Tag Archives: lake calhoun

Plunging Back Into It

27 Mar
Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Corner Stop Light

Corner Stop Light

A Place to Bury Strangers

A Place to Bury Strangers

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable

First Ave Concert and Some Randomness

29 Mar

This weekend had its ups and downs, and I’ll start with the ups just for my own well-being I guess. Turns out that the Rural Alberta Advantage put on a heck of a show. I saw their sold out show at First Ave this past Friday and they played every song they have in their repertoire. The opener was James Vincent McMorrow from Ireland who sang some pretty good tunes, but some of them were too quiet for the Mainroom and you could hear a ton of chatter from the crowd as they waited for RAA to come on stage. I do believe that the drummer for RAA takes some sort of wonder drugs or loads up on caffeine or carbo loads before the gig, because he wails on the drums fast and hard. At the end of the night, for the second encore, they played to the sold out crowd from the stairs on the side of the venue. Amazingly, without any microphones to help them out, they pulled off a very quiet song as the crowd listened intently and stayed hushed the entire time.

James Vincent McMorrow

James Vincent McMorrow

Rural Alberta Advantage

Rural Alberta Advantage

Rural Alberta Advantage

Rural Alberta Advantage

I also got this sweet poster in the mail. I find it cool how they incorporate the small districts and neighborhoods of Minneapolis like they do. Mine is the Carag neighborhood near Lake Calhoun. And finally, my dad finally gave in and bought himself a kayak. He’s been talking about doing this for a long, long time and bit the bullet. Menards had them on sale and so he went out and got one. It’s not too bad I guess for a basic kayak and is all most people really need if they just intend to paddle around a lake or something for a bit. I’ve thought about getting one, but I don’t really need one if I think about it and I can’t afford one now anyway, which is directly related to the downer of the weekend. But I’ll talk about that at a later date and time.

Minneapolis Poster

Minneapolis Poster

Dad's Kayak

Dad's Kayak

Pic Dump

2 Sep

Some quick pictures of things that I have been to in the past few weeks, or been doing, or have just been thinking about possibly being up to doing at some point in the near or far future. So, without further ado.

This is the beach. It is located at Lake Calhoun and is on 32nd street. It is very hot and pretty rocky, but there are some good sites to be seen.

Calhoun Beach

Calhoun Beach

Calhoun Beach Sites

Calhoun Beach Sites

Next up is the Pizza Luce Block Party. Lookbook and Brother Ali were the highlights of the event, both of which are pictured here. That chick from Lookbook is also really hot, I only wish I was wearing my glasses 😦

Lookbook at Pizza Luce Block Party

Lookbook at Pizza Luce Block Party

Brother Ali Pizza Luce Block Party

Brother Ali Pizza Luce Block Party

Brother Ali

Brother Ali

Then I went golfing in Wisconsin on Sunday. See that bunker out there? Yeah, I drove the ball into that. It’s only like 300 yards… into the wind. No biggie.

Badlands Golfing

Badlands Golfing

Target Field once again, but this time from the nosebleeds with a view of the Minneapolis skyline. Left early as it was the Twins up 7-1 and went to a happy hour for the final outs. Smalley’s 87 Club in case you wanted to know. Very good apps and cheap beer!

Target Field

Target Field at Night

Target Field

Target Field - Minneapolis Skyline

Target Field

Target Field - Minneapolis Skyline

Target Field - Minneapolis Skyline

Target Field - Minneapolis Skyline

Target Field - Behind Home Plate

Target Field - Behind Home Plate

Finally, this past Sunday I went and saw the Led Zeppelin tribute band Zed Leppelin. They are supposed to be one of the best in the nation, and they did not disappoint. The concert lasted almost two hours and was FREE! Plus, they had actual production value and sounded very, very close to the real deal. One of the best concerts I’ve seen actually.

Zed Lepplin

Zed Lepplin

Zed Lepplin

Zed Lepplin

The only problem with concerts like this is the people they tend to attract… and these people invariably always sit directly in front of me. Case in point, the people in the picture below. The one on the right bears a striking resemblance to Nick Frost’s character in Spaced, while the one on the left was an idiot who put his stupid ass hat on sideways and then was the only person to actually put in EAR PLUGS while listening to these guys. Oh yeah, and he stood up and blocked my view while doing so for about a full minute. I wanted to slap him in the face, but I’m better than that… usually.

Idiots in Front of Me

Idiots in Front of Me

Stay tuned for the next post of more concert action, as well as some scenic stuff and the Minnesota State Fair. Also MST3K as well!

My Busy Weekend

22 Jun

This past weekend provided a lot of entertainment for me. And considering that I hate weekends, it sure made it go a whole lot faster, which is certainly a good thing.

