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Oklahoma families enjoy year’s first snow

BY JESSE OLIVAREZ Published: January 30, 2010
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For all the inconveniences of the storm, there were also simple pleasures — moments of togetherness, an unexpected day off, and time to play in the snow.

John and Nicole McPhetridge shook off the early stages of cabin fever and walked to a grocery store near their northwest Oklahoma City home. The cold temperatures had them craving chili.

The couple already had everything they needed to cook chili except for one ingredient — chili powder. That was a good enough excuse for them to leave the warmth of their home.

"We got a little stir crazy,” John McPhetridge said. "We were just looking for something to do.”

Glen Baker III, a sophomore at Putnam City North High School, had planned to spend the day working at his father’s mechanic shop near Britton Road and Western Avenue. When no customers rolled in, Baker called schoolmate Braxton Booker and asked him to bring his four-wheeler.

Baker, 15, said it was a good way to spend the day.

"Its slick out there, but it’s pretty fun,” he said.

District Attorney David Prater was among the people enjoying the snow at Douglas Park. Prater and a group of 20 friends and family took turns sliding down the tall hill on the park’s western edge.

The biggest challenge he faced was getting his daughter to climb back up the hill by herself without getting others to help her.


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