> For a second consecutive Labor Day, we retreated to the untroubled waters of Aitkin County’s tiny Lone Lake. Highlights include spirited inter-generational gaming (Boggle, Trivial Pursuit), Brainerd’s best doughnuts, getting lost on the county’s rutted back roads, and jumping around frantically to keep a wet kite aloft in a thrilling/appalling display of futility (I laughed so much—I resolve to do more stuff that’s doomed to fail).

> Friends and non-motorized transportation advocates Jess and Matt get married in Powderhorn Park on Saturday. Sarah’s organizing the bachelorette party, setting up chairs for the ceremony and otherwise delivering awesome support to the bride. For my small part, I spent a while corralling dance tunes for the reception. Samples: Wilson Pickett – Land of 1000 Dances; Tom Tom Club – Genius of Love; Charles Wright – Express Yourself; MGMT – Electric Feel; Of Montreal – Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games.

> Thanks to Marc and Evelyn in DC for making the trip to Minneapolis (probably felt like a run to the cornerstore after Croatia). We did it up in two days: The MN State Fair (you can bet I didn’t plan to be part of the all-time attendance record, but there we were); canoeing and a picnic on the Chain of Lakes (cut a little short on account of wind); and hours of backyard antics with Johanna, who’s been emulating Evelyn’s yoga poses ever since.

> I visited a local design and advertising blog yesterday only to find that the author (who I don’t know personally) was shot by masked thugs in his backyard—on Sunday freaking morning—one of two hold ups in the immediate vicinity. It’s irrational to personalize crime news, but I admit to a measure of shock and discomfort about this event. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

> I came home from our West Coast foray with dense pages of notes, scribbled during the many moments of absurdity, consternation and tedium that characterized the trip. I was going to share, but suddenly l’ve decided to spare us both the pain (for tonight at least).

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