Thursday, March 26, 2015

Did 'ya ever. . .

. . . have nothing to say?  That's me today.  Having survived last night's exciting (and frighteningly close) tornado action, by comparison today was oh, so very "ho hum".  We had two legitimate visitors to Afton Station today, a couple from Russellville, Arkansas, and that's about it.  Oh, my insurance agent -- and friend -- dropped in, too.  Ron M. was there as  usual, and Betty and Scott stopped by as well.  Thus endeth my exciting post for the day.  

I guarantee that the weekend will be far more interesting.  Meanwhile, forgive this one.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Driving Into Morning

                                        March 24, Sunrise on Route 66, Tulsa, OK

Monday, March 23, 2015

Something Different -- Kit Houses

Marian Clark, veteran Route 66 fan, author, and historian invited some of us to go along with her when she practiced a tour which she will be giving in the near future.   The subject of the tour is "Tulsa Kit Houses".   If you're not familiar with kit houses, they are better known as Sears houses, although Sears Roebuck wasn't the only producer of them.  A kit house is a house that was, in the early part of the 1900s, delivered as a pile of "parts", everything (seriously, everything!) needed to build your own house - all wood, concrete, paint, nails, bathroom fixtures, full kitchens, heating, ductwork, etc.   They were usually delivered by train and were dropped off next to the tracks, whereby the person who ordered them had to find a way to haul the massive pile to a pre-selected site.

They are surprisingly large homes, and some are quite elaborate.  Research that has been done for the city of Tulsa has found about 20 of them in the city thus far.  The price of purchase at the time was usually between $1500 and $3500.   Yes, that's for the entire house!!  Most have been modified, either extensively or slightly in the intervening years.  Today, we set off to find and admire about 10 of them.  Here are a few. . .

One of them is on the 2nd St. alignment of Route 66!
We also came across Tulsa's oldest house still standing, built in 1885 in what is now Owen Park,  . .
. . . and this monument to writer Washington Irving which was erected by one of Tulsa's early private citizens.  
If you  want more information about kit houses, let me know.  I can help you with your research, and the Tulsa Historical Society has lots of information, too.  

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Music Coming to Afton Staton Again Soon

Two days in a row of getting home very late doesn't make for a very well-thought-out blog post, so forgive me if I just spew it all out right here with no frills or fluff.  It was a big day and I guess I'm not used to it yet.  I'm tired, but it's a good tired.

Here's Cool Breeze, a local band that came today to ask if they might take some publicity photos among our old cars.  The answer was "of course!", and we've even started preliminary plans to allow them play this spring at the Station, as soon as the weather becomes more predictable.   So, look for announcement of a free concert soon.
These Kansas City folks are hitting the road head-on, as they travel parts of Route 66 with a ton of enthusiasm and pre-study.
Five awfully cute guys from Portugal stopped in, too.  I took the opportunity to photograph several of them.
"Like my new do rag?"

 "I think I'll just stand here and look gorgeous."
Ron M. gave one of the Portugese guys some much-appreciated advice about traversing Oklahoma on Route 66.
This shiny red '66 Chrysler 300 was driven by a couple from Chelsea, OK.  It sure looked good in front of the Station!

There were 29 visitors in all today.  Others came from Miami OK, Hutchinson KS, Kenosha WI, Seneca MO, Oklahoma City OK, and Houston TX.

Have you seen the latest travel information guide published by the State of Oklahoma? The cover is a work of art....tooled leather reproduced very realistically on embossed cover board.    These books are free from  the Oklahoma Department of Tourism.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

