Wagon Wheel – where son Logan used to take his horseback riding lessons.
Wanted Posters – nope, my photo is not up there.
Warship – the USS Missouri now anchored at Pearl Harbor. The Japanese surrendered on her deck ending World War II. She was brought out of mothballs and refurbished during the Reagan administration. My brother had the honor of being on the crew when she was christened in San Francisco back then. Hopefully she will have a long retirement in Hawaii.
Water Towers – I love the Hot, Cold, and Warm towers in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
and Wife!! Here is mine at the grocery store.
And Will Rogers Birthplace – near Oolagah, Oklahoma northeast of Tulsa a ways. One of those great little landmarks that is definitely worth seeing if you happen to visit northeast Oklahoma.
I don’t have a whole lot of “U” tags but here goes with what I found.
U is for United States Flag!!! Here is our flag along with a bunch of others snapping in the breeze at a local high school.
U is also for University Club Apartments here in Tulsa. It is the eight tallest building in Tulsa!! Okay, that is not impressive but it is also the first building in the US designed with a computer. Read about it in Wikileaks.
U is for Union Picketers!! For a long time we had these guys picketing a job downtown. Now, here is where this gets complicated. These are not carpenters or any other tradesmen or actual union members. These are homeless people recruited by a union to picket. I guess that the actual union members couldn’t be bothered. I explain it all here if you are interested. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t have a problem with unions.
U is for the USS Batfish, a World War II era submarine now on display in Muskogee and available for tours. Son and I have done it and it is very cool. Interesting story is that it is now refloated. During the floods the past week, it floated and broke the chains holding it and the community had to work together to keep it from floating away. Read about it here, and there is a video.
So that is all I have for U’s! Go check out others at ABC Wednesday
S is for Sailboat – this one seen during a family kayaking expedition on the Bon Secour River in Alabama near Mobile Bay.
S is for Sarcophagus for the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.
S is for Sasquatch. I met this friendly fellow at a trail race here in Oklahoma.
S is for School Desk.
And S is for Seals. Or maybe it is a sea lion!!
S is also for Sea Plane. This one landed on the intercoastal canal in Gulf Shores, Alabama and taxied to a restaurant for lunch. The pilot and the passengers. The plane didn’t get lunch. But you probably alraeady knew that.
R is for Railroad Engine. This is the gigantic Frisco 4500 Steam Engine called the Meteor. Lovingly restored by retired railroad employees and now on display at the Route 66 Village in Tulsa.
R is also for Ranch. That’s my wife on the right feeding a trio of guard donkeys at a ranch owned by some my wife’s family in western Oklahoma. Yes, guard donkeys are a thing. They protect cattle from predators such as coyotes. Check it out here. Maybe you need one and didn’t even know it. If nothing else, they are pretty comical.
R is for Ratrod. Ratrods are my favorite kind of hot rod. People spend all sorts of money making them look rusty and run down. They are hot rods with an ironic sense of humor.
R is also for Route 66. It goes right through the middle of Tulsa and our town is full of the highway’s landmarks. My brother visited last November and he turned 66 so we did a bunch of photos of him turning “66 on Route 66” Above is Tulsa’s latest monument to Route 66 on the east side of Tulsa.
The ubiquitous Quonset Hut was developed by the US Navy during World War II to fill their need for lightweight portable multipurpose buildings that could be moved anywhere and assembled quickly with unskilled labor. 150,000 plus were built during the war and many of the sold to the public after the war. They seem to be everywhere in a multitude of uses.
An almost hidden hut just off the Riverwalk in San Antonio. I think it used to be a dance hall but am not sure.
These Falls are on the Snake River in the town of Idaho Falls, Idaho.
F is for Fawns
I found this Fawn at Yellowstone Bear World near Idaho Falls.
F is for Flag…
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.
It has been a while since I have participated in ABC Wednesday. It used to be one of my favorite meme’s and then life and instagram kind of got in the way. This week’s letter is C so I decided on Construction Equipment.
Once upon a time I used to be involved in construction. As a project engineer I built pipelines, compressor stations, gas processing plants and other pipeline related facilities. I loved construction. It’s basically a scheduling issue: getting your land, permits, materials, and a contractor coordinated.
A trackhoe is basically a backhoe only with treads instead of tires. They are the workhorse of construction.
A trackhoe with a view.
A big trackhoe doubling as a road block.
A regular backhoe. I have seen backhoe operators do some amazing things like moving across a swamp with just the hoe and front blade and the wheels not touching the ground.
A little cultural difference. Growing up in the mountain west I always heard of this as a Grader. I moved to Texas and they call it a Maintainer.
Pipeline construction is not too exciting. These are called sidebooms and are used to move a pipeline after it is welded into a ditch. They have counterweights to keep the equipment balanced as it extends the boom out to place the pipeline in the ditch. I have come to find out that the railroad industry uses similar equipment.
Lots of possibilities for N’s. How about a natural gas well!! Above is my son next to a wellhead in Western Oklahoma. A Colony Wash Shale well if you must know. And yes it was fracked. And because of that all the babies in Oklahoma are now born stark naked. Just ask Logan, he was born naked and was so embarrassed. I hope that hasn’t spread to where you live now. We have to stop them frackers!! I was talking to a guy from California a while back and he was telling me how evil hydrocarbons are and how bad pipelines are and how we need to “disinvest” from all that. I asked him if he had a car. He told me he didn’t use hydrocarbons. His car was electric he told me all proud and everything. I let it go. I learned a long time ago to never argue with idiots. (And yes, I believe in human caused climate change, and that we need to reduce carbon emissions.)
Is being near the well dangerous you ask? I tell you what is dangerous. See that grate that my son is standing on. Take the grate off and climb down into the vault to check it out. Watch out for the slithery things that rattle. Those are dangerous. Stay out of that vault and you are safe. Just don’t mess with anything. Please!!
N is for New Orleans. Always.
N is for night time running. It always takes a little getting used to. Keep your wits about you is my advice.