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Wednesday Where? #7

This could be very easy for some of you. Happy guessing.

Rules: The photo was taken somewhere within the Minneapolis/St. Paul 7 county area(PDF). Put your guess in the comments, multiple guesses are permitted. No prizes will be offered, other than the pride of knowing your city better than you ever should. Enjoy.

Sea Kittens = Tasty Sushi

I've always known PETA was crazy. I'm all for treating animals with respect, but when you have decided that renaming an entire class of animals is necessary you're not just crazy your batshit crazy. At what point do we stop, do we start calling cattle Grass Kittens, calling pigs Mud Kittens? Isn't this confusing for our children?

Sorry about this pointless post, but I couldn't help myself.

MN Todo Checklist - Walker Art Center

Things are progressing nicely on my MN todo list. Last night I was able to visit the Walker and had a great time. Thursday nights are free at the Walker. It's also the only weekday with extended hours. The initial plan was to visit the Garden of Metamorphosis. I had seen a posting for a tour that was going to be given that night. Apparently, I can't read and the tour was for another night, because it wasn't happening yesterday. Instead we visited the Books by Artists exhibit which did contain a guided tour.

There were a lot of very interesting pieces in this show. I'm not much of an art enthusiast so though I really enjoyed the show, I couldn't tell you much about any individual pieces. I thought it was a very thought provoking exhibit that shows that stories can be told in many different ways. Unfortunately, the tour that was happening while I was browsing the exhibit was not great. Though some of the content was very intriguing, the presentation itself was very dry and none of the presenters seemed excited to be there. It did add some value to the exhibit, but not as much as I would have hoped.

I walked away with a very good impression of the Walker. It's a gorgeous building that is much larger than it looks from the outside. I will definitely be back and will probably spend more time exploring all the exhibits instead of sticking to just one. I definitely recommend checking it out if you have the time on a Thursday evening.

14 Signs it is too Cold To Leave The House

Wednesday Where? #6

I warned you that things were going to get more difficult. I don't think I left any easy to follow clues this week either. Good luck.

Rules: The photo was taken somewhere within the Minneapolis/St. Paul 7 county area(PDF). Put your guess in the comments, multiple guesses are permitted. No prizes will be offered, other than the pride of knowing your city better than you ever should. Enjoy.

If things progress past this afternoon, I will be posting clues this week.

The Wolves are Circling

It's been a while since I last wrote about the Timberwolves. After firing their head coach and placing Kevin McHale in that role I tried to continue following them. I watched the first 5-6 games and then pretty much stopped watching or paying attention as they were losing games at a ridiculous pace. Well apparently things are starting to change, since Christmas the Wolves have lost one game, and currently hold a five game winning streak.

You could definitly accuse me of being a fair weather fan in this case. I couldn't stick with the team through another awful season, and I honestly did want to see McHale fail. It's good to see some life in the team again. Randy Foye is playing like I knew he could, he's playing with confidence and slowly developing into a leader on the team. Since I havn't watched any games I am relying on recaps and box scores to piece together the reasons for this winning streak. Here are some observations I made.

McHale didn't follow all of my advice, but he did stop playing McCants, and I consider that a win. Since I"m back on the bandwagon with the other 25 remaining Wolves fans you will probably see a few Wolves related posts once again

Friday Night Fight

I spent a long time deciding if and how I should tell this story. I've changed all names and hope I don't botch the story telling too much.

Friday night I intended on not leaving the house, getting to bed early, and not setting an alarm for Saturday morning. My plan went well, I watched the Sioux-Gopher game, ate a light dinner, didn't consume any alcohol, and by 10:00 was in bed. I took a sleep aid since I hadn't slept through a night all week and unfortunately sometimes the only thing I can do it take a pill.

Now first I need to give some of the backstory. I moved into my current living situation in March of last year. It's a four bedroom house, the owner Bob lives in the house and the other three rooms are leased out on a month to month basis. Todd who lives in the basement room has been there longer than me, is a really nice guy. He's a bit timid and a little odd but doesn't cause any trouble. The third roommate who was living there when I moved in moved out about three months ago. We had a new roommate move in last month who I'm going to call Steve. Steve didn't exactly rub me the right way when he moved in. I don't know what it was about him that told me he was trouble, but I'm generally good at reading people. It was a few weeks into him moving in that I decided I couldn't live with him, he was noisy, didn't clean up after himself, and tended to keep me up by singing well past 10:00.

Well on Friday night I went to sleep and was woken up by the front door slamming. I just rolled over and tried to fall back asleep, but the noise continued. The front door opened and closed several more times, I heard a car revving it's engine outside and could tell something was going on. I assumed that Steve must be getting picked up by some friends and grabbing a few things. The next thing I know I hear Steve yelling into the baseman for Todd to come on and get going. This was odd as Steve and Todd weren't exactly friends, but I didn't really concern myself with it. About 45 seconds later I hear someone run down the stairs, and suddenly a lot of shouting, punctuated with someone yelling "You hit me!"

