Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
I remember exactly where I was when I created the page above. At the time, I was still living up in Grove, which is close to Afton Station. I hadn't moved to Tulsa yet, but I was driving from Afton to Tulsa once or twice a week to shop or to see friends. On this particular day (Oct. 4, 2003), I stopped at the Blue Whale in Catoosa because for some reason I was inspired to write at that very minute. In retrospect I must have already been in love with the state of Oklahoma, judging by the fancy treatment I gave the word. The rest of it simply describes my thoughts during the drive. Not much has changed in that respect.
Why am I posting this? Well, for one thing, I'm kind of bored with staying indoors waiting for the ice on the roads to melt and don't have much else to talk about. But really I've posted it here because I surprised myself by the recollection that I loved the Tulsa-Afton ride on Route 66 even before Afton Station was really up and running. Back then, I was just going in the other direction.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Here's another motel that was also on Route 66 in Tulsa in the 50s. Note the murals, which the back of the card describe as depicting the history of Tulsa. In it's place now is the Bama Pie manufacturing plant where they make the pies for McDonald's and other food establishments. Oh, well....
Here's one that actually shows the mining district. Note the pile of lead filings on the left. It's still there. :-(
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Since I won't be writing tomorrow, this is my chance to wish every one of my loyal blog readers the kind of celebration this year that affords them many years of sweet nostalgia in the future. No matter how you celebrate or what you celebrate, just remember that kindness, charity, and love are the key to this season. And, since most of my readers are passionate about Route 66, they need not be reminded that PRESERVATION -- of plants, animals, structures, and people -- is the key to happiness for future generations. As our dear, departed Bob Waldmire always reminded us, "Small is beautiful, old is beautiful, slow is beautiful, safe is beautiful."
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
While Betty and I were exchanging gifts, Ron dressed Tripper for Christmas.
There were no visitors while we were there, so we drove back to Tulsa. The clouds are getting thicker by the minute, which I'm afraid presages some precipitation in the next couple of days. Snow on Christmas in Tulsa? It's a possibility!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
I'm afraid I'm not particularly environmentally friendly. For one thing, I use more gas than just about anyone in this hemisphere. My 3-year-old car has 130,000 miles on it, and I can't blame all of those miles on my long trips to and from Afton. A good number of those gas-guzzling miles are put on by me doing the aforementioned aimless driving around. It's as if wasting gasoline was a hobby for me! I was actually elated that I had an excuse to get back in the car and drive some more when I realized I was out of sugar. That's not the only place I'm wasteful, either. For instance, the TV in my bedroom stays on 24/7 (muted) because it's so old and clunky that if it gets turned off, it takes about 90 minutes for the picture to return. I keep certain lights on overnight outside of my house, for my own safety. And of course the computer is abuzz for many, many hours of the day.
I did a little aimless driving, and snapped these two pictures. This is Rossi Bros., a window company on 11th St. (Route 66) in Tulsa. I've always felt they did a great job of restoring the old gas station and using it as the headquarters for their business. It's a lovely building.
It was another quiet Sunday morning in downtown Tulsa. Barely a car on the road on this winter Sunday morning. I guess everybody else is in church rather than out wasting gasoline. :-)
Saturday, December 19, 2009
I chose not to go to Afton Station today, so if there's anyone reading this who showed up there and didn't find me, I do apologize. I have way too much to do here at home this weekend. I've been futzing around the house today, getting things ready for Christmas, getting gifts and food ready to take to a party tomorrow evening, and thinking a lot about Bob Waldmire the whole time. There have been some beautiful tributes to him this week, and some impressive articles in equally impressive newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times. There was also a feature about him on CNN News. Everyone, including me, claims to have been his friend. And everyone is right. Bob truly WAS a friend to everyone he ever met. There are some great "Bob stories" at http://tinyurl.com/yet8df2.
