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Skywatch Friday – Beer Yoga Edition

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We are having a late winter this year and it is really irritating me. I mean the days are longer, the light is good, even the birds are singing but it is bitter cold. What’s up with that.

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I got me a glass ball to take photos with. I love it. It took me a while to get the hang of it but I am liking it now. You have to be careful in full sun. I was taking a photo today with it and I about burnt my hand. It is like a magnifying glass. I’ve read reviews that it can start fires if you place it on dry grass in full sun.

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I like messing with photographs. This is the green space in our neighborhood. I edited it rather heavily with some iphone apps.

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The floor was kind of cold, even with a mat.

I’ve been taking lots of yoga classes lately. Six so far this year, five in the last three weeks. I have very stiff muscles and at my age I can tell if I don’t do anything about it then it is going to be a bigger and bigger factor as time goes by. I don’t want any big factors. I can tell a difference already. I feel a little looser and a lot stronger. Yoga is not for weaklings. Those small, skinny, women who teach are strong as well as limber. Plus I have this great sense of well being afterward.

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A nice French Ale

So I signed up for a “Beer and Yoga” event at a local brewery. Yep, I went. It was great. I noticed most of the participants got their beer to begin with. I didn’t because the brew was going to be my reward. Plus at my age, if I drank it before the class then I would have to leave the class temporarily one, two, or three times. Don’t make me explain why. Anyway I loved the class but it will be a while before the next one. Our gym was hosting a kids indoor triathlon last Saturday and had cancelled all the classes. So this Saturday I’ll be back to either the stand up paddleboard class I have been taking or my wife’s AquaZoneBa class she teaches. No beer at either one but hey, I have lots of my own beer.

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And while I am telling on myself, here is some more. We went to a recently renovated movie theater the other day and guess what they have a full bar. So I got me a craft beer to go with the movie. It was cold that day and they had reclining seats so I brought me a blanket as well. T Don’t you judge me!!

Now that I have shared much more than I should, I am linking with Skywatch Friday.

2019 Post Oak Challenge Quarter Marathon

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Last Sunday I ran in the Quarter Marathon segment of the 2019 Post Oak Lodge Challenge races, three days of trail races of both metric and mileage based races from the Quarter and 10K up to full Marathons. This is the tenth year of the races and I think I have run in maybe eight of them and it has been really cool watching this event take off from something relatively small and cool to something that is a lot bigger and still cool.

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This year, like last year, there was some rain in the days ahead of the event, but it didn’t seem near as wet to me as last year, especially the first half.

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The race is mainly along single track trails and it has a nice vibe to it, rolling in and out of the woods and meadows and up and down the hills.

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And it was extremely well marked which is something since there are so many races over three days and many of the races use the same segments for part of the time and then diverge. So I was keeping a sharp eye out for the yellow ribbons with black polkadots.

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At about halfway, things started getting a little messy. you can see some of the maneuvers above that us back of the packers use to negotiate the mud.

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And sometimes you can’t do anything about it at all. Maybe edge toward the side. Running through the tall grass is an imperfect solution as it grabs your legs and the ground is uneven. I had several elite runners lap me on the muddy segment. Their technique is to just run through the mud.

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And we had a few creeks to cross. I would love to have a video of my tip toeing from rock to rock here. Again, the elite men women just run through it.

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And then here. My foot my have slipped off the log going across. The water was ice cold. I only fell once during the event when I slipped sideways and fell on my butt. That was a week ago and my running clothes are still on the back porch while I figure out how to clean them.

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The feature that everybody gets to run of all lengths is the “Hill from Hell” one mile up a hill. This is the view from the top. That is downtown Tulsa way over yonder.

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And then the post race five course luncheon. Simple but good and filling. Chili, potato salad, potato chips, bottled water and beer.

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When I first started running races years ago, nobody had medals, now they are all the rage. Post Oak had nice medals back before they were cool.

The race was supposed to be a quarter marathon which would be about 6.5 miles. It ended up being a little shy of seven. No big deal, that is the way trail races go. I think the race directors laugh and laugh. I finished just about last in every category, but I finished, vertically and had a great time. I finished it thirty minutes faster than I did last year. Last year it was my first race after my injury the previous November so I walked it and the mud just made it miserable. This year, I jogged the easy downhill legs and was able to do a much easier pace and at least stay in sight of a few people.

Thank you to the race directors, sponsors, the army of volunteers it takes to put a good race on and my fellow participants as well as they Post Oak Lodge which good naturedly puts up with people tracking mud and and out of their facility for three days. Trail Racing is the nice and kind type of racing. The elite guys always warn you that they are coming up behind you, because on single track trails you have to move aside, and they say thank you or good job as they pass. Everybody is good natured and friendly.

The course was great, the aid stations wonderful, the food afterwards, great, the shirts, the medals. You can tell that they work hard to make it a great event.

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Skywatch Friday – Another View from the Office

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I know that I repeat myself a lot but this is another view of the Sunset from my office building where I work. Because my employer is renovating my favorite floor to take sunset photos I had to go find another spot on another floor to take the pic. I feel a little funny about it because to minimize internal reflections I close the door and turn off the lights. But hey, I have been doing it on other floors for years. I have to make hay while the sun shines as they say because day light savings time is coming and I am not going to stay another hour at work just to take pictures. That may mean that I am not a dedicated skywatcher, I hope you let me stay.

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Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness – Public Input Needed for a Master Plan

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The Tulsa Riverparks Authority announced some exciting news recently. They have funding to develop a master plan for Tulsa’s beautiful Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area. You can read the Tulsa World article here.

