Random Thursday

*I can’t believe that Greg Giraldo, one of my favorite comedians, died Wednesday at the age of 44.  His work on the Celebrity Roasts was some of the best you’ll ever see.

*It’s good to see that the Twins have shaken free from their post-clinching hangover.  I was starting to get a little restless.

*It was good to get out of the newsroom for an hour and a half yesterday.  A “special assignment” took me to a location about ten miles southwest of Grand Forks where the very talented Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office nabbed a suspected armed robber.  It was a lot of fun.

*A special Reggie Tales shout out to Blonde Daughter.  She is very observant and made this comment the other day while talking to the dog, “CJ, you’re on the blog more than I am.”

*Where did September go?

Bronze Boot

Bronze Boot

I hadn’t been to the Bronze Boot in Grand Forks in long time.  The dry spell came to an end this week when I went to dinner there with a group of complete strangers.  There were seven of us and I had never met any of them before that night.  It was interesting.  But it presented a problem.  The food was so good but I felt like I couldn’t go on and on and on about it.  In fact, I never said a word about it.  Usually, when I’m with friends or family I will actually moan when food is really good.  And then I will describe it in great detail.  But since I didn’t know these people, it didn’t seem “appropriate.”  I just acted like a normal person, nodded my head politely, and continued to inhale my food.  I had a New York Strip steak, American fries, French onion soup, an obligatory salad and assorted breads and garlic toast.  And probably the best shrimp cocktail in Grand Forks.  I do not possess the vocabulary to describe how good it was.  And the fact that I couldn’t moan or drool or grunt at the table made it difficult for me to express myself.  Sometimes I will text my friends if I’m in the middle of a really good meal.  I couldn’t even do that because I left my phone in the car.

I’m not sure why the Bronze Boot had fallen off my food radar.  But suffice it to say, it’s back on it.  All thanks to the most random group of people ever assembled for a dinner.  I consider it a win-win situation.  Six new friends and a Top 5 meal.

Happy Birthday Red Sox Daughter!

Happy 16th Birthday to RSD!  We share many things, including, but not limited to, a hatred for the New York Yankees.  And even though I’ve tried on numerous occasions to “persuade” her to join the Minnesota Twins bandwagon, she has politely declined.   You have to admire loyalty.  And that’s one of the many, many reasons I know she’s a good kid.

Weston Dressler

One of my all-time favorite football players at UND was Weston Dressler.  Every time he touched the ball he had a legitimate chance to score, and you can’t say that about many players.  Since leaving the Fighting Sioux, he has taken his considerable talents to the Canadian Football League and continued his success.  I fully realize that he would be quite small by NFL standards, but seriously, if you’re the Minnesota Vikings, or a Vikings fan, wouldn’t you at least want to give this guy a shot?  By the way, here is Dressler making a touchdown catch on Saturday night north of the border.  Tell me, what does size have to do with a play like this?  PS…the color commentator is quite “colorful.”  Enjoy.

Things I Won’t Miss

Things I won’t miss being a television news photographer:

*People who drive by, see a television camera and ‘honk’.  It has evolved into a Pavlov’s Dog type situation.

*Covering Blizzards.  It’s really hard.

*Trying to push small buttons on a camera when it’s -17 outside.

*People who approached me and asked, “Will this be in the paper tomorrow?”  Ummm…this happened once a week, sometimes more.

*Carnival workers that have approached me over the years and said, “DON’T PUT ME ON TV!”

*People asking, “Where’s your camera?” when I’m not working.  Although I suspect that will continue.

Random Thursday

*Was anyone else concerned that the Twins were damaging their new clubhouse during their celebration on Tuesday night?

*A few people have asked me about the Vikings slow start.  My response?  I really don’t care.  I have my Twins blinders on and the way the two teams go about their business is night and day.

*Fighting Sioux Sports Network (FSSN), of which I’m a proud member, begins its 40 game schedule this Saturday with the UND Football game at 4:00.  We will be busy this year.

