Happy New Year/Birthday!

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[A blizzard, a roundabout, the Legion skating rink (?) . . . welcome to Alexandria.]

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[Nephew Michael John Obert performing at Augsburg.  I believe that’s a cello.]

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[Uncle Mo w/ his and our grandniece, Liney, in beautiful downtown historic Fredericksburg, Virginia, over the holidays.]

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[Liney’s mom, our niece, Kady.]

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[Aunt Toodie holding Liney’s new baby sister, Charlotte.]

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[The new sisters . . . ]

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[A blast from the past.  A seriously funny holiday moment w/ friends Rose and Dick McMullen outside Carlyle Grand Cafe in Shirlington, Virginia.  This Christmas apparition appeared with a schtick that tickled Rose’s funny bone.  I can’t remember the substance, but she played it well – a professional actor?]


[New Year’s Eve, party two for the evening, at Sixth Avenue Wine & Ale.  Al & friends were performing before a packed it house.  Yup, we had fun.  And it was great to see Sami Steidl, who appeared unannounced from Colorado, again – our original Alex musical wunderkind.]

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[New Year’s Eve was the Super’s sister Rita’s birthday.  New Year’s Day is the Super’s!  We begin with her beloved Camp Brosius in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, and continue with her usual assortment of tasteless birthday cards.]

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[What every girl wants for her birthday: A bottle of spendy champagne, a box of chocolates, and a light weight, battery-operated hand drill! ]

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[So, Happy New Year and Happy Birthday, Ruthie . . . ]

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[And don’t let the new year curb your enthusiasm!]

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Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight people. So overweight people are now average… which means, you have met your New Year’s resolution. ~  Jay Leno

Up next:  Not done with Hawaii (by a long shot)!

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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