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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! **********************************************************************************

Gopher Coaches Caravan

May 24 I believe this is the “something-somethingth” annual Golden Gopher Coaches Caravan, junkets to geographical parts of the state where the tallest structures are grain elevators, to sell the local denizens on the joys and pride in supporting the … Continue reading

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Alumni in Cars Getting Lunches

At the request of absolutely nobody, I have decided to blog the two years (so far) of the Boys of ’65 luncheon dates.  The idea for monthly lunches sprang from the fertile mind of Little Mayo who decided it would … Continue reading

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Softball and Theatre L’Homme Dieu

May 5 (Cinco de Mayo) [PLAY BALL: Finally, weather worthy of the season.  A rare Saturday session – Eden Valley – Watkins and Jamestown, ND, came to town for a round robin.  This was not previously on the schedule.  I … Continue reading

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Finally Spring, Finally Track

April 20 To the best of my recollections, this was the first outdoor event of the spring season. This meet was originally scheduled to take place in Sartell.  Sartell is southeast of Alex. It still had too much snow. We … Continue reading

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Panama Canal (Last Two Days)

January 4 Los Angeles [I don’t now what this is, but it was the first photo taken back in the good ole U. S. of A.] [Port of Los Angeles, a/k/a America’s Port, in San Pedro . . . ] … Continue reading

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River Songs & Tales

April 8 We interrupt the final completion of the Panama Canal cruise to include the subject songs and tales from VocalEssence and “Mark Twain” at the high school’s Performing Arts Center.  We had seen this performance a couple of years … Continue reading

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Panama Canal (Days 20 & 21)

At Sea January 2 & 3 [Another two days at sea before our final stop in Los Angeles . . . ] [On the first day, the Super and I just went up on the “roof” to chill . . … Continue reading

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