Sunday, May 30, 2010
And now, while I still have strength in my fingers to type, here's the scoop on this madly busy day. Our visitors (all 62 of them) came from:
Colombia, South America
Pine Bluff, AR
Mountain Home, AR
Sand Springs, OK
Del City, OK
Broken Arrow, OK
Very early in the day, as I was opening up a group of 30 on motorcycles from Norway and Sweden roared up to the door. They weren't expected, but were very welcome. Their tour leader tells me that he plans to bring quite a few other tours to Afton Station this summer. Great news!
Route 66 email group friends Mike and Wendy from Shreveport, LA came bearing gifts. Mike is thinning out his Route 66 collection and donated some nice ash trays and a wall plaque to the Station.
Two very cute young women from Norway were driving Route 66 after having just graduated from Berkeley College in CA. They were lost when they wandered in to Afton Station, but were glad they found their way there nonetheless.
An older gentleman from Cypress, TX used to work at Afton Station back when it was the Eagle Service Station in the 70s! It's always fun to find out about the former life of this old place.
Toward the end of the day, three separate pressed penny collectors arrived at just about the same time. Just a coincidence, but it was pretty funny. There was an actual lineup at the machine!
Whew. . . I must stop now. I left the Station about a half hour late and now I plan to veg for the rest of the evening.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
And then today, Dean "Crazy Legs" Walker brought me a vintage radiator cooler bag! I've wanted one of these for ages. This one is in great shape and I plan to display it on the wall in the front room unless David co-opts it for the new showroom.
Two old bags and Dean
Friday, May 28, 2010
Back again tomorrow.... and Sunday. I'm up for a busy, exciting weekend.
May you all have a delicious Memorial Day weekend. I'll be back tomorrow to blog about things.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
First the facts: Yesterday, Marly was at Afton Station all day and hosted 26 visitors from (according to his notes) Holland, St. Petersburg FL, Illinois, Tulsa OK, Kingman AZ, Los Angeles CA, Ontario Canada, and Sherman, TX. A big day for him to be all alone at the Station. I'm eternally grateful for his constant help!
Photographer Linda Berman from California talking to Tattoo Man
This gentleman from San Jose, CA sat in the Model A. Thanks to Marly and Ron M., we put three cars outside today and I believe this helped attract many of our guests.
The man from San Jose arrived in this groooovy VW Bus. I want it!
I worked on getting in the patriotic Memorial Day spirit. Gorgeous roses provided by Betty W.And to top it all off, a snake attempted to escape from the snake box, creating pandemonium and mayhem. (Just kidding. . . he's rubber.)
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Frankly, I'm wasting time this morning. I've already had my first visitors, a lovely couple from Appleton, Wisconsin who are doing the Route. I should use this time to dust the showcases, rearrange and restock merchandise, and do something about the disgustingly grungy floor. But those who know me know that I tend to be a lazy bum, so I think I'll just do a couple of crossword puzzles until the next guests arrive.
It was another relatively slow day. It was also the first day with doors closed and A/C on, which always gives me an isolated feeling. I'd much rather have the door open so I can hear the birds (and the trains!) But the temperature is in the upper 80s, so open doors aren't an option.
I ended up having only 8 visitors today. They were from Appleton WI, Heperia CA, Baxter Springs KS, and Mantua OH. The Californians were using the wonderful EZ66 Guide which, as one of it's features, lists all the "giants" along Route 66. They were excited about seeing Tripper, who has been suffering in his little corner from some neglect lately. He was thrilled to get a little attention today.
Gordo, the Photographer, was here on Sunday and stayed at my house on Sunday night. He and his friend Larry are heading west on Route 66 on their motorcycles. As I was leaving early Monday morning (pre-dawn) I snapped this pic of Gordon's rig. It's not much of a picture, but it shows his large trailer and cooler setup.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
I took this quick pic of the Little Tin Barn on Route 66 in Chelsea this morning. A neat place to buy metal art, junk, and treasures of all kinds.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
On top of all those fine folks, we also had a group of 20 driving an attractive lineup of Mustangs, cruisers from the SW Missouri "Stang Gang". They came from various towns in Missouri but I didn't take note of all of them. When they left Afton Station, they were heading to Clanton's in Vinita for lunch.
