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Moorhead High Gals Soccer

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Moorhead High Gals Soccer

I grew up in Moorhead, so it's fun to come back and shoot at home turf - literally. My youngest sister grew up playing with these girls, so I remember going to games 10 years ago, or so.

Here's the captains. They tried a serious face, but one looks more like her dog died than anything confident or serious.

This next shot looks rather simple. It looks like the four girls just hopped up there and posed for a pictures. Not the case, whatsoever. We had parental help, and multiple attempts to get this shot. Below are some behind the scenes shots.

Thanks for the fun shoot.

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I Flew a Plane for a Few Minutes

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I Flew a Plane for a Few Minutes

Occasionally I go flying with one of my friends that owns a plane. I decided to bring my camera along to document some of the happenings. Flying in a four seater plane is exhilarating. I fly on plenty of commercial jets, but rarely on small ones. There's much more turbulence, and the wind, temperature, and season will throw the aircraft around much more.  

"Hanging with bae on my birthday." - Shane on his Birthday

Apparently there were rough conditions even though it was a really nice day. 

He wasn't about to let me land the plane after last flights difficulty, but he let me cruise around for 10 minutes or so. He gave me the altitude, bearing, and speed that I was to be at, and I tried to adjust accordingly. It was difficult with so many different dials and not wanting to glance down for too long, since I wanted to keep my eyes on the skies.

What a glorious little plane, and a beautiful day at play in the air. Until next time, my friend.

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Rare Beer Picnic

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Rare Beer Picnic

Moorhead had it's Rare Beer Picnic yesterday in Davy Park. Essentially, it was a grouping of smaller breweries based a couple hundred miles from here. One brewery I talked to had only been open 6 months - hence the 'Rare Beer Picnic'. A few seasoned breweries like Surly showed up, but most seemed to be newer.

My favorite beer of the evening came from Disgruntled Brewing out of Perham. They had a wonderful 'Imperial Brunch Stout', which was the closest drink anything has ever come to breakfast. Many companies tout their 'breakfast stout' or something with donuts, or morning-foods in the title, but it really doesn't taste much like it. This beer was truly something that tasted like breakfast, or as they desire, brunch.

Imperial stouts have been my jam lately. There were two imperials that tapped out right in front of me, including this Longship. I heard it was the best of the night, but alas, I went with the barrel aged irish stout. It was certainly unique, with some smokey flavors that tasted scotchy. To clarify, it was a good unique. 

I overhead someone ask the brewer, "Is the beard a requirement for working with the brewery?"

He responded, "No. But would you ever trust a non-bearded brewer?"

There were a couple hundred people there at all times, and quite a few people I knew.

Thanks for the fun, and well organized event, Junkyard Brewing Company. 

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D mills & the Thrills

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D mills & the Thrills

There's a certain kind of energy contained within a live performance. I've taught piano + guitar lessons for 5 years, but I rarely do gigs outside of playing for family and friends. Sure, I've done a couple of coffee shop shows, but nothing significant, and certainly not with a band. I'd like to form one eventually, but for now I'll continue teaching and keep playing in the church 'band'.

I generally enjoy musicians whose performance contains styles of music I'm not well versed in. I can play different genres, but D mills and the Thrills is a niche of music I'm entirely not familiar with. I've never consciously chosen to listen to Rage against the Machine or Beastie Boys until today (the night after the show). 

They played with such a high level of energy. It was contagious, and the crowd was picking it up. It was a different type of intensity than I've seen in other performances. Maybe it's partly because of the style of music? Each facial expression in the photos is incredibly focused, but in a way where you can still assume they are enjoying it. The lead singer's hair movement was also nearly as fun as her music.

I'm curious to learn more about this style of music, so I've been binging on similar styles all day. If you know me, you know I enjoy playing John Mayer on the guitar, and more of an inspirational or jazzy style of improv piano. So, this is new to me. I'm not sure what sort of a rapper I would be, but it may be better than my vocals.

Go like them on Facebook, and go see their next show.

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The 'NoMo' Market

North Moorhead seems to recently have been dubbed 'NoMo', and I really like that. I texted my family about there being 'NoMo Market', and they thought I meant it had been cancelled, so I had to clarify what we mean by NoMo. 

Junkyard Brewing Company was kind enough to host the Market, and they appeared to be selling quite a bit of beer. 

Warren Christiansen entertained the crowds with his acoustic jams, and I'll never tire of hearing him play some Johnny Cash.

There was a variety of different produce, clothing, and even some homemade dog treats.

People seemed to be having a good time. It was rather hot, but the wind compensated for the sun.

My friend Jeremiah was letting people taste-test his habanero hot sauce and some guacamole. Be ready to see it in the future.

I don't have too many words for this blog, other than this was a wonderful event. The organizers did an amazing job of putting this together, and I hope this 'pop-up' is able to happen again. Growing up in Moorhead, it's neat to see downtowners finding value in NoMo, when many disregard it as dumpy.

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