When You’re Old(er) V . . .


Left the house this morning.  First time since Thursday morning.  Had to, we were running low on some staples . . . potato chips and doughnuts, and I had to get the newspaper.  But it’s cold now – really cold!  Wind chills approaching minus 30.  Our driveway is a sheet of ice.  When I went out for the “staples” I fishtailed all the way down the driveway and was delighted I didn’t end up somewhere in the front yard.  Then we had a split household this afternoon – a Hoosier v. a Gopher.  At least the Gophers came back to make it a good game.

8-20-09-2So, we’re still not going anywhere.  The supervisor reported dangerous cold when she walked out for the mail.  “Dangerous” Dan actually went into to town to see the hockey tournament in the County Market parking lot – he said it was incredibly cold and windy, so he didn’t stay.  Ergo, how ’bout some nice music?

The lead photo of the supervisor with Dennis Murphy was taken at the winery some time in the previous decade.  Dennis was among the first, if not THE first, local musician we enjoyed following.  The video is Dennis performing Volcano and Mercury Blues at the winery, c. 2006.  The cinematographer was “Weakie”:



And not far behind Dennis came Skilly & Duff.   And we’ve always loved Mikko’s ballad From Clare to Here.  So we’ll give two videos of it!  🙂




[Two people who can bring a smile to your face from blocks away!  🙂 ]

Ruthie's prize

[I’ve been limiting the photos to those I have re-discovered on 4 “old” flash drives.  So, to introduce the next video by Kevin Klimek, in the absence of a photo of him, is the supervisor receiving yet another award from some Air Force general in the Pentagon.  I often told her that’s all they do at the Pentagon is hand out awards!  😉  Without further adieu, we bring you the supervisor’s favorite song by Kevin – and he always plays it just for her.]

Kevin Klimek’s Perfidia:



[This is not Djangleville.  But the following is, with Tom singing the supervisor’s favorite song by them.]

Tom Mulder’s What’ll I Do?:



[This not Dan Mahar.]


[Nor is this.]


[These guys?  Fuhgeddaboudit!]




[But she taught us!]

All above were class of 65ers, or taught them, and thus were big Eric Clapton fans, ergo here’s Dan Mahar singing two Clapton classics:

Dan Mahar’s Layla:


Dan Mahar’s Tears In Heaven:



[At least two more noted class of 65ers.]



That concludes tonight’s musical presentations.  But we have more videos!  🙂 


[Department of Labor employees at Hershey Park, c. 1999, thought you might enjoy “Weakie’s” 10-minute video of our 2008 state hockey championship!]

Alex Cardinals Minnesota Class A Girls’ Hockey Champions 2008 (by “Weakie”):



[The kids at Battle Lake, 2006, (do you remember now?) would like to introduce the video of the girls’ basketball team’s first round game in the state tournament, 2011.]

Alex Cardinals Minnesota Class AAA Girls’ Basketball 2011 First Round:



[And at the Minnewaska overlook, 2006, to introduce a volleyball game v. Brainerd on senior night, 2009, featuring Sam Trumm as the middle blocker.]

Alex Cardinals Volleyball v. Brainerd:



U.S. Women’s Olympic Hockey Team v. Alexandria Blizzard, 2009:


Hang in there.  Can’t be more than a couple more?

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! **********************************************************************************
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s