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Catching up

Sorry for the silence the past couple of days; I’ve been up to my teeth in deadlines.

First, the big news: I got a perfect score on my math homework and only missed one on my quiz. (I completely overlooked a problem, a circumstance I am blaming on the headache I was still trying to shake by the time I got to class Friday night.)

Second, I think I am just about to see my way clear on this freelance project I’ve been trying to finish. The first half is due today, and I’m one shot away from being able to finish the last slideshow I owe my editor. Technically, I think I could turn in the slideshow later and be OK, because she extended the deadlines on those, but I’d rather just get it over with, so I think I’ll take the Rebel out in a little while and pop a quick picture of the 11th Street Cleaners sign on the way to dinner.

After I finish that project, I can throw together my lesson plans for next week and call it a night. 

If I get all my grading done tomorrow, I should be able to spend part of the evening catching my breath and relaxing before the next barrage of projects hits me in the face….


Folk Thursday challenge answers

As some of you will recall, I posted a special Route 66-themed Folk Thursday video last week. At the time, I issued a challenge to anybody who could identify all of the locations of all the pictures in the video. Nobody had a guess, so — as promised — here are the answers, in order of appearance:

1. Phillips 66 station, Red Oak II near Carthage, Mo.
2. Lucille’s, Hydro, Okla.
3. Phillips 66 station, McLean, Texas
4. Soulsby Station, Mt. Olive, Ill.
5. Phillips 66 station, Chandler, Okla.
6. Roy’s, Amboy, Calif.
7. U-Drop Inn, Shamrock, Texas
8. Seaba Station, Warwick, Okla.
9. Wilkerson’s Gulf station, Newkirk, N.M.
10. Willys Jeep, Glenrio, Texas/N.M.
11. Afton, Okla.
12. Galena, Kan.
13. Twin Arrows, Ariz.
14. Newkirk, N.M.
15. Cool Springs Camp, Oatman, Ariz.
16. Camper, just west of Afton, Okla.
17. Conoco sign standard, Tulsa, Okla.
18. Roadrunner’s Retreat, Chambless, Calif.
19. Phillips 66 station, Cuba, Mo.
20. Lucille’s, Hydro, Okla.
21. Café, Glenrio, Texas/N.M.
22. Glenrio, N.M.
23. Overpasses, Tulsa, Okla.
24. Oakhurst, Okla. (between Tulsa and Sapulpa)
25. Newkirk, N.M.
26. Bristow, Okla.
27. Davenport, Okla.
28. Fina sign standard behind John’s Modern Cabins, Newburg, Mo.
29. Roy’s, Amboy, Calif.
30. Bell station, Tulsa, Okla.
31. “Vic” Suhling Gas for Less, Litchfield, Ill.
32. John’s Modern Cabins, Newburg, Mo.
33. Oakhurst, Okla. 
34. Red Oak II, near Carthage, Mo.
35. Vinita, Okla.
36. Ed’s Camp, Oatman, Ariz.
37. Bent Door Café, Adrian, Texas
38. Don’s Auto Repair, Tulsa, Okla.
39. Tulsa Auto Salvage, Oakhurst, Okla.
40. Lucille’s, Hydro, Okla.

How many of these did you recognize?


Craftster project

Craftster‘s latest challenge is “Super Ugly to Super Awesome.” You have to take something old that cost less than $20 and recon it into something cool. I used an old chair that I’d tried (and failed) to repaint once before. I’d gotten about a fourth of the way into the project and then abandoned it, and the chair sat around here in its half-finished condition for years. It moved with us in that condition. It was awful. I finally got sick of looking at it and decided to use the Craftster challenge as an excuse to do something about it.

I used a “bee” theme because we’d just harvested honey when I started the new paint job, and I was really amped up about our hive. I think it turned out pretty cool.

Here it is, in all its glory:


Finished front.


Finished back.



Closeups of back.



Closeups of front.


Closeup of seat.

And a couple of before shots. I’d been trying to do a Route 66 theme, but I actually started this thing before we ever traveled 66, and I just kind of didn’t get it. I was also using some techniques and types of paint that were ill-suited to the project. The result was pretty bad. I think you can see why I ditched it before I finished:



I doubt it will win the challenge, but that’s OK — I already won a cool chair. 🙂



I was busy listening to the Cubs’ ill-fated attempt at postseason redemption this evening, so I missed the Okie Blogger Roundup over at Hideaway Pizza on Cherry Street … where, as it turns out, I apparently fared much better than Chicago’s boys in blue.

I got online a minute ago to see whether Yet Another Small Town Moment had won an Okie Blogger Award (it hadn’t, but go read it anyway, because it’s one of my favorites), and lo and behold, I discovered that Red Fork Hippie Chick had won the Best Inspirational Blog category.

In retrospect, I probably should have ditched the Cubs, grabbed my laptop, and grabbed a slice or two with the bloggers. I’m sure no one would have minded if I kept one eye on the MLB Web site while I celebrated my own victory and drowned my sorrows over the Cubs’ loss with a giant chocolate-chip cookie.

Ah, well. Just wait ’til Maybe next year.

In the meantime, if I were going to make an insufferable little acceptance speech, I would have to thank everybody who voted for me; Ron, who helped me start this blog; the late Jim Jung, whose Waterman and Hill-Traveller’s Companion was my initial inspiration; Mary Baker Eddy, whose writings underpin most of my riffs on faith; my Primary class teacher, who doesn’t seem to mind the fact that he is doomed to spend the rest of his earthly existence answering my incessant questions about Christian Science; and, of course, the source of all right ideas: God.

