Happy Day After Valentine’s Day!


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[The morning after . . .]


[The evening before . . . the supervisor and I celebrated Valentine’s Day, and our anniversary, at Doolittle’s . . .]


[For the first time in recorded history we did not go to the girls’ hockey section finals (the supervisor claims to have forgotten how many anniversaries we have spent with “the girls”).  For age-related reasons, we did not want to venture out on the interstate, at night, during winter, any more . . .]


[Fortunately, the team ventured alone to the MAC in St. Cloud and was able to handle Fergus Falls without us, 4 – 1.  So we’re off to our 9th state tournament next week.  We’ll be there to see the face-off v. Blake @ 11:00 am on Wednesday at the Xcel Energy Center.  Weather permitting, of course.  Photo courtesy Echo Press.]

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[Back to the morning after . . .]

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[That afternoon, Harper’s Chord was at the winery . . .]

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[We were there with dozens of our close personal friends . . .]

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[To see, once again, Roger Fink, Jill Moore, and Paul Drinkwine . . .]

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[You’ll recall from previous postings that Jill is from Little Falls (the guys are from St. Cloud) . . .]

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[She has three young kids: Henry, George, and Harper.  So, she likes older names.  Hmmm, I thought . . . Henry Moore?]


[This is a Henry Moore.  Taken by moi at the sculpture garden at the Hirshhorn Museum on the mall in Washington, D. C.  😉  ]

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[We both had/have grandmothers named Evelyn.  I mentioned that my Evelyn once modeled for Dayton’s when she was a young teenager.  I couldn’t find the Minneapolis Tribune copy with her modeling photo in it (it’s in a box somewhere), but . . .]


[But here’s Granny with Dad, with a photo of them on the wall.  As I recall, she was 16 when Dad was born, so she was even younger when she was modeling.]


[Yup, she looked like a model.  🙂  ]

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[We learned all that because all her kids are involved in hockey – even 4-year old Harper.]

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[So, we were there all afternoon.  And interspersed between the photos are the six videos I shot during the day.  The place was packed, so, as usual, there is a hint of background noise.]

“Two Churches, No Bar”:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHvEfZtMmxY

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[Paul plays a few instruments . . .]

“Don’t Tell Your Mother What I’ve Done”:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dH2miFIMWjE

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“My Love Will Keep”:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UEoDHKBu1o

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“Out of the Rain”:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k__EeXlQBFw

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“Helplessly Hoping”:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qtqia9VBfe8

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“I Was Here”:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_V5wPko80I

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[The couple with Paul were “designated table holders.”  They came all the way from The Cities to do so.]

The big finale:

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[Thanks, guys!]

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[And the morning again . . .]

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[And again.]

osWR_1919.DEVYNJOHNSONBack to the night before, we couldn’t just go home after eating on our “special day.”  So we decided to go to the boys’ basketball game, again with dozens of our close personal friends.  We had not been to a game all year, and we didn’t have to leave town.  The Cards have had a bit of an unorthodox season, but I had heard some good things about the team.  We started strong, then hit a stretch where we lost 6 of 7 games?  Going into this game against Moorhead, we were on a 6-game winning streak, including beating the Spuds at their place.  We got there in time to see a good bit of the JV and 9-grade (“B”?) games.  The Cards killed the Spuds in both games!  I wondered what was going on here?  It looks like we have a lot of athletes coming up.  They both played fast, up-tempo games – get it and go!  When the varsity came out, we noticed our usual lack of height – but we made up for it with a lack of bulk.  I thought both played a significant role in the final result.  [Our guest columnist photo is of Devyn Johnson.  How can you not feature a girl high school wrestler?  She’s a 106-pounder for Osakis, and she won her opening match in their section 16 – 1.  Wow!  Photo courtesy Echo Press.]

Copy of boys' basketball '13-14

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[We were also there as special guests of Mr. and Mrs. Boy Tenor, who just happen to be the parents of the referee.  🙂  ]

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[John has actually refed several games here over the years, coming all the way from The Cities.]

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[It’s airborne.  The gigantic Spud having the advantage over Chase Kohler (yup, better known as Kendall’s older brother).  🙂 ]

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[Look out below!  Chase (43), is a 6’4″ senior.]

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[Coming down.]

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[Brandon Bistodeau (5), 6’2″ senior guard]

OK, we lost, 61 – 57.  We started fast, an early 18 – 7 lead.  I believe we had 13-point leads in both the 1st and 2nd halves.  We did this just like the girls do – score fast off of turnovers.  We basically have a team of five guards.  And that caught up with us later in the game.  We wore out.  The Spuds were bigger and stronger, dominated the boards, and by the end beat us from the free throw line – they made theirs, we kept leaving ours short, a true sign we had no legs left.  Oh, and they had a 6’3″ player who had a phenomenal 2nd half – I think he swished every 3 he attempted, and seemed to be able to drive to the basket for lay-ups at will.

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[David Krivinak (33), 6’2″ senior guard]

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[I believe he was conference player-of-the-week recently.]

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[Did it?]

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[Coach Forrest Witt in the background offering words of advice.]

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[A 6’7″ Spud!]

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[One of our guys.]

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[Another big Spud!]

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[But at the half, we were looking good.]

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[At the half, the works of the students who will take care of us in the future were displayed.  🙂  ]

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[Those in charge.]

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[I labeled this one “the Freddie Cox” (OK, dating myself there).  It traveled all over the gym kicking “field goals.”]

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[The young lady in the pink pants was intent on fielding every “kick.”]

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[OK, back to work.]

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[This one’s for mom and dad, sitting to my immediate left.]

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[Brandon – gotta be volleyballer Kalley’s older brother?]

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[Chase, though allegedly our center, seems to be mostly a 3-point shooter.  I bet he and Kendall have some good games of h-o-r-s-e.]

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[This is what happened more and more at the end.  With mostly guards, we dribble a lot.  When you’re tired, you get stripped.]

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[Joe Gorghuber (21), 6’3 senior.  I remember his older brother.  And we’ll see you again next time.]

p.s.  Did I mention that I’d recommend dietary supplements for the team consisting of bags of doughnuts washed down with pepperoni pizzas?   Oh, yeah, that’s my diet plan.  Never mind.


From the Cardinal Connection:The Alexandria Concert Choir was selected to perform in the 9th Annual ACDA of Minnesota/Concordia University-St. Paul Choral Arts Finale on Sunday, April 6, 2014.

Selection for this prestigious event includes all travel expenses provided, a $500 award, commemorative plaque, an opportunity to work with nationally renowned Choral Conductor, Dr. Geoffrey Boers (University of Washington), and an opportunity for our students to perform in the newly renovated Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. The choir auditioned by sending a recording in early January. Six choirs from around the state were selected to participate in the festival.


 [Lest you hadn’t heard, the most romantic restaurant in Minnesota.  Photo courtesy Echo Press.]


[Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country!  Photo courtesy Echo Press.]


[Soon to be home.  Photo courtesy her website.]

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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