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December 2, 2011

TOYS FOR TOTS

MERRY CHRISTMAS

AULD LANG SYNE

Wow! Here it is again … TOYS FOR TOTS time … and the guys and gals are bringing in toys by the armful … from little bitty bang bangs to great big Teddy Bears … and the Marines are going to take over and give them all out to those "special" youngsters … couldn't ask for anything better than that …

Great crowd on hand but first, we have to thank Nadine, our faithful Girl Friday, for decorating the tables with a beautiful Christmas theme again this year … and also a very special "Thanks" to Bernie and Renee for once again placing those priceless GMC wheel covers on the table with lots of garland and fancy stuff …

So much has happened this month so guess we had better back up and start over … as you know we have been privileged to be invited to a number of antique vehicle shows this year plus a major RV show also. Our ego was just beginning to show a wee bit but somehow, as the old saying goes, what goes up, must come down … So, read on … and laugh, cry or just sympathize … ha …

Earlier in November (since last luncheon) we received a call from one of the Tulsa Veterans Day Parade national sponsors … "We would like to have you participate in this year's parade" … After all, the Tulsa Veterans Day Parade is the 4th largest in the United States … .Whoop to do … Halleluiah … We could just see that parade of GMC ladies, all decorated, spruced and getting the oohs … the aahs … but, alas, it was not to be …

Are you ready for this? The patriotic organization that invited us needed a warm, cozy, comfortable, dressing room and porta potty for the ladies and gents in their colorful Revolutionary period costumes … seems as those cold, portable metal buildings furnished by the city and those hoop skirts, etc just would not fit … and you can imagine what else also …

So, very graciously we accepted and now the GMC Lunch Bunch/Classics have soared into new fields of service … "King of the Porta Potty Parade" … We are already accepting volunteers for next year's parade … hint, hint, hint … Volunteers from GMC International are welcome, also … okay, you have laughed enough … let's move on … See Billy Massey for sign ups …

On a more delightful note, eight coaches and twenty-four Lunch Bunch guys and gals including guests checked in at the Red Oak Campground in the Okmulgee State Park on Tues, Nov 15 for a three day stay … the weather was superb, the Host Park Ranger brought loads of cut firewood, and conversation and food became the order of the day …

Bob and Marilyn checked in on Mon eve, followed by the rest on Tues … Fred and Peggy, Ken and Doree, Don and Barbara, Ron and Sharon, Claude and Sally, Bernie and Renee plus Glyn … others would join in along the way in the old fashioned way of come and go …

Tues Eve we journeyed in to dine at an old favorite … Massey's BBQ … the weather was so nice, the sun was still out … so we all sat outside under the covered patio … As usual, Glyn had the monster Baked Potato with all the trimmins … it grew and grew and grew … the more you ate, the bigger it got … rumor has it that he made THREE meals out of it …

Back to the campground and Fred and Peggy's daughter and grandchildren made an appearance … we roasted marshmallows and wieners … enjoyed the bon fire and the children until a wee bit past bed time …

Wednesday AM rolled around, slightly on the nippy side … The pet guys and gals made their early morning walk … those less brave stayed all snuggled up in our warm "metal pup tents" … as the day wore on, and thanks again to the Park Rangers, we hung out by the cozy campfire … a "few" indulged in the manly art of "Shopping at Wal-Mart" … located about 8 miles away in downtown Okmulgee …

Sitting by the fire, draped over a comfy chair, a beautiful wooded campsite and a gorgeous lakeside view … good company … what more could you want?

Woops! Time to go eat again … Imagine that!! Bundling up, piling into the tow cars, we headed out for a rendevoux with another old favorite, the Western Sirloin Steak House … They had a special place all set out for us, and provided us with everything but a floor show … did have pretty waitresses, tho!!

Thursday rolled around much too soon … time to pack up, move out and head for the Okmulgee Tech Culinary School for a much anticipated gourmet type meal prepared for us by the students themselves … Jim and Betty joined us, along with Clyde and a passel of his kin … 22 all total … the School staff was expecting us and seated us without a hitch …

And then we "managed" to get in that famous lineup of goodies we had no idea what they were and couldn't even pronounce the names of the items that did have a marker … must have been in French, Italian, or whatever … so we ate, ate, ate, and then ate some more … just for the record, we were the last to leave … even the student staff had finished their meals before we did … guess we did a little bit of too much gab …

Our old friends in the Ford Model A Club were there again … we all parked together … that's a fun sight to see … GMCs and Model A Fords, all parked together … no body wanted to swap, however … .

We all managed to get home safely, without a hitch, breakdown, or hoop-de-do … just in time to get ready for Thanksgiving … and that brings us here where we are today, bringing in those beautiful toys …

Bernie and Renee arrived early, of course, and set up those special GMC wheel cover decorations … Nadine had already decorated the room and even put up a lovely Christmas tree too!!

Art and Sherri Moore were the first to arrive with two of their daughters and one grandbaby … great way to start … Glyn came in next, then the flood gates opened up … Monte and Helen Jestes, Jim and Betty Haynes, Bob and Marilyn Musgrove, followed by Luis Molina …

Looking around the room, we see Greg Bush, Ron Edwards, Clark and Patty Southmayd, Ken and Doree Broostin, Ron and Sharon Eimen, Clyde Jones, Becky Trimble, Fred and Peggy Pitezel, Don and Barbara Pogue, Raul Rosario, Claude and Sally Farris and Gerald Weems. Hope we got 'em all … counted 35 or 36 … the way everybody was eatin', gabbin', and movin' round from table to table … kind of hard to tell …

Just listening in to some of the yakkin' goin' on … everything ranged from Christmas parties, Model T Fords, GMC wheel covers, upcoming rallies, hunting trips, diesel pushers, grandchildren, Irish jokes … did we leave anything out?

