On The Bricks

September 23, 2014

The Spring Cleaning mood has just hit me. I’m a little slow, I do realize. But today I’m going to throw out some odd bits and pieces of information that are in my “On the Bricks” file. So if you’re planning for this to make sense, that’s probably not going to happen. But I really don’t feel the need to make sense all the time. I am a woman, after all. And lots of women I know don’t make a lick of sense.

First, on the list are the people who never know anything is happening. And they act like it is someone else’s fault. How irritating. Yes, we have lots and lots of events here in Guymon. They happen all the time. Most of them are fun or at least have some fun people at them. If you’re sitting home having a pity party, you should go to some of them because then you won’t be so lonesome.

And if you figure out that you just are enjoying those pity parties, then let me suggest therapy. Lots of it. And you’ll need to pay for it because nobody wants to listen to a Debbie Downer for very long.

You are responsible for yourself.

So, first thing to do is check out the Event calendar on It is also on the Chamber website (same calendar) and Jada at the Chamber keeps this calendar current. She’s a trooper.

And that reminds me, if your event isn’t on that calendar, then you need to be getting your information to Jada at

That is the same email to get the eblast that comes to your email twice a week telling you what is happening in Guymon. At least the events that the planners share with her are there. Tons of information on there. Email Jada and ask to be put on the eblast list.

Don’t for a minute think that Jada and I are responsible to have all the community events there. We are the ones offering (we both offer, Jada does all the work) the service, but the event people still are responsible for getting information out about what they’re doing.

Then consider attending the Chamber of Commerce General Membership meeting on the first Monday of each month at the Ambassador Restaurant in the large meeting room. You buy your own lunch and you get to hear the announcement of upcoming community happenings. Once again, the ones that have been shared with us.

There is also a short program at these meetings that keeps you more abreast about what is going on with our businesses and such. The October meeting is Chris Purdy from Tri-County Electric. Then in November is someone from Northwest Oklahoma Child Advocacy and Support office in Woodward.

Tune in to the On the Bricks TV show on PTCIs Channel 2. The program always talks about what is coming up here in Guymon.

“I have found that if you love life,” said Arthur Rubinstein, “life will love you back.”

Start sharing a little love. Attend some of these community events. Think about volunteering for some of them too.

Last weekend was a Poker Run (loved the music) on Saturday and the Pub had a band, too. Then on Sunday was the Fiesta. Oh, I love the Fiesta even if the music is too loud and I can’t visit with everyone. It’s fun. People are happy and having a good time and the food is wonderful. There was also the OPSU football game on Saturday and it was a fabulous game with the Aggies winning. You should have been there. My toes got sunburned! It was hot out.

Lots of good things happening. Lots of things to get involved in. All you have to do is start with one. And I know the perfect one.

Be sure to come to the Cowboy Cookout on Saturday. It takes place on the street south of the railroad tracks just east of Main Street. There are going to be some really fun things to see and do. If you’re interested in arrowheads and bows and arrows, you’re going to love this. It starts at 2 and ends at 6. You can also support Main Street Guymon (YEAH) by buying a plate for $15 that has calf fries, BBQ, beans, and some other good things.

And I’ll end with this wonderful saying:

“Laugh, even when you feel too sick or too worn out or tired.

“Smile, even when you’re trying not to cry and the tears are blurring your vision.

“Sing, even when people stare at you and tell you your voice is crappy.

“Trust, even when your heart begs you not to.

“Twirl, even when your mind makes no sense of what you see.

“Frolic, even when you are made fun of.

“Kiss, even when others are watching.

“Sleep, even when you’re afraid of what the dreams might bring.

“Run, even when it feels like you can’t run any more.

“And, always remember, even when the memories pinch your heart. Because the pain of all your experience is what makes you the person you are now. And without your experience – you are an empty page, a blank notebook, a missing lyric.

“What makes you brave is your willingness to live through your terrible life and hold your head up high the next day. So don’t live your life in fear. Because you are stronger now, after all the crap has happened, than you ever were back before it started.

~ Alysha Speer

See you on the bricks!