The 4th

. . . and some of the surrounding days.

June 29

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[Cousin Barb, who has won a State Public Links and two Resorters tournaments, got her first hole-in-one at Majestic Oaks in the Cities.  All I can say is, “Well, Barb, you finally caught up to me.”]

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June 30

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[Do you suppose it has anything to do with this year being our class’s 50th reunion that they decided to tear down our high school?]

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[And Cardinal Country posted by Kohler on the 2nd.]

What’s goin’ on downtown?

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[Our 2008 Girls’ State Hockey Champions?]

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[“The talent” (David Christman) putting up the marquis?  I wouldn’t do that without a net!]

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[Then Corliss went and did the retirement thing on all of us!  Corliss . . . see you at the ball games!  (Well, and hockey games.)]

What, the day’s still not done?

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[Of course, the holiday is all about getting together with family – with the family on the lake.  Fortunately, we live far enough away that only the grandson made the trek, with his new close personal friend.  Celia and Tom will be both be seniors at Purdue this year.  As such, Tom is allowed to drive the Super’s car . . . and I’m not?]

July 1

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[Let’s take the kids to the Arrowwood deck for an evening with Glen Everhart.  Tom went for the double deck cheeseburger and won a quarter off me for eating the whole thing, much to the dismay of Celia.]

July 2

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[Well, we had to take them to SAWA to see the Salty Dogs.  They’re old enough to drink now, but I told them that means one glass of wine per year until they’re 55.  The Super did not permit wine drinking by Cecilia (a close relative of the fiddler), who napped immediately on her shoulder.  The duck car owner is a close relative of the tenor.]

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[Aunt Toody, a/k/a, sister Gretchen, enjoying the good life in our nation’s capital.]

July 3

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[The humidity, dew point, and Canadian wildfires joined forces to form what I call an air conditioning and ice cubes kind of day.  We had to venture out to see the Hoosier kids who rented a wave rider from Arrowwood and were going to raise havoc on the chain.  At the end of our dock I looked left, then straight ahead, then right where Arnie, Barbie, and Bodie were enjoying a swim.  Then the kids came – Tom driving first, then Celia.  They ventured all the way to Carlos State Park.]

The 4th

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[For years we did the Lake Carlos Boat Parade.  But now the Moby Obie has been gone for two years.  The Super and I decided to take the convertible out to see what we could see.]

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[Approaching the Carlos-Darling bridge.]

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[Heard from other sources that it might have been the biggest turnout ever.]

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[Mmmmmmm!!   Ribs, beans, cole slaw, deviled eggs, chips, and . . . Corona!]

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[Our neighbors were out trying to catch their holiday dinner.]

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[Lucy and friends at Bug-A-Boo Bay.]

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[Because last year’s posting from Paris just wasn’t snooty enough.]

July 5

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[And off go the kids and the grandkids to the northern property . . . ]

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[The Super and I ventured out to the winery for Jim and Anthony Miltich bookending Victor Facio.  I thoroughly enjoyed sitting in a puddle of my own sweat.]

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[Apparently well known in bicycling circles?]

I married beneath me – all women do.  ~  Nancy Astor

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Up next:  Aren’t we about due for another vacation?

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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