Following an abnormal number of trips to the chow line, we finally managed to settle down long enough for a special moment … Gerald Weems brought us in song two old favorite Christmas songs … "Jingle Bells" and "Hark, The Herald Angels Sing" … if you haven't heard them played on a Q-Chord instrument … well, it was quite a treat …

Following that we were inspired by our Chaplain, Claude Farris, as he brought us a devotional message for the season … The Birth of Christ and what it means to all of us … Thank You, Claude and Gerald … wonderful reminders …

As we finished, we loaded up the toys and sent them on their way … another year has almost come and gone … . and nearly time for the new one … So, a heartfelt Merry Christmas to each of you and a very, very Happy New Year … and a very, very grateful "Thank You, Lord", for your watchful care over us this year!!!

Our love and prayers for each of you, and don't forget, HE is the reason for the season … .

Your Tulsa Lunch Bunch

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November 4, 2011

FALL FUN

PLUS

OH MY GOODNESS!!!

Oh My Goodness is right! So where do we start? Guess we could start with today and work our way back … or maybe the other way … start with last month's luncheon and come forward … So, with a HI HO here and a HO HUM there, come along and join in with the fun, food, frolic, food, and foolishness … and not necessarily in that order … Thee has been warned!!!

Let's see … first we joined in for a bit of show and tell on Oct 11 at the local Antique Auto Show in the Target-Fuddruckers parking lot … six guys and four coaches … and, of course, maybe a Fuddruckers burger … maybe … yeah …

Earlier an invitation was given and accepted to be a part of the local Corvair and Orphan Vehicle Show on Oct 15 in Jenks, OK … we got to see our first Ultra Van in a long, long time … good show, good time and looking forward to being a part of those folks again soon … .Once more, the GMC was a class act … several queries as how to own one of our Classics … we obliged them, of course … .

And, then, a first for the Lunch Bunch … a Halloween party on the 16th, hosted by Ken and Doree Broostin at their home … there are several ways to describe what happened but by far the best is to paraphrase an ole' Vegas theme … what happened in Claremore stays in Claremore … .nuff' said … ha … and just to share a small secret … that "French Maid" at the party and that baldheaded guy that wasn't bald … oh my …

Next up was the GMC Classics Rally in Gladewater, TX from Oct 28 thru Oct 31 … we had five families there with coaches … the Musgrove, Trimble, Broostin, Baldwin and Eimen families with Ron and Sharon bringing their "new" Royale for their very first outing … Don't know who had more fun … the "Ron" repairing the little things that go wrong on a first trip … or the "Ron" that played the part of Tom Sawyer and "let" the others guys fix the little gremlins … oh well!!

Food and fellowship were the orders of the each day and we certainly were not disappointed! Along with super nice facilities at the Antique Capital RV Park, the caterers outdid themselves … between the morning coffee, donut and bull sessions, the afternoons were spent sight seeing, playing games, napping and generally doing that wonderful retiree thing called "Nothing" … The large screen TV at the Activity Center even provided a place for "watching" the World Series with your eyes closed … .ha …

Each evening merely was a lead in for Saturday Night and "Halloween Costume" time … Words are totally inadequate to describe the distinctive, imaginative, crazy but completely suitable atmosphere (play ground) for Seniors who were looking for their youthful play days again …

Friends, you just had to see it to believe it...check out the pics … we promise that you won't believe 'em anyway … Witches, goblins, old timey ghouls and monsters … .including the "Elvis" dog and other infamous character impersonations …

Sunday rolled around and time to hitch up and head 'em out!! All arrived back home, safely and sound, completely tuckered out but ready to go again … and that brings us up to today's luncheon … see what all you have missed!!! Maybe you should count your blessings … ha … who knows?

Here we go … today we had five GMC ladies with their owners showing up … The Eimen, Trimble, Musgrove, Broostin and Molina coaches … along with a huge turnout of the rest of the crew …

Still recovering from the Gladewater trip, we forged on ahead, planning the next outing … brave souls, for sure. At this time we are planning our annual fall outing in Okmulgee at the Okmulgee State Park, Red Oak Campground. (That's about a 45 min drive from Tulsa) … So far we have ten or eleven coaches going … Nov 15-17 … weather permitting … a beautiful state campground, with more than adequate facilities …

On the schedule is a good old fashioned BBQ dinner Tues eve at Massey's BBQ … Wed eve at the Sirloin Steak House … and Thur lunch at the renowned Okmulgee Tech Culinary School … reservations are all made and looks like we are ready to go … shux, we might even work in a wiener roast along with way … or a bon fire … or just a plain fireside chat …

Let's see if we can remember all the folks on hand today … Ken and Doree Broostin, Bob and Marilyn Musgrove, Claude and Sally Farris, Don Cooper, Andy Flynn, Leonard and Jane Howard, Glyn Trimble to start …

By the way, Andy, Leonard and Jane, plus Glyn are among the very first Lunch Bunch group that met way back in Sep 99 …
Monte and Helen Jestes, Luis Molina, Raul Rosario, Jim and Betty Haynes, Ron and Sharon Eimen, Bernie Baldwin, Fred and Peggy Pitezel, Clyde Jones, Don and Barbara Pogue … Oh yes, our faithful waitress, Nadine, was also on hand and served us well … May have been a few others but we sort of talked and moved around like a bunch of honey bees …

Until we meet again, take care … and honk when you see us driving down the road … And our special thanks to our Lord for His watchful care over us …

Your Tulsa Lunch Bunch

P.S. And, to pause for a very poignant moment for reflection … last Saturday evening in Gladewater Ken Broostin stood before the Classics group and told us just how much the Classic guys and gals meant to Ken and Doree in the recent loss of their son … the love, support, kind deeds, thoughts and prayers helped Ken and Doree through this very trying time in their lives. Thank you, Ken, for sharing … we love you both!!

