CONvergence 2011

July 4th, 2011

Molly joined me for my 4th year at CON along with a bunch of other first timers. It was great to see all the fantastic costumes again. Then on Sunday we celebrated Molly's birthday.

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My Birthday Brunch

August 26th, 2010

Since I threw no birthday party this year, Warr thought that wouldn't do. So with Toni's help, they threw a surprise birthday brunch for me a few weeks later. Twas really sweet of everyone. Thanks all. Best birthday ever!

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CONvergence 2010

July 18th, 2010

I only made to one day of CON this year, but had a blast anyway. Great costumes again and lots of fun at the Team Zissou's, (freshwater chapter), pool party.

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Powderhorn Sled Rally

February 3rd, 2010

This year, we didn't have a sled entered, but I did go to watch and see everyone else's creations. But after trying to wrangle two excited dogs and three wild kids, we cut it short and went back home after a few rides down the slopes nearby.

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Steve Emery Agent Orange Awareness Day

October 24th, 2009

Our friend, Jen, held an awareness event to honor her father who died of cancer complications due to Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War. Although cold and wet, it was a good turnout.

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CONvergence 2009

July 6th, 2009

Danielle joined us for her first Con experience this year. We spent our time wandering, people watching, and drinking lots. This time around we stayed at the hotel and partied it up!

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Rebel Rebel, Rock for Pussy

May 23rd, 2009

The Current sponsored the annual David Bowie tribute concert with covers by local musicians down at First Ave. It was a stellar show with lots of familiar faces.

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Minnesota Aids Walk

May 21st, 2009

Danielle and I did the Aids walk last Sunday. The route along both sides of the Mississippi River was just over 6 miles. Bubba came along, but Sid has a built in limit of about 2 miles before he drops and says no more. So I took Kari's dog Snickers instead (I was still watching he and Gizmo for the weekend). Snickers didn't know what to do with himself with so many people and other dogs around. Talk about excitement overload. After the first few miles he calmed down and concentrated on moving forward, though.

Everyone who walks raises money for the fundraiser and earns the right to walk. In our case, Target sponsored our inclusion and we wore the tell tale red T-shirts. Even the two dogs were given red Target bandanas to wear. :) Free snacks, beautiful weather, and tons of encouraging volunteers along the way made for a great way to spend the afternoon supporting a very worthwhile cause.

Starting off down the road.

Bubba and Snickers strut their stuff.

Goth Prom

May 19th, 2009

I decided last minute to join friends for Goth Prom at the Saloon. Tons of people were there dressed up in their finery of the night. Lots of eye candy and fun.

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Team Premium has Epic Crash at the 2009 Powderhorn Sled Rally

February 9th, 2009

The Sled Rally pics here.

Team Premium (Crystal, The Pants, Jessica, Claire, Bertine, Sid (the mascot), and I) participated in our first Powderhorn Park Art Sled Rally this year. An event where neighbors gather at the park to watch as about 30 elaborately crafted sleds go down the hill. It was spectacular!

We created a giant 6-pack of Premium Grain Belt beer to slide down in. A platform of 2x6's and 2x3's rested on top of a pair of cross country skis sacrificed to the project. Atop this, we screwed on side panels of chip-board on which we spent 3 hours painting the Premium logos. The build pics are here.

The build pics here.

The rally was great. The hill was a LOT larger than I anticipated and some were skeptical that we may not survive a trip down such a slope in a beer box of death. In the end, Sid did not ride and Claire took his place. (This was probably a smart idea as Sid might have gone airborne otherwise.) As we went down the hill, we were steered along the center until the drop off over which we took off at full speed.

...the sled stopped and we did not.

Immediately at the bottom was a snow covered sidewalk that formed quite a bump. When the sled hit it, the sled stopped and we did not. (see the videos below.) Crashing through the front, the Pants and I face-planted into the snow and everyone else tumbled out as the wreckage continued down the hill. The roars of laughter and the cheering was deafening as we raised our arms in triumph and picked up our sled parts.

After watching the rest of the sleds go down the hill (in various degrees of success), we went back to the Manfort for martinis and beer. Nothing but Grain Belt of course. :)

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