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Been Awhile Huh?

28 Feb
Farmer's Market Carrots

Farmer's Market Carrots

Here’s a few pictures that I’ve been meaning to post recently. Enjoy them with your eyes if you will.

State Street

State Street

Madison Sunset

Madison Sunset

Red Wing

Red Wing

Train near a bluff

Train near a bluff

Tree on a bluff

Tree on a bluff

Minneapolis Skyline

Minneapolis Skyline

It's a me... Mario!

It's a me... Mario!

R.O.B.

R.O.B.

The Heartless Bastards

The Heartless Bastards

The Current's 7th Birthday Party - Polica

The Current's 7th Birthday Party - Polica

The Current's 7th Birthday Party - Polica

The Current's 7th Birthday Party - Polica

The Current's 7th Birthday Party - Polica

The Current's 7th Birthday Party - Polica

Red Bull Crashed Ice - St. Paul Cathedral

Red Bull Crashed Ice - St. Paul Cathedral

Red Bull Crashed Ice - St. Paul Cathedral

Red Bull Crashed Ice - St. Paul Cathedral

Red Bull Crashed Ice - St. Paul Cathedral

Red Bull Crashed Ice - St. Paul Cathedral

Red Bull Crashed Ice

Red Bull Crashed Ice

Red Bull Crashed Ice - St. Paul Cathedral

Red Bull Crashed Ice - St. Paul Cathedral

Red Bull Crashed Ice

Red Bull Crashed Ice - St. Paul Cathedral

Red Bull Crashed Ice

Red Bull Crashed Ice

Red Wing and Barn Bluff

18 Nov

My mom used to live in Red Wing for many years. In all that time, I never once visited Barn Bluff. Most likely it was due to the fact that she lived on a houseboat with an emotionally abusive, alcoholic who I had to refer to as my step-father (but did so only in the most fleeting sense) and we never really left the boat unless it was to run to Wal-Mart to get groceries. But a few weeks ago, before the frostiness completely descended on Minnesota and before the days became so short as to never see actual sunlight, I ventured south to finally make the ascent up the bluff. Granted, it’s not all that hard of a climb (unless you are actually scaling the rock face of the thing) but it was a beautiful day and it was a great way to spend an introspective day to myself. Behold, if you will, the digital pictures. I say digital, because I have yet to get my 35mm photos developed, although one day I will and I’m sure I’ll post some of those up here as well.

Red Wing - Barn Bluff

Red Wing - Barn Bluff

Red Wing - Barn Bluff

Red Wing - Barn Bluff

Red Wing - Barn Bluff

Red Wing - Barn Bluff

Red Wing - Barn Bluff

Red Wing - Barn Bluff

Red Wing - Barn Bluff

Red Wing - Barn Bluff

Red Wing - Barn Bluff

Red Wing - Barn Bluff

Red Wing - Barn Bluff

Red Wing - Barn Bluff

Red Wing - Barn Bluff

Red Wing - Barn Bluff

Red Wing - Barn Bluff

Red Wing - Barn Bluff

Red Wing - Barn Bluff

Red Wing - Barn Bluff

Red Wing

Red Wing

Red Wing

Red Wing

 

Work Phone Background

4 Oct

What is this? The background on my phone at my new job is pretty much the same picture that I took at the Stone Arch Bridge?! That’s pretty sweet!

Work Phone Background

Work Phone Background

Stone Arch Bridge at Night

Stone Arch Bridge at Night

Work just got a little better. Also, tons of pictures coming up, but, as they are 35 mm film, they need to be developed still. Hoping for a nice picture onslaught soon of my weekend trip down to the Mississippi via Minnehaha Falls.

So, uh… Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

1 Oct

Been biking a lot lately as the weather has been calm, cool and collected. The autumn days and evenings in Minnesota are some of the best for getting out and experiencing and checking out different things and places. Because not only do you get great colors as the trees turn from green to reds, browns and oranges, but you get to see it all in perfect weather. It’s not too hot or too cold and when there are no clouds in the sky, it just feels great to be outside. Frankly, if the weather in this state were to stay at this temperature all the time, I wouldn’t complain at all. It is still early in the fall season though, and as you can see, the trees are not all changed. They are just starting to turn, but when they do, it’s going to look great.

Early Fall Foliage

Early Fall Foliage

Sunset on Mississippi

Sunset on Mississippi

I also checked out the sculpture garden at the Walker Art Center yesterday. If ever you have seen a postcard of Minneapolis, it usually includes a shot of the Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture. Here you can see some of the other sculptures that are also on the grounds. And while this place has nothing on, say, any European sculpture garden, it is still someplace that everyone in the TC should check out at least one time. Also, don’t pictures just look more “arty” when taken in black and white? I think I might add some more artist-y type shots in the future because they seem to come out better as well on the ol’ phone.

Basilica of St. Mary

Basilica of St. Mary

Walking Bridge

Walking Bridge

Hennepin Ave

Hennepin Ave

Sculpture Garden

Sculpture Garden

Spoonbridge and Cherry

Spoonbridge and Cherry

B&W Garden Shot

B&W Garden Shot

B&W Garden Shot

B&W Garden Shot

Hare on Bell on Portland Stone

Hare on Bell on Portland Stone

Standing Frame

Standing Frame

Standing Frame

Standing Frame

Also, just for the record, in that last shot, the white building in front of the IDS is the one I work in. Yea! :\

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.

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 “music.” 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!