Before Hockey Started . . .

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For the supervisor:

Roses are red, roses are puce,

I like lefse, and so do you yuce.,

Roses are pink, roses are yellow,

Now I’m really, one confused fellow.

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[When the trees went bare, neighbor Arnie came over and helped the supervisor double-team the leaves and make the final mow.]

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[The League of Women Voters co-sponsored three political forums this season. At this, for the sheriff’s race at city hall, my camera battery went dead after the first photo.  Not a well-prepared faux journalist!]

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[October 27 marked the unofficial beginning of the winter sports season with the first girls’ hockey practice.  I noted at the time we seemed to be deep and speedy.  🙂  ]

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[Octoberfest on Broadway . . .]

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[And at the Maritime Museum!]

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[Photo courtesy of Bill Engebretson, who was drumming at the museum that evening.  One of the better cell phone photos I’ve ever seen.  🙂  ]

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[November 1 brought on the social event of the season – the annual Turkeyfest at Basketball Dan’s in Woodbury.  Since we were going through St. Paul anyway, we planned a stop at the Science Museum to see “Flight of the Butterflies.”]

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[You wanna do what?]

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[Well, I’m not sure if you can do that here!]

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[Grandma, what big teeth you have?]

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[No really, it’s this BIG!]

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[It was at some point during my excursions through the museum that I walked through a door marked “stairway exit,” only to find I had locked myself in a stairwell!  I hadn’t noticed any signs about “emergency exit only,” but I schlepped both to the top and the bottom of the stairwell only to find all exit doors locked.  I had visions of future headlines reading, “old man discovered dead in museum stairwell.”  I really don’t remember how I got out?  Anyway, the movie was an interesting history.  I hadn’t realized it was a Toronto couple who wondered where Monarchs went in the winter – and it took them 25 years to ultimately discover it was a three generation (of butterflies) roundtrip north and south.  It was a Monarch tagged in Minnesota that gave them proof that these tiny creatures actually did migrate that far, to the mountains of southern Mexico.]

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[Arriving at Dan’s, Sid greets us at the door.  Once lost in the wild fields of eastern suburbia, Dan’s is now pretty much surrounded by malls.]

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[The Alexandria Cardinals have arrived, beverage of choice in hand.]

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[This long running affair features friends and colleagues from those glorious college days of yesteryear, long before there was even a Woodbury, who meet at Dan’s for a full Thanksgiving dinner (a few weeks before the actual holiday) to gorge on a 26-pounder and all the fixings, and to watch as many college football games as possible.  Most have assigned duties they repeat year after year . . . and a good time is had by all!  🙂  ]

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[We returned home for a Central Lakes Concert Association performance the very next day.  Mr. Desare was excellent.]

And then came election day.  Oy!

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And thanks again to all the candidates, their families, and the worker bees!  Good job by all!

When I woke up this morning my girlfriend asked me, “Did you sleep good?” I said, “No, I made a few mistakes.  ~  Steven Wright

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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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