Monday, March 31, 2014

Behind the fence, wetlands

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Health "Clubbing"

The sign outside the Crosstown Lifetime Fitness Club reads: “Lifetime Fitness bans guns on these premises”.
I think, and then I thinks a second time,  when I sees a sign like this.  Has there been a problem here with club members carrying guns?  What has precipitated this sign?  Would a criminal be deterred by this sign? Is there any security in this Club?
 Recently 2 unarmed men broke into the Crosstown “Club” and severely beat and robbed a member who had no warning - or received any protection from the staff. The sign was his only protection. The attackers were caught later as the attackers continued their assaults at a nearby neighborhood residence.

This is not the Crosstown Club,  but one of the Lifetime Clubs.  One of my own stock photos.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Slowly things are revealed. Sometimes small.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Ice out Minnetonka. Measured in feet rather than inches.

That may be an overstatement.The recent plunge in Sprintime temps has probably added inches to the ice thickness, rather than taking them away.This is Carson's Bay on March 23rd. For the records.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Memories of Cottagewood USA

Taken from "Picturesque Deephaven" The street is filled with the ghosts of tourists, residents and children who strolled the boardwalk to the General Store, or drove a donkey in Donkey Park. The historic log home is gone, and the wooden planks too.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Hurricane Grill and Wings. Previously Chicago's.

As a graphic designer of little notariety, I offer my opinion....freely.The logo looks very non descript. Like a hardware chain. I have not eaten there either. The menu also seemed non descript. "Find your beach" - in a Hurricane. Could be bad advise. Note: Ihave not dined there, this is superfluous commentary.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Visitng the rich and Famous (Famous Daves Minnetonka)

The Famous Daves’ delivery truck singes the crusty snow outside the Minnetonka location. We stop in for a Sunday dinner, and Famous Daves classic BBQ entrees. I am the old guy in the restaurant taking pictures of my french fries. Only by quirky coincidence is the logo “Horsepower” visible in the photo of my wife’s Saint Louis ribs single slab. French fry portions are as shown, and I will say, a bit stingy. We are seated outside of the main customer concourse, in a corner with the picture of a stealty hunter. I am unsure if he hits is target, but his Malin 30 -30’s flash is visible. My seat is flanked by an old wet of fishing rods and reels.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Toonie on Tonka 2005-2014

4 miles a day walking, herding and being a Sheltie. Toonie enjoyed life. We were shocked when we discovered a few years ago that she had epilepsy. The prescribed medication limited and muted its impact, and her occasional seizures passed quickly. Even with this drawback, Toonie learned quickly, and became a skilled agility dog. A great companion and a classic Sheltie persistant barker. But the epilepsy and medication took its toll, and on friday the seizures were overpowering. The final decision was terribly difficult but the right thing to do. The struggle with epilepsy has ended for Toonie. Toonie is missed.