Another Sunny Day, Another Walk Downtown


The sun came out Yeah!! And it warmed up!!! Double Yeah. So I took my brand new camera. I’m sure you have never heard of it. It is a SJCam SJ4000. Basically it is a GoPro clone. It kind of has a fisheye lens with infinite focus. I’m still experimenting with it. The above is our new Marriott Courtyard hotel in downtown. They took the old Atlas building and redid it. I like repurposing old buildings.


And then I tucked into the Bank of Oklahoma. I love the beautiful art deco interior. You can tell the new camera has a little work to do on the white balance.


And then a little further away. A clunky expensive Kiwanis financed memorial to themselves. Sorry Kiwanis guys and gals. I don’t like this. Sorry.


And then on down to the BOK Center. Garth Brooks did seven shows or so the last week. He sold 105,000 tickets in just a few hours. We got to see a show. We’ve seen lots of good concerts in the facilitty.


And then over to the old YMCA. The camera has a 170 deg of view. I belonged to the Y for about a week 23 years ago. Too weird. Take my word for it.


And this is where I work, the gas company. Don’t ask which window is my office cuz I don’t have a window. I have a beige box that I am grateful for. I am moving to a new beige box in a couple of weeks. It will have a magnetic wall. So much the better for hanging maps. In the gas pipeline industry we work with lots of maps. We call them “alignment sheets” just so you know. We use topographic maps a lot. We call them “quad sheets”. You gotta call things right the name if you don’t want to slink away in shame. I love the terminology in our industry and I love learning the terminology in other industries as well. For some reason I have become facebook followers for a bunch of US Navy Ships. The carrier USS Carl Vinson is my favorite. They are on station now in the middle east making life miserable for ISIS. Check them out. I love the “Sailor of the Day” feature. They let an ordinary seaman, most of whom look like they are 14, sit in the skippers chair. I’d like to sit in his chair one day. Except I wouldn’t do it. I’m not worthy. I don’t know how I got off on this tangent.  Hey anybody out there want to sit in my chair?


Here is our new plaza. I love it. It gets back to 70 deg in a few months I’ll be eating lunch out there in the shade. And yes, they do keep the able tops very clean.


Now I’ve left downtown and picked up the kid from school. Heather had the flu so I go the privilege of picking Logan up. He goes to a Christian school and they have chapel day on Thursday. So its like “Can we just go home so I can change!” You bet kid. He loves his sweats. I don’t blame him. He works hard. We moved him from a special needs school to his new school and it has been a huge adjustment for him. His Mom and I are really proud of him.


And we are home!!

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15 thoughts on “Another Sunny Day, Another Walk Downtown

  1. Eileen

    I have heard a lot lately about these gopro cameras, I need to check them out.. I enjoyed your walk downtown , it is nice to see buildings having a new purpose.. I hope your son does well in the new school. great post and photos. Have a happy new week!

  2. DrillerAA

    Great to see the Atlas Building reborn and repurposed. I’m sure that you will find many uses for that new camera. Looking forward to more adventures.
    I believe, somehow, you and I are cyber-connected at the hip. There are just too many things we share. As a much younger intern architect, I worked on the construction documents for the OneOk building. The original design, from an out of town firm called for a 50 story building. The first revision reduced the design to 36 stories. Then, the oil crisis hit and the economy went into a tailspin, so the final structure was reduced in height to its current height of 18 stories. That decision didn’t happen until the granite for the 36 story structure had already been ordered and began to be delivered. The result was that there are a couple of other buildings in the Tulsa area skinned in that same red granite. One of them is out on I-44.

  3. Fun60

    Thanks for the tour around your city. Lots of new architecture with the ultra reflective surfaces. Not sure i would know where to start with your camera.

  4. islandrambles

    I really liked this post. I liked the new camera and the shots of the local area. What I really really liked was how you wrote this. It is so personal and it shows your day and your places. I never can do that. I will try. It looks like you had a nice day, great weather too!

  5. Birdman

    I can see by the plaza shot why you might be daydreaming of those 70° days. As a paperboy, I got free membership at the YMCA. I learned to swim there. Pretty cool.

  6. Karen

    Those are neat photos taken with the fisheye perspective …adds a whole new dimension to them 🙂 I have that effect on my new camera…just haven’t experimented with it yet…

  7. apaley

    Do you need a special cupboard/room to store all the cameras you appear to own? You’re worse than a woman with her love of shoes:-)

    Logan is growing at a rate of knots and am happy that he’s settling in his new school – such a relief for you and Heather.

    As an afterthought, I assumed it was winter in Tulsa, we have snow!!!!!

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