Friday Photos

I’m kind of a license plate buff.  And while I personally don’t have specialized plates, I do enjoy checking out different plates while making my appointed rounds.  I’m especially a fan of the plates that cut right to the chase.  “WE BOWL” falls into that category.  It doesn’t leave a lot to the imagination and that’s the way I like it.  License plates that are a riddle or a Haiku are troubling for me.  I’m not smart enough to try and figure out the hidden message you’re trying to send to other motorists.  I like it to be blunt.  A declarative statement if possible.

This one speaks to me on a couple different levels.  Apparently the car’s owner is a hockey fan and, more specifically a follower, of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

Someone told me that a local columnist often writes about license plates she’s seen.  I’ve taken that idea and added pictures.  Ta-Da!

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Random Thursday

*Do you think geese ever wonder what is going on with our weather?

*A friend of mine in Fargo-Moorhead said I should be excited about the JL Beers that is coming to Grand Forks.

*I’m going to take some well deserved time off from the Twins.

*Reggie Tales shout out to Ben at Grand Forks Central.  Ben is a big fan of the Tales and is recuperating from knee surgery.  Get well Ben!

*I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:  there is nothing better than the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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So Close…But Yet So Far

Although the quality of the above photo is not what you’ve come to expect from the photography department at Reggie Tales, I do believe the “intent” of the photo comes through loud and clear.  This unfortunate gentleman ran out of gas a tantalizing 20 feet from the gas pumps.  And I am in no way making fun of him.  With gas prices approaching $4.00 a gallon, the last thing I want to do is head to the gas station.  So theoretically, this could have been me this morning on South Washington Street, although I wouldn’t have taken a picture of myself.  And if it had been me, I would have first tried to see if the hose from the gas pump “reached” my vehicle.  Failing that, I would have made the walk of shame into the gas station and asked for the little gas can behind the counter.  And then checked my billfold to see if I had $4.00.

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Win Win: Reviewed

I have a Paul Giamatti rule:  if he’s in a movie, I go to it.  It also applies to Steve Buscemi and Morgan Freeman.  It’s a fairly basic rule but has served me well for a long time.  So when I saw the previews for “Win Win” a couple weeks ago starring Giamatti, I knew immediately what my next movie was going to be.

“Win Win” is a must see.  For everyone.  It’s a movie that relates to all people and has a “real” feel to it.  The characters are totally believable and the story line, which revolves around a high school wrestling coach (Giamatti) is very intriguing.  While the setting for the movie is New Jersey, it could have been any high school in the United States.

Win Win:  4 out of 5 stars.

River Cinema 15.

My first popcorn since Lent started and 1/2 Red Hi-C and 1/2 Sprite.  The popcorn was very good and I cherished each bite.

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Rained Out…Again

 

Friday night at Target Field.

The Minnesota Twins have played 90 games at their beautiful new ballpark, Target Field.  Of those 90 games, exactly TWO have been rained out.  2 out of 90.  So what are the odds that I have been part of both rain outs?  It will take a greater mathematical mind than me to figure that out.  Apparently I have some kind of black cloud following me around.  At some point the Minnesota Twins are going to ask me to stay away.

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Twins vs. Cleveland

Some rubes and I will be taking in the Twins and Indians tonight at Target Field.  If it doesn’t rain.  And if the Twins can find enough players that want to play.  This will be my first game of the year and the idea of watching Matt Tolbert ground out to second base four times while it’s raining has my mind wandering towards a Murray’s Steak Sandwich already.

But I remain hopeful.  The thought of catching a glimpse of Twins first baseman Justin Morneau has me very excited.  Remember that grainy video of “Bigfoot?” That’s what I imagine it would be like to see Morneau in uniform.  It’s that rare. And if I see him I will attempt to snap a photo.

When I first saw this game on my schedule, I knew I’d be seeing a game where the first place team in the Central Division was taking on the last place team in the division.  I just assumed it would be the other way around.

Wish me luck.

