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Ben Deetz

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I’m Ben Deetz. I’m from Sioux Falls, SD. I am an English major with a Coaching minor. I play soccer here at Concordia and hope to coach a soccer team when I am old. I play a lot of videogames, listen to rap music, longboard around town, and watch movies.

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Warm Weather Warm Memories

Posted in Ben Deetz on March 9th, 2016 by Ben Deetz – Comments Off on Warm Weather Warm Memories

Now that the weather is finally looking nice around the Moorhead area, I can’t help but to think of the warm times I spent in Arizona over spring break. A lot of other schools are just starting spring break, which doesn’t help at all either. My spring break was a lot of fun, and I had the opportunity to spend time with my grandparents whom I only see once a year for a day or two usually. It was really nice to not only get the chance to spend some time with them, but also to explore Phoenix and its surrounding areas with them. I would very much like to rewind and do it all over again. Now that I’m getting back into the routine of going to classes, I really miss the excitement of that trip and fun of spending time with my grandparents. It’s somewhat difficult to focus on academics after having such a fun time exploring the vast natural attractions around Phoenix. That being said, Easter break is already right around the corner, so its important for students like me to buckle down, re-focus, and make sure to keep everything

A view of the Arizona Wilderness. (More specifically Superstition Wilderness)

A view of the Arizona Wilderness. (More specifically Superstition Wilderness)

in line academically as we all look onward.

Soundset 2016 Presale

Posted in Ben Deetz on March 4th, 2016 by Ben Deetz – Comments Off on Soundset 2016 Presale
My confirmation after buying tickets.

My confirmation after buying tickets.

If you like hip-hop music and live near Minneapolis, Soundset is the place for you. As I’ve previously mentioned in a blog, Soundset is a one day hip hop festival that takes place around Minneapolis every year. They just released the lineup for this years festival, and it includes names like A$AP Rocky, Future, MGK, and Post Malone. You can see the full lineup at soundsetfestival.com. The presale tickets went on sale Thursday and general admission went on sale today on Friday. The presale tickets are cheaper, and to be able to buy them you must be subscribed to the Rhymesayers newsletter to receive a password which you can use to get a shot at snagging a presale ticket. This will be my fifth year attending Soundset, and I finally was able to get a ticket at the presale price. They always sell out almost immediately, so I was happy to finally secure one.  General admission tickets usually don’t sell out for a month or so, but this year the location was moved from Canterbury Park to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds so it will be interesting to see how that changes things. Soundset is one of my favorite things about summertime, aside from no classes of course, and I am already eagerly awaiting the experience. Usually, my high school friends and I spend a few nights in Minneapolis around the day of Soundset as well and I am looking forward to that too.

Lil Wayne Concert

Posted in Ben Deetz on March 2nd, 2016 by Ben Deetz – Comments Off on Lil Wayne Concert
My view of Lil Wayne including a large Alien as he prepares to karate chop three skateboards in half on the stage.

My view of Lil Wayne including a large Alien as he prepares to karate chop three skateboards in half on the stage.

Tuesday night, I attended a Lil Wayne concert at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls with some of my high school friends and Emily. It was my first time being in the Premier Center even though I’m from Sioux Falls, and I loved it! Traveling to and from Sioux Falls was the only difficult part of the trip. Driving to Sioux Falls, there was a blizzard that made road conditions very awful. All the lines on the road were covered by snow, so we drove extra slow and were lucky enough to make it there safely. On the way back, we had to start heading out the door at 5:30 am so we could make it back to Moorhead in time for class on Wednesday morning. The concert itself was really fun and I would even consider it one of my favorite concerts ever. Rae Sremmurd was the opening act for Lil Wayne, and I really like them as well. They are the guys that are known for songs like “No Type” and “No Flex Zone.” They even played an unreleased song from their new album at the concert which was super cool. Lil Wayne was super fun to see as well, and he played songs from almost all of his albums and mixtapes. I was really happy with the variety of the songs he played. I even kept a note on my phone of the list of songs he played so I can turn it into a playlist later.

Phoenix South Mountain Park

Posted in Ben Deetz on February 24th, 2016 by Ben Deetz – Comments Off on Phoenix South Mountain Park
Grandpa and Grandma Deetz and I on top of South Phoenix Mountain.

Grandpa and Grandma Deetz and I on top of South Phoenix Mountain.

Today, my grandparents, brother, and I took a trip up the South Phoenix Mountain. What’s especially cool about the South Phoenix Mountain park, is that they have a long winding roads that go up the mountain sides and can take you to a few different peaks. After hiking 7 miles in the Superstition Mountains, I really appreciated sitting back and enjoying the drive up the side of Phoenix South mountain. In my opinion, The Dobbins lookout point was the coolest, as you can peer out over the city of Phoenix from the shade of a stone structure sitting atop the mountain. It’s a pretty popular spot for families to drive up and hang out for awhile as it’s very accessible for all with the roads going up the mountain. There are also plenty of hiking trails winding around the mountains and roads if you’re looking for a more engaging ascent up the mountain. I was surprised at the amount of people who were biking up and down the mountain as well. The roads can be pretty narrow and have some pretty sharp curves and turns, not to mention it would be a grueling climb pedaling a bike up the mountain. Another fun day in Phoenix is down in the books. I’ve been using so much sunscreen that I’m not even sunburnt, which if you know me and how pasty white I am is quite a pleasant surprise.

Spring Break and the Superstition Wilderness

Posted in Ben Deetz, Uncategorized on February 23rd, 2016 by Ben Deetz – Comments Off on Spring Break and the Superstition Wilderness
The view of Weavers Needle

The view of Weavers Needle

This spring break my brother and I flew to Phoenix, AZ. We are staying with our grandparents who have a house in Maricopa, a town about 30 miles south of Phoenix. Yesterday, we went hiking in part of the Superstition Wilderness to the east of Phoenix. There are plenty of different hiking trails in the Superstition Mountains, you could spend a full week hiking all the different one. We trekked about 7 miles total up and back down part of the Peralta Trail. It led us to a peak which had a cool view of two sides of one of the mountain. It also provided a cool lookout to a rock formation called “Weavers Needle.” We brought plenty of water as hiking in the Arizona heat during the day can be grueling. The superstition wilderness is very massive, and we saw a search and rescue team take action to help a hiker who was in danger. First we saw the helicopter go overhead, and then once we made it all the way back down we heard the rescue team talking about saving the woman as they drank some water. Apparently she had fallen off one of the hiking trails and needed to be airlifted out. It was a pretty eventful day and we had a lot of fun.