I had a real surprise Thursday morning! A pack of dark animals came out of the woods and approached the road ahead of me. As I got closer I realized it was a wild sow and four babies. That was a first! In my four years of driving to Hugo I’ve seen goats, horses, cows, chickens, guineas, raccoons, armadillos, opossums, coyotes, dogs, cats, deer, rabbits, mice, snakes, and now hogs, in the middle of the road. All I need is a bear to top off my road hazard experience!
I took Friday off to take care of some personal business. I’m really in favor of the three-day weekend! Just think how much more we could accomplish if we only worked four days at our “jobs”. And I’m convinced that employers would benefit because everyone would have a doctor/dentist/personal business day.
Last night we went to the “Southeastern Stampede” hosted by Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the Choctaw Nation. It’s part of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association finals. This was our second year to attend and I really enjoyed it. I’m not a big rodeo fan, but I’m much more likely to attend an event where the participants are college students. I enjoy college sports more than professional sports. They’re still kids after all, and they need the support of family and friends. ‘Course no one could convince me that anyone I’m fond of should get up on the back of a bull!! Glad I didn’t’ even know any of those guys who got slung around and nearly stomped on. Crazy way to earn a trophy!
I kept thinking during the rodeo that it was odd to sit there watching cowboys and cowgirls just one week after attending the opera. I wondered how many other people would have attended both events. I guess Gary and I are a little different. I also found myself thinking about how different our life is now as compared to our years in the city. I sometimes miss a few amenities, but I certainly wouldn’t trade our peace and quiet for them. We have all the services and entertainment we need within an hour’s drive, and that suits me just fine.
We’re off to town this morning for a meeting of the Beautification and Preservation meeting. Tomorrow afternoon we will clean, weed, and plant flowers downtown.
I’ll leave you with a quote from my little desk calendar: “Forget about what you can’t do and do what you can.”