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Minnesota State Fair: Stimulation overload

Nothing can really prepare you for the Minnesota State Fair if you’ve never been to it. It’s not like just any state fair. There is crazy shit everywhere and I’m not even talking about the random people. There was so much to look at that I barely noticed the people. It might be the “Great Minnesota Get-Together,” but I was… Read more »

The streets of confusion: Midwest style

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The Girl with Moxie just reminded me about something in the Midwest that confuses me…your street names. More specifically here in the Twin Cities, the 35 freeways. For those of you unfamiliar, there are two 35 freeways: I-35 E and I-35W. Now, my brain says that these are east and west, respectively. Not much of a problem until you realize… Read more »

Minnesota State Fair: Preview

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The Minnesota State Fair runs from August 22nd to Labor Day (September 2nd) and since this will be my first real state fair, I’m trying to prepare for my visit. Come on, California, you know our state fair is kind of sad. Regardless, I’m looking forward to the “Great Minnesota Get-together.” Apparently, about 34% of the state goes to this… Read more »

Parading Pianos in Saint Paul

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Have you seen the colorful pianos around town? One of the interesting things about living in the Twin Cities are the creative ways art is incorporated into what seems to be every day life.  The Peanuts Statues are one example, another is the Pianos on Parade project that benefits Keys 4/4 Kids, a local nonprofit organization that sells donated pianos… Read more »

Random Thoughts on the Mall of America

Let me just disclose that while it is just a giant mall, I do enjoy the Mall of America. I mean…it’s a mall. Did you know that there are multiple stores from the same company in the Mall of America? Seriously. I’m not just talking about Starbucks and Caribou Coffee, either. There are five hat stores by the same company…. Read more »

Why did you move to Minnesota?

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Pretty much everyone who is from Minnesota asks me that question when they realize I’m not a local, but also from California. While it might seem like an innocuous question, the manner in which it is delivered is always the same…shock and confusion.  It’s as if this state is some sort of sci-fi prison planet to those who have been… Read more »

Random thoughts on driving in Minnesota

First of all, filling potholes doesn’t really help the situation.  I’m looking at you Saint Paul and Minneapolis! Fix the damn road before it crumbles beneath us all.  I see road construction everywhere, except where it’s BADLY needed, Minnesota. Then again, I can only imagine the poor condition of said roads…mostly because they are CLOSED. I swear I need a… Read more »