The Second Week of June

Before we proceed any further, and because this is the alexandriacardinal gossip page, we must first give a shout-out to Jamie Piepenburg and Rosey Erickson for carrying the Cardinal track team to a 2nd-place finish in the state meet held this weekend at Hamline.  Jamie won the 3,200 and placed 2nd in the 1,600; Rosey won the long jump and finished 6th in both the 100 and 200m dashes.

[A delighted Jamie wins the 3,200; great photo stolen from the StarTribune.]

[Rosey from an earlier meet; photo borrowed from the Echo.]

[Oh, and Maxine Carlson is going to state next week; photo on loan from the Echo.]

Many of you may recall that on June 7 the temperature in Alexandria reached 97 degrees.  The very next day, the boys of summer arrived on the 1st tee dressed thusly (a 40-degree temperature drop):

And the day after that, Sam Joy (as captured by Al Grundei) arrived at the course with snow shovel-in-tow:

Friday, we went to the Cities for nephew Michael John’s graduation party.  We had good intentions of visiting the state track meet that morning (see above), but the weather forecast was foreboding.  A highlight of the trip down was a complete stop of traffic on I-94 a couple miles from Melrose – we inched our way to the exit, stopped at the Burger King for respite, and learned a cattle truck had overturned on the highway.  We took the side roads to Freeport and re-entered I-94 until . . . Monticello, where we got off on 25 for the cutover to 10.  25 to Big Lake was under total renovation – I guess finally making it a 4-lane road.  We inched along 25, got on 10, and eventually made it to Mounds View in a gut wrenching 3-hours.  (The road trip home that evening was, of course, in the rain.  As older people we do not like to drive at night; somehow driving home at night from the Cities is always exacerbated by precipitation!)

[Michael and his cello will be going to Drake next year.]

Then came the date that will live in infamy . . . or famy.  It was a PR – not ever to be broken.  The stars will never again be aligned such – nor would we ever again attempt such a death-defying behavior.  Five music venues in one day!  Beginning at 2:00 pm, with each lasting about two hours, until the bewitching hour.

Beginning at the winery with the Salty Dogs. 


The video is Cannibals:

And then it was on to Spencer Christensen’s graduation bash.  The attendees are recognizable at least to themselves:

Spencer and friends:

[Spencer and his guitar will be going on to McNally Smith College of Music next year.]

Then it was on to the airport – Chandler Field, specifically – for Greatest Generation Day (nee, Hangar Dance) with Doc’s All-Stars playing a benefit for the Douglas County Historical Society:

[Yes, it’s Jody Sundlee.]

[Beth & Paul Teeuwen]

[Perry Butcher; Bill Riggs; Betty Larson Butcher, Alex class of ’65 and high school history student of Mr. Riggs]

The All-Stars with a couple of tunes:

[To the best of my knowledge, the All-Stars are not taking their instruments off to college next year.]

Then it was off to Lisa Lynn at SAWA:

Lisa’s Vincent

[Unfortunately, the camera ran out of memory before Lisa ran out of Vincent – apologies.]

I was ready to call it a night – or a bath tub, or a cheeseburger – I was kaput.  But the supervisor, who rested through round one in recovery from a sore throat, was on a roll.  Egged on by fellow SAWA customers, we all opted for the Eagles’ Club next where Funky Gumbo was performing.  We did – and the boys “tore the doors off the place.”  D***, camera!  That would have been some great videos to get!  But next time:

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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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