Heartland USA by Rail
Part V: Jason McGuire in Oklahoma City
Sunday, Jason drove into town to pick us up at our hotel.
He then gave us a whirlwind tour of OKC, with a brief stop at Tinker AFB where
he is stationed. At his house, we met his roommate Pablo, his dog Chica,
and more or less installed a new refrigerator. We headed out for an
enormous fried steak lunch, then went to the OmniDome science center to see the
model railroad exhibit.
We had dinner with Jason and several of his friends. I'm
recording names to help me remember - Bart (our host), Rob (who grilled a mean
steak!), Rob's daughter Mackenzie, Danny (who has a very trick 2005 Mustang),
Brett and his wife. Danny and Rob are stationed at Tinker along with
Jason. Bart took me for a ride in his 600hp Cobra. Jason has lots of
good friends here.
Notes to myself:
(1) Nobody here knows Jason as Jason - everybody knows him as
(2) People here talk funny - just like Vera!
(3) To avoid being immediately recognized as a Yankee, do not refer to Coke or
Pepsi as "pop" - this stuff is known as "soda" everywhere
except the West Coast.
Monday, we'll do "old folks stuff" - exploring the OKC
Federal Building memorial, a nearby botanical garden, and the historic Bricktown
area of OKC. Jason has promised us dinner at "Pickles", for a
local delicacy of fried pickles (!), unless we can talk him into something else
It's still hot! We better get started early tomorrow!
|Jason's Chihuahua "Chica" warmed up
to us quickly.
||Chica with a chew treat.
||When Kathy first saw her a year ago, Chica
was no bigger than a soda can.
||Jason gave Chica a bath in the kitchen
sink. This looks easier than the process Mo and I go through with
|Drying Chica off.
||She likes to have her belly scratched.
||Chica in the soft carry case that Kathy
bought for her.
||Chica on my shoulder, with a chew treat
hanging out of her mouth.
|Jason's almost red kitchen cupboards.
||The enormous backyard in Jason's OKC
house. There's plenty of room for a house for Denny and Kathy when
||The "party refrigerator" was
||...I provided valuable advisory assistance
while Jason dragged the old one out...
|...Mo helped clean up the new
refrigerator. Not shown: I did actually help somewhat by
hooking up a temporary water supply to the new icemaker.
||Jason ordering lunch for us at Del Rancho...
||...where they serve enormous fried steak
||Mo with a gyro-wheel at the OmniDome science
|Jason and Mo point out the enormous model
railroad exhibit at the OmniDome.
||Jason in the airplane exhibit.
||Toy cameras from past & present at
||Mo finds another gyro-wheel.