Panama Canal (Days 20 & 21)

At Sea

January 2 & 3

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[Another two days at sea before our final stop in Los Angeles . . . ]

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[On the first day, the Super and I just went up on the “roof” to chill . . . ]

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[We pretty much had the whole place to ourselves?]

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[How ’bout a quick 9 holes?  Here’s the outward . . . ]

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[Here’s the inward . . . ]

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[Or shuffleboard (curling without ice) . . . ]

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[Top o’ the world . . . ]

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[I can make this putt with my eyes closed!]

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[A spy, to keep an eye on us.  Or is it just Tom Clancy . . . ]

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[Did I already use, Top o’ the world?]

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[Either a commentary on the state of our republic . . . ]

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[Or a report that Twinkies could not be considered a diet food.]

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[The next day . . . ]

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[3:00 am.  Beat the rush to the laundry room.  Going home in two days . . . ]

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[We began the day with a little whale watching . . . ]

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[But they were a little far away . . . ]

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[None-the-less, the crow’s watch was crowded . . . ]

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[Looking around the corner and backwards . . . ]

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[The big screen in the atrium was featuring our passage through the Panama Canal . . . ]

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[There was a professional photographer on board who took these photos by drone . . . ]

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[But then everybody rushed up front again on rumors of whale sightings . . . ]

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[And back to the big screen . . . ]

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[Can you see me?  Me neither.  But I was on the portside of the observation deck . . . ]

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[The photos were terrific – and I was amazed how well I was able to photo them off the big screen . . . ]

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[I think I was wearing a shirt . . . ]

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[This one catches the lock opening . . . ]

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[And the rest of the day was party time.  One third of the passengers would be leaving the ship in L.A., so it was a so long, it’s been good to know ya . . . ]

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[This was the Viking Band . . . ]

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[Heather charmed with her mezzo soprano voice . . . ]

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[This guy was very good (name forgotten) as a singing piano player . . . ]

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[Brigi on violin joined the band’s piano player . . . ]

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[Elmer, another operatic voice, who I believe was on Heather’s staff . . . ]

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[The captain was entertaining . . . and funny, as only Norwegians can be.]

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[A toast from the ship’s “officer” class . . . ]

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[And then the entire ship’s crew and staff came forward . . . ]

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[The guests were represented on all three atrium floors . . . ]

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[Yup, the kitchen staff – very important!]

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[Guests were planted on the stairs leading up to the big screen.  That’s our friend Jack snapping a shot . . . ]

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[A selfie as the stairs begin to clear . . . ]

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[Say goodnight folks!]

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[The Super gets one last shot . . . ]

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[On departure, checking out the big screen . . . ]

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[Then back to class.  Dr. Lori was giving a preview about Los Angeles, our next stop . . . ]

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[Our last evening with the Viking Classical Trio . . . ]

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[Our final thanks to Esza on flute, Brigi on violin, and Szylvia on cello.]

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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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