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

Panama Canal (Day 18)

January 1 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico [In the annals of cruising with the Super, this will long be known as the day of the sunrise . . . and of the sunset . . . ] [It was also New … Continue reading

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Panama Canal (Day 17)

New Year’s Eve December 31 [This was Rita’s 75th birthday, the day before the Super’s.  We were hoping for a big birthday double header . . . ] [By now you should have gotten the hint that it was another … Continue reading

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Panama Canal (Days 15 & 16)

At Sea December 29 And now three days at sea as we begin the long trek to our final two destinations:  Cabo San Lucas and Los Angeles. [These are actually welcome days from the hustle and bustle of daily port … Continue reading

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1,000!!!!

April 1 Lest you haven’t been keeping score, this is the 1,000th posting on this blog!  By a show of hands, how many of you have seen all of them?  Really?  OK, let’s go back to the beginning, from the … Continue reading

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Panama Canal (Day 14)

December 28 Guatemala [Sunrise approaching Guatemala . . . ] [Central America’s signature volcano ranges . . . ] [Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles . . . ] [OK, we’ve apparently aready sped by any port activities and are … Continue reading

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Panama Canal (Day 13)

December 27 Nicaragua [Land ho!] [Welcome to the land of volcanoes.  On the Pacific side, along the entire length of the country – a whole bunch of volcanoes.] [Coming upon Isla del Cardon on the way to the port of … Continue reading

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State Tournament . . . Again?

March 14 Yes, again!  For the third weekend in a row – first, girls hockey; then, boys hockey; and finally, girls basketball! [The Cardinals were playing the No. 1-seed, Robbinsdale Cooper, at 10:00am Wednesday.  I no longer drive beyond a … Continue reading

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