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Tis the season

The DNT recently ran a piece relating various reader-submitted stories of April Fools’ Day pranks gone by. Now, with all due respect to those whose stories appeared, I was…  a little underwhelmed. Convincing half of scenic (and credulous) Carrboro, North Carolina (“The Paris of the Piedmont”) that a Hooters was going to take over a defunct restaurant smack in the center of town, by contrast–that was sinister brilliance (I was one of the twits who fell for it, mind you, not the architect).

Can you share any tales of memorable 1 April hijinks past without endangering your latest master plan?

“Just sayin’…” (thanks, Jim)


Live Improv Comedy

Tonight at PeasantWorks Porch above Hell’s Kitchen in Canal Park. 8pm. $5.

A full evening of improv comedy for less than the cost of a movie. And we promise we’re WAY better than that Paul Blart: Mall Cop thing. How soon into that movie do you think someone rhymes his name with “fart” – 10 minutes?

We get to those type of jokes in like two minutes flat.

Joey, I’ve never felt this way about a man before…

Okay, so it may be inappropriate and immature, but does anyone else think this picture published in today’s DNT makes it look like the Prez and the Veep are about to do some Brokeback Mountain-style smoochin’?

Need a Half-Marathon Entry?

Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Entry Being Auctioned off by Security Jewelers

If you or somebody you know were not selected in the lottery for the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, there is one more chance to obtain an entry! Security Jewelers, a dedicated Grandma’s Marathon sponsor, has graciously chosen to auction off the half marathon entry that they receive in return for sponsoring Grandma’s Marathon weekend. The auction is being held on eBay, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Junior League of Duluth to assist in their efforts to restore Playfront Park, an extremely popular park located on Duluth’s waterfront and used by citizens and tourists alike.
Follow this link to the auction.

HOTDISH Militia presents award winning documentary “The Education of Shelby Knox” followed by a discussion with the film’s very own Shelby Knox

This event is a fundraiser for Duluth’s HOTDISH Militia. The HOTDISH (Hand Over the Decision It Should be Hers) Militia exists to insure reproductive justice for all women of the Northland. To accomplish this goal, the Militia provides community education, monetary support and legislative lobbying as needed

Friday, March 27, 2009
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Bohannon 90, University of Minnesota Duluth
Street: 1207 Ordean Court
City/Town: Duluth, MN
$5 – $15 sliding scale – all money goes to support the work of the Militia.

Here is some info about the film:
‘The Education of Shelby Knox’ is a documentary about the 15-year-old girl’s transformation from conservative Southern Baptist to liberal Christian and ardent feminist that parallels her fight for sex education and gay rights in Lubbock.

more info at:

Shelby’s blog:

This event is sponsored by:
UMD Women’s Resource & Action Center, UMD Women’s Studies Department, Pro-Choice UMD, UMD QASU, HOTDISH Militia and the Duluth YWCA

Minnesotans at SXSW

Flash Geeks –
This is worth a look:

Is it live, or is it Memorex?

Gawd, I could waste hours on Flickr.

hair models needed Duluth 3/29/09

18 models needed
Female only
Casting March 28th at 3:00 pm
Locals only
AGE: 18-30 LOOK
Send email, contact # and attached pictures ASAP
Limited slots available.


[email protected]

Payrate: $150 dayrate- 20 percent agency fee. Working day March 29th
Prep day 28th, after casting—$100 – 20 percent agency fee.

Sad to be leaving Lakeside…… but happy to invite you to my OPEN HOUSE this Saturday!

…but my loss could be your gain!   I’ve taken a new job  in St. Paul and, as such, am selling my beloved little Lakeside house. 

Please stop by my OPEN HOUSE this Saturday, March 28th, from 1-3pm to see this place in person. If you can’t make it then, I will probably have another the following weekend at the same time (check the paper or my website).  

Front of house (taken before the new shingling was installed)

Front of house (taken before the new shingling was installed)

I really do think this place is uniquely charming– and not just because it’s mine.   It has a great layout, beautful crown moulding, tons of storage space, and a nice big backyard (complete with lilacs and apple trees).  Please visit www.909n49th.com for all of the details (& more photos) and contact info.