Here are a couple of members of the Dawson family looking at photos of old Afton on, of all places, our bathroom walls.
The corn in "my" field is getting tall. It'll be knee high LONG before the 4th of July!I expect tomorrow to be another full day, so I'm going to gargle some salt water and head for an early bedtime.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
My guest was Joe Paul, who is my dialysis technician and does such a phenomenal job of taking care of me during my 3-day-a-week treatments. He and his family visited briefly one day last year, but today Joe took his whole day off in order to drive up to Afton and sit in on my day, just to see for himself all the craziness that I'm always telling him about. We were having such fun that we decided to leave an hour later than usual, which is why this blog entry is being posted a little later.
Marly and Kenny were here working very hard all day. Construction of the new showroom out back should begin within a few days. Today, they were clearing the spot where the pad will be poured.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
This is a neat 1936 Harley ridden here a fellow from Bartlesville, OK out for a pleasant spin.
Afton Station was a hive of activity today, with Marly, David, and Kenny working in the back (getting ready to pour the foundation for the new showroom!), and me in the company of Ron M., Tattoo Man, and Betty B. for all or parts of the day. Betty B. brought some more of those awesome blackberries and a sample of her boyfriend's smoked pork. Yum! Meanwhile, a burnoff of propane from a railroad car resulted in an "eternal flame" which burned all day across the street from the Station and will probably burn for several more days. And, on the way out of town, I was pleased to see this graffiti on a fence in town, perhaps a signal of open-mindedness having descended upon little Afton.
On the way home, Ron M. and I decided that this was one of those really good days.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
John from the Town of Afton Public Works brought me another gem that he found right here in town. It's a church fan with a D-X advertisement and "The Ten Commandments for Safe Driving" on the back. He knows I'm happy to receive any D-X or Afton memorabilia.Here's the giant pinwheel that Ron M. bought for the OPEN sign!
I should also mention that Marly had ten visitors yesterday (Friday). They were from England, Wichita KS, and Schnectady, NY. I'm so grateful to Marly for staying open on the days I can't be at the Station, but since he can't be there every day, I continue to suggest a call a couple of days in advance if you plan to visit on a Mon., Wed., or Fri. 918-382-9465
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Here's "my" field this afternoon. The rain is encouraging growth!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
I had some cleanup to do this morning as I didn't get to straighten up after the Studebaker people left. I did the tidying up early and everything was looking good again before the tourists started arriving. We now have a new "giveaway" thanks to Ron M., who yesterday brought a big box of dog biscuits for our visiting canines. So be sure to bring your pups when you come to visit!
And then, at the end of the day, 15 motorcycles pulled into the Station, very unexpectedly but VERY welcome! It was the Des Moines IA chapter of the HOG group, returning from a multi-day cruise. What a fun bunch of guys! Here are some of their bikes.Finally, here are some goats attacking a pickup. I just had to stop and watch the goats line up for chances to mount the front end of the truck. It was funny!
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Other visitors were from Pittsburgh KS, Minneapolis MN, Echusa Australia, Seymour IN, Nashville TN, Niagara Falls Canada, Dunkirk NY, Dusseldorf Germany, Olathe KS, Wales UK, and Miami, Tulsa, Wyandot and Duncan, OK.
This gentleman from France, who now lives in Canada, used to be a Citroen mechanic in France! He was astonished that we had one and he happily posed for this picture!
This woman's father worked for the D-X company. She was thrilled to see all the D-X memorabilia we had, and wanted her photo taken in our D-X jacket for her father.These kids from Wyandot, OK got guidance from their father and grandfather about pressing pennies.
Good night, and thanks to Betty W. for bringing me a beautiful wildflower bouquet (Indian Paintbrush and Clover) and to Ron M. for helping today in a million different ways and for being the photographer.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
1 - 2 - 3 Hoist!
PJ, my visitor who was enlisted to hold one rope. If he hadn't been there, it would have been my job. Thank you, PJ!
Just as the sign was being hoisted into place, an elderly gentleman from Afton walked up and, with emotion in his voice said, "I never thought I'd see this again. The last time I saw a DX sign at this Station was way back in the mid-60s when this was quite a town". That alone was enough to make it all worthwhile.
Here's "my" field today. The plants are growing!