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themanwhoknewtoomuch - CopyWell, we had Christmas . . . among other things.  We began by visiting Santa in Noblesville, Indiana, on Christmas Eve.  Of course we had to get there first.  And while that should be by armored personnel carrier, it was by automobile.  It is always dangerous to drive south from Minnesota at this time of year – you always hit the “gee, I never saw that black ice” zones.  We have had nightmare adventures between here and Indiana during the holidays.  And this year was no different (though we’ll save the “best” for last).  On the drive through Wisconsin on I-94 on Christmas Eve Eve, we averaged maybe 30 mph through the western half of the state.  On several occasions we came upon several of our fellow eastbound passengers looking back at us after they had “attempted” U-turns on an instate highway off the right-hand shoulder.  All seemed to be fine as they were tapping away on their cell phones.  We recognized several as those who had sped by us and about whom we remarked at the time, “We’ll see you ahead in the ditch!”  We were fortunate we had a 2-hour head start this year by spending the night at Cam and Karen’s in Mounds View.  Oh, the book on the left – I was finally able to find a copy of my biography.  🙂

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[We eventually reached the kids’ place in Noblesville, where we discovered they have a Qumi.  We had never heard of one before because we aren’t techie, but it’s a projector TV that provides a 120″ high definition picture.]

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[Danny providing Qumi perspective on Christmas Day.]

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[I decided to take Tom, Jami, Danny (and the photo taking supervisor) to the mall to show them . . .]

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[My new Mazerati.  🙂  ]

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[The supervisor noted it only had a price tag slightly on the higher side of $109,000.  I’m thinking of getting a fleet.  But seriously folks, we went to see ‘Nebraska,” the Bruce Dern movie.  It was terrific.]

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[On the way home, we motored by my famous Asian restaurant, TOMO!  😉  ]

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[Christmas Eve at Fran and Ed’s, Tommy’s neighborhood grandparents.]

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[The supervisor had so much fun Christmasing with her kids, Jami and Rob (who lives in Ohio).]

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[. . . don’t forget the grandson!]

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[Tear open the presents and then play games!  In this case, Dr. Who Yahtzee!  😉  ]

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[Oldie:  n. an old person or thing, a senior citizen, senior, geriatric, retiree, pensioner, golden-ager, old-timer, old geezer, old fogey, coot.]

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[Loon: n. a present from, and painted by, the supervisor.]

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[Go Gophers!]

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[Madison, Rob’s daughter – she’s getting elderly and only has one eye.]

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[Who has more fun than me???]

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[Movin’ to Minnesota; need an Elmer Fudd hat!]

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[SAWA, here I come!]

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[The much needed replacement shirt.  Don’t ask me to explain it.]

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[And The Bigger, Blacker Box was also beyond my comprehension.]

We spent a week with the kids, and the other grand folks, in Indiana.  That will be a subject of future posts as we visit the excitement that is Indy.  But this was also a conjunction trip.  The supervisor’s sister Rita had rented a house for two months in San Marcos, California, and wanted company.  We were delighted to take her up on the offer.  We spent two weeks out there.  That will also be the subject of future posts.  Now that I’ve whetted your appetites, maybe you’d better go wipe your chins.  Besides, it’s going to take a while to update the blog addressees.

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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