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December 5, 2008

TOYS FOR TOTS

AND

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Roll out the goodies! Here they come!! The guys and gals of the Tulsa Lunch Bunch came rollin’ in today in their White Hats…carrying their bags of toys…and the Marines were on hand to receive them!!

First to arrive was Glyn, along with special guests, Jeff and Jane Gibson of Bixby…then, as if by magic, the rest scooted on in…Monte and Helen, Bill and Darlene, Bob and Marilyn, and then came Bronson…Bronson??? Who’s he?

Once inside we found Clyde and Nora, Bernie and Renee’, Claude and Sally, Becky, Ken and Doree, Fred and Peggy, plus a very, very special guest, Major Burton of the US Marine Corps…

Jim and Betty were home today with the flu bug, Ron Whisenhunt is still out hanging up Christmas Lights for everybody…Black Bart and Sharon were in Las Vegas on a sight seeing tour, Irv Pense was off in Shamrock, TX hunting for helpless deer, Don Cooper was still lost in Great Bend, KS looking for pheasant…Chet, Roger, Leonard, where were you?

A “few” of the survivors of the Dining Foray from the Okmulgee tour a couple of weeks ago suggested that we might want to move our luncheons from the “First Friday” to “First Thursday” and join in the feast at Okmulgee Tech Culinary Institute…dare we? Nah!! Well, maybe…ha….

Chaplain Farris brought us another inspirational Christmas story…Rene, Monte and Bob read to us a modern “Night Before Christmas” poem and Major Burton accepted our gifts on behalf of the TOYS FOR TOTS Program…

We would indeed be remiss if we did not remember to thank our gracious and ever patient waitress/server/gopher Nadine…she has been our faithful girl Friday for several years now…Thank You, Dear Friend…we appreciate you so…

Our special thanks also to the management of the Golden Corral…this is their tenth year to be our host for our annual Christmas Luncheon …we look forward to another ten…

Time to close the books on another great year for the Tulsa Lunch Bunch…each of you have contributed so much…not only by your presence but most of all by your love and friendship…so, to each, one and all, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year….remember, HE is the reason for the Season…

Our love and prayers

The Tulsa Lunch Bunch

P.S. Ken and Doree have graciously extended an invitation to us for a Christmas Party at their home in Claremore on Tues, Dec 16…we’ll be there…still remember all the goodies from last year!!

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November 18-20, 2008

JEWELL ON DEEP FORK

DINING IN PARADISE

When next you want to get “Away From It All”, just follow the “Concrete and Blacktop” road around and up over the hilltops to a hidden treasure named “Red Oak Campground” located just off Hiway 56 amid the spectacular scenery of the Okmulgee/Dripping Springs State Parks….

Located right on the Okmulgee Lake, among a bit of nature’s most gorgeous backdrop of tall, twisted and knarled oak trees, there lies a place of rest that simply invites you to lean back, close your eyes, and feast on all that nature has provided!

On Tuesday the 18th Nov, we began to casually drift in, oohing and aahing, as we prepared to enjoy a slow drift of respite from our daily routines of newspapers, TV’s, computers…you name it…

Glyn arrived first, then soon after came Bill and Darlene, Ken and Doree, Jim (Betty came the next day), Bob and Marilyn, Ron and Sharon and last but not least, Bernie and Rene’…

Somewhere along the way, a few snacks magically appeared on one of the benches, and our favorite pastime began…

     

A gorgeous sunset slivered slowly down among the tree tops…and soon it was time to fulfill our destiny…we had reservations at Okmulgee’s finest in BBQ Culinary.…Masseys BBQ, just off the main drive and they were waiting for us…

Sitting back in a slightly darkened alcove, we ate to our heart’s content…one word of caution…No, make that a word of warning…Never, never, order the Big Bad Spud on their menu…just ask Glyn…the more you nibbled on it, the more it grew…a HUGE potato, with BBQ pork, BBQ bologna, plus gobs of butter and all the other goodies of your choice…oh my!!!

Wednesday morning rolled around…greeting us was a beautiful sunrise (we think)..…leisure time for sure…and that we did…Lunch was very, very skimpy if at all…ha…The ladies all piled into Darlene’s car and off they went…Antique hunting. Bargain hunting…and Wal-Mart’s of course….anyhoo, they were gone about four hours, if you can believe it…

In the meantime, back at the round up, the guys all gathered ‘round one of the coaches and proceeded to discuss the affairs of the world…rearranging the facts to suit the stories, of course!!! A beautiful afternoon with temp in mid 70’s…the true Life of Riley whoever he was…

Evening soon came about and it was time to again fulfill our destiny…we had reservations at the Western Sirloin Stockade…the manager there, John Russell, had known Glyn about 40 years…we did get the VIP treatment…and we ate accordingly…going back for “seconds” more than once…ha…

Back at Nature’s Hideout, Jim started up a huge campfire from the wood the camp hosts had so graciously provided for us…We yakked and yakked late into the night…Thank You, Lord, for providing such special friends…

      

Thurs morning came way too soon…but we had an early scheduled tour of Okmulgee Tech slated for 10:00 AM…Bob and Marilyn unexpectedly had to return home early so the rest of us plied our way over to the college…meeting up with Clyde, Nora, Fred, Peggy plus their daughter.

From a young gracious tour guide, we learned about the history of Tech, then we were given an amazing tour of the Culinary Department of the School (naturally, what else)…then we met up with the Executive Director, Rene Jungo…who just happened to have been a client of Glyn’s back in the 80’s…small world, indeed.

And, then came the HIGHLIGHT of our little outing…dining at the School of Culinary Art Buffet, prepared by all the students at the school. Let’s just say that the Tulsa Lunch Bunch has NEVER eaten that “High on the Hog, so to speak”…Not only were those exquisite items (all labeled) that we had never heard of, most of us couldn’t spell them, either!...

