Having celebrated a milestone birthday this past week, some observations:
Less birthday cards; more Facebook notifications.
Less frivolity; more introspection.
End result of self-examination? A cliché: Age is just a number, happiness is over-rated, contentment is so much better. I’m lucky, so lucky, to have family, good friends and great co-workers. I’m a very lucky and content person.
- Sixty years ago, I entered the world on April 18, 1953, along with 15 other babies in the metro area according to The Oklahoman’s “Public Records.”
The weather in Oklahoma was as changeable in April as this one has been.
Friday the 17th had been in the 70s, but on the 18th, my birthday, the temperatures had dropped into the 30s and the high for the day was 46 degrees. Parts of the state had freezing drizzle and sleet, and there was talk of crop damages. By the 20th, the temperatures were on the rise again.
That’s Oklahoma for you.
- Paul Revere made his historic ride, Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier were married, and the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 all happened on April 18, as did the first baseball game played in Yankee Stadium, “the house that Ruth built.”
- To see what happened on your birthday or another special day, go to http://www.infoplease.com/dayinhistory, and if you are interested in what the weather was like on a given day, try http://wunderground.com/history
- A recent extended weekend saw the beginning and end of this year’s shearing at Circle of Dreams Alpaca Ranch in Fletcher.
Eleven of us gathered on a Saturday morning, and by the time we were through on Monday afternoon, 40-plus alpacas had been shorn of their hair, making them much cooler for the coming summer heat.
It was much different from last year’s shearing when we were interrupted by rain.
Electric shears and wet alpacas do not make a good mix.
Alpaca shearing is a busy time. The following photos give a snapshot of the day.
- Most mornings I drive over the Bob Wood Memorial Bridge, on the Billy B. Walkabout Memorial Highway and through the Zach D. Taylor Jr. Memorial Interchange.
Bob Wood was a Del City resident, city councilman and a founder of the Country Music Hall of Fame in Del City; Billy Walkabout was a full-blood Cherokee and a much decorated Vietnam War veteran; and Zach Taylor served as executive director of the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments for 25 years.
If you see one of these types of signs and wonder who a person is or if you would like to know the process of honoring someone, the Oklahoma State Transportation Department has an excellent document that can be viewed at http://www.okladot.state.ok.us/memorial/pdfs/pln_mhb_2011.pdf
If you come across the interesting or the odd or if you just have a question on Oklahoma history I might be able to answer, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org