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December 7, 2012

CHRISTMAS CHEER ABOUNDS

TOY TIME AGAIN

Wow! Talk about Christmas time! Talk about Toy Time! Christmas started early this month for the Lunch Bunch guys and gals! This, of course, was our annual TOYS FOR TOTS luncheon time, as it is every December! And the TOYS came streamin' in, followed by more TOYS and more TOYS!!

Our faithful waitress, Nadine, and the staff had us all set up in a beautiful U-Shaped table setting, complete with table decorations plus a beautifully lit Christmas tree with covered tables all laid out on which to place those wonderful toys…

Only "problem" we had was that the people and toys just kept coming in…before long the table seating was full and the toy tables were overflowing…solution: set us more dining tables and chairs and just place those wonderful toys on the floor under, around and beside the Christmas tree and tables…

A near record crowd finally all arrived, truly in a festive mood, prepared to dine as well as enjoy the music and devotion. We were truly packed in like the proverbial sardine tin…but it was fun and well worth it all!!

Newbie Al 'Buzz' Fischer was on hand for the very first time…and guess what…he came with questions in hand…can you imagine that? Unbelievable…Ha….

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without at least once little angel on hand…today we had ours…little 10 year old Brie Shepherd, accompanied by doting parents, Gene and Barbara Shepherd. Our little angel surprised us all by bringing around to each of us a little Christmas goodie bag…filled with homemade goodies…oh my…that's worth a real good Christmas hug for sure!!

In between trips to the buffet bar, we all had a chanch to look over the new pictorial roster being made up by Clark Southmayd …lots of oohs and aahs…followed by the standard "I want one" of course…and then we also had the opportunity to review the new Lunch Bunch GMC calendars for 2013…so, off to the printers next week for more…

After all had sufficiently dined (polite way of saying we were too full to go back to the buffet line anymore) we had the distinct pleasure of hearing once again this year the music of our good friend, Gerald Weems and his Q-Chord…Christmas and Holiday Music, of course…what else?

Following that we were privileged to hear a short devotional from our own Chaplain, Col Claude Farris, about the true meaning of Christmas! The message? HE is the reason for the Season…Amen to that!

Finally, and we certainly were in no hurry, we brought up two special guests, Commander Tony Ochoa and his aide, YNI Priscilla Taft, to whom we presented all those beautiful toys. CDR Ochoa, Commandant of the local US Navy and Marine Reserve Center, very graciously received them and promised they would be placed in very good and deserving hands just in time for Christmas!

What a wonderful day this has been! Was it all worth it? Just ask any of the guys and gals attending today…you know what they would say…Just wish you had been there with us…God Bless Each and Every One of You…

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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November 13-15, 2012

CALL OF THE WILD

AND

THE WILD CAME CALLING

Shades of Jack London!! What a glorious three days this has been! Was it chilly? You betcha! Was it nice and warm? You betcha! Did we eat a lot? You betcha! Was Mother Nature kind? You betcha! Did we have a good time? You betcha!

So-let's back up and start at the beginning-more or less…Bright and early (that's means before noon) a number of the lunch bunch guys and gals rendevoud at Coleman's Hamburger joint in Okmulgee for a get started snack and also plan an attack mode for adventure…ha…

The staff placed us into an ante room designed to hold six…only problem was there were ten of us…we did manage to get squished in, dined in a joyful atmosphere and got really "well" acquainted…Clark and Patty Southmayd, Bob and Marilyn Musgrove, Ron and Sharon Eimen, Fred and Peggy Pitezel, plus Jim Haynes and Glyn Trimble…no more secrets now!!

From there it was onward and outward to the campground, Red Oak campground in Okmulgee State Park! A delightful area which we have used many, many times in the past…Nap time, walking the dogs, and more nap time…wow, it's supper time already!

