“Ladies of the Blog”

[Andrea (No. 44), Alison (No 14 (OK, I thought hers was 23)), and Sara (No. 19) Toft, hockey stars from years long ago and far away (6 for the twins, 7(?) for Alison).]

OK, this was totally a coincidence – or a KY-incidence, as they say in the middling part of America.  The only thing on the docket today was Lisa Lynn at Bug-A-Boo Bay – she performed from noon to 4:00, and it was beastly hot!  We stayed our arrival until about 12:30 – after Ernie Els won The Open (but, boy, you have to feel for Adam Scott).  When we got to our table, we were greeted with a boisterous enthusiasm that could only come from the Toft sisters (and Ruthie’s daughter, Jami!).  😉  They were at the next table with their mom and friends.  If you don’t know them, “search” this blog.  They were a big part of the group that decided, “Hey, let’s get a bunch of old people hooked on girls high school hockey!   We’ll call them Super Fans.”  And it worked, of course.  We had a fun visit with them – Alison (the oldest) is in Alex, working for an engineering firm and at Doolittle’s (for 5 years now, to the family’s amazement), and Andrea and Sara are in the Cities in nursing and accounting, respectively, as I recall.  As original hockey stars, they are “ladies of the blog.”

But then so is Lisa (well, not a hockey star, but a “Lady of the Blog”).  It’s a column!  😉

[Lisa, on guitar, an occasional relief from the keyboard.  By the time we left around 2:30, she was losing her shade.  There was no air movement.  We were miserable, and it was worse for Lisa – she was performing.]

[And experienced bloggers know to break up their story with sky shots – Friday night on Rosewood Lane.  We had just had dinner at Weston Station (forever feeling guilty for not eating there enough) and had driven through the Heights.]

[We said good-bye to Lisa, advising we would be “using” her for the blog.  She puts up with it.]

[Take 2 in case one breaks!]

[That sky again – I don’t think digital does justice to such skies, good ole Kodachrome-25 would have been better.]

[Four ‘Ladies of the Blog” seemed a tad light.  Aha, the golf club has at least four ex-athletes working there this summer.  With apologies to the Richardson sisters (I’ll have to catch up with them around the club), Kaitlin Becker (above) is working the beverage cart (and continues to work at the Northside Dairy Queen – I seem to recall buying a bloody mary and a chocolate malt from her on the same day!), and I have introduced her to the senior golfers as a volleyball star.  Kaitlin will be a sophomore at St. Thomas where she is majoring in business – as such, could she become a student of Basketball Dan, noted Tommy statistics prof?

[Kaitlin (no. 2) teamed with Sam Trumm (No. 4) as blockers extraordinaire.]

[And Ally Teclaw takes care of our food and beverage desires inside the club.  She was a centerfielder – who could run, hit, hit with power, throw, and field.  The great catch following was captured by the Echo.  Now she will be a junior at St. Cloud State, in recreation administration, if memory serves.

[Ally was No. 5.]

[OK, that’s enough.  So, Toft sisters – are  you with us?]

Oh, and contrary to rumored reports, Kim Kardashian was not in the house.

And, unfortunately, neither was Lindsay Whelan.

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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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