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Posted in Creativity, Minneapolis / St. Paul Marketing, Music, Teaching, Why I Love St Paul, tagged Chris Pollard, creativity, First Avenue, First World Problems, I talk like the movie Fargo, learning, Minnesota Accent, New Orleans Lousiana, no longer a travel pro, NOLA, non-rev, Non-Revving, NWA, Pine County Fair Demolition Derby, Riot Fest Denver, sidewalks, Tee-Eva's Snowballs, Travel, walking shoes on September 23, 2013 | 1 Comment »
Once upon a time I used to fly to Amsterdam just to listen to a band. (No, I wasn’t rich, I just had great flight benefits with Northwest Airlines). Now I travel occasionally to academic conferences and for the rare vacation.
I’ve been home for about 18 hours after traveling in a circle from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Chicago to New Orleans to Houston to Denver and back. After my NWA years I considered myself an expert traveler.
I made four errors:
- Three bad pairs of shoes for walking. Not horrible (no stilettos), but not good for the miles I put on in the Garden District and the Colorado foothills.
- Assuming WiFi is plentiful and the bandwidth large. Kudos to the Metropolitan Airports Commission or whomever stocked the MSP Humphrey Terminal with outlets, mini desks, and oceans of WiFi bandwidth. Let’s just say all the other airports I visited could learn something from MSP.
- Not upgrading my AT&T iPhone plan. Seriously, one month of “hotspot” service wouldn’t have broken the bank.
- Failing to download student work to grade offline. See above.
Of course I learned a lot, too.
- I’m most creative after learning something and then literally walking around with it. The hours I strolled through New Orleans (see WiFi above) caused a plethora of research ideas to bubble up (and a lot of blisters, too).
- Stories from Tee-Eva’s snowball shop will stick with me forever.
- Minneapolis and St. Paul have wonderful sidewalks.
- No one really cared if I live tweeted from Riot Fest Denver. No one.
- I love taking random photos with my phone.
- Let other people shoot videos.
- You can buy band aids just about anywhere.
- Only in Minnesota (I think) are earplugs freely distributed and easy to buy (thank you Pine County Fair Demolition Derby and First Avenue). I was lucky to find them at Riot Fest.
- Minnesotans like to find each other and revel in our collective wisdom of being, well Minnesotans. And we love our accents.
- New Orleanians are the best storytellers.
Video courtesy of Chris Pollard
Posted in Cool Things in St. Paul, Getting the word out, One Mile Project, Why I Love St Paul, Word of Mouth, tagged activity fair, Family Fun Golf, junior golf leagues, Macalester-Groveland & Highland Home Improvement Fair, St. Paul Golf Courses, streets.mn, summer kids activities, what to do in St. Paul, Youth golf lessons on April 8, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
If you like to golf, there are almost too many options in St. Paul. In fact, last year MinnPost reported that the city is trying to figure out what to do with all the city courses because they’re no longer profitable (learn more about urban golf course decline here).
- Are kids too busy?
- Does it take too long to learn?
- Is it too expensive?
- Doesn’t anyone golf anymore?
Regardless of the reason, the Saintly City is looking to grow their own future players with a number of programs.
The newest is their Sunday night “Family Fun Golf” where kids golf pay nothing and an adult plays for only $10. Children must be 7 years old and you can only make reservations 2 weeks in advance. Part of me thinks these will fill up fast–it’s a great deal and low-pressure atmosphere for kids. With extra short tees and lots of kids on the course there shouldn’t be anyone demanding to play through.
First Tee, a national golf non-profit, provides lessons and junior leagues through the local St. Paul branch and in cooperation with St. Paul Parks and Recreation. For only $30 young kids can learn to chip, putt, and drive in twice-a-week two-week series of lessons.
Better players, or at least, passionate ones can play in a weekly Monday morning league (5 or 9 holes), including one just for girls.
How do I know about this? I’m on the email list.
We need a summer activities fair.
But what if you’re a new parent whose child is ready to move up beyond plastic golf clubs?
How do parents learn of programs for their kids? Is it all word-of-mouth and Google searches? We’ve got a Home Improvement Fair in Highland Park, why not a summer activities fair–in February when we’re all dreaming of warm summer breezes?
