Saturday, May 31, 2014

Curran's for Bfast

Taking 42nd street across 35W, you find yourself a restaurant that always seems busy: Curran's.


Over the weekend, we managed finally grab some breakfast. Here are some bullet points:

  • Crazy cheap: menu items are priced down to the nickle level. I believe my breakfast was 8.55, while Alicia was 7.90.
  • Definitely a diner feel to it, clearly a Perkin's or Denny's competitor
  • Great hashbrowns

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Oh, hey! I work there!

Just thought I'd brag. I work near the top of this guy.

Monday, May 19, 2014

SeaSalt for Game Night

Whoopsie, missed this from April (about 4/21/14) -

SeaSalt Eatery is open! SeaSalt is a restaurant in Minnehaha park in Minneapolis that serves fish that shouldn't be available in Minnesota, such as Mahi Mahi and calamari tacos. Delicious none-the-less. As summer rolls in, this place will have a line out the door several hundred feet long.

Me (number 74) checking out the seating area

Their service isn't fantastic, expect to wait at least 30 minutes for your fish. Luckily, they serve pitchers of MN beer.


My first few trips there last summer weren't stellar, but the place really grows on you, especially if you stick to their core menu and not attempt to eat a 2 pound basket of fish.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Low Rider, apparently

Here's another find walking to the train in the morning.


This car is at most 3 inches from the ground. My favorite part? It has collector plates. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Double popped collar

Target's got a casual dress code now (formally, it's "Dress for your day"), so it's a bit more rare that I'll wear a suit jacket to work. But I was presenting at an All-Staff meeting, so might as well look good.

At happy hour at the Butcher and the Boar beer garden afterwards, the occasion presented itself to show just how cool a suit jacket can make you.

Double Popped Collar Cool

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Philosophy Party in Duluth!

Philosophy! WHOO!

Look at those philosophers!

Monday night, I drove up to Duluth, MN for a party thrown by Dr. Robert Evans to celebrate "The Retiring, the Retired, and the Tired." Sadly (or happily for them I suppose), two of the senior faculty of the University of Minnesota Philosophy Department are retiring this semester (Dr. David Cole and Dr. Eve Browning). Sounds like a good enough excuse to host a get-together.

If you look closely at the photo above, you get a tiny glimpse at the house you've always wanted. See that plate-holding-crown-molding around the ceiling? That's just the tip of the iceberg showing the amount of art crammed into the Evans' house. I'm normally pretty sold on minimalist design, but it was a fantastic house. 

The party itself was a blast. I got to hob-nob with my old adviser Dr. Jason Ford and learn more about his research into consciousness. I met several of the newer faculty members as well as the College of Liberal Arts dean, Dr. Susan Maher. Definitely worth the 5 hour round trip, with some bonus sentimentality:

My old apartment (green one, to the right of the Mobil sign)!

Hey, let's check in with the Burrito Union! It was opened about two months before I left Duluth and had not-quite-as-good-as-Chipotle burritos. 


Hi there Burrito Union! Any chance you've got an open seat for a burrito and a beer at 10pm on a Monday? 


I see... Duluth hipsters, man. I didn't realize Monday night was such a great time to drink. Guess I'll get that burrito to go. 

ps - Fat Capitalist burrito was easily better-than-Chipotle fantastic. 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Elk River, MN

Sunday, Alicia and I ventured north for some her-family time. I'm fairly sure there were more birthdays being celebrated than not - which is par for the course in April/May. 

The Davies house in Elk River is notable for it's giant back yard...

View up to their house in the distance

... and that the edge of the back yard is the Mississippi River:



\Yep, the mighty Mississippi River

The river itself is flowing pretty darn high, as evidenced by the tree swing floating gently on the water. This reminded me of the daring photo I took inches above the Atlantic Ocean. As I'm always trying to out-do myself, I had to attempt another dangerous iPhone to water picture: 

Photo taken half an inch above the Mississippi River

I've concluded that it's difficult to make a photo taken near the water look impressive. 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Vacation!

Howdy there, blog reader! Apologies for the 2-3 week hiatus. Alicia and I were on a cruise aboard the Allure of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world! 

Our ship at port in Nassau, Bahamas

It was a seven night cruise through the Eastern Caribbean on the Royal Caribbean cruise line. It was fantastic. 

Since I've got a ton of (hopefully) interesting pictures, I'm back-filling some of the empty blog post days of the past few weeks. Tomorrow, I'll resume regular non-cruise oriented posts. Enjoy!

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Cruise End and Happy Cats

Our seven night cruise came to an end on Sunday 5/4. We disembarked around 10:30am and caught a flight from Fort Lauderdale, FL back to Minnesota later that afternoon. Upon returning home, we found cats willing to do this:

They are rolling around for joy.

I've written previously about having the cats in close proximity, but that instance was purely accidental: Livia (the black one) didn't realize that Leela (black and white one) hadn't gone out the door yet and I capitalized on it. 

Above, you're seeing cats voluntarily being within two feet of each other. They're not just close to each other, they're rolling around happy next to each other. Unprecedented.

To close out my series of cruise posts, I'll finish with a nice picture and a word of advice:

Always take the next day off. Not going into the office on Monday was probably the best decision I'll make all year. 

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Cruise Ship Miscellany

Just some random design thoughts from the cruise:

1) More things need to be this color:

The stage before one of the shows on-board the Allure of the Seas.

2) This is awesome floor numbering:

I dunno, I just like it. Maybe it's the blue along with steel. Or perhaps the Helvetica?

3) This is a great logo:

The logo for the jewelry shop onboard. 

4) The Jazz hall was phenomenal:

I liked everything about the Jazz room. Many a night were spent past midnight here.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Brian is a Winner

See that title? It's true. Here's me winning Jenga on the cruise:

Yes, it rocked with the ship. Yes, I'm that good. 

I don't know if you can tell in the photo, but there was a huge turnout. I beat out four other people to win the gold medal in the single elimination tournament. Also worth mentioning is that this occurred while sailing in the Atlantic ocean, qualifying me as a WORLD CHAMPION JENGA MASTER.

Here's me paying the bills:

That's a slot machine win, my friends. $37.50 to be exact. 

Those fairies couldn't help giving me the gold. I'm that good. I think it's fair to say that I learned the Secrets of the Forest.


Thursday, May 01, 2014

Port Activities

Two major activities worth mentioning from our ports of call. First, SeaTrek!

Whoa, topless photo of Brian!

Those white things on top of our heads are essentially diving bells. They weigh 75 pounds and have tubes with air being pumped down. Pictured above, we're 20ft below the surface (and trapped behind bars, of course). It was super easy and far more fun than I had imagined. 

Second, we found the world's greatest fountain: 

An unnamed fountain in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Behold. 

I'm speechless after observing this fountain's beauty.