[Mom and Dad Gaither on their way to “supervise” White Out (everyone wears white) night on the cruise ship.  Yes, we are revisting the cruise, as we will continue to do as other family photos have arrived, because this was the prelude to graduation – the theme of blogs to come.  Grandson Tom requested this cruise – as his graduation year spring break.  We begin (and end?) with a series of photos of a teeming mosh pit of American utes!  When the supervisor first saw these, she said, “Oh, I wish I would have gone!”  Well, no, she wouldn’t have been invited – and two, as I recall, we seniors were in total slumberland as this was taking place.  Frightening!]

[Oy!  All photos herein from Dad Danny.]

[Still searching for the boy.]

[Ah, there he is!]

[Stuck in the middle with them.]

[Tom signals touchdown?]

[Already a song-and-dance man in show choir, Tom works on his moves!  😉 ]

[The drinking age in international waters is 18.  So, all these soon to be graduates could drink with a signed release from their parents.  Tom was asked if he wanted to (it was his party, after all) – he declined.]

[The bar angel?]

[We met her and her mother in the atrium one afternoon.  She was also graduating from high school this year.  We asked if she had met Tom yet (and described him) at any of the teen events.  She had.  🙂 ]

[The above venue in daylight.]

[Mom and son wrap up a long evening.  Yawn.]

[Now let’s go work on our tans . . .]

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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