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October 7, 2011

PARTY TIME

GHOSTS, GOBLINS, RALLIES

PIC YO'RE POISON

'Ray!! Fall is here … Summer is over … time to go play … drive those GMC ladies … (don't forget to fix 'em up first, tho) … let's go …
Let' see … what do we have … well, first we had lunch today at the Golden Corral … a great group here with special guests, old friends, and all that sort of good stuff … even a few AWOL guys and gals, too!

Special guests today were Dr Maggie George, guest of Glyn's … she and Melrose went back a long way … too many years to count..ha … we also had Clyde Jones' daughter, Anita, here today … more on that later … .

  

Good to see Don Cooper again … been too long, friend. New Owner Ron Edwards was on hand today, also. And Ron Eimen (Black Bart) had his new (to him) Royale here today, showing it to one and all. Now all he has to do is get it running as well as his 73' coach … and he will, that's for sure!

Absent today without a valid excuse … Irv and Shirley Pense (they have gone to Dallas for the OU-TX game and didn't offer to take any of us, either) … Greg Bush is way off down south in Dixie (Mississippi, no less) … James Hollingsworth is still down in Floriday … don't know where Chet was today … or Cecil, either! And Art was baby-sitting the grandchildren so Mama could go to the Fair … Our Hero!!!

Would be remiss if we did not give a Great Big "Thank You" to the local Corvette Club for inviting us to participate with them in their special day of celebration on Sep 10 in preparation for the week long moving Viet Nam Wall Exhibit here in Tulsa on Sep 11-18. Five of the gang and their GMCs joined in … Ron Eimen, Clark Southmayd, Fred Pitezel, Ron Whisenhunt and Glyn Trimble … quite an honor!!!

Coming up next Tues PM a number of us will be at the local Fuddruckers for the Antique Auto Show … that's always a fun time, especially the burger part … just ask Claude … or Fred … or Sally … or Sharon …

Ken and Doree have invited us to a Halloween party later this month … costumes are not required but will be helpful … Doree just might "paint" one on you if you don't wear one … ha …

And there is the big GMC Classic Rally in Gladewater, TX later this month on the 28th thru the 30th … quite a few are planning to attend … six or seven coaches, I believe … SO, let's load up and get ready for fall … definitely fun time for sure …

Oh, almost forgot … come November we will be having our annual pre-Thanksgiving get-to-gether at the Okmulgee State Park … that Nov 15, 16, and 17 … culminating with a scrumptious feast at Okmulgee State Tech … a white table cloth affair with all the trimmins' plus a whole lot of student creativity in those fancy dishes to which we can't even pronounce the names …

Anyhoo, hope you have the picture … we have been waiting all summer for the weather to cool down just so we can party a bit … we're gonna try. One last reminder … do plan on attending our TOYS FOR TOTS time in December … and bring those TOYS … the Marines will be there … and we hope you will be too!!

Til next month … enjoy the parties …

Your Tulsa Lunch Bunch

And one last bit … this past week we lost one of our most faithful attendees … Nora Jones, wife of Clyde Jones, and mother of Peggy Pitezel, went to be with her Lord. Funeral services are slated for 12:30 PM Monday, Oct 10, at Floral Haven Cemetery in Broken Arrow. Our thoughts and prayers for this dear sweet lady and her family …

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September 2, 2011

GOODBYE HOT WEATHER

HELLO FUN TIME

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO US

Goodbye to 100 degree weather … Fall temps are here … or so the weatherman says … can't be too soon for all the weary and worn out GMC traveling guys and gals.

So many are already beginning to celebrate … the Penses are up in the mountains of New Mexico … the Broostins are way up north in Minnesota … James Hollingsworth is hiding out in Florida … The Pitezels just returned from an Alaskan Cruise … and the rest of us have been and are camping out by the Air Conditioners …

Today was lunch time however and most everyone managed to sneak out for a well deserved break … We had some very special guests today, too! Bob Musgrove brought his lovely daughter, Sharon and her daughter, Kiana, who came all the way from COOL Alaska to not so cool Oklahoma …

We also had another special guest, Jim Cussens, local Corvette Club guy, who came to invite us to the big Antique Car Show next Saturday, Sep 10 … This show is preparatory to the showing and display of the moving Viet Nam Wall, which will be here in the area from Sep 11 thru Sep 18. The showing will be about a block from the Wall location so we will be able to watch them set it all up!

There will be well over a half dozen car clubs represented there … Corvettes, Cruisers, etc … we will be the ONLY RV club on hand, representing of course, the Tulsa Lunch Bunch and the GMC Classics Club. It's an all day show starting around 9:00 AM and ending around 3:00 PM … should be quite a crowd with the long range weather forecast very favorable (ha) … we just might take a pic or two!!

