Celebrate Obscura Day

We celebrated Obscura day by exploring Allen Christian’s House of Balls in Minneapolis.  If you are unfamiliar with Obscura Day check out http://atlasobscura.com/

We decided when we saw this truck we must be close.


We saw the sign and went to the door.  A person wearing a very large colander like headpiece opened the door and motioned us in.  It was strange and intriguing.


The house of balls is full of Allen Christian’s art… and it is quite the trip.  There is something to look at everywhere.

One of my favorite parts, Allen had cemented a gravestone that a friend gave him in the floor of the threshold between the front room and back.  Allen said he had done some genealogy on the names and couldn’t find anything, so more than likely the gravestone was probably a misprint or the couple decided they weren’t going to die.

Other highlights included the organized boxes in the basement that were labeled things like bones, and old doctors instruments.

Later that day we ended up in Iowa and decided to continue Obscura day by discovering our own kooky place.  We drove through a person’s car cemetery.

Attend an “Outsider Musical”: FUTURITY

The Lisps are a band and more.They are “New York-based co-ed assemblage of 21st century theater prone indie rockers.”

César Alvarez who is vocals & guitar in the band wrote the musical ‘FUTURITY,’ Which has evolved over the past four years from a concert to a musical.

We went to the Friday night show at the Walker Art Center not knowing what to expect.

And what it was, was a creative musical. And I’m not really into musicals, but this was worth seeing.

The creativity involved in this show was incredible. Check out the trailer below:





Define Yourself in One Word

We are Neophiles.

Back in February we read a great New York Times article about novelty seekers.  And it just might be in our genes. But not in a negative way, novelty seeking is a good thing.

“Novelty-seeking is one of the traits that keeps you healthy and happy …” C. Robert Cloninger. (from the article)

The article points out that humans need neophiles.  For example, Mr. Christopher Columbus had to have been a neophile and because of his adventurous side we have ‘The New World.’  Other innovations and discoveries were more than likely because of someone who thrived on change.  Not only that, but people who were more adapt to change were able to deal with climate changes and survive, thereby keeping the human lineage alive.

Check out the article, ‘What’s New? Exuberance for Novelty Has Benefits‘ by John Tierney

A couple of quotes we love:

‎”I want movement and not a calm course of existence.” – Leo Tolstoy

When you’re always trying to conform to the norm, you lose your uniqueness, which can be the foundation for your greatness.” -Dale Archer

Attend a Gallery Talk

David Lefkowitz talked about his art and other pieces in the Walker Art Center’s ‘Lifelike’ exhibit.  Lefkowitz’s pieces in the exhibit were paintings of outlets, wall sockets, thermostats and other wall fixtures.  Lefkowitz’s works were placed around the exhibit, some in such a way that required a double take to determine if it was art or a real fixture.

Can you tell which fixture below is art?

In the top row of fixtures the one farthest to the right is one of Lefkowitz’s pieces.


Lefkowitz’s lecture focused on the concept of perception of what is art.

And there were lots of pieces in the exhibit that played with that very question.  Like that comb.

And these elevators… which from this picture don’t look very artsy… but see below.

Mini elevators!

And check out this guy…

No, really check him out…

He’s art!  And he was made with such an amazing attention to detail.

And one more of Lefkowitz’s fixtures.

Winning Dog/Owner Look-a-Like Contest

Saturday morning was perfect 5k9 weather!  Ryan and I and six of our friends all met up for Lululemon’s first annual 5k9 at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis.  Amongst the 8 of us we had 6 dogs: Chata Luna, Dolores Arlene, Bonnie, Rueben Hummel III, Keller and Wally Walter.

Family Picture

I came across this event somewhere on the internet while looking for fun and interesting things to do.  The description of the first annual event was:

 Join us for lululemon’s 1st annual 5k(canine) walk/run. Meet/greet/sniff at 11am, race will begin at 11:15. One loop around the lake, treats and prizes awarded at the finish. Awards given for: fastest dog slowest dog best costume owner/dog look-a-like Prizes provided by some of your pets favorites such as Bubbly Paws dog wash and grooming, pet photographer Sarah Ernhart, and more! Get set for a tail-waggin’ good time!

