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Mon 16:32 
WHOA when did this happen? Must have been last night when Adam and I made it official. Thanks, all of you who are still around!
Mon 13:26 Goth Prom wasn't gonna miss me this (or any) year anyway, but if Saloon is still screwing over my friend, I see no reason to break my meaningless* boycott, but you kids have fun

*meaningless in that this is probably the first event I'm really consciously skipping since I said I was boycotting - hey, maybe it stops being meaningless tonight then!
Mon 02:30 Twin Peaks: still weird af. Is it also weird that I'm wondering how (or even if) all the dead actors I saw tonight will be written out? Episodes 1-4 are on demand, but you're setting yourself up for a fortnight without new episodes if you binge like I/everybody did. But I'm content so far!
Sat 18:38 
Turned the boiler back on #brr
16.5 15:18 
A technique I will also now employ - thanks, JR
16.5 14:57 
From the looks of my FB timeline, I'm the only person in Minneapolis who slept through the big thunder and expect my medal will be arriving shortly
16.5 01:53 
It is Products - from Finesse, devata duan, products, cheap fantasy at memory lanes
15.5 00:12 
Keep grinding
14.5 16:43 As I pulled out of my parking spot at Costco, the man pulling in was brushing his teeth with an electric toothbrush, and his passenger looked like she'd seen him do this countless times before
14.5 16:31 
I haven't heard of ANY of these social networks!

Also, did you know you can now buy cheese sauce in bags...
12.5 17:51 Eight nights...
12.5 17:40 IT'S THE WEEKEND

(via RHINO's tweet:
12.5 13:14 Hey! It's that special time of year where I observe the anniversary of my Facebook relationship status change. I can't seem to share my LAST year's share of this "memory" (who knew Facebook would disallow metasharing?) but that means I can repeat a lot of what I said then. Thanks to everybody who helped me/continue to help me verrrrrrrrry slowly transform into.....well, this. It hasn't been perfect, but some of you HAVE been. I still love you all. (I may not LIKE some of you as much.)

Also, if you haven't read this yet because you're a new friend since LAST May 12...I hope this answers any questions you were too polite to ask, and if it DOESN'T, just go ahead and bug me because I LIVE to TALK ABOUT MYSELF ENDLESSLY - also thanks for being my Friend kthxbye

12.5 12:48 
Changed my profile photo temporarily
11.5 19:35 Boy if anybody stuck to that reported 8PM start time, they're gonna be pissed if they'd wanted to see the first 45 minutes of Tears for Fears that'll have happened by 8....and here I thought I was early! So did I miss Allen Stone or was he not in the l tonight? Anybody know?
11.5 18:03 C13/5/5
26.4 17:44 
19 hurr, 1 durr. I tried to limit it to artists I'd NOT seen in Minnesota but there are a few in this list. Presented in alphabetical order and I expect the correct guess in 15 minutes or less:

808 State
The Art of Noise
The Chemical Brothers
Depeche Mode
Sheila E.
Lo-Fidelity Allstars
Meat Beat Manifesto
The Orb
Gil Scott-Heron
Sneaker Pimps
The Time
26.4 10:41 
Well hello, fraud! I see a new credit card in my future...
26.4 10:21 THIS is why I blew off First Ave. last Friday. N-joi
26.4 10:10 Video - My maestro Giorgio Moroder is 77 today!
24.4 16:24 
Geez FB... is this suggestion better or worse than the one for a tractor from yesterday
24.4 12:47 
HEY! Not only is it JH's birthday but the 2nd anniversary of me becoming a big fan of Swimsuit Area!
24.4 01:01 
Changed my cover photo
23.4 17:41 
23.4 14:54 Between The Zombies on Monday and The Damned last night, it's been a remarkable week for senior citizen rockstars for me
22.4 12:00 I will probably still end up at a few places, but...
21.4 19:30 
Oh hey neat
21.4 17:07 #nowplaying I know it's a Prince night but I'm gonna hear around five hours of Prince at Jäger later so I'm trying this out on Spotify at the mo'
21.4 14:10 
(1744 words)

One year ago I was at my desk in Roseville avoiding work by posting Neko Atsume screenshots and working on a Throwback Thursday post around a high school yearbook photo, thinking about the previous night at DRAGO and later at The Fremont when it started to come around Twitter that there was "medical activity" at Paisley Park. Then I saw the BREAKING tweet from TMZ and that pretty much stopped me for a week. I had been hit pretty hard in the past by other deaths (Donna Summer, Frankie Knuckles) but this was beyond a gut punch - my heart AND my brain just kinda slowed in a way I'd never felt before. The numbness wore off too quickly, replaced by an overarching and encompassing sadness that wrapped me up and smothered me. I wanted to say something - and a couple people wanted me to say something - but I pretty much shut down online. I changed my name, cover photo and profile photo and let it go. The Current started their wall of Prince and I streamed it while trying to get through the rest of my work day, wondering how I'd spend my night.

