February 4, 2016

First Time Curling

St. Paul Curling Club sheets

This year Tammy surprised me with a first-time curling session from the kids’ school fundraiser. She and I decided to do it together, and we went to the St. Paul Curling Club today. The club is right next to the Happy Gnome on Selby just down from Dale. I had no idea it was there, but it is the oldest Curling Club in America founded in 1912.

St. Paul Curling Club sheets from above

The place is cool. There are eight sheets for curling and wonderfully manicured ice. There is also a nicely laid out place to eat and have a drink. The tables are setup for eight so that the two teams of 4 can go upstairs and have a pint with their opponents after the match.

St. Paul Curling Club bar

The event started with instruction on scoring, the terms of curling, throwing technique and other technical details. The club members that ran the class did a great job and were a lot of fun.

We went down to the ice after getting instruction along with an on-ice demonstration and started to try some throws. We wore regular tennis shoes, so it wasn’t too hard to stay upright on the ice. People who know what they are doing wear one special show that slides on the ice super easy. Here I am throwing a championship stone down to the house.

Me throwing a stone

Tammy had a lot of fun too.

Tammy throwing a stone

My initial reactions after first time curling:

  • The stone goes very far without that much of a push. It’s amazingly easy to have the stone go through the house and out of bounds.
  • Sweeping will get you tired out and a bit sweaty.
  • The strategy of curling is very similar to lawn bowling, or at least seemed to me.
  • The stone makes a cool rumble like sound when it glides down the ice. I thought that was a cool sound.

Here is my best shot for the day, nearly touching the button.

My best stone of the day

I definitely would love to give curling another go, and hopefully at the St. Paul Curling Club. I thought that was a perfect place. Also, I’m going to look at doing a team event here for work. It seems like a stellar option for a work event.

February 1, 2016

Meeting my Brother for the First Time

A year ago I got an email late at night from someone named Isaiah introducing himself to me and sharing that his father’s name was Michael Ringwall. My father’s name is Michael Ringwall. My name was Jamie Ringwall and became Thingelstad when my step-father adopted me. Hence why I have my website at thingelstad.com and not ringwall.com. :-) My parents got divorced when I was young, and I haven’t seen that side of my family since I was in elementary school.

With that email started dozens of emails back and forth with my brother that I had never met. We exchanged information about our families, interests, and hobbies, our jobs. We sent some pictures back and forth, got to know each other more and discussed getting together at some point. He lives a few hours west of Minneapolis.

We set time to get together in January. We picked the Schell’s Brewery in New Ulm to meet. It was half-way between both of us, and neither of us had been there. We both like beer, so that made a lot of sense. I also figured a brewery tour would be a good way for a couple of guys to get to know each other before we just dove into a conversation. :-)

It’s not every day that you meet your brother for the first time. I wasn’t sure what I was going to say when I got out of the car. It turns out I didn’t need to think much about that. Isaiah came over and right away gave me a big hug and introduced himself.

Isaiah and Jamie in New Ulm, MN

We had a great afternoon in New Ulm and spent a few hours getting to know each other. There were many times where it was odd that we have similar interests or ways of doing things. That’s DNA for you.

It was great to meet Isaiah and add a brother along with my sister Alona for siblings. I’m looking forward to continuing to get to know him and his wife and son. The experience has me thinking about family, connections, and relationships. I’ve never considered an entire half of my extended family. It’s been enjoyable and healthy to open some of those thoughts back up while getting to know Isaiah.

February 1, 2016

Barista

Barista Movie Poster

Watched Barista last night. For coffee lovers, this is a fun movie that will intrigue you with creative drinks and coffee culture. How about some distilled coffee?

It will also make you cringe when you see someone going on and on about coffee, and realize you do that too.

January 31, 2016

Pro RC Racing

Some friends sent me this video from a European Pro RC Race. It’s the most amazing thing ever! Worth a watch. Check out the speed, the passes and the jumps!

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So much more they could be doing!

  1. Where is the real-time telemetry for each car? I want to see scaled MPH for each car.
  2. I’d love to see the G’s that they are taking on the turns. It seems like a guarantee that these cars are taking turns in a way that no human could actually do.
  3. Where is the POV video from each car?! Must have streaming video from each car, imagine the POV shot when the aerial pass happens?

This would be even more fun, and those are just the immediate ideas that come to mind!

January 8, 2016

Kids Book: Finding Winnie

Finding Winnie

Tyler got Finding Winnie for Christmas this year and it’s a really awesome book. If your kid has any affinity to Winnie-the-Pooh they will love this book. Even if they don’t, it’s still a great book. Really well done and one of the better books for a bedtime story. Recommended!

December 29, 2015

First Big Snow of 2015 at Cabin

We got a nice layer of snow over the last 24 hours at the cabin. We were all set at the cabin so we just had the fireplace going and hung around inside watching it get whiter and whiter outside.

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Look close in this picture below and you can see a portable ice fishing house in the little dot in the middle of the lake.

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