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Mary's Miscellanea: Alpacas, business, vacations and more

Mary Phillips Modified: July 22, 2013 at 2:05 pm •  Published: July 22, 2013
• Doing my good deed Saturday, chauffeuring my friend who is recovering from surgery, I sat in on the Show Committee meeting for Alpacas of Oklahoma planning meeting for the upcoming November show.
From what I heard, I would encourage everyone to put Nov. 16, 2013, at the Lazy-E on their calendars.
Besides the halter show, there will be entertainment for all ages, fiber arts competitions, vendors selling alpaca-related wares and chances to interact with individual alpacas.
The meeting was held at John and Janice Robinson’s JR Alpacas, and the attendees also were able to enjoy watching a couple of baby alpacas pronking (jumping around and playing with each other) and rolling in the dust.
Check out A-Ok Blastoffs website at http://www.alpacablastoff.com/ More information will be posted as showtime nears.
• My soon-to-be 90-year-old aunt, Grace Helms, has had an unlucky few days.
As a retired directory assistance operator for Southwestern Bell/AT&T, her telephone went dead on Thursday.
After an unsuccessful search to talk to a real person at AT&T, we entered a trouble report via the telephone phone tree.
First, the disembodied voice told us it would be fixed by 8 p.m. Friday.
A check on the repair status on Friday notified us the telephone would be repaired by Tuesday at 8 p.m.
With the tornadoes, wind and rain storms, we know repair workers are stretched thin, but still…
Then on Saturday, her air-conditioning compressor failed and she spent a hot night in front of a fan.
The repairman was called, and on Sunday he arrived an hour early and had the air conditioner working within the hour.
Another example where the small businessman comes out ahead of big business when it comes to personalized service.
• As summer winds to a close, there is still time for a day trip or a weekend vacation close to home.
My favorite getaway is the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Travertine District, the former Platt National Park.
Growing up, my family would spend a couple of weeks and weekends camping in the park, swimming, hiking and just enjoying the outdoors.
There are many great places in Oklahoma to visit, and the Oklahoma Tourism Department’s website at http://www.travelok.com offers many vacation opportunities
• 25 years ago in The Oklahoman
The front page of the July 22, 1988, newspaper carried a story by staff writer Ed Godfrey about a mysterious car that had been
parked in the Will Rogers World Airport Parking Garage for 81 weeks.
He tells the tale of the car so covered in dust “that people were recording its length of stay by writing dates in the dust.” 
He then ventures that with a parking bill of $2,025.00, the owner will probably never claim it.
Read this story and more at http://archive.newsok.com/


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