I ended up heading downtown to stand in the street with everybody else - LA texted me asking if I wanted to go to see a show she was going to, and I asked her if she wanted to come downtown instead, and she was game, so somehow we met in that swarm of people on 7th Street, decided there were way too many and went to CityWorks instead for fried pickles. After, we found Clifford at Seven for a round. After a series of poor decisions involving me trying to get my car, we finally ended up at Grumpy's at 1, just in time to do one Prince song each (Joel was down to "Alphabet St." by the time it was my turn) for a crowd which had dwindled down to Gera and her posse. After closing, we all decided to try again to hit the First Ave all-night party which was slotted 'til 7. The line was thick and moving very slowly but people WERE moving in and out. G&J gave up but we persisted and finally got in around 3 to take it in. I can't remember when we finally left (but it looks like I took some photos of the rapidly expanding shrine outside at 4.30, so probably then) and I'm not sure I even slept that night - I still had to work on Friday.

Friday I listened to my bootleg 12 inch collection at work. I was already going to the previously scheduled Bob Mould show having won a Twitter contest so I picked up my +1, we had a nice dinner with her friends at Roat Osha with service so slow we ended up heading to First Ave a little late - missing Fury Things but not Suicide Commandos. Bob Mould was great and loud as you would expect. By being fortunate enough to be in the building for the Bob Mould show, we were allowed to stick around for THAT night's Prince dance party without having to go outside and stand in the impossible queue. We ended up in a booth chatting with strangers from other states about this hard thing we were all experiencing.

So.....somewhere in here I said the wrong thing and hurt my friend so much that she stormed off, sent me a furious text and that was the last time we ever spoke. I'm still messed up about this, but the timing couldn't have been worse. Natalie was working the bar (although by that time it was juice and water, so not a lotta action) - I managed to ask her for a water and a hug before starting to lose it. I left First Ave and spent most of 7th Street crying into K-la's voicemail. Two days of under four hours of sleep, Prince dying, and ruining a friendship over a dumb joke had pretty much destroyed me. I went home and broke and I didn't get out of bed for 15 or 16 hours.

Fortunately I had a Nightosaur show to go to Saturday night or who knows WHEN I would have left the house. I decided I needed to walk, so I made the trek to the credit union and then to Reverie - one of my longer walks at 4.25 miles. I saw three fairly heavy bands (Auxons, Dead Skull and Nightosaur) which was also a nice contrast to all the Prince I'd been subjecting myself to over the past few days. I stuck to root beer that night. After Reverie, I walked a few blocks over to Mortimer's and was lucky to catch up with Krista & Smiley and play a little pinball - and even win a couple times! Then, I walked back home (3.86 miles). Over those 8+ miles of walking I had a lot of time to try to think about everything that had gone on but mostly I tried NOT to think - just to keep walking. My mind slowly started to empty.

I was home at 3 but having slept so long I wasn't really ready to go BACK to sleep. I had a Diet Dr Pepper and weighed my options. K-la had gotten off her shift and somehow I ended up offering to take HER to First Ave for the Saturday night dance party. No real line at 6am, but there wasn't a decent place to park with the cops having closed all the parking on First Avenue so I told her to just go ahead and go inside and look around and I'd stay in the car and do some people watching around the "shrine" while trying to figure out where to park. I think when she came in, they were playing one of her favourite songs, but I don't remember which one it was...but I think she posted a video. Anyway, she got a look around and decided she didn't need to stay, so I dropped her off and went back home.

Sunday I watched the Wild get eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs and wondered if I needed to keep growing my beard for the Sharks - and if you know me, you already know the story of my drivers' license photo, so let's move on. Natalie said I could hang with her that night, so I came over after buying Lund's. I found out Billy Paul had died (as if we hadn't had enough death) and remember trying to get Natalie into him with some YouTube videos - I don't think it took. We hung out for a while and ended up leaving late to take last call at The Depot - all the First Ave workers were fairly exhausted from dealing with pretty much being open from the time Prince died until that Sunday night but everybody was holding up and getting through. Natalie ended up trying to help out a clearly distressed person outside but we ended up calling the cops instead - another sad story but we'd done what we could. We took photos at the shrine - the star still hadn't been painted gold yet. Went home in the rain.

Monday I went back to work but it still wasn't over, although my Twitter feed shows me the first time I tried to show Moon a Sparks photo she'd already seen a million times. That night was ALSO the very first time I hung out with Allison one on one - we hit the Richfield Pizza Luce and then decided, hey what the heck, let's go look at the Prince shrine. So for the fifth night in a row I found myself outside First Ave at the increasingly soggy from rain Prince shrine. It's hard to believe it's only been a year because Allison ended up becoming maybe the best friend I have, and it's hard to know if things would have turned out the same way if ALL of the previous week had ended up differently. We hit Mortimer's for more pinball but I have no evidence that I won this time, but I'll assume I did. Took her home and it was a rare "early night" for me - my sleep schedule was returning to - well, not NORMAL but more in line with how it usually goes for me.