From Very Near and Not Too Far

Winter is over.  The buds on all the flowering trees are finally adding color to the landscape.   And our visitors, as usual, are adding color to our days at Afton Station.   They aren't coming from all over the world just yet, but they're coming in comfortable numbers.  Of the 24 visitors on this Saturday, the four from furthest away were these two couples from  Bolton, Ontario, Canada.   (My camera is being cranky again, so excuse the fuzz.)
These two folks (below) will have an interesting job this weekend.  They are official judges for the state of Oklahoma's Barbecue Competition which is being held at Buffalo Run Casino today and tomorrow.    They patiently answered all of our curious questions about what it's like to judge barbecue, and they observed that they weren't much in the mood for dinner on the nights after tasting hundreds of morsels of meat.  This is a gigantic production with over 100 teams, and is open to the public if anyone is looking for a fun activity for tomorrow.  These folks travel all over to do their judging, but they live in Omaha, Nebraska.  The grand prize is $10,000, so I'm thinking it might be time for me to work on my sauce recipe for the future!
A couple from Springfield, MO arrived in their 10th Anniversary '79 Trans Am, a rare car with only 1817 having been built.   It's a beauty and looks like it would be great fun to drive!
Our other visitors came from Bartlesville OK, Pryor OK, Claremore OK, Tulsa OK, Choctaw OK, and Broken Arrow, OK.   It was definitely a day for Okies to get on the road.  Ron M. was with me as usual, and our friend Joe Meeks came along for the fun today
I believe I mentioned before that our dear Phil has returned from California after almost 2 years caring for his aging mother there.  He'll be home for at least another week, and as you can see, Robin is very happy to have him back for a while.  We all look forward to the time when he can return permanently.
Afton now has a walk-in clinic and we're thrilled that they've named it the "Route 66 Health Clinic".   The more things with the Route 66 brand the better, and Afton citizens can really use  a nearby facility that can take care of their ailments.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Short Day

My morning mission completed (more about that another day), Ron M. and I arrived at Afton Station around noon to relieve Sue who had kindly agreed to "spell" us for a few hours.   When we got there, she had visited with 7 people, and by the time we left later in the afternoon we had greeted 9 more travelers.  They came from Kansas, Canada, Webb City MO, Alvin TX, and Afton.  I really have very little to report today -- just the usual, very lovely people who came for the usual array of reasons, from pressing pennies to looking for a specific guide book for their Route 66 tour.
This family from Alvin, TX did some shopping.
Scott, our local friend, came in as he does most days, just to say hello and chat for a while.  Justin, one of our junior volunteers who is on Spring Break this week, also stopped by for a while.  All in all, a short but fine day.  I feel sure that this weekend will be livelier.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Person With Too Much Time on Her Hands Checks Out People With Even More Time on Their Hands

I'm fascinated by unusual behavior.    With the afternoon off, I felt the need to drive to Broken Arrow (suburb of Tulsa) to check out a phenomenon described in this morning's news.  Another Chick-fil-A has been built in town, and the usual culprits were pitching their tents in the parking lot, in the rain, awaiting tomorrow's grand opening, at which time the first 100 people in line are awarded 52 free meals, one per week for a year.   I do not patronize Chick-Fil-A myself, as I strongly disagree with some of the attitudes and prejudices of their management, but even on my slowest day it wouldn't occur to me to camp out for chicken sandwiches.

If I had observed tattered tents and lean-tos which might have belonged to some of our homeless and  hungry population, my feelings about this campsite would have been different, but these were expensive, large, and for the most part new tents, and their owners were mostly young people, possibly college kids on spring break.

I'm sorry.  I really try not to be judgmental, but this scene made me laugh.... or wince... or maybe even frown.   And since it has nothing to do with Route 66, I apologize.

Here is this morning's news report on KRMG, a local radio station, with further details:

"The promise of free meals for a year drew a crowd to the Tulsa area’s newest Chick-Fil-A restaurant.It’s at 71st and Lynn Lane in Broken Arrow. The crowd started gathering as early as 4 a.m. Wednesday for the opening Thursday morning.
The first 100 customers who show up get 52 free meals from Chick-Fil-A.
KRMG found out people travel the country to take part in these openings.
“This is my fourth one.” A camper from Chicago said.
There were people in line who traveled from Texas and even Minnesota.
“This is all they do is travel around the country. They’ve been to 140 or something outrageous.” He added.
Broken Arrow’s new Chick-Fil-A opens Thursday at 6 a.m."