With white table cloth, linen napkins, sparkling silverware and glasses…the culinary staff in CLEAN white jackets, and extremely, polite “Yes Sir” and No, Sir” everywhere you turned…and all with great big wide smiles…gee, we felt like royalty….Now we know why reservations are a must…

      

Reluctantly we headed back to camp…and thence began to gradually and wistfully head back home…Tulsa Lunch Bunch….you have been thoroughly pampered and spoiled…and you loved every minute of it…can’t wait until we return, can you?

See you soon…Friday, Dec 5, at the Old Watering Hole itself, the Golden Corral…remember…TOYS FOR TOTS…

Love to you all
Your Tulsa Lunch Bunch

PS...Ken and Doree have graciously invited us to their home again this year for a Christmas Party on Tues Dec 16…More later…

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November 7, 2008

NOVEMBER APPETITE

LEADS TO

OKMULGEE SAFARI

Goodness Gracious…Sakes Alive…Mercy me…Did we ever attack the chow line today!! It had been five weeks since we last met and we were really hungry…even our newcomers got into the act…in fact, they sort of showed us the way…ha…

Speaking of newbies…let me introduce you to them…let’s see…there was Larry Russell of Springdale, AR driving his brand new (to him) 76 Birchaven…and Larry brought with him Jack and Sarah Gladden of Gravette, AR…Larry’s wife, April, was doing her thing today…at a show with her little Chiwawa…forgive the spelling…have no knowledge of doggie names…

Which reminds us…Don Cooper was out in Great Plains, KS doing a little pheasant hunting…we will be over for dinner, Don…hint, hint…and Irv Pense was leading a group of hunters out in Shamrock, TX…(OU didn’t have a home game this weekend)…

Bob and Marilyn, Ken and Doree, Bernie and Rene’ anchored down one of the tables…Black Bart and Sharon, along with Roger anchored down the other end…

Andy and Jondine held fast on one table, keeping a place open for Chet, who didn’t show…for shame…Claude and Sally were over at Hobby Lobby, buying all kinds of goodies…

Jack, Sarah, Larry and Glyn kept Nadine busy at another table, along with Fred and Peggy, Monte and Helen, Bill and Darlene plus Jim and Betty…sorry to report that Jim and Betty’s Marine grandson did NOT make it home on leave…it was cancelled at last minute…do want to report that Bob and Marilyn have another new grandbaby…a little GMCer, too!!

SPECIAL!! HOT OFF THE PRESS!!! Rene’ put on a style show par excellante’…and we have the pics to prove it…we always knew she was a glamorous gal but…WOWEE….fellows, you really missed a very auspicious occasion…just look at the pics and marvel….

Now to the good part…coming up real soon, a goodly number of the Lunch Bunch guys and gals are going to spend a few days in Okmulgee, OK at Red Oak Campground…Tues, Wed, and Thurs Nov 18-20 to be exact.,. it’s a beautiful, wooded State Park and retreat that is sheltered way out in the boonies right by Okmulgee Lake…

We will have the place all to ourselves…and special dinners are lined up at Massey’s BBQ on Tues, Western Sirloin Stockade on Wed…a wonderful tour of Okmulgee Tech Thur AM, lunch at the Culinary Institute at noon, topped off with a grand tour of the Nuyaka Winery Thur afternoon…by the way, there are free samples for the non-designated drivers…ha..

That leaves plenty of time for antique-hunting, led by Rene’ and Doree…a little GMC expertise knowledge sharing…plus a whole lot of doing nnttin….maybe a museum or two…

By the way, Betty Haynes grew up in that area and tells us that Nuyaka Winery takes it’s name from the Creek Indian Nation…the community was named for New York…BUT…since there is no “R” in the Creek language, hence the name “Nuyaka”….Yeah, I know you have been waiting all your life to know that but we were going to tell you anyway…ha…

You are now a real Okie…we will see you there…give Glyn or Bob a call if you haven’t already…they’ll make dinner reservations for you…

Til’ next month, and TOYS FOR TOTS time…

Your Tulsa Lunch Bunch….

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October 3, 2008

FALL ROUNDUP

GMC STYLE

AND OFF WE GO!!

Gather round, boys and girls, cause the Tulsa Lunch Bunch is up and rarin’ to go!! Today starts our tenth year of fun and frolic along with old fashioned GMC “git up n’ go”!

Let’s see…just where do we start…with a great crowd on hand today at the dinner table…you gotta eat first you know…

Bill and Darlene are headed out for their old home state of Alabama next week…he has really done a remarkable recovery after his heart surgery…Ken and Doree are going northward to Minnesota for a couple of weeks…Irv and Shirley are headed to Dallas next week for the OU-TX football game…lucky guys…no, their tickets are not for SALE…period…

Bob and Marilyn, Ron and Sharon along with Glyn are all packed and ready to head for the Classic Rally in Perrin in a couple of weeks. and Leonard and Jane are headed back to the Mayo Clinic for Jane’s annual visit…

Fred and Peggy are staying at home right now…seems as tho she has to work to pay Fred’s Social Security check…oh well…Peggy’s dad and mom, Clyde and Nora Jones have already gone to Missouri…

Jim and Betty are taking their Marine grandson (home on leave) to the NASCAR races later this month…Doc and Susy have taken their race car (see pic in the Aug write up on the web) and will be trying for more ribbons…planning on making it to Perrin…

Monte and Helen are debating which way to go…Claude and Sally didn’t make it today…they may be already gone…Don Cooper along with Chet Simpson hid out today also…

Bernie and Renee were here today with good news about her newly adopted kitty…she found it along side the road, all alone and neglected…their pet dog, Bailey, has almost adjusted…but not quite…ha..

