Our Weekend With Mookie


Our general readership may be excused here.  This is about an overnight in the Cities where we went for our Aunt Mary Kay’s (a/k/a, Mookie) mumble, mumble, mumbleth birthday in North Oaks.  That’s her on the left above, with her husband, Uncle Tom Obert (Dad’s bro), two of their daughters, Kim (who came up from Colorado) and Beth, and in the middle our Aunt Pearl (Tom’s sister, also from Colorado).  Mookie and Tom have lived in Scottsdale for many years now but wanted to come “home” for Mookie’s special birthday.  Needless to say, the weather was a real culture shock!  😉

We planned our trip down with great care, immediately forgetting Mookie’s present when we were a half mile down the road – “I didn’t bring it, didn’t you?”  Upon return to the house, I noticed my shoe horn still sitting on the boot bench.  As usual, I had gone to the car key box to get the shoe horn before we left, returned to the boot bench with the car key but not the shoe horn (I do it every time), went back for the shoe horn with the idea I would pop it in my coat pocket because I would need it in the city.  Then we were off again . . .

As usual, Cities trips involve questionable weather.  We were battling cold, another recent snow fall, and by the time we hit the north suburbs, we started noticing more and more cars in the ditch on both sides of road.  Little discussed axiom, though very true, Minnesotans don’t drive any better in this kind of weather than anybody else!


[First photo upon arriving at North Oaks CC.  The supervisor (well, half of her), Pearl, Karen Obert (sister-in-law) and Kayla (sp?), Cousin Beth’s granddaughter.]


[Mookie and Karen]


[Tom Obert and Tom Obert]


[Sister and brother]


[The party was crashed by an fat old guy with a white beard.  No, it wasn’t me.]


[Mookie on his knee, apparently expressing Christmas wishes.  I seem to recall something about a Tesla?]


[Or maybe this was the Tesla wish?]


[Four 1st cousins and Auntie Pearl.]


[The cousins]


[Cam and Karen with Auntie Pearl]


[All Christmasy outside!]


[The hosts . . . or the guests of honor?]


[To know ’em is to love ’em!]


[To my knowledge, not related to anyone in the building?]


[How’d your photo turn out, Karen?]


[Pearl and Karen, photo by Cam]


[The next day, family met at Beth’s where we were joined by more cousins . . .]


[Barb Arrell on the left and her mom Shirley on the right.  This was at Panino’s in North Oaks, where we went to lunch.  Great Italian club sandwich!  🙂  ]

And since we recently rediscovered this when the supervisor went through an old magazine rack – something for the hockey moms to show their kids about a Title IX pioneer:




[Yup, that’s me.  Caddying for Barb in the 1992 Resorters.  I did a great job!  😉  ]

Up next:  Better catch up on all the hockey games!

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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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