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Weekend Out and About

23 Aug

This past weekend was filled with another excursion to a cemetery (a new one this time) as well as some music at the West Bank Music Festival.

I like cemeteries because they offer a lot of opportunity to take pictures of unmoving objects that are fun to mess around with in the camera. Different focal points, zoom length, angles and EV levels all make for different pictures of the same statue or tomb. Plus, I find cemeteries relaxing, as no one else is usually ever there, and you can just wander around all by yourself with your thoughts on a nice day. These are from St. Mary’s cemetery in Minneapolis.

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

As I was near Lake Nokomis, I decided to bike around it. While doing so, I saw this large butterfly. I stopped and tried to get some pictures, but butterflies are actually pretty hard to capture while standing up, shooting with one hand and in the wrong sunlight direction. Plus, this dude is sort of an ugly butterfly (at least to me) and wasn’t that great a subject. But whatever. He’s a butterfly.

Lake Nokomis Butterfly

Lake Nokomis Butterfly

Lake Nokomis Butterfly

Lake Nokomis Butterfly

Then on Saturday, I went over to the West Bank (or Cedar Avenue as it’s more commonly referred to) to see some music. Dessa was going to be headlining and Retribution Gospel Choir were also going to be playing. Both of these acts have been on my “To See” list and so for $5 I figured what better way to see them than outside on a great day with a ton of other people? Both acts were great, but I think both needed to have a sound system that could keep up with both of them. Don’t get me wrong, I liked both performances, and would certainly see Dessa again for sure, but they needed a better venue (like the Varsity Theater or something) to really make them shine. Other acts included a pregnant Haley Bonar playing in her other band called Gramma’s Boyfriend, and the Goondas, who I’ve seen before and really enjoy their energy and music.

Haley Bonar "Grandma's Boyfriend"

Haley Bonar "Gramma's Boyfriend"

Haley Bonar "Grandma's Boyfriend"

Haley Bonar "Gramma's Boyfriend"

The Goondas West Bank Music Festival

The Goondas West Bank Music Festival

Dessa West Bank Music Festival

Dessa West Bank Music Festival

Dessa West Bank Music Festival

Dessa West Bank Music Festival

Dessa West Bank Music Festival

Dessa West Bank Music Festival

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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 😦

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 “professionals,” 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

Classic Movies and Hooch

2 Feb

So I started off last weekend by going to a movie. Well, I should say that I first stopped at Peace Coffee because I showed up early (as usual) and had myself a nice Chai Tea.

Peace Coffee Chai Tea

Peace Coffee Chai Tea

I have seen this movie many times and own it on DVD in fact. It is the 1966 classic, Grand Prix. Directed by John Frankenheimer, it harkens back to a day when men drove Formula One cars not because of the money, but because of the thrill of speed and the glory that it brought. This movie is one of the greatest car racing films of all time because of the attention to detail in every shot. Real drivers like Graham Hill, Phil Hill, Jim Clark and Bruce McLaren were used in the filming and were driving alongside the actors and there is obviously no CGI to enhance anything. If a car was driving at 150 mph on the film, you can be sure that they were doing that in real life to get the shot. The movie was shown at the Trylon Microcinema, and was a great place to relive just how special a movie this was, and to me, still is. It is rare that a movie is shown in it’s entirety, complete with the Overture and Intermission intact. Yes, this is a three hour movie, but certainly never feels that way, especially with the amazing race footage. If you ever get a chance to see this film, whether on the small or big screen, take that chance because it really shows what drivers had to go through to win a race in some of the most dangerous conditions.

Grand Prix Overture Screen

Grand Prix Overture Screen

Then, yesterday, I learned that I could make my own hooch! I will have a finished recipe posted after I make it, but it involves apple cider, lots of sugar and everyone’s favorite booze, Everclear! This is going to be good.

Everclear Bottles Contain Homemade Goodness

Everclear Bottles Contain Homemade Goodness

One of Them Fun, Long Weekends Where Lots of Stuff Happens and Money is Spent Freely

10 Jan

This weekend flew by, but in a good way. I ended up going to First Avenue twice (once unexpectedly) and also checked out a rare car.

