Two Ties


[This just in from Marcus:   A young man, probably Jewish, was about to go to his first big dance.  His mother had given him two ties, a red tie and a blue tie.  He asked his mother, “Which one shall I wear?” She said, “Which do you like?”  “The blue one,” he said.  “What’s a matter, don’t you like the red one?”]

The Cardinal boys’ hockey team hosted the Sartell Sabres Tuesday night.  The Cardinal girls’ hockey team was on the road at Sartell/Sauk Rapids.  Both games ended in 2-2 ties.  This reporter covered neither.  I did, however, receive the following report from Super Fan (and regular substitute teacher) Mike Shaughnessy on the boys’ game:

The boys tied 2 –2 and went into a 7 minute overtime with no additional score.                1st period, Tom Schmidt scored early on with an assist. End of period Alex 1: Sartell 0, but Sartell led with shots on goal 10:7.                                                                                         2nd period, no score, so still 1-0 Alex with Sartell still leading with cumulative shots on goal 19:14. Alex spent a lot of time in defense in their end.                                                      3rd period, Sartell scored within first 30 seconds. Then Alex put one in the net but no goal counted? Toby Helgeson came back with a goal, but Sartell countered that to tie the game. Alex was much stronger 3rd period, so in spite of tied score, Alex lead in shots on goal now at 42:29.                                                                                                                        Period ended in tie, so there was a 7-minute overtime which still ended in the tie. Alex again spent most of the 7 minutes defending. Alex still was ahead with shots on goal 42:29.

Good game.  Most interesting play was when Ben Allen almost stopped a Sartell shot, but it climbed up the length of his stick and fell down into the net.  ~ Mike

[My response, gleaned from the Strib website]

Thanks for the poop!  I was going to go to the game, but we had the Theatre L,Homme Dieu membership soiree’ at Interlachen last night – Ruthie, “I never win anything,” won a free season ticket for next year on a blind draw – ha!  By the time we got out of there, it was going on 8:00, so decided not to go the game.  I’ll get to a game soon, I hope.  Listened to part of the girls’ game on the radio on the way home.  We were at Sartell/Sauk Rapids.  The last half of the 2nd period, we were peppering shots on goal but couldn’t get one in.  We came back from a 2-0 first period deficit to also finish in a 2-2 tie.  We outshot them 45-22!!!  Good sign, as the Stormin’ Sabres were in 1st place and undefeated in the conference.  So, early on, we tied the two best teams (besides us) in the conference at their places. Goals:  Mari (from Rachel and Kaila) in the 2nd, Madi (from Shelby) in the 3rd.

p.s.  Knew you’d all love the lead photo . . . and the one following.  🙂


As noted above, we missed the boys’ hockey game to attend the TLHD event at Interlachen.  I was greeted at the door by one of Santa’s helpers.  Be among the first on your block to have the TLHD schedule for next year.

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Dear TOM,

We had a great night at the Season Announcement Party last night.  I want to send a big thanks to Gayle and her wonderful staff at the Interlachen Inn for hosting such a lovely event.  I would guess that there were close to 100 people there to witness the announcement of the upcoming season, and many were among the first to purchase their Season and Flex Passes in the process.

So YOU don’t feel left out, here is the lineup for next season:

When A Man Loves A Diva ~
June 25-30
Lombardi ~ July 9-14
Legacy-A Tribute to the King of Pop (encore run) ~ July 16-21
Sisters ~ July 23-28
Sunset Boulevard ~ August 6-11
Almost, Maine ~ August 13-18

For more information on each of our wonderful shows, or for information on our Season and Flex Passes, as well as our amazing Buy One, Get One 1/2 Off Sale through the end of the year, please visit our website by clicking here.

We know that the end of the year is quickly approaching and we also know that you have many choices of places to send an end-of-year donation.  Please consider us when making your donations.  All donations are tax deductible, and they all help us to bring you the quality entertainment you have grown to know and love.  To make a donation online, please click on the donate link on our homepage by clicking here or by mail at: Theatre L’Homme Dieu, PO Box 1086, Alexandria, MN 56308.

As always, we can be reached any time at or by phone at (320) 846-3150.  Please leave a message, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Wishing you the happiest of holiday seasons,
Joanna K. Hoch
Executive Director


The highlight of the evening is when the supervisor, a/k/a, I never win anything, won again!  Out of the hundreds of people who turned out for the TLHD event, she was one of 4 winners in blind drawings – hers being the largest, a season flex ticket for next summer’s plays!  🙂  No, that isn’t the supevisor above.  Dangerous Dan and his daughter, Kris, were her surrogates, a/k/a, my dates, at the Education Founation’s first Jeans & Jewels event in 2009.  And the supervisor won a jewels drawing there in absentia – Kris posed with Ruthie’s prize.  I believe this photo is still being used in the Foundation’s literature.


[The supervisor’s tree.  She said it wasn’t ready yet?  I thought it looked great.  The “ready” tree will be in the Christmas letter.]

