Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Today was a typically busy summer day. Marly and Kenny were hard at work on the new showroom, Tattoo Man dropped in for several hours, and newer friend Jon Edwards stopped by. He explains his frequent visits to Afton Station as a function of a "pull" that Route 66 has upon him. He just can't stay away, and that's just fine with us.
What's not to like about someone who brings you fruit? This gentleman, Jack Fanning from Leawood, KS, came in for a visit and left by giving me a gorgeous, ripe cantaloupe. In between, we had a great conversation. What a very nice guy! He's a former Tulsan, but has moved around a lot in his life. I trust he'll come back for another visit soon.
Other travelers who chose to spend a bit of their travel time with us were from Corry PA, Albany OR, Tahlequah OK, Johnson City TX, Chicago IL, and Barberton OH.
I took this picture of "my" corn field this afternoon. If you look closely you'll see developing ears at the bottom of the plants. Shouldn't be long before we have corn! Well ok, not "we". It's not my field nor is it my corn. I'm just its chronicler. :-)
I can't resist one more photo of this morning's sunrise. A riot of color!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Now, about the aforementioned irony. . . I hired a guy to detail my car today. In four years and 148,500 miles the poor thing had never been detailed or waxed. (Yes, I know. . . I do tend to ignore the exteriors of my beloved "daily driver" automobiles.) So, several weeks ago a very nice guy came to Afton Station and asked to be hired for the job. Since Marly has way too much on his plate for me to heap another burden on him, I hired the other fellow. He came today and spent several hours spit polishing every inch of the car, then adding a coat of very good wax. Fine. He did a great job.
Less than three minutes after he finished the detailing (in the blazing sun), as we were pulling out of the Station to drive home, the heavens opened and absolutely torrential rain poured from the sky. And, that same torrent followed us almost all the way home! In fact, for the most part, it was coming down so hard that everyone was driving with emergency flashers on because the visibility was so bad. Sigh. . . So much for my beautiful detail job! Oh well, at least the interior is still beautiful. And I do apologize to to anyone who was stuck in the storm, because clearly my detailing was the catalyst for the rain. :-)
Saturday, June 26, 2010
We made a pilgrimage to Lovera's in Krebs, OK, a fabulous Italian market that specializes in Italian cheeses and sausages made on site. We bought a lot of cheese. Yum! Welcome - Lovera'sThe next day we visited the Heavener Runestone State Park (also in Oklahoma) where we learned about the Vikings who visited Oklahoma (yes, really!) and how their writings on stone have been preserved for centuries. Heavener Runestone State Park - Heavener, Oklahoma
Finally, we made a quick visit to Fort Gibson, OK, a pre-Civil War fortress perfectly preserved as it was when it protected the citizens of the western frontier. Fort Gibson Historic Site - Fort Gibson, Oklahoma
Ron Hart, the Executive Director of the Route 66 Chamber of Commerce and his wife stopped by and told us about his plan to create a mobile Route 66 Information booth that can be moved from place to place in order to spread the word about the charms of the Mother Road. Route 66 Chamber of Commerce homepage
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Lots of visitors. . . coming from Bristol TN, Paola KS, Oak Grove IL, Dayton OH, Blanchard OK, Marietta OH, Chickasha OK, Springdale AR, Mesa AZ, and good ol' Afton itself.
Mike and Sharon Ward stopped by on their way home to Arizona from the Festival. Jon Edwards stopped in to give me yet another of his excellent CDs (he's a great musician). Betty W. hung out for a while, as did Tattoo Man.
The guys poured the floor of the new showroom today.
And the corn in "my" field continues to grow.
Sarah and I are taking a little trip tomorrow afternoon and Thursday. We're exploring Talimena Drive (Talimena Scenic Drive in Oklahoma and Arkansas) and checking out the town of Krebs, OK (Krebs, Oklahoma - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) where a settlement of Italian folks insures that the Italian fare is top notch all over town. Marly will be minding the store, so please stop in and see him.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Having no interest in gambling, I never did see the casino, which I have heard is large and also lovely.
Friday night's gathering of well over 100 Route 66 fans was a party next to the beautiful hotel pool. I managed to find myself a seat at the bar and, despite not drinking a drop of alcoholic beverage all night (wasn't in the mood) I managed to have one of the best times I've ever had at a party, and ended up closing the bar at around 11:30 when they started turning off the lights and "inviting" the last 5 of us to hit the road. Here are my bar-closing cohorts.Gordo Radford, Lyn Bagdon, Croc Lyle, Ace Jackalope (whose name is actually Greg)
Saturday morning dawned early with the breakfast exclusively for Yahoo EGroup members at 7 a.m. Aphoto of most of the group can be viewed at Denny Gibson's site at http://www.dennygibson.com/rt66fest10/breakfast.jpg. I'm there somewhere, peeking out from behind, which is where I belong! I was quite excited about being presented wonderful old framed Route 66 maps by Mike Ward at the breakfast, one of which has a reference to the Eagle Service Station in Afton on the back. That is now Afton Station, of course. Way cool, and thank you, Mike! Here's another photo from Denny. http://www.dennygibson.com/rt66fest10/day07/pic02a.jpg
In the afternoon, it was all about booths set up by vendors, Route 66 associations, authors, artists, and various exhibitors. I spent most of the afternoon gabbing with friends and sitting in at some booths while folks took breaks or went to lunch. It was another great opportunity to hang out with friends. I also got a Native American Flute lesson from friend Larry Kinsey, who is actually very good at it and, knowing I was going to be bringing my flute, toted along four or five of his own. I managed to produce a half decent scale, and that's about it. I'm hopeless. But thanks to Larry for giving it a try.