I bought this house in August, 2005 for $175,000– since then, it has been updated through-out, including converting from oil to a high-efficiency gas furnace, brand new roofing, new carpeting, new bathroom cabinets, etc.   But… sigh… the market is not what it was in 2005, so I’m letting this one go for $184,900.   Hopefully someone will love this house as much as I have.

View from Living Room to Dining Room

View from Living Room to Dining Room

Paper or Plastic?

Diaper Man!

Diaper Man!

Alyssa reminded me today that we can ask each other questions on PDD and get some great localized answers.  So, I have three questions to ask the collective PDD wisdom/snark base.   Yes three, but I’ll stick to two for now.

Question #1 I am blessed with a new baby that is coming sometime in the next several weeks.  For my first two girlies I used plastic diapers without any prejudice.  However, with this one, my partner has been advocating for the use of re-usable cloth diapers.  And I am going along on this, and not just because I have to, but because I want to.   In fact, I am washing my first batch of cloth diapers now (just out of the package).  I am interested in stories, experiences and advice on the reusable diaper front from a local perspective, I’m especially interested in stuff like logistics, tips and tricks, price savings, and if anyone has any theories of actual savings and environmental benefits, etc.  For the record, the plan is to breast feed this child, I know that makes a difference.  And, because she is on parental leave indefinitely I suspect she will be doing quite a bit more of the changing, but I will probably do most or all of the laundry, so the decision affects us both. I would also entertain general earth friendly baby advice, offers of free stuff you think we could use, and good infant activity ideas around the area as this will be my first new one in 6 years.

Question #2 Is almost completely unrelated, however, I hope it will produce some fascinating advice mash-ups.  Here goes, during my long period of unemployment and underemployment I archived nearly all of the wild goose music library onto a hard drive for eternal use.  Then, being broke I sold as many of those cds as I could to pay for stuff like food, bills and (until I quit) cigarrettes).  I also gave many that could not sell away because I just didn’t think I “needed” anymore.  So … things have been going just fine until … the last few weeks.  I got a new laptop and thousands of the dang things won’t play.  the reason is that over the course of the last few years I have used a number of junker computers and all of them are gone now.  The digital files are wma’s with DRM and the windows site says that I have downloaded the license too many times.  This is very troubling as it looks like those are just “ghost files” that I will never be able to play ever again, and being a (retired) DJ I still kind of need them sometimes, not to mention WANT to listen to them.  I have looked into a number of different ways of removing the drm on various bulletins, etc online and it all seems very confusing and many of them also seem very pirate-like.  I am not interested in slinking around in the shadows (much)  since these are all things that I prchased legally and feel like I “own” and I feel I should be allowed to use them on any coputer I own, or any computer anywhere for that matter.  So … looking for advice and experience with this matter as well.  Oh and if posible I would like to do this for free.  But would pay something if I knew what was the best way to proceed.

What makes Duluth attractive?

Hi all,

What makes Duluth attractive?  Why do people (or you) live here?

Why do tourists come to Duluth?

I’m currently working on a research paper centered around those questions and need more (informal) feedback to get a handle on this.  So, if you have an opinion on one, the other, or both questions, I’d love to hear it.


Earth Hour 2009

Lift Bridge Poster

Hey Guys, this Saturday March 28th from 8:30-9:30p.m. is Earth Hour! All you have to do to participate in Earth Hour is turn off the lights to your house/apartment/dorm and spend the hour in darkness.

There are area business’ participating in Earth Hour, so you can go there to spend your hour in the dark.

  1. Sara’s table is serving candlelit dinners.
  2. The Fitger’s Brewhouse is serving candlelit dinners.
  3. Trailfitters will have candlelit shopping.


Go down to watch this historical Duluth Landmark go dark!!

Thanks for your support/participation in Earth Hour.


can’t wait for the A.L.B. to start-up

Aerial Lift Bridge

Just an old fashioned basement sale



If you enjoy basements, weird music, beer, vintage clothes, and- most importantly- FUN, then you must come to my sale. Sunday night from 8-11 (serious shoppers should come at 7). After all, EVERYONE will be there. Namely: Ronald McDonald, Jimmy Hoffa, Chuck Norris, Xena, my sister(??), Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, Sammy Macon, your mom, etc.  628 N. 10th Ave. E.- back door (off of 7th St.)