Minneapolis from the City Center - Part I

The IDS Center in Minneapolis as seen from the City Center. You can see the Foshay Tower to the left. Pity this picture is ruined by the interior reflection from where I was taking it. Minneapolis, like many metropolises, is an interesting combination of old and new construction techniques. The contrast of a smaller beige building to the right seems like a diminutive stone besides the wall of ice of a modern skyscraper. Winding...


I just realized that I may be able to have $5k in my surgery fund by the end of the year. $6k provided there are no huge surprise expenses and the travel keeps up through October as planned. The next question is, just how much do I really need?


One second before 9am on a Friday morning in January 2001, I sat at my desk and clicked a "submit" button. I had just finished reading my morning list of websites including Slashdot. One of the stories mentioned a site I had never heard before named LiveJournal.com. I forget what the story was about, but I was instantly intrigued with the idea of online journaling. Until that point, I had written primarily in my paper journal. The subjects varied from programming ideas and reviews of the day,