Being the Master of Ceremonies, Jim Conkle always wears his tuxedo to the Will Rogers Banquet, and of course gets teased about looking like my penguin. Wish he'd had the tux on for this photo
Jerry McClanahan, last night's big winner of the coveted Will Rogers Award, the highest honor Route 66 bestows. Artist, author of the iconic EZ66 Guide, and my friend.
Two authors: Ron M's friend Jack Fitzgerald with Jerry McClanahan
And to top it all off, all day today solar powered cars passed by Afton Station on their yearly "race". I'll talk more about that in another post. They're sure fun to watch!
Oops, forgot to give the daily roundup of guests:
Friends: Tattoo Man and Roz (Bartlesville OK), Dave Emerson and son (Kansas City), Drew Knowles (Texas), Joe Sonderman (St.Louis), Joy Avery (Tulsa), Jim Conkle (Phelan CA), Robert Schulz (Illinois), Ron McCoy (Tulsa OK), Jack Fitzgerald (Palm Springs CA),Brad and LaSandra Nickson (Tulsa OK), Jim Ross (Arcadia OK), Shellee Graham (Arcadia OK), Bob Swengroh (Arkansas), Dave Willman and daughter Lindsey (Denver CO), Jerry McClanahan (Chandler OK), . . .
. . . and 21 other NEW friends, from Toronto, Canada, Vinita OK, Joplin MO, Afton OK (newlyweds... got married yesterday!), Eau Claire WI, Johannesburg South Africa, Waterloo IA, Dramier Norway, and Lincoln, NE. Wow!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Allow me to elaborate. . .
The guests came from New Braunfels TX, Coatesville PA, San Francisco CA (actually from France, but recently transplanted in SF), Liberty KS, Kobe Japan (and here they are). . .
. . .Chamonix France, Olathe KS, Los Angeles CA, Euclid OH (photographer and Facebook friend David Schwartz,who is traveling to the Festival and will be selling his cool Route 66 calendars and other photos there). . .
David Schwartz lines up a shot
. . .Vinita OK (the curator of the Eastern Trails Museum there), Fall River MA (in their neat '69 Barracuda heading for the Festival) . . .
The cool Barracuda which will be in the Festival car show
. . .Tahlequah, OK (third visit by Jon Edwards, brought me one of his CDs, which is excellent -- he's a fine musician). . .
Jon Edwards album cover
. . .Chandler, OK (my friend, author of the iconic EZ66 Guide and awesome artist Jerry "McJerry" McClanahan on his way to the Festival), and Gravois Mills, MO (Bob Swengrosh, also heading for the Festival.
McJerry and Bob chatting about . . .?
The Station looks great. Kenny worked all day washing windows and scrubbing floors, and Marly came later and supervised the pouring of concrete out back. Tattoo Man stopped in briefly on his way to the Festival, and Betty W. spent some quality time with me today, too. Wonderful day at Afton Station!
I'll be away from this blog until Sunday night, at which time I'll have a Festival report. Have a great weekend. I intend to do the same.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
After an hour of catching up there, we proceeded to the Station, where Denny stayed for a while and we had a good visit. It was his first time at Afton Station. Hard to imagine that.
I had a very strange, almost surreal experience this afternoon when a couple arrived (I won't say where they came from), and while the husband went into the showroom to look at the cars, the wife spent ten minutes telling me what a "boring" and "disappointing" place Route 66 is. They got as far as Afton, having started in Chicago, and were going to turn back as soon as they left the Station because, with the exception of one or two places, they found the Mother Road to be nothing more than a succession of "boring" small towns with absolutely nothing to see whatsoever. If I hadn't been certain that she was just having a bad day (or perhaps that she was just ornery by nature) it would have completely bummed out my day. However, after getting past the rudeness of her walking into a Route 66 museum and telling the proprietor that she has committed her life to a terrible thing, I came to realize that everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion, and I wasn't going to let it get me down. The rest of the day was way too good to let her spoil it.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
And Ron took him for a ride in the '65 Chevy.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
The concrete guys were here this afternoon, and the cement mixer stood at the ready. I had hoped to watch the pouring, but they weren't quite ready by the time I had to leave. By the weekend, we should have a foundation pad for the new building.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Betty Baumann made a few of these shirts which she will be selling at the Tri-State Festival on the 19th of this month as well as at Afton Station. They're short sleeved denim shirts upon which she has stenciled the decoration.
We put the Model A out this morning to get some air, and it did a pretty good job of luring folks into the Station. By the end of the day, I was smiling and satisfied. But when I got home at about 5, there was a message on my answering machine from a fellow from Australia named Laurie. He and his wife are traveling Route 66 and I SO wanted to meet them. Apparently they arrived just minutes after I left. He was detained in Kansas, so I missed him. Just one more disappointment on this Up and Down day.