Sunday, March 17, 2019

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Here's to all you Irish out there, and those that claim to be.  Today is our big day.  

As for me, I have a little bit of work to do, will head out for a long run (I'd go now but it's too damned cold), breakfast, mass, and then head to the bars to be with my people.  If I time it right, I should be home by six and in bed no later than eight.

Just like my dad would do it:

Here's wishing you all a happy and safe St. Patrick's Day.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Saturday Song Share - Tommy Stinson - Meant to Be

Former Replacements' bassist totally knocks this one out.  Local boy done good.  Just love the high harmonies:

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Inky Johnson and Overcoming

I had not heard this story, but it is a remarkable one.

For those that feel limited, here's some motivation for us:

Monday, March 11, 2019

Minnesota All Hockey Hair Team

If this is indeed the last year, it is a shame, as it's his best video yet:

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Kawhi Leonard New Balance Ad

Here's something you don't see anymore: someone that eschews social media celebrity:

I know jack about the NBA, and even less about Mr. Leonard, but I'll tell you one thing - I'm a fan.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Goodbye Grannie

In a continuing housecleaning mode, the Minnesota Wild traded their second-leading scorer to Nashville for Kevin Fiala.  Granny started the season hot but has cooled substantially, and has never lived up to his potential.  He also was a significant salary cap hit, with an additional $7.5MM owed for next year.

The way he and they were playing, Granny was going to go.  The fact that we got someone with the potential like Fiala is a bonus.

In the recent past, we’ve moved the dead weight of Niederreiter, Coyle, and now Granlund.  All needed to happen.  With Mikko gone, it leaves us short at center, and we’ll see how they cobble the lines together, but at this point, it looks like a good move.

The other trades seem to have lit a fire – both with the new guys joining the team as well as those guys left.  We’ll see if the fire continues to burn enough to get into the playoffs.

As they say in poker, all we need is a chip and a chair.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Wrestling with the Garage Door Opener

The brutal winter continues up here in Minnesota completely unabated.  It has been Biblical in terms of its wrath.  We've put up the snowiest February in history and suffered horrible cold that has been the admiration of places like Siberia.  The simple act of going outside is painful, and common acts like walking the dog and taking a nice stroll haven't been done for over two months now.

With all of the snow, drifting has become a significant issue.  There is snow everywhere, and when it blows, it creates significant challenges.  Take my garage door for example.  A northwest wind can blow loose snow under the small gap under my door, when then, in turn, melts due to my heated garage.  The water then runs back toward the door, where it freezes.  That results in an ice dam that prevents the door from closing due to the automated safety feature thinking the ice is a little kid or a dog or something.

Hence, every time I leave, I back out my vehicle and hit my garage door button, only to see it close and rise again due to the ice.  That's when I start cussing like Ralphie's dad battling the furnace, grab my ice pick and shovel, and go to work.  Pick pick pick, shovel shovel shovel, try the door, cuss cuss cuss, pick pick pick...

This morning, I wanted to get to the club for a run.  Instead, I worked on closing my garage door for 20 minutes.  In -20 temps, and -40 windchill.  I finally did get it closed, but after so much time, I really wanted a warm cup of coffee instead of a treadmill, so I punted on working out and stayed home.

Good thing all that picking and shovelling is good cardio.

Saturday, February 23, 2019