we take football serious here ma’am.
the OU sooners
crimson and cream
‘ my personal favorite ‘
“GO POKES !”
yup. i’d say
this is what we’re known for.
we’ve had some great years.
7 national championships
5 heisman trophy winners.
and we’ve had some not so good years! as all teams do.
just like our neighbor texas.
this state eats sleeps and LIVES football!
and my town is the home of the university.
on game days you’d better have your driving done beforehand.
it’s ‘game day’ and it rules. LOL.
owen field for a night game.
remember this guy?
well. yes! it WAS a long time ago.
source: sports illustrated
bud. as in wilkinson.
he put us on the map. 47 consecutive wins.
way back there when i wasn’t even old enough to know what
football really was. or well. how some people eat live and breathe it! LOL.
he was a soft spoken man. a gentleman of the game.
and did he ever know how to put a team together.
little did i know i would grow up to see him fairly often.
only i would be a young married woman by then.
he and his wife mary would have dinner with my in-laws.
bob and i sometimes stopped by for coffee with them all afterward.
bob’s dad was the university golf coach then and they were friends.
and now they’re all gone from my life.
and here i sit writing about them on a blog !
and i’m not even that overly crazy about football. or golf.
but they were grand people. all of them.
life is strange!
the turns it takes.
people most usually only know our state by the song.
you know. ‘ THE ‘ song. the one from the long running broadway musical
by rogers and hammerstein . . .
man alive. you get ANY song from that show in your head
and it just STAYS there for days on end. HELP ! ! !
i mean. i like them and all. but ENOUGH!
it’s almost like the national anthem.
if you’re from oklahoma ~ and ~
you’re singing “oklahoma”
well. you just can’t keep the tears from your eyes.
we’re a tight bunch. we’ve been through a lot. and we’re proud i guess.
what you might not know about our state.
since the days of the old dust bowl . . .
it really is beautiful now.
the ‘founding’ fathers so to speak ~
learned their lessons well and they learned the hard way.
we are now a land of lakes. and waterways.
we have mountain ranges. we do! the ouachitas and part of the ozarks.
not the rockies of course! but still.
and we have an area of miles and miles of nothing but sand dunes.
just like the sahara desert. a favorite spot of adventurous dune buggies.
you see them with their little colorful tall flags waving over the dunes.
then they disappear. and reappear. and they’re noisy of course!
we have flatlands where you can see for miles and miles
and we have forests
and rolling hills that carry you right into tulsa town and beyond.
our cities are modern and bustling and the cost of living is low.
at least compared to the rest of the nation.
there are even more jobs available here on the average.
we have high tech and all the ‘energy’ giants too of course.
for whatever reason you want to blame it on . . .
natural cycles . . . global warming helped along by man . . .
or just nature repeating the worst of herself ~
we have been in a drought.
they use words like severe. extreme.
the real words they need to use are
deadly. horrific. devastating.
drought lasting this long
it was serious in 2011 as you can see below.
last summer saw weeks on end of over 100 degrees
with no rain.
and we’re heading into another summer.
we had no real moisture in any form to speak of this winter.
this graph is from 2011
source: think progress.org
and this year so far . . .
two and a half months ago
source: news channel 9
i’m growing to hate the color red on a map.
you can stop anyone on the street and they can discuss the weather forecast with you!
really! if they can’t ~ they’re probably new.
it’s not that we’re paranoid about it. it’s just a fact of life here in the spring.
and we all generally find it fascinating.
once when bob and i were living in tulsa
a tornado like the one above bipped and bopped around.
it skipped all over the city. actually there were about three that day.
they would cut a swath then go back up. then come back down.
it took a huge tree down in our front yard. i couldn’t get my arms around it.
it didn’t touch a single shingle on our roof nor do any other damage to us.
it completely demolished the houses across the street from us right down
to the foundation.
in that same tornado. bob and i were in the middle bathroom.
pillows all around. ~ that was my idea ~ LOLOL! yeah. right.
i had our little dog usie on top of me in the bathtub.
bob being taller ~ was stretched out on the floor ~
his head was wedged between the toilet and the tub
and he had our other little dog ‘bambina’ on his chest.
both dogs panting ninety to nothing.
finally bob said
“DAMN IT bambina your breath is so BAD! i think i’d rather blow away!”
well. you just have to laugh. you clean up and go on.
that touches me differently.
i hope i have the spirit of nature.
i struggle to have that spirit.
because i’ll show it to you . . .
in my mind takes courage. and fortitude.
and a true optimism and hunger for life itself.
in our forecast today is
hold good thoughts for us! we need it so badly.
we actually had some last week. not nearly enough. but some.
and hey! we’ll take anything ya got! just bring it on!
see this. hear this. smell this.
there was never anything so sweet.
just looking at ‘pictures’ of it does my heart good!
is it any wonder why a person loves it?
it gives life.
without it we dwindle away to dust.
and if you don’t like it ~
just remember ~
‘this too shall pass’
soon enough the sun !
me too! only i call it the wren house.
til soon old bean !
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maybe more than rain is coming! LOL.
just now happened to see the coming forecast . . .
this in from accuweather.com
for the next few days
rain somebody? could we just have some
nice soft quiet rain
after all. i DID say ” we’ll take anything ya got! “
big mouth as always old bean. LOL!
sources for rain pictures in respective order:
i love rain tumblr . com
exiled here . blogspot . com
experimentaltheology . blogspot . com
superherolife . com