A Blatant Request for Charity (Part Deux)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Before we go any further it behooves me (don’t you just love being behooved?) to let those outside the normal Alexandria commuting area know that tomorrow will be the coldest Thanksgiving in 29 years (two years ago it was 60 degrees!).  And to add insult to injury, tomorrow will be that one in 10 Thanksgiving in which we have snow on the ground – the result of having the longest stretch of days below freezing in November since . . . 1880!  But despite all that, we still have open water (and, surprisingly, fish houses) on beautiful Lake Darling.

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[Photos taken Thanksgiving Eve morning.]

But I digress.  The purpose of this missive is to remind you all we’re heading into the holiday season, a/k/a, the gift giving season.  And by virtue of your “membership” in this publication’s mailing list, you all qualify as someone who as a smart friend once remarked, “If I can’t eat it or drink it, I don’t need it or I already have it.”  Thus, on those special holidays, i.e., birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, and Guy Fawkes Day, it would certainly be appreciated if you “gifted” the United Way (UW) of Douglas and Pope Counties in the name of your intended giftee.  Thank you very much.

If I Had a Million Dollars . . .

Now I realize that only about 50 per cent of you have a million dollars.  But all of you have a certain amount of disposable income.  Here’s an example of what you can dispose of it on:

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The super and I started going to the Empty Bowls fundraisers at the high school a few years ago.  I was so impressed by this “needs” list on all the tables that I took this photo.  These are UW facts . . . and the “whys” as to the necessities of these programs.  These figures really haven’t changed – 1 out of 5 kids in Douglas County is hungry; and you may have noticed the story in the Strib last week that 1 out of 30 kids in this country is homeless.  Hunger and homelessness are the two main issues for the local UW.  The high school kids do their part with the Empty Bowls program, where you can also be entertained by the likes of Terry Kennedy!

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And here once again is the local UW website.  Please help if you can . . . and also please share this message family and friends.  Again, thank you!


I think I am, therefore, I am. I think.  ~  George Carlin

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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