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Beer after work at Fulton with co-workers and then +Joe Laha; food from Gastrotruck, conveniently outside. Minneapolis is awesome. 
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A good use case for #car2go versus #HOURCAR is an event where you'll be there for several hours and don't really care if you use that method to get home. Being able to squeeze into an impossible parking spot is just icing.

(Sidebar: MinneDemo was great last night! So exciting to see innovative stuff happening in the Minnesota tech scene.)

I still prefer driving the full-sized cars from #HOURCAR, though. Driving a SmartCar at highway speeds makes a Toyota Yaris feel responsive and speedy.

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I am seeing these cars all over my neighborhood (Loring Park). Also new in the scene here is a couple reserved spots for Enterprise's car sharing program. 
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Thirteen half-pints of jam (raspberry and blueberry rhubarb): just about right for a Sunday afternoon. 
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Raspberry is my favouritest of all berries. Well done.
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Look what just opened a mile from our condo! So much for any diet ever again. :)
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+Joe Laha and I will be heading to Saint Paul after work for some Social Science. "Makers, DIYers, Crafters unite!"
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'Twas fun, +Jake Gage! Worth hitting again (with more people for the trivia component). We could name Foucault's pendulum but not a QR code!
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We went to their kickoff event and listened to our current mayor RT introduce the event. Apparently Betsy Hodges (our future mayor) was there too; she knows the way to Minneapolis hearts! #gobirchwoodgo  
 
If you eat in Minneapolis, consider whipping a few bucks at Birchwood's kickstarter. They want to expand the restaurant which would be great. They also want to add another bathroom which would be much needed.
For 18 years, the Birchwood has nourished a growing community with Good Real Food. Now it's GROW time! #gobirchwoodgo
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Ah, there are no-carb options, but I generally skip them. You have more willpower. :)
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What's a State Fair without deep-fried cheese? +Joe Laha says it's just a walk around the Mall of America with no air conditioning. 
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Deep fried cheese curds?  You can get those anywhere.  They need to be on a stick for the true MN State Fair food experience.
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Hoping that our tomatoes the size of a Granny Smith apple eventually ripen! We need more hot sunny days like today.
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+Joe Laha and I played Tzolk'in with +Christian Herro this weekend; I came home and ordered it (after checking our local game shop to no avail). Excellent eurogame with an unusual worker placement system. Thanks, Christian!
Tzolkin: The Mayan Calendar presents a new game mechanism: dynamic worker placement. Players representing different Mayan tribes place their workers on giant connected gears, and as the gears rotate they take the workers to different action spots. During a turn, players can either (a) place one or more workers on the lowest visible spot of the gears or (b) pick up one or more workers. When placing workers, they must pay corn, which is used ...
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I wandered in to Handsome Cycles a month or so ago, having overhead people talking about them at the ArtCrank poster show. I was bike-shopping for the first time in six or seven years, and I'd considered mass-market bikes like I'd purchased in the past, but I wanted something I'd really feel was worth an upgrade from my old hand-me-down. A fellow named Jesse was behind the counter. (One of the owners, though I didn't know at the time. I'm entirely unaffiliated in any way except as a happy customer.) I struck up a conversation with him, and as my boyfriend shopped for cycling-friendly jeans, Jesse listened patiently for at least 30min while I talked through my needs and anxieties about buying a new bike. He was so patient and helpful, and never once tried to "sell" me on anything - just offered ideas and feedback based on my needs and riding style. He also gave me frank tips about where I could cut costs without sacrificing anything that was important to me. I cycle as my primary form of transportation, but I average about 10-12mph and have no desire to "race" or look like Lance Armstrong. I like sitting up, not leaning over, and find zillions of gears perplexing. You would think that I would be uncomfortable buying a custom bike, but instead Jesse made me feel more confident and comfortable than I've ever felt in a bike shop where I'm usually waiting for my boyfriend to stop talking about derailleurs with the staff. The She Devil frames were still on a cargo ship, but Jesse offered to build up the floor model for me if I needed it immediately! I declined since it was cold and rainy, and plus, other customers would want to see that beautiful bike. He placed the order for me without even requiring money down, as apparently it would be no problem to sell it if I'd backed out. (Oh, and these bikes are reasonable in price compared to other bikes of the same build quality. And in my opinion are much, much more handsome!) A few weeks later, my bike came, and Jesse was patient with me changing my mind about seat, handlebars, etc. (The stock seat is actually awesome!) He carefully adjusted the grips to my specific sitting style and put in the anti-theft skewers I got as a special order. (Not owning a car makes quick-release pretty pointless.) I took my bike out and put over ten miles on it that night, running errands and going out to dinner. New Bike Day is the best day! Jesse had mentioned that after riding it a bit, I should bring it in for an adjustment. I noticed a brake pad rubbing on the tire about three weeks after purchase, and stopped by the shop. The other owner Ben was there, and in a matter of minutes he aligned my wheel and explained the spokes being put together by machine or whatever does require some human intervention after a short breaking-in period. He was also charming and helpful, and the tune-up was free! Since the weather got nice, I've been riding my She Devil every day, including one 30-mile day to a family event out in the 'burbs, and I've been keeping up with the boy on his Surly Crosscheck. So, these are speedy bikes! This is the longest review in the history of ever, but I want to help anyone else who's like me and feels intimidated by not being the most steeped in the Local Bike Scene. You, too, can get an awesome bike that's perfect for you, feel like you're totally making the right decision, feel supported along the way, and leave with the heady joy of New Bike Day. :)
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