The First Week of June

The start of summer?  There were indications.  The Owens and the Waldelands had returned from their winter retreats, and we had a reunion at SAWA on the 2nd.  There is no photographic evidence of this endeavor . . . which is just as well as it could have been used against us in a court of law.

Friday and Saturday turned out to be quite nice days actually – a complete contrast to the season so far.  Friday was so nice we decided to pay our first visit to the newly re-opened Old Broadway, now Main Street Brewery, where we sat outside with, among others, a 50th-birthday party and a bachelorette party.  We enjoyed the meal if not the din.  The highlight was seeing hockey players from the not too distant pass – Stacey Paulzine was the hostess and Brittany Lind was our server.

And then it was off to back-to-back nights at SAWA as Dan Mahar was headlining.  On the 2nd night, he was joined by Terry Kennedy for a bit.  In the photo with Ruthie, Dan was performing Ruthless.  June 3 was also “Manhattan-henge,” as the sun aligns perfectly with NYC’s east-west street patterns.  June 4, an Orange Crush sunrise over Lake Darling.

http://www.youtube.com/user/ruthobert#p/a/u/0/NJX7rcDeo2g

Continuing my “collection” of performances of this great song, the above YouTube video is Mr. Mahar’s Hallelujah.  Ruthie noted the sunshine through her wine glass (Hob Nob pinot noir, if you’re keeping score at home).

On Saturday, the 5th, Alexandria welcomed its hometown Beetles, of the Northwoods League (a summer collegiate league), with a parade down Broadway.  The highlight was next-door-neighbor, Dangerous Dan, chauffeuring Mr. and Mrs. Mayor in his red Jag convertible.

And then it was off to the winery where Mikko was flying solo:

And finally, Sam Trumm’s (see previous posts) was the first graduation party, and the supervisor was among the first arrivals:

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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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