Coming up for us later this month for the Tulsa Lunch Bunch is a four day visit to Grand Lake at the Cherokee State Park at Disney, OK Sep 19-22. Don't know yet what all is on the schedule but several local and very colorful eating joints are on the list … let's see … there's the Chicken Coop … the Royal Bay … Capistrano Pizza and Spaghetti House … Also a gourmet shack called Freddie's … You can tell we won't go hungry!!!

We've got a cruise up and down the Lake on Ron Eimen's pontoon houseboat thrown in too … and there is also a special tour of the Pensacola Dam … it's the longest dam ever built in the United States and it was built during the WPA days of long ago … key it in on your computer for a better knowledge …

We will be camped right on the lakeside by the dam, with fantastic views. The campground is a rather small camp, owned and operated by the State of Oklahoma … it only has 11 total spaces available, but it is well worth the stay.

Oh … almost forgot … this month is the 12th Anniversary of the Tulsa Lunch Bunch … Sep 1999 was our very first luncheon … the joy and camaraderie of being a GMC owner has brought us into a family of friends that we would never have dreamed about in our most vivid imagination … and being a part of the GMC Classics has only added to it. So … Happy Birthday to Us …

Til Next Month and A Whole Lot Cooler Weather … maybe a few raindrops, too!

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August 5, 2011

HOLEY MOLEY

HOT TAMALE

FRIED GREEN TOMATOES

Don't look now but the temp is catching up with our appetites!! It was only 108 degrees when we came in and a mere 111 degrees when we came out …

An excited group of Lunch Bunch guys and gals met today at the usual hangout, the Golden Corral … .and, believe it or not, no one stood around outside and gabbed a bit … can't imagine why, can you?
Amid all the excitement of getting together again, it was a real treat to have two new owners with us today … well, new to us, anyway!!

Ron Edwards, from Owasso, OK, just recently purchased a 77 Birchaven … he hasn't even received delivery of it yet but, being a true GMCer, he came to lunch today to celebrate!! We were surprised to hear him say that it needed a "few" things to be done before becoming road ready … .can you imagine that?

Also Donnie Davis came to lunch today … he has owned his 77 Kingsley about 5 years and is just now getting around to visiting with us … welcome guys … glad to have you aboard!!

Quite a few were still buzzing over the excitement and fun we had at the GMC Classic Rally this past week at the Choctaw KOA Campground at Durant, OK. The facilities, fun and food were more than outstanding … they were magnificent!..other than a "little" on the warm side, we had a great time!! (Every day was a wee bit over 100 degree temp … no mosquitoes, tho!)

All the coaches ran good, both coming and going! Must confess that the A/C units got their best workout in years … not only on the road but while camped also. Those 50 AMP hookups really proved their worth, that's for sure!

A slight bit of humor here if we may … those Restroom facilities at the Choctaw KOA were the Taj Mahal of all facilities … You just gotta see 'em to believe it … ha!!

We sort of got the idea that the great big building across the way was paying for it … (to you uninformed, that is the Choctaw Tribal Nation Casino and Hotel) …

Back to today's luncheon … counting Nadine, our faithful waitress, we had around 31-32 on hand today … including our new guys … several of the group are leaving this coming week … Irv and Shirley Pense are headed for Colorado … Chuck Meyers and his bride are headed for Nebraska and points north … Marilyn Musgrove is leaving for Indianapolis for a little grandparent visitation …

Once again the wait staff, headed up by Nadine, surprised Shirley Pense with a birthday song and something routine … it just doesn't pay to let Nadine know about things like that … ha.. So, Happy Birthday, Shirley, and many, many more!!

Do want to add that the ladies took command today once again … when we walked in, they put their tables together and then "suggested" we sit elsewhere … apparently they had a bit of "lady talk" to go over and the guys just didn't fit in … can't imagine that, can you? No airbag, water leak, or gas mileage conversation, either … ha …

Plans were made for a number of activities for Sep and Oct, including the GMC Classic Rally in late Oct at Gladewater, TX … also an outdoor Antique Auto and Vehicle (that's us) exhibit at the Viet Nam Wall coming in Sep … .that will be an all day event … looking forward to that … plus a little three day campout in late Sep just below the Pensacola Dam near Disney, OK …

Enough for now … a great time was had by all … and we would be remiss if we did not pause and share a prayer for Ken and Doree Broostin in the loss of their son, Kris, this past week. We love you both, dear friends, and wish you well!

See you soon, and be sure and wave when you go by!!
Your Tulsa Lunch Bunch

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July 1, 2011

FIRECRACKER HOT

EQUALS

GENERATORS AND GOOD EATS

Crank up the generators, boys! It's time to eat … never mind that it's only 102 degrees out … Lunch time is here and the Tulsa GMC International Lunch Bunch NEVER misses chow time … NEVER!!!

As usual, we gathered up ourselves from all over … Bill and Peggy Brunson just returned from a month's visit to Florida … Monte and Helen Jestes just made it back from Colorado in time to greet the 100 degree temp … Said it was only 106 yesterday out on the farm …

Ken and Doree's grandson just got in from Minnesota a couple of days ago … Think Ken is going to put him to work out on his farm chasing cows or something like that … Wants to get him in shape for football season … Bob and Marilyn's daughter and two grandchildren opted to visit for the past week … Bob sort of looked like he was all tuckered out … ha..

Clark Southmayd and his family are heading overseas soon for an extended vacation … won't be taking the GMC, tho … shame … shame …

And a bunch more of the clan are preparing for the Classic Rally in Durant, OK later this month …
But, in the meantime, we gathered here at the Golden Corral to do a little eatin', visitin' and most of all, a whole lot of GMC yakkin' … .