Roger made it for lunch but let Debbie stay on the job…shame…Roger, let Debbie come next month and you stay on the job…after all, fair is fair…

Almost forgot…we did have a great lunch at the Corral…our special waitress, Nadine, did her usual super job of looking after us…and the weather was so nice we were all ready to leave right now…but not until after dessert…of course!

So, we will see you next month right here at the Corral, that is, if the creeks don’t rise or whatever…

Our love and prayers,

Your Tulsa Lunch Bunch

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September 5-8, 2008

ANNIVERSARY WEEK

FOR THE

TULSA LUNCH BUNCH

WHAT A WEEK THIS HAS BEEN! FIRST OF ALL, WE BEGAN THE CELEBRATION OF OUR 9TH (CAN YOU BELIEVE IT) ANNIVERSARY WITH A SUPER LUNCHEON AT OUR SPECIAL WATERING HOLE, THE GOLDEN CORRAL RESTAURANT HERE IN TULSA ….

The Tulsa Lunch Bunch started meeting there way back in Sep 99 … .and we haven’t missed a month yet … the friendships and camaraderie that have been formed over the years just continues to grow … and grow … and knowing that we are just a small part of the GMC International Community makes it even more worthwhile … .

The special friendships that have followed up have allowed us to reach out to others and have also allowed them to love us back … and none is more special to us than being a small part of the GMC Classics … .without their support and love we would not be where we are today …

Friday’s lunch went off without a hitch (pardon the pun) … a few were missing but the conversation wasn’t lacking a bit … the important details were ironed out … (like … how many trips back to the food line are you going to make? ... .that sort of thing) … .and we did sort of plan on the celebration outing at Lake Skiatook the following week … everybody had their reservations and all were ready to go … .

Tuesday rolled around real quickly and it was off to Lake Skiatook … let’s see … Ken and Doree arrived early and set up shop … soon Bernie and Renee arrived, followed by Black Bart and Sharon … Roger and Debbie, then Bob and Marilyn came in … last to arrive was Glyn … He had battery problems but got them fixed … seems as tho he had let his battery run down … shame, shame …

Tues eve rolled around and amid the beautiful scenery, the waves lapping all around, (we were only about 40/50 feet from the edge of the lake) … dinner sort of popped out on the table under the shed … we ate and ate, then finished it off with ice cream and pies … yes, pies … Boston Crème, apple, and then more ice cream …

A cool night (almost blanket weather) followed and the next morning it was off for a leisure day … a slight drizzle came about but nothing disturbed our mid-day luncheon … (left-overs to you homefolks) … Bill and Darlene Rowland joined us, and later Fred Pitezel arrived … just in time for dinner, of course …

We had reservations at the nearby Lake Side Marina restaurant and they really make us feel welcome … Their specialty on Wed was half-price burgers … and since their burgers were all half-pound variety with lots of side dishes … most took advantage … some even grabbed a doggie bag … after all … that was a lot of burger and fries …

Another cool night … then Thursday already … a few left for home but the rest stayed and some even went antique hunting … oh yes, it sort of poured down rain a part of the day … .but Doree took us through the Skiatook Statuary anyway … folks-that place is worth another trip anytime … you name it … they have it … from huge buffalo to tiny little frogs …

And then it was back to Lake Side Marina for dinner … this wasn’t planned but we had such a good time Wed night a repeat was positively in order … Oh yes, almost forget … Bernie and Renee’s friends from Dewey, Jerry and Marilou Bork, joined us for the evening … Shux … no half price burgers …

Friday rolled around all too soon … we all pulled up stakes (disconnected the electricity) and reluctantly headed for home … It has been a glorious week of celebrating our anniversary … wish you had been there with us … see you next month at the Golden Corral … as we start year number TEN …

Our love and prayers,

\Your Tulsa Lunch Bunch

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August 1-3, 2008

HOT AIR
UP IN THE SKY

HOTTER AIR
DOWN ON THE GROUND

WHEN the temp says 137 degrees on the outside skin of the GMC and (guess) on the other side…you know you are now qualified for the new TV show “Survivors of the Balloon Festival”.

With the air conditioners on all 14 Coaches GOING FULL STEAM AHEAD (no pun intended, of course) The Tulsa Lunch bunch enjoyed another fantastic outing in a repeat visit to the Gatesway Balloon Festival in Claremore at the Will Rogers Downs Casino and Race Track…

Let’s see now…On hand were Frank and Cathy Emshoff from Houston, Ron and Sharon Eimen, (by the way, Black Bart didn’t let us down, either, but more on that later), Bob And Marilyn Musgrove, Ken and Doree Broostin, and Randy and Margie Van Winkle from Battlefield, MO.

Also Jim and Betty Haynes, Glyn Trimble, Irv and Shirley Pense, Clyde and Nora Jones, Fred and Peggy Pitezel, Claude and Sally Farris, Roger and Debbie Gleason plus two adorable grandchildren (helpers) Nicole and Stephen, Doc and Susy Parsons, Max and Joan Kanel from Rogersville, MO, plus new owners Al and Linda Van Winkle from Springfield, MO.

But, first, let’s back up at bit. Thursday AM Ken, Roger, Bob and Glyn went to Claremore and the guys set out our Lunch Bunch banners and marked off our reserved sites. Friday we got up and headed for the Golden Corral for a kick-off luncheon. Black Bart informed us that he had a bad air bag and the GMC was down and out. Chaplain Farris (good guy in white hat) came to the rescue. He just happened to have an extra bag out in his coach, so other good guy Fred followed Ron to the storage barn, and there they replaced the old air bag with one that worked! Voila! Ron and Sharon arrived Friday PM, although a tad late.

Everybody got checked in okay. Frank, Max and Roger had already checked in earlier and we got all hooked up, turned on the a/c’s, ate a bite and waited for dark and show time. Roger even fired up the big smoker “just to make sure it worked ok” and we snuck a few goodies in as a test … ha.

