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Feb 29, 2008 - local, politics, rocket surgery    No Comments

MN politics in action takes my breath away

Yep, they’re at it again. That wacky, madcap band of senators and reps in St. Paul are out to extend our 2nd Amendment rights, and finally give the sellers of ammunition a break (by increasing sales).

I’ve only one question: I thought it was illegal to discharge a firearm in the city limits. Does this legislation trump that, or do I still get charged with a misdemeanor after killing the frightening clown who was trying to give me a balloon animal?

Aug 7, 2007 - local, religion, stupidity    No Comments

And I thought the media was bad

Ok, so I absolutely detest the feeding frenzy the media’s been in around last Wednesday’s collapse of the 35W bridge here in town. I’m even disappointed with how MPR’s gone FoxNews with inanely repetitve reporting, leading questions, and dubious “experts”.

But … that all pales in comparison to this joker, who further reinforces my comprehensive disgust with organized religion.

Fred, got a bit of advice for you: stay the $#@!% away from our city and our state. Your idiotic, moronic, childish, brain-dead, headline-grabbing, pathetic excuse for religious intelligence should stay right where you are, with the rest of the idiots.

Better yet, come on up! Bring your entire congregation of losers, so we can throw your sorry, stupid asses in jail!

Aug 2, 2007 - local, stupidity    No Comments

I’m fine

I wasn’t near downtown with this happened last evening. While my heart goes out to those who’ve either lost loved ones or just don’t know yet, I’m growing more and more irritated at the media, even public radio, who apparently has decided that the Fox News method of reporting is the most effective way to go. Then again, they’re no better or worse than the massive number of gawkers flocking to the site just to watch and hopefully witness a wee bit of carnage (and, even better, if they can film it and get it up on YouTube).

You want a good example of how low our species has started to stoop? Watch the media feeding frenzy, the litigation bloodlust, and the repetitive, inane mutterings of one “expert” after another over the next few weeks.

It’s a tragedy, yes. Let’s treat it, and those affected by it, with the dignity and respect they deserve, let the authorities get on with the unenviable task of sorting it all out … and get on with life.

Jan 16, 2006 - current events, local    No Comments

A Farewell to … Happy Hour

Living in Plymouth, on the west side of Minneapolis, for the past 8 years, I’ve become fond of a local establishment: Grandma’s Restaurant and Wine Bar. Grandma’s is a Minnesota original, with restaurants in only 5 cities in the state, and the Plymouth location (being close to home) I’ve grown especially fond of. I started out down the path of “becoming a regular” at the Bloomington store, which is long since closed (I may write about the stupidity behind that sometime … someday) and migrated to Plymouth, along with a collection of both regulars and staff.

Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of things … a lot of people. I’ve seen good times, bad times … and some really, really crazy times (good thing no one had a camera … at least, no one who’s come forth with pictures … yet). And, I knew that all good things, no matter how good and packed with potential, must come to an end … and Grandma’s Plymouth is no exception. On March 31, 2006, the Plymouth, MN, store will close … and I have to admit, I have mixed feelings about it.

On one hand, I’m not surprised. From a customer standpoint, the store isn’t doing stellar business. Traffic ebbs and flows with the booking level of the adjacent Comfort Inn.

On the other hand … frankly, I’m pissed off. The Grandma’s line is Duluth-based, and watching the way the Plymouth store has been handled tells me that their corporate office doesn’t have a clue about how to make money in the Minneapolis market. Granted, they’re doing ok business in their downtown store … which is located in the “Seven Corners” area of the East Bank of the University of Minnesota. I mean, come on … how hard is it to make it when you’re in a prime location … where all you really need to do is open the doors, serve decent drinks, and have one of the local radio stations play live music once a week. A near-sighted Rhesus monkey on crack could make money there … case in point.

No. The real challenge of making a business is going after something new … something different … and making it work.

From what I’ve heard, they want out of their lease big time. The price they’re asking for the property is a steal, especially with you factor in the rate of growth of the western suburbs.

So … if anyone is interested in partnering in what could be a very exciting venture …

… let me know.