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Monthly Archives: October 2014

October 27, 2014

The air is crisp and autumn is really here, it seems. Just in time for my skin peeling from the heat over the weekend. Love this Panhandle weather. It’s the time the heater runs in the car going to work and then the air conditioner going home. It’s the time you keep a jacket in the car because you just never know what’s going to happen. It’s interesting. Keeps us on our toes.

Speaking of toes, mine sure had bit of a sunburn from the OPSU football game last Saturday. I really ought to consider wearing real shoes. The Aggies whupped up on that other team. It was awesome. What is even more awesome is when the football players sing the fight song to the crowd after the game and then high five people. I heard the star running back, number 13, telling everyone (and there were many) “Thanks for coming,” as he walked by and high fived them. It’s no wonder I kept going to the home games.

They sort of follow the saying, “Don’t talk, just act. Don’t say, just show. Don’t promise, just prove.” Coach Gaskamp and his assistants are doing a great job with these guys.

Had an interesting lady come by the office last week. She was here visiting a girl on the rodeo team. She came from California, I believe. We got to talking about names that were funny … and appropriate … and inappropriate. I shared with her the name of our doctor where I grew up. Dr. Clapp. And told her how I never did know, as a kid, why people laughed when they heard that. But my new friend told me about a fellow who works for the U.S. Forest Service whose name is Timber Blaze. No way. That’s too unbelievable. Never could top that one! Did you catch the play on words, “top that one?” Sometimes I just find myself to be sooo clever.

Let’s talk a little more about clever.

The Oklahoma Agriculture magazine arrived at my office. I was reading it, and enjoying some of the articles when I came upon this paragraph in an article entitled “Cowboy Up” … “Oklahoma is one of the leading collegiate and high school rodeo states. Oklahoma State University has had a rodeo team since 1946 and in 2014, the team will host its first official collegiate rodeo in its new arena at the Payne County Expo Center.”

Are you kidding me? This writer, Charlyn Fargo, is writing about college rodeo and she doesn’t mention either of the two national powerhouse rodeo schools that are located in Oklahoma? That would be Panhandle State and Northwestern. Goodwell and Alva. It didn’t take them 60 years to finally put on a rodeo, either.

At the end of reading that paragraph, I sat in my chair stunned for a moment. And then I just threw the magazine away. Straight in the trash can. Up to that point on page 43, it was fine. After that, it was only trash.

I’ve stopped listening. Why haven’t you stopped talking? It was that sort of moment. Not clever at all.

Lots of Halloween and Main Street Week activities going on this week … more about that later.

See you on the bricks!

October 24, 2014

“In October 1914, Jonas Salk was born – a man who would change world history by inventing the first effective vaccine against polio,” says an article in the Rotarian magazine written by Gary C.K. Huang. “When the vaccine was introduced in the United States in the 1950s, polls indicated polio was one of the nation’s two greatest fears, second only to the fear of atomic war. And with good reason: in the 1952 U.S. polio epidemic, 58,000 cases were reported, with 3,145 deaths and 21,269 instances of permanent, disabling paralysis. Globally, polio paralyzed or killed up to half a million people every year.

“… in 1988, the 166 member states of the World Health Assembly unanimously set the goal of global polio eradication. At the time, the idea was breathtakingly ambitious, and many called it impossible. Today … only a few hundred cases of polio reported per year, and just three remaining endemic countries. We are on track to achieve full eradication by 2018 … October 24th celebrates the 100th anniversary of Dr. Salk’s birth.”

We also are celebrating the changing of the seasons and have several Fall and Halloween happenings going on.

Zombie Laser Tag takes place at 6 pm on Oct. 24, 25, 31, and Nov. 1. The location is 2 miles west of Guymon on Highway 54 and the cost is $5 a game. You can call 580-754-1428 for more information.

Saturday, Oct. 25, is full of many things to do. The OPSU Chili Cook Off starts at 11 am; the archaeology talk at the Guymon Public Library starts at 2 pm; the OPSU football game starts at 2 pm; the PTSO Carnival is from 4- 7 pm; and the Michael Martin Murphy Concert is 5:30 – 9:00 pm and costs $25. It’s a big day!

Dr. Sarah Richter is giving a talk on Wit and Wisdom in the Classroom at this quarter’s Wit and Wisdom evening on Oct. 28. It costs $20 a ticket and includes a fabulous meal catered by Virgil Gibson. This is a Main Street Guymon fund raiser.

On Oct. 29, 30, and 31 the Lions Club has a Haunted Train running from 6 pm to dark that costs $2 a person. That’s at the miniature train located at Sunset Lake in Thompson Park, Guymon.