Come dark we lined the chairs all up along the fence line and spent the next hour “oohing and aahing” as the ”little glow in the dark” guys and balloons did their thing. Then it was off to bed with a/c’s going full blast but first not without a lot of water going down the hatch.

Morning came soon as we all sat outside, watching those colorful and distinctive flying machines float so majestically in the sky as they drifted and swooshed their way down to the target area with their sandbags, all trying to be the guy that tosses his sandbag the nearest to the prize. What fun and so beautiful! They were so close it seemed we could almost reach up and touch them.

Next it was off to the Hot Rod show on the asphalt tarmac. One of our own, Doc Parsons, had his special rod entered. Great show, Doc! All were dream machines. I think the young boy came out in all of us … well, the guys anyway…ha…

An afternoon of camaraderie and good times followed, all while waiting for evening dinner and show time again. Not sure which was more anticipatedc food or show, but think you and I both have an idea. Roger has been busy all afternoon smokin’ those briskets and ribs…can’t hardly wait…can smell them clear across the lot.…yummie….now, ain’t you sorry you’re not here.

Golden Corral, move over… YOU HAVE JUST BEEN REPLACED … SMOKED HAM, BBQ RIBS, BBQ BOLOGNA, SMOKED BRISKET…NOW FAST FORWARD TO ICE CREAM, CAKE, BROWNIES, MORE ICE CREAM, AND THEN IMAGINE ALL THE OTHER GOODIES IN BETWEEN, ALL KINDS OF SALADS, BEANS AND CHEWY STUFF PLUS…AND THAT WAS JUST THE FIRST TIME AROUND…YOU KNOW THE REST…WEIGHT WATCHERS…GO AWAY…. SOON IT WAS BALLOON TIME…A SPECIAL TREAT…WE WATCHED ALL TAKE OFF, FLY AWAY, AND THEN COME BACK FOR THE EVENING GLOW. SPECTACULAR, SUPERFRAGILISTIC, AN END TO A PERFECT DAY…NOW FOR SOME GOOD OLD FASHIONED SHUT-EYE…

Morning rolled around ‘way too soon. At approximately 6:30 (That’s right … AM) Those Sunday morning whooshes started coming over. The gang gathered all around the breakfast table (but not at 6:30…ha)…for smoked sausage, muffins, orange juice, coffee, bagels, jellies and assorted pastries, and watched with wonder and awe as those magnificent creatures once again tried to hit the center of the bulls eye with their sandbags. The last one came over just about the time the last piece of sausage flew off the smoker.

Time to fire ‘em up and head for home. Another great time and reservations already made for same place, same time next year. Cannot say enough for the fine amenities furnished by the WRD RV people. The crowd was much greater than last year yet they handled everything in good stride. Well done, folks and thanks so much. See you next year…and all the Lunch Bunch folks…we will see you next month!!!

We love you

Your Tulsa Lunch Bunch

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July 11, 2008

EXCITEMENT ALL AROUND

FOOD A’PLENTY

BALLOON TIME AGAIN

Let’s see, where do we start? It’s been five weeks since the last Lunch Bunch luncheon and only four weeks since we loaded up at the Cherokee Queen Dinner Theatre…no wonder the “hungry” came out today…

In fact, we hit the grocery line at the Golden Corral at exactly 11:20 AM…folks, we haven’t done that in years…and since confession is good for the soul or something like that…some of us were still hard at it after 1:00 PM…no names of course, but just look at the pics…oh yes, when we walked into the Corral, Clyde and Nora Jones were already seated…wondering what took us so long to get there…

Let’s see now…first to arrive on the scene were Jim and Betty Haynes, soon afterwards Bill and Darlene Rowland, Ron and Sharon Eimen, as well as Monte and Helen Jestes. Our long lost California brethren, Bernie and Renee Baldwin drove down from Dewey, Bob and Marilyn Musgrove just got back from Dallas in time for lunch, Ken and Doree Broostin got there early, too~

Don’t know where Don Cooper was…Andy and Jondine came us missing, too…but Fred and Peggy Pitezel, Claude and Sally Farris, Bill and Peggy Brunson and Chet Simpson took care of the chow line in their absence…

Cecil and Sonnie Martin, Glyn Trimble, Irv and Shirley Pense, and Roger Gleason all added to the happy confusion…Leonard and Jane…we missed you…

With a full house and everybody talking at once, we did finally manage to get a few important items taken care of…like, NO we do not have any extra OU-TX football tickets for this fall…and NO we do not have any OU-NEBRASKA tickets, either…

BUT…we did get all the details worked out for the upcoming Lunch Bunch Balloon fun time in Claremore on Aug 1-3…and reservations really poured in for that…

Let’s see…Ken said we had reserved 30 spaces…we will mark those off Thursday Jul 31…Luncheon will be the regular time, FRIDAY Aug 1 11:30 AM at the Golden Corral in Tulsa…then it’s off to Claremore Friday afternoon…Friday evening we are on our own…just get ready to watch those magnificent flying machines set up and do their glow thing Friday night…

Saturday it’s more of that “do your own thing”…whether it’s visiting the Claremore Gun Museum, the Will Rogers Museum, the Cherokee Casino next door…take a nap…whatever…

Saturday nite is the big cook-out…Ken will set up his huge smoker, load it up with brisket, brisket and more brisket...plus a few other little goodies…everybody will bring out their favorite dish…and we will eat, eat, eat and then watch those flying machines do their thing again….