At this point I had no choice but to finally get out of bed. I threw on a pair of pants and ran out the door of my bedroom and looked downstairs. Steve and Todd were at the bottom of the stairs and I could see Steve was tring to hold Todd. Well I yelled, and they both came up stairs. After getting each side of the story, it appears that Todd didn't want to help Steve (I wasn't sure what this help consisted of at the time) and Steve went to down to talk to him and at some point struck Todd with his shoulder and knocked him into the wall.

As I said before Todd is a good guy, but a bit timid, and he decided he wanted to call the police becuase he didn't feel safe. I told him I didn't really think that was necessary but if that's what he wanted to do it was his choice, so he called the police. All this time Steve is freaking out trying to get Todd to hang up the phone, finally after me and Bob told him to stop he just kept panicking but wasn't harassing Todd anymore.

At this point the adrenline was wearing off and I could tell the sleep aid was working. I decided for some reason to look outside. What I saw was Steve's car in the snowbank alongside our driveway. I couldn't tell initially that Steve had been drinking, but after seeing his car I came to the conclusion that he had been (well it was that or he was a complete idiot). It was at that point that the police cars pulled up. After the police came into the house I kind of stayed in the background. Steve was given a breathalyzer and they went through a sobriety test. Apparently he was just under the limit because he wasn't arrested, but the police did make him leave. Me and Bob managed to get his car out of the snowbank, and I finally went to bed.

So I'm down to 2 roommates again and Bob has a room to fill. I still can't quite get over the fact that Friday night happened. In five years of college the only time I ever had roommates physically fight was a fight between twin brothers. The weekend before I spent four days drinking with ten other people and had no incidents with the police. I never used to think my friends and me were responsible when it came to alcohol, as we drink way more than we should when we get together. But I can say that I never have to worry about fighting or the police being called when we drink.

So if anyone who isn't prone to causing trouble is looking for a place in Burnsville, let me know and I'll give your info to my landlord. It's a quiet house, pets are not allowed, and the three people that currently live there are good roommates.

MN Todo Checklist - Nina's Coffee Cafe

After an awful night at home, one that would have been a total disaster if it wasn't for the Fighting Sioux defeating the despised Golden Gophers, I woke up this morning and headed to St. Paul to try Nina's Coffee Shop. I had a meeting in the building Nina's is located in so I spent two hour relaxing and drinking coffee. The quick review is it's a place with it's own atmosphere, plenty of customers, and an ambiance that allows for 30 people to all sit around talking and you never really hear anything. They have a lot of great artwork on the walls, and the interior architecture is really nice. The Blair House building itself is worth checking out even if you don't intend on stopping at Nina's.

I managed to forget my camera, a true sin of blogging, so I didn't get any pictures. I would have felt awkward taking photos while I was there so I'm fine with it. Overall I was impressed and if I lived in the neighborhood I could see myself heading down to Nina's on the weekends frequently. Since I live in Burnsville though, I doubt I'll be back anytime soon, it was a good experience just not one that's worth a twenty minute drive.

A Night of Bad Ads

Have I ever mentioned that I hate commercials. It's not the concept, I understand they are necessary, it's the way most of them are done. Right now I'm watching the Sioux-Gopher game on FSN. If you ever watch FSN you will see the same 5 commercials in rotation for an entire evening. Right now there are three culprits that are making me want to throw a rotten orange at my television.

The first is the Burger King "Angry Whopper" Ad. Now the Angry Whopper sounds like a thing of beauty. It's spicy stuff and bacon on a burger, you can't really go wrong. But the ad drives me crazy for a variety of reasons. First the farmer is such a stereotype it's ridiculous, he has bad teeth, wears flannel, and looks like he hasn't showered in eight days. The only authentic quality is his hat. I grew up in a farming community and most farmers are not like that. Second, the torturing of the onion is just stupid. And third who would order the Angry Whopper while wearing tie. This whopper is made for a black t-shirt, it's going to be messy and you are not going back to work with the breath that thing would give you.

The second annoyance during this game has been the Car Soup commercial. These are always bad, but the current version where they say "something sells good" is ear and eye gouging worthy.

The third commercial that is causing me fits is the new McDonalds McCafe commercial. It starts out with two women complaining about their boyfriends, checking out guys and generally acting like your stereotypical women out with girlfriends. Then, at the end of the commercial it just happens to be that they just started talking and didn't even know each other name. So they introduce each other after having this conversation and just walk away, no exchanging phone number or email addresses. Would this happen in real life, wouldn't they at least give each other a business card if they hit it off that well?

Fine, maybe I'm just annoyed because Alex Kangas is playing out of his mind and it's 0-0 after the Sioux played a much better first period. Hold on, the Sioux just scored at the top of the second. It turns out those three commercials don't bother me that much at all.

This Winter isn't All Bad

I'm wrote this post while sitting in my car in the parking lot of the Fridley Target listening to the Current. Yes this is my job sometimes, normally I would go to a coffee shop but I already have coffee and I always feel bad when I use a store's space without purchasing anything. Speaking of which shouldn't coffee chains allow you to transfer refill capabilities between stores during a 2 hour period?

So here is a list of reasons this winter hasn't been that bad.

Granted December did suck, but overall this winter has been OK. Anyone out there willing to agree with me?