A Brief Musical Interlude and . . . a Blizzard!


[The excitment that is a weekend in Alexandria began Friday with a visit to the AAAA Theatre to see Rumors.  Yes, it is profane – but it is also Neil Simon.  So laugh yourself silly and enjoy the fine performances by your friends and neighbors!  Echo Press photo.  (Editor’s note:  We had initially planned on seeing the Sunday afternoon matinee (i.e., right now!), but Mother Nature had other plans.  Today is indeed postponed.  But you have all next weekend to enjoy the show!)]

9-1-07Saturday offered the usual plethora of possibilities.  We ultimately decided on an afternoon at the winery with The Salty Dogs (the supervisor stayed home to rest as she is still battling the “don’t feel so goods” she carried with her through the eastern trip), and an evening with Harper’s Chord at SAWA.  This required the ultimate sacrifice – missing the girls’ basketball game against Bemidji – but Harper’s Chord had only made one previous visit, in October, so we were really looking forward to their return performance.

2-9-13-1[The Salty Dogs at the winery on Saturday.  From l-r: Bruce Kelly, Annie O’Flynn, Al Lieffort, Erik Schultz, and Tom Mulder.]


[As you can see, they randomly changed positions for the 2nd photo and are now, l-r: Tom, Erik, Al, Annie, and Bruce.]


[Actually performing . . . to the delight of the assembled masses.]


[We go to see Annie.  Her “usual” group is Skilly & Duff, w/Annie O’Flynn.  Of course we  believe a more appropriate name would be Annie O’Flynn, backed by Skilly & Duff.] 


[Erik is getting so proficient as a lead guitarist that I believe he is thinking of leaving his day job, which has something to do with telling people where to stick their money.]


[Couldn’t get into Zorba’s for their post-performance repast.]


[I left the winery, swept up the supervisor, and headed for SAWA.  We had a little nosh and a BV cab, as I recall.  Then I began coverage of the entertainment because . . . I don’t do gardening.  Here Roger Fink and Paul Drinkwine, both of St. Cloud, practice moving their fingers up and down a set of vertical wires for the purpose of making pretty sounds.]


[They were then joined by Jill Moore, of Little Falls, who made pretty sounds with her vocal cords.]

Let’s enjoy Harper’s Chord rendition of a Simon & Garfunkel masterpiece.

“The Boxer”:



“Come On Up to the House”:







“Angel From Montgomery”:



[Paul plays the guitar, mandolin, harmonica, cello, and the viola (like a cello).]


“Dust in the Wind”:




“If I Needed You”:




“I Was Here”:


(Apologies on “I Was Here,” one of the supervisor’s favorites.  Operator error – couldn’t get the darn thing to focus -caused me to miss about the opening 30 seconds of the song.)


“Natural Bridge”:


(Apologies on “Natural Bridge” as I changed positions to video “everyone’s” favorite song, and the title track on their CD, as the video and audio aren’t the crispest?)

Thanks again to Jill, Roger, and Paul.  Had a great time and look forward to seeing you again!  🙂

The Blizzard of ’13


[Actually began to some degree on Saturday with an all-day mist, drizzle, flurries that had us worried our out-of-town “guests,” Harper’s Chord, being able to make it.  But the snow began some time overnight, and this was the view out front early this morning.]





[Lake side]


[Dangerous Dan side]


[Master bedroom deck, and below.]



[Master bath]


[I went out to clear the front door and garage slab in mid-afternoon.  They had predicted 8 – 12″, and that appears about right.]



[Beautiful Lake Darling is hiding in the background.]


[Northwest across the neighborhood.]


[The driveway – I think we’re gonna need help!]




[Potty break?]


[Modern-day warrior, not some sort of snowbird weenie!]


[Some guy on a snowmobile stopped and gave a shout out to my legs.  Eat your heart out, buddy!!  😉 ]


[The supervisor stepped out to . . . well, supervise.]

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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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