Whatever Ever Happened to the 60’s?

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[According to this week’s Newsweek:  ” A study finds that men with average bodies [or slighly below average?] are as appealing as men with six-packs.  And it was published in Body Image, not the Journal of Things I’d Always Hoped Were True.”  Pass the doughnuts, please!  (Originally posted on June 1, 2010.)]

The above photo was taken over three years ago.  The male model in the photo no longer does such things.  Something to do with reflective glare off of a large white object?  Anyway, the idea was to reflect the past week in Vacationland USA – a vacation week based on our country’s birthday.  And that week, unfortunately, was remarkably similar to the same week last year.  Thus, “Whatever Ever Happened to the 60’s (temperatures, that is)?”  We did not have a spring . . . or even an early summer.  We went directly from 40-degree weather to 80+-degree weather.  I hate that!  And our 80-degree plus weather was exacerbated by 60+-degree dew points!  We never got our normal allotment of 60-degree temperature days!  So, while we enjoyed the past week for the variety of reasons to follow; geez, it would be nice to turn off the a/c for a couple weeks!


[So, how was your 4th?  We began ours, as did everyone in the 5-state area, by going to the grand opening of the Panther Distillery in Osakis.  The opening included free BBQ sandwiches – they were all consumed post haste by the assembled masses!]


[Now you know where it is!  😉 ]


[What they produce.]


[The assembled masses on tour.]


[The assembled masses on tour, part deux.]


[We met Pam Mathison and her husband, Professor Doctor Colonel Tom Kiehne, there.  Pam and Tom live in Austin, Texas, and had just driven up from the Cities with Tom’s dad, Merill, who lives in Alex.  Mikko played, we ate, Pam and the supervisor enjoyed.]


[OK, I took a sip – it’s just not my cup of “wine.”]


[We partook of the fireworks at the Fieldhammer’s, across from Brown’s Point on Lake Darling, where the Berg’s partook (or so we were told).]


[Looking south toward Arrowwood from whence would come the aerial displays.]


[The supervisor and Pris claim their front row seats.]


[“Rock” and Gary join the fray.]


[Let the good times roll!]


[As launch time approaches, the boats roll in.]


[The supervisor ventures onto the dock to see what she can see.]


[They’re still coming.]


[Marlene and Rich arrived – we’re all ready now.  Unlike last year, there was a nice breeze (not quite a gale) off the lake – ameliorated the hot, humid weather and kept the skeeters down!]


[And they’re off!]








[Award winning photo of Richie’s 8th decade of enjoying fireworks displays.]



[Anyone need a beverage?]


[Let’s just enjoy the show.]










[And please drive home safely . . .]

We now take you back, for a break in the action, to a time and place BTB (“Before The Blog”).  Because Alexandria is relatively small in size but has a national footprint, we often come upon “6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon” scenarios.  From December 2, 2007:

Our niece, Jessica, brother Chris and Janet’s oldest daughter, recently moved to Eden Prairie from the State of Virginia, where she was born and raised.  Jessica got married this summer.  Her husband, Colin, got a job with Channel 9 in Eden Prairie.  She is very much a hot weather person like her father.  She hates the cold and snow of Eden Prairie.  She wants to move to Miami.

Alexandria’s Jefferson High School (JHS) is 50 years old, and we dearly want to replace it.  Jessica’s uncle, me, loves winter and thinks it’s the prettiest time of year.  A new winter snowfall even makes JHS look good.  We go to JHS in the winter to see concerts as part of the Central Lakes Concert Association (CLCA) series.  We sit with Larry and Laura McCoy at the concerts.  The McCoys bought the Obert house in Victoria Heights from Oberts in the 1960’s.  They still live there.  Today we told the McCoys the Jessica story.  Larry said his brother was Eden Prairie’s school superintendent, until he retired 5 years ago.  In that position, he hired Bud Grant’s son, Mike, to be the Eden Prairie football coach.  Eden Prairie just finished an undefeated season and won the state class 5A football title.  Larry’s brother also taught Paul Donley, Executive Director, Alexandria Area Education Foundation, how to ski.  Mike Grant’s sister (Bud’s daughter) once taught in the Alexandria school system.

Larry McCoy also mentioned that he recently went to Charles Krump’s funeral.  Charles taught in the Alexandria school system for 41 years.  His obituary mentioned that his brother and sister-in-law live in Loveland, Colorado.  Our Aunt Pearl and Uncle Ted have lived in Loveland for many years.  I e-mailed the Krump obituary to them.  Aunt Pearl responded almost immediately that she has known Joan Krump for years.  They met on a golf course and she is a pretty good golfer.

We want to take Jessica and Colin to an Alexandria girls hockey game at Breck on December 22.  We hope an introduction to Minnesota’s beautiful winter sport will help change Jessica’s feelings about Eden Prairie.  Breck is a private school located in Golden Valley, a neighboring city to Eden Prairie.  Kathy Sherry Skadsberg is a member of Golden Valley Country Club (GVCC).  Kathy grew up in Victoria Heights, just across the street from the house previously occupied by the Oberts and now occupied by the McCoys.  Kathy has invited the Obert family, et al, to have lunch at GVCC prior to the Breck-Alex hockey game.