Ken reminded us that, just like last year…that he and Glyn will collect the fees for camping…also we will take up a special collection for the Gatesway Foundation for the Handicapped… they are sponsoring the event and it’s certainly a worthwhile endeavor…in this manner we can show our appreciation and be thankful for our own good health at the same time…

Sunday morning we will try to have a breakfast to get you on your way back home…and at the same time, watch those balloons once again float all around, above and over us…it will be a fun time…see you there…

Our love and prayers,

Your Tulsa Lunch Bunch

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June 12-15 2008

Cedar Oaks

Flood Gates

Ronnie McDowell

Thursday AM, what a beautiful day…lots of sunshine, a fridge loaded with goodies, a full tank of gas, and a destination close by, on the lake and an armful of friends…what more could you ask…

Gradually all trickled in…Bob and Marilyn Musgrove, Ron and Sharon Eimen, Monte and Helen Jestes, Ken and Doree Broostin, Bill and Darlene Roland, Roger and Deborah Gleason and Glyn Trimble….

Supper time rolled around and we all piled into the Cedar Oaks Club House kitchen…spread the goodies out and did our sacred duty…you know, the Lunch Bunch motto…eat everything in sight…including the cold watermelon…



Later that evening it truly became a fireside chat but outdoors…we all sat around in a family circle and breezed the breeze well into the night…

Do want to mention that it was Country and Western Music Festival at Grove this weekend and there was continuous musical entertainment at the Cedar Oaks Campground theatre all during the time we were there…


Friday morning we awakened with a harsh bang on the roof…the skies opened up and poured down their blessings, starting about 5:45 AM and continued heavy, mild and in between right on through the noon hour and well into mid afternoon…

It was with mild trepidation that we learned where the leaks in the roofs and windows were…and if you stepped outside, it was “slosh” time all around…with or without shoes on…

Somewhere in between rain drops, the gals all piled into one of the cars and did their “antique” shopping thing…you do realize, of course, that nothing can keep a gal from going bargin’ huntin’…



Happily enough, the moisture from the sky ceased in time for us all to board up in the Musgrove chariot and head down the road a bit for an evening of special delight…dinner and show at the Cherokee Queen Theatre…with featured performer Ronnie McDowell and his entourage…including his son and nephew…

The dinner was excellent…and the entertainment was outstanding…Ronnie was a showman for sure…his son was superb on the drums…and a lively show it was…

Ronnie was kind enough to come to our table and “celebrate” with us Ron and Sharon’s 55th wedding anniversary…when asked by Ronnie his secret for a long and happy marriage, Black Bart did not disappoint any of us…believe that instead of a nice box of chocolates for her anniversary, Sharon is getting a new Mercedes Benz convertible…at least, that’s according to Sharon….what a guy!!!

Saturday was a lazy type day…a little chit chat here, a little chit chat there and just do your own thing…maybe a nap or two…the Campground had a pot luck meal for all at lunch…and nobody missed that…except Glyn…he went home a little early…

After an afternoon of sunshine and leisure (nap time, what else), it was time for some elegant dining in downtown Grove at the Café Tiramisu Italian Eatery…napkins and fingers were the order of the evening.

Then it was time for dancing under the stars while cruising up and down on Grand Lake on the beautiful Cherokee Queen paddle boat, with the moon a shinin’ ever so brightly!! Softly and tenderly we swayed to the music, maybe cut a rug or two, and also held hands like long ago…sweethearts are we still…ain’t love grand!!!

Whoa…here it is…already Sunday…time for Chapel, then pack up and head home…another memory, another happy time…

See you down the road and may the Good Lord bless and keep you!!!

Your Tulsa Lunch Bunch

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June 6, 2008

JUNE LUNCHEON

AND THEN

OFF TO GRAND LAKE

The Tulsa Lunch Bunch had a good turnout on Friday despite our leader, Glyn Trimble, not being there. He was attending the Trimble Family Reunion in Thayer, MO. Glyn said that this is the 82nd consecutive reunion for the Trimble family. Of course, he took the GMC, along with a couple of family members to share the fun (and maybe the gas bill).

Monte and Helen Jestes were there complete with the GMC and the toad. They were headed for an aviation fly-in at Bartlesville. And, they were going to attend the GMC Flatlander’s Rally there. Their granddaughter, Kayla, came by and joined them, and the rest of us, for lunch.

Fred and Peggy Pitezel were there, as well as Clyde and Nora Jones. Don Cooper came by just to keep us company. He was talking to Irv Pense and Ken Broostin while Shirley Pense and Doree Broostin joined the other ladies at a corner table.

OOPS! Jim and Betty Haynes filled us in on the storm damage at their beautiful home in the country. Seems they were hit by a thunderstorm that produced some exceptionally large hail. Give us a progress report, please!

Bob and Marilyn Musgrove reported that they have discovered that their GMC leaks when it rains. Didn’t his happen during the last rainy season, too? I thought we had all of those fixed.

(Bob, at least it doesn’t leak when it doesn’t rain…count your blessings…ha_

Bill and Darlene Rowland made it back from their trip to Alabama. Ron and Sharon Eimen were there to share the fun and the camaraderie. Happy to report that Chet and Pat Simpson were off on their long awaited RV trip to California and the upper Northwest. Bon Voyage…Pat, you deserve it!!

Claude and Sally…where were you…we looked everywhere for you…Cecil and Connie were missing, too…Guess they had more than their share of Hawaii…

It was good to have David Paliotta and his father-in-law, Dell Bernier, at the luncheon. David drove his GMC which he has been restoring for a couple of years now. He has done a great job on replacing the headliner, carpet, etc.

Next Thursday the 12th quite a few of the gang are headed to Grove on Grand Lake for a few days of nothing but fun and eat, eat and fun, and then eat a little more. We will be staying with an old friend, Cedar Oaks RV Park…they have reserved some nice places for us…Thursday night is pot luck at the Club House, (reserved just for us), Friday night is dinner and show at the Cherokee Queen Theatre and Saturday Is dancing under the stars while cruising up and down Grand Lake aboard the Cherokee Queen paddle boat…

Oh yes, this week is Country and Western Festival Week in Grove…you can be entertained to your heart’s content…bands and more bands, everywhere….the park, as well as the town, should be full and running over…now if the weather will only cooperate…now that’s a foolish thought…ha…

All for now…a report on the Lake Trip coming soon…along with a few pics…

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PS…NOTE : Next luncheon is Friday July 11…second Friday rather than first Friday due to the Jul 4 Friday holiday…

Also, mark your calendar for Aug 1, 2, and 3 for the Gatesway Balloon Festival in Claremore…

Same schedule as last year…

Check in at Cherokee Casino Campground Thursday or Friday,

Lunch at the Golden Corral in Tulsa on Friday…

Pot Luck dinner Saturday night…bring some goodies as well as meat for the smoker…it’s a biggee…

Sunday morning is pancake time…oh yes, a few balloons will be floating around, too….

