What’s Been Happenin’?

Well, the high school winter sports season is over, so . . .

Hi, do you know who we are?  If not, see answer at the bottom (photo on loan from FB).

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March 14

[It’s pizza night at The Depot.  BTW, that fatigue jacket is older than Marco Rubio. And it spent two years at USASTRATCOM, Long Lines Battalion, Fort Buckner, Sukiran, Okinawa . . . and 3 months after it left there, the U.S. turned Okinawa over to Japan. Coincidence?  I think not!  For history buffs, Okinawa didn’t care for that either – they wanted total independence. Okinawans are not Japanese – they are Ryukyuans, as Okinawa is the largest of the Ryukyu Islands.  Just thought you may want to know.]

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[Well, it was National ‘pi’ Day!]

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March 16

[Well, it was National “work on  your taxes” Day!]

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March 17

[At SAWA with Enterprise, with Jim, a recent escapee from Arizona, and Kevin.]

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March 19 – The Last Day of Winter

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March 20 – The First Day of Spring

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[And later that day . . . woo! woo!  Gopher women’s hockey team brings pride to the Minnesota sports scene with yet another national title (Strib photo).]

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March 22 – Jami’s Birthday and Empty Bowls

[But she began the day with Mom and Dad helping out at Brad’s, “some assembly” was required.]

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[Then on to “Empty Bowls” at the high school, an annual fund raiser with the goal to feed 100 people.  And at the new high school, it comes with entertainment – here Josie Nelson.]

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[Then The Carolers, with Josie taking up her spot on the far right.]

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[And we assume belly dancing, because of increased interest, will be offered as a course option beginning at the kindergarten level.]

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[I’m a lumberjack and I’m OK!]

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[Yes, the Super, once again, scored in a silent auction.]

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[Back home, a birthday salute to Jami!  We dusted off a bottle of Carlos Creek port that I’m sure we’d had on hand for over 10 years.]

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[Though the cork totally crumbled upon opening, we pronounced the product to be quite tasty!]

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[We’re port drinking lumberjacks and we’re OK!]

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[How ’bout them empty bowls?  The students make these and purchase is your ticket to entry.  Thanks to Abby Pohlen and Mikayla for these two (as signed on the bottom).]

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March 23

[Taking full advantage of half-price bottle night at SAWA, the Super revels in a $59.00 bottle of Rombauer zinfandel!]

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[While we enjoyed the music stylings of Erik Schultz, just returned from running away from winter to Arizona for three months, and Tom Mulder.]

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[Despite a lonely three months apart, they opined performing together again was just like riding a bike.]

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[“Woman II” by David Weatherly of Elbow Lake – part of the art display at SAWA.  I immediately pronounced “her” to be my sister-in-law, Karen.]

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[And, yes, several others agreed!]

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March 24

[ICE OUT on beautiful Lake Darling, about a month ahead of “normal.”]

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[That night with Finestra at SAWA, with Jay (hiding behind the speaker), Arlen, and Wally.]

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[Not to be outdone by Karen, a similarity between these two?  “Old Man in Hat,” also by David Weatherly.]

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[A full moon over the newly ice free beautiful Lake Darling.  The 2nd photo is an enhancement of the 1st.]

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Answer:  Rachel Banham, Gopher star, with Kendall Kohler and Macy Hatlestad, the Cardinals starting backcourt.

May you sell everything and retire to Florida just as global warming makes it uninhabitable.  ~ Jewish curse

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Up next:  May be Europe?

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Query:  Just wondering why the blog would have over 150 hits on March 24, ten days after the previous posting?

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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