I don't believe I've posted this photo here before (probably because it's such a hideous picture of me) but it's been going around the net a bit lately, so I might as well own up to it. This was taken at the 2008 Route 66 Festival in Litchfield, IL. Bob and I were discussing the fact that he was all out of the chili seasoning he makes and which my daughter loves so much. He rummaged through his entire VW bus to try to find one last jar of it, but to no avail. He was going to make another batch, he said, but that never happened.
Thank goodness, after Monday the days will start to get longer again. I really don't like these winter days of less and less time between sunrise and sunset. I'm thankful, however, that I live in Oklahoma and not in the path of that big snowstorm that buried the East Coast last night. It's gray, dingy, and cool here, but dry and not unpleasant.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Christmas errands took precedence over Afton Station today. I remained in Tulsa and visited the cheese store, the wine store, the ham store, and then came home and finished boxing things for mailing. Deck the halls!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Betty Baumann, the lady who makes all the beautiful hand-crafted Route 66 things I'm selling at the Station now came in and hung out for a while. I like her. Besides being a wonderful crafter, she's fun to talk to. She set up another small rack of her products and rearranged the other rack.
Ron and I left an hour early since visits from more travelers seemed unlikely.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
When I found I could no longer order stickers from my regular supplier, I decided to work on making them myself. That's been such a fun project. I now have stickers available in six different designs, including the Route 66 shield in neon, on black background, and featuring Oklahoma. The sticker paper is quite expensive, but the stickers look very professional, in my opinion. They're available at the Station. I look forward to designing a few more that will be ready by the time I reopen on a regular schedule in February.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Then again, I did have a couple of visitors, both named Betty. Betty W. stopped by after church and stayed for a while so we could gab. Betty B. came by to show me a few more beautiful things she's made and which she was hoping I'd want to sell. These two ladies made it worthwhile for me to sit in a chilly room on a cold, dark, drizzly day. Even so, I left a little early and I'm glad to be home in my warm house.
Thanks so much to those who have emailed to show appreciation for the video I posted yesterday. Glad you liked it.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
On the other hand, the time went very quickly because Ron M. and I worked all day, non-stop, to finish the video I've been talking about for months. It's far from perfect, but it was my first effort, and I couldn't have done it without Ron's technical help. Kudos to Betty too, who was able to find some of the "before" photos for me. We just about went nuts trying to insert the right transitions between pictures, and some of them still aren't quite right, but it'll have to do for now.
So now, for your viewing pleasure. . . AFTON -- THEN AND NOW, the somewhat sad tale of a small town bypassed by Route 66. (It looks much better if you view it on Full Screen.)
Friday, December 4, 2009
More from Afton Station tomorrow!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Recently restored craftsman bungalow on my street
This one is my house.
After lunch, we got off-track ourselves when, heading for Sapulpa on 66, we decided to take a road that led to the charmingly-named town of Pretty Water. The road went for miles, then turned to gravel and continued for many more miles. We were no longer on Route 66, but we were enjoying seeing something we'd never seen before. The countryside was a mix of farms, dissheveled trailer homes, and newer construction on small horse farms. We ended up somewhere near Keystone Lake, but I'm still not exactly sure where we were. It was so unfamiliar that it honestly felt like a little vacation for me. But all good things must come to an end, and eventually our pretty little road hooked back into a major road that was familiar to Ron, so we took it back to Tulsa. It was a delightful way to spend a day!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
So today, I did. I had a good excuse. Yesterday I picked up some foam material that David needed for his motor home, since it was only available in Tulsa. So I took it to him and spent a little time (very little -- I didn't even turn on the heat) at the Station. I did close out the November books, which took mere minutes since we only had 158 visitors for the month. I was, of course, grateful for all of their visits, and even for the average $1.99/person they spent. I didn't get rich in November! :-)
Someone has done some more recent painting.
I wish I'd been around to see the Blue Whale park in its heyday. There was swimming, a snack bar, and other attractions. Sometimes it hurts to know that I missed out on some of those old-time fun places.