A New Record!

[But first, from local impresarios, Skilly & Duff.  Try it, you’ll like i!]

Regarding the subject title – no, not a new consecutive free throw record (though I’ll be working on that this winter).  But yesterday the blog received an incredible 183 hits, smashing the old one-day record of 144 set some time last February.  So, give yourselves a standing ovation . . . well, OK, maybe a golf clap would suffice.  It is unlikely, however, that I will ever again attempt the THREE posts in one day standard in an effort to break the new record!

Yesterday was our first opportunity to visit the latest local phenomenon, Grand Arbor.  We had been hearing terrific reports about the place and were looking forward to a viewing.  Grand Arbor is a new complex that includes regular apartments, assisted-living apartments, and apartments for those needing 24-7 care.  It’s quite a facility with a fabulous great room, a dining room, a bistro, a movie theatre, a swimming pool, a library, a chapel, meeting rooms, and nooks and crannies all over the place.  And it is right across the street from where the new high school will be built, so we would certainly consider it as a future destination (we would require a couple thousand square feet with a penthouse view, of course).

[Editor’s note:  I’ve now reached that stage in life where it is impossible to pour a carbonated beverage without it fizzing over the top.]

We were there for a Community Ed meeting – and below was our substantial meeting room with all the amenities:

An object of some concern for the attendees was the wall-mounted TV – directly behind a post?  Jim Pohl gets a good chuckle out of that – we ulitmately discovered that it did indeed swing out.]

The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming.  On the way to the meeting, we had to drive by the hockey arena where we noticed the Alexandria Blizzard, of the North American Hockey League, were hosting the Russian Red Stars – we had totally forgotten about the game, as we are wont to do.  Anyway, we mentioned such at our Comm Ed meeting, and the aforementioned Mr. Pohl offered us his tickets because he had a scheduling conflict.  Thanks again, Jim!

So after the meeting, the supervisor and I bolted for the RCC where we enjoyed a hot dog in “The Warming House” overlooking the ice.  The arena was packed, of course – when we arrived the parking lot was packed beyond any previous observation.  The Red Stars are an all-star team from Russia’s top junior league, composed of players in the 19-21 age range.

[A Bucket List item:  Standing for the Russian national anthem.  😉 ]

[Alexandria’s-own, Thomas Williams (17) – was the Blizzard’s leading scorer but has missed some games with a shoulder injury.]

[I believe this is when Thomas got boarded late in the first period – almost lead to fisticuffs – the Russian got a 10-minute major penalty.  The Blizzard had some good scoring chances then but came up empty.]

[Known to have spent a major portion of their lives in hockey arenas.  Abby and Martha, of course, are Thomas’s sister and mother, respectively.  We also visited with Ashley Holmes from the 2008 girls’ state championship team.]

[We left after the 1st period – our excitement meters had pegged for the day.  Good game – the Russians got a couple of loose goals on shots that were taken from behind the goal line – but their other was a Russian-classic long pass up the middle breakaway.  Thomas had at least 4 of the Blizzards’ 13 shots-on-goal.  As of this writing, we do not know the final score.]

[Later addition:  The final was 5-1 before an RCC record crowd of 1,166!  Thomas had the Alex goal.]

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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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