With fireplace a roarin', (and thanks to our campground ranger who brought over a small truckload of cut logs just right for a campfire) the tables were soon set up and, as if by magic, the food came floatin' out of nowhere and we chowed down…starting with hot, hot chili and ending up with pudding, pudding and more….wow! Bedtime already!! But not without a tale or two of the good ole' days…

With a night time temp around freezin', blankets and heaters were the order of the night! Do have a question, however…why do dogs insist on taking a midnight stroll around 2:30 or so when it's really too cold to be out? Don't answer that? Next time we'll bring the cat…ha…

Wednesday morning rolled around and that called for a stroll around the camping area to enjoy mother nature at her fall finest…soon came time to board up and head to town to the Western Sirloin Stockade, where we had reservations and all that good stuff…Johnnie Russell, our host, did himself proud…he "let" us go back through the line at least three times…maybe more…shux, who's counting…we are on a fun trip and time…let 'er rip!!

Nap time again and guess what…chow time too! Another roaring campfire (thanks, Fred) and hot dogs and summer sausage were on the menu…joining us were Fred and Peggy's daughter, LeDawn and her two vivacious youngsters, Ben and Leslie… By the way, the summer sausage (deer meat) came by way of Ben, who earlier this season killed the deer while on a hunt with his dad…

After a "filling" good time, the guys set up a sheet on the side of Bob and Marilyn's coach, and we enjoyed the movie "The Iron Lady"…that is, until the nighttime "chilly" temp drove us all indoors…nighty nite!

Thursday morning came much too soon…but one of the treasured highlights soon came about…about 9:30 AM THE PRETTIEST YOUNG FAWN CAME STROLLING INTO THE CAMPGROUND, AS INQUISITIVE ABOUT US AS WE WERE ABOUT HER! She nuzzled up to us, licking our hands, and acting like she was a long lost family member…needless to say, the cameras came out pronto and so did a few goodies!! Do you think that was what she was after…nah….no way, Hosea…she just wanted to be with us…ha!

Uh oh! Time to load up and head 'em out! We had reservations at the Oklahoma State Culinary school in Okmulgee for their annual Thanksgiving day feast (it's always the Thursday before thanksgiving) which is prepared and served by the students themselves!!

Somehow you get the impression you are dining at a four star hotel…the staff was impeccably dressed, their manners superb and the food was even better! Joining us for the occasion were Clyde Jones and his daughter, Bonnie, Ken and Doree Broostin, Bernie and Renee Baldwin along with her mom, Jim and Betty Haynes, and Fred and Peggy's daughter, LeDawn.

In true lunch bunch tradition, we were the last to leave..every year we have been here, we are always the last to leave…but, our gracious host, Rene Jungo, the Director of Food Service at the school, didn't seem to mind. Thank you Rene, for allowing us the honor and privilege to join in with these young folk in the joyous occasion…

Alas and alack, it's time to go back to reality…time to go home, back to ole' grind…(really, tho, it's time to go home and get some rest…cause we are all pooped out)…

And, just for the record, will we do this again next year? You betcha! And we just hope that the precious fawn remembers us…

Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless…

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November 2, 2012

FALL FESTIVAL, FALL FUN

NO FOOLIN'

What a gorgeous Nov 2 First Friday we had today…with the temp hovering around 80 degrees, love was just hovering all around…Not only for each other but also for those delightful GMC ladies all lined up over yon in the parking lot!! Truly a sight to behold…

You can still see those gawkers driving by ever so slowly, looking over their shoulders and out the windows and wondering just what in the world was going on….and do you think we are going to tell 'em…Not on your life…just let 'em think it's a new beginning in motorhomes…

Most of the regulars were on hand today, full of vinegar and molasses, as grandma used to say…Jim and Betty were tending an ailing daughter in Dallas and Claude and Sally were looking after his 94 yr old father, whose health is rapidly slipping away.

And Art had gone to Floriday to pick up his daughter…Steve Rhodes and his brood were off vacationing in the hills of SE Oklahoma, a favorite site for all of us. And if you have never been climbing on those enormous rocks in Robbers Cave State Park…well, you really don't know what sore muscles are like…ha…no wonder Belle Starr liked that place so much!!!

Happy to report that the new 2013 Tulsa Lunch Bunch GMC calendars went like hotcakes on a cold blustery morning. If you have a chance, take a look at one of them. There were two varieties…one with our GMC ladies only and one with a few of the Lunch Bunch personalities. We might add that there were a few snickers here and there on the latter…oh well!!

