Archive for October, 2009

Won’t someone think of the cock?

Although the St. Paul council rejected a looser rule for raising chickens in city, this trend is growing. And with it so are the problems as Nikki Tundel, Minnesota Public Radio reports.

As the number of city dwellers with chickens has risen, so has the number of birds being abused and abandoned. And local animal control departments are finding stray chickens everywhere from neighborhood alleys to downtown parking ramps.

In the midst of this all, one Minneapolis woman has taken on the chickens’ cause. Mary Britton Clouse is the founder of Chicken Run Rescue, a rehabilitation center and foster home for hens and roosters. The long-time animal advocate has found adoptive families for over 600 needy birds.

(h/t @juliaschrenkler)

Sure I love animals, but I’ll admit it. I posted this mostly for the headline.

Go ahead, tell me to grow up.


NWA Flight Misses MSP by 150 miles.

Bob Collins breaks the story

And a few moments ago, the National Transportation Safety Board issued a news release detailing a puzzling lapse by a Northwest Airlines flight crew over Minneapolis yesterday: On Wednesday, October 21, 2009, at 5:56 pm mountain daylight time, an Airbus A320, N03274, operating as Northwest Airlines (NWA) flight 188, became a NORDO (no radio communications) flight at 37,000 feet.

The flight was operating as a Part 121 flight from San Diego International Airport, San Diego, California (SAN) to MSP with 147 passengers and unknown number of crew.

At 7:58 pm central daylight time (CDT), the aircraft flew over the destination airport and continued northeast for approximately 150 miles. The MSP center controller reestablished communications with the crew at 8:14 pm and reportedly stated that the crew had become distracted and had overflown MSP, and requested to return to MSP.

Now, we could wait for a rational or reasonable explanation OR we could speculate wildy.

I think you know which I prefer.



Estamos de Vuelta, Hijo*

I’m pretty excited to be writing for Ye Ole Metroblogs again. It’s been a few years and I’ve actually moved into Minneapolis since the last time I wrote here. There are many o’ things to write about now, compared to my sordid history in Eagan and Burnsville. Don’t be shy, though – South of the River Represent!

I gotta tell ya, though. I stopped reading this site for a long time because it got to the point where everyone hated everything and finding original content was about as likely as Michelle Bachmann marching in the Pride parade next year. It’s improved immensely since those authors parted ways. And don’t worry – I couldn’t tell you who those authors were if I wanted to. I just know I haven’t wanted to slit my wrists when reading the posts here over the past several months.

But you know what I have wanted to do? Comment on some posts. Seems I can’t do that from work, though, as my IT Guy and the firewall he uses seem to think it’s Pornography. Other cities aren’t nearly as dirty as Minneapolis, at least according to SonicWall. Denver and Pittsburgh seem to talk about far less pornographic things.

David made me sign a blood oath and commit to writing 1-3 posts per week. Here’s one. I can guarantee the other ones won’t happen during business hours, but that’s about all the guarantees I’m going to make.

*I totally looked that up in my kid’s Spanish-English dictionary.

Sweeney’s Recovery Happy Hour

As the recession is on the upswing (or it will be if we keep telling ourselves that), let’s go celebrate with cheap food!

Sweeney’s Saloon in west St. Paul offers a Recovery Happy Hour EVERY day, from 3-6pm, with $.50 tacos and $2.50 (select) pints.

I went last week with the goal of feeding two people for under $10, and was actually impressed by how active the pub was for being 4pm on a Saturday, with no home games on TV. The noise level was somewhere perfectly in between “So empty I feel awkward talking above a whisper,” and “So loud I can’t hear my friends.”

The tacos were… meh. Worth every cent of the 50 I spent, but not the best bar food around. The beer was cold though and the atmosphere was nice. The HUGE basket of fries was the highlight of my culinary experience there. Also, the women’s bathroom is above average for a bar, but I hear the men’s does not hold to the same standards.

Sweeney’s also has decent late night specials, so check them out.

New Authors!

(photo Uploaded on September 15, 2009 by Opheliac9 )

This weekend while in a powermad rage fueled by ether and wild animal phermones I had most of the old Metblogs authors purged from the site.


I would have also had them sent to Siberia, but upon consutling my Counsel it appears I do not have the authority to banish. Yet.

That said, I’d like to thank them for all their interesting contributions and hard work and perhaps we’ll again share a space in the Internets. (or Siberia)

Now, once again, I am recruiting authors. If you’re interested or know of someone that would be a good fit, shoot me a DM me on Twitter, email The Tempestlargo @ yahoo .com, or for a good time call . . .

Lastly, but certainly not leastly, I’d like to welcome new authors Ashley and Twodolla.

Twodolla aka Wendy has actually written for Metblogs in the past while Ashley says she’s up to the challenge and promises to keep the extreme drinking and petty thievery to a minimum.

I’m looking forward to both of their posts.

By the way, has anyone seen my wallet?


How Green Was My Garden: Goodnight Garden


Tucked in for the Winter (Pamz2)

Tucked in for the Winter (Pamz2)

Putting your garden to bed is never a fun garden chore.  I am in the process of doing mine and I speak from experience. But it is a necessary one and there are certain things to keep in mind to ensure a happier spring. Peat Wilcutt, famous is conducting a seminar on proper techniques for putting your garden to bed for the winter as well as planing garlic and other fall crops.   Details of the seminar below:


Famous Chickens in the City Instructor, Peat Wilcutt, will provide you with the tools to have a proactive approach to perennial and vegetable winter gardening

Date:      Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Time:      6:30pm
Where:      Urban Earth Cooperative
Topics included:
Winter gardening
setting up a cold frame
planting fall crops such as garlic
cover crops

Space is limited so reserve now for Peats class tonight, October 20th!
To pre-register call Urban Earth at 612-824-0066
$10 for members
$15 for nonmembers
Each student will receive a free heirloom garlic bulb for planting.
Urban Earth Cooperative
910 W. 36th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Don’t forget your piano lessons.

Flickr Photo by Urban@

Flickr Photo by Urban@

“you said he wasn’t going to drink again… his breath smells of alcohol…

I sit and play the piano quietly..

you can have your shitty relationship.. you’ve adopted his life like its your obligation.

It’s Saturday so get your get-going got-on.

I’ve been outside all morning and I can tell you it’s going to be a great day in the T.C.

Need something to do?
Check out this video TwinkieJiggles sent me in the middle of the night.

Need a little more to do? Go follow to Public Media Camp or just check the Twit feed #PubCamp. Via @juliaschrenkler

Dollar, dollar bill. Ya’ll


Minnesota Flickr groups to watch right now

Citypages rounds up the top twelve Minnesota Flickr groups to watch and Metblogs makes the list.

Twin Cities (2,049 Members)
Minnesota Marvels (710 members)

Minneapolis Photo Mob (633 members)
Everything Minnesota (493 members)
Greater Minnesota (461 members)
Minnesota Thunderstorms (215 members)
Minnesota Music (164 members)
Minnesota Twins (129 members)
Minnesota Vikings (53 members)
Minnesota Timberwolves (tagged only — no T-Wolves group!)

Thanks to everyone that posts to our group! Keep the pics coming.


A Bob Dylan Christmas Album

Last night, there I was minding my own business when suddenly I was accosted by Bob Dylan and Christmas songs.



Bob Collins has the scoop and a few sample songs with Ho ho ho! It’s… Bob Dylan?

Here’s my favorite comment

Matt in Woodbury: “Dylan sounds like a dying walrus that got kicked out of his boys’ choir. This album is worse than snow in October.”

Give it a listen. What do you think?

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