Homecoming ’14 (Part 1)

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[Homecoming festivities begin with the Hall of Fame luncheon on Friday at Broadway Ballroom.  Why yes, we did buy a table.  From Ikea, I think?  And can you spot our ex-mayor?]

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[Well, I had to feature Paul McCabe since I grew up with all his first cousins in Victoria Heights.  I forgot who took these photos (can’t keep up anymore), but Paul with his aunt and uncle, Carol ad Dave Dittberner, who nominated him,; and then his mom Bobette joined in. The event keeps getting bigger every year.  And honorees really appreciate being recognized by their old home town.]

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[Some of the more infamous Alex alums are featured on the “big screen!”]

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[Two alums who wore their class tee shirts to Jeans & Jewels, getting them warmed up for the Homecoming parade the next day.]

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[Where the excitement never ends!]

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[I felt compelled to leave Jeans & Jewels early – the supervisor stayed to monitor her silent auction bids.  Lisa Lynn was at SAWA.  Also at SAWA, this painting was again featured of the establishment with “Dangerous” Dan’s red Jag convertible parked out front. Dan was also featured in this post’s very first photo as a guest at our table.  😉  ]

Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IqBM_BMPzs

[I tried to find a Lisa video with something close to a homecoming theme.  Well, the best I could do was “Paris Nocturne” (above) because, well, we were just there.]

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[I arrived at the fairgrounds Saturday morning for the Homecoming parade.  First in line was the football team, who I believe have something to do with homecoming.]

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[The rest of the parade participants getting organized . . .]

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[The Hall of Fame honorees and Homecoming royalty.]

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[And they prepare for take-off . . .]

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[Classes of ’48 and ’57 rock every year! 🙂  ]

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[Let’s play hockey!!]

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[Can’t figure out why these young’uns would rather ride than walk?]

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[Al and mom and the ’57 Chevy are regulars every year.  🙂  ]

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[Because Broadway is still undergoing its make-over construction, this year the parade had to turn up Cedar, a residential street.  I had a walking partner this year, classmate Sara Smith Sevey.  Sara and I had to walk fast to keep ahead of the Garlfield Elementary School truck.  This is where we had just turned onto Cedar for the one block up hill scramble.]

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[On Cedar – just like last year, the opening parade components were shot out of a cannon and quickly left us, and the rest of the parade, in arrears!  Sara & I soon opened up a gap between us and the following parade – meaning we could star on our own!  😉  ]

And now the parade from a spectator’s point of view . . .

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[The supervisor took up residence here on 9th Avenue, where the parade turned off Cedar on its way to Broadway.  The following photos were taken by her from here . . .]

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[I’m glad she got the other honoree!  Honoree Mark Lundstrom was unable to attend.]

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[I believe Sara and I were outstanding representatives from the class of ’65 . . . as we acknowledged the standing ovation.  😉  ]

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To be continued . . .

Have you ever noticed when you get to end of a tube of toothpaste and the tube gets all scrunched up, that scrunched up part seems to last as long as the whole rest of the tube did?  How is that possible?  ~  The editor

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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2 Responses to Homecoming ’14 (Part 1)

  1. Lynne Spellman Lommen says:

    Thank you, Tom for your great reporting!

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