7th Street Bathroom

7th Street Bathroom

If you’ve never been to First Ave, here is what the bathroom at the 7th Street entry looks like. Why did I take this picture? I’m willing to bet you can guess my state of mind at that point of the night. Regardless of how drunk I may or may not have been, at least it’s interesting. I mean, the stainless steel urinal is pretty sweet.

And here is a picture of some act playing music. I have no clue who it is, what they were playing or if they were good or bad. But there ya go. I never got to find out who these people were (which isn’t a big deal) because we ended up going to the 7th Street entry to watch karaoke. Well, I watched. Two of my coworkers decided to let loose their pipes and get up on stage. The picture below is one of my coworkers. The other would not allow me to publish his picture. Decide for yourself what that could possibly mean. And that was all on Friday night. Saturday night I ended up right back at the same place for Too Much Love, a Twin Cities dj dance night. I did not intend to show up there, but thanks to alcohol, I did. It was actually pretty fun and even if you don’t care to dance, you can get so much enjoyment from watching other people attempt to shake their ass while totally inebriated.

First Avenue Band

First Avenue Band

7th Street Entry Karaoke

7th Street Entry Karaoke

First Avenue Too Much Love Dancefloor

First Avenue Too Much Love Dancefloor

And then the car. This is a Tesla. It is carbon fiber, based on the Lotus Elise and is completely, 100% electric. This is one of four in Minnesota and costs $158,000. It is extremely cramped inside, hard to get in and out of, has about a 200 mile range on full charge, but looks really good. Plus, the steering wheel is really tiny and fits in my hands really well. I would never want one though as I need to hear the noise of the vehicle for it to offer any excitement for me. I can’t get behind the electric car for this reason. And pumping in fake noise is just wrong. Also, there is no room for golf clubs, and that is a big no no in my book.

Tesla Roadster

Tesla Roadster

Tesla Roadster Interior

Tesla Roadster Interior

Tesla Roadster Interior

Tesla Roadster Interior

Another Typical Weekend

20 Oct

This weekend was spent doing relaxing things. On Saturday, after working out, I called my dad and we went on a bike ride from my apartment, into downtown Minneapolis, across the Hennepin Bridge into Northeast. We walked around a bit there and then headed down St. Anthony Main and across the Stone Arch Bridge and biked down West River Parkway until we hit the Greenway for the final leg back to Bryant Ave, where I live. All in all, it was a nice way to spend the afternoon and a nice 15 mile bike ride all the way round. These are just some quick pictures of the scenery from that bright Saturday afternoon.

Stone Arch Bridge

Stone Arch Bridge

Hennepin Ave Bridge and Grain Belt Sign

Hennepin Ave Bridge and Grain Belt Sign

St. Anthony Falls

St. Anthony Falls

Northeast Minneapolis

Northeast Minneapolis/Pillsbury Factory

On Sunday, I went to a concert. It was Gorillaz with N.E.R.D. opening for them. It was an audio/visual treat that was well worth the money. First off, I own all of the albums from both bands, so was excited to see that N.E.R.D was going to be on the bill as well. They played a lot of new songs, but did whip out She Wants To Move, Lapdance and Rock Star. They played for about an hour, and had some dancers on the ends of the stage going for almost the full time. The workout they got must have been phenomenal. Also, Pharrell is one uncannily smooth dude. He was giving shout-outs to some woman in a sequin dress and go-go boots and even brought two audience members on stage to dance because they were dancing on the tops of their chairs.

Gorillaz Concert Prep

Gorillaz Concert Prep

N.E.R.D at Target Center

N.E.R.D at Target Center

Of course, the headliners were the main reason to go. And they did not disappoint. The entire show had visuals behind the band, including music videos, montages and even Snoop Dogg and Bruce Willis.