On Halloween, Oct. 31, you also have trick or treating at the Heritage Community from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Then be sure to go to the TEL Halloween Bash at Pickle Creek if you’re over 21 years old. It begins at 8 pm and there is a $10 cover charge.

On Nov. 1 is the Lifeway Family Fall Festival at 621 N Quinn where everything is free for the kids! That goes from noon to 4 pm.

Be sure to check the Main Street Guymon facebook page on Monday to find out where we are going for lunch and supper to celebrate National Main Street Week!

You need to celebrate National Main Street Week, too. Visit our Main Street Guymon member stores. You can visit these retail stores and get a jump on your holiday shopping!:

  • Cheryl’s Quilt Corner;
  • Chris Urias Photography;
  • Christine’s Home Furnishings;
  • Dancer’s Wine and Liquor;
  • Dizzy B’s;
  • Guymon Furniture;
  • Harana MedSpa;
  • Helm’s Garden Shop;
  • La Victoria Market;
  • Lumber Mart;
  • Merle Norman;
  • Northridge Cinema 8;
  • Nuestra Tierra;
  • Plaid Poppy;
  • Sears;
  • Sound Service;
  • Southern Office Supply;
  • SPC WOW Boutique and Office Supplies;
  • Urban Bru; and
  • Wolf Creek Mini

Don’t forget that for that really difficult person, buy Main Bucks that he can spend at all those stores listed … and some others, too.

Celebrate and enjoy all the good things we have right now, holidays, a new season, friends, family, and an excuse to buy them a present. Celebrate Main Street Week!

See you celebrating on the bricks.

October 24, 2014

“In October 1914, Jonas Salk was born – a man who would change world history by inventing the first effective vaccine against polio,” says an article in the Rotarian magazine written by Gary C.K. Huang. “When the vaccine was introduced in the United States in the 1950s, polls indicated polio was one of the nation’s two greatest fears, second only to the fear of atomic war. And with good reason: in the 1952 U.S. polio epidemic, 58,000 cases were reported, with 3,145 deaths and 21,269 instances of permanent, disabling paralysis. Globally, polio paralyzed or killed up to half a million people every year.

“… in 1988, the 166 member states of the World Health Assembly unanimously set the goal of global polio eradication. At the time, the idea was breathtakingly ambitious, and many called it impossible. Today … only a few hundred cases of polio reported per year, and just three remaining endemic countries. We are on track to achieve full eradication by 2018 … October 24th celebrates the 100th anniversary of Dr. Salk’s birth.”

We also are celebrating the changing of the seasons and have several Fall and Halloween happenings going on.

Zombie Laser Tag takes place at 6 pm on Oct. 24, 25, 31, and Nov. 1. The location is 2 miles west of Guymon on Highway 54 and the cost is $5 a game. You can call 580-754-1428 for more information.

Saturday, Oct. 25, is full of many things to do. The OPSU Chili Cook Off starts at 11 am; the archaeology talk at the Guymon Public Library starts at 2 pm; the OPSU football game starts at 2 pm; the PTSO Carnival is from 4- 7 pm; and the Michael Martin Murphy Concert is 5:30 – 9:00 pm and costs $25. It’s a big day!

Dr. Sarah Richter is giving a talk on Wit and Wisdom in the Classroom at this quarter’s Wit and Wisdom evening on Oct. 28. It costs $20 a ticket and includes a fabulous meal catered by Virgil Gibson. This is a Main Street Guymon fund raiser.

On Oct. 29, 30, and 31 the Lions Club has a Haunted Train running from 6 pm to dark that costs $2 a person. That’s at the miniature train located at Sunset Lake in Thompson Park, Guymon.

On Halloween, Oct. 31, you also have trick or treating at the Heritage Community from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Then be sure to go to the TEL Halloween Bash at Pickle Creek if you’re over 21 years old. It begins at 8 pm and there is a $10 cover charge.

On Nov. 1 is the Lifeway Family Fall Festival at 621 N Quinn where everything is free for the kids! That goes from noon to 4 pm.

Be sure to check the Main Street Guymon facebook page on Monday to find out where we are going for lunch and supper to celebrate National Main Street Week!

You need to celebrate National Main Street Week, too. Visit our Main Street Guymon member stores. You can visit these retail stores and get a jump on your holiday shopping!:

· Cheryl’s Quilt Corner;

· Chris Urias Photography;

· Christine’s Home Furnishings;

· Dancer’s Wine and Liquor;

· Dizzy B’s;

· Guymon Furniture;

· Harana MedSpa;

· Helm’s Garden Shop;

· La Victoria Market;

· Lumber Mart;

· Merle Norman;

· Northridge Cinema 8;

· Nuestra Tierra;

· Plaid Poppy;

· Sears;

· Sound Service;

· Southern Office Supply;

· SPC WOW Boutique and Office Supplies;

· Urban Bru; and

· Wolf Creek Mini Mall.

