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Coffee Shop, Snow and First Ave

16 Nov

This last weekend I hit up a coffee bar to see one of my old high school buddies and his wife play some tunes, drove around in the snow and then went to First Avenue’s 7th Street Entry.

Corner Coffee in Minneapolis was the site of the performance where John and his wife Jaclyn broke out their guitar, keyboard, bongos and even ukulele. They call their band Cleveland Ave and they played for about 40 minutes and I wish that more people would have shown up because they were really good. I had a great time listening to the music that I didn’t even know that John had the talent to play and it was a good night. Afterward, we went across the street for a few drinks and listened to a really nerdy bartender talk about drugs, video games, zombies, Stargate Universe, kids and lightsabers. It was a bit odd, but he was really enthusiastic.

Cleveland Avenue at Corner Coffee

Cleveland Avenue at Corner Coffee

Saturday saw the metro area get hit with six to eight inches of snow – heavy snow. It was wet and there was a ton of it. And because I own a Subaru, it gave me the opportunity to get out for the first time this fall and do some donuts. Really, I couldn’t resist. The parking lot was just sitting there and the snow was begging for it. It really was whorish snow and I gave it to it. I wish there was more room in the parking lot, but it was good to get some sideways action after going without it for so long.

First Snowfall Donuts

First Snowfall Donuts

But the snow also had an adverse affect. I had other plans for the night (Saturday still), but they were dashed by the snow and so my backup was to head to First Ave for some musicalness. Elite Gymnastics played their normal set – loud, booming and hard to understand lyrically – (Four Lokos and all) and then the main act, Matthew Dear came up to play. He is described as a DJ, a dance-music producer, an experimental pop artist and a bandleader. The music was pretty decent and if I was in a better mood (or had some more drinks in myself perhaps) I would have been in a more dance-tastic mood, but as it was, I simply listened and tapped my foot. I do have to say that having listened to a bit of his music from the album as sent to me by a coworker, it was much, much better in person, as is the case most of the time. I think it really helped that he had a band to back him up so they were actually playing real musical instruments instead of simply hitting buttons on a keyboard or playing around with computers and beats (which they were as well) but there were also drums, a trumpet, guitars and a bassist. So if I were to take anything out of their performance it would be: Real instruments with electronic beats = great, computer generated beats only = meh.

Matthew Dear 7th Street Entry First Ave

Matthew Dear 7th Street Entry First Ave

Next weekend? Possibly basketball and art. We’ll see.

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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.