Friday, January 25, 2008

Song of the Day by Spoon

Been groovin' on this one a lot recently. Great line by Spoon in "The Underdog":

You got no fear of the underdog / that's why you will not survive

Previously recommended songs:

Norwegian Wake

I shut down the Country Club tonight because I'm sure that's what Pearl would have wanted. And if you can tell by the time stamp on this posting, it's only 10:00. No, the Country Club is not a difficult place to close down, but I am proud of the feat just the same. It only took one (incredibly stiff) Sapphire & Tonic and 5 Summits. You see, tonight may be the last time this fella ever again sets foot in a country club. They don't generally allow the likes of me, but for my connections. Me and my Buffalo Tom blasting from the parking lot ass. Thanks Pearl. Thanks Ocky. You taught me a lot.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Rest in Peace, Pearl

We'll miss you, Pearl. You touched a lot of lives and were loved by many. Three generations are better people because of you.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

MBTI Personality Type -- INTP

Through work I took the full Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator survey a few years ago. It's a series of 93 questions that rates you on each of four binary scales: Introversion or Extroversion, Sensing or Intuition, Thinking or Feeling, Judging or Perceiving. That yields 16 possible personality types (each being equal, none is right or wrong or better, blah blah blah. I registered as INTP.

Then I just took this shorter quiz online and in only 12 questions got the same result -- INTP. So what I'm saying is that I'm impressed with the accuracy and the brevity of this one linked below. However, I don't necessarily like their classification of "very rare" since there are 16 different potential outcomes. That means each would normally be in about 6% of people, so mine being in 4% isn't too abnormal.

Your Personality is Very Rare (INTP)

Your personality type is goofy, imaginative, relaxed, and brilliant.

Only about 4% of all people have your personality, including 2% of all women and 6% of all men
You are Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Perceiving.

Pics From Weekend

I love photos where you can tell how cold it is. These were taken on Friday night in Hibbing at the high school hockey game and Saturday afternoon in Duluth when it was between fifteen and twenty-five below zero. A bit chilly, but we were sensibly dressed. The Norwegians have a saying: there is no bad weather, only bad clothing.

Enger Tower in Duluth -- this has been my favorite place in the state the past few years, and I've spent some great Saturday afternoons hanging out here. Visit it up on Skyline Drive.

View of Duluth harbor from Enger Park. See the coldness? There was an amazing amount of steam coming off the lake all day. It was like you could actually see it transitioning from water to ice.

Lake Superior at Two Harbors. It was pretty windy here where we walked out on the breakwater. Coldest part of the weekend.

Hibbing Memorial Arena is the best high school hockey arena in the state. Beautiful old building with a great history. And of course the curling club is attached.

And here's the P.A. announcer and his vast collection of cassette tapes (mostly featuring classic rock) which he played between faceoffs. Notice not only the clean stacks in the foreground, but the delicately arranged collection to his left-front. And you though the cassette was dead.

Some Drinking Implied

Friday in Hibbing. We couldn't find the overlook to the Hill Rust Mine which is the largest open pit iron ore mine in the world. But I think the overlook was closed for the season anyways. Most of the potential tourist options on the Iron Range were closed for the season, which makes a little sense considering it was in the -20s over the weekend. But we're hearty souls and were looking for stuff to do. Ended up with lunch at the Sportsmen's Cafe on Friday, then had a drink next door at the adjoining bar ($1.75 Miller Lite taps). Old Howard was under new ownership and a new name and menu, so we couldn't take up Eric's recommendation for it as the best spot in town for dinner (supper). But we did make to Mr. Nick's Corner Bar ($8 pitchers of Coors Light) and the Homer Bar ($8 pitchers of Bud Light), where we witnessed what I think was actually a wedding reception of sorts. Interesting.

I Pledge

No more classic rock for another 15 years or so. I got my fill over the weekend.

"Lorelei" Wins it for Dan

Well the first ever KQ Choose or Lose Challenge was won by my friend Dan on Friday morning's drive to Hibbing. He was the only one of us to correctly nail a song that was played by either KQRS or KQDS radio, when Styx's "Lorelei" blasted over the airways. Particularly funny because Mike and I thought that was among the lamer picks of the 60 songs selected. Shows what we knew.

This little game made the drive up more enjoyable, but also cemented in my mind why I never listen to commercial radio -- commercials! Oh my god. Wally Walker was supposed to play 92 minutes of commercial free classic rock beginning at 9:20 Friday morning. But he only played 74 minutes before the ads set in. Then KQ92's reception began to fade and we switched over to KQ95 out of Duluth where they proceeded to play usually only 1 song between commercials. You read that right. 3 minute song, 2 minutes of ads. Repeat. It drove me nuts.

And then every place we went around Hibbing was playing classic rock -- restaurants, gas stations, bars, hockey game. And suddenly my songs were being played all over the place. But, alas, it was too late. Dan picked out a nice long-sleeved Hibbing Bluejackets t-shirt from a local store and drank free $1.50 Coors Lights and Bud Lights all night like the champion that he is.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Shower Thought

I don't understand the benefit of specifically identifying oneself with either of America's two major political parties. But has anybody ever used the slogan:

Kick the 'Cans
It came to me in the shower this morning.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


Started up my boot camp deal at a local fitness studio this week. 5 days per week for 8 weeks of working out. Should be good for me as I need to make this sort of commitment to stay focused on something like this. So far so good, even though there's just me and a 340 pound guy doing it. Hopefully I'll be able to encourage him and not discourage him as its not really in my nature to be a cheerleader. I'll try, though.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Classic Rock Choose or Lose Challenge

Whenever you see me referencing classic rock radio stations (see previous post), you must know that something is up. And that something is the first ever Classic Rock Choose or Lose Challenge to be held next Friday morning while my friends and I are driving to Hibbing.

Here's the deal: Over the course of the past few days we held a draft via email where we each selected 20 song/artist combos. The goal is to see how many of them get played on classic rock juggernaut KQRS/KQDS during our drive up to Hibbing on Friday morning.

We'll tune in at 9:20 as Wally Walker begins 92 minutes of uninterrupted classic rock tracks. Uninterrupted, that is, except by his inane banter. For each song that is played, we'll compare it to our list of selections. If anybody has the song and artist nailed, he gets 3 points. If anybody has the artist but a different song, they score 1 point. Most points when we enter Hibbing city limits wins.

And what do we stand to win? Free drinking (and eating) that night at the bars of Hibbing and a piece of Hibbing hockey schwag valued at under $20. Fortunately for the losers, $1.50 tappers shouldn't add up too quickly.

So the first 92 minutes should be a smooth cruise down memory lane. I seriously haven't listened to KQ for more than 60 seconds at a time for the past 15 years. But what scares me is when the 92 minute music marathon is over the commercials will begin. And listening to radio commercials makes me want to kill myself.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

You're gay. . . Are you gay?

You've heard this before...but its timeless...So click on it for old times sake...


It's time for a black man to be President. It might also be time for a woman to be President. But I think it's time for a black man to be President. And of course by "black man" I mean pretty much any black man other than Alan Keyes.

Unfortunately, the Iowa caucus is not necessarily a harbinger.