A few notes from FOB’s (Friends of the Blog):

Happy Thanksgiving!  I wanted to forward a blog to all the parents that Tom Obert does mainly on Alexandria High School girls’ sports as well as the happenings in and around Alexandria.  I wasn’t sure if everyone is aware of the blog.  Tom and Ruthie are the ring leaders of a group called the Super Fans!  They were formed a few years back to support girls’ athletics in Alexandria.  This is the latest blog on our game with Moorhead.  If you continue down in the blog you will see all our home games as well as his visit to see Abby Williams.  He explains how the Super Fans were started.  Roger Riley who sings the National Anthem at our games is a member of the group.  Roger is joined sometimes by wife Barb and Dusty Johnson.  The Super Fans are made up of parents of former players and people who retired to the Alexandria area.  We are very lucky to have such wonderful support to girls’ athletics in Alexandria.  They sit and stand at center ice of our games.  If you are interested in receiving his blog you can send Tom an email and he would be more than happy to add you to the list!  If you’re not shy introduce yourself to Tom, Ruthie and the Super Fans! 

See you tomorrow night!  GO CARDS!  ~ Marnee’

[Editor’s note:  Thanks to this missive from my agent, blog readership has increased by 10’s!  🙂 ]


[A “fallen” caroler?  Discovered when we were out and about on Saturday.]

Tom,  Nice to see that you have discovered Bridget’s Cross.  It’s our favorite place when we’re in Bemidji.  You also made the right choice with the Shepherd’s pie – although, in all humility, it’s not as good as mine (she doesn’t make hers with lamb, and that makes a real difference)  We had a cabin a few miles north of there until a few years ago, and used to spend our summers there when we were teaching in Pennsylvania.  Next time up, you might want to try Tutto Bene.  It’s had it’s ups and downs, but the last time we were there, I had a really good osso buco. ~ Jim

[Editor’s note:  Also does a good job hosting the adult education foreign film festival.]


[The Salty Dogs were at the winery on Saturday.  😉 ]

Thanks Tom!  We are both going to Austin for Thomas’ game tonight.  This is his final year, and has been playing very well which has some D1 coaches interested in him.  So need to go there tonight and meet up with them.  We feel very fortunate and hope something pans out for him.  Talked with Ab and all is good for tomorrow.  Will let you know when we plan on getting to Bem. Probably tom.  Thanks for being such wonderful fans, it means a lot to us and to Abby.  Looking forward to seeing you all!! ~ Martha

[Editor’s note:  Yup, the Abster’s mom.]


[Tenor Tom’s voice was out of commission, but he provided strong moral support.]

Tom — Thanks for the hockey report.  If the NHL season goes as it has for the past month-plus, the Cardinals may be the ONLY hockey this hockey-starved fan may get to see.  Keep the reports coming!!  ~ Betsy

[Editor’s note:  Family friend from Arlington, Virginia, big sports fan, but no connection to Alex other than the Oberts.  🙂 ]


[Tom’s wife Jeanne filled in for him on his part in “The Weight (Take a Load Off, Annie).”]

When we left the winery, it was all Christmasy (except for lack of snow):


[Back home, we go all out!]
[Then it was on to AAAA for “It’s a Wonderful Life.”]
[It was all Christmasy (except for the lack of snow).]
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[Sunday was the opener of the Central Lakes Symphony Orchestra concert series.]
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[It was all Christmasy (except for the lack of snow).] 


This is the Thomas Gaither.  Built in 1956 by the Dravo Corporation in Wilmington, Delaware, it is 85′ long and 26′ wide.  We just happen to have a grandson named Thomas Gaither.  🙂

We lost Dave Brubeck this week.  The kids may not know him.  They should.  Here are two of the classic jazz pieces of all time: 

“Take Five” 

“Unsquare Dance”


And we end with . . .

An Open Letter to the Girls’ Basketball Team

So, after your home opener, you had to hit the road.  And apparently your shooting eyes didn’t come with you.  It happens.  In fact, every year.  Many of you are playing extended varsity minutes for the first time.  It’s hard enough to play on the road anytime, but really tough the first few times.  You’ll get better at it.  If it’s any consolation I watched the Timberwolves play at Boston last night, and I had to wonder why they pay those guys millions of dollars to miss free throws?

Enjoy your road trips!  It’s travel at government expense.  You get to go to new and different places.  What’s not to like about DL?  They have a nice lake and We Fest.  OK, don’t go to We Fest yet – you’re too young.  And Fergus?  They have a beautiful Fish and Wildlife Service prairie wetlands area – visit it some time.  🙂  Road trips are a chance to bond with your teammates . . . for the veterans to get to know the new kids, and vice-versa.  It will make you better as a team.

Just remember, your defense will keep you in every game.  And on the nights when the shots aren’t dropping, don’t lose your confidence.  We’ve seen you shoot in warm-ups – you all make shots from everywhere.  So, you know you can do it.  Don’t hesitate – if you have an open shot in the flow of the offense, let it fly!  When they start dropping it’s gets easier for the whole team to make them!  And mostly, just have fun – we do just watching you play!

~ Your Super Fans

p.s.  I’ve seen Elgin Baylor play in the Jefferson High School gym (OK, you may have to look that one up, but he’s an NBA Hall of Famer and maybe the best small forward of all time); I was at the Philadelphia Spectrum in 1976 when Indiana became the last undefeated NCAA basketball champions; I have been to numerous NCAA Final Fours; I have stood in a concession stand line directly behind John Wooden; I made 36 free throws in a row at the Y a mere two years ago; I have been on the same airplane with Chuck Berry, Judy Collins, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Chief Justice Warren Burger (a fellow Minnesotan) and I were once the only two customers in a Capitol Hill liquor store (OK, don’t go in a liquor store – you’re too young) . . . well, I think you’re getting the idea (that I must be really old?), yet at this point in our fandom careers we’d just as soon go to a Cardinal girls’ basketball game.  Thank you for that!  🙂

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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