For The Snowbirds (Well, Mostly)


Last night we celebrated the 3rd or 4th Annual Richie Braun’s For Those Who Stay Behind Pasta or Stir Fry How’s Everybody Doing Get Together at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Alexandria, Minnesota.  It all began to see if anyone from the Alexandria Golf Club’s senior morning men’s leagues actually stayed here beyond the sighting of the first snow flake.  Those who leave think we’re nuts; we think those who leave are wimps!


Dispersed throughout this posting will be videos of the Jefferson High School Carolers from over the years.  You will get this kind of service no where else:

[Editor’s note:  I have noticed on other postings that while there were many “visitors,” the videos seldom are watched?  Is it a question of how?  All you have to do is double click on the red underlined line above, and a YouTube video will appear like magic.  It is that way through all the postings on this blog.  So, enjoy!  🙂 ]












[Many thanks again to Al and Diann Guenther!  🙂 ]



[And thanks again to Richie and Roger for providing the Wednesday golf cookies and scones, respectively!]


And finally, all the attendees wish to pass along our best wishes to Jack Juettner.  We missed Jack and Alice this year but will look forward to their attendance again next year.  Paul and Merry Donley also were unable to attend.  Paul spent much of his career as an elementary school principal, so the tragic event that occurred at the school in Connecticut yesterday was just too much.

p.s.  It was scheduled to be a dynamite entertainment weekend.  Anthony Miltich and the high school carolers at the winery this afternoon, Lisa Lynn (coming from St. Joseph) at SAWA tonight, and the choir’s Christmas concert at the high school tomorrow.  But where last weekend was snowed out, this weekend we have rain, sleet, snow, and ice.  Don’t know what we’re going to lose . . . event-wise, but the boys’ hockey game at St. Cloud tonight has already been postponed.

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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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