“Completely Personal”

[Intended to pay homage to Dad’s Somewhat Personal columns for the Park Region Echo. Sometimes “homages” are a little light in the “pay” department]:

Last night the supervisor and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary!  Yes, on Valentine’s Day – so I wouldn’t forget the date (though to this day, I can never remember whether it’s the 12th or the 14th?).  Over the last several years, this celebration has either taken place at SAWA – or at a girls’ hockey tournament game.  Last night – SAWA (the hockey tournament game is tonight).  Surrounded by dozens of our closest friends, we enjoyed a four-course meal from Chef Matthew – and poetry and song from Dave and Marilyn Bengston, who for the 3rd year in a row came all the way from Long Prairie to provide the entertainment.  Yes, we enjoyed it all.

[The books are from her sister, Rita 🙂 – the chocolates from me.]

[Chef Matthew]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzWeN-bVDUc&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFqoPfP1KHc

In keeping with the completely personal aspects of this column, in doing “deep” research I ran across this short bio from a few years ago, a questionaire either from Ladies Home Journal or Cosmo, I would assume:

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? 
    “Peeping” Tom 

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? 

    Every time George W. Bush opens his mouth 

3. Do you like your handwriting? 

    What’s “handwriting”? 
         
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? 

    Bebe Neuwirth (Oh, I thought it said lunch “meet”)

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?

     Puh-leeze!

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?

     Is that a trick question?
 
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM ALOT? 

    My life’s blood . . .

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS 

     . . . and 3 wisdom teeth.

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?

     I only jump to conclusions. 

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? 

     Eggos 
 
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?

      I can’t bend over to tie them in the first place. 

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?

      I have been known to lift a fork to mouth many times in succession.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?

      Cold and frozen

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT  PEOPLE? 

      Whether they have hair. 

15. RED OR PINK? 

      My goal in life is to have a pink Vespa, with full black leathers.

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?

      See answer to No. 11.

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST 
     

      Paul Lynde 

18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? 

      With luck, it will get lost in cyber space. 

19. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? 
      

       I type naked. 

20.  WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? 

       Chocolate chip cookies – a dietary staple!

21.  WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO NOW?

        I live on Lake Darling, in Alexandria – so it’s always . . . the wind!

22. IF YOU WHERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?

      I would prefer to be a Magic Marker.

23.  FAVORITE SMELLS?

       See answer to No. 20.

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? 
 

      I’m still waiting for a call. 

25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU?

       😉

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?

      Eating contests

27. HAIR COLOR?

      OK, who put that one in here?

28. EYE COLOR?

       Blood shot (the Wine & Ale last night)

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?

      See answer to preceding question. 

30. FAVORITE FOODS?

       Redundant

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? 

      Jack Nicholson – so, either one.

 32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?

       I don’t know – I was too scared!

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? 

      See answer to No. 19.

34. SUMMER OR WINTER? 

      Fall (OK, I’m a smartass.) 

35. HUGS OR KISSES? 
     

       Nibbles 

36. FAVORITE DESSERT? 

      Again, redundant 

37. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? 

      The CIA!  

38. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND?

      See answer to No. 17

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?        

      “(Not that You Asked)”  

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? 

      Whatever it was, I just washed it off (eee-yew!) 

41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON T.V. LAST NIGHT? 

       [Deleted – this is a family oriented publication.] 

42. FAVORITE SOUND? 
     Terry and Al sang “Harvest Moon” again for us last night at the Wine & Ale

 43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? 

      Beatles (is that a straight answer?) 

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? 

      As yet, undiscovered. 

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? 

      The hospital has long since been razed! 

47. WHOSE ANSWERS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK?

      Oh, you guys . . . 

48. WHAT TIME IS IT NOW? 

       Time for a nap.

The following photos are from the Minneapolis Tribune Parade Magazine article Dad wrote about in his above Somewhat Personal column:

[Dad overlooking 6th and Broadway in Alex.]

[Dad and Keith Wallace with the bogus string of fish noted in his column.]

[Dad at his desk at the Park Region Echo.]

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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