Tuesday, October 12, 2010

All You Need to Know About the TCM Weekend (my version)

  • The wife and I (taking Walter with us) went to Minneapolis on Saturday morning and stayed with my daughter and her guy.
  • We enjoyed the TCM expo and picked up my packet.  
  • We managed a trip to Trader Joe's in St. Paul.
  • We loaded up on pasta at Buca di Beppo’s with DW, JW, KW, April, Chester, Casey, and his girl Christine.  We were joined by a couple, friends of Chester and April. 
  • We went to the stage version of Louise Erdrich’s book “The Master Butcher’s Singing Club” at The Guthrie with April, Chester, Casey, and his girl Christine. 
  • We survived a night of industrial-strength snoring from is, externally, at least, a fairly small dog.  
  • I ran the Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday morning, finishing in 3:45:22, on a beautiful day for running.  Number 1726, if you're interested in splits, times, or photos.  I was impressed with the cool stats they offer up now.  For example, I moved up in the pack from being in 3078th place after 3 miles to 2029th place at the end.  
  • April, Chester, and the wife drove around town, cheering me on at various spots along the way.
  • DW, JW, and KW also picked a spot near their home and cheered (posting this pic of me enroute).  
  • We enjoyed some well-deserved lunch at the Highland Grill in Minneapolis.  
  • We drove back, stopping at Jim’s Apple Orchard near Belle Plaines on 169, where we picked up some kickin’ root beer and some apples.
  • We checked out the closed bridge south of Belle Plaines, just because you can never be too sure about those “Road Closed to Thru Traffic” signs.
  • We drove back through Belle Plaines to get on a road with good bridges.
  • We recovered slowly over the week (and weekend).  

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