How I Spent My Spring Vacation, Part VIII

By Tommy Obert, 5th Grade

Dateline: Alexandria, Minnesota, April 16, 2011

If you thought the excitement was just too much up until now, better pop some of the blood pressure meds – it’s family photo time!

[Sister Gretch, the supervisor, and brother-in-law Mohamed at the intersection of M Street and Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown – otherwise known as “The Center of the Universe.”  Gretch and Mohamed have lived in downtown D.C. since the Harding administration.]

We sent our D.C. host, Roy Gorena, off to work on Thursday to the Department of Labor, his last day after 40+ years [previously exposed]; we dined with Mark Brown, our most regular visitor to Vacationland USA, one night at the Carlyle Grand Cafe; and last night got together with our old poker group, now mostly a bunch of retired bureaucrats.

[At a Georgetown eatery whose named I have already forgotten.  Shame on me!]

[From lunch, we walked several blocks to the hottest place in town – DC Cupcakes.  Gretch said she had never been able to get in because of the lines.  It was mid-afternoon on a weekday.  The line stretched up the block, manned by power brokers in Armani suits and camel hair coats.  We decided not to wait.]

[With Mark at the Carlyle Grand Cafe in Shirlington (a section of Arlington) -two blocks of fine dining on both sides of the street, and thus, logically a favorite destination for this reporter.]

[Poker night with the patriots who kept this country safe for democracy.]

We had a Crazy Dave Owen Alexandria moment at the American Indian Museum yesterday. We were sitting in the cafeteria and happened to start chatting with a woman next to us. We told her we were from West Central Minnesota. She said, ‘Oh, Alexandria?’ Crazy Dave says EVERYONE knows Alexandria. She was from Carson City, Nevada, but knows Pat and Patty McMahon, a retired couple in Alex. Unfortunately, we do not know them – Alexandrians?

[Not a Native-American . . . but she looked good in a suit!]

From the National Museum of the American Indian, we meandered up (or was it down?) the mall to the Smithsonian Castle and it neighboring National Museum of African Art.  We were of the opinion that the latter was a great place to visit on a busy touristy week (the cherry blossoms) because it was a wonderful place to escape the ‘din’:

[Sister and big brother.]

[My hero!]


[In our misguided youth, the aforementioned sister used to refer to my tushy as “the chair.”   I guess this is what she had in mind.]

[From Mauritania, from whence came Mohamed.]

[Hirshorn Sculpture Garden.]

[Henry Moore]

[Only one more to go (I think) . . .]

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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