Gorillaz About to Start

Gorillaz About to Start

Gorillaz Plastic Beach Snoop Dogg

Gorillaz Plastic Beach Snoop Dogg

Gorillaz at Target Center

Gorillaz at Target Center

Gorillaz Target Center

Gorillaz Target Center

Here is the set list that they played:

Orchestral Intro
Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach (feat. the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble & Snoop Dogg via video screen)
19-2000 (feat. Rosie Wilson)
Last Living Souls
O Green World
Stylo (feat. Bobby Womack & Boobie Brown)
On Melancholy Hill
Rhinestone Eyes
Superfast Jellyfish (feat. De La Soul)
Kids With Guns
Tomorrow Comes Today
Broken (feat. The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
Dirty Harry (feat. Bootie Brown)
El Manana
DARE (feat. Rosie Wilson)
White Flag (feat. Bashy & Kano)
Glitter Freeze
Plastic Beach

Encore:

Cloud of Unknowing (feat. Bobby Womack)
Feel Good Inc. (feat. De La Soul)
Clint Eastwood (feat. Bashy & Kano)
Don’t Get Lost in Heaven
Demon Days (feat. Bobby Womack)

Gorillaz Target Center

Gorillaz Target Center

Gorillaz Target Center

Gorillaz Target Center

So, Uh… The Saturday That Was

5 Oct

This past Saturday was different from the typical, boring, monotonous, routine, humdrum, lonely long weekend day that I usually wallow through. I was actually fairly busy throughout the entire day although some of that busyness was spent in a place I never want to visit ever again.

Waking up at eight on a Saturday may seem like a waste to most. However, I was on a mission. For you see, I live in Minneapolis, but work out on Saturday mornings in St. Paul. Normally, this isn’t that big of a deal since I own a car and there is little traffic to deal with on these brisk mornings. Also, the class starts at 10, so normally I can sleep in a little as it only takes but 15 minutes to drive there. Today, however, I got it in my head that I would bike to the workout class. Thankfully, Minneapolis has a bevy of biking trails and getting from where I live to where I work out is actually a pretty straight shot without the need to deal with too many busy streets (or if they are busy, they include a bike lane). The only problem with this is that it takes time, and was about 45 degrees outside that day. True, it was bright and sunny, but it was also windy. All in all, it took me 45 minutes to get to my destination – Angel’s Life Solutions, which was about 7.5 miles away, just off Marshall Ave (according to Google maps). This workout class I attend is all about stretching and kettlebells. It’s a fairly strenuous workout from which I am still sore right now (it being Tuesday). After working out, I biked home, though at a much more leisurely pace as I had only eaten two bananas before setting out.

I knew at some point during the day that I would have to go to the hospital. On Monday, my grandmother had had a stroke. She has had them before, and it really sucks to have to see someone who is already so frail become even more delicate. After driving to the wrong hospital in Woodbury – which is where my grandparents live and the hospital she normally has been at, but somehow, the info of where she was actually at was not relayed to me – I eventually drove back to St. Paul and St. Joseph’s. Suffice it to say that it was the most depressing part of my day and I don’t want to keep going through it every few months. Hospitals are not places that I tend to come out of feeling better about things based on past history with them. So to try and get my mind off of that, I went to an art gallery on the way home.

St. Joseph's Hospital room

St. Joseph's Hospital room

I had been wanting to see the Spinal Tap “Smell the Glove” exhibit since I heard about it, and this was the last day of the show. The motive behind the show was that, in the classic movie, the band Spinal Tap has a record coming out called “Smell the Glove” but the label decides at the last moment that the cover art would be too racy and obscene. Since the cover is never actually shown and merely described, the art gallery enlisted a bunch of local artists to come up with their idea of what that cover would actually look like, had it been seen in the film. Thus, we get a ton of weird ass looking art – including actual semen on a sock (under glass thank god) – that is both terrifyingly close to the description in the film and outlandishly ridiculous at the same time. Also, that screen is there because, for the final night of the exhibit, they were going to show the film as a final send off.

Spinal Tap "Smell the Glove"

Spinal Tap "Smell the Glove"

Spinal Tap "Smell the Glove"

Spinal Tap "Smell the Glove"

Spinal Tap "Smell the Glove"

Spinal Tap "Smell the Glove"

Spinal Tap "Smell the Glove"

Spinal Tap "Smell the Glove"

Spinal Tap "Smell the Glove"

Spinal Tap "Smell the Glove"

Spinal Tap "Smell the Glove"

Spinal Tap "Smell the Glove"

Spinal Tap "Smell the Glove"

Spinal Tap "Smell the Glove"

The rest of my day was spent making supper and playing video games, neither of which need to be seen as they are pretty boring. Oh yeah, I also have television now, so I watched SNL just to see Abby Elliott. She is the best thing about that show right now… because she is hot.

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!