MORE LATER…See ya…

 

 


May 2, 2008

PARTY TIME

CARAVAN TO TYLER

CLASSIC RALLY

HOME AGAIN…WHEW

Now listen up, boys and girls, and let me tell you a story…once upon a time there was a couple named Bill and Bobbie Bramlett, who lived in Oklahoma but somehow strayed off to Colorado…

One day they decided to come home…and that meant a party for sure…so, Claude and Sally Farris opened up their gracious home, loving arms and BIG BARN…voila…a Saturday afternoon party with all the goodies…horses hooves, brisket, chicken, fishees, salad, salad, salad, pies, pies, pies and cakes plus chips and dips, cokes, and all kinds of other goodies…

Let’s see…On hand were the guests of honor, Bill and Bobbie, and granddaughter Emily, plus Monte and Helen, Bob and Marilyn, Clyde and Nora, Fred and Peggy, Glyn, Bill and Darlene, Ken and Doree, Bernie and Renee, Ron and Sharon, Jim, plus ours hosts, Claude and Sally…

Now, fast forward to Wednesday, with a couple of days to rest up, and it’s caravan time to Tyler…and the GMC Classic spring rally…with trusty Bob and Marilyn leading the way, the caravan troupes assembled at Wal-Mart in Okmulgee (where else) and headed out about 9:45 AM…in the line up were Glyn, Ron and Sharon, Monte and Helen with Bill and Bobbie riding shotgun…to pick up the pieces, that is…

Arriving safely, we anxiously awaited the arrival next day of Ken and Doree along with Bill and Darlene…now, to paraphrase an old saying…”What happens in Tyler stays in Tyler”…one nice thing did happen…Marilyn’s granddaughter, along with her parents, came down for an overnight visit Saturday night….

Sunday rolled around all too quickly…Bill and Bobbie headed out east for the Bean Station Rally, Monte, Helen and Glyn headed home, Ron, Sharon, Ken, Doree, Bill and Darlene checked into the State Park nearby and then were headed on to Canton for a spending spree at the flea market…and lastly , Bob and Marilyn headed on out for home…solo…

And, finally, it’s now the First Friday and Lunch Bunch time…whew…time for a nice quiet meal and yak time….Let’s see…Ken, Doree, Bill and Darlene are down in Canton researching the flea market trinkets “Made In China”…Bill and Bobbie are off to Bean Station to share a little expertise…and maybe a “little work” here and there….

Bob and Marilyn are off to Alaska…in fact, Marilyn called during lunch time and said “Baby, it’s cold up here”…of course, we are sitting here in nice, comfortable air conditioned rooms…Bernie and Renee are in Edmond signing up an apartment for their college gal…but, never fear, the rest are right here!!!

Ron and Sharon, Monte and Helen, along with Glyn, all appear to have rested up from the Tyler melee…did a little complaining about the high wind coming home and what it did to the mileage factor…one word…”lousy”….

Fred and Peggy brought their new (to them) 23’ baby blue Glacier with them today…he’s already started re-doing everything…that’s what happens when you buy a set of Alcoas and get a coach thrown in extra…ha…pretty coach, tho!!

New owner Roger Gleason brought his lovely bride, Deborah, along today…it was her first time…delighted to have you, young lady…don’t wait too long to come back…ok?

Don Cooper was here today…wondering how he ever had time to work…now that he is out of the 24/7 service station business and fully involved in those infamous “honey do’s”….Andy and Jondine Flynn brightened up one corner, Claude and Sally, along with Becky anchored down one table…good to see you Becky…we pray only the best for your daughter, Dee…as she recuperates…

Ron W gave a super report on his mission trip to Nepal and India…reported he did not see a single GMC on the road anywhere….but he did see quite a few broken down vehicles along the way…Ron, can we count them as GMC’S…hey, just kiddin’…great to have you back…

Chet arrived bright and early today…without his buddy, Cecil…maybe he has gone back to Hawaii again…John and Marjorie Troy brought an old 1974 brochure from a GMC dealer in Alva, OK…now that’s going way, way back….and last but not least, Jim and Betty brought us the latest news on their Marine grandson…he’s off for more training…

Think we have just about covered all the latest goodies…we look forward to next month and maybe you can join us…did notice that our gal Friday, Nadine, had to “shout us down” a time or two to find out what we needed…coffee, tea, water, rolls…etc…can’t imagine that, not with everybody talking at once…. Oh yes, thank you, Claude, for giving the invocation…

See you next month…take care

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April 1, 2008

HORSIN’ AROUN’
AND
TYLER BOUND

Never let it be said that the Tulsa Lunch Bunch doesn’t take being Okies seriouly…here we are today, at the Golden CORRAL, washin’ down some serious grub…when…

Just a few days ago, we were camped out at the Brewster Ranch in Bristow amid all the flavor of hundreds of horses, cattle and a few ranch dogs… and rakin’ in all the while the atmosphere (ol’ time barn yard) of the Old West while camped out in modern covered wagons…how ‘bout that? Electric and water hookups, no less!! Ranch manager and foreman, Jim Billbe, provided the royal treatment for us…(The occasion was a sanctioned Cutting Horse Competition)…

 

Wow!...Do they ever know how to feed a guy!! There was a full service restaurant in the arena area…that is, if you like BBQ for breakfast, BBQ for lunch, and BBQ for dinner!!...Just kidding, there was an egg or two in the mix somewhere!! A little peach cobbler and maybe a bit more….ha…

By the way, next time you are passing through Bristow on Old Hiway 66, you just gotta stop at the little Mexican house (Los Arcos, translated “The Arches”) along Main Street…(we ate there Thursday night)…get off the turnpike if you have to do it…but do it…the atmosphere is plain, the décor simple, but the food is outrageous…and for goodness sake, don’t plan on eating all of it at once…they do offer carry out bags…you’ll need ‘em….