Friday provided me with the opportunity to take in a race in Uptown. This wasn’t a sweet car race though (which would have been the best ever) but was a bike race. The race itself was set up much like a car race, with laps, a pit area and an enthusiastic crowd. The main differences include the fact that these guys go a lot slower than cars, were literally a few inches from my face and there were no crashes – which bummed me out. Below are some pictures of the action. Note how close these guys were to the crowd and to each other. I’m still surprised they all got through in one piece. And speaking of getting through, this was a 40 lap race in which the course was .88 of a mile and took one hour and nine minutes. This means that their average speed was 30.6 mph! That’s pretty good for a bike race consisting of a bunch of 90 degree street corners and some short straights.

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Saturday brought with it another gorgeous day and the chance to get out and golf. I went to Kilkarney Hills in Wisconsin. Its a course that I am very familiar with, but never seem to do to well on. And this day would prove no different. There were three holes on the front side that I scored eights on. If not for those, I would have had a fairly decent score, as I also had a birdie and four pars. Either way, it was a good day and better than not golfing.

Kilkarney Hills Golf Course

Kilkarney Hills Golf Course

Kilkarney Hills Golf Course

Kilkarney Hills Golf Course

Sunday was another great looking day, and it also happened to be Fathers’ Day. As such, my dad came over to my place. We biked around Calhoun and Lake of the Isles to check out the houses. Then, we headed over to my favorite cemetery! The Lakewood Cemetery is simply a great place to wander around. I cannot say enough about it. Just check out the pictures below and see how great it looks in the sunlight.

Rudy Luther

Rudy Luther

Lakewood Cemetery

Lakewood Cemetery

Lakewood Cemetery

Lakewood Cemetery

Lakewood Cemetery

Lakewood Cemetery - And My Dirty Subaru

Lakewood Cemetery

Lakewood Cemetery

Lakewood Cemetery

Lakewood Cemetery

Lakewood Cemetery

Lakewood Cemetery - Found You Waldo

For dinner we went out to Khan’s Mongolian Barbeque, which, oddly enough, is not technically Mongolian or barbeque. It has its origins in Taiwan and actually derives from Japanese-style teppanyaki which was popular there at the time. Whatever it is, it tastes great and you get to see your food made in a couple of minutes right in front of you. I ended up full after a very full weekend.

Khan's Mongolian BBQ

Khan's Mongolian BBQ

Khan's Mongolian BBQ

Khan's Mongolian BBQ

As a side note, on Monday there was a skater convoy in downtown Minneapolis. Literally hundreds of skaters took over the streets and disrupted traffic for some reason. Here is a picture of them on Hennepin Avenue. For what reason they did this I have no clue, but it was very loud and odd.

Skateboarders on Hennepin

Skateboarders on Hennepin

Band Was A Bust

2 Jun
Lake Harriet Bandshell

Lake Harriet Bandshell

This is the scene that greeted me at the time that a concert was supposed to happen. You can’t blame me for trying, but for whatever reason, the band never showed up. It was a beautiful night, so I have no idea why no one showed up. It’s a shame because I think they had a perfect night for playing music, and they missed out. Oh well, I will try again tonight. At least the sunset was lovely.

Sunset Over Calhoun

Sunset Over Calhoun

The Lakewood Cemetery

12 May

At the intersection of 36th and Hennepin Ave a traveler can go in four equally distinct directions. In one direction, down 36th, a person will run into Lake Calhoun, and the masses of people who crowd around it on pretty much every day of the week during the summer. In the other direction on the same road, one will find the Interstate, which can lead them to anywhere in the Continental United States, if they should so choose. Hennepin poses a whole different, yet equally different scenario. Travel north on the avenue, and you will first run into the hip and trendy Uptown portion of Minneapolis, before actually diving directly into the heart of the beast. But on this blustery, cool and overcast day, I chose to turn south on Hennepin and enter into Lakewood Cemetery.

Lakewood is home to some of the most famous names in Minnesota business, industry and entertainment. The cemetery was founded in 1871 and features a park-like atmosphere that was designed to resemble the popular cemeteries popping up on the East Coast that featured these rural and country appearances. It has long been revered as one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the country and the chapel on the premises is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to the beautiful landscaping, art and architecture, one will find a bevvy of famous dead people, including Charles Lindbergh, congressman and father of the aviation pioneer of the same name, Franklin Mars, creator of the Milky Way candy bar, and Tiny Tim, the falsetto-voiced entertainer of “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” fame. Luckily, without even knowing it, I happened to stumble upon many of these famous tombs and graves and have a collection of pictures to prove it.

