A sad day at Oklahoma State today


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Another sad day for the Oklahoma State University family.  Our hearts are heavy today for all those impacted at the Home Coming Parade by this event in Stillwater.  Our prayers and thoughts are with the families of the killed and injured.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking/ct-oklahoma-state-parade-crash-20151024-story.html

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Working class…


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A few years ago when I went back to Oklahoma State for homecoming, a fellow has this old orange truck with a complete OSU bar in the back.  But the truck is what struck me the most.  A working class track still on the job after all these years. It was not “restored”, but more preserved… with renwed purpose and second a second chance at a more leasuerly life.  We’ll cared for and loved, a treasure in time.

THE TRIP – Part 2


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After rolling through St. Louis it was off to another 6 or 7 hours down the road.  We stopped in Joplin for dinner and to take a short break.  One’s back side get’s sore from sitting the car for most of the day….. 

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Joplin, MO seems like It’s still recovering from the tornado a few years ago. You can still see places where it’s apparent that there was a structure there at one time and now it’s just s slab of concrete. When we came out of the restaurant, there were a bunch of birds sitting on some power lines across the street.  It was amazing to listen to them chatter.  Every once in a while, they would all take off and fly in a clump and then separate and return to the wire.  The birds would hop side to side spreading out on the wire making room for more birds. 

We overnighted in Bartlesville, Ok and then it was off to – Home of Oklahoma State for the weekend.  Rather than travel the main highway, I prefer to take the back roads.  Taking some of the old Route 66 on the way and enjoying the drive.  While you can’t quite do the interstate speeds over long distances this way – you do get to take in more of what America is about.  Small towns, stores, and unique items along the road.   Like passing place on the way to Stillwater.

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Arriving in Stillwater is just like coming home for me.  It seems like such a significant portion of my life was lived there and the memories are fond.  Its great to walk around and see the things that have not changed and then discover the things that have changed.  What made this trip extra special is that I have two children, two niece’s, and a nephew all attending school at OSU.  So the chance to have dinner with them and see how they are doing was an extra bonus.  We had dinner at the local steak house and then some of sent out to go .

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And then we went out for Ice Cream (well frozen yogurt) at a place called   It a self-serve kind of place, unless you get a “Concrete” which is a harder version of the yogurt (that’s what I went with).

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The next morning – we went and checked out the the pre-game festivities and walking though the tailgating areas was fun.  We also walked over and checked out the newly renovated Student Union.

Final Images from OSU


These are some of the last pictures that I took at OSU before I had to leave.  I wish I could have seen all the home coming decorations at all the houses; but I got to see them turn fountain orange, see the theme posters out on the library lawn.  We good to see the kids and fun to be on campus for the weekend!

 

OSU Day 2


Today we had a good day at OSU… we had I-Hop for breakfast, cheese sandwiches and soup for lunch, and Texas Roadhouse for dinner.  During the middle of the day Anna and I walked around campus and stopped at Café 88 for some special bubble tea.

We got to see the fountain at the library turn orange as the dyed it for homecoming!

 

Let the excuses begin…. OU Sooners 38 / Red Raiders 41


So if you know any of those in your face OU fans… don’t think for a second they will be one bit humbled.  They will instead tell you all the reasons why things did not go their way and how they were jinxed by this or that. 

All I can say is go pokes… I can’t wait until Dec 3rd.

Watching O-State Football with friends!


There is something to be said for watching football with your friends.  While the game was not pretty, Oklahoma State won the game… I wish my “friend” would stop snoring…

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