A Prairie Home Companion

When a “Those Who Stay Behind” Annual Soiree isn’t enough to sate a weekend. How ’bout a trip to the Fitzgerald Theater on Exchange Street in St. Paul, kitty-corner from the Church of Scientology, across the street from the McNally Smith College of Music (and Dylan, the dinosaur), around the corner from the Minnesota Children’s Museum, and just down the block from Mickey’s Dining Car. It was a special date after all – twelve thirteen fourteen – and the guy is 72 years old now. We had seen him twice before, but never at his “home” at the Fitzgerald. It was 50 degrees in mid-December (it may have hit 30 twice the entire month of November) – the snow was almost gone from downtown St. Paul.

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[This was our Christmas present from “the kids.”  Thanks again, Jami and Danny, it was terrific!]

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So, after ambling around the neighborhood, we’re in our seats.  And here’s our program . .

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[We were hoping for a visit with GK himself but had some fun with Fred Newman and Dean Magraw!  🙂  ]

We spent the night partying with family in Mounds View and next morning went with brother Cam to the Como Park Conservatory for their Christmas display.  Other members of the household decided to sack in.

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[As you can see, it’s quite balmy for a December 14.  Cam, whose permanent winter whine is, “I want to move to Miami Beach,” is wearing a tee shirt sans jacket.]

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[Here we are, “Big and Bigger!”  Cam has an associate’s degree in landscaping which actually makes him quite useful as a tour guide.]

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[The bears are Neil and Buzz, which gives you and idea who they were named after and about how old they must be.]

Danny drove us all the way back home in the “soup,” and it was especially bad when we got to Alex.  And this is why we don’t like 50-degree weather in winter!

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Yesterday I told a chicken to cross the road. It said, “what for?”  ~ Steven Wright

Up next:  Looks like sports.

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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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