With the sun trying to burst through the ever present grayness of the day and the wind turning Lake Calhoun into a white-capped expanse, I secured my bike at the entrance and, with my backpack slung over my shoulders, I started to trek into the unknown at around 1:30. I would have loved to have taken my bicycle into the cemetery so that I could get around faster, but they are prohibited from being ridden around. No matter. I knew this going in and had on my trainers for just that reason. From simply walking past the place down by the lake, I knew where I wanted to go first. So I took off to the right, following one of the many snaking roadways throughout the grounds and proceeded to the farthest corner and the big plot that was over there. Directly in the corner of the cemetery, overlooking the lake for all eternity, was the former owner of the Minnesota Twins, Carl Pohlad and his wife. The man had a vast, vast fortune and never felt the need to shell out for a decent free agent to upgrade the roster, but he was also the man responsible for keeping the Twins in town, so was both a loved and hated figure at the same time.

The Pohlad Headstone

The Pohlad Headstone

To his immediate and forever left (at least looking at the gravestones from my perspective) – go figure – was the grave site of the Wellstone Family. Paul Wellstone was a beloved Democratic Senator from the state and was died in a plane crash in 2002.

The Wellstone Head... uh, stone

The Wellstone Head... uh, stone

As you can see from this picture here, his undead corpse must have recently escaped, only to have been driven back to the world of the dead. His freshly sodded grave stands as a testament that even when zombies do rise from the grave, a swift decapitation is all it takes to make them truly rest for all eternity.

Where Zombie Wellstone Tried Escaping

Where Zombie Wellstone Tried Escaping

Next to the Wellstone grave someone I had never heard of, but they seemed to be pretty famous. Not only did this Joseph Francis found and invent many invaluable services and items, he was even knighted by the crowned heads of Europe! This man, whom I had never before heard of, was quite the person when alive and someone who more people should probably find out about (and I include myself in that group as well).

Joseph Francis Grave

Joseph Francis Grave

Joseph Francis Accomplishments

Joseph Francis Accomplishments

The next headstone to grab my attention was that of a Mr. John Shaw and his wife Frances. The reason that this grabbed my attention was two-fold. First, the date. He was born in 1795 and his wife in 1804. Not only were they one of the oldest graves I found, but Mr. Shaw actually died before the cemetery was founded. And his wife died three years after the founding, making this, probably, one of the oldest grave sites in the cemetery. I have to wonder whether John’s body is actually buried here, meaning he was dug up from another cemetery, or if he is just here in spirit and his body is elsewhere. Of course, what I really hope happened is that his body was buried here before the cemetery existed, and that they built the place around him. Now that would be a story to tell.

John Shaw Headstone

John Shaw Headstone

This next towering tombstone features a name that will be familiar to anyone who has ever been to the grocery store and needed to buy some soft, doughy crescent rolls. Plus, their mascot, the Doughboy, has shown up in numerous TV shows, including The Simpsons. The Pillsburys founded their company in 1872 and because their product required shipping all over the country, they also helped to fund railroads in Minnesota. Here you can see where the family and their descendents are buried. It is a massive monument in their honor, and they no doubt have the money and fame to get away with it.

The Pillsbury Monument

The Pillsbury Monument

Pillsbury Grave

Pillsbury Grave

This grave got me. As I was wandering about the place, I came upon a grave that simply said “Lindberg” and I thought to myself that there was no way this grave could be that of the famous aviator. And I was correct. This grave happens to belong to someone who just happens to share the same name as the famous aviator, but spells his last name without the h at the end. So close, but so far. Plus, this grave is a little plain for a family this well known in Minnesota.

Charles Lindberg Grave

Charles Lindberg Grave

Here is another one that got me going. This is Grant’s Tomb. But not exactly. This is because it is the tombstone for a Ulysses S. Grant… you know, like the former President of these United States! But obviously, it is not for that one. It is another case of people being named like other, more famous people. Also, if you are ever asked who is in Grant’s Tomb, you can honestly say that his wife, Avis, is. Because here is the proof.

Grant's Tomb

Grant's Tomb

This next one is very recent, but still has history behind it. This is the grave of Master Gin Foon Mark. He was a 5th Generation Master of the Kung Fu style called Southern Praying Mantis. I love his gravestone. Not only does it stand out from all the others thanks to the lions at the side and the black color, but it also includes his logo with the praying mantis in it! This was an unexpected find and one of the better headstones from that day.

Master Gin Foon Mark

Master Gin Foon Mark

Southern Praying Mantis Style

Southern Praying Mantis Style

Another teaser. This is not the same one who invented Morse Code.

Samuel Morse Grave

Samuel Morse Grave

There is more to this cemetery and I spent about four hours wandering throughout the grounds. I think that my next post is going to be some of the interesting headstones that I found and some of the larger mausoleums that entomb the dead. Obviously there are a lot of people buried here and my goal is to find some of the more famous among them, including the real Charles Lindbergh and Tiny Tim. However, because this place takes up so much space, I am going to need to find a map so that I can better figure out a way around. It is a beautiful place to be on any day of the week, but I must be going back when the weather is a little less cold and the sun is shining instead of simply peaking. Truly a wonderful excursion and excuse to get out of the apartment.