How I Spent My Spring Vacation, Part II

By Tommy Obert, 5th Grade

Dateline: Sarasota, Florida, March 26, 2011:

We reached the three-day dead fish threshold at the Owen’s. So, we moved about four miles north, still in Sarasota, where we inflicted ourselves upon Rose and Dick McMullen. Fortunately, because of their generous government pension plans, they have plenty of room for us aboard their yacht – Seafair!

There is probably no more obnoxious class of citizen, taken end for end, than the returning vacationist. ~ Robert Benchley [We generally leave home for a couple of weeks at this time of year with the understanding that when we get home, the snow will be gone and the lakes will be open. Since we left, there has been a 10” snowstorm and, according to the Echo this morning, it is 16 degrees in Alex!]

[Dick, Rose, and Groucho.]

If some people didn’t tell you, you’d never know they’d been away on a vacation. ~ Kin Hubbard

Those that say you can’t take it with you never saw a car packed for a vacation trip” ~ Author Unknown

We hit the sunny beaches where we occupy ourselves keeping the sun off our skin, the saltwater off our bodies, and the sand out of our belongings. ~ Erma Bombeck

[After lunch at the Old Salty Dog, we stopped at the supervisor’s favorite place.]

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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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