How I Spent My Spring Vacation, Part V

By Tommy Obert, 5th Grade

Dateline: Alexandria, Minnesota, April 10, 2011:

[Last night in Sarasota, in Rosie and Dick’s lovely neighborhood.]

We’ve been home for a few days now – time to catch up. I’m sure the valued readership has been wondering where we’ve been (or not). It got a bit hectic there for a while – and after 22 days on the road that included 10 different overnight stops, we needed decompression.

When last we left you, we were on the road to Washington, D.C. – the place where we lived and worked until they couldn’t stand us anymore. The trip up I-95 is always harrowing at best – at this time of year we also had to battle the largest large creature migration on the planet. The Americanus Motorhomi were heading north in vast numbers, often with their “offspring” in tow. They were headed to places with strange names such as Ontario, Quebec, New Hampshire, where they will graze on summertime ethanol until it’s time once again for the autumn southern migration.

Once in D.C., we did some touristing. Our first photo was of the Pentagon, where Ruthie worked for 14 years, on a drive-by; checked in at Roy’s place (our residence for the week); had lunch at the Italian Store (my all-time favorite for subs); and then went to Old Town Alexandria, to get a taste of “home.”


[The Italian Store (it’s always about food).]

So, the above is a generic overview of Old Town, including some of our favorite restaurants.  The following couple are of “219,” an old favorite, where Obert family members arrived from all over the globe for Uncle Tom’s 60th birthday, 15 years ago.

And then we went to the Astoria, where the supevisor and I met in 1988; visited old neighbor, Pearl Austin, whose 5th floor unit overlooked Ruthie’s patio below, as well as the Washington, D.C. mall and Rosslyn, which overlooks Roosevelt Island in the Potomac, and Georgetown University.

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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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