The air is crisp as the clock creeps toward 9 a.m. on a Sunday. Silence is broken only by a bird’s melody and an occasional passing car. Brian Davis pauses at the field of 168 empty chairs at the Oklahoma City National Memorial. The field is along the route Davis, the television play-by-play announcer of the Thunder, often walks from his downtown apartment to St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral.
The capital city of the nation’s 46th state is Davis’ seventh home. But the Sunday morning walks, as well as the outpouring of kind words and thoughtful acts, have convinced the 52-year-old he’d like to keep an Oklahoma address. "It’s always very, very peaceful, but always very, very striking to me,” he said of the memorial. "Every time I walk through there, I’m reminded of the phrase, ‘Tomorrow is not promised.’ So be as good as you can today. Despite all your good intentions, you may not get a chance to live them out tomorrow.” Davis said he sees Oklahomans living in exactly that way. "I can’t remember feeling at home as quickly as I’ve come to feel at home here,” he said. Sound hokey? He can back it up.
A new homeTake Thanksgiving morning. Many of Davis’ co-workers also were transplants who couldn’t go home because the Thunder was facing Minnesota the next day at the Ford Center and then traveling to Memphis. So he offered to cook a couple of turkeys at his apartment. On Thanksgiving morning, realizing he’d forgotten some spices, he made a run to a Homeland. Another man shopping had that ‘I think I know who you are’ look.
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AT A GLANCEBRiAN DAVIS Age: 52. Family: Wife, Judy Federa, married 30 years; daughter Ilona Davis, 19; son Evan Davis, 15. Graduated: Northwestern University, degree in journalism. Background: Fifth season with the franchise (Seattle and now Oklahoma City) and his first as the team’s television play-by-play announcer.
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