8 03, 2016

Start Seeing Motorcycles! Look Twice…Save a Life

By |2016-03-09T09:00:55-05:00March 8th, 2016|Driving Experience|0 Comments

As a motorcyclist myself I hope nearly everyone has seen this bumper sticker on Minnesota roads. If you haven’t you might want to keep reading on. The weather is starting to turn and that means it’s time to start sharing the road with everyone. On an average day in 2014 there were a reported 215 crashes on Minnesota roads, that is per day! Of these crashes there were a reported 361 fatalities which has slightly decreased year after year, but unfortunately there were 46 motorcyclists who lost their lives in 2014. While all motorcyclists know the dangers of riding, people should to be aware of how to help avoid crashes and makes sure lives aren’t put in danger when they don’t need to be. The best information we can offer is that if you are a motorcyclist make sure you are riding smart. Always wear the appropriate riding gear and please for your own safety wear a helmet. The Office of Traffic Safety has a great list of tips to keep in mind as Spring approaches: Motorists are advised to watch carefully for motorcycles in traffic and always look twice before turning or changing lanes. Riders are advised to wear full, brightly-colored protective gear, including a DOT-approved helmet. Riders should travel at safe speeds, pay attention, maintain a two-second following distance and ride sober. Riders should seek safety training. We at Morrie’s care about the safety of motorists on the road and want to make sure you and your family are safe [...]

2 03, 2016

What’s Going on 3/4-3/6

By |2016-03-02T21:28:17-05:00March 2nd, 2016|Events|0 Comments

  Tribute Night at Amsterdam Bar and Hall – Friday, March 4th Unless you have a Delorean and can time travel back to the early nineties it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to hear Weezer’s entire Blue Album, Alice in Chains’ Dirt and Nirvana’s Nevermind performed live from start to finish.  Fortunately, you won’t need Marty McFly’s help this weekend because all three albums will be performed atAmsterdam Bar and Hall’s Tribute night. All this for just $10. MMA at Mystic – Friday, March 4th The last fight we saw at a casino was between two seniors trying to stake their claim on a lucrative penny slot. This weekend you can witness more intense fighting when the MMA heads to Mystic Lake. We’re not big on fighting, but you probably knew that since we’re looking for a Volkswagen Hippie Bus. Bedrace for bridging – Saturday, March 5th There’s nothing quite like snuggling up in a warm bed --- while hurtling down a snowy ski slope. If this sounds like your idea of fun you have to check out the Subway Bed Race for Bridging. This annual winter extravaganza pairs mattresses of all sizes with exuberant individuals looking for a different type of winter activity. Minnesota Roller Girls Home Season Championship – Saturday, March 5th Hell on wheels. That’s what we’d call our roller derby team if we had one. Alas, we don’t so we have to resort to watching others play. We’re in luck because theMinnesota Roller Girls Home Season Championship [...]

23 02, 2016

What’s Going On – 02/23

By |2016-02-25T09:23:10-05:00February 23rd, 2016|Events|0 Comments

A shortlist of upcoming events that piqued our interest   Adult Coloring Club – Thursday, February 25th Who says coloring should only be for kids? The Coloring Club MPLS gives artistic adults an opportunity to put their colored pencils to use, which is good for people like Amber (one of our graphic designers) who have “coloring degrees” and want to keep up on their skills. Throw in $5 beers from Eastlake Craft Brewery (the event host) and coloring sheets from local artists and you can’t go wrong. WinterFest at the Union Depot – Friday, February 26th When he was in town last week Vice President Joe Biden had nothing but good things to say about St. Paul’s Union Depot.  If that’s not reason enough to plan a visit maybe a little beer might persuade you. This Friday the Minnesota Craft Brewers guild is hosting Winterfest, a tribute to Minnesota beer. Chase out the winter chill with a multitude of Winter Warmers, hearty food, beer education, entertainment and music Tech Fest 2016 – Saturday, February 26th We’re all for introducing our youth to engineering, mechanics and hands-on technology. If we don’t who is going to fix all of these old cars we’ve collected? All kidding aside, The Works Museum is hosting a neat family engineering and technology fair offering hours of technology exploration for the whole family. Consider it a good alternative to sitting home on the couch. Red Bull Crashed Ice – February 26th and February 27th The icy spectacle [...]

27 01, 2016

What’s going on 1/28-2/2/2016

By |2016-01-28T12:06:40-05:00January 27th, 2016|Events|0 Comments

  MHCC Rolex 24 hour at Daytona Kick at The Dojo – January 30th We are having a Rolex 24 hours at Daytona Kick off party at the Dojo, we will open the doors at 12:30p on Saturday and we will shutdown when TV coverage goes dark at 9p. The dojo misses race weekends almost as much we do. the fridge is full soda and water and we hope the coffee maker still works. […]

23 11, 2015

Italian sports car fantasy … for rent

By |2015-11-23T09:48:39-05:00November 23rd, 2015|Driving Experience|0 Comments

    Italian sports car fantasy … for rent This might sound kinda geeky, but one of the coolest things about the 1987 Alfa Romeo Spider that I drove from Morrie’s Heritage Car Connection was the dashboard. Full instrumentation! I can’t tell you the last time I drove a car that had more than the ubiquitous speedometer and tachometer. As my wife and I drove around town, with the top down and wind in our hair, I appreciated watching the meters. It was reassuring to see the steady oil pressure and cool engine temp, and knowing that the purring engine was running the way it’s supposed to. We picked up the car at Morrie’s garage in Golden Valley on a late summer day. We were looking for the fun and exhilaration of driving a sports car with a time-honored nameplate without worrying about fussy maintenance or making room in our garage. […]

9 06, 2015

Somerset or Bust: Camping with a 1988 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ62

By |2015-07-01T11:48:15-05:00June 9th, 2015|Driving Experience, Occasions|0 Comments

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] When you’re headed out for a weekend camping trip a spacious and capable vehicle is key. One could argue that any modern-day SUV would suffice, but where's the fun in that? Enter the 1988 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ62. Equipped with 4WD, enough cargo space for a small army, and creature comforts new to the SUV segment in it’s day, you couldn’t ask for a better camping companion. Headed for Somerset, WI for a weekend full of campfires, music, food, and fun, we easily loaded camping gear and essentials for 4 people in the back with room to spare. The unique tailgate/hatch combination proved itself quite useful, making packing very easy and later providing a great place to take in the scenery. Once packed and ready we set out on the open road, only to find ourselves stuck in traffic headed out of the city. I was pleasantly surprised when I realized that the large open windows that are now a thing of the past due to aggressive styling and large B and C pillars made navigating through traffic a breeze since there really are no blind-spots in this beauty. Finally making it out of the hustle and bustle of the city we sat back and relaxed, enjoying the steady hum of the 4.0L I6 under the hood. Earning its "Land Cruiser" namesake, it made short work of the 50 mile journey from Minneapolis, MN to Somerset, WI. We arrived in style and proceeded to our designated campsite. Cutting through [...]