Posts Tagged norman


Back Yard Oklahoma Fun Before There Were iPods

Before there were iPods and iPads and computer games, there was the back yard tetherball pole and high jump pit. Back in 1968, when I was 12 years old, I spent hours and hours and hours playing tetherball — trying to develop the perfect serve. But the really serious athletic training involved the high jump. […]

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A Sad Thing Happened Today in New Zealand

It was crappy, cold, rainy weather. Bumper-to-bumper, rush-hour traffic on Blockhouse Bay Road, my thoroughfare going home. All I could think about was taking some Panadol, and crashing out with a heating pad on my aching neck. So much bloody traffic. Then I saw him. A really old man, broken down on the other side […]

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Bazookas and Johnny Reb Cannons — Now THOSE Were Boy Toys

I do not “get” children of today. And by “children of today”, I mean Junior and his Chinese cousins. And by “today”, I mean 15 years ago. Because that’s how my mind works. When Junior and his cousins got together, they invariably started playing with Pokemons or some stupid board game involving 10 billion little […]

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Norman’s Annual Carnival: Goblets, Girls and the Tilt-A-Hurl

  Every year, at a certain time, I think May-ish, the Lion’s Club Carnival came to town. It was always tucked way back in the grotty, southwest corner of Main Street and the railroad tracks. By my estimation, I spent approximately $9,000 there during my childhood. In nickels. Because you had to pitch nickels to […]

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Death of Debbie

Facebook brought news today of the death of Debbie, a sweet girl I went to grade school with back in the Sixties. And it brought back a few vivid memories. The brain is a funny old thing. Debbie’s twin brother, Glen, was a friend of mine at Cleveland Elementary School in Norman, Oklahoma. As I […]

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You Know You’re from Norman, Oklahoma if…

1. …when you were little it was impossible to stay awake in the back seat as your Dad drove the family ALL THE WAY TO OKLAHOMA CITY. Granted, as a teenager in your best friend’s almost street legal, 383 Magnum Challenger, you may or may not have made that trip once in a record-shattering 7 […]

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Augusta National– exactly like Norman’s Westwood… Well, sort of.

Sunday at the Masters: the roar, the incredible shot-making and the heart-stopping finish. It was EXACTLY like an EPIC round of golf played, circa 1974, at Norman’s Westwood municipal golf course. Honoring the policy of this blog, we will not name the high school players involved. Especially Todd, Gator, Steve and myself. Nor will we […]

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