Tuesday was Giorgio Moroder's birthday (God, he better NEVER die) and I met Rob at the Target Center for the Tom Thibodeau press conference, which of course meant I wandered by First Ave on my way out. There was now a T-shirt stand and it was starting to get tacky. Triviasco was at Jager that night and Ian played the Crap From the Past Prince megamix to go with some purple-themed topics. Gera and I competed as Team Alexander Nevermind - and won with 20 points out of 25.

Wednesday I went to Transmission but my streak of visiting First Ave was over.

That was some week.

If you've gotten this far - well, first, thanks - but you may be wondering what the point of it all is. Mostly my overarching feeling one year ago was "I need to talk about this" but I never did put it down. In other contexts and about other things, Kat's been telling me that writing it down really helps and is therapeutic - even if I never share it, I should be writing it down. Now, you know me - I've hardly ever written something I didn't immediately overshare with the world! But I do think that over the past year as I've slowly developed closer relationships with people I felt I could confide in, I've done a lot more sharing through private conversations than here on The Facebook as I did when I really felt alone except for when I was online. Most of you don't miss emo CRZ but at the same time most of you didn't mind hearing from him ONCE in a while. So here's something for you and I hope you like it.

RIP P - I have no idea why a complete stranger could take over my life. (This isn't true. I let it happen regularly!)

I love you all.

PS If I mentioned you and you wish I hadn't....I'm not sorry
20.4 18:25 
Changed my cover photo
20.4 18:24 
Changed my profile photo
20.4 15:54 
Jan and I are doing important work - we are going to determine if I can tell the difference between Cheez-Its and their "Great Value Cheese Cracker" equivalent based solely on taste. I must close my eyes now. I'll be right back.

VERDICT: They tasted exactly the same and I don't know what to believe any more

FURTHER VERDICT: Bona-fide Cheez-Its are a little crispier when you're eating them by the handful, but they really do *taste* verrrrrry alike. I'd rather save a buck a box and get way more IN that box! (Also, I want to be fat again!) ALTHOUGH sometimes you want a different flavour and Great Value only has an additional "white cheddar" variety. I would miss Cheddar Jack Cheez-Its.

This has been your Cheez-It update of the day - back to you
19.4 16:29 
OFFICE T-SHIRTS, A CONTINUING SERIES: "I mean, I GUESS they can win - sure - Go Wild - woo yeah"

weird to think this MIGHT be my last chance this season to wear this one
16.4 13:32 
Oh shit I travelled through time to end up in the Swarm photo for the very event I checked in for a year ago (and will do again in a couple Saturdays) - you crazy, Internet - also, what a hot look for me from behind rowr
14.4 16:20 
I'm probably not supposed to disclose my exam grade, so please enjoy this product placement while I remind you I haven't engaged in active product technical support for almost ten years - not sure I'll come out on the right side of whatever the pass/fail line is gonna be, but that's why they ask tech writers to take these tests. I'm just happy I managed to do better than the expected 25 one should get from blindly guessing randomly at every question. Just know that if I ever DO have to support you, I'll be able to have an open manual in front of me and several tabs open on my browser (not to mention an open chat window with Linette; I'm sure she will destroy/has already destroyed me on this exam and once again score some certifications that I can't)
14.4 12:34 This was a good and important thread
13.4 19:44 
It MAY be too cold for....naah
(with Allison & Aaron at Dairy Queen)
13.4 17:50 
Hooray double XP event
13.4 17:46 
Video - Hooray double XP event
13.4 14:41 
#tbt Three years ago I met this li'l guy! Chet wasn't yet a week old - he's bigger now. (circa April 12, 2014)
12.4 11:42 
The CEO just walked by. Good thing I "dressed up"
8.4 17:04 
Sun's out; bun's out
8.4 00:32 
Thanks, Facebook, I've kinda been hanging with them for HOURS
31.3 15:07 
Office T-shirts, a continuing seies: Last pro wrestling T-shirt my coworkers will have to be exposed to for a while. Probably. I'm not sure I've ever worn THIS one, either - it was either a gift or a thrift store find I couldn't pass up, but the man is going into the WWE Hall of Fame tomorrow so I can wear it today. This photo is so enormous I'm not even gonna try to show you my face at the same time - besides, your eyes go right to DDP anyway. WRESTLEMANIA IS SUNDAY
31.3 15:01 Honey, badger don't care (via Lily's retweet)
31.3 12:40 
"Pokémon, I Choose You!" aired for the first time in Japan 20 years ago today! (Thanks Allison for the reminder!)
30.3 18:52 
Also it's Big Head night AND he's on the's a triple KAT
30.3 18:51 
Two dudes, each impressed by the hair of the other
30.3 17:08 
Today I was accused of conducting the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony - I WISH. But it ain't me. It's this feller. But you can still call me "Maestro" if you REALLY want

(Hoping Christopher Zimmerman never gets complemented for his 20 year old pro wrestling recaps)
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