“I Love Alex in the Winter” *

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[*  To be sung to the tune of I Love Paris in the Springtime.   A pick up hockey game at Noonan’s park yesterday (Saturday) afternoon.  Yet another beautiful winter day in Vacationland USA.  But we get ahead of ourselves . . .]

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[Jami, Danny, and Tom arrived for “vacation” on Thursday.  Jami immediately dove into a 2,000 piece jigsaw puzzle of Casablanca.  She quickly discovered our card table was too small for the project.  A trip to Menard’s produced a 4×4 hardboard necessary for the task.]

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[Aha!]

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[Aha!  Again.  😉 ]

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The web site following provides live camera coverage of the new high school construction.  The above photo was saved from that site.  The supervisor and I decided to pay a visit to the school yesterday (before Noonan’s park).  We called the kids back home when we got there – they saw us on the computer and saved the series of photos of me walking around the place.  The 1st one I’m waving up at the camera – as I was coming back to the car, an unmarked vehicle drove through and obviously (?) took photos of us and our license plate.  Can you provide bail money?  (OK, just kidding, I think.)

The new high school:  http://www.alexandria.k12.mn.us/Page/4137

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[We asked the kids if they could see us.  They told me to wave.  I looked around for where I thought the camera would be . . . and waved.  Hi everybody!   🙂  ]

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[I wandered south for photo ops . . . with the security camera keeping me under surveillance.  The obelisk in the center of the photo is obviously a 3-story elevator shaft.]

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[I think I’m heading back to the car here.]

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[Indeed . . . as the “patrol” comes through.]

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[Approaching the car – the supervisor messing with all “my” settings on the radio.]

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[Please let me in?]

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[Fleeing the scene!  😉 ]

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[Later, that evening . . .]

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[But we came to document construction progress . . . this is the first time stuff is rising above the ground.  I have reason to suspect this is the peforming arts center going up.]

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[From the Pioneer Road entrance, looking west.]

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[The crane will be used to measure the leaping abilities of the volleyball team.]

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[Wave at the camera!  Looking northeast.]

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[And so I begin my walk.]

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[Looking west.  I’d like to reserve seats in the front row, please.]

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[Grand Arbor, southeast.]

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[Northwest]

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[There’s a separate wall on the left side of the photo?  A stadium facility.  (I suppose I could research this . . . but who has the time?)]

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[Artsy shot to the SW.  Taking a chance the sun doesn’t burn up my electronics.]

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[North, with the Alex watertower in the distance . . . and the supervisor in the car listening to Harper’s Chord.]

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[Grand Arbor is visible through the slot looking SE.]

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[I think I see our seats!]

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[The unknown wall.]

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[Circling around from behind, NE.]

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[North.]

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[Looking NW as heading out the South exit to Pioneer Road.]

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[And then we drove by Noonan’s.]

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[Looking SE from the circle at 9th & Maple.]

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[The goose population is way down at this time of year!  😉 ]

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[Serious pond hockey – full goalie pads.]

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[The ole give and go?]

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[Maple Street – a personal favorite.]

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[Every kid who grew up in Alex has a scent memory of the warming house – wet wool mittens on the heaters!  😉 ]

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[The duck house.]

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[Family skating – kids in strollers.]

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[By this morning, the monster puzzle was completed.]

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[The participants re-enact the placement of the final pieces!]

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[And Tom and Jami qualify for the jigsaw Hall of Fame!  🙂 ]

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[And the supervisor hung her Christmas mosaic with care . . .]

Got [an Uncle Dick expletive], it looks like it is going to be huge! I don’t want Alex. to grow. I want it to stay the same. Who can forget those hard and very uncomfortable bleachers at Jeff. Sr. High?  ~ Gretch

Up next:  Opening presents?  😉

p.s.  The grandson is majoring in computer graphics technology with a minor in computer sciences at Purdue.  No sense in wasting a perfectly good resource.  I put him to work “cleaning” up our computers.  Seriously, my old lap top is now faster than ever.  See, education is a good investment!  Thanks, Tom  🙂

About tomobert63

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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