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: http://www.youtube.com/user/ruthobert#p/a/u/4/865xAB7sxcA
And then it was on to Spencer Christensen’s graduation bash. The attendees are recognizable at least to themselves:
Spencer and friends: http://www.youtube.com/user/ruthobert#p/a/u/3/uaUTUoLzfJ0
[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: http://www.youtube.com/user/ruthobert#p/a/u/0/uQMPxy2PSww
[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: