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The MN Twins Win! and I Get Crafty

14 Sep

It’s been a little while (one week in fact) since I last posted something up here, and I’ve not been super busy, but I have been out and about a little bit. A Twins game in which *SHOCKER* the Twins actually won, a kielbasa festival and Greek festival in the same day and then I partook of a little craft project for myself. Here are the results.

The Twins played the Chicago White Sox and actually pulled out a win somehow. It was nice to see them win, but the best part about the new ballpark is still the skyline view. The weather was particularly perfect, and I took some pictures of the fading light and the moon rising above Minneapolis.

Moon over Minneapolis Skyline

Moon over Minneapolis Skyline

Moon over Minneapolis Skyline

Moon over Minneapolis Skyline

Twins Target Field Panorama

Twins Target Field Panorama

Minneapolis Dusk Skyline View

Minneapolis Dusk Skyline View

Target Field and Minneapolis Skyline

Target Field and Minneapolis Skyline

Target Field Panorama Night

Target Field Panorama Night

Twins Logo Sign

Twins Logo Sign

As for the kielbasa festival and Greek festivals, I went to them for different reasons. The kielbasa fest was attended for the nice ceramic mug from Kramarczuks and the free beer that came with said mug, and the Greek fest was attended for the food. The gyros that were served, along with the fries, at the Greek fest were really great. I mean, with a whole pig on a spit, how could it not be good?

2011 Kielbasa Festival Mug and Entertainment

2011 Kielbasa Festival Mug and Entertainment

Interior Panorama of St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church

Interior Panorama of St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church

Roast Pig on a Spit

Roast Pig on a Spit

Then, I took it upon myself to do a little craft project. Since I had a bunch of film negatives lying around, I figured there must be something I could do with them. Lo and behold, a site called poopscape.comhad the answer for me! I bought a lamp at IKEA and then put the negatives around it so when it lights up, it shows the pictures through it. For this one I used old negatives from trips I had been on. The first row is Alaska, the second and third is Paris, then is Italy, London and some miscellaneous stuff like skiing trips. Overall, I would have to deem the whole thing a success. It looks really great at night and brings up lots of great memories from trips! Highly recommended and really easy if you happen to have film negatives just lying around and don’t know what to do with them.

Film Negative Lamp

Film Negative Lamp

Film Negative Lamp

Film Negative Lamp

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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!

Target Field and Twins Game

10 Jun

Last night, I ventured into the wilds of Minneapolis to experience outdoor big league baseball in Minnesota. Let me start off by saying this isn’t the first time I’ve been to an outdoor game in MN, but the St. Paul Saints are not quite the same thing. Anyway, for the first time visitor, Target Field is really something spectacular. I now believe that the Twin Cities have two of the finest major league sporting venues in the country, with the Twins stadium joining the Xcel Energy Center where the Wild play. As you can see from this picture, the place was packed. I had to get tickets off of Craigslist the day of the game. However, I chose pretty much the perfect seats for the perfect price, as you will see in a bit.

Crowded Target Field

Crowded Target Field

Simply walking around this place is a bunch of fun. Here is the team from FSN North. As you can see, Marney Gellner and Roy Smalley were on point to give a great Twins pregame show. Or, at least, I assume they did. I did not stick around. Too much other stuff to do.

Twins Pre Game show

Marney and Roy

Here are some pics of the field. As you can see. It is a gorgeous thing.

Twins - Target Field

Twins - Target Field

Twins - Target Field

Twins - Target Field

Minneapolis Skyline From Target Field

Minneapolis Skyline From Target Field

Minneapolis Skyline From Target Field

Minneapolis Skyline From Target Field

Target Field – The Big Scoreboard

Target Field – The Big Scoreboard

Twins - Target Field

Twins - Target Field

Target Field – The Bullpen

Target Field – The Bullpen

And here is the view from my seat. I got these off Craigslist for $20. It was one of the better purchases I have made in the last few weeks. Not only are they great seats, they were less than face value for the tickets!… by a dollar. They only bad thing about sitting in this spot is that you cannot see the gigantic video board as it is directly above you, and blocked by the underside of the upper deck. Here are some pics from throughout the game as the light changed to night. Also, with these seats, anytime someone hit the ball to left field – like when Punto hit it over Podsednik’s head, I’m pretty sure I was on TV for about a quarter of a second. However, I understand why he may have been thinking about other things, for Christ’s sake, have you seen his wife ?!!?

