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Got up, well-rested and fired up to spend some time downtown.

Watch those toes, as, here come a steady stream of names being dropped. Youch!

01. Had lunch at Pizza Lucé with Michael and Dan from the ever-ass-kicking Aesthetic Apparatus.

02. Joe Kral from the infamous Test Pilot Collective and tons of other things was eating lunch there too, so we sat with him.

03. On the way out, we ran into the Wink guys, Richard and Scott.

Not to be a turd but, it was just really really really cool to be shooting the shit with some of the most inspiring fellas in graphic design that I know of. I mean, I’ve been following Joe’s work since like, 1997 or something, and, the Wink guys have blown me away from some year, and, you know how I feel about the Aesthetic Apparatus stuff. Just, really, really cool. Inspiring guys. All of ‘em.

Minneapolis has one of the most amazing design scenes going. I still kinda wish I coulda been a part of it.

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Then I shot over to Chuck’s to shoot the shit a bit on all things printstock, merchandising and production. Charles Spencer Anderson’s design history is one of the main reasons why I ever looked into Minneapolis in the first place. Many, many lessons learned during my time there. Many, many headaches recieved over the course of the day, completely overwhelmed with billions of visuals. Too much, really. Loved those days scanning.

Chuck’s pretty fired up about Pop Ink, and well, frankly, you should be too. Lots and lots of cool stuff is up for grabs. Get over there.

Said goodbye to all the fellas at CSA and got the e-mail that pretty much put the kabosh on my time downtown.

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It turns out the new bindings showed up in Boulder, all the way from China, a whole day early. I checked my compass and started heading west and southwest, and in no time, I was shooting past that big casino, down towards Mankato. Whipped past Windom and set up shop in Worthington, getting stuff done that I won’t be able to mess with while I’m shooting snowboard bindings in Boulder.

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Cool to read about your stop in Minneapolis. I’ve been kicking around the idea of relocating out there for a while now. Although there’s a shitload of intimidating talent there, I think I’d dig being surrounded by it all. Hopefully I’d be able to fit my chalky ass in somewhere and make a living.

Posted by: Tim Lahan on 10/25/07 at 9:02 AM

dag yo….came and went already. Well…I guess there’s always “next time”.

P.S. you should see how rugged my Field Notes looks. This thing is filled with some epic quotes too…inappropriate at best.

Posted by: tucker on 10/25/07 at 9:44 AM

Dearest Draplin……….I found the delightful package of Draplin Design items on my desk at the Traverse Area District Library this morning. THANK YOU! I will be the most hip librarian in the nation as I flaunt all the items. (Co- workers are in awe) I am sorry I missed your visit. However, I am so pleased I met you in person on your birthday. You and Leigh look so sweet together. Happy belated Birthday Leigh. Once again, thank you so much for all the goodies. You made my day you big hearted fellow. Joan O.

Posted by: Joan Oswald on 10/25/07 at 11:09 AM
Posted by: andrew on 10/25/07 at 4:35 PM

Well Aaron, The Steele Bros. have released their newest song “Drivin’ On”, written by me about you and your Dad’s 2004 fall Route 66 trip. I was inspired by your excellent writing on your website. Honestly, you could write a book because you are a very good story teller. I sent your Mom 2 copies of the CD thinking you were still in Traverse City. But alas, your Mom said you were in Minnesota working. You should’ve come down and visited us. I also e-mailed her a copy of the lyrics. The song is available for free download on our website www.thesteelebros.com as you already know. I hope you like it. Let me know what you think. Also, thanks from the Steele Bros. for the nice plectrum sets you sent us. Take care……….Unka Pat

Posted by: Patrick Steele on 10/26/07 at 3:27 PM
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