For reasons that will only become clear in mid-January (likely), we will not be able to produce a timely Merry Christmas (no “war on” here!) blog this year. I know a number of you may endure miniscule hardships as a result . . . my apologies.  In lieu thereof, the Christmas letter of 1990 was significant in that there were major family events . . . and it was the first year I shamelessly pilfered Dave Barry’s Year-in-Review format:


January 1 – The new year begins and I refuse to go near a scale.healthy meal

February – Temperatures far above normal – an abnormal warming trend that meteorologists claim is the result of pent-up desires of a record number of golfers eager to return to the links.

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March 24 – April 4 – Aunt Pearl and Uncle Ted host Ruth and me in Colorado for the NCAA Basketball Tournament.  Ruth and Ted ski; being of allegedly sound mind and body, I sit in the safe and warm comfiness of the lodge and contemplate more serious matters.


April 9 – We grieve the loss of Uncle Dick, a lifelong joy to family and friends.  We are heartened that he was able to return to his beloved Minnesota and, as the world’s No. 1 sports fan,  see his Golden Gophers come within one shot of going to the Final Four shortly before he died.


May 1 – A Hallmark holiday without much meaning for those long since graduated from elementary school.

June 21 – Katy, Karen, and Cam [pre-Michael John] move back to Minnesota – the state subsequently succumbed to political weirdness as the fall elections approached!


July 4 – Chris sends Jessica to bail out leaking boat.


July 5 – Chris sends Nich to bail out leaking boat.

July 6 – Chris sends Janet to bail out leaking boat.

July 7 – Chris shoots leaking boat.


July 27 – Ruth drops several carloads of clothes at Rose McMullen’s new consignment shop – becomes independently wealthy in a matter of weeks.


August 4 – 10 – Resorters Golf Tournament in Alexandria where I totally embarrass myself and Cam gets blitzed by a 14-year old.  Cousin Barb saves family face by capturing the women’s title.


August 17 – 19 – 25th High School Class Reunion and I’m obviously (as everyone else also thought) the youngest looking person there!


August 20 – Natalia relieved that the run of summer guests is finally over.  But as we all know, THAT’S WHAT YOU GET FOR LIVING ON A LAKE IN MINNESOTA (or, “Minnesota, My Minnesota,” the state anthem)!


August 31 – Gretchen (“I’ll never get married!”) gets married!  What else can one say? – Welcome to the family, Mohamed.


October 13 – On a hot, muggy day, the Mavericks win 5 softball games in a row for the severely aging team’s first championship in three years.  Several muscles are pulled in the ensuing celebration.


October 20 – Basketball Dan and Pam arrive from New Jersey for a bike trip to Mount Vernon.  No serious injuries are reported.


October 21 – At long last Basketball Dan is taken for his dream meal at the Cozy Inn (a rustic country inn?) in Thurmont (Camp David), Maryland.  He discovers a touristy, pig-out joint and promises never to forgive me.


October 25 – 27 – Fishing trip to the Outer Banks is cut short by a nor’easter which collapses the Oregon Inlet Bridge – one can only bowl so many games.


November 7 – Newt Gingrich wins reelection by .6% – claims national mandate.  [Well, she turned me into a newt!]


November 21 – For the first time in memory (?), I arrive at work and discover and find that my underwear is on inside out.  Yet another sign of creeping senility [Editorial comment: And that was 17 years ago!]


November 27 – USA Today makes my day by headlining that “thinning hair is in.”


December 3 – The Government announces further, in a continuing series of, hiring freezes.  The youngest remaining bureaucrat allegedly is eligible to retire within three years.





It really was quite a year!  (All photos were subsequently added strictly for purposes of this blog.) 

We end this missive, as usual, with Lisa . . .

Aren’t we forgetting the true meaning of Christmas. You know, the birth of Santa?  ~ Matt Groening

About tomobert63

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. Mark Brown says:

    So many memories…i’m Sure I averaged in the 60’s that year in golf.

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