We Had a Mini Class Reunion This Week

And wouldn’t you have loved to have been a fly on the wall?

[. . . or in a bottle?  Photo actually taken by me almost 40 years ago to the day.  I suspect the fly is no longer among the living, but it seems likely there are surviving relatives.]

As you know, this blog on several occasions has noted that the Class of ’65 turns (-ed) 65 this year.  And as exciting as that may be for us – probably not so much for the rest of you.  For those of us who showed up, it was mainly a celebration that we could still show up.

[Bug-A-Boo Bay was the venue.  We extracted a group of birthday partiers of a similar age from the multi-seat table and began the task of chronicling the event.  The “Trailboss,” a/k/a, Stan Rolfsrud, who was also some sort of class official and who also drove all the way from a southern metro-area suburb just for this event, explained to Nancy Steen Eckdahl, Class of ’67, how to shoot a group photo.]

[And with adjustments to that dial, we all look 30 years younger!]

[Class photo – these were allegedly the best 2 out of 4.]

[For those keeping score at home, as best as I can recall.  Standing (l-r):  Stan Rolfsrud, John Herdan, Bev Roers Korkowski, Charley Olson, Tom Obert, Gary Eckdahl, Betty Larson Butcher; sitting (l-r):  Marlene Zimmel Bettin, Sue Graves Seltz, Pat Collins Owens, Bob Watson, Sara Smith Sevey, Mary Anne Hibbard Estenson, Kathy Sherry Skadsberg, and Billie Jo Jones.]

[And I’ll never forget the day . . .]

[You did what? . . .]

[And then in 1973 . . .]

[No, it was the spring of ’74 . . .]

[Must have been something serious?]

[Yeah, we’re on camera again . . .]

[And then I caught a fish this big . . . ]

[Pat and Bobby share a moment . . .]

[Don’t look now, but there’s some old guy behind us taking pictures . . .]

[But who remembers dates anymore? . . .]

[The Legend of Billie Jo . . .]

[Why yes, we do golf! . . .]

[And I remember graduation day like it was only 47 years ago . . .]

[You Heighters were awesome! . . .]

[Thank goodness the photographer is winding down for his afternoon nap . . .]

[It’s about time!]

See y’all again in a couple years.

In other news of the week – gardens.  The morning of the reunion I had the opportunity to visit some of our local botanical splendors, which seem to be blog favorites.  Up first, Steph Olson’s gardens at the Alexandria Golf Club.  Steph not only is a great gardener for the club, she also has the good taste to be a major fan of Funky Gumbo Trio!  🙂

And now to the reconstruction of Hole No. 7:

[A well-known local car dealer blasts off on the 100-yard temporary No. 8.]

[Crazy Dave ponders his navel.  He previously contemplated his navel, but that was too many syllables.]

. . . but not least, the supervisor’s front door garden:

And the following morning (the 15th), Lisa Grimes was working with the Cardinal stars of the future (stressing the telephoto capabilities of the snapshot camera to the max):

And No. 7:

We learned that morning we had lost a Super Fan . . .

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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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1 Response to We Had a Mini Class Reunion This Week

  1. Bob Rader says:

    I had only the A students. But I did recognize Bob Watson. HA!

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