Don't remember all who were here but we'll try … Bob and Marilyn, plus one daughter and two grandchildren, Ken and Doree, plus one great big grandson, Jim and Betty Haynes, Ron and Sharon Eimen, Bill Brunson, Clark Southmayd …

Also Monte and Helen, Claude and Sally, Andy Flynn, Glyn Trimble, Fred and Peggy Pitezel, and last but certainly not least, Don and Barbara Pogue … might have been a couple more but shux, who's counting … Oh yes, Irv and Shirley Pense were on hand as well … our trusty waitress, Nadine, was away on vacation … it took two other girls to do her job …

By the way, a couple of weeks ago we had another Work Party … this time at Fred Pitezel's place … seems to though he is preparing to repaint his coach … and he volunteered a bunch of us to help him sand the old paint off … we had a good turnout, plus he cooked for us all the hamburgers we could eat … and, according to the ladies, the house next door was having a fantastic garage sale … nuff said!!!

Without a doubt it was a fun time today … several new items on the menu and we tried them ALL out … well, most of us did … and the fresh watermelon and banana cream pudding still go good together …

A "wunnerful" time was had by all … the only thing that would have made it better would that you had been there … and about 20 degrees cooler … ha …

Til Next Time
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June 3, 2011

WHICH AWAY DID THEY GO

WE WENT THAT-A-WAY

Eenie Meenie Miny Mo … Catch a GMC if you can … And away the Tulsa Lunch Bunch went this week … some for fun...some for serious stuff and … by the way, some stayed home … but all maintained their long standing tradition … we ate through every circumstance …

Let's see … six coaches took off Tuesday for Canton and First Monday … Last report was that they did not buy out the place … in fact, according to Black Bart, they left a "little bit" on the shelves for next time …
Bob and Marilyn Musgrove, Ron and Sharon Eimen, Fred and Peggy Pitezel, Don and Barbara Pogue, Ken and Doree Broostin plus Bernie and Renee Baldwin made up this fearsome medley … and with credit cards in hand, they snuck out of town but first stopping at the local Wal-Mart to stock up, gas up and get pointed in the right direction … did get a report from Jim Haynes that he saw them passing through Henryetta on South Hiway 75 … those GMC's are not too hard to spot, so it seems …

One guy was busy trying to get his coach home after a breakdown over the weekend … last report was that it was coming in today … Leonard and Jane Howard were busy assisting their son in moving to a new home … Clyde and Nora skipped lunch today … can't believe she really did that … Nora, where are you?
Luis called and said he was taking the kids to Disneyland … worst part was he did NOT invite any of us to go with him … buddy, you get some wet noodle lashes for that oversight … but have a great time anyway … .
Claude and Sally were having lunch with another group today … hope he realizes that he is going to have to pick up a lot of tabs to atone for their very, very serious gaff … Chuck Meyers was over in Arkansas … again … tsk, tsk …

But, never fear, there were a few hard core eaters who made the trip today to the Golden Corral … Let's see if we can name them … Jim and Betty Haynes, Irv and Shirley Pense, Don Cooper, James Hollingsworth, Andy Flynn and Glyn Trimble … plus our trusty waitress, Nadine, who still put up with all our little foibles anyway …

Chet, Cecil, John … we do apologize … we did not wait for you when it came time to hit the buffet line … in fact, a couple today did their best to make amends for your not being on time … Doc had kinfolk in today … he owns one GMC … they own two … kind of like some of our guys …

Weather permitting, we will see you next month … what we really mean is that if our air conditioning units are working well, we will be on hand … Glyn reported he ran his for an hour today … and it was only 95 degrees out … can't hardly wait until July …

Til next time
Your Tulsa Lunch Bunch

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May 6, 2011

APRIL RAINS

BROUGHT

SHOWERS OF VISITORS

What a month April has been!! One day it's the drought, the next day it's the rain and flood … then it's dry weather, then hail and duck for cover the tornadoes are coming … not always in that order but close enough!!

But, through it all, your Tulsa Lunch Bunch, aka Tulsa GMC International Lunch Bunch, survived the damage and at the same time, ate right through it all …

As we mentioned in our earlier report, we had a very special guest, Dick Paterson, from Canada, visit with us, inflating our ego almost beyond repair. Then, unexpectedly, we had as our guests on an unscheduled visit (Apr 27) drop in and spend a few hours (and lunch) with us. We are referring to our very own GMC International Vice-President, Kim Weeks and hubby Keith.

Bubbling over with enthusiasm, she captured our hearts with her exciting tale of the GMC International Rally just concluded in Patterson, LA. By the time she had finished, each of us felt as though we had been there, taking in every exhilarating moment of the Rally. Of course, the most vivid memory is that of her being chased across the parking lot by the "Sheriff", while dressed in her pajamas … NOW, that will get your attention for sure!! (Would love to hear the "Sheriff's version but don't tell her we mentioned or even thought about that) …

Oh yes, including Kim and Keith, we had a total of 24 Lunch Bunch guys and gals on hand for the occasion … and, yes, we DID induct them into full membership of the Tulsa Lunch Bunch … they are now fully paid, lifetime members of this august body of buffet hounds …

Celebrating the occasion at the chow line were: Monte and Helen Jestes, Ron and Sharon Eimen, Becky Trimble, Clyde and Nora Jones, Fred and Peggy Pitezel, Clark Southmayd, Leonard and Jane Howard, Jim and Betty Haynes, Bernie and Renee Baldwin, Glyn Trimble, Don and Barbara Pogue, Luis Molina, Raul Rosario and of course, the honored guests, Keith and Kim Weeks …

