Archive - 2009

December 15th

Great Sportswriting

Now this is how the great sportswriters used to do it. Jim Klobuchar is back writing for and Minnesota sports fans have a chance to watch another great old-timer show off his skills.

December 14th

Oh for cute.

Mt. Lion

Although the chance to see these beautiful animals up close, as I did today at the Desert Museum in Tucson, is enlightening, I came away from the experience with the opinion that taking animals captive for zoos is absolutely wrong. The lions were pacing. The bobcats were looking longingly outward. The otter performed the same diving ritual fifteen times in a row without variance (we decided he was going crazy). Of course, we can't let them go once they lose their instincts for survival, but we can avoid taking new animals captive and grandfather out the entire zoo idea.


Mute monks

A reader passes along this classical classic.

December 13th

Last Day of Street Fair

Reid Park

Took a walk here this morning.


I have no sympathy whatsoever for Tiger Woods. What a cad. He has the wealth of King Solomon and apparently as many concubines.

But just let the man play golf, for crying out loud. This public repentance routine is false and sickening.

Obscure quests

Here is a man on an obscure quest: He wants to see every major hockey arena in the United States.

People who have such obscure pursuits have a lot of fun, I think. Two of my favorite vacations were such quests: One was when I went on a baseball tour of 9 stadiums in 10 days, and another was when I joined MPR host Michael Barone on a tour through Mexico looking at and listening to refurbished pipe organs built 400 some years ago by the Spanish.

December 12th

Paying the Psychic