I've met two very unique individuals in the past two weeks, and I mean that cheerfully with much gratitude. It's not that often when one can say that.
#1 - I biked over to Calhoun Lake last week to meet Lisa at Tin Fish. When in Minneapolis during the summer, go there and have great food. But I digress. As I was leaving, I walked my bike by a young guy by the bike path, working with a bike tools, a repair stand and an air compressor repairing bikes. His name is Julio Shinobi, and he is a genuine mensch (a good human being).
He agreed to let me snap a foto & shoot some video, which I would like to share with you. Remarkably, he performs these repairs at no charge to the bicyclist. That's right,
at no charge. So very, very decent & cool.
#2 - Went on a tasty wine tour of eastern MN and western WI this past Saturday, June 5. What a lovely day. Lisa, Sherri, Brian and I visited 6 wineries and had a great time driving around some really beautiful countryside. On the way from winery #1 to #2, we stopped (at Brian's request) at Hobgoblin Music, home of Stoney End Harps in Red Wing, MN. Brian had just read a Star Trib article on this amazing music shop and wanted to find out why. We did. To our good fortune, we met the owner Gary Stone and found out why this is a very special place. On a tour of his workshop, he showed us how the harps are created, beautifully hand-sculpted from various woods and grains that look as beautiful as they sound. Here are some photos from their website. The retail store sells these harps, as well as accordions, mountain dulcimers, mountain banjos and bodhrans, whistles of all types, and everything in between. Next time in Red Wing, do drop in and take it all in. You won't regret it. Hobgoblin Music, 920 State Hwy 19, Red Wing, MN 55066.