Graduation Season

It’s always nice to begin with an inspirational message.  More on this later.  But now it’s time to get back to the issue at hand (after a couple of detours) – graduations.  So, we return once again to the fabled land of the Hoosier.  Grandson Tom’s graduation party has been chronicled – but the event itself did not take place for another week.  The supervisor and I decided to bide our time in the interim with side trips and visits with other family.  When last we left you, the girls were headed for the community pool . . .

While son-in-law Danny was taking me to Alexandria, Indiana.  Well, there were other stops before and after Alex.

[The other end of the lake from Tom’s graduation party.]

[Elwood, Indiana, once infamous as the national headquarters of the Ku Klux Klan.]

[Elwoodians (?) preparing for the Memorial Day parade.]

[As with most towns of this size, a church is the signature landmark.]

[Elwood is also the home town of Wendell Willkie, who ran for president against Franklin Roosevelt in 1940.]

[After our tour of Alexandria, it was off to Mounds State Park near Anderson.  Of course, we’re all familiar with Indiana mounds in this area.]

[Danny approaches Circle Mound.]

[As I’ve always said, when traveling . . .]

[On to Great Mound.]

[We had a nice chat with this family, but I’ll be darned if I can remember where they were from?]

[Having fun with the panorama feature on Danny’s new camera.]

[There once was an auto plant here . . .]

[Danny worked here in 2006.  A mile-long, up to 6 stories high, building that made lamps for GM cars in Anderson, Indiana.  Nothing left now – not even the asphalt parking lot.  Danny was just flabbergasted.  The whole operation moved to Canada – Anderson lost 30,000 jobs.]

[Back to Noblesville, Tom was checking out his haul!  😉 ]

[Mom was taking inventory.  I think the take was more than the cost of my first year of college! ]

And now four more of the same event by Danny.  Tom is famous even among his peers for his t-shirts.  Love “Coolige!”

[Including of the supervisor and Grandpa Ed buying pizza!  And we bid a short adieu to the Gaithers.]

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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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