How I Spent My Spring Vacation, Part I

by Tommy Obert, 5th Grade

We have been gone from Vacationland USA for eight days now. Yesterday morning, next door neighbor, Dangerous Dan, called us in Sarasota to say Alex was “enjoying” another blizzard – the on-line Echo said it was another 10″ of snow. Meanwhile, here in the South, the supervisor was making sure we achieved the principal purpose of our visit – a stop at the orange ice cream stand!

[Day 1 after the girls’ state basketball tournament.  With the supervisor’s sister in Nashville, Indiana.  Here The Biddies enjoy the sunshine along side Rita’s 75-year old log home.]

[Nashville, Indiana is a small artists community.  Here we visit the “studio” barn of friends Cindy and David Dale.]

[Nashville, Tennessee, as opposed to Nashville, Indiana.]

[The Biddies and I arrive in Lake City, Florida.]

[Day 2, the supervisor at hosts Mary and Crazy Dave Owen’s in Sarasota.]

[The Owen’s pet “dog.”]

[On the road in the Sebring convertible to Siesta Key.]

It is almost impossible to find parking at Siesta Key.  Crazy dropped the three of us off so we could amble the beach.  It is not clear what Crazy did during that time:

[Beautiful place -remember you can double click on the photos to see them full size.]

Then it was off for a quick nosh at Spanish Pointe:

Then off to the orange ice cream stand:

Then off to the “club” for dinner:

Pool party tonight!  More anon as time and resources permit!

p.s.  Did I mention:  Mary and Crazy Dave have a granddaughter named Alexandria?  That we drove through the University of Florida campus in Gainesville on the way?  That is where Ruthie got her Masters degree in “foreign military sales.”  We looked for a photo op for Ruthie at her alma mater, though she advised us it wasn’t an attractive campus.  She was right.  That Mary and Crazy Dave hosted a neighborhood pool party last night?  Apparently Crazy is tolerated by the locals despite his penchant for Ohio State paraphernalia.  There was a large contingent of Canadians at the party – as well as sand hill cranes.  It is not clear whether the Canadians – or the cranes – are here legally or not.

[A hint of old Alexandria?]

[Sand hill crane family at the pool party.]

[Crazy Dave in full blossom.]

About tomobert63

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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