Do want to share what a fine time we had at the recent outdoor Antique Auto Show on Oct 9 in Tulsa at the local Fuddrucker/Target parking lot. It was an open show, no classification, and you can let your imagination run wild.

There were about 200 entries on hand, with everything from A to Z which, by in the way, included four of our GMC ladies, decked out in all their finery. Ron and Sharon Eimen, Glyn Trimble, Bob and Marilyn Musgrove and Larry Potts brought their beauties out for show. In addition, Clark Southmayd, Greg Bush, Art Moore, Raul Rosario and Basil Wyatt bolstered up the staff.

Raul did himself "proud" when he showed up in a vehicle that can best be described as somewhere between a "hippie" hearse and a Texas Longhorn "stretched steer" complete with sound….you just gotta see it to believe it…way to go, Raul!

By the way, this was Basil's first time at the show…do you remember the old slogan "kid at the candy store"…Well…
One of the favorites on hand was a 1940 Buick that was brought in on a flatbed…rusted almost beyond recognition, but restoration had been started, with the engine being first on the list. That old straight eight engine ran and purred like a contented cat on a hot tin roof.
And as for that completely restored 57 Chevy…drool, drool, drool….and for "only" $30,000 you could have it for your very own!!
Another first for our GMC ladies was a visit and tour by a couple from Russia, who were in town on business. Their host brought them out to see a bit of "Americana"…they had never seen an RV before and were completely overwhelmed by such a vehicle. The highlight for the lady was when she opened the bathroom door and saw the wet bath.

Glyn then took her up and let her sit in the cockpit…her husband ran out and took a picture of that. According to some of the others, they said she was also a very attractive lady, too, plus being a redhead. But Glyn said he didn't notice…uh oh, get ready, here comes the "Swampland in Florida" pitch…ha…
Later this month we are headed for the Okmulgee State Park for our annual outing…three days of eating, loafing, eating, loafing…hope we didn't leave anything out…oh yes, on the final day we will be dining in Okmulgee at the Annual Thanksgiving Banquet sponsored and prepared by the student staff of the Oklahoma State Tech School of Culinary Arts. It's a white table cloth, white glove affair…an upscale whingee dingee thing by reservation only. Bon appetit!!!

And then comes the First Friday in December! That's our annual TOYS FOR TOTS luncheon in which we bring all those unwrapped toys for the less fortunate kiddos and the Marines will be on hand to pick them up for later distribution. This will be our Tenth Year of doing this…Please feel free to join in…love to have you!!

And so, Happy Travelin' and God Bless-

Your Tulsa Lunch Bunch

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October 5, 2012

OCTOBER FESTIVITIES

TO FIX AND/OR GO EAT

Today's luncheon was a first…right after lunch the guys were headed to Irv Pense's airplane hanger to work on his GMC…some of the gals were headed out for the local Mall…a couple were headed to the Humane Society to rescue a couple of dogs…

Never mind that Ken and Doree were headed home from Pennsylvania…last report was that they were in Tennessee…be home in a day or so…Glyn and Art just returned from the GMCMI International Rally in Amana…Clyde was doing his thing over in Missouri…he's a die hard blue grass fan…Claude and Sally were busy caring for ailing parents…and etc, etc, etc….

General comments from today…"These new spacers really work"... "Does that new Winegard Antenna really help?"… "How did you fix those day-night shades that way?"… "I'm just making a list of to-do items on my GMC right now"… "How long have you had your GMC?"…

Sound familiar…of course it does…that sort of goes with the territory when you own a GMC…The list never ends…just changes names occasionally… The Hows, Wows, and Are You Sures never end…but that's the fun of owning one of those precious ladies…

Coming up on the agenda…let's see…a display of our ladies at the local Antique Auto Show next Tues evening….another display of our ageless wonders next Saturday at the local Orphan/Corvair show…

And an outing at the Okmulgee State Park is on the schedule soon…just before Thanksgiving…that's always a fun time…weather permitting, we will spend a few days just foolin' around, eatin' way too much, doing a little fireside camaraderie, and comparing those all too familiar "how to" notes….We have been there several years now and it's always a great time.

