Senior Shovelers, Part Deux

It’s a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself. Makes you wonder what else you can do that you’ve forgotten about. ~ Alan Ball


We’re going on vacation soon – we just don’t know when. We’re being held captive by a variety of Cardinals whose winter seasons are loathe to end. Here is this week’s schedule:
1) Tuesday – boys basketball in Maple Grove;
2) Wednesday – boys hockey in St. Paul;
3) Thursday – boys hockey in St. Paul (if they lose Wednesday);
4) Friday – girls basketball at St. John’s – boys hockey in St. Paul (if they win Wednesday);
5) Saturday – boys hockey in St. Paul (if they win at least game) – boys basketball @ St. Cloud State (if they win Tuesday)
A likely scenario for us will be 1) & 2), overnighting in the Cities – who’s up for lunch at Cosetta’s on Wednesday after the 11:00 am game? Then doing 4) & 5) (if wins). And when all that’s done, both basketball teams could still be playing.

We have hosts and hostesses waiting for us at various points east and south of here, whenever we arrive. We’re thankful they’re indulging us.

Our cover photo this week is of Danielle “Roadblock” Justice. For three reasons: 1) Her Gusties just won the MIAC again, 4 – 0, over Bethel; 2) her folks are Super Fans; and 3) Danielle and her then middle school teammates are responsible for starting all this “madness” about seven years ago.

Regarding the title. We were awakened at 1:50 am by the sounds of the snowplow going down our street. Possibly at the behest of the supervisor, he made a special effort not to block the end of our driveway – that requires backing up (“beep, beep, beep”) several times to do so. The forecast yesterday was for possibly an inch of snow. It snowed – all day. The supervisor, ever anxious to wield her magic shovel, burst out the garage door at the first sign it was letting up. It appears we got about 6”, bringing the season total to officially “more than usual.” She noted that despite the significant 4-day thaw of a couple weeks ago, that exposed grassy areas and roofs, that our lamp post pile at the base of our garage slab is as high as it’s ever been. But it was another beautiful day for shoveling, so we cleared the entire driveway, again, before dusk.


Happy Birthday yesterday to Teddy Hockey, and to classmate and childhood next-door neighbor, John Seim, his 64th, which I also hope to attain this summer.

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” 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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