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Oh The Places I’ve Been

29 Sep

I’m not really sure what I mean with that title, but I did go golfing in Wisconsin, saw the Weisman Art Museum and the University of Minnesota campus and went around by my place to take pictures with a very fun, new little toy camera. So I guess I went places, but nowhere that I hadn’t really ever been before. Oh well, whatever. Enjoy the pictures.

The Weisman Art Museum is located on the U of M campus and was designed by Frank Gehry. He is famous for designing really outlandish and distinctive buildings and the Weisman is no exception. It is completely covered in stainless steel so it is hard to miss and when the sun comes out, as it did on the day I went there, the building really gives off a great shine and pops after being photographed. I went with black and white film for the 35 mm camera, but took a picture with my digital so you could get a sense of what it looks like in color.

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

I really like how the contrast in the black and white photos turned out because the building is so full of different nooks and crannies that, again, it really pops off the page. I also just walked around the U of M campus and took some pictures of other things that are out there. It’s a huge campus and there are many places to explore and these are just a few of the shots I took that day.

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

 

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

 

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

It being the last week of September, and before I start my new job, I went golfing with my dad for the final time this season at St. Croix National in Wisconsin. The course is really great and challenging. It also provides for some great scenery during the fall. Although it was rainy and a little too early for the full on fall effect yet, there were still some good shots out there and some nice looking foliage on the course. If it weren’t raining, it would have been quite the perfect day, but as it was, it was just an annoyance to play through.

St. Croix National Golf Course

St. Croix National Golf Course

St. Croix National Golf Course

 

St. Croix National Golf Course

St. Croix National Golf Course

Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage

After golfing, I got back to my place and, to my great surprise, I had a package in the mail. It was from South Korea and contained the awesome little camera that I ordered. It is a disderi robot camera and is so named because it looks like a little robot face. It’s so fun to play around with and looks like it too! It takes three images on one film image. Currently, I’m still playing around with it to figure out the best way to shoot with it, but it is so easy to tote around that I’m going to take it everywhere from now on. And yes, just as the instructions say, it is epoch-making!!!!

What could it be?!

What could it be?!

 

disderi robot camera

disderi robot camera

disderi robot camera

disderi robot camera

disderi robot camera

disderi robot camera

disderi robot camera

disderi robot camera

Robot Camera

Robot Camera

Robot Camera Lakewood Cemetery

Robot Camera Lakewood Cemetery

Robot Camera Lake Harriet

Robot Camera Lake Harriet

Robot Camera Lake Harriet

Robot Camera Lake Harriet

Robot Camera Lake Harriet Rose Garden Fountain

Robot Camera Lake Harriet Rose Garden Fountain

Robot Camera Sewer Smoking

Robot Camera Sewer Smoking

The best part about that little camera, besides not using batteries to operate and being super light and small? IT WAS ONLY $15 SHIPPED!! So much fun for so little. You can’t beat that people. You just can’t.

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Around Minneapolis

11 May

Just thought I would toss up some pictures from around Minneapolis. Nothing fancy, just the usual stuff.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Moses was Catholic?

Moses was Catholic?

Lake of the Isles

Lake of the Isles

West River Parkway

West River Parkway

35W Bridge

35W Bridge

Minneapolis Skyline

Minneapolis Skyline

Flowers

Flowers

Spoonbridge and Cherry

Spoonbridge and Cherry

First Avenue

First Avenue

Downtown Minneapolis

Downtown Minneapolis

Tree and Reflection

Tree and Reflection

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

Lakewood Cemetery: The Leftovers

14 May

Having spent over four hours in the cemetery, I managed to take many more pictures than what I had in the previous post. This post is intended to show off more of this beautiful place, and some of the other graves and headstones that stood out to me. Some of the pictures are a little washed out, but that’s only because I had the incorrect filter on for taking pictures that day.

The Man With No Death Date

The Man With No Death Date

This first guy I can only assume is still alive and is a zombie. He was born in 1890 and has not died yet. If he is not dead, and is a zombie, then perhaps he is the one who bit Wellstone and infected him before he was summarily decapitated. Be careful if you are in the vicinity of this cemetery now. If you hear an ominous moaning, run and get to high ground as soon as possible. George Smith’s zombie will be aiming for your brains.

Lakewood Cemetery

Lakewood Cemetery

Edwin Stone

Edwin Stone

Edwin Stone is interesting for the fact that his tombstone says he was killed by Sioux Indians in 1862 at a battle in Agton, MN. Not too many people can claim that.

The Death of English

The Death of English

I always said that texting would be the downfall of society. Now I know that I was correct.

Lakewood Cemetery Pond

Lakewood Cemetery Pond

The Fix Family Grave

The Fix Family Grave

This grave for the Fix family is more sad than anything. If you will notice, they had three children and all of them died before either the mother or the father. That’s either really bad luck, or shitty timing or both. This was probably the saddest grave I saw all day.

The Death of Purple

The Death of Purple

It is always a sad day when a color has to be killed off, but at least it was this one.

Mad Skeels

Mad Skeels

This dude did not have the skeels to keep himself out of the grave. Too bad.

Death of Cool

Death of Cool

I always knew that cool would be dead at some point, but to be buried here? That’s quite an honor for the cemetery.

Lakewood Cemetery

Lakewood Cemetery

Lakewood Mausoleums

Lakewood Mausoleums

Lakewood Tombs

Lakewood Tombs

Soldier's Area of Lakewood

Soldier's Area of Lakewood

Monument to Fallen Heroes

Monument to Fallen Heroes

Monument to Dead Elks

Monument to Dead Elks

Weather Beaten Statue on Headstone

Weather Beaten Statue on Headstone

Risen Like Doves

Risen Like Doves

These are some of the Mausoleums that are on the premises and what I have done is taken a picture of the outside and then the inside so you can see what the interior of some of these grand palaces look like. Some of the interiors are pretty interesting, as you will come to see.

Newell Mausoleum

Newell Mausoleum

Newell Mausoleum Interior

Newell Mausoleum Interior

Pretty standard fare in the one above, but check out the contents of this next one.

Howe Mausoleum

Howe Mausoleum

Howe Mausoleum Interior

Howe Mausoleum Interior

That is a serious picture there. Inside that place was a Chinese takeout bag. This means someone had recently been there, and that they brought Chinese food to eat. Unless, in another zombie twist of fate, the zombie ordered some Chinese and then ate the delivery boy. This next one is also odd, but only because the interior is so dingy. It is obviously leaking and needs to be cleaned up. The other interesting part is that you can see where the next cache of bodies is going to be stashed. They are stored in the walls, much like in an autopsy room. Creepy.

Shevlin Mausoleum

Shevlin Mausoleum

Shevlin Mausoleum Interior

Shevlin Mausoleum Interior

Like I said in the other post, I will have to go back here to try and find some of the more famous tombs. Also, I need to go back when the weather is a bit better and it isn’t so cold and overcast. Stay tuned for more of this grand place.

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.