Now, fast forward to today and it's almost business as usual … at least the path to the food line was well worn and beaten down in no time at all … Cecil Martin found the salad bar … in all these years he has never gotten past the meat and potatoes … good to have Jim Moore with us again today … He's been living over in Arkie land quite a spell now …

The gals have worked up a shopping trip to Canton, TX later this month … the guys' enthusiasm really showed itself today … each wearing that duly married smile … maybe they can sneak off to the ole' fishin' hole for a spell … wanna join 'em … all are welcome … no questions asked …

We were all delighted to read about the decision to hold the GMC International 2012 Spring Rally near by in Shawnee at the Expo Center. That's only 90 miles away … just a short hop, skip and jump … great news!!
Great to have Irv and Shirley back from the Happy Hunting Grounds in West Texas. Last word we heard that Irv was ready for football season to start … don't think he is the Lone Ranger on that little ditty, either. Nearly a full house today … never could get a proper count cause the run on the buffet line was a continuous and unanimous effort … Glyn couldn't stay away from the fresh watermelon cubes … and the bread pudding … did you know they really go well together?

Don and Barbara brought their coach today … they are really making strides on their "work in progress" coach … Couple more coaches are almost ready to go … don't know how or why, but did you ever notice that winter seems to set things back a mite … One of the guys is working on a difficult decision also … which tow bar should he buy? The one attached to the tow car or the one attached to the motorhome? Drum roll … and toss the coin, please!!

Good weather permitting, we are going to set up shop Tuesday at the Outdoor Antique Auto and Hot Rod Show … Long range forecast ranges all the way from sunshine, partly cloudy to rain … realize we will be on a black top tarmac but just ain't too fond of rain at showtime!

Time to go … we will see you down the road … or next month … whichever comes first …

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April 1, 2011

NO FOOLIN'

CANADIAN IMPORT

INTERNATIONAL LUNCH BUNCH


Tis no April Fools Joke, Laddie!! Sometime back we had the distinct honor of hosting that famous Aussie couple, Rob and Helen Mueller … Today we also had the privilege of hosting that gregarious personality of Canada, Dick Paterson …

Therefore, we do so solemnly proclaim that henceforth, with a "slight" deference to the Tulsa International Airport, the Tulsa Lunch Bunch shall, to one and all, far and wide, be broadcast to the world as "The Tulsa GMC International Lunch Bunch" … drum roll, please!!

Now that we have that little April Fools parody out of our system, let's get on with it. A great time was had today … and we did have as our special guest from Canada, Dick Paterson. Along with Ken and Doree's granddaughter, Whitney, we had a grand total of 32 hardy souls on hand …

Oh, must not forget, another newbie drop in … Bill Cousins and his friend Emerson … they are wanting to buy GMCs and they wanted to look at some TODAY … no problem, just sign 'em up and away we went … Bill spent a lot of time with us at the RV Show last weekend!!!

Claude and Sally, Clyde and Nora, Fred and Peggy, Glyn and Dick anchored down one corner … Jim Hollingsworth corned another table, along with John Mahan … Bob and Marilyn were back from Louisville … Irv and Shirley recovered from the show just in time to head out for turkey shooting in West Texas …

Monte and Helen, Ron and Sharon, Ken and Doree along with Whitney, Bernie and Renee, Jim and Betty plus Darlene planted roots in the "gabby" corner … the guys didn't stay there long … pardon us, we should say "shopping" corner … after all, Hobby Lobby is just right behind the restaurant, and real close to our parked little GMC ladies …

Both Luis and Raul took a long lunch break from work and … forgive us, but we must share a secret … if you are going to eat at the Golden Corral, be sure and get in line before these two guys … they are both young and have appetites to match … makes the rest of us real jealous!!!

Our trusty waitress, Nadine, kept herself busy clearing away the dirty dishes today … must be the weather … cause several kept going back and back and back to the serving lines … no names, please!!

We were honored to have Dick with us and he was gracious enough to bring us a short synopsis of his presentation at GMC International Rally next week. We learned a great deal from the Master … at least the guys kept him busy answering questions long after he finished … He brought a very, very nice door prize … Sharon Eimen won … and rumor has it that it is going to cost Black Bart big time to get it … since it was a GMC goodie … .way to go, Sharon!!

Lot's of stuff coming up soon … next up in the (outdoor) Antique Auto and Hot Rod Show next week at Fuddruckers Restaurant … weather permitting, we will have a good number there … to eat those famous burgers, of course … what else? And maybe show off a "little bit" … .

Join us and we might even buy you one … depends on how deep Black Bart's pockets are … ha …

All the best
Your Tulsa GMC International Lunch Bunch

(Whooee, what a mouthful) …

Please allow us this small postscript: This issue is dedicated to the memory of one of our lunch group members, Jondine Flynn, who went to be with our Lord this week. She and husband, Andy, helped to start the Tulsa Lunch Bunch … Did you know that this sweet lady at one time held a pilot's license and also knew how to drive those great big truck rigs … Until we meet again, dear lady …

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March 27, 2011

SHOW TIME

RV GMC RV

GREEN COUNTRY


Fantastic! Fabulous! Stupendous! Whoopee All The Way!