Following that we will be having our Annual TOYS FOR TOTS time in early December. That's the time we bring all those special gifts that the Marine Corps guys will be handing out…that's a very special occasion that nobody wants to miss…and you are welcome, too!!

Till next time,

Your Tulsa GMC Lunch Gang

P.S. And, just in case you were wondering, and we know that you are just dying to know…we did eat our way through the soup, salad, veggie, entrée and dessert lines today…good thing seconds were allowed cause "________" would be awfully hungry….

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September 7, 2012

SEPTEMBER ALREADY?

IT'S STILL HOT OUTSIDE

Quick, somebody…go check the calendar…the temperature gauge…check something cause it sure ain't September weather outside….

Despite the somewhat "frosty" temp today, the gang came out in force…some to talk, some to just listen…some to ask questions…but all came to eat…imagine that!!!

Fred and Peggy, along with Irv and Shirley were camped out this week at a place called "Branson" but Irv and Shirley made it back just in time to see us drive off…

Listening to the "gossip" today we learned that Chuck Myers and his bride are heading north to Minnesota tomorrow for a ham radio operators rally…Clyde Jones is going east toward Missouri for a big blue grass hoedown…Clark Southmayd and his bride are headed out next week for some blue grass also…

Irv and Shirley are going to the Oklahoma university football game tomorrow…Ron and Sharon are driving up to the lake tonight…Glyn is going to a shindig at one of the country clubs tomorrow…

question? Is anybody a'tall staying home? Ha!!!

Happy to report that Bernie and Fred made a successful trip to Lubbock, TX to pick "another" gmc…LET'S SEE…BETWEEN BERNIE AND FRED THEY MUST OWN AT LEAST A HALF DOZEN MOTORHOMES…PLUS A WHOLE YARDFUL OF ANTIQUE CARS…AND, ACCORDING TO BERNIE, SOME RUN, SOME DON'T…AND WITH SOME YOU JUST SIT AND WONDER WHY YOU BOUGHT THEM…HA…

GOOD TO SEE that NEW OWNERS GENE AND BARBRA SHEPHERD ALONG WITH NEW OWNER LARRY POTTS BRAVED THE NICE "COOL" TEMPS AND CAME ALONG TODAY…ALL STILL SMILING DESPITE OUR DIRE PREDICTIONS THAT BEFALL ALL NEW OWNERS…HA…

You just gotta see that new facial growth on a fella we used to know…Monte Jestes…we expect him to come riding up on his ol' trusty steed just anytime now…with that hat, you just know he was a personal friend of Matt Dillon!!

Come what may…we promise to all gather back her at the food trough next month…and with stories to tell that may or may not be very factual…you decide!!

All the best

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August 3, 2012

NO WAY DUDE

MAYBE NEXT TIME

Am I going to miss the First Friday luncheon at the Golden Corral with the Tulsa Lunch Bunch? Not unless it's over 100 degrees outside and eggs fry on the side walk!! Woops! Time to eat my words and go anyway…cause the temp today was only 108 degrees and climbing!!

But it was all worthwhile cause we had five new owners today join us…or we joined them…whatever…It was with a great deal of fun and frolic we inducted Larry and Joanna Potts, Gene and Barbara Shepherd and Steve Rhodes into the now famous Lunch Bunch with the solemn oath that all of you are so familiar with…ha…and with Clark Southmayd's assistance…and as ole' Red would say…we dood it…

And yes, they raised their right hands and accepted membership with the full dignity it deserves…plus we presented them with their honorary badge of membership…so, welcome folks…delighted to have you!!

And, being true GMCers now, they each presented us with a set of questions that, believe it or not, we have heard before…in fact, long ago we asked the same questions ourselves…gotta be a common bond there somewhere!!

Fred Pitezel had good answers…Ken Broostin had some more…Bernie filled in a few more gaps…Shirley Pense and Sharon Eimen shared a few secrets…and on and on it went…they are now ex-spurts…in reality, think we just sort of confused them real good…ha…but, each promised to be back next month…

On a lighter note, we did discuss the upcoming GMC International Rally in Amana, IA next month…several are planning to attend…we did all pause and remember what we did this same time a few years back…we were none too bright …but eager anyway…

We went camping in this extreme heat at the local Balloon Festival…thought it was fun then…at least the pics reflect that…gonna pass again this year!! Maybe next time…yeah!!

