Maudlin?

How could I not be?  Look at that picture!  Hockey moms and the reasons they are hockey moms.  And now, Abby and Danielle – my sports heroes – are old enough to drink . . . DRINK!  Arrggghhh!  We first met them when they were wearing size zero breezers (the girls, not the moms).  Now Danielle will be a senior hockey player at Gustavus; Abby a senior hockey player at Bemidji State.  Sue had e-mailed that she and Danielle would be there – something about a college boy band performing.  Martha and Abby were an added bonus.  We had anticipated an appearance by SAWA regulars, Don and Beryl, but as recent returnees from snowbirding in Palm Desert they were probably still settling in.

[Comments rec’d to date on the above:  Looks like your lucky day!! – daughter Jami; What is this thing about you?  You are the ultimate magnet chick. Regards, Rob Lowe – Crazy Dave (I hope he meant “chick magnet,” and the answer is a trade secret!)]

[Martha and Abby Williams; Danielle and Sue Justice]

It was a Thursday night – date night at SAWA.  A lovely evening – the completion of a lovely week for golf before the spring pattern of crappy weekends began yesterday.  High school classmate, Sara (Smith) Sevey, and her husband Jim had recently begun their first year as full-time Alex summer residents and appear to have good SAWA potential.  Unfortunately (though she would probably say fortunately), Sara’s photo was out of focus – I think she moved on purpose.  Fortunately, the copious Obert film library contained the following yearbook photo from at least 46 years ago of the two of us (she sitting in front of the circled me with her comment) in Ms.Habstritt’s English class.  Jim, on the other, was just plain camera shy (though he reportedly enjoyed his first ventures into senior golf league).

Funky Gumbo Trio was performing – yes, a mostly college boy band – though on this night they were mostly a quintet, and in some instances a sextet.  This introduced music moms and their progeny into the equation.  As with the hockey players, we have been following the “careers” of Spencer Christensen and Sami Steidl since they were pups.  They both graduate from high school this year.  Their moms Jo and Marlys, respectively, were on hand as well.  Spencer has been playing guitar for Funky Gumbo this spring; and Sami, a viola wunderkind who plays with Spencer on occasion, was there as fan support.

[Funky Gumbo “Quintet,” with Spencer on guitar.]

[Funky Gumbo “Sextet,” when Joe Carucci w/ the BIG saxophone joined in.]

[From the Echo, Spencer w/ fellow seniors Marisa Eigen and Krista Jennissen.]

[Sami and Spencer]

[Jo, Echo Press columnist and this site’s contact with the 4th estate.]

After two jazz sets, Funky Gumbo got down, got funky.  Abby and Martha and Sara and Jim had called it an evening – Danielle and Sue moved over to our table giving me the opportunity to model Danielle’s peace-symbol necklace.  And the following one-minute video wrapped up a totally awesome maudlin evening:

http://www.youtube.com/user/ruthobert#p/a/u/0/o__xnwpV32w

p.s.  The supervisor reminds that Play for P.I.N.K. is coming up at the AGC on June 21 (for men) and 22 (for women).  Can you find her?

About tomobert63

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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