Tag Archives: downtown minneapolis

Been Around

6 Jul

Grain Belt Sign

Grain Belt Sign

Behind Pillsbury "A" Building

Behind Pillsbury "A" Building

Madison Zoo Chimp

Madison Zoo Chimp

Madison Zoo Lion

Madison Zoo Lion

Madison Zoo Rhino

Madison Zoo Bird of Some Sort

2012 Northern Spark

2012 Northern Spark

2012 Northern Spark

2012 Northern Spark Nice Ride Bikes

Ubiquitous Minneapolis Night Shot

Ubiquitous Stone Arch Bridge Night Shot

2012 Northern Spark Stone Arch Bridge

2012 Northern Spark Guthrie Theater

2012 Rock The Garden

Gold Medal Flour

2012 Fourth of July Fireworks

2012 Fourth of July Fireworks

2012 Fourth of July Fireworks

2012 Fourth of July Fireworks

2012 Fourth of July Fireworks

2012 Fourth of July Fireworks

2012 Fourth of July Fireworks

2012 Fourth of July Fireworks

2012 Fourth of July Fireworks

2012 Fourth of July Fireworks

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Golf and others

29 Jun

You know, for my first time out golfing this year, I was mightily impressed with how I actually faired. Aside from a bad back nine one day, I shot both a 44 and a 41 on the front nine of different courses. Personally, I am very pleased with those results and both golfing days turned out to be gorgeous. Maybe the great weather helped my game?

Golf Course

Golf Course

Dad Golfing

Dad Golfing

#3 at Badlands GC

#3 at Badlands GC

 

Golfing Panorama

Golfing Panorama

Also, today is National Camera Day, and since I like to take pictures of things that are not really all that exciting, here are some shots of Minneapolis that I happened to take while I was downtown in this glorious weather today.

Nicollet Mall Minneapolis

Nicollet Mall Minneapolis

Nicollet Mall Minneapolis

Nicollet Mall Minneapolis

Nicollet Mall Minneapolis Reflection

Nicollet Mall Minneapolis Reflection

Walker Sculpture Garden

Walker Sculpture Garden

Walker Sculpture Garden

Walker Sculpture Garden

One of Them Fun, Long Weekends Where Lots of Stuff Happens and Money is Spent Freely

10 Jan

This weekend flew by, but in a good way. I ended up going to First Avenue twice (once unexpectedly) and also checked out a rare car.

7th Street Bathroom

7th Street Bathroom

If you’ve never been to First Ave, here is what the bathroom at the 7th Street entry looks like. Why did I take this picture? I’m willing to bet you can guess my state of mind at that point of the night. Regardless of how drunk I may or may not have been, at least it’s interesting. I mean, the stainless steel urinal is pretty sweet.

And here is a picture of some act playing music. I have no clue who it is, what they were playing or if they were good or bad. But there ya go. I never got to find out who these people were (which isn’t a big deal) because we ended up going to the 7th Street entry to watch karaoke. Well, I watched. Two of my coworkers decided to let loose their pipes and get up on stage. The picture below is one of my coworkers. The other would not allow me to publish his picture. Decide for yourself what that could possibly mean. And that was all on Friday night. Saturday night I ended up right back at the same place for Too Much Love, a Twin Cities dj dance night. I did not intend to show up there, but thanks to alcohol, I did. It was actually pretty fun and even if you don’t care to dance, you can get so much enjoyment from watching other people attempt to shake their ass while totally inebriated.

First Avenue Band

First Avenue Band

7th Street Entry Karaoke

7th Street Entry Karaoke

First Avenue Too Much Love Dancefloor

First Avenue Too Much Love Dancefloor

And then the car. This is a Tesla. It is carbon fiber, based on the Lotus Elise and is completely, 100% electric. This is one of four in Minnesota and costs $158,000. It is extremely cramped inside, hard to get in and out of, has about a 200 mile range on full charge, but looks really good. Plus, the steering wheel is really tiny and fits in my hands really well. I would never want one though as I need to hear the noise of the vehicle for it to offer any excitement for me. I can’t get behind the electric car for this reason. And pumping in fake noise is just wrong. Also, there is no room for golf clubs, and that is a big no no in my book.