There is no way we can adequately describe the emotions, the fun, the exhilaration of these past three days that the Tulsa GMC Lunch Bunch guys and gals had at the Annual Green Country RV Dealers RV show …

From the very beginning at noon Friday Mar 25 the people came, the people came and the people came. Six of your Lunch Bunch coaches were invited to participate this year … the Farris, Broostin, Southmayd, Pense, Eimen, and Trimble coaches were all dressed up, shined up, and primped a tad so as to make a good showing … and Fred and Peggy Pitezel came along, minus their coach, just to make sure everything went just right!!

We showed up Thursday evening prior to the show, got our modern day wagons all set in a huge oval circle, hooked up the electricity, set out the "beach" chairs, and "lit" the fireplace … oh yeah, we put out the "Guard Dogs", too!! (And, just by chance, we put a few goodies in the fridge for snack time, etc … yeah!

Starting at noon Friday, we expected to see a similar crowd as last time … boy, what a shock!! Do believe we had more Friday afternoon that we had all of last show time!! Of course, we had a prime location, too!! When you walked in the door … .there we were, pretty as you please … Friday show closed at 9:00 PM, so we were leg weary by bedtime.

Saturday at 10:00 AM we started again … the crowds kept pouring through, camping out with us, questioning us, gawking a bit, too … Lot's of questions and comments … " Are they starting to make these guys again" … "What do you mean, they are not for sale" … "My Grandfather (Uncle, Cousin, Neighbor) used to have one of these", "Do you really use them" …

"Really, how much to you want for this one" … "Where's the engine", and the proverbial one "How many miles per gal do you get" … Also, "You mean you can still get parts for these old coaches?" …

It was not unusual to have 40 to 50 people in the circle at one time … and so many wonderful comments … "Best Show Here", "Thanks for bring back so many nice memories", "I remember these when I was a youngster", "These are much nicer than those big monsters", and a favorite one "I didn't know these coaches still existed" … "You are kidding, of course" …

Grabbing a snack and a few goodies now and then, it soon became 9:00 PM and time to check out. Sunday noon rolled around and more of the same, except not quite as crowded. We had one gentleman who spent FOUR hours with us Sunday afternoon … You could see the gleam in his eye the whole time … He read all our literature, perused through three of our scrapbooks (2009, 2010 and 2011) …

Several people remembered us from the last show we participated in and several also remembered us from the Antique and Hot Rod shows we have attended. Some even remembered us from the 2007 Miss Belvedere (OK Centennial\) show we were at in 2007 …

Anyhoo, it is now closing time and we are already looking forward to the next show, whenever and where ever it may be … lots of invitation received but a favorite one is the lady inviting us to take a tour of her winery … free samples and also a place to park …

We have attached pics from the recent Antique and Hot Rod Show on Mar 15 here in Tulsa and also from the Green Country RV Show just concluded. Wish you could have been here … hopefully these pics will give you an idea of the fun and pure enjoyment we had showing off our wonderful GMC ladies … Thanks to each and everyone of you for your splendid support and encouragement you have given us.

Our Love to Each of You

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March 4, 2011

RING OUT THOSE GOLDEN BELLS

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

CLAUDE AND SALLY

Congratulations, Claude and Sally Farris. Today the Tulsa Lunch Bunch celebrated with Claude and Sally on their 50th wedding anniversary!!

And it could not happened to a nicer couple … two of our favorite Lunch Bunch people … Claude, a retired Air Force Chaplain (Colonel, no less) and Sally were wed 50 years ago today … Mar 4, 1961 … just a few short days ago, or so it seems …

The wait staff at the Golden Corral helped out too!! The gals all came in, placed little doilies caps on Claude and Sally, then led us in singing Happy Anniversary to them … fun time … we think we sort of "surprised them", too …

Good turn out today also … Ron and Sharon were off doing their thing in New Orleans … hanging out on Bourbon St we hear … Special guest today of Monte and Helen was Monte's brother, Curtis … We let him stay, even though he does NOT own a GMC … shhh …

Bob and Marilyn anchored down one table, along with Jim and Betty, Bernie and Renee, Fred and Peggy, Don and Barbara plus Doree … Ken and son John straddled the table over by the window …
Claude and Sally, Becky, Ron Whisenhunt, Monte and Helen, Glyn, Chet, Curtis, Monte and Helen kept the yak going on at another one …

We are continuing to pray for Jondine … Andy keeps us posted on her … she is still in the hospital, with minimum improvement. Our hearts were saddened to learn that our favorite wait gal, Nadine, lost her brother this week. May the Lord watch over each of you!!

Coming up in the near future we will be showing our coaches at the local Antique and Hot Road Show on March 15 … best part of it is getting to eat some of those fantastic hamburgers at Fuddruckers … after all, we do hang out on their parking lot …

Of course, we do a "wee" bit of shop talk with the on-lookers, tire-kickers, and also all those great folks who are showing their fabulous old vehicles … some of their attention to detail puts us to shame … ha..

Oh, a couple of the guys had a great visit last week with the OK City Lunch Bunch … only thing we can say about their Golden Corral is "WOW" … the trip was well worth it just to have lunch there!!

And we would be remiss if we did not say "Thanks" to Claude and Sally for hosting that all day GMC workshop at their home two weeks ago. A lot was done … the food was the hit of the day … and it was a special treat to visit with Bill and Bobbie Bramlett, along with their son, John, and granddaughter, Emily.

Bill and Fred Pitezel, along with Bob Musgrove, did most of the work … the rest of us just stayed out of the way … believe we had 25-26 on hand … plus a whole passel of GMC coaches … even the neighbors called to find out what was going on … .

And now, let us not forget to invite you back here with us for next month's luncheon … Bring your coach, your special date and above all, an appetite for the occasion.