This getting too weird, even for me.

Love your life, can I come and live with you?  Such a positive spin on winter.  You really are a writer of extraordinary skill, made me even reconsider my feelings about winter…not.  ~  Beth


[Then came Friday.  We met the Kiehnes at the winery.  Pam and Merill decided to go for a ride.  Pam, just back from a trip to Norway, recognized the horses as Norwegian something-or-others.  🙂 ]


[Giddyup horseys!]


[The Miltich Family were the entertainment . . . and they found an early fan.]


[We noticed a Super Fan, trying to hide behind a wine cork!]


[Don’t you dare take my picture!]


[Merill foregrounds the Miltiches.]


[Pam tried to capture the bride at the ever-present wedding.  We didn’t stay as long as we usually do.  The temperature was 90-ish and the dew point was mid 60’s – it was Amazon basin yucky.  But we had a nice visit with our friends from Texas, with the Miltiches between sets, and then headed home for some time in air conditioning before . . .]


[It was off to the Maritime Gardens to see Kelley Hunt.]


[This all new, and still under construction, on the west side of the Gardens.  We were interested to see how well an act with paid admission was going to do?]


[The stage.  Kelley was the first lead act (though, as I recall, a local group opened for her) to perform here last summer, and because of an earlier rain out, the first this year as well.]


[The irregular crowd shuffled in.]


[Any bites?]


[I was impressed by the crowd – I hope those in charge were happy with the turnout?  Bring your own chair – food and beverages available for purchase.]


[Pre-performance milling around.  We wanted to stay home in the a/c for as long as we could, so we missed Finestra as the opening act.]


[Pretty . . . but you’d better find shade!]



[See if you can spot the Alex class of 65er?  (OK, Betty Larson Butcher, a noted musician and thespian in her own right, is 2nd from the left.)]


[And heeerrrrrreeeeeee’s, Kelley!]


[And here’s Kelley closer-upper.]


[The gazebo through which we took the opening shot.]


[As the sun sinks slowly into the west . . .]


[The band soldiered on – toweling off at every opportunity!]


[“The Sail” as the unique stage cover.]


[The band wrapped up a bombastic performance!  🙂 ]


[Kelley did a solo encore – just in time for the skeeters to arrive!  Several of us then bolted to SAWA to catch what remained of a performance by Components, w/ Sami Steidl.  Those new to this group were impressed.  Will try for photo and video ops of them next time.]


[Saturday, it was back to the winery.  This time Anthony Miltich was flying solo – and occasionally by himself in the performance area as light rain drove the patrons back under the porch roof.]


[Back out after the rain – a trace at most.]


[I took a couple of videos.  They came out fuzzy?  Too much humidity?]


[We’ll catch you again next time, Anthony.]


[Later Saturday afternoon, “Dangerous” Dan’s family held a welcome home party for him and invited all the neighbors in.  Dan’s still recovering from major surgery and goes back to the nursing home every night for care.  But he was obviously delighted to be home . . . on beautiful Lake Darling!  🙂 ]


[Getting a hug from one of his granddaughters.]

It’s time for another blast from the past interlude.  December 6, 2007:  Yup, had to drive the biddies [that would be the supervisor and my mother] around yesterday for their various doctor appointments.  Of course, Mom had to say that she was going to direct me to the clinic (like I don’t know the way – she and Ruthie both have this thing that they know secret ways to get places that nobody else knows!).  So, I played along – “turn here, turn here” – well, on her last “turn here,” I knew she was off by a couple blocks but went along with it.  It was a sneaky way through an alley – except we had to drive through the alley for several blocks – ha!  Then she went in to the doctor first – when she was done, Ruth was already in to see her doctor, but stuck her head out to tell us to go.  It was time for Mom’s errands!  So, we went to Pete’s, then Trumm Drug (“I always do business with the locals!”), where she asked me to go in to pick up her “one” prescription – well, of course, they had “two” ready for her, so I had to go back out and ask her if she wanted them both – she went “hrumpf, hrumpf, hrumpf” and went in herself to see what the deal was – the 2nd one was a prescription she didn’t need till next week, so she gave them the business, and just got the one – I asked why she didn’t get the 2nd as long as she was there, and the response was, “Well, I don’t need it till next week!,” and then on to the vet’s to get Suki’s medicine and where we got a message that Ruthie was ready to be picked up at the clinic.  So we went back and got Ruthie, drove Mom home,  went back into town for our meeting about the golf course clubhouse,  and finally drove back home where I hit myself over the head with a large mallet and went to bed.  ~ Me

