Sports and Grape Stomp

The soccer team won again on Thursday night, beating Sauk Rapids 2-0 and moving their record to 4-1-2.  Someday I’ll make a game so I can provide something beyond the scope of the staff photographer’s photos – but then again, a picture is worth a thousand words.  And Thursday nights are date nights with the supervisor – overthrown only when the event is comfortably indoors (or football).  The lead photo is of Lauren Trumm streaking across the field.  “Streaking” in this instance is not synonymous with what little brother did at the University of South Carolina in the early ’70’s (on national TV, no less).  The following photo is of Grandma and Grandpa Trumm – and then the game photos.  Unfortunately, our volleyball team lost, 3-1, that same night at Sauk Rapids, and the football team lost 28-14 at Fergus.  I still like the potential of both those teams.

And from Echo Press, in descending order, Shanee’ Herd, 5’6″ junior libero; Danielle Warren, 5’8″ senior outside hitter (yup, at 5’8″ 😉 ); and Adrianne Wensman, 5’9″ junior middle hitter:

[Oh, and I just noticed, Adrianne’s reach kinda splits Super Fan, and fellow class of 65er, Ruth Helie Anderson, in half!  🙂  ]

Before we get to the “Stomp,” a little local news.  Unbeknownst to me, and apparently most people, the old American Legion was on the demolition block this week.  By pure happenstance, we were driving by as it was happening last Monday so we circled the block and got the following photos, which subsequently went “viral” on local e-mail and Facebook.  😉

And yesterday, the Carlos-Darling bridge re-opened as construction on the County Road 34/County Road 11 interchange was completed:

Yesterday began with a visit to the Carlos Town Hall for Bill Malvin’s 85th birthday party – and who doesn’t like a good birthday party?  Bill and Barb are featured in the current Douglas County DFL brochure.  That’s Bill in the suspenders holding forth at the entrance with a display of family photos.  And of course there were good eats.

It seems likely Bill will be around for many more birthdays.  Both his parents lived to be over 100 (as I was advised there, though beware the anecdote!).

Then it was on to the winery and the annual Grape Stomp.  We were concerned that the not-too-good weather (gray and raw), which has afflicted the event for the past several years, would affect attendance.  What a shock then that it appeared to draw record crowds – it was tough just moving through the elbow-to-elbow traffic wherever one went.  We made our way to the hippodrome where just planted ourselves to spend the afternoon with The Salty Dogs and Tuckered Out.

From wine what sudden friendship springs!  ~  John Gay

Wine gives great pleasure, and every pleasure is of itself a good.  ~  Samuel Johnson

One of the disadvantages of wine is that it makes a man mistake words for thoughts.  ~  Samuel Johnson

The Salty Dogs setting up and performing “Running Scared”:

Up next, Tuckered Out, a new group for us from Fargo.  Enjoyed them a lot!  Here they are doing “Forever Young.”

[Texas Chainsaw Massacre?]

Finally, the last event of the day.  The Salty Dogs (yes, again), and friends.  We gave it up about 9:30 – the wind was really picking up then.  The “crowd” was small to begin with – we’re hoping that was because of the weather and other events in town that night.  But Tuckered Out made an appearance, which we appreciated, and did an a cappella song called “Torn Screen Door.”  I should have videoed it but didn’t – in lieu thereof, here is a choir’s version:

And, no, The Diamonds weren’t there – it’s just always nice to give them air time:

[Editor’s note:  We received our first rain of the month last night . . . and it is continuing into the day.  Events on today’s schedule, therefore, maybe muddied out!  😦  ]

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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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