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Golf and others

29 Jun

You know, for my first time out golfing this year, I was mightily impressed with how I actually faired. Aside from a bad back nine one day, I shot both a 44 and a 41 on the front nine of different courses. Personally, I am very pleased with those results and both golfing days turned out to be gorgeous. Maybe the great weather helped my game?

Golf Course

Golf Course

Dad Golfing

Dad Golfing

#3 at Badlands GC

#3 at Badlands GC

 

Golfing Panorama

Golfing Panorama

Also, today is National Camera Day, and since I like to take pictures of things that are not really all that exciting, here are some shots of Minneapolis that I happened to take while I was downtown in this glorious weather today.

Nicollet Mall Minneapolis

Nicollet Mall Minneapolis

Nicollet Mall Minneapolis

Nicollet Mall Minneapolis

Nicollet Mall Minneapolis Reflection

Nicollet Mall Minneapolis Reflection

Walker Sculpture Garden

Walker Sculpture Garden

Walker Sculpture Garden

Walker Sculpture Garden

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Pictures from Rock the Garden

20 Jun

After getting back from Montreal, it struck me that taking pictures with my phone is ok, as long as the subject is up close and I don’t care what the end result really looks like. It was while using my dad’s camera up there that I remembered just how nice it is to have any camera with an actual zoom function that doesn’t distort pictures. Therefore, I took it upon myself to snatch up a new point-and-shoot camera of my own. It’s not very thrifty of me, but I think it’s a decent camera for what I got it for. It’s a Sony Cybershot DSC-H70 and it’s fun to play around with.

Camera Bundle

Camera Bundle

Sony Cybershot H70

Sony Cybershot H70

I sort of really wanted it to take to Rock the Garden this year, and I’m glad I had it with me. Here are some pictures of the venue at The Walker, the crowd and the bands Tapes N Tapes, Booker T and My Morning Jacket. (No pictures of Neko Case as I didn’t watch her performance, but heard it was pretty boring anyhow.)

Rock the Garden 2011

Rock the Garden 2011

Rock the Garden 2011

Rock the Garden 2011 - Tapes N Tapes

Rock the Garden 2011

Rock the Garden 2011

Rock the Garden 2011

Rock the Garden 2011 - Booker T

Rock the Garden 2011

Rock the Garden 2011

Rock the Garden 2011

Rock the Garden 2011 - My Morning Jacket

Rock the Garden 2011 - My Morning Jacket

Rock the Garden 2011 - My Morning Jacket

Rock the Garden 2011 - My Morning Jacket

Rock the Garden 2011 - My Morning Jacket

Rock the Garden 2011 - My Morning Jacket

Rock the Garden 2011 - My Morning Jacket

Rock the Garden 2011 - My Morning Jacket

Rock the Garden 2011 - My Morning Jacket

Rock the Garden 2011

Rock the Garden 2011

Rock the Garden 2011

Rock the Garden 2011

Lamb Shanks For All!

6 Dec

It snowed something like 7 inches in Minneapolis on Friday, but that did not prevent me and my father from going out and enjoying a good meal dammit! Plus, he has a vehicle with all wheel drive, so it’s no biggie. Just power through. So anyway, after work, we headed over to the restaurant Salut Bar Americain, which is a french type of place. There was no extra special reason for going there, it’s not like I got a raise or he just won the lottery, it was just something to do and so we went and did it.

The place is pretty nice and they go out of their way to treat you well – as they should for the prices they charge on most menu items – and the service was really great. We started off with the pommes frites, or Freedom Fries to most ‘Murcenz. They were super fresh from the spud and came with a devastatingly calorie and fat laden bechamel-type sauce that was obviously incredibly good.

Pommes Frites

Pommes Frites

For the main course, I opted for the lamb shank. This monster was basically a club of meat that any caveman would look right at home chomping down on. However, me being the gentleman that I am, I used the correct dinner fork for the tearing of the deceased animal’s flesh and muscle tissue.

Lamb Shank

Lamb Shank

As you can see from the final shot here, I did not leave much behind and that lamb is up in lamb heaven shedding a tear knowing that it gave its life for a great cause… and great human being.

No More Lamb Shank

No More Lamb Shank

Saturday was an odd day in that I went to an art museum. It isn’t odd that I would go to an art museum per se, but the place it was at (Walker Art Center) does not normally carry the type of art that I find interesting. I have a general rule of thumb for art. If I can do it, it is not art. This comes in very handy most of the time when I’m looking at a photo or a painting. Most of the stuff at the Walker could have been made by most dyslexic, quadraplegic three-year-olds who are also blind. In fact, some of it probably was done by someone fitting that description. Sure, there are some quality pieces by Warhol and Chuck Close, but some of this stuff just tests my mental ability to figure out why something has been deemed art.

Walker Art Center

Walker Art Center

Walker Art Center - Andy Warhol

Walker Art Center - Andy Warhol

Walker Art Center

Walker Art Center

Walker Art Center

Walker Art Center

Walker Art Center

Walker Art Center

Walker Art Center

Walker Art Center

Walker Art Center - Downtown Minneapolis

Walker Art Center - Downtown Minneapolis

This blue stuff was just that… all blue. He had other stuff too, like pink and red and green painted canvasses. Great. Perfect. It’s blue. I don’t understand how that is art. But whatever. I was told not to take this photo (which is the reason for the frenzied hurriness and blurring), probably because they don’t want to expose the artist’s secrets… or maybe it’s because they don’t want people to know what a sham this is for calling it art. Either way, I took it, and there it is. Blue. Still.

Walker Art Center - Blue

Walker Art Center - Blue

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! :\