When You’re Old(er) IV . . .


9-4-11-1We’re momentarily out of girl hockey players.  But we believe “the grape” to be a credible alternative lead-off hitter.  As you may recall, the supervisor has been on a crusade to get rid household “old” stuff.  That makes me a little nervous, wondering whether I’m on that list?  We have downloaded the two oldest bottles of wine from the cellar – the one shown above was next on the list, though it was undated.  We weren’t sure where or how we got this, but because of its Cote du Rhone label we have probably been saving it for some time.  Upon closer inspection, the label appears to be “homemade.”  When I popped the cork, I had to laugh.  The cork was labeled “Charles Shaw” – we had opened a bottle of “3-buck Chuck” with a phony label!  Hahahaha!  We like 3-buck Chuck and the wine was just fine.

We’re still housebound.  Outside, the wind is howling and the temperature is plummeting.  The supervisor will not permit me to go out for the paper until daylight.  She wants the EMT’s to be able to find me if I go down!  A winter weather advisory is in effect until noon.  Hey, at least there’s a hint of winter!  Wind chills to minus 25 – bitterly cold for the next 3 days.  That should put an end to the ugly melting that’s been going on!  So, let’s see what else has been gathering dust in the archives.


[“Crazy” Dave has earned honorary Super Fan status.  Although he and Mary find it necessary to escape to Sarasota every winter, he follows the blog with an undying interest in our Cardinals.  Now, if only he could overcome his love of the Buckeyes!  This was his annual pontoon ride around beautiful Lake Darling, 2005.]


[Our son Woody moved with us from D.C.  He lived to be 19, but in his last few years, he was blind and prone to epileptic-like fits.  But whatta trooper.  This was 2006.]


[Jean Alberg Bey, Margi Movold, Russ Bey (fellow class of 65er and Victoria Heights alum), and a guy in some bad hat cruising beautiful Lake Darling, 2005.]

Babes on a Boat:


[Megan and Margi Movold, cruising Lake Minnetonka, 2005.]


[The supervisor and Megan, same boat, same day.  And yes, eventually a waterways constable came by and told the ladies they couldn’t sit “on the edge.”]


[Our Minnetonka hosts, Will and Kathy (the HQ) Skadsberg.]


[Will loved his passengers.  😉 ]


[So long, and thanks, Will and Kath!  (Oh, so you noticed a change of outfits?  Yes, this was from another Minnetonka tour.  🙂  )]


[The HQ’s form of water transportation in Alexandria.  With Robin Movold Neidenfeuer, a fellow class of 65er.]


[The Biddies and the grandson on the Moby Obie for the 2006 boat parade.]


[Let there be parties!]


[Are we having fun yet?]

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[Hooray for the red, white, and blue . . .]

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[To the best of our knowledge, Tom was never emotionally scarred by this event.]

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[Would you buy a used pontoon from this man?]

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[Flagged (pun intended) for a 15-yard penalty for excessive celebration.]


[Neighbors Jo and Arnie Lee, and adult kids, positioning for the fireworks on beautiful Lake Darling.]


[The Biddies, top and bottom, float “The Amazon,” the channel between Lakes Cowdry and Darling.]


9-30-06-3[September 30, 2006, Janella’s last boat ride, with all 3 daughters.  It wasn’t that cold, but . . . And she was determined to do it.  We had to have the Lees drive her down and around to the lake in their golf cart – then somehow we manuveured her onto the pontoon from the Lee’s dock. It made it all worthwhile because we didn’t think she’d be able to do it!  🙂 ] 


[If you let her drive, they’ll never be any questions as to whether you chose the correct parking spot!]

Thus endth Babes on a Boat.

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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