Saturday, August 21, 2010

I will not scream... I will not scream....

. . . but I'd like to! It was actually a nice Saturday at Afton Station. . . until the end of the day. I'll talk about that first and get it off my chest.

I try to close around 3 p.m., but I'm negotiable. Today, the last visitors left around 3:15, so I locked up, brought in the flags and cart, put away the money, turned off all the lights, etc., etc., activated the security system, walked to my hot car, and started to drive out of the driveway. At that moment, a 5th wheel trailer from NY pulled in, so I stopped to tell them I was sorry but I was closed. The woman whined a bit and said that since they were from so far away, they sure wished they could come in for just a peek. "No problem", I said, "I'll open up for you", because I really hate to turn travelers away. They said they'd go and park the trailer while I reopened. So, I parked the car, deactivated the burglar alarm, turned on all the lights, opened the showroom, etc., etc., etc. Then, I emerged from the back room. . . just in time to see their trailer heading off down the road! Apparently they changed their minds. Grrrr. . .

Ok, enough of that. Now for the rest of the day, all of which was great! There were 28 wonderful, happy, and considerate visitors traveling Route 66 today. An inordinate number of them were coming from Tulsa, OK, just out for a day on the Mother Road or returning to their homes from a big concert that was held last night in downtown Tulsa. Other visitors came from Anderson MO, Liberal MO, Arvada CO, Derby KS, Afton, Miami, and Vinita OK, and Milano Italy.

This family -- mom and dad from Vinita, two grown daughters visiting from Colorado -- had some great ideas for family photos. They were having fun looking at the cars and all the neat items Betty B. has made.

Mom and daughter getting their kicks

My friends Perry Knight and Marylee stopped by and brought some friends from Kansas along with them. It's always so nice to visit with Perry. He reminded me that as a boy he used to work at Bassett's Grocery, so I sent him across the street to see the devastation that occurred there when the roof fell in.

Charlie, my new friend from Afton who's selling his Harley from our driveway stopped in too, as did Michael Scruggs, the photographer from Miami, OK, who has some new ideas for interesting shots of Afton Station.

I took this photo on the way home. It's just a field outside of Afton, but stopping for a few moments by the side of the road helped me calm down before the long drive to Tulsa.

3 comments:

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

That sucks. I hope that they could not find a place to park the trailer, but they could have come by instead of just driving off.

DennyG said...

Ya shoulda screamed.

However, the ultra-jerks do make us more tolerant of the normal jerks.

Laurel said...

Ken -- Parking is not an issue in Afton. Park anywhere, it's wide open. They could have stayed right where they were. Oh well. . .

Denny -- Yeah, I guess it's all relative. I've been lucky. My jerk ratio is extremely low, so far.