Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope everyone that reads my blog (few at best I think if any?) and those who randomly happen to stumble upon it have a nice Thanksgiving with loved ones, family, and/or friends. I am down in Golden Valley at my brother's house currently playing with Tux and Ginger, his two kitties.

Here are some non-Thanksgiving related tidbits.

If you are pro cold cereal check this out.

Yee and I are going here to score some designer deals at a killer discount.

Listening to some bluegrass on turkey day.

Cannot wait to see Wes Anderson's new movie.

Have a great food-filled Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 23, 2009



  • Some of the information in this book has completely rocked my running world as I have always known it! McDougall describes, in nice detail, why we should not look to those ultra-expensive, technologically advanced, flashy running shoes. Barefoot running is the natural way to run and the way humans have done it for 1000s of years. He explains that there has been absolutely no studies that show that wearing such running shoes provides positive benefits to the wearer/runner. Surprisingly, McDougall writes that, ever since the advent of the traditional running shoe, the number of running-related injuries has increased dramatically!
  • I am currently trying to process all of the information provided in this book. I plan to do my own researching and plan to read ChiRunning next. Due to the running pains that plague me, I am planning to use this winter season to revamp my mindset when it comes to running. I want to instill positive, life-long changes in the way I run. I already find running to one of the most pleasurable activities there is and love it to the core. I don't love the cracking and popping in my knees.
  • Runners and non runners alike should read this book. It tells a great story that would be of interest to anyone and includes bonus running-related topics for those runners who read it.
  • Enjoy this hardcover.
  • Cheers and happy running.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

November Doldrums

I am currently experiencing what I like to refer to as the end of fall to beginning of winter transitional doldrums. I think most Duluthians understand what I am referring to here. Mother nature appears to be edging away from fall but is not quite ready to give us winter quite yet. I find myself having a harder and harder time getting out of bed when my alarm, a.k.a Mesa (our yellow lab pup), yelps for us to get up already! I have to work a little harder to put on the running gear and head out for early morning runs now. And finally, the telltale sign...my skin has nearly fully returned to its pale pale natural state.

It is because of this that I decided to take a look at some of the fishing highlights from this past spring and summer. Browsing through my pictures always gets me revved up for another season of monster bass fishing in Canada, hunting down the elusive muskie at Vermilion, and drifting the moving waters for the river trout. Before I can do that though I need to focus on shreddin' the gnar up at Spirit! hahaha....


{The Brule in fall}


{A float down the Gunnison with Rob}


{A beauty of a brown}

{Mesa slept his way down the Brule}



{It's a tough life guiding...}


{Cast # 10,001 and still no fish}


{A perfect evening to hunt muskies}


{The best fishing I have ever experienced}

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Who's your favorite director?

Last week I watched Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs for the first time. I am a huge fan of his work and enjoyed watching his first film. As was expected, I was forced to put mute on and overt my eyes from the screen once or twice. Setting the violence aside I love his character development, use of music, and the his integration of spaghetti western themes into his films. Death Proof remains one of my favorite films. This film is a must see.

I have also really enjoyed films directed by Guillermo del Toro. Both Hellboy films were surprisingly good and Pan's Labyrinth was unique and amazing.

I am also a huge Stanley Kubrick fan. The Shining is one of my favorite movies of all time! The visions for his movies are unlike that of any other director, at least in my opinion. Lolita, Spartacus, and 2001: A Space Odyssey are all classics that have stood the test of time.

So, those are a few of my favorite directors. Who are your favorites?