“I Love Alex in the Winter” *

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[*  To be sung to the tune of I Love Paris in the Springtime.   A pick up hockey game at Noonan’s park yesterday (Saturday) afternoon.  Yet another beautiful winter day in Vacationland USA.  But we get ahead of ourselves . . .]

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[Jami, Danny, and Tom arrived for “vacation” on Thursday.  Jami immediately dove into a 2,000 piece jigsaw puzzle of Casablanca.  She quickly discovered our card table was too small for the project.  A trip to Menard’s produced a 4×4 hardboard necessary for the task.]

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[Aha!]

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[Aha!  Again.  😉 ]

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The web site following provides live camera coverage of the new high school construction.  The above photo was saved from that site.  The supervisor and I decided to pay a visit to the school yesterday (before Noonan’s park).  We called the kids back home when we got there – they saw us on the computer and saved the series of photos of me walking around the place.  The 1st one I’m waving up at the camera – as I was coming back to the car, an unmarked vehicle drove through and obviously (?) took photos of us and our license plate.  Can you provide bail money?  (OK, just kidding, I think.)

The new high school:  http://www.alexandria.k12.mn.us/Page/4137

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[We asked the kids if they could see us.  They told me to wave.  I looked around for where I thought the camera would be . . . and waved.  Hi everybody!   🙂  ]

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[I wandered south for photo ops . . . with the security camera keeping me under surveillance.  The obelisk in the center of the photo is obviously a 3-story elevator shaft.]

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[I think I’m heading back to the car here.]

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[Indeed . . . as the “patrol” comes through.]

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[Approaching the car – the supervisor messing with all “my” settings on the radio.]

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[Please let me in?]

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[Fleeing the scene!  😉 ]

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[Later, that evening . . .]

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[But we came to document construction progress . . . this is the first time stuff is rising above the ground.  I have reason to suspect this is the peforming arts center going up.]

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[From the Pioneer Road entrance, looking west.]

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[The crane will be used to measure the leaping abilities of the volleyball team.]

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[Wave at the camera!  Looking northeast.]

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[And so I begin my walk.]

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[Looking west.  I’d like to reserve seats in the front row, please.]

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[Grand Arbor, southeast.]

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[Northwest]

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[There’s a separate wall on the left side of the photo?  A stadium facility.  (I suppose I could research this . . . but who has the time?)]

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[Artsy shot to the SW.  Taking a chance the sun doesn’t burn up my electronics.]

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[North, with the Alex watertower in the distance . . . and the supervisor in the car listening to Harper’s Chord.]

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[Grand Arbor is visible through the slot looking SE.]

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[I think I see our seats!]

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[The unknown wall.]

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[Circling around from behind, NE.]

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[North.]

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[Looking NW as heading out the South exit to Pioneer Road.]

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[And then we drove by Noonan’s.]

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[Looking SE from the circle at 9th & Maple.]

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[The goose population is way down at this time of year!  😉 ]

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[Serious pond hockey – full goalie pads.]

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[The ole give and go?]

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[Maple Street – a personal favorite.]

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[Every kid who grew up in Alex has a scent memory of the warming house – wet wool mittens on the heaters!  😉 ]

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[The duck house.]

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[Family skating – kids in strollers.]

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[By this morning, the monster puzzle was completed.]

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[The participants re-enact the placement of the final pieces!]

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[And Tom and Jami qualify for the jigsaw Hall of Fame!  🙂 ]

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[And the supervisor hung her Christmas mosaic with care . . .]

Got [an Uncle Dick expletive], it looks like it is going to be huge! I don’t want Alex. to grow. I want it to stay the same. Who can forget those hard and very uncomfortable bleachers at Jeff. Sr. High?  ~ Gretch

Up next:  Opening presents?  😉

p.s.  The grandson is majoring in computer graphics technology with a minor in computer sciences at Purdue.  No sense in wasting a perfectly good resource.  I put him to work “cleaning” up our computers.  Seriously, my old lap top is now faster than ever.  See, education is a good investment!  Thanks, Tom  🙂

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