All totaled up, there were 19 of the good guys and gals in the white hats who dropped in on the festivities…let’s see…Don Cooper, Monte Jestes, Glyn Trimble, Fred Pitezel, Larry and Kris Whisler (from Indiana), Ron and Sharon Eimen and son Mike and his bride, Vicki, Bill and Darlene Rowland, Jim and Betty Haynes, plus Ken and Doree Broostin and daughter, Jolene Stone, and granddaughters, Laramie and Savannah Stone, from Bowling Green, KY…believe that’s all…more later…

So today it’s feast and rest up time…recuperating from last week’s outing and getting ready for the next one…only way to go!! Several items to report…first, we have a brand new owner, Roger Gleason and his wife, Deborah, from Claremore, OK…They bought a 76 Glenbrook while in Branson, MO just recently. Roger is already looking for extra credit cards…ha…Dave, are you listening?

Now this next item you just have to be a dedicated GMC owner to understand…seems as though Fred Pitezel needed new Alcoas and tires for his baby…so, after shopping around, he bought a complete set in Houston…turned out that a little 23’ GMC came attached with the wheels and tires…last report we heard was that Fred was trying to figure out a way to explain that to Peggy…and Fred has only been retired eight months…Wow, what a man!!

We had some really young guests today also…Bob and Marilyn brought daughter Kate back from Albuquerque with them last week…with the newest edition…only two weeks old…after all, you gotta break these kids in early about GMCs…

Cecil and Sonnie just got back from Hawaii, a little lighter in the wallet…Chet and Pat are heading to the west coast shortly…Don’s missing again…our Colorado couple, the Bramletts, are off at International…

Pleased to report that our resident missionary, Ron Whisenhunt, is now in India on his latest mission trip…due back April 25…was in Nepal all last week…we are praying for your safety, Ron!!

Black Bart was off in Guyman this week…got lost trying to find Denver, we think!! Ron, relax, it’s only money!! Monte and Helen were on hand today…Monte reports his mom is coming along fine since his dad passed away…Ken, Doree, Bill, Darlene, Bernie, Renee, Andy, Jondine, Sharon, Jim and Betty and Glyn all raised their hands for another outing…along with others…Tyler, here we come!!

Back to the horse affair…watching those magnificent animals pick and choose those cow critters was fun indeed…we were treated to a private showing Thursday afternoon up at ranch headquarters…Debbie Brewster and her trainer, Paul Waters, did a hour or so demo in the cutting pen showing us how the rider and horse worked together to pick out a calf and keep it separate from the rest of the herd…really helped when watching the contestants on Friday…each of whom has two and half minutes to compete and impress the judges….We watched Paul compete in two rounds Friday night…

Oh, almost forgot…while at the ranch headquarters Thursday afternoon a real sou’wester came up…and was gone just as quickly…a sudden drop in temp…cold, blustery wind along with rain, large hail chunks, sunshine and a rainbow…ALL at the same time…a rare phenom for sure….

Just a comment on those horse trailers…Thursday night when we turned in, we seemed to be all alone…when we awoke Friday morning, it looked as though we were buried in an ocean of horse trailers…you might call it horse trailer city…all sizes and shapes…there was one that was a short city block long, with two slide outs, being pulled by a Peterbuilt big rig…now, folks, that’s style…

Friday came and went too fast…watching those John Wayne type galoots, eatin’ loads of BBQ, takin’ lots of pics…rootin’ for Paul…admiring those magnificent animals...making a lot of new friends…oops, bedtime….

Reluctantly we packed up Saturday morning and headed home…Truly it was a treasured and memorable experience…and both Debbie and Jim invited us back…can’t beat that…

Gosh, it’s only a few more days until time to roll out the wagons and head south on our pilgrimage to the Tyler shindig…not sure how many are going but it seems a whole passel are thinkin’ about it…

So, we’ll see you in Tyler and next month right back here at the Corral…

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March 7, 2008

MARCH TOGETHERNESS

WALL TO WALL CONVERSATIONS

What a great group today! Stretched out from one end of the room to the other...and seemed as though everybody was talking at the same time!!

Let's see...Bob and Marilyn were anticipatin' a new grandchild in a couple of weeks...Black Bart was celebrating the end of his radiation treatments for prostrate problems...Joe Travis brought his wife, Pat, for the first time and they were excited about finally getting their GMC to run again...

Ken Broostin was happy Doree made it back from Hobby Lobby in time for lunch...Wayne Pauley was looking to leaving on vacation to South Texas next week...Chet Simpson got a new styled haircut...made his look 10 years younger...at least, that's what we told him...

Don Cooper celebrated closing up his 24/7 service station and repair facility...now for all those long lost honey-do's...plus fixin' the GMC up to run...Cecil Martin was planning their Hawaii trip next week...

You get the picture...the thirty some odd guys and gals were really enjoying the day...good food...good fellowship...great plans ahead...oh yeah, Doc Parsons brought his coach out to show his latest do-dads...impressive...

Coming up next is our Lunch Bunch outing at the Brewster Ranch the latter part of March...27-29 to be exact. The Brewster Ranch, south of Bristow, is a working ranch of 3400 acres with a wide variety of cattle and horses on hand.

