My Minneapolis contingent seems to be okay…

We woke up this morning to the news of the bridge collapse in Minneapolis. Part of 35W that I drive over every day in the Twin Cities collapsed into the Mississippi during rush hour. (Everyone else is probably more up on the news than I am… I can't figure out how to get CNN on Vicky's TV in Berlin.)

I have heard from family and some friends and from what they know, everyone they know is okay. I hope the news is similar for my other friends. The Twin Cities is a deeply connected place where everyone knows someone you know.

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Hüsker Dü on the Today Show

Oh Melissa, please tell me you're reading.

It hit me tonight that somewhere on the Internets, there must be a video record of the first time I really cut school, 20 years ago (?!) when Hüsker Dü played on the Today Show. Melissa and I drove to downtown Minneapolis to see this. The band played for about 30 seconds on the show, then went on to play a 45 minute gig in downtown Minneapolis, right outside what is now the courthouse where my mom is a judge.

There's some part where I was caught on camera during a commercial break. My mom was watching the show and didn't see me. I think it took years before I admitted that I had indeed cut school to do this — but what a great, legendary Minneapolis region to do so. I was 15.

The sound sucks but the clip is great.

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