Monday, June 22, 2015

around town

Oklahoma City SkyDance Bridge, is a 380-foot-long pedestrian bridge and 197- foot-tall sculpture that spans Interstate 40 near Robinson Avenue south of downtown, inspired by Oklahoma’s state bird, the scissor-tailed flycatcher.

Interstate signs mounted what looks like oil pipeline.

Local celebrity in Yukon, OK!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

local color

If you call for a plumber around these parts you might get the local celebrity.

The Love's job rep told Buddy about the plumbing contractor being a colorful character. Don's Plumbing arrived on site and did a fantastic plumbing job, then the owner told Buddy all about his adventures.

He goes by Don "Katt Daddy" Brewer. You see he catches catfish. By hand. Noodling. A champion noodler 'round here. He was on Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe. He was on the National Geographic show Mudcats. He has a filmography listing on IMDb.

Just a local good ol' boy, he started noodling as a child to help put food on the family's table. 

National Geographic Mudcats photo

The local noodlin' tournament is coming up, check out the past years' pictures. Jeff Foxworthy would love this, if you catch catfish by hand you might be a redneck :)

Friday, June 12, 2015

job report

Steel overhead and plumbing underneath! A very interesting plumbing job on this one - they lay out all the pipes on top of the ground, cut for length, temporarily put together all the joints, then when they have it all done and it fits together like the plans, they spray paint the ground along the pipes, remove the pipes, dig the trenches along the paint lines, then drop the pipes in the trenches, permanently join them, cover it all up. The owner of the local plumbing company is also a very colorful character and national celebrity - more on him later...

There are good subcontractors and not so good ones. This is a good one - the CAT scales guys. They come in with a tractor trailer flat bed truck loaded with everything they need to do the job - on the flat bed truck:  a pickup truck to get around, a trackhoe to dig the hole, concrete forms, steel, all tools and materials to get the job done. They do all the work, order the concrete, finish the job and are out of there in 4 days. No whining to the superintendent, a very happy man with this crew.

Then there are the not-so-good subs… like the steel guys who do not have their own equipment. Late Saturday afternoon text, "Your forklift is about to run out of fuel"

Buddy: "Drive it across the street and fill it up"

No response.

So Saturday dusk after going to Wal-Mart, a quick visit to the job to find the forklift completely run dry of fuel, go across the street with a 5 gallon can to get diesel, put it in the forklift, spend 30 minutes playing mechanic to bleed the air out of the lines and try to get it started again.

This is the end of the tunnel on the other side of the expressway. In order to hook up to the sewer, they have to bore under I-35 all the way to the other side, a BIG project:

Never a dull moment around here, a lot going on!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Guthrie ghosts

An apparition has been seen in third-floor windows. A general, very strong feeling of fear, doom and terror is present at the hospital, and according to witnesses becomes incredibly strong when photographs are taken.

Basically all paranormal activities that have been reported are limited to figures and shadows. This building has been investigated by many of the Oklahoma paranormal teams and has even used this site as an ongoing research site. Due to many break-ins and upcoming renovations no teams will be allowed to enter anymore. 

Abandoned Logan County Hospital, Guthrie, OK - some say it is haunted...

~photos taken 6 June, 2015

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

heating and air

It is heating up here in Oklahoma. The sun is out, the wheat is growing, the air conditioner is out... 

So instead of sitting in a little box with the cool air blowing watching television, we opened all the windows. Suddenly it was almost like real camping. Fresh air coming in the windows, sitting outside in the shade in camping chairs, cooking out on the grill.

Memories of long ago tent camping trips - the cross-country honeymoon trip, camping in a hot tent in Kansas. The Disney World trip camping in another hot tent, fan blowing in the tent door. 

It is hot but not unbearable, not nearly has humid as Georgia. It will be good to get the AC fixed, but for now sitting here typing and listening to the birds chirp and feeling the breeze through the open windows. Sometimes it is nice to think outside the box. It could be worse, at least no tornadoes in the near forecast.

forecast this week

~wheat field near Guthrie, OK - 6 June 2015

Monday, June 8, 2015

touch the clouds

“Touch the Clouds” is an 18-foot-tall sculpture with a 15-foot-wide wingspan that is currently displayed at the Houston Astrodome, which is about to be demolished. The city purchased the statue for $90,000 from the Houston Livestock Rodeo Association. This figure includes transportation costs with the stipulation that the artwork is in acceptable condition when it arrives.
The sculpture was created by the late internationally known sculptor Dave McGary. “Touch the Clouds” is part of his Warrior Series. The sculpture depicts a Miniconjou chief of the late 19th century, a cousin of the Sioux warrior, Crazy Horse. ~Edmond Sun

The City of Edmond, OK has over 150 pieces in its public art collection. This statue was just added a couple of weeks ago and sits at the entrance to University of Central Oklahoma.

Monday, June 1, 2015


May is over, record breaking rainfall, officially the wettest month EVER. The local church sign says, "If you are praying for rain please stop." Tornadoes, hail, winds, floods. This first week in June looks great:

~all pictures from the local news