It seems like everyone has a couple 5k’s under their belt.  And Ryan and I are of course card-carring members of the 5k club along with everybody else.  What we haven’t done was a 5k9 race.

To make the race more memorable we decided we needed to win one of the categories.  Dolores is fast and Chata is slow however neither are probably the fastest nor the slowest.  Both dogs don’t care much for costumes.  So, the only other option was owner/dog look-a-like.  I stayed up brainstorming in my head how we were going to get the two brown dogs to start looking like Ryan and I.

In the morning I had it.  The final plan involved cutting my hair, superglue and a permanent marker.  The girls have donned stylish eyebrows before so it was only natural that they sported some for this event and I joined them.  Thankfully, my eyebrows were not made up with permanent marker.  The girls each got their weave did and somehow the blond braid stayed attached the entire race and day.  Ryan decided to forgo the transformation with us.


  We arrived at the bandshell at 11am and had a quick meet and sniff with all the dogs.  We signed some waivers for the race.  And of course I campaigned for myself as the winner of the owner/dog look-a-like.

We all enjoyed a leisurely lap around Lake Harriet, the weather was really quite perfect.

As I rolled into the finish line with Chata (I was on roller-skates) I was awarded the owner/dog look-a-like award!

We won a Polaroid picture of us and a gift certificate for one overnight stay at ADOGO Pet Hotel.   We were excited about the prize until I noticed it expired last October.

None-the-less we won!


  We also won several good laughs and smiles from strangers and maybe even more confused looks because we looked ridiculous.

Support a Cause

@ Varsity Theater 4/12

I won tickets to Citypage’s Artists Against the Marriage Amendment concert at Varsity Theater in Dinkytown. It was an event to raise awareness about the Marriage Amendment appearing on the November 2012 ballot.

The question that will be on the ballot?

“Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?”

  • YES
  • NO

Ryan and I went for a night out, enjoying the music and listening to all the arguments against the Marriage Amendment.

It was our first time at the Varsity Theater in Dinkytown. It is a fun and comfy concert venue. We scored a intimate table to ourselves on the sidelines. The show was acoustic and personal. There were a dozen or so artists who played a few songs and shared their view point on the Marriage Amendment. The night wrapped up with all the performers coming together for a surprise sing-a-long of the Beatle’s “All You Need is Love.”

And really that is what the night was all about: a celebration of love. Whatever the marriage amendment outcome is, one thing is for sure, Varsity was filled with loving couples, both homosexual and heterosexual. And in the end “All you need is love.”

Celebrate April Fool’s Day with a Prank

We put up this ad with a friend’s number (unbeknown to him):

minneapolis craigslist > ramsey co > for sale / wanted > items wanted

Precious Moments Figurines & Beanie Babies Wanted!! all collectibles!! – $99 (St. Paul, MN)

Date: 2012-04-01, 11:10AM CDT
Reply to: see below

I am collecting all!But, specifically I am looking for these:
Happily Ever After
My Beloved Son
Twice the Blessings
Footprints in the Sand
Peace on EarthLet me know what you have. I pay top dollar!!I am also interested in Beanie Babies. I pay around $2 per beanie baby and more for rare ones.

Please text me pictures or a description of what you have
please no calls, just texts
I’ll respond with a offer or give you a call back if I’m interested

(320) 492-XXXX

Also interested in other collectable collections! Let me know what you have!

  • Location: St. Paul, MN
  • it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

PostingID: 2934203513

No contact info?if the poster didn’t include a phone number, email, or
other contact info, craigslist can notify them via email.
And our friend recieved several responses… including:

“I have the Precious Moments The Lord Bless You and Keep You figurine with box.  1989 Production mark. Let me know. LeAnn”


“I have a lot of beanie babies. ALOT.  I have the regular ones and quite a few McDonald’s beanies still in the package”


“Do you have interest in old disney ornaments 88 i believe first set or MCdonalds stuff”