3 Days in Long Pants in August

General introduction:  August is generally a hot, dry month in these environs.  It’s the one month out of the entire year that Minnesota’s carefully groomed lawns may brown up a bit. This August, however, will go down as the first month in probably a decade to be cooler and wetter than normal.

August 25

[The first of 3 straight days at the winery.  There was lots of other stuff going on in Vacationland USA, as there always is at this time of year, but we were too weathered out and/or tired out to partake of such.  If life hands you a lemon, take a nap . . . ]

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[Nice to be back with an old friend . . . ]

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[The forecast was for chilly and rainy – and it was.  Nevertheless, we had a small but elite group for Anthony . . . ]

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[We were joined by the Bergers, before they take off for their month-long sojourn through the great American West.]

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[OK, this isn’t Anthony.  But he played this (from his iPad?) during his last break – and we agreed that we love Bonnie Raitt and we love this song.]


August 26

[Yes, folks were in jackets for the Salty Dogs the next day.  Forecast was for a 90 percent chance for rain.  When we arrived, we couldn’t believe they were outside.  Here the Super captures her “Missing U at” photo . . . ]

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[Superior concentration by the boys . . . ]

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[It was a Saturday, so the regular crowd shuffled in . . . plus there was a wedding and a couple other wedding planning parties, so the place was hopping.]

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[Did we mention it was windy, chilly, and sticky?  Greg had two bows for his fiddle, but the hair loses tension in the humidity and you can only tighten them so much.  He wore out both bows, but luckily Lesley showed and had another with her.  It’s handy-dandy if your spouse is also a violinist.]

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[One of the wedding planning parties consisted of the 2012 (OK, a guess) All-American cheerleading team (OK, also a guess) . . . ]

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[Needless to say, it created an extra layer of fun . . . ]

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[And a photo by another member of said party.]

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Thanks, Nicole!!

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[Word on the street had it this video went viral in Renville.  And as you know, you can always trust “the street” as a source because that’s where we all learned about the birds and the bees.]


August 27

[Yup, another raw day for the Cheese Bots.  They began setting up inside, but it was suggested there aren’t that many outdoor performance days in Minnesota so they should give it a shot.  Like the previous day, somehow a rain delay never occurred?]

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[Barbara and Bob Foss, the keepers of the Alexandria music calendar!]

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[Found out Barbara’s birthday is two days before mine.  Oh, and Shelly Karnis was there and we share our birthday.  And the next night Shelly was also at the Andria to watch her daugher Sara perform in Stormy Weather.]

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[I hope the guys don’t mind.  They made two attempts at this fast-paced Brubeck classic, but due to circumstances beyond their control were unable to finish.  Jim, “Fromage du Jour,” needed baling wire, super glue, and/or duct tape to keep his music from blowing away.  He was ultimately tossed for a 2-yard loss on the 50-yard line, but everyone appreciated the effort to get as far as they did!]


August 28 (Bonus coverage)

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[The Super leads the way to the theater . . . ]

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[See that marquee?  It’s old and getting structurally unsound.  They would like to replace it was a new digital marquee.   So if you have a couple bucks kind of wasting away in an off-shore tax haven, why don’t you pass them along?]

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[This was Paulette’s third such period piece, and she and the cast produced another tour de force . . . ]

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[They’re not only fun and entertaining, but you get a little history lesson as well . . . ]

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[For example, many locals probably didn’t know that Deb Trumm worked at the Hotel Alexandria in 1936, or that the Andria Theater opened in 1933 with a Star Wars prequel?]

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[Many thanks again to you all!]

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Friends come and go like waves of the ocean . . . but the true ones stick, like an octopus on your face.  ~  Domesticated Momster

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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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