Archive for January, 2007

Colorful Quips from the Past

Monday, January 29th, 2007

There were press reports today about the death of legendary NHL goalie Lorne “Gump” Worsley. Gump was quite a character, and pretty good with a quip. Early in his career while playing with an inept New York Ranger team, he was asked which team gave him the most trouble. Gump replied, “The New York Rangers”. [...]

Pond Hockey at the St. Paul Winter Carnival

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

I spent portions of the last two days at Lake Phalen photographing the St. Paul Winter Carnival pond hockey tournament, and have posted some pictures at my pond hockey photos web site.

Winter Running

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

Today Pat ran the 5K that is part of the St. Paul Winter Carnival. I went along to take pictures, which gave me the opportunity to photograph not only that race but also the start of the half marathon. Photos can be seen here.

Rescue in the Wilds

Friday, January 26th, 2007

There was a story in the news recently about a pair of guys (originally from Minnesota) who found a lost woman while backpacking in New Mexico. The 52-year-old woman was from South Carolina. She had been lost for 5 weeks, and there had been no active rescue effort in the previous 3 weeks. The guys [...]

Speed Skating

Friday, January 26th, 2007

This morning I went down to the speedskating oval in Roseville, and took pictures during the 31 heats of the 500 Meters at the 2007 National Long Track and U.S. Junior Speedskating Championships. A few pictures can be seen here.

Lunch Room Developments

Friday, January 26th, 2007

There was a story in the news today about a policy change in the cafeteria at St. Rose of Lima School in Warwick, Rhode Island. The school had recently had 3 choking incidents in the cafeteria, so the principal decided that talking is not permitted. Students are required to stay in their seats, and are [...]

U.S. Pond Hockey Championship

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

I spent portions of the last 3 days down at Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis photographing the action at the U.S. Pond Hockey Championship. Games were conducted on 25 rinks, and this year they had over 200 teams. Photos are available on my pond hockey photos web site.

Strategic Snow Stockpile

Friday, January 19th, 2007

A few years ago a cross country ski race was started in Minneapolis – the City of Lakes Loppet.  However, the weather in recent years has made snow conditions iffy, and the fact that the race finishes on a city street makes the ready availability of snow even more critical.  The street needs to be [...]

Gary Larson and Commercial Air Travel

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

Last year there was crash on a predawn Comair flight leaving from Lexington, Kentucky.  The problem arose when the crew tried to leave from the wrong runway.  Instead of being on a 7000 foot runway, they got themselves on a (closed) 3500 foot runway.  All 47 passengers and most of the crew died in the [...]

Music in Perspective

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

In today’s Wall Street Journal there is a column about Jerry Wexler. Mr. Wexler and the recently deceased Ahmet Ertegun were the main guys at Atlantic Records. Trying to put the work of Atlantic Records in perspective, Wexler offered the following: “We started out making R&B – black music for black adults. A good way [...]