Posted in Cool Things in St. Paul, tagged bee keeping, chicken keeping, Eggplant Urban Farm Supply, HeavyTable.com, poultry supplies, The Ultimate Chicken Store:, TheDailyChicken.org, TwinCities.com, urban farming on February 26, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Say hello to Chicken Dolly, Strawberry Sally, and Blackbird — My City Chickens. Dolly is an Ameraucana/ Easter Egger who lays blue-green eggs, Sally is a Rhode Island Red and Blackbird is grand Black Australorp with feathers that glisten greenly in the sun.
Are you surprised? Perhaps you’ve missed the latest craze of urban farming and backyard chickens–St. Paul hasn’t. We’ve got well-defined chicken-keeping laws and the best poultry supply store in town. If you’re curious about raising your own compost-producing beauties, take a class at Eggplant Urban Farm Supply or simply stop in later this week to pet a fluffy little chick.
For a glimpse city chickens in the winter, visit TheDailyChicken.org or cluck with the girls on Twitter. They occasionally star in the photos of local photographer and realtor, Teresa Boardman. Her pictures are always better than mine, but I’m learning a lot taking photos everyday for Project 365.
- Raising Chickens in the City: Eggs as Close as Your Back Yard The Mix.coop
- The ABCs of Raising Urban Chickens HeavyTable.com
- Twin Cities: Backyard chickens welcome, Watchdog says, as long as owners follow rules The Pioneer Press
The Ultimate Chicken Store: Eggplant Urban Farm Supply
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— Sara Kerr (@Saralitta) February 15, 2013
Perhaps I have spring fever from watching the icicles melt outside my window. Regardless of the cause once it really is spring and not just a warm February day, I’ll head to the Mississippi below the U of MN and check for new graffiti. Until then last year’s photos we’ll have to suffice.
Posted in Cool things in Minneapolis, Mobile Computing, Small Business, tagged Camera+, Camera+ Clarity, Downloading Instagram Photos, Family Fun in Minneapolis, hipstamatic, Instagram, MN State Fair, Sever's Corn Maze, Smart gloves, St. Paul Photos, Talbot's, Talbot's tech gloves., Teresa Boardman, Twin Cities, Weekend Fun in the Twin Cities on October 21, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
This is the THE weekend to be outside.
If you’re not interested in traveling far, consider a drive to Shakopee to visit the Sever’s Corn Maze. Honestly, I’d never been to one until Social Media Breakfast-MSP (#SMBMSP) invited me–unless you count the 2 days I detasseled corn one summer and got lost trying to find the bus home.
Unfortunately, the day I went to Sever’s was freezing–upper 30s with a biting wind. But it was a great day to test my tech-friendly gloves from Talbot’s and take pictures free of frostbite. The Thumbs and forefingers have a special covering that works on touch screens.
While I had my “big camera” with me, I had a lot of fun playing with photography apps and my smart gloves. My Canon Rebel photos can be stunning, however I can’t share them until I download them at home (which I still haven’t done).
Taking Photos and Sharing Them
I take much better photos with Camera+ than I do with Instagram. It’s not only the cool special effects and touch exposure–the photos are clearer–even without the new 99¢ Clarity function. I don’t think it’s operator error either.
My method is the same with each app: Open, Aim, and Click.
It’s easy to share my Camera+ photos to Twitter, Facebook, or via email to my dad, but Instagram is a social network. As soon as I snapped and shared the photo of the maze entrance (above), my friend Teresa Boardman of St. Paul Photos liked it! Plus I could look for other friends lost in the maze (or the corn pit that I somehow missed) by their photo maps and hashtags.
When my fingers aren’t freezing (and I have time to kill) I take pictures with Camera+, save them to my Camera Roll and upload them to Instagram. But it’s a lot of work just to share photos with my friends.
My gloves performed beautifully. In fact, I think I type more accurately with them–especially when aiming for an “o” and not an “i.” Oddly they worked better with Instagram than Camera+. I’m not sure why, though. While functional and fashionable, my bright red gloves are wool and slippery, which means driving with them is dangerous. This winter I’ll have to invest in lined leather ones, so I can answer my phone in the car.
Other than Taking Pictures,What Can You Do at Sever’s Corn Maze?
Just Imagine the State Fair with a lot of corn and pumpkins and you’ll get the idea. Here’s a few of the fantastically fun attractions:
- Mini Donuts
- Giant Slide (from the Fair)
- Corn Pit
- Pumpkin Shooting
- Straw Bale Mini Maze
- Camel AND Pony rides
- Exotic Animal Petting (watch out for the Ostriches)
- Farm Animal Feeding (the goats are cute)
- Pumpkins for Purchase
- Much Appreciated ATM