See ya
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February 11, 2011

SOUTH POLE SUMMER

GMC TRAVEL STOP

HOT TAMALE WINTER

From the far reaches of the globe the Tulsa GMC Lunch Bunch traveled to our luncheon today … originally scheduled for last Friday, lunch was delayed a week while our stout hearted and brave lads and lassies bounded through the elements to once again prove that we didn't have any better sense that to get out and see the world!!!

From a - minus 28 degrees in Bartlesville, Bernie and Renee plowed through the drifts up to their you know what … and a -minus 22 degrees didn't keep Ken and Doree, along with Darlene, from hitching up the horse and buggy … Black Bart managed to locate all three batteries in the coach … seems as tho they had died a merciful death at -minus 16..

And Glyn couldn't raise his garage roof to get the GMC out of the shed cause the snow drift was piled too high on top … of the roof, that is … and he only had a -minus 12 … Jim and Betty drove over the pond coming in cause the snow was not quite as high there … Monte mentioned that his airplane and GMC were both hidden somewhere out in the pasture with the cows …

Folks, you get the pic … don't forget that it was only -minus 23 at the South Pole … but the gang still turned out today … that's a real PTL for sure …

We were pleased to have another new owner today … John Broostin, (Ken's son), along with his fiancé, Teresa Shadley. Welcome!!

Irv and Shirley were over in one corner … Irv is already counting the days until football season starts again … Fred and Peggy made it out okay … believe it or not, Fred drove wife Peggy to and from work every day this past week. Heard tell that he did borrow the neighbor's four-wheeler, tho!!

Bob and Marilyn arrived bright and perky … new owners Luis and Raul brought a lot of questions … (can't imagine why)

 

… and we must not forget … today was Doree's birthday … not only did we sing "Happy Birthday" to her, led by the erstwhile and shy Black Bart, our favorite waitress, Nadine, and her staff all came in, placed a paper plate on her head, and sang another birthday greeting … we love you, Doree, honestly!!

 

Next month will be show time for sure … we will all be bringing those lovely ladies out … for one thing … we want to make sure they survived the Antarctic temps … and also we want to get them ready to GO GO GO … Enuff said …

Til then
Your Tulsa Lunch Bunch


P.S. We must not forget to mention that there is a new addition to the Baldwin household … you know they have a little mixed schnauzer dog named "Bailey" … she's quite a handful … to the family there has been added a new guy on the block … another little schnauzer … and you already know his name … . "Barnum", what else?

P.S. #2 … And it was a real thrill for several of us to host Bob Peesel at the Cracker Barrel a few days ago as he was traveling through on his way from Albuquerque to Washington, D.C. Seems as tho Bob bought a coach in Albuquerque and was driving it solo all the way home … and it was one of the most beautiful coaches we had ever seen. Congratulations, Bob … Hope to see you down the road …

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January 7, 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR

What A Fantastic Start

Drum Roll, Please! Raise the Curtain! Baby New Year … come on in this house! The Lunch Bunch is ready to rumble … to the chow line, that is … and with lots and lots of new faces!!

Our hearts were heavy with the homegoing of one of our sweet, sweet guys … Bill Rowland left us suddenly last month and we will miss him but his huge smile, straw hat, and warm hug and handshake will be with us forever … plus his "not so secret" love of the Auburn football team.

We were especially blessed to day to have Darlene with us, along with their daughter, Alysia, from South Bend, IN. She shared with us how much Bill loved this group … and it certainly was no secret that we all loved him …

So, Bill, til we meet again … .

 

And, now for the really BIG surprise today. We were further blessed today to have THREE new GMC owners attend the luncheon for the very first time. Luis Molina, Raul Rosario and Greg Bush. Luis and Raul just bought their new ladies about two months ago and Greg became a new owner about a year ago.
You do realize, of course, that we assured them that they would never have to worry about maintenance, or any kind of upkeep, because these dear ladies would just run and run forever … with little to do but put a few drops of gas in now and then … .now then, about that swampland in Georgia we have for sale … .ha!!!

Starting off the New Year today were a fairly large contingent of the guys and gals … Ken and Doree Broostin, Don Cooper, Irv and Shirley Pense, Glyn Trimble, Fred and Peggy Pitezel, Clyde and Nora Jones plus Claude and Sally Farris.

In addition, anchoring down another bevy of heavy eaters, were Clark Southmayd and his college daughter Sarah, Bernie and Renee Baldwin, Ron and Sharon Eimen, Jim and Betty Haynes, Leonard and Jane Howard, plus of course, Darlene Rowland and her daughter …

And, of course, Luis, Raul and Greg gave us that joyous push into the New Year … we missed a couple of regulars today also … Monte and Helen were away attending a funeral and Bob and Marilyn were off to that beautiful city of New Orleans, on a belated 25th wedding anniversary celebration courtesy of their daughter … of course, they have now been married 27 years but, shux, who's counting?

Looking around and also eaves droppin' just a bit, we discovered that we have already solved about 14 GMC problems this year, fixed 7 coach rattles, changed 3 new sets of tires … and all just while talking' …
Ain't it great how that food at the Golden Corral inspires you to get things done … and all without leaving the table … guys, guys, mind your manners … remember that your latest New Year resolution was always to be truthful … oh well, it only took one luncheon to shred all of 'em …

Weather, weather, go away and come back another time. We are ready to go … don't know where but we are ready … come join us and, of course, we will see you right here next month … same time, same place … remember the magic word … .eat … .

Your Tulsa Lunch Bunch guys and gals …

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