Talked with Bob and Marilyn Musgrove…they were way up north on the Snake River in Idaho…rafting down the river wallowing in that cold, cold temp with the water splashing all around…rough life, but guess somebody has to do it…

Enough of that feeling sorry for them…we had a great time today…folks started arriving around 11:00 AM and the last struggled out around 2:00 PM…problems all taken care of…now let's all hightail it home and get back under the A/Cs….

Again, welcome to the new guys and gals…it was fun getting to know you…and, until next month….

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July 6, 2012

HOT AS A FIRECRACKER

OR

COOL AS A CUCUMBER

Did somebody say it was July in Oklahoma? A real live Okie wouldn't say it was HOT, but he might say the fireworks sort of lingered on for a spell…and a might "warm" one at that…

Just to be on the safe side, we didn't hang around outside for the usual gabbin' and stuff…we skee-daddled right on into the ole' barn corral where the cool breezes were blowing…

According to those TV guys it was only 102 degrees but us X-purts will swear that them thar' 4th Jul firekracks were a mite' bit cooler than that walk from the family wagon to the barn corral…and inside wasn't a heck of a lot better, either…so, grab the pitchfork and chow down…what do you think we came here for anyhoo?

Had a great crowd today…28, 29, or 30…depending on when you were counting…the "all you can eat crowd" just kept on goin', goin' and more goin'…just like that little battery guy. Either the chow was extra good, we were extra hungry or maybe we just didn't want to got back outside…shux, my vote is a little bit of all three…right?

Great to see Doc Parsons again…he just returned from the gold fields of Arizona mine country…brought back a nugget this time about the size of your fist…He's one heck of a prospector…Ken and Doree Broostin brought their grandson back again…wow, that boy has done some growin' since last summer…

Art Moore made his presence known-brought his lovely bride, Sherry, along. Same for Bill Brunson…Bill brought Peggy along, too. Gals, you have been away much too long!

Speaking of the temp…did you notice that the gals did not make their customary stopover at Hobby-Lobby…Marilyn, Doree, Helen, etc…should this happen again, they may have to close their doors!!!

Luis and Raul slipped away from work long enough to grab a bite…good to see you both…you should see Luis' coach…he is really making a show piece out of it…Our favorite ham radio operator, Chuck Meyers, made it in today, minus the bride…he just recently attended the Good Sam Rally in Louisville, KY…had a ball, bought two new windshields, installed them also…at bargain prices, too!!

Would be remiss if we didn't mention the fun time we had at Fred and Peggy's a couple of weeks ago…they very graciously hosted a "Salad Luncheon" plus a "Tell All" game that, to say it sweetly, caused more than one bride to blush…Great fun time…and, to paraphrase that ole' Vegas slogan…"What Happens at Peggy's, Stays There"…Hey…the luncheon was superb and the dessert was worth "telling all" for…

Our faithful gal, Nadine, was on the ball as per usual, keeping the dirty dishes cleared away and the coffee cups filled…thank you, Nadine!

We've got a whole lot more to tell but…ain't gonna do it…you can just fill in the empty spaces for yourself…and you probably will be right….yeah!!

So, till next time…take care

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June 1, 2012

JUNE IS

REALLY

BUSTIN' OUT ALL OVER

Schools out! Schools out!...Uh Oh! What are we holler'n about? We don't go to school anymore and our kids are all grown and gone…well, almost, anyway! Must be travelin' time in the GMC…just knew we had to celebrate somethin'…Goodness knows…when we reach our age we do sometimes tend to ferget a thingee or two…

Let's see now…today is the first day of June and already the bees are a buzzin' all over…Claude and Sally have gone to Nebraska for a granddaughter's wedding…Bob and Marilyn left for Floriday…Bernie and Renee have gone to Michigan…Irv just got back from Shamrock (TX..not Ireland)…

