[Today marks the end of the blog’s first year – it started January 2, 2011, so Happy Birthday tomorrow.  So we celebrated.  Well, OK, today is also New Year’s Day, and, even more importantly, the supervisor’s birthday!  As the star of the blog, we toasted her celebrity tonight with Waterford crystal champagne flutes (a wedding present from Libby and Michelle) filled with Mumm Napa Blanc de Blanc 2003 (a birthday present from me).  The photo above was taken by me – just showing  off my artsy side.]

[And the technically difficult, a 3.6 degree of difficulty, tree focus shot.  🙂 ]

[“Happy New Year to you; Happy Birthday to me!”]

[Birthday dinner on birthday eve at SAWA.  New Year’s Eve is also the supervisor’s sister Rita’s birthday – ergo, The Biddies’ birthdays are only one day apart!  (When was the last time you saw ergo used in polite conversation?)]

[Enterprise was the entertainment.  Ergo (there it is again!), the supervisor’s favorite song, Perfidia, was played in the first set.]

[“Dangerous” Dan offers birthday greetings.]

[Cornish game hen accompanied by a BV Coastal cabernet sauvignon.]

[Beef Wellington, the BV cab, and . . . a hat!]

[Kevin Kilmek, the “dark side” . . .]

[It was midnight somewhere – we were home by 10:30.]

[Just a party animal.]


[And greetings from the HQ and Will from Minnetonka.]

[Not Lake Darling]

[So, this morning was birthday present opening – thanks, Roy!]

[“Such a wonderful husband!!”]

[“Did I mention ‘Such a wonderful husband’?”]

[“Thanks, sis!!”]

[Of course, it always comes back to food.  How many goodies can you name?  (Hint:  There is a lovely, hard-to-find in Alex, fontina cheese!)]

[We actually had a winter day today – kinda nice on the holiday!]

The tasteless birthday cards:

And other stuff:

[Ashley Holmes (12) battles the Gophers, 12-3-11 (from Sioux website).]

[Bill and Anne Gross e-mailed photos from their October trip to the Northshore with us.]

Finally, we will include here photos from the staff photographer, i.e., from the other side of the court, of the girls’ basketball tourney when they become available.  Here is an exchange with the StarTribune regarding the reporting of the championship game:

December 31, 2011  Email from tom obert, December 30, Alexandria beat Robbinsdale Armstrong, 47 – 37, not the other way around as was posted.  Thank you.

January 1 2012  Tom, Thanks for letting me know about the error. I’ve adjusted the score on the site. Thanks,


TST Media, Creators of NGIN, 1400 Van Buren St NE, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55413 http://www.tstmedia.com

January 1, 2012  Thanks!  Cardinal fans rejoice!  :-),  Tom

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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