Here are a couple snaps from Cynthia’s work. And then in the morning I’m off to Home Sweet Home, current temperature – 70 degrees.
’11 Feb: Saint Paul, MN, and Ely
With Cynthia for her birthday and to meet Mike and Kieran, and to go Ice Fishing!
Cynthia picked me up at the airport, we swung by a take-out place, came home and ate that take-out so we could leave right away to take Kieran to his Kung Fu class.
Kung FU! The teacher was a charmer and had good patience and gentle/firm direction with the kids. It seemed on just one viewing that Kieran was getting all the right things out of it – respect, effort, community.
It’s party day – first stop, the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis. Some history:
“In the summer of 2003, the City of Minneapolis was searching for a use for the long vacant Sears building on Lake Street. Latino business owners and neighborhood groups from the Phillips, Central and Powderhorn Park neighborhoods helped convince City officials that the historic building should be saved and, ultimately, connected to the ethnic diversity of the neighborhood and the entrepreneurial energy of the businesses on Lake Street.”
Last night we went to sleep with the certainty that the oncoming storm would have dumped at least 6 inches of snow overnight. But no. Not a flake.
I looked out the window expecting a blanket of white and instead was greeted by 4 or 5 wild turkeys just like on the bottle. I had to run upstairs for the camera and run downstairs to catch the shot – everyone was gone except this guy. Gobble gobble!
A while ago Cynthia and Mike bought us tickets to see The Gipsy Kings in Minneapolis tonight. We were all very excited to enjoy such lively entertainment.
But no. Although we got not a flake last night the forecast still is for a very significant storm with snow, high winds, sleet, and very thick ice on the roads. Mike just got an email, just now, saying the show was canceled due to weather. Bummer.
Looks like we’re in for a snow-day as the flakes are now hitting big time. The cupboards are full of food, we have plenty of papergoods, the internet is humming along, so all is well.
White Out… a view from the upstairs window to the across the street neighbor.
We’ve been watching the snow not exactly ‘fall’. Since the 30 miles an hour wind is moving the snow parallel to the ground the snow doesn’t stop until it runs into an obstruction, hence the building of giant snow banks which I can’t really see now because of the White Out.
Later, but no.
I did go outside at least, and stood in the cold and thought hmmm, this is cold. And we went to Kung Fu with Kieran so I did change out of my jammies…
Tomorrow I am going to drive. We’ll see how that goes. I told the story last year too about how Cynthia said that sooner or later everyone spins out. I am again determinedly hopeful that it be later rather than sooner for me.
Good morning! We’ve got spring-ish weather today in the 30s and the roads are cleared and ready for riding.
I took Cynthia to work and then took myself to breakfast at the French Meadow Bakery and Café, an internet recommendation near the Minneapolis Institute of Art. That’s a snowbank made up of the snow from the road and the snow from the sidewalk. It is taller than I am.
You share the bathroom with a cow.
It was a very recognizable kind of place – delicious bakery goods, a huge menu of local-organic-homemade everything of breakfast and lunch items with a dozen business meetings going on at the tables littered with presentations and laptops.
The food was tasty too, and the coffee was delicious as advertised.
I went here to pick up part of Cynthia’s birthday dinner!
It took some looking to find a sushi place within 30 minutes of the house, and it looked good enough but they get their fish ‘from Chicago’ and it pretty much tasted not so freshly flash frozen. .but it looked like sushi and Cynthia was happy to have it.
February 26 7AM
We’re getting ready to head out for Ely, MN, current temperature -29 fahrenheit although at -29 fahrenheit or centigrade it hardly matters it’s so cold.
I don’t know if we’ll have internet at our place tonight so I might not get to ICE FISHING pictures until Sunday night or Monday. One thing, we’re not going to get to cut a hole in the ice with a chain saw but other than that it should be classic Ice Fishing, just, I imagine, like being in an episode of A Prairie Home Companion.
And on the road out the car window, four hours drive to Ely (pronounced Ee-Lee), Minnesota, due north from Saint Paul, and it’s snowing.
For the time I’ve been here it’s been interesting to note that even when you can’t see even a hint of sky and even when the snow is actually coming down, still it’s not so deadly dark. Maybe because the snow reflects back any hint of light? You can have a much darker two weeks in Seattle or Portland if you time it right, or that is to say wrong.
The rest of the 7×11 foot room from my chair. There’s a fishing hole in each of the four corners.
Mike is updating his facebook with pictures as the day transpires. Cynthia is fishing by watching her bobber across the room for any sign of action. Jim is monitoring his fish-finder and jigging his line.
Pretty cush for Ice Fishing!
Mike and Cynthia.
We actually did have to bring all that gear for freeeeezing weather or we wouldn’t have been able to go outside but when inside with the heater kicked in, we could make it as hot as we wanted. We were constantly turning the heater off when it got too hot and back on again when someone opened the door.
With the arrival of the house on the trailer there were five fish houses in our little village. The houses tend to clump up wherever someone plows a trail. The guy who owns this place has a plow on one of those trucks and maintains the road himself.
Jim went over to see if we could come in for a look, which of course I wanted to do. It was at least a couple feet longer and a foot or so wider than Jim’s, and attentively appointed inside including a generator for the satellite TV for watching non-stop sports, finishing for the fish holes, and a thick rubberized floor over the plywood.
Four big guys were in there, smoking and drinking, and going in was like entering a smoke house. Yikes. They wouldn’t have to cook fish, just leave them out. They hadn’t yet made much of a dent in those two cases of beer…
The ooo-la-la fish house across the way lights up for the last of the guests and we are about to leave. (btw They bank up the snow against the house for insulation.)
What have you not noticed, what is most prominently missing in this tale of an afternoon Ice Fishing? FISH, that’s what you have not noticed because we did not catch even one single fish between all four of us. Oddly, I wasn’t minding. Catching fish it seems is about as likely as winning the lottery.
Right off the highway in the small town of Cloquet we find The R.W. Lindholm Service Station, the only gas station built from a Frank Lloyd Wright design.
“Built in 1956, its design is derived from the Broadacre Standardized Overhead Service Station which was designed as part of the Broadacre City project in the 1930s. .and the only part of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacre designs that made it into reality.”
They have a newly opened polar bear habitat and I really wanted to see some polar bears in the snow, maybe even swimming in the pretend sea instead of whacking around ice cubes like they do in LA.
They had two HUGE polar bears but they weren’t in the snow or the pretend sea. One of them was lolling on his back in a dry sunny spot out of sight lines for the camera, catching some rays and the other one was in a cozy cave with a big straw bed, sawin’ zzs.
So I took a picture of the poster on the wall.
I got to go to other people’s work today, an outing I always enjoy. Other people’s work. (I’ve also got some pictures of Cynthia’s work on my phone which I might not get to tonight.)
Kristy and I met for lunch and then she took me for a fascinating guided tour of the projects she’s developed in her capacity as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota.
A view of the city from campus.
I haven’t put this link in yet to my 2008 visit to Minneapolis. I was bent on tourista during that trip so if you want to see more of the city and its attractions you can find it here.