Recently the New Guthrie Theater was built. Okay, so it was two years ago but that isn’t a big deal. The important question is wither or not it fits into the downtown cityscape and does it make sense as a design. The resounding response is no, not even remotely.
Even Simon Cowell’s biting responses on “Everybody Hates Everyone” (or whatever his shows name is) seem to be to kind for this structure. I mean look at it. It looks like it was constructed out of blue Legos.
The Minneapolis riverfront is a covered in warehouses from a time where brick and white paint must have been about as expensive as poo and waffles. Coupled with the vast overcrowding of trees from a century of unchecked growth, the Minneapolis riverfront area is a mixture of nature and brick.
Enter our “Big Blue” deally that looks about as out of place and nervous as a Baptist priest at a college keg party. The block-style building may be a popular one among the rich upper class and thespian types, but I cannot help but thinking that this would be an amazing theater visually say next to the ocean or anywhere but where it sits. Downtown amidst a collage of brick mills where it even seems to be “flying the bird” at the rest of the area may have been a bad choice.
Who, you might ask, is responsible for this misplaced Blocko masterpiece? Ralph Rapson is the architect that landed the gig. Among his other notable works there is the ever-popular Riverside Plaza aka “Ghetto in the Sky” which stands as a monument to remind all of downtown that there are people who make less than them and would be willing to shoot them for money but a few miles away.
To be honest the building conjures thoughts of a young boy, say Mr. Rapson’s nephew Willy, sitting down on the floor of his Uncles studio. Ralph waiting with baited breath and paper in hand as his nephew builds “Whatever you want to build, buddy” with the new all blue Lego set that his nice uncle bought for him.
Now I am not going as far to say that Willy actually designed the thing but he does get Legos from his uncle at least once a month.
Okay, so I don’t want to cause any kind of a riot but my fiancé, her parents, my parents and myself happened upon this Lutheran Church in South Minneapolis. It appears as though the Lutheran Church has made some general changes that I am not quite sure about.
Okay well mostly one change that seems to be a bit on the side of extreme liberalism. According to this sign it seems that the Lutheran Church no longer requires belief in God to get to heaven. As long as you are a member of the Lutheran Church you are in.
Now I enjoy the fruits of the reformation as much as the next dude, but I am not sure that they are still on target with their messaging. Or at least this church seems to be missing large chunks of the Bible in their sermons. Finally a religion that lets atheist into heaven.
Today we welcome a new category to the “Ted Was Here” family. That category is RecommendTED (see the right tool bar). The RecommendTED is anything or anyone that I recommend. The first ever Ted Was Here RecommendTED seal of ultimate approval goes to Brenne Builders.
Now, to be completely fair I know Brenne Builders and he is my friend, I don’t just slather anyone with this seal of ultimate approval. If I did that my seal wouldn’t be worth a thing. I have a background in working in construction and more specifically residential home design and construction. I designed and seen hundreds of the highest tier of homes and I know quality work when I see it.
Having said that I bestow the Ted Was Here RecommendTED seal of ultimate approval upon Brenne Builders. You can be sure that when I get my house there will be no one outside of Brenne Builders and myself who will do any work on it.
Enjoy this prestigious award, Brenne Builders! You have earned it.
After electing their new president, Nicolas Sarkozy, France began to immediately regret their own decision. Sarkozymay have won the presidency, but he hasn't won over the many French who consider him and his free-market reforms and tough line on crime and immigration frighteningly brutal. Or in other words just moments after electing a non-socialist President the French decided that they had made another gigantic mistake.
Amidst the civil unrest on Saturday night another riot plunged into the street destroying some 730 cars and leading to 592 arrests, police said. Then again onMonday night, several hundred people massed at the Place de la Bastille in Paris, breaking windows in nearby shops and starting street fires. Riot officers dispersed them, and about 100 people were detained, police said Tuesday. One police officer was lightly injured and eight cars and two scooters were torched, according to the Paris police headquarters. Police officials said the perpetrators appeared to be anarchists and far leftists.
In yet another location in western France, hundreds gathered again Monday night, with a few dozen hurling beer bottles and other projectiles at police. Police responded with tear gas and arrested several people. Public buildings were also damaged and minor incidents were also reported in Toulouse in southern France.
The deposed socialist regime called for a ceasing of violence sometime late Tuesday, after all the rioting had been stopped by police. "To all those who can hear me, I ask them to immediately stop all this behavior," Socialist Party chief Francois Hollande said. “Unless you haven’t been given the chance to express your dissatisfaction with the current election, in which case we encourage you to let you opinions be know by destroying someone else’s possessions and costing a financially crippled government even more money to replace what you have destroyed.”
Many demands face the new President Sarkozy, who was handed a mandate for reforms that include tax cuts and new labor rules making it easier to hire and fire to revive the sluggish economy
He faces a steep challenge in carrying this out in a country that cherishes its generous social safety net. Early reports are that Sarkozy has considered resigning the office so he doesn’t have to deal with the French.
It is about this time of the year where ever little boy and girl and 34-year-old still living in their parents attic wonder exactly what is Old Saint Nick up to these days. Well I thought it would be beneficial to track this dude down and see what exactly he is up too. Now finding Saint Nick isn’t exactly the easiest thing in the world, as you might think. I tried calling all of the major resorts in the Caribbean only to come to the conclusion that the fat old elf is using an alias.
Turns out when ever he is out and about, according to the North Pole Public Affairs Coordinator Terry Winkle (Yeah, I know. What a dumb name for an elf, right?), Santa prefers to use an alias so that he doesn’t have to deal with the kids. Turns out much like most parents Santa wants only limited amount of time with children.
So I went about to track this lardo down. I uncovered a faint trail in Costa Rica. There was a tale about a large man in a full body red swimming suit hassling 18-year-old women on the beach for being “quite naughty”. No complaint was filed. I decided this was a good place to start.
By the time I had arrived the man had been gone for almost two weeks. I checked his hotel bill to find an exorbitant room service bill consisting mostly of milk and cookies. I no longer had any doubts that I had found my man. The trail next led me to Trinidad, the largest and most southern of the island chain. There the trail went seeming cold for almost two days until I found a small fishing hut that a large pasty white man with a gigantic beard had rented the week before. Turns out that our “Jolly Old Elf” had been inspecting a new toy that was popular to the region and negotiated the acquisition of the original plans.
From there the man went to the Galapagos Islands and was joined by a large but cute woman for a week according to the bellhop. But they had left the night before to join a toy convention in Japan. Again the room service bill was a cluster of milk, cookies, and hot cocoa, a seldom-ordered treat in that climate.
It was in Japan that I finally came across the fresh trail of Santa Clause. I had found out from the previous 3 locations that Santa and Mrs. Clause were traveling under the identity of Steven and Julie Fortmoth, a couple who own a novelty toy shop in Aspen. I found them at the toy convention and confronted them.
Of course they begged me to keep their secret in exchange for an interview late in the holiday season. So you can look forward to an indepth interview right before Christmas this year. And it looks like Santa only takes about 4 to 5 weeks of vacation and the rest is spend hunting down new toy concepts and designs. He isn’t in Japan anymore because the toy convention is over but I did hear him mention something about a tour in Europe to find the latest in model airplanes. So if you see a Mr. Fortmoth in Europe looking at model plans, you should probably just leave him alone. He is pretty busy.