Lands Down Under (Day 1)

January 10

Lest you’ve been wondering where we’ve been . . .


[Preparations the day of departure.]







[Cruised down Broadway, Christmas lights still up.  They’re usually down by now but cold, windy weather likely unhastened their removal.]



[Rita flew in from Indianapolis to join us for our flight to Los Angeles.  Here The Biddies demonstrate their manual dexterity on their respective entertainment screens.]


[Coming into LA, not exactly California sunshine as noted on the video.]




[Our wings to Sydney, Australia.  This would be my first trip south of the Equator – the Super had previously been to the Republic of the Congo (then Zaire) on business.  You will notice on a globe that the Northern Hemisphere has much greater land mass than the Southern Hemisphere.  Makes one wonder why the Earth doesn’t tip over?  It’s that age old question:  What weighs more, a pound of water or a pound of sand?]


[The Biddies stick their passports in the appropriate equipment prior to leaving the country.  We would do this many more times during the course of the trip.  Made us feel like telling the authorities where they could stick it!  But we were soon off on the totally enjoyable 14-hour flight to the Lands Down Under (the enjoyable part is fake news!)]


FYI.  We were incommunicado for most of the trip.  If you want internet access on an ocean liner, you have to take out a 2nd mortgage.  We had at least 4 days totally at sea – so no visits then with the folks back home.  Whenever we had a shore excursion day, everyone on the boat rushed out for wifi access.  We tried to do do some Facebook postings and check e-mail then but never had a lot of time to do so.

A cruise ship is a floating town of lazy people.  ~  Garrison Keillor

Up Next:  Will now vary for some time between winter sports and the cruise.  And taxes! Don’t forget taxes!

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” 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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1 Response to Lands Down Under (Day 1)

  1. ruthao1945 says:

    Am I the only one who likes seeing Tom shovel snow in his bathrobe and slippers?

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