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Random Thursday: Twins Edition

*Justin Morneau has missed four games in a row with the flu.  I’m not debating whether or not he actually has the flu.  What I want to know is how did Cal Ripken Jr. play 2,632 games in a row, more than 16 seasons IN A ROW without missing a game due to the flu?  I follow baseball very closely.  Probably too closely for my own sanity.  But can you imagine Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees missing four games because of the flu?  The newspaper scrutiny ALONE would have him back in the lineup after one game.

*Matt Tolbert.  Are you kidding me?  He’s a younger, less talented version of Nick Punto.  He’s Punto 2.0, which means he’s also cheaper.  True story:  I told veteran newsman Charley Johnson yesterday that he had better range than Matt Tolbert.  Charley didn’t disagree.

*Bert Blyleven.  I realize you are employed by the Twins.  I get that.  But please, please try to be even a little objective.  If (insert starting pitchers name here) gives up five runs in the first two innings and then goes on to pitch four scoreless innings, that DOES NOT make them a “battler” or “gutsy” or a “winner.”  What it means is that the other team feels like they have enough runs to beat the Twins and are tired from running around the bases.  I could write an entire blog about Blyleven’s preposterous statements but I would hate to rip off radio icon Dan Cole.

*Michael Cuddyer.  $10.5 million this year.  It was great to see that first RBI last night.

*Joe Mauer.

*Alexi Casilla.  I’ve decided that he doesn’t really understand the game of baseball.

*I’m one of the Twins biggest fans.  A week ago I convinced myself that they would be ok.  Now I’m not so sure.  They seem “soft” to me.  I will give Gardy until the All-Star Break to straighten this mess out.

*Reggie Tales shout out to Warren in Warroad.

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Shamrock’s Revisited

The "Paul Molitor" version of the Juicy Lucy, before. Well, kinda before. Also shown, some of the best fries in the Midwest.

Summer Sidekick refers to people who go to the same eating establishment several times over a short period of time as “repeat offenders.”  Well, where Shamrock’s in St. Paul is concerned, mark me down on the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted List.

I made my first trek to the joint on West 7th Street about two months ago.  My second visit was during the Frozen Four.  I had known for six weeks that I was going to order the pepper jack version of the Juicy Lucy, known as the “Paul Molitor” at Shamrock’s.  Paul Molitor is a St. Paul legend, and it was everything I thought it would be.  I won’t bore you with the details, but my eyes rolled into the back of my head several times and I vaguely remember grunting once or twice.  Like a caveman.

As far as the French Fries are concerned, they are good enough to warrant a separate blog entry of their own.  Also, eating the fries gives you something to do as you wait for your Juicy Lucy to cool from 900 degrees Fahrenheit to the low 500s.

After. Notice the crumbs. I left them there for the picture. Then I ate them.

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Smashburger

Fargo Smashburger

Let the clamoring begin in Grand Forks.  I went to a “Smashburger” in Fargo on Saturday with some of my meat loving friends.  Smashburger is a hamburger joint.  And now that I’ve been to one, I want one here in the Grand Cities.

Smashburger is very similar to Five Guys Burgers in feel, size, and decor.  But the food is better in my estimation.  In fact, it’s probably one of the best “fast food” hamburgers I’ve ever had.  The fries are very comparable to McDonald’s in taste, but the amount was on the smallish side.  SB offers a wide array of toppings, including, but not limited to, pepper jack cheese and fried eggs.  And Bacon.  Yep, it was capitalization worthy.

Prices are also similar to FGB.  Which is to say that it’s more expensive than, say, a Culvers.

Now that we’ve secured an Olive Garden, let’s direct our attention to Smashburger.  Check them out HERE.

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New Job

As some of you have already heard, and judging by the nearly 100 e-mails and text messages I’ve received it’s quite a few, I was named the News Director at WDAZ-TV yesterday.  I’m taking over for Cassie Walder, who left the station two weeks ago to move to the Washington, D.C. area.

I first want to thank everyone that has taken the time to call or write with congratulations.  I might have the most thoughtful family and friends in the world.  I’m truly humbled.

So, now what?  As I sit in a bare office soliciting decorating advice from anyone who stops by, I’m pondering my future blogging material.  Hard to say which way it will go.  I’ll figure something out.  I’m quite resourceful that way.

But for now, I’d better get back to work.  And if anyone has a  decorating theme in mind for my office, feel free to share.

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