HOT 4th!!

[Beefcake??? ]

This is from the 4th through . . . whatever day this is.  It’s been busy so blogging has been an afterthought.  Plus, it’s been just too darn hot!  [Time to start revisting those real estate ads in Pickle Lake, Ontario?]

The kids went home to Indiana on the 3rd.  100-degree heat indices were responsible for that.  So, on the morning of the 4th, the supervisor and I, knowing that the show (and its coverage) must go on, ventured out into a dewpoint-induced white-out to watch the annual Lake Carlos Boat Parade.  So, into the Moby Obie for our 2nd lake venture of the year – absent regular use, the Moby was a bit grumpy about getting started and we drifted past several of our neighbors until the 16-year old 50 hp Yamaha finally fired up.

[On the way, a rare sight on beautiful Lake Darling – a stand-up surfboard paddler along the reed line between Camp Ballentine and the golf course.]

[Then a Sopwith Camel came by . . .]

[Into Lake Carlos, the meandering prior to parade commencement had begun.]

Video of the parade (OK, it’s really more of a meander):

[As you can see, the perspiration-enhancing humidity had turned both the water and the air into a lovely shade of pale.]

[Several thought the participation, and the audience, were down this year – but I didn’t think by much.]

[I believe the bucket of balloons represented some sort of KFC product.]

[Ted Haar?]

[Blakes by the Lakes – always a good audience.]

[And, of course, the theme is always red, white, and blue!  🙂  ]

[Start ’em young and they’ll be paraders for life.]

[Then came the beefcake.  I believe the supervisor mumbled something about that being her favorite.]

[The color scheme was perfect . . .]

[It was so hot, even the dogs had to take a dip.]

[We could relate – hippies!]

[The space shuttle? 😉 ]

[And past the Donley’s . . .]

[Where our past club president paid due homage to the red, white, and blue – bikinis!]

[Contrary to reports at the time, I was not wearing a thong.  It’s just that my swimsuit seems to be shrinking over time?]

[Fellow Darlingites, Russ and Jean Bey.]

[Getting ready for the fireworks.  We decided against the Moby Obie – too hot and buggy – so were delighted by the invite to the Fieldhammer’s.]

[And here we all are!  ;-0 ]

[OK, let’s try it with a flash.]


[It’s over!  Mad dash to the cars – the mosquitos were ravenous!!!!]

About tomobert63

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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1 Response to HOT 4th!!

  1. Kathryn Aga Lee says:

    Gosh you do an excellent job. Ever considered being a reporter????

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