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June 24, 2014

One evening recently I had to make a decision as to whether to go to my grandson’s baseball game, attend the fun looking art evening at the Urban Bru, or attend a concert in Texhoma. As I drove to the concert I thought about the less than adventurous folks that say there is nothing to do here. Fact is, I think there just isn’t anything that THEY want to do … because they don’t much like doing anything. And they certainly aren’t out putting an activity together themselves that they would like to go to.

Del Shields sang at the concert and it was good country and western music. Some were oldies, some were new, and some he wrote himself. I think I shocked my daughter when I told her one song was by “Song James and the Southern Gentlemen. Sort of shocked me that I knew, too. There wasn’t a large number at this concert, but those that attended had a good time. Kudos to the Texhoma Chamber for putting it on. You can’t do anything but try.

Maybe those that didn’t attend were off on their cell phone talking about how there wasn’t anything to do around here …..

Speaking of cell phones, I recently attended a meeting where there were about ten people from the Oklahoma Department of Health asking our opinions on how the Health Department can better serve us and help us to be healthier. If you have some suggestions, an opinion, or such, there is an online survey you can take. I thought the questions they asked were a little lame, so I just said what I wanted regardless of the question. You do what you have to do.

The funny part about the online survey is that they gave a website while at the meeting for the survey and I couldn’t find the survey with the address they gave. Had to contact Kayla McCarter about where to REALLY find it. They need to have making your website workable as a suggestion! Or giving out good information.

Well, back to the cell phone story.

Teri Mora and her Upward Bound students saved us from embarrassment. They sent a large group to the health meeting and those darn kids were awesome. They sat still and listened. They participated in the discussion. They were interested. And they never took out a cell phone and texted during the meeting. I later found out that they had their cell phone confiscated by TeriMora. Good job. During one little bit of boring information, I reached down to get my phone and then stopped. If teenagers could be polite the entire time, I figured I should be able to, too.

Thanks to those who attended the meeting. Guymon looked great. I only attended because Kayla McCarter cared whether people were there … and she attends meetings and activities I have. She is what I call a great working partner. She understands about giving so you receive. I just shake my head and roll my eyes when I’m invited to things by people who never attend any Main Street activities. Really? I’m going to break my neck to help them? Yeah, it doesn’t happen all that often. There are too many people who do help that I’m much more interested in.

Anyway, here is the address to go on the web and give your statements about the Health Department … www.ok.gov/health.Organization/Board_of_Health/Oklahoma_Health_Improvement_Planning_Team_(OHIP)_/index.html. Look at the top of the page and click “Take the online survey.”

Those Upward Bound students have been working doing more than going to health meetings. They work hard twice a week and spend just over an hour on community service. They’ve done alley clean up, planting flowers, pulling weeds, working at Loaves and Fisches, and so much more. There are also some of them job shadowing. I thoroughly enjoy them. TeriMora is doing a good job of teaching them about being better citizens.

Lots to do on the bricks! See you there.