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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.

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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!)

An “A Fair” to Remember

8 Sep

Here’s what I’ve been up to in recent weeks.

I took a bike ride down the Greenway here in Minneapolis and hit the river. It’s a good ride and I may have to do it one more time before the season for biking ends and winter starts to kick everyone’s ass. This is the Lake Street/Marshall Ave bridge. Pretty good scenery on a beautiful day.

Midtown Greenway - Bridge

Midtown Greenway - Bridge

Midtown Greenway - Bridge

Midtown Greenway - Bridge

Mississippi and Minneapolis

Mississippi and Minneapolis

Then this oddity. Those are people. Many people. Many people doing yoga. It was a good sight… with the exception of all the dudes who were there only because A) they got roped into it, B) they wanted to see some hot yoga pants action up close or C) they are gay. Let’s be honest here, those are the only three reasons any dude would do yoga. If you can think of another (and I’m almost sure you can’t) leave a comment.

Yoga on the Patio

Yoga on the Patio

Yoga on the Patio

Yoga on the Patio

Then, as is the end of summer tradition in Minnesota, I went to the State Fair. Forget Texas because everything is not bigger in that good-for-nothing hell hole. Our State Fair is the biggest, bestest, most food-on-a-stick laden beast ever to be invented. You can’t get better than this… unless you have RUSH playing at the Grandstand! Not only would this be my first ever RUSH concert, it would be my first ever time seeing a concert at the Grandstand. And you know what, it was awesome. They played for almost three and a half hours and still didn’t hit all of the songs they are known for. Highlights of the show included YYZ, The Camera Eye and of course, the 10 minute drum solo from Neil Peart. In fact, here is the full setlist:

First Set
“Spirit of the Radio”
“Time Stand Still”
“Presto”
“Stick it Out”
“Working them Angels”
“Leave that Thing Alone”
“Faithless”
“BU2B”
“Freewill”
“Marathon”
“Subdivisions”

Second Set:
“Tom Sawyer”
“Red Barchetta”
“YYZ”
“Limelight”
“The Camera Eye”
“Witch Hunt”
“Vital Signs”
“Caravan”
Drum Solo
“Closer to the Heart”
“2112 – Part 1: Overature”
“2112 – Part 2: The Temples of Syrinx”
“Far Cry”

Encore:
“La Villa Strangiato”
“Working Man”

RUSH at MN State Fair

RUSH at MN State Fair - Myself

RUSH at MN State Fair

RUSH at MN State Fair

RUSH at MN State Fair

RUSH at MN State Fair

RUSH at MN State Fair

RUSH at MN State Fair

RUSH at MN State Fair

RUSH at MN State Fair

RUSH at MN State Fair

RUSH at MN State Fair

As you can see from the pics, the seats were sort of far away, and my camera on my phone does not take great night shots, and does not have a good zoom, but it is what it is. And then, there was this guy. As you can see from the bottom picture, I was not the only one to find this overall shod man a weird distraction.

RUSH - overalls

RUSH - overalls

RUSH - overalls

RUSH - overalls

I don’t know who wears that outfit to a RUSH concert, but he was certainly not pulling it off. He reminded me of Augustus Gloop from Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, if he were to don giant blue overalls. Other sights of the fair included the slide, the Space Tower, the DNR fish pool, a very racist metal sign, a lumberjack competition and people. Tons and tons of people (literally tons to as there were some whales out there). All in all, a good get together for MN.

MN State Fair

MN State Fair - The Slide

MN State Fair

MN State Fair - DNR Fish Pond

MN State Fair

MN State Fair - Midway background

MN State Fair

MN State Fair

MN State Fair

MN State Fair - Lumberjack face off

MN State Fair

MN State Fair - racist poster/sign

MN State Fair

MN State Fair - Space Needle

As for the food, which I normally would have gorged myself on, I tried to stick to stuff that was more healthy this year. This is why I went with some marinated lamb as well as these here. These are called “Porcupine Bites” or something, and are meatballs made of elk (Why not porcupine? Who knows). They were mixed with spices, mushrooms, rice and a small amount of beef and then were placed on top a bed of baby red potatoes and covered with a delicious red wine and mushroom gravy. Damn were they good.

MN State Fair

MN State Fair - Food

Next post: probably gonna be about cars.