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Ritland Daily Ramble #24

Quote of the day
I myself have found a real rival in myself
– Jeff Tweedy

Curious rambler
As many of you know I am a writer for Minnesota culture blog Curious North. I essentially do what I do here except a little more seriously and about exclusively local topics. I write about music and sports primarily but may branch out to religion if the opportunity presents itself.

Last Saturday Haley Anderson, the owner and operator of Curious North, and I had the opportunity to report on the 2014 Winter Carnival Beer Dabbler. In the article here you can get my thoughts on it. Warning: lots of beards.

In addition to the article this week also saw my podcast debut alongside Haley for the weekly Curious North podcast. Listen to it here. I never thought I’d believe this but I actually think I prefer – and am better at – talking about stuff than writing about it. Haley and I have great radio chemistry and I look forward to podcasting with her again hopefully soon.

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More from the curious rambler
I’ve been writing regularly for Curious North for about a month. If this whole Daily Ramble thing is too much for you to digest my better material is typically on there. Here’s a rundown of what I’ve had on there so far.

Dancing About Architecture
An esoteric reflection on the impossibility of using words to describe important things. Also about holiness.

The Cloak Ox – Shoot the Dog
Andrew Broder’s latest project, The Cloak Ox, is rooted in classic and alternative rock but also pushes boundaries. Learn more by reading my review.

Minnesota Vikings Report
My analysis of the Vikings’ 2013 season, a word about the head coaching search, and some suggestions for 2014.

Minnesota Wild Report
Some words on the 2014 Wild season.

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Picture of the day


Since this blog is all about me me me, why not a picture of my new haircut with some tires in the background?

Erik Ritland is a journalist and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a contributor for Minnesota culture blog Curious North and writes frequent Daily Rambles. Ramblin’ On catalogs his writings on culture, music (including his own projects), sports, religion, and many other topics. You can reach him via email here.


Ritland Daily Ramble #1

The poor, Metallica, dreams, beer, losing faith in humanity.

– I’m glad I don’t have to bathe in a library bathroom. Everybody, give some money to the poor.

– Metallica is letting fans pick the setlist for their upcoming shows in South America. Here’s what my ideal Metallica setlist would look like:

  • First set: Kill ‘Em All in its entirety
  • Second set: Master of Puppets in its entirety
  • Third set: Ride the Lightning in its entirety
  • Fourth set: Garage Days EPs and a few songs from the rest of their catalog

– I had a long dream throughout the night last night that I had a daughter. I didn’t recognize the mother but I loved her very much. The birth must have been important because I was interviewed by the news after it, but during that scene I was on the outside looking in, and I didn’t recognize the man holding my daughter – it didn’t look like me, but it was me. I forgot her name so I kept asking the mother for a notebook that we had written it down in.

I had a profound love for the mother and the fact that I had this daughter was the most euphoric feeling I’ve ever felt, in a dream or otherwise. I kept waking up but forcing myself to go back to the dream until I almost woke up too late to get to work on time.

Can any dream interpreters help me out here?

– Beer alert: Two Brother’s Cane and Ebel is dark, hoppy, and delicious. Also, its description is awesome:

Dry, but with a creamy touch of Thai Palm Sugar and the spicy tang of Rye, all balanced by loads of the wackiest new Hops we could lay our hands on. Yep, it’s an Original. And that’s no Sin.

Get it on tap at Costello’s in St. Paul for a limited time.

– “If it makes you feel any better I’m currently trying to rip out a splinter in my finger that gave me an infection that got me sick” is probably my best text of the young new year.

– The more I read what people say on Twitter the less faith I have in humanity.

Erik Ritland is a writer and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His blog and podcast Rambling On features commentary on music, sports, culture, and more. He is also a contributor for Minnesota culture blog Curious North. Support Erik’s music via his Patreon account, reach him via email, or find him on Facebook and Twitter.