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Another Weekend, Another Freebie

15 Feb

My weekend was jam packed with lots of free sporting activities. Friday night featured a Gopher hockey game while Saturday night was spent at the Target center watching the Timberwolves. Admittedly, both of these teams are not very good in their respective sports. However, as both tickets to these sporting events were free, I saw no reason not to go and watch two bad teams.

Mariucci arena on the University of Minnesota campus is not someplace I would ever think of ending up. I am a big Sioux hockey fan, so to be in the building where the hated Gophers play is a bit of a shock to the system, especially since the Sioux were not even playing them. No, it was the Gophers vs. the Denver Pioneers, and the only reason for going was that the ticket was free, and it was in a suite, with free food, and drinks and TV’s and nice amenities. The catering was from Famous Dave’s (so not good at all for you vegetarians out there) but they did have some superb potato chips and those amazing cornbread muffins… and cookies, always cookies. So the food was good (and still free), the seats were great (and still free), but the actual hockey game was kind of a let down. The Gophers really didn’t try all that hard, the product looked anemic and the fans were nothing like I imagined. In fact, the building itself was really tiny. But I guess I got spoiled in The Ralph, which is pretty much a shrine to all things hockey.

Mariucci Arena - Suite Level View

Mariucci Arena - Suite Level View

Catering in Suite

Catering in Suite

People in the Suite

People in the Suite

Warm Ups - Denver vs Minnesota

Warm Ups - Denver vs Minnesota

My Lucky Chuck A Puck

My Lucky Chuck A Puck - Wasn't So Lucky in the End. Didn't Win ūüė¶

Gopher Student Section - Goldy Gopher Crowdsurfing

Gopher Student Section - Goldy Gopher Crowdsurfing

The next day, it was off to watch another horrible team, but this one a bunch of ‚Äúprofessionals,‚ÄĚ simply meaning they get paid to play (which they shouldn’t). The Timberwolves actually had an OK crowd for a Saturday night, but there was still plenty of opportunity to move into the lower level and snag a much better seat than some nosebleeds where we started. Again, the ticket was free, and I even ended up getting a NEW CAN COOZIE! This was a great thing because I was in need of a new one, and it was FREE! Here you can see the starting nosebleed seats, and the much better lower bowl seats where we ended up. Thank you lax Target Center security.

Target Center Nosebleeds - Timberwolves vs 76ers

Target Center Nosebleeds - Timberwolves vs 76ers

Lower Bowl Target Center Seats

Lower Bowl Target Center Seats

NEW CAN COOZIE!

NEW CAN COOZIE!

Saturday I also made the apple pie hooch I mentioned in a different blog post. As you can see, I now have a fully stocked liquor cabinet with this stuff. It tastes just like apple pie and warms the soul. Such a great late winter/early spring drink.

Apple Pie Hooch

Apple Pie Hooch

Plus, this guy had some sweet shoes, they were pretty much pink and yellow and orange in a camo/duck hunting pattern. They were amazingly horrible to look at, but he rocked em as hard as possible.

Kicking Shoes on this Dude

Kicking Shoes on this Dude

Don’t walk… Rock!

Don't Walk - ROCK!

Don't Walk - ROCK!

And yes, George Costanza lives. This is his car.

The Costanza Mobile

The Costanza Mobile

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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 ‚ÄúPorcupine Bites‚ÄĚ 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.

So, about last weekend…

23 Jul

So, what have I been up to? Not much. Went golfing last Saturday at St. Croix National in Wisconsin. Every hole is very scenic and very challenging. I’m pretty sure that I lost half a dozen golf balls. I still beat the other members of my group though. Here are some pictures of a few holes on the course.

St. Croix National

St. Croix National

St. Croix National

St. Croix National

St. Croix National

St. Croix National

Before that, on Friday that would be, I met up with a buddy from work and watched a band called Claps play ‚Äúmusic.‚ÄĚ It was some chillaxing muzik utilizing keyboards and synthesizers. It was actually not that bad, but I had had a few beers and some drink I was told was a gin and tonic. This was at Sauce Soundbar at the corner of Lake and Lyndale. You see that guy in the pictures there? Yeah, he was so into the music that he was humping the windows behind him and gyrating sporadically and spasmodically all over the stage. At one point I thought about running up on stage to make sure that he wasn’t having an epileptic fit.

Sauce Soundbar: Claps

Sauce Soundbar: Claps

Sauce Soundbar: Claps

Sauce Soundbar: Claps

Sauce Soundbar: Claps

Sauce Soundbar: Claps

So, what’s going on this weekend? FLUGTAG!! I can’t wait for Saturday to watch a bunch of morons see if they can take flight, fail horribly and plunge into the Mississippi. Many pics next week of course!