Monday, November 19, 2007

Happy Birthday Oklahoma!

And what a celebration it was! We had a whirlwind week of things to do. SgtDub and I volunteered to work at a conference that my office sponsored. Our first gig was on Sunday night greeting visitors to the Oklahoma History Center at a private reception. We stood outside and said "howdy" as the guests stepped off the buses. We enjoyed heavy hors d'ouerves and musical entertainment. We worked all day Monday just doing miscellaneous tasks (basically wherever there was a need). On Monday evening we stood on a street corner in downtown OKC and directed visitors to the Skirvin Hotel for another reception. There was more food and entertainment by a band called "Pearl". We were so tired after working all day, that we grabbed a plate of food and headed home. We didn't have to work the conference on Tuesday and actually had an evening at home. The conference concluded on Wednesday night with a sit-down dinner at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. This time the entertainment was Blake Shelton and Vince Gill. Wow, what an evening! We had awesome seats and it was like having a private concert. SgtDub has a new favorite song by Vince Gill . . . something to the effect that it's "hard to kiss the lips that chew my A** all day long" I think he can relate to that (WHATEVER!) On Thursday, I went to Guthrie, Oklahoma to watch the ceremonial Legislative Session. It was part of the Statehood Day re-enactment ceremonies. Guthrie was originally the location of the State Capitol, before it was relocated to Oklahoma City. Friday (Nov. 16) was Statehood Day and it was a "special" state holiday. The Oklahoma Centennial Spectacular event was a concert featuring famous Oklahomans, to include: Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, Carrie Underwood, The Flaming Lips, All American Rejects, Leona Mitchell, Willard Scott, Argus Hamilton, Rance Howard (Ron's dad), Johnny Bench, Bobby Mercer, 5 Miss America's (Lauren Nelson, Jennifer Berry, Shantel Smith, Susan Powell and Jayne Jayroe), and many more. It truly was a "Spectacular". The concert was aired live on OETA and concluded with a huge fireworks display in Bricktown. We headed home before the fireworks show started, but watched it on TV. It was a once-in-a-lifetime event and I'm glad we got to experience it firsthand. I doubt any of us will be around to celebrate the next 100 years, but we can say we were there for this one!