Minnesota nice


When a fan-favorite hockey player returns to the Xcel Energy Center for the first time after being traded to another team, the Minnesota Wild welcome the player back and allow the crowd to pay homage. On day 363 of Photo 365, Cal Clutterbuck returned in a New York Islanders jersey after spending five seasons with the Wild. He received a standing ovation. I’m guessing many clubs pay tribute to players like this, but it also seems like a very “Minnesota nice” thing to do. Or perhaps we got our good hockey manners from Canada.

Run Westy Run


Attending a music show when you’re past a certain age means you need to prepare. One or two naps throughout the day are a necessity, along with comfortable shoes and earplugs.

Run Westy Run, a Minneapolis band with a cult following during the late 1980s and 90s, reunited this weekend with a big show at First Avenue on Friday, Dec. 27. When they added a second show at the Turf Club the following night, husband and I knew what we had to do. Get tickets and prepare.

Minneapolis music legends were in attendance, both on stage and in the audience, which is common at the Turf and one of the reasons I love seeing music at the tiny club.

This is day 362 of Photo 365.

Picture show


Every Christmas, for more years than not, my family has gone to a movie matinee after dinner. Some years we catch the latest blockbuster, other years we see an indie flick. The 2013 McGuire movie selection was “Philomena,” which we saw at Rio Theater in Kansas City. I give day 359 of Photo 365 two thumbs up.

Window frost


It was -11 degrees when husband and I left Minnesota this morning, and frost gathered on my window as we drove south to Kansas.

This is day 358 of Photo 365.