But really, y’all … thanks to those of you who voted for me, and to those of you who weren’t eligible to vote for me but would have if you could, and to those of you who didn’t vote for me but are kind enough to read me even if I’m not your favorite. (“Tree people out there, God bless you. I’m singing for you, too.”*)

It means a lot to hear that my small effort to put something positive into the blogosphere and uplift others’ thoughts a little bit is having the desired effect. Thanks for the recognition. 🙂

Congratulations to all the winners and all the nominees … and a big thanks to all the great bloggers — in Oklahoma and beyond — who keep me informed, enlightened, and entertained every day. Speaking as a busybody, I appreciate your willingness to open your hearts and lives to a complete stranger every day just to give me something to read. When you think about it, that’s a pretty amazing gift.


* First person to identify the source of that quote wins a fabulous prize.

UPDATE: On a totally unrelated note, I have been playing around with the idea of making some changes to the look of my blog, so I may be test-driving different templates and header images over the next few days to see how they work before I settle on something permanent. Please bear with me….

Trivia contest

In my recent barrage of housecleaning and decluttering, I found some Route 66 items that are either duplicates of things I already have or are things I am tired of storing/displaying and would like to share with someone else.

In the interest of making sure these things go to good homes where they will be loved and appreciated, I am going to use them as prizes in Route 66 trivia contests.

Here’s the first contest. First person to post with all the correct answers wins a necklace (handmade by yours truly) with a pendant containing a piece of the road.

1. Where on Route 66 will you find a sign that says “Doofnac Xemi”?
2. Doofnac Xemi is an anagram for what?
3. I need a bottle of Yoo-Hoo, a package of Rit dye, a can of Strongheart dog food, a new jacket, a ham sandwich, and a flat of petunias. Where on Route 66 can I buy all these items in a single location?
4. How many patties are on the Big Okie at Hank’s Hamburgers?
5. It’s Thursday night. I’m sitting next to a bunch of steelworkers, eating free chicken wings in one of the oldest bars on Route 66. Where am I?

Good luck!


P.S.: Don’t forget: To prevent spammers from commandeering my blog, all posts are held in moderation, so if your answers don’t appear the minute you click “submit,” don’t resend the information. Your message will appear after I’ve approved it.

Fabulous prize

You had to know this was coming:


This is the fabulous prize for the trivia contest.

Actually, this is the prototype for the fabulous prize. I am making a sturdier, more neatly constructed sock monkey to be the fabulous prize.

I would have announced the prize when I announced the contest, but I wanted to wait until my socks came in and I’d confirmed that I could, in fact, make a monkey out of them and would not have to resort to Plan B (which involved a duct-tape wallet — a cool prize, to be sure, but much stickier and messier to make).

I think the socks arrived yesterday afternoon, but the mailman set them on a chair next to the porch, and I didn’t notice them until late last night. I am now busy making a monkey for the contest winner (or, more likely, for his toddler, who — if he is like most toddlers — will probably grab it and take off with it as soon as it comes in the house), along with a CD containing both the songs from the trivia contest and several other songs by those artists.

Sock monkeys are fun to make. I think they are also very cute. I intend to make a lot of them in the future. I will probably give away more of them on this blog, so watch this space if you would like to have one of your own. I might eventually make a duct-tape wallet and use it as a prize, too. Stay tuned.

Oh, and for those of you who missed it: Here are the answers to the trivia contest.

The question was: Two songs begin with the line “It was the third of June….” Finish the line for both songs, and name the songs and the artists who wrote and performed them.

The answer:

1. “It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty Delta day.” From “Ode to Billie Joe,” by Bobbie Gentry, recorded in 1967.

2. “It was the third of June on that summer’s day when I became a man at the hands of a girl almost twice my age.” From “Desiree,” by Neil Diamond, recorded in 1977.

“Desiree” is not my favorite Neil Diamond song, but it’s one of my favorite songs to hear him sing in concert. It’s from the album I’m Glad You’re Here With Me Tonight, and I’d heard it — and largely ignored it — at least a dozen times before I attended my first Neil Diamond concert, where I stood in the front row and watched him do a killer live version that pretty much knocked my socks off.

The greatness of “Ode to Billie Joe” is pretty much a given. If you haven’t heard it, go straight to iTunes and download it, because it’s maybe the greatest ballad ever. The backing music — guitar and some creepy-sounding strings — is very eerie, and Bobbie Gentry’s voice is just sublime. Plus it’s loads of fun to sing at karaoke shindigs, because most people my age have never heard it, plus it’s weird and sad and written across a part of my range that sounds better after I’ve spent a few hours talking to friends in a smoke-filled room. 🙂

What’s the significance?

DISCLAIMER: Management assumes no responsibility for any songs or song fragments that may become permanently lodged in the reader’s head as a result of the following post. Proceed at your own risk.

One date. Two trivia questions. Two songs. Ten years apart. One fabulous prize.

Two songs — one recorded in 1967, and one recorded in 1977 — begin with the line:

“It was the third of June …”

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to supply the following information for both songs:

1. The rest of the line.
2. The name of the song.
3. The name of the singer-songwriter who wrote and recorded it.

First person to post the correct answers will win a fabulous prize, to be revealed later this week. Bonus points if you can get the answers without the aid of Google.

(Note to Mom, Dad, and Nerd: Y’all are not eligible to participate in this contest, ‘cos we’ve already discussed the answers.)