Thursday, May 29, 2008
Minnesota Public Radio has pulled together a really nice feature on University Avenue on their website. Rightly titled as "University Avenue: A work in progress" the site features historic photos, stories, information about the Central Corridor LRT, and a place for you to tell the world what your experiences on the Avenue have been.
Image: Minnesota Historical Society
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Even though we've lived here for almost 11 months now, I still troll the blogs of my former neighborhood and surroundings in Washington, DC. I found this awesome doorway photo on one such blog (the Prince of Petworth) and it totally speaks to the roaming nature and home-state pride of Minnesotans. There were many of us transplants in DC when I was there and even though we had voluntarily left our state, we all still thought of and talked about it fondly.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Basically, teams are given a set of clues that incorporate the landmarks and layout of Minneapolis. At each of these destinations team members will have to use their Blackberry to take a photo of themselves completing some kind of challenge. The kicker is that to get from destination to destination, you can only run/walk or take public transit. The distance will be several miles and the course takes between 3 -4 hours to complete. And oh yeah, you can use your Blackberry as a "lifeline" to call/text friends for help answering some of the clues. So gather a posse up by a computer so they can get you answers to the clues you don't know.
Here are the deets:
WHERE: Guthrie Theater, 818 South 2nd Street--serves as the Start & Finish line
WHEN: SATURDAY, MAY 31, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Team Orientation, 10 a.m. Start
HOW: Advanced registration suggested. Register online at http://www.BlackBerryCurveUC.com. Day-of registrations accepted on-site if race slots are still available
PRIZES: The top 30 teams will receive one 8330 smartphone for each participant. The winning Challenge team will compete in the Ultimate Challenge in on June 14th . Both members of the team will receive an all expense paid, three-night stay in for themselves and one guest. Members of the winning team of Destination , the final challenge in San Francisco, win an all expense paid trip for two to their choice destination of , Paris, Rome or the Mayan Riviera.
Image: from last year's "running of the Elvises?!?!"--taken by "kayakbiker."
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
The City of Seven Hills
proclaim our saintly city.
Wrought by water
these caves and cliffs--
limestone shapes our history.
Unknowing authors of
Sounds of Street and Sky
the airplane owns the sky, for a moment.
Soon the silence of the roving clouds
gentle on the sidewalk
echo the sound of freedom
The skyline, quiet in the distance
wakes with the whir of traffic,
the clambering of buses.
The city streets and their cacophonous choir
call me home.