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WQ Presents: The Shack With the XXX's - Ramsey, MN

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To escape the northern burbs of Minneapolis, via either highways 10 or 169, you ended up going through third/fourth ring suburb of Ramsey, MN. If you've made that drive in the past 30 or so years, you've seen the little shack with the XXX's on it, located at Highway 10 and Dolomite St. NW.


Officially known as "Da Bookstore", the adult shop has operated in that building since 1990. The building origally went up in 1977, and spent time as both a bar and a pizza place, and ironically, a teen center.

Once I figured things out, the image of this building with the XXX's on it, became my stereotype go-to image whenever I envisioned a seedy porn shop. A former retail or restaurant space on the outskirts of town, cheaply repurposed into the place that no one goes to, but stays in business for decades...

I described this association in Wasted Quarter #70, Abandoned Englewood:

Santa Fe Books
In a previous life, this building was El Modero's restaurant. But in 1993, it…

Stadium Club Blaster! Hooray For Me!

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When I got off work this morning, the sky was still too dark to make my usual abandoned building photo route, so I chose to kill some time at the WalMarts by my jobby-job, until the sun came up...


As if it were some sort of omen, the WalMarts had ONE blaster of 2017 Stadium Club and three value packs of 2017 Bowman! (And a whole buncha 2017 Topps...) Long-time fans of Foreclosures will remember my choosing of Bowman and Stadium Club as favorite sets of 2017, even though I've bought very little for cards this year...


Oh man... Those look so awesome... I want to buy them and run to the car and rip them open... I'm craving those cards... I NEED THOSE CARDS!!!

You see, after smoking cigarettes for the last 20 years, I've recently decided to try and quit. Today marks the 31st day since I've last had a cigarette, which I'm calling a month.

And in my book, that's grounds for a celebration.

A very low key and mild celebration because I'm not the celebrating type...

2004 MN Twins Team Propaganda

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Anyone who has followed the Minnesota Twins will undoubtedly remember this seemingly never ending mission they were on to have a baseball-only stadium built. The argument cooled slightly after winning the 1987 and 1991 World Series, but had been going on pretty much since the Metrodome opened in 1982. As someone who witnessed many games in the Metrodome, I had to agree. That stadium had no business hosting Major League Baseball...


So tear that damn thing down, you upper midwest construction company that I don't remember the name of...


In a rather shameless attempt at drumming up public support to build the proposed retractable domed stadium, the Twins had a baseball card giveaway promotion during the 2004 season.

The card backs all feature a Did You Know? statement, attempting to highlight all the good the Twins organization does for the community. Makes sense, but some of the things they tout seem kind of insignificant....

Some of them outright laughable....

For example...

The V…