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The best part of the news is that they want input from everybody including the general public. They have hired Micahael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc to develop the master plan. They are the landscape architecture firm that designed Tulsa’s Gathering Place.

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A series of public meetings have been scheduled. (Check the Tulsa World story for details.) And if you can’t make it the meetings or if you just cannot wait to participate, you can make comments on the web here.

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You may remember the events of three years ago when Simon Malls announced plans to build an outlet mall of all things on Turkey Mountain. A small cadre of people who founded the Tulsa Urban Wilderness Coalition stood up to them and said No. They were able to mobilize the general public and community leaders to save Turkey Mountain and Norton decided to build somewhere else (and they haven’t built an outlet mall in Tulsa yet) and funding was found to buy the private tract and eventually it will be transferred to the River Parks and preserve it from commercial development.

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And all that is great but this latest effort is needed to come up with a plan for Turkey Mountain. What does the community want Turkey Mountain to be. The threatened mall awakened the community and now the Mountain has more visitors than ever but there is no one person in charge of it and there is hardly any budget to maintain it.

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This master plan is a first step to defining what we want for public mountain and how to go about funding it. I’m pretty pumped about it actually.

So check out the Tulsa World Article and the River Parks website. Also check out the Tulsa Urban Wilderness Coalition and think about joining them.

Skywatch Friday – Oxley Nature Center through a LensBall

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Last weekend, son Logan and I ventured to Tulsa’s Oxley Nature Center to get a little outside time.

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I also took along my LensBall, a bigger than a baseball sized glass sphere. It’s heavy and it is kind of cool. I am still learning what to do with it.

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Logan was a good sport while I fiddled with all the gidgets you fiddle with on a camera.

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Some things worked and other things didn’t.

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We came across two groups of deer. They stayed in the woods behind brush. Made it tough to focus and get the right brightness.

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To me finding deer is always a treat. I have seen more deer at Oxley than the rest of the natural areas around town put together. Sometimes they hang out in the waterline rights of way and you can get good clear, well lit shots. Other times you just have to do the best you can.

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And then you edit things to draw out what you can from the images that you take.

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And then all the sudden a couple bolted out in front of us. This one, and

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that one!! Of course I was not expecting them and got some pretty fuzzy shots because I had slowed the shutter down in order to deal with the light better.

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And I’ll close out with some blue sky since this is a Skywatch Friday post. Come join us!!

2019 Starbird Car Show

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Saturday I headed to Tulsa’s Expo Square to check out the Starbird Car Show. I have been going every year the last several years.

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This car show features one of a kind cars, Custom Cars that are heavily modified for shows.

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1949 Buick

High gloss paint jobs and displayed with lights and mirrors.

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I think the owners spend a lot more money than they will ever receive.

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But I, along with lots of others, love to look at them. I had never seen such crowsds at the show before. It seems cars have had steadily lower status in our culture for years now.

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1958 Chrysler New Yorker
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People used to identify with their cars. Not so much any longer.

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1957 Ford Fairlane
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These cars are works of art.

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And not very practical.

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1949 Buick
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1938 Chevrolet
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Lincoln Zephyr
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Glamping

Enough words for this post. I have lots more photos. I love rat rods but I am going to do another post for that.

I am linking with Our World Tuesday

Tulsa World article on the Starbird Car Show

Previous Posts on the Starbird Car Show

2018

2017

2016

2015

Skywatch Friday – Valentines Day Edition

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Arkansas River at I-44 in Tulsa

It’s Valentines Day, so I don’t mean to pry but are you ready? Card, Flowers, Perfume, Wine, Candy? Don’t get caught short.

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Lake Skiatook near Tulsa

And if you are not seeing anybody then Valentines Day marks the end of the Dating Dead Zone. You know what that is right? If you are not dating anybody then you don’t start from Thanksgiving until Valentines Day. So awkward to date somebody right before Christmas or Valentines Day, right?

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Downtown Tulsa from the Arkanas River.

I am glad that we have these little events scattered through the year. Valentines Day, then Mother’s and Father’s Days. I like the little min-celebrations. I do hate going out to eat on Valentines Day though or Mother’s Day.. The restaurants, at least the good ones, are overstressed and so are their customers.

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ABC Wednesday – F is for…

F is for Falls…

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These Falls are on the Snake River in the town of Idaho Falls, Idaho.

F is for Fawns

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I found this Fawn at Yellowstone Bear World near Idaho Falls.

F is for Flag…

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This Flag is flying at Holy Family Cathedral here in Tulsa. Years ago I was taking a similar photo when some busybody stopped me and informed me that it was illegal to take photos of a church without permission of a church member. I told her that some guy had given me permission already. She asked me what his name was, and I told her that I didn’t ask him. Am I going to Hell for lying?

The lady huffed off but the Cathedral is beautiful and even more importantly is a vital and dynamic part of life in Tulsa.

F is for Fountains

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I found this Fancy Fountain in Kansas City a few years ago. I come to find out that Kansas City is famous for its fountains.

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Skywatch Friday – Winter Skies

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This is Boston Avenue Methodist Church here in Tulsa on the south edges of downtown. In a city famous for its art-deco architecture, this is the crown jewel. The exterior is limestone, granite, and terra cotta. The interior is beautiful as well. I managed to catch it one evening when the exterior lights had come on but there was still of plenty of golden hour light from the setting sun as well.

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I liked how some of the detail were highlighted.

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And here is a view of the western sky from my office building. I take lots of shots in a conference room on the 17th floor. I can turn off the lights and I have figured out how to minimize the internal reflections. Well, my employer is renovating the floor and have asked the employees to stay off the floor while the work is going on. So I am going to have to find another spot to take photographs. I am not worried. I am very resourceful.

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