Black Bart just returned from a nice holiday weekend at Grand Lake…seems as tho his coach battery kept going down …finally …finally he looked in the bathroom and, Yep…you know his secret now…next time you talk with him, be sure and ask him how to keep a battery fully charged…but…duck when you ask…ha…

Things are looking up a bit, however…coming up real soon the gang is going to make a three day pit stop at Miami, OK on Jun 10-13…the highlight of the stop/campout will be a live, nostalgic performance of "The Glen Miller Show" at the historic and nationally recognized "Coleman Theatre"…

Following up on that, Thursday June 21 we will be having a "Salad Luncheon" at Fred and Peggy's home…Peggy is planning on "telling all" on some early day courtship and marriages of those not attending…(and rumor has it she has some really, really old pics also)…

So, you would be wise to show up in order to protect yourself…yeah, and if you believe that…well, you know what I've got to sell you…and it ain't a used GMC either!!

Before we go any further, we have just to get in a plug for the Golden Corral…for some reason, the food tasted exceptionally good today…maybe we were extra hungry or maybe it the exceptionally good company…sort of think it was a real humdinger of both…

Speaking of food, you should have seen Irv's plate today…on his FIRST trip he brought back two plates full…said one was for Shirley (shhh...Shirley wasn't here today)…but, like all good families…who's counting anyway…

Had a new visitor today…for a brief time anyway…Jim Mora visited us…said he had been watching us come and go at the Corral for quite a spell and just had to come by and check us out…says he's in the market for one…just as soon as he saves up some more nickels and dimes…didn't tell him but he had better change that to "quarters" at least.

Oops..almost forgot…Art Moore and his lovely bride are off travelin' in the boonies this week also…and Doc Parsons has gone prospecting for gold again…with his luck, he will probably bring back a whole bag full of nuggets…

So, time to say goodbye for a while…great lunch today, great company…only thing that would have make it better, of course, if you had been there…

Til Next Time

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May 4, 2012

HOME ALONE

ALMOST

WAL-MART TREKKIES

Say it isn't so …last report from the Tennessee Lunch Bunch guys and gals was that they were about to run out of Wal-Mart Stores to visit in their elusive search for hidden treasures…

As we were dining in luxury today the phone rang and Fred and Peggy Pitezel were telling us how much fun they were having over in them thar hills and gullies in Tennessee but were finally heading home…(Think Fred hid the Visa card or somethin' like that)….

If you all recall, several of the gang departed from the Campground in Disney, OK last week and went on a hide'n seek mission to check out all Wal-Marts, Flea Markets and Roadside Vendors between here and Nashville…The Eimens crawled in yesterday, the Pitezels are due in Monday and the Baldwins and Broostins are still going strong…

From the first hand report today from Black Bart, we now know where each and every one of those stops are and what they had to offer…we're gonna wait and be surprised when all get home and show off those hidden treasures…("junk" to the more knowledgeable folks)…

A nice surprise today was a visit by Claude and Sally's daughter, Claudia, from Omaha. It's been a while since Claudia visited with us…great to see you again!

Once again the gals today made that "mission" trip to Hobby Lobby just across the way…do declare, if they ever open a restaurant in side those hallowed halls, we will lose half our crowd…

Art Moore was telling us today that he's got the coach ready and rarin' to go…now, all he has to do is unhook, load up and wait for the price of gasoline to come down some more…(do we dare mention that he might be dreamin' a wee bit)….

So, what's next for the Lunch Bunch? Since May is recuperation month (us older folks take a little bit longer to recover…ha)…we gotta get the garden out, clear off the pasture, repaint the dents and bruises of winter…and if you believe all that, let me tell you about that bit of swamp water infested land I have in Florida….it's fir sale…

So, whatever lies just ahead, one thing for certain, is that we want you to join in with us…whether it's lunch, travel, or just plain sittin' and yakkin'…pickin' n' grinnin'…tellin' tall ones or little bitty ones…somehow it always winds up GMC stuff…

Til Next time

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April 23-25

OKLAHOMA'S

BEST KEPT SECRET

STATE PARK ON A HILL

Remember when we were little tykes we would get all excited when we found and captured that special butterfly…that elusive lightning bug…that genuine four leaf clover…well…

