The First Softball Game (That Wasn’t)

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10-12-05-2 - CopyWhat happens when you don’t read the program ahead of time?  Today was supposed to be the first softball game of the year v. Sauk Rapids-Rice.  Nice day, sunny, a tad chilly with a north wind.  But when I arrived at the field at the appointed time, no sign of a game?  Hmmm?  It was then that I noticed the above sign for the first time and I thought . . . they have a ‘kissing’ lot at the elementary school?  (Well, obviously others must have noticed in the now several years the school has been open, so I wondered if I was missing something.  I checked the dictionary when I got home to discover that ‘busses’ is an allowable plural along with what I thought was the solo version, ‘buses’?)  BTW, I checked the Cardinal Connection when I got home to discover the game had been postponed – I thought I had no reason to check because the weather was fine?

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[Then I thought, well maybe they’ve moved the games to the new high school now?  Nope, but as long as I was there, I hadn’t included a construction update in the blog for a while.  So, this is the state of the new school, as of April 8, 2014, scheduled to open next fall.  This is the first time I’d entered the property from the south side road.]

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[Looking through the football “stadium” to the school.]

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[Looking east toward Grand Arbor, the building in the left.  Everything else in the complex – various forms of housing – has been built in the last year.]

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[Lotsa land here.]

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[Puts places like the Big House to shame.  Artificial turf, too.  Those are the visitors stands – so they have to look into the setting sun.  😉  ]

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[Home stands side with the press box.]

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[The whole thing.]

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[The school from the football field.]

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[The football field from the school (north) side.]

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[The Little Field on the Prairie]

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[I can see Dave up there now . . . and it’s Cardinal ball on their own 45.]

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[The ticket office/concession stand.  I understand they’ll feature foie gras on a stick.]

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[Tennis courts]

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[Tennis courts and ball field behind (west side) the school.]

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[The parting shot.]

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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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