Don’t forget that for that really difficult person, buy Main Bucks that he can spend at all those stores listed … and some others, too.

Celebrate and enjoy all the good things we have right now, holidays, a new season, friends, family, and an excuse to buy them a present. Celebrate Main Street Week! And have a party for Jonas Salk, too. So many things to party over!

See you celebrating on the bricks.

October 13, 2014

Vicar Sandra Castillo of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church came and did a Blessing of the Main Street Guymon Office. I had seen in her newsletter that she does that for other businesses and I wanted to be a part. I’m thinking if God is invited in to the office then it can only help!

The final blessing was, “Visit, O blessed Lord, the office of Main Street Guymon with the gladness of your presence. Bless all who serve here with the gift of your love; and grant that they may manifest your love to all whose lives they touch. May they grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of you; guide, comfort, and strengthen them; and preserve them in peace, O Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen.” Thank you, Vicar Sandra. I love that you brought blessings to all those who work with and for Main Street Guymon.

Reminds me of the saying, a Sunday well spent brings a week of content.

And there is this quote that I don’t know who said it, but I’ve been wanting to share it because I just love it.

“Life is a song – sing it.

“Life is a game – play it.

“Life is a challenge – meet it.

“Life is a dream – realize it.

“Life is a sacrifice – offer it.

“Life is love – enjoy it.”

We should all carry those words with us this month and enjoy the heck out of all that we do.

I’m telling you, I enjoyed going to the Guymon Community Theater play last Friday. What a great play. I laughed and laughed. And I even cried. It was exceptional. I realized that I have never gone to one of the plays that I didn’t enjoy it. Some more than others. This one was one of the mores. If you haven’t ever done so, go to a play. They’re fun and the people who put the play on have worked themselves to a frenzy to get it done. They deserve our attention for that moment.

My hat off to you Director Kasey Russell, Assistant Director Josh Setzer, Brenda Teegarden, Brad Teegarden, June Wadley, Brenda Bridwell, Evelyn Cartwright (my grandson’s other grandmother), Sarah Russell, Jackie Mathis (yeah, Mathis Oil is a Main Street member), Marlene Henson, Arlene Winfrey (yeah, wearing her Main Street Cash Mob t-shirt … we love you Arlene!), and Deanna Teegarden. You all did a great job. You brought sunshine to our week!

Remember what Steve Martin said about sunshine? “A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.”

Loved seeing all of you on the bricks at the play … especially you Denise Lunt because you enjoy laughing as much as I do!

October 6, 2014

Last weekend was a record maker for me. In the morning I attended 3 innings of the OPSU baseball scrimmage. That was great. Especially so because there were people sitting around in their winter coats, scarves, and those hats that cover the ears things. A little chilly, it was.

Then I ran over to Guymon to watch the grandson in the last half of his soccer game. Watching all those little kids run around like that is always good for the soul. And I liked their shirts, neon green. Cool.

As soon as it was over, I headed back to the baseball game, driving around the OPSU Homecoming parade line-up. Drove home because it was time for a little sit still and be quiet. Had to drive through some cones to get out of Goodwell and barely missed the Texhoma Fiesta parade.

Quiet lunch at home, thinking I could have gone to either barbecue, Texhoma Fiesta Days or the OPSU one. Was back on campus by 1 for the OPSU Homecoming football game. By then there was not a winter coat and muffler to be seen. It was time now for the sunscreen. Awesome game, big win, got to see some folks from back in the day …

Now, for me, that was the first time I ever attended three different sports games in one day. I feel like I should letter for that work!

Fun times. There are so many of those college kids that are just starting their adult lives. What advice would you give them?

Wise words by George Washington Carver might be in line. “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.”

The Chamber Banquet is Oct. 7th and tickets are for sale from the Chamber. Call Jada at 338-3376. It is always a good evening … especially when you learn who Citizen of the Year is.

The Guymon Community Theater production “Blue-Haired Belles” is happening and the Main Street Mob is going to be there at 7 on Oct. 10th. It is supposed to be funny. A great place to go for a mere $8 ticket.

The YMCA Superhero Run is on Oct. 11. For more information call 580-461-9942.

The month has started so stellar. We’ll just keep it right along those lines!

See you on the bricks!