An Evening With (part II) . . .

But first, an afternoon interlude to Carlos Creek Winery, where the Salty Dogs were performing. Inspired by a crowd that included every member of the Alexandria Golf Club who do not go South for the winter – Annie O’Flynn (keyboard), Bruce Kelly (bass), Erik Schultz (guitar), and Tom Mulder (vocals) performed the Leonard Cohen classic, Hallelujah:

I left the winery at dusk – it was beautifully wintery:

Then it was on to the new Phoenix Event Center (the old Hillside Club) to see Michael Johnson and Dan Mahar perform once again. It was our first visit there, and for many others as well (Ruthie’s crowd estimate was 60-ish), and all expressed admiration for the facility as a venue for such an event (which is why it’s the Event Center?). Michael and Dan performed from 7:45 to 10:30 – to the total delight of the attendees. The guys are not only superb musicians – but comedic, as well!  And performers enjoying themselves really connect with their audience. Much to Ruthie’s delight, Michael sang What’ll I Do?, which, as I recall, he said Irving Berlin wrote in 1928.  Then we had the joy of repairing to our vehicles in the middle of the night in the middle of Minnesota in the middle of January – there’s nothing quite like delivering your heinie to a car seat in 10 below zero temperatures to remind you that you are truly alive.  Oh, and the roads going north of town, to the winery and to the Phoenix, are still an adventure.

The Tribune did not have a score on last night’s girls’ hockey game at Detroit Lakes as this addition goes to press? Hey, break up the Wild!

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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