Monday, January 29, 2007
My friend Matt and his girlfriend Stephanie came up Friday evening from Chicago. Tina and I tried to give them a crash course in everything Twin Cities.
We went to the St Paul Winter Carnival down on Harriet Island. The ice carving and snow carving was fun to watch, but it was cold.
The polar bears didn't seem to mind the weather. We stopped at the Como Park Conservatory and Zoo.
Inside the conservatory we took in the Orchid Show.
The rest of the visit comprised of food, drinks, shopping, and polka (at Nye's Bar).
Friday, January 26, 2007
In some Chinese families, some relatives are referred to by their birth order instead of a name, like "Number 1 Sister" or "Number 4 Brother." And this goes for baby pandas, too, as the Wolong Nature Reserve's Research and Conservation Center for Giant Panda scientists refer to the baby pandas born between July and September of 2006 as numbers 1 to 18. Eager to change this, the research center is asking the public to give these adorable cubs English names.
You can vote here at China Daily, where you can also see photographs and profiles of each one. It's baby panda heaven, and I know what Tina will be doing all weekend.The deadline is February 5. I would name Number 12, pictured at top, "Quarters," One down, seventeen to go!
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Tina and I took a little trip South yesterday. Her college roommate Laura and her husband Arik drove up from their home in Knoxville to visit his parent's in Cannon Falls. It's only about an hour from the Twin Cities, but it's farm country and very rural. First we caught up while wine tasting in town at Cannon River Winery. Once we reached Arik's parent's farm we each took a ride on his dad's quarter horse. It's a kind of horse bred for working cattle. I had never been on a horse. Can't say I'm really cut out to be a cowboy. I think the horse really liked me, then again I had Arik's dad's jacket on and he had horse treats in the pocket. We only got a few good photos because the horses kicked up a ton of dirt in the indoor arena.
This picture is in another barn. Arik's parent's have 6 horses, 3 cats, and a dog (at least by my count). It was great to see Arik and Laura.
Friday, January 19, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
that being said, the photo above (probably not one for the portfolio) was taken this week at the wedding chapel in a trashy suburb of minneapolis. i went there to try on bridesmaid dresses for my friend erin's impending summer wedding. the outside of the place looks like it's straight out of an amateur horror film. (are you seeing the bride in the middle window?) it wasn't quite that creepy inside, although there were mannequin brides hiding around corners with cobwebs on them (think ms. havishman in great expectations). anyways, after trying on approx. 25 dresses we hightailed it out of there.... only to have to return again soon to order a dress.... shoot. Maybe we will go during the day so the vampires won't kidnap us.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Monday, January 08, 2007
The Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis sucks. It's ugly outside and worse inside. Starting January 1st I started to share a sales tax with my fellow neighbors in Hennepin County. It's not that much money and I support building the new ballpark approved for the Twins that it was created to help fund. However, when you go bowling you don't expect a 25 cent hike in beer prices to be blamed on the Twins (which is exactly what happened Saturday). Anyway, what of the dome? Now that the Twins and Gophers are close to a new place to call home and while Ziggy Wilf and the Viking want a new place, the clock is ticking. Here is one fate:
The B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver simply ripped open, flapped around, then deflated. The sound of the roof ripping was described by witnesses as "a fart" and the sounds of "elephants running through your living room." A new roof, by the way, is already on its way from Mexico. Wow!
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
The January LINK OF THE MONTH is Wordie. The tagline on the site reads, "Like Flickr, but without the photos." Sign up, and you can make lists of your favorite words, see everybody else's favorite words, comment on words, list things like "Ancient Greek mythical creatures and deities," "Harlem Globetrotters Motto 'C.H.E.E.R.',"and pretty much be a word nerd in any way you please.