedly said and done, the fire department roared up the following day because the damn place STILL was smoking. So they went into action again by breaking out more windows, getting on the roof and stopping the thing before it could turn into a full-fledged fire. In the end, they got it fully contained, and it only took two tries.

The Day After

The Building The Day After