*Reggie Tales shout out to Jason in South Dakota.  Imagine that.  Wisconsin and South Dakota both have Internet.

*Bonus shout out to Philippe, one of Miami Beach’s finest.

*Tomorrow on a very special Tales:  Things I won’t miss about being a TV Photographer.

Chad Johnson to Take Leave of Absence in Lincoln

The Lincoln Stars announced today that former University of North Dakota hockey player Chad Johnson will take a leave of absence from his coaching duties with the United States Hockey League club.  According to the team, Johnson underwent a series of medical tests last week, and has been advised by his physicians to take some time away from hockey to focus on his health.  No timetable has been set for his return.   Associate Head Coach Jimmy McGroarty and assistant Andy Schneider, also a former UND player, will lead the team during Johnson’s absence.

Through the team, Johnson issued this statement:  “I sincerely appreciate the support of the Stars organization, the players, and fans while we deal with this issue.  I’m excited for this year’s team, and look forward to returning after a full and complete recovery.”

I’m in a Documentary…Seriously

A friend of mine is applying for the University of Southern California Film School (USC).  One of the required elements of his application was to submit a short documentary.  He chose to do his on “cameras and the people that use them.”  And he asked me to be a part of it.  Apparently his first 100 choices were not available.  Also making a cameo in the documentary is my good friend Marv Leier.  Marv works at UND and some of his best work can be seen between the benches at Ralph Engelstad Arena.  Anyway, I hope the good people at the USC Film School are impressed.

Look Alike

As you may recall, one of my hobbies is to take pictures of people who look like famous people.  Its been awhile since I’ve added to my collection.  And it’s not because I haven’t been trying.  I’ve actually been pretty desperate, but I feel I owe it to the loyal readers to only deliver the very best look alikes.  And as is usually the case, the best ones happen when I least expect it.  On the way in to the Twins game on Saturday, my friend said, “Hey look, it’s Zygi Wilf.”  Wilf is the owner of the Minnesota Vikings.  I quickly turned around to see “Zygi” standing on a street corner with his wife, negotiating with a “ticket broker” for two Twins tickets.  That was my first clue that it really wasn’t Zygi.  Seems like Zygi would be able to get Twins tickets in a more dignified manner.  Undeterred, I headed straight towards him and his wife and said, “Excuse me, has anyone ever told you that you look like Zygi Wilf?”  In stereo, he and his wife answered, “All the time.”  He then told me a story about how he recently had been at a function where a guy came up to him and told him that he hoped the Vikes could bounce back from the heartbreaking loss in last year’s NFC Championship game.  To his credit, Fake Zygi didn’t correct him and carried on a conversation with the guy.  Meanwhile, “Mrs. Zygi” was regaling my friends with other tales, saying that at least once a day someone stops him and asks him if he’s Zygi Wilf.  At this point, a photo was in order.

“Zygi” (L), Me (R)

Real Zygi

And now for the rest of the story.  Over the course of the next three hours, we ended up running into “Zygi” THREE times at Target Field.  Twice he stealthily approached me and started talking about possible trades the Vikings could make, including a deal to get Vincent Jackson.  I am not making this up.  40,000 people at the game and a Zygi Wilf look alike was stalking me.  Maybe I need a new hobby.

Twins Rewind

On Saturday I took in my final regular season game at Target Field.  I’m not going to rule out a post season appearance just yet, especially when I’m on a tidy three-game win streak.  You may recall that the Twins haven’t lost when I’ve sat on the outdoor deck at the Metropolitan Club.  To call me superstitious would be the understatement of 2010.  And if the Minnesota Twins would like to invite me to some playoff games as a good luck charm, I’d be happy to oblige them from the comfort of the Metropolitan Club.  But I digress.  The Twins won 4-2, Danny Valencia hit a three-run home run and the game lasted only about two hours.  A good time was had by all.

Metropolitan Club Seats