Camp Brosius (Day 4)

August 1

In real time, it is now August 17 and photos of a new Hoosier have just been posted on Facebook.  George Mulder, of solid Minnesota stock, is entering IU’s Musical Theatre program, with the phase-in period aided and abetted by the most famous Hoosier of them all, Reetz (well, tied with her sister, the other ‘Biddie’).  Here’s George, with his folks Nicole and John of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, with the aforementioned Reetz doing some fine dining somewhere in Hoosierland.  At some point this year, George’s Alexandria grandparents will make the trip to Bloomington to see his first stage performance.

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And now back to our regularly scheduled programming . . . 

[Another beautiful morning at camp lakeside . . . ]

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[As we expect all such mornings to be . . . ]

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[The sails all bright and perky, ready to go . . . ]

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[After breakfast, back up top for the flag raising . . . ]

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[And the birdie song.]

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[It was going to be a big morning . . . RACE DAY!!!  Here Ruthie’s Baby sits out front of our cottage, Rappaport, ready to leave for Road America.  Three members from Rappaport – Katie, Beth, and Chris – were going to compete at that internationally-famous venue . . . ]

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[And in short order, we arrive – well, it’s in Elkhart Lake.]

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[The race track . . . ]

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[After checking everyone’s credentials . . . ]

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[We were off . . . ]

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[All the campers, I believe over 40, went driving in . . . ]

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[Past various buildings, restaurants, stands, and such . . . ]

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[Still going . . . ]

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[Even motorcycles . . . ]

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[And we’re here . . . ]

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[The Go-Kart track!]

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[General milling around while the crowd purchases their tickets . . . ]

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[It was getting hot in the bright sun . . . ]

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[There would be 16 karts on the track at once, everyone would have three 5-minute runs, in every 3rd group . . . ]

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[And here’s Katie “Parnelli” Frisbie . . . ]

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[Certainly must be a heat favorite after her successful negotiation of the Subaru from Sheboygan to Elkhart Lake!]

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[And they’re off, and here’s Katie in Kart No. 42 . . . ]

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[Petal to the metal, zoom, zoom, zoom!]

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[Heading into the far turn . . . ]

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[And now I begin to cover some of the other campers coming through, I believe this is Chris . . . ]

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[Then Beth in Katie’s kart . . . ]

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[Then Dan Pratter, the horseshoe king . . . ]

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[Chris, again . . . ]

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[Phyllis Camilleri, geology professor, Austin Peay (yes, one doesn’t need to be a Hoosier)]

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[Kent Longardner, the youngest son of the DOM and Vick, who as a pair have been coming to Brosius for 39 years . . . ]

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[Jenny Longardner, related by marriage to the previously mentioned Kent.]

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[Chris?]

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[Kent?]

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[Chris?]

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[Oh, hi Beth!]

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[And Jenny]

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[Jack Deibert, geology professor, Austin Peay]

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[The pit crews discussing strategies . . . ]

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[Time to go . . . the big boys were having a major event here later in the week.]

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[So what does one do after a hot morning of racing?  Go to the winery!]

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[This is SoLu, in Cascade, about a half hour drive from Elkhart Lake . . . ]

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[This winery is really quite new but appears to have big plans . . . ]

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[They have a vineyard, and . . . beehives!  Their number one wine, at the moment, and maybe will be their specialty, is mead (honey wine was humankind’s first alcoholic beverage . . . ]

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[That’s fine, I find mead quite tasty.  But they also have a lot of the basics, and in their vineyard are growing Marquette and Frontenac grapes.]

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[Outdoor drinking (and eating?) and . . . music . . . ]

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[And since we were all out of our “Other” wine . . . ]

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[We needed some more . . . ]

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[And through our tastings, the Super and I settled on an ice wine (always good) and a Traminette (like gewurztraminer) . . . ]

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[And then back to camp for some fine dining . . . ]

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[And I believe this night was actually “adult dining” night (the kids are sent to town for bowling and hot dogs), though the DOM seems totally nonplussed about it all . . . ]

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[And then in continuation of an already busy day, it was university program night. Every year someone from the university gives a one night presentation to the campers about their area of expertise.  This year it was Marla Mock on diabetes.  I asked if I could take her picture because she looked like Alexandria’s school superintendent, Julie Critz . . . ]

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[Julie Critz]

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What I know about auto racing could be inscribed with a dry Magic Marker on the lip of a Coke bottle.  ~  David Foster Wallace

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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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2 Responses to Camp Brosius (Day 4)

  1. JamiG4 says:

    Bwahahaha! I really thought you were going to do the track in real cars! Nice teaser. I think your instructor is a mix between Julie & Jeanne Reed. Fun stuff.

  2. ruthao1945 says:

    Didn’t want anyone killed. One gal crashed her cart into an empty cart in the pits. Think they banned her from further runs and I always parked far from her dented/scratched car.

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