Tesla Roadster

Tesla Roadster

Tesla Roadster Interior

Tesla Roadster Interior

Tesla Roadster Interior

Tesla Roadster Interior

So, uh… Holiday Cheer Sort Of

27 Dec

So. It’s been a little while since I updated anything, but this guy deserves a big update. Yes, there is only one photo, and yes, I wish I would have taken more, but I didn’t feel like wasting time on him like he wasted my, and many other peoples’, time.

Creeper Dude

Creeper Dude

The story goes like this: I was waiting for the bus at my usual bus stop. Minding my own business and waiting for the #6 bus. Normally I take the #4 bus, but I had to make a stop in Uptown for eyeglasses related crap… anyway. I’m standing in the glass enclosure, and this dude starts staring me down. It wasn’t like I was the only person there for him to give the stink eye to either. There were many willing and, quite frankly, more deserving people than myself, but he felt the need to constantly look at me whenever I so much as moved my head to check out if the bus were coming or to simply check out a girl walking down the street. I didn’t know what his problem was with me (although sometimes I think I think others can sense the immense evil and depravity in my soul and he could smell it or sense it or something), but it could have been the totally kicking coat I had on that made his look like a syphilitic garbage pile that had been peed on by a hoard of reticulated monkeys and was then pooped out onto his body by homeless drifters. Either one of those is pretty much correct I think.

Finally, after a few minutes of his eyes creeping all over the place, the bus rolls up. As is normal protocol, the people leaving the bus have the right of way and they stepped off. This set the guy off. He immediately tore into the driver, demanding to know why she didn’t let him on first and what her problem was. Now, at this point, it should be noted that the guy has no physical handicap that anyone can see, nor was he walking with any aids or with any other sort of devices that would have made him in need of what he wanted.

So now he is standing and openly arguing about the driver not letting him on first. Not only that, but he stands with his arms stretched out over the door, preventing the passengers from entering or leaving the bus. Meanwhile, it’s fucking freezing outside. This went on for about three or so minutes, while myself and other passengers yelled at this moron to let us on the bus. Finally, we showed our holiday spirit and shoved his ass out of the way so that people who were actually of sound mind could get on the bus and be warm.

Then, the kicker. His whole argument for this stemmed from him needing to use the automatic lift that is normally reserved for the elderly, people with disabilities or those truly in need. This fucking idiot wasted everyone’s time, patience and fucking holiday cheer just so he could use that goddamn auto elevator dealy! And if that weren’t enough, the bus needed to then pull forward another five feet from the normal stop to get into position, take another minute for the device to retract, him to step on and another minute for the thing to lug his fat bitch ass inside the bus.

His whole need for this was to get to church on time. That’s right, he actually made himself even later by arguing with the driver that he was going to be late for church. Let me put this in perspective if this isn’t hitting home for you. Dude knows he is going to be late and yet still goes on a tirade for minutes, wasting even MORE time for his precious church! WHAT THE HOLY FUCK DUDE?! At one point, the bus driver actually said to his face, “Jesus ain’t gonna save you if you talking like that.” It made my day.

But he got to his stop, used the handicap ramp again, then proceeded to WALK another few blocks to the church. What a fucking leech of the system. He didn’t need to argue with the driver (especially seeing as he was in the wrong the whole time), he didn’t need to block out everyone else from getting on the bus, and he certainly didn’t need to use something that was put in place for the truly needy. What a way to start my vacation.

Then I ended up at the Mall of America and saw this.

Pink Cowgirl Hose Sticker w/cross

Pink Cowgirl Hose Sticker w/cross

It was in that RCC Western Store and is of a cowgirl, her horse and a cross. Now, I have to admit that I don’t really know too much about cowboys and cowgirls – other than I would guess they have really wild shootouts with Indianboys and Indiangirls – but this struck me as odd, mainly because of the horse. What purpose does it serve? I imagine it to simply be her mode of transport to the giant cross, but maybe it is praying with her to some horse god it knows. I don’t really know. I mean, a quick search of the Internets turns up that Poseidon was the god of horses, but I’m fairly certain that he didn’t use a cross, so yeah, I’m sticking to this vinyl, pink sticker horse being used only for the cowgirl’s transportation and not for the steed’s need to pray.

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!)