Alexandria, Home of the . . . Tigers?

OK, we’re getting ahead of ourselves here.  But several days ago we left the cozy confines of home to venture out on America’s highways and byways on Memorial Day weekend.  Always a bad omen considering our usual travel misadventures.  Actually, Memorial Day weekend just happened to coincide with the one and only grandchild’s graduation from high school in Noblesville, Indiana.  Since he is a very smart and handsome young man (of course!), we were proud and delighted to be part of his week-long festivities, overcoming our trip trepidations to be there.  The trip is a story for another day.  The graduation party has now come and gone – also a story for another day.  We will visit other Hoosier family in the interim between now and graduation on Friday – stories as yet to unravel.

Memorial Day dawned with the promise to be yet another 90+ degree day here in Central Indiana.  (The previous day’s Indy 500 was run in record high temperatures.)  The ladies decided, therefore, it would be a good day to spend time at the pool.  The son-in-law, Danny Gaither (his last name will take on added significance as we proceed), decided it would be a good day to take me to Alexandria . . . Indiana.  [Editor’s note:  I could have been an Alexandrian my entire life – except I opted for Arlington, rather than Alexandria, Virginia, to save about 10 minutes in commuting time.]

Alexandria is about 20 minutes from Noblesville.  It’s population is 5,000+.  The locals refer to their town as either “Alex” or “Aleck,” not “Alexandria” – sound familiar?

[Note the street sign is Broadway!  🙂 ]

[We parked and walked around dowtown – cute, huh?  We were thankful we only had to cover a couple of blocks – it was more than balmy.]

[Hawking the Alexandria Times-Tribune.]

[Go Tigers!!]

[Fortunately, a school employee was there watering plants around the tennis courts – the coach? – and he permitted me access to the school for . . . well, you know.]

[And now “so long” to the Tigers – and hello to . . .]

[Do you remember the son-in-law’s last name?]

[The Gaither family is big-time gospel music performers . . .]

[And this is where they, and other big-time gospel performers, record.]

[Danny, to his knowledge, is at best a distant relative.  😦  ]

Thus endth the tour of Alex.  We hope to be returning home to Alex this weekend.  Afterall, graduation parties aren’t restricted to Indiana!  🙂  ]

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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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