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[To know me is to know bread is my middle name (OK, I had it changed).  The supervisor brought this home for me yesterday.  If it were dropped from the roof of a two-story building, it would flatten an SUV.  But I digress . . . ]

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[Last night was the high school fall choir concert, the first school event to take place in the new auditorium.  I was there because . . . well, it’s my job.  As usual I had the wrong time and arrived a half hour early.  As I entered the building I was nearly run down by a young lady who may have been all of 5-feet tall and 80 pounds barreling down the hall barefooted while lifting her black dress as to not impede her speed.  If she would have hit me, I may have ended up in Miltona.  The football coaches have been duly notified of this prospect.]

There are five concert videos contained herein.  Take a look.  They’ll restore your faith in the future of humanity.

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[Because I was such an early arrival I had my choice of seats.  So I took back row center for a direct bead on Mr. Dietz as he put his charges through a little pre-game workout.]

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[It was then I noticed these did not appear to be usual choir attire . . . ]

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[Hey, how ’bout that new grand piano?  A gift to the school from the community!  🙂  ]

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[“It’s nine o’clock on a Saturday, the regular crowd shuffles in . . .”]

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[The Girls Chorus.  I tried to video “Shenandoah” but I had technical difficulties.  You may have noticed I’m at a different angle now.  To be explained . . . ]

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[Still the Girls Chorus, composed largely of underclasswomen.  To be explained . . . ]

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[The Boys Chorus.]

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[Les Marquise, a/k/a, the Ladies in PJ’s]

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[Pop Group]

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[Select Women’s Choir]

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[Now the “to be explained . . .” part.  That’s Mark Ripley.  You may recognize him as “The Competition” in many previous posts.  He’s the school’s photographer/media guy.  He has retired twice but keeps coming back because . . . he loves the job and the kids, and he wanted to be part of the new school.  Oh, as for the multiple shots of the choirs, the Amazing Mr. Ripley was having them all pose for the official school pictures, as long as they were all there and in “uniform.”  I was sitting next to his set-up when I first arrived, but as “the regular crowd shuffled in” I could see I was going to have sight line problems for my photographic efforts.  So I moved to where Ruthie and I sat for the first Central Lakes Concert Association event.  The 2nd CLCA concert is tonight but the supervisor will go with Jami as I “have” to cover the first football section playoff game on the other side of the building.]

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[Select Women’s Choir, again.  And just for fun, the oft-featured in this site, Josie Nelson, is in this choir.  Can you find her?]

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[Alexandria Concert Choir]

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[The super and Jami were at the school as well for a Comm Ed class.  We met at Doolittle’s afterwards . . . a beautiful evening to sit out at the fire pit with a taste of the grape!  And did a flash and no flash.  🙂  ]

Monday is an awful way to spend 1/7th of your life.  ~ Steven Wright

[Editor’s note:  OK, except for last night.]

Up next:  The football game?

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” 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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