The Tulsa Lunch gang found a real hidden Oklahoma Treasure this week…The Cherokee State Park in Disney, OK…a tiny, heavily wooded park with only 11 Sites…built on a hill top overlooking the Pensacola Dam and beautiful Grand Lake of the Cherokees…with all the amenities you need plus a covered picnic area…

And with TEN coaches there, we sort of "occupied the fort", so to speak…you could see in all directions, holler at each other "very quietly"…and just pick your own tree to sit under…so, for a few days it was the "Tulsa Lunch Bunch Campground"…

And one especially fun item…being located in a very, very small community, it didn't take long for the word to get out that there were a "bunch of old motorhomes" parked out on the hill…so we had a goodly number of oglers, sightseers, wannabees, and just plain folks dropping by…

Think we should back up a bit…Monday morn we all headed out for our rendezvous point…Jim and Betty Haynes arrived first, then followed by Glyn Trimble and Claude and Sally Farris…Soon Bob and Marilyn Musgrove, Clark Southmayd, Ken and Doree Broostin, Monte and Helen Jestes and Fred and Peggy Pitezel came breezin' in…Bernie and Renee brought up the rear detachment along with Ron and Sharon Eimen.

We had two surprise visitors… George and Christie Livingston, who drove up in their GMC 23 footer…(they lived less that two miles away)…they left but did rejoin us for the evening fireside bull session…er…uh...make that a cozy fireside time of fellowship…gotta be politically correct, you know…

One thing we did do and you will too when you cross the dam to get to the campground…We all gave ourselves the "Order of the GMC Purple Heart" for coming across that one mile plus Narrow Thing they call a highway…it has walls on both sides that stand straight up…no shoulders and it's on top of the dam so you don't dare look anyway but straight down at the road…and that great big GUY coming right at you from the other direction…

Enuff of that scary stuff…Monday eve we gathered ourselves all up and drove over the dam (again…ugh) to dine at the Pensacola Pizza House…our reservations called for 16 and 16 went…they stretched us out, country table style, of course, and the fun began. The dining was superb, the service marvelous and the surprise entertainment was by far above and beyond anything we had anticipated….it brought back memories of past courtship days along with a few tears, too…

While dining, our host and owner, Richard Carriger, sang to us with his tremendously well trained baritone voice, a Capella style, three songs…two from the musical "Oklahoma"…"Oh What A Beautiful Morning" and "Oklahoma"…of course we had to sing along on this one…The finale was an old classic song made famous by the late Vaughn Monroe "The Wayward Wind"…And by now we were way way up on Cloud Nine, even above our hill top campsites…

And then it was back to the camp site (yes, across that 1930's built obstacle course again) and time for the fireside chat to begin. With logs ablaze, chairs pulled up around (a bit chilly) and the shimmering lake as a backdrop…legends were made and a few untruths (re-arranged facts) were told…then soon came time to turn in for a busy day ahead…

A good night's sleep was in order…a few blankets and heaters were the specialties…morning soon came and the dogs were out walking their owners around…a catered breakfast was next (yeah, we wish) woops…time to load up again and head out across the guard house wall…

Gathering ourselves all together at the GRDA main office, we were greeted by our hostess, Debra Young, who soon turned us over to our guide for the morning, Roy Heginbotham. After an indoctrination film, Roy took us down the elevator and across to the inner workings of the HUGE Pensacola Dam. Remember that the Pensacola Dam is the largest arched dam in the world, over 1 ¼ miles long, supervised and operated by the Grand River Dam Authority of OK.

Up and down, round about, Roy showed us the inner workings of the dam, with us feeling a little queasy about being so far below all that water above…Roy didn't seem to be worried too much so we put on the same "straight face"…one hour and forty five minutes later we did an "up periscope" and out into the sunlight we came…magnificent tour and extremely fascinating as well as very informative. Thank you, Roy and Debbie!!