Target Field – Left Field View

Target Field – Left Field View

Target Field – Left Field View

Target Field – Left Field View

Target Field – Left Field View

Target Field – Left Field View

Target Field – Left Field View

Target Field – Left Field View

And now, onto the food and drinks. Let’s face it, ballpark food is spendy. It becomes even more spendy when you throw in getting something to drink (which is why I never, ever get anything to drink). I went with the Twins big dog and chips ($5.25). I think its a quarter pound beef hot dog and it comes with a bag of chips. Its not a bad deal really, but the next time I go back, I’m getting the regular Twins dog, as it comes with chili and cheese for only $3.75.

Twins Big Dog with Chips

Twins Big Dog with Chips

The new ballpark also features vendors that sell all sorts of different items, like this giant leg of beef where you can get a beef sandwich that is fresh shaved. There were also stir-fry places and nachos and walleye and pork chops on a stick. One of the draws that I went for – in preparation for the State Fair – were some cheese curds ($4.75). They are not cheap, but anytime you deep fry cheese, the results speak for themselves. Plus, they come in this cute little Leinenkugel’s canoe.

Target Field – Hunk o Beef

Target Field – Hunk o Beef

State Fair Cheese Curds

State Fair Cheese Curds

As always, beer is off the charts. Here is one of the many vendors hawking his wares. Regardless of whether you want your beer in a cup or in the bottle, its going to cost you $7. However, the one thing that I did notice was that they did sell some local brews (like Summit and Leinenkugels) for $6.50. I don’t know about you, but I would take a 50 cent savings to get a better beer any day. If you plan on getting your buzz on at the game, be prepared to spend some serious cash. Or, simply get a buzz before you come to the game, or invest in a handy flask, because they only search you if you have a bag on you; i.e. wear shorts with cargo pockets!

Target Field – Beer Vendor

Target Field – Beer Vendor

Lastly, this was the dude I was sitting next to. As usual, he was loud and berating for a bit but they quieted down. It was especially odd to hear him β€œlovingly” berate our own player in the outfield, until he hit a home run and was then very cordial to him.

Target Field – Typical Fan

Target Field – Typical Fan

At the end of the night though, the Twins won the game 6-2 and it was a perfect end to a great game and a spectacular night for baseball. Are we going to get spoiled up here in Minnesota now that we have outdoor baseball? Well, we probably will, until September and October show up, then who knows.

Target Field – Twins Win

Target Field – Twins Win

Ten Epic Songs of Epicness

4 May

What makes a song epic? Does it simply have to be long? Convoluted? Perhaps have a profound backstory to its conception? Possibly. But for the purposes of this list, I have come up with ten epic songs that I feel are both epically long and epically rocking. How did I come up with this list you may ask? Well, it all started from this picture…

Three Men in a Lobby

Check out those sweet moves!

Ok, so not really. But it is an interesting picture isn’t it? For those who don’t know, which is many, this picture was taken on the day of the home opener of the Twins in celebration of their new stadium. CAN YOU GUESS WHICH CITY I WORK IN?!!!?? Anyways. I like the picture and these guys were really cool. They were very entertaining and had to be so for a long time, much like the songs on this list. Of course, the real culprit for getting me thinking about this list is this other list here. As you can see, assuming you clicked the link, is that many of those songs can be found on my list as well. The reason for this is that the author of that site and myself both have similar tastes in music. You will probably be able to decipher from my list that I really enjoy rock music, and, more specifically, a genre called Prog Rock, which is filled with the Pink Floyds and Rushs of this earth (as you can see, I’m especially fond of Pink Floyd). Anyway, on to my list, which is in no particular order. Also, pretty much all of the videos can be found as hyperlinks attached to the artist and song title at the top.

  1. Led Zeppelin – Achilles Last Stand 10:25
    I found this song by happy accident and loved the drums and guitar. Not only do I think it is one of Zeppelin’s better songs on an album that is not given enough credit, it would be badass on either Rock Band or Guitar Hero! Dammit Led Zeppelin, get with the times already. I chose the live version of this song for the video simply because you can watch Jimmy Page shred that guitar hardcore.