The ranch has a full fledged facility for all outdoor events...completely covered with full restaurant service during all competitive activities.

They are hosting a sanctioned Cutting Horse Competition Mar 28-30 and we have been invited to join them. Hook-ups are available, water and electricity, plus the ranch foreman has promised us an old fashioned horse and hay wagon tour on Thursday afternoon...starting at 1:00 PM...So, please be on time...oh yes, you can come down early...Wed or so...

They are located about 9 miles south of Bristow on Hwy 48, 4 miles east on Road 321...so, come on and join in the fun...give Glyn a call at 918-252-5230 for reservations (not required but helpful)...or email at rgtrimble@cox.net ... appreciate your doing that...If it is half as much fun as the balloon festival, we are in for a treat...and, of course, should the weather take a turn for the worse, we will cancel...

Just in case you would like to take a peek at the Brewster Ranch, here is the URL ...

www.brewsterranch.com

When you bring it up, go to the photography section, click and just let the power point do it's thing...3 sections, about 90 pics all total...

All for now...only thing that could have made it better today would be if you had been with us ...

See you at the ranch and also next month at the Corral...

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February 1, 2008

FEBRUARY

IS

VALENTINE TIME

So, let’s see what we are getting for our favorite gal? Monte is getting a new skirt, Glyn is getting a new microwave for his…Irv is still trying to decide…Joe is getting a new ignition coil for his…Black Bart is getting a wash and wax job for his…You DO realize we are talking about our GMC’S, don’t you….shame on you!!!

Today we started off the month of February with another big help yourself feast at the Golden Corral…let’s see…it was 14 degrees this morning with 2-6 inches of snow on the ground…but never fear, your Tulsa Lunch Bunch upheld their motto and forged ahead…after all, we gotta eat…right!!!

Fresh from a fantastic week at the Classic Rally in San Antonio were Bill, Darlene, Bob, Marilyn and Glyn…Ken and Doree are still wandering around down south somewhere between South Padre Island and Claremore…

Weather was great there compared to Tulsa…most exciting event of the week was when we drove north to San Antonio on Hiway 281 for dinner Wednesday evening….and wound up 22 miles south in Floresville…stumbling upon the neatest hole-in-the-wall old fashioned shanty 1930’s type tin shack restaurant called The Maverick Grill, decorated with colored string lights on the outside and long wooden benches and stools inside, complete with rolled paper towels , enormous salt and pepper shakers and quart size water glasses…

WARNING: Don’t even attempt to eat their “Maverick” Chicken Fried Steak…the “regular” size fills up and spills over the serving platter…and their fried mushrooms…fit to die for….viola….Just ask ______ and ______ and _______...shhh, can’t tell on ‘em….ha…

Sorry to report that Helen was still under the weather a bit…a virus grabbed her…Renee’ was home suffering from post-Hawaii hangover…too many luaus…Sonnie was off at a Town Hall luncheon…don’t know where Jim and Betty were…Don must have gotten lost cause we never did see him…hope John and Marjorie were not snowed in too bad…they had a LOT of snow plus single digit temp…

Claude and Sally, Clyde and Nora, Fred and Peggy and Bob and Marilyn held down the east end of the tables today…Chet, Cecil, Glyn and Ron W anchored the west end…and everybody else held the middle together on both tables…Ron and Sharon, Andy and Jondine, Irv and Shirley plus Bernie held sway also…great group today…all ready to go somewhere…

Now that lunch is over, Valentine Day is almost here…we are already planning ahead for next month and nice weather…Fred wants to install his new awning…Irv wants to install his new sliding rear battery tray…and the rest of us just want to get out and GO, GO, GO…

See ya next month

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January 4, 2008

HAPPY NEW YEAR

FASHIONABLE BLACK UNDERWEAR

ON TO SAN ANTONIO

Let’s see, where do we start? The Tulsa lunch bunch rooted for the Texas Longhorns…they won…we rooted for the Missouri Tigers…they won…we rooted for the Kansas Jayhawks…they won…we even rooted for the Oklahoma State Cowboys…and then…it’s time for the wearing of the black…(_______)…unmentionables, of course…the Oklahoma Sooners up and did us in…

Lunch today was a combination of the blues, the good news, and party time soon in san Antonio!!!

Irv and Shirley Pense haven’t made it back yet from the fiesta bowl…Claude and Sally Farris had parent problems today…keep us posted, please…Andy brought Jondine home from the hospital this morning…Black Bart resumed his radiation treatments this week…only 20 more to go…and Chariety Arrowwood is preparing to undergo treatment for her very serious cancer diagnosis…pray for her, please.

Ken Broostin passed around pics of the ice storm and also pics of the Christmas party he and Doree hosted for us in December…thank you, guys, for a wonderful time!!

It was fun today to see newcomers on hand…Joe Travis came for the very first time…he has a 23’ that has GMC problems…if you can imagine that…Chet Simpson brought a guest…Bob Jester, from Stroud, OK…welcome, both of you!! Also, Glyn brought back an old friend, Tom McCartney…Ttom is retiring soon…we will send him condolences later on…now he can work full time on his motorhome…ha…

Bernie and Renee Baldwin, Clyde and Nora Jones, Bill and Darlene Rowland, Monte and Helen Jestes, Bill Brunson, Don Cooper…all had ice storm stories to share…

Fred and Peggy Pitezel, John and Marjorie Troy, Jim and Betty Haynes, along with president Bob Musgrove and wife, Marilyn…kept everything going like clockwork…thanks to Bernie for giving the invocation…

The next big project is making the trip to San Antonio later this month for the January Classics rally….quite a number are planning the trip…pending doctor’s approval, of course…ha…and the ability to get the motorhomes out from under all the mountains of debris still hanging out there…some on the ground…and a lot more still up in the air, dangling like a stranded participle from on high…

Til next month or even better…see you in san Antonio…

Regards,

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