Tom — this is HILARIOUS!!!! I laughed out loud until the tears rolled down my cheeks. I hear ya!!! Every step of the way.  I got the blow by blow from Mom last night about her days’ activities including the two prescriptions (I thought the same thing — why not pick it up while it was ready and there —- No, they have to STORE it with her name on it until she decides she wants to pick it up.  She is a pistol — no doubt about it.  She said the doctor told her she would live to be 100.  I told her a week ago to have him check her throat. She said “Why?” I said because you have a hoarse and scratchy sounding voice and sometimes you lose your voice.  Again, she went into denial and said “My God, all of my children take way more pills than I take. And furthermore, my throat doesn’t hurt.”  I said “It doesn’t matter if your throat doesn’t hurt (remember, when she had the tumor she said her throat didn’t hurt then). I just hope there isn’t another tumor growing.  Then I asked her last night if the doctor checked her KNEE (Cam said she favors one knee and walks really slow). She said “No!!” I asked why she didn’t have the doctor check it since she favors one leg (she paused, obviously wondering where I got the inside scoop) and said “There’s nothing wrong with my knee — the doctor said I would live to be 100!!”  Go go driving biddies around.  I can just picture all of you in the car and the biddies barking out directions. tee hee  ~ Gretch

Tom:  Thanks for sharing, I just love your mom stories, what a character. ~ Beth

A “cooling” brief interlude:


[From July 2010 . . .]


[The Two Harbors hockey team in summer work out.  🙂 ]


[We ended the weekend with Skilly & Duff at the winery.  (Yes, the car can find its way there all by itself.)]




[Annie and Bruce]


[Sing along with me!]

“Under the Scotsman’s Kilt”:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phX9IrF0f9s


“Johnny Jump Up”:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZX8TgLCBN98


[Thanks, guys!]

BTB (Before the Blog), October 27-28, 2008:  A Compendium of Responses (and who doesn’t like a good compendium?) regarding my efforts at meteorology.  They could prove to be useful someday as part of an insanity defense [Editor’s note:  Though the following comments were not solicited, they were not unexpected.  There are several of you yet to be heard from – those that when they see such a softball lobbed up there, swing from the heels to hit it out of the park.  They will be added to the compendium as received. – Cub Reporter]:

–  “You are NUTSO!!!  Love your e-mails . . . as usual.”

–  “I would much prefer to hear from Ruthie.  You are not now nor ever have been a CUB.”

–  “Our whole family enjoyed the report!”  [Maybe should have advised to hide the women and children?]

–  “We were kinda hoping Ruthie would join you on this one.”  [I’m sensing a trend!]

–   “You are right – you have no shame!!  No offense, but we are glad we are in Arizona.  Thanks for the update.”

–  “I think the “snow” is up your nose!!”  [Did you catch that, Mr. Prosecutor?]

–  “I’m concerned about your mental health.”  [Very useful!]

–  “I can see the shoes . . . but it really would be better without the trunks . . . the trunks they’re for woossssies.”  [Love the prurient interest!!]

–  “I love it when you frolic!!!! LOL”

–  “You wear shorts in the shower?  (You wouldn’t fit into your white ice cream man suit anymore . . .)  [Do I detect prurient interest?]

–  “I think the cold has done something to his brain ;)”  [Useful.]

–  “That was just too cute . . .”

–  “You have gone over the top as our Cub Reporter . . . what fun!”

–  “Good grief, my friend.  Get a warm stocking hat on your head.  Long underwear wouldn’t be such a bad idea, either.”  [Thanks, Mom.]

– “OMG!!! That is AWESOME!!!  Love it!”  [OK, family.]

–  “Cub Reporter, time for the long pants.”

–  “It’s sad to see senility affect one so young.  Hope a hot toddy helped reduce the damage.”  [That one will help!]

–  “You may be zoftig, but you’ve still got great legs!”  [OK, that was from me.]

–   “I’d be surprised if the Nanner doesn’t nail you.”

–  “I like the frolicking better than the obscene almost nude pose which made my stomach turn.  You look so athletic when you romp through the yard it makes me want to run the treadmill and get in shape, but on second thought, I will pour a 2nd cup of coffee and mull over the sports section.  Thanks again for the updates, keep them coming.”

–  “I love it!!!!  Please tell Tom how much I appreciate him and his Christmas cards.  This is wonderful and I’ve forwarded to everyone I know.  [Editor’s note:  Ooops!]  He may be up for the short documentary spot at the Academy Awards if he’s not careful.”  [Not from my agent – honest!  However, the lastest Washngton Post/NBC poll does indicate that these views reflect those of the vast majority of Americans!]

–  “I have suspected for some time that you have spent too much time in the sun . . However, I have changed my mind.  I love it when you frolic!”  [Occasionally my agent.]

–  “Please make Minnesota snow “blue” for us next week.”

–  “I loved the frolicking.”

–  “You Minnesotans are nuts! :-)”

–  “You are scaring me into re-evaluting my travel wardrobe for next week.”

–  “You were always unique but this is disgusting!  People have been put in a  straight jacket for such behavior.”   [Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!]

–  “Aside from Penn State and the Phils, you’re the most entertaining thing  happening . . .way more fun than Joe the Plumber.”

HEAT????  From blog contributors:


[“Weakie” Annen in his backyard on Saturday.]

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[Roy Gorena from his home in Hawaii a few days ago.]


[Al Grundei on Saturday in Death Valley.  It was 115 degrees.  Exercising his usual sound judgment, he did not play golf.]

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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