    Led Zeppelin Presence

    Led Zeppelin Presence

  2. Metallica – Outlaw Torn 9:59
    I don’t know who did it first, but when you add an orchestra behind a major rock band, the results are spectacular. Outlaw Torn is from the 1999 live album Metallica recorded using the backing of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Kamen. Though I love a good, simple hard rock song, adding the orchestral score pumps it up even more and gives it a thoroughly epic feel.

    Metallica S&M

    Metallica S&M

  3. Pink Floyd – Dogs 17:06
    This song is 17 minutes of bliss. It is typical Floyd as well, starting off with a faster section, accompanied by a driving guitar solo in the middle and then slowing way down for the middle interlude before picking up again at the end with a flurry of lead guitar and drums. I’ve heard this song many, many times and it never ceases to get me going.

    Pink Floyd Animals

    Pink Floyd Animals

  4. Funkadelic – Maggot Brain 10:21
    Look no further for your epic lead guitar solo. You can actually feel the emotion running through the fingers of Eddie Hazel. It seems to encapsulate exactly what he was told to think about while playing, namely that his mother had died in the first half, and then came back to life in the second. It plays out beautifully and is even more spectacular when you consider it was all done in one take.

    Funkadelic Maggot Brain

    Funkadelic Maggot Brain

  5. Rush – 2112 20:34
    The simple fact that I could only find this song in three separate parts is testament to the epicness it embodies. The fact that I am going to witness this band’s awesomness in person later this year makes this song even better (though I doubt they will play it, but I wish they would).
    Part 1

    Part 2
    Part 3

    Rush 2112

    Rush 2112

  6. Dream Theater – Octavarium 23:58
    This is another band that I had never heard of before seeing the original list. I know nothing about them, or their music outside of this song, but I really appreciate this song for making me get lost in its entire length. A rare quality. In fact, this song starts off in a Floydian tone before delving into something akin to hard rock before taking that epic Floyd departure at the end again. Great stuff.

    Dream Theater Octavarium

    Dream Theater Octavarium

  7. Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1 and 2) 26:00
    Another Pink Floyd song, and this one is split into two parts. It is actually a nine part composition in tribute to the former leader of Floyd, Syd Barrett. This is one of those classics that most people will know the instant the first chord is struck. If I could, I would probably listen to this all day long.
    Part 1
    Part 2

    Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here

    Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here

  8. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free Bird 9:06
    Ah yes. Skynyrd. This is the song that is constantly being politely suggested – by which I mean drunkenly yelled out – for every band in the history of the world to play. Right now, there have been 2,174 instances of this happening. However, the song itself is a rocking epic that is nine minutes long and one that, once again, pretty much everyone knows the tune of. Here it is, in its entirety, for your listening enjoyment.

    Lynyrd Skynyrd

    Lynyrd Skynyrd

  9. Iron Butterfly – Inna Godda Da Vida 17:05
    You can almost hear the psychedelic drugs coursing through their veins. And that bass line! Its hypnotic in its simplicity, yet makes everything about this song work. and makes the song come alive. And with a song being this long, it makes for fantastic solo work as well from every member of the band. I would love to see this video in full color, just to see the funk and colors and what their dreams must have looked like every night. Bonus: the Simpsons take on the song as well.
    The Simpsons Version

    Iron Butterfly In A Gadda Da Vida

    Iron Butterfly In A Gadda Da Vida

  10. Pink Floyd – Echoes 23:28
    Echoes is one of those tunes that is not known by many people. This is mostly because they have such a huge catalog of other hits that this one tends to get lost in the shuffle. It is also because it was not on a record of theirs that sold in huge numbers. This song was before they really took off after Dark Side of the Moon, but is one of their better tunes. This is another one of those that is normally broken into two parts, but I found it in its entirety, although it is synched up to the final part of 2001: A Space Odyssey for some reason. I recommend simply listening to it without the visuals, as they are distracting.

    Pink Floyd Echoes

    Pink Floyd Echoes

So, in this list alone, should you actually sit down and listen to all of the songs here, you will have a grand total of 167 minutes of music! How awesome is that? For some, not very; but for others, it is a great way to get into the rhythm and spirit of some grandiose songs that are too long for conventional radio, but perfect for making the day fly by. If you have any suggestions for anything that you feel would best be on this list, let me know. Or, perhaps you hated every selection. Either way, drop me a line and let me know.