Cinco de Mayo, the Living Green Expo, and very happy gnomes

Last night was Michele’s birthday dinner at the Happy Gnome. I had two glasses of amazingly tasty beer (Schell Einbecker Doppelbock and Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter) which left me rather tipsy though not too drunk to enjoy the equally amazing hazelnut-crusted walleye.

This morning I drove to Carleton to pick up my friend Jenna, and we explored around the cities for most of the day. We started at the Cinco de Mayo parade and festival near the Lightsmith building and migrated to the Living Green Expo at the state fairgrounds. It was great to see Jenna again (and she’s living in Minneapolis this summer!), and the expo provided plenty of good food tastings and free stuff. The highlight was the chance to try out Segways (two-wheeled personal transporters that balance themselves and move forward or backward based on posture changes). If they didn’t cost $3,000, I might get one.

The weather looks great for fire at least for the next six days, so I will probably be on the road burning for a while starting tomorrow. Let’s hope the overtime adds up – I need it!

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