Well, what do you know…it's time to eat again…so we traipsed down the road abut 500 yards to another local eatery…Frosty's…(didn't have to hold our breath nor close our eyes on this trip)…with Debbie and Roy as our guests, we took up 18 spaces…just about filled the joint up…ha…another fun time but no serenades…just jokes and laughter, lots of it…

After another delicious meal, most of us walked down hill and boarded Ron Eimen's pontoon boat…from there it was a leisurely trip up and down the lake, viewing sights, sounds, and all that good stuff…Marvelous two hour cruise with expert guidance…thank you, Ron and Sharon…

Evening rolled around again, "tech sessions" were shared, crocheting and knitting classes evolved, and guess what…time to eat again…wow!

Pot luck dinner was the order of the evening, and, as if my magic, the food appeared out of nowhere…the covered shed, with lots of tables, lots of room, made for an exciting array of goodies…tho a few were not too hungry from the humongous meal at lunch, we did notice that the guilty parties still managed to put away their fair share…

Sundown nearing, we managed to finally put away the goodies, go hibernate in our chairs and gab away to our heart's content. A few more world problems were solved and preparations were made for the next day…nighty nite…

My goodness…Wednesday morning already…we just got here or so it seems…Our hidden treasure had been all ours to enjoy and now it was time to give it up but not in our hearts and memories…

Four of the folks…Broostins, Pitezels, Baldwins and Eimens…gathered themselves all up and as a group, headed south to Memphis, Nashville and points beyond. The rest trickled slowly out, one or two at a time headed back home….by nine o'clock all were gone and our treasured hideaway was now open for someone else to enjoy….

Thank you, Oklahoma, for providing this little bit of heaven on earth…we look forward to being with you again soon…Cherokee State Park Campground…we are all yours!!

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April 6, 2012

LORDY LORDY

BLACK BART'S OVER FORTY

AGAIN?

Oh Boy! Party time again…last week we celebrated Monte's birthday while at the International Rally…and this week, even though not everybody has recuperated from that fun time…we did it again!!

One thing is different this time...Monte only has a birthday once a year…well, Black Bart has a birthday party going on all the time! He's celebrated his 40th birthday at least 39 times...38?...37?...who's counting anyhoo?

  

Not to be neglectful, Nadine, our faithful girl Friday, brought the Golden Corral wait staff in and serenaded Ron with a resounding birthday song…complete with birthday "cap" and all…So, congratulations, Ron, and may you have many more than 40…er uh…ask Sharon, she's the only one who really knows!

  

As you can well imagine, the topic of conversation was the great time we had at the GMC International Rally last week at Shawnee…we are still collecting pictures and stories…and thanks to Billy Massey and Charles Wersal, they are now all on the net. They say a picture is worth a thousand words…can only say that there is an awful lot of baloney in there somewhere…no, make that "ice cream"….cause it seems as we spent most of our time diggin' into the ole bucket…

Even though the old bones are still stiff, muscles sore, the first questions were "When and where are we going next?" And "Are there restaurants nearby?"…Well, guess what…we're already lined up and almost ready…first, we gotta wash and vacuum out the motorhome, do the dirty laundry, restock the fridge, head for the gas station…and mow the yard…ugh…

So, as the Monday Nite football guys say "Are you ready….so, here goes…this coming Tues afternoon around 4:30 PM, weather permitting, the Lunch Bunch will be showing off our beauties at the local Antique Open Auto at the Fuddruckers/Target parking lot…we try to attend at least twice per year…this will be our first for 2012…and, just in case you are wondering…and we know you were…the prize for the evening will be "Dining at Fuddruckers" on one of their famous burgers…well, what did you expect? Champagne?

Following that little adventure, we will be camping out at Disney, OK on Mon-Wed Apr 23-25 with a scheduled tour of the Pensacola Dam on the morning of April 24…Reservations are a must for that…Contact Glyn for more details if you need them…we will be staying at the Corp Campground just on the far side of the dam…don't go too far, it's right at the end of the dam.

Tues afternoon a tentative boat trip up and down the lake is on tap, courtesy of Black Bart…weather permitting, of course. And, in between, let's all try to accommodate the local eateries…this is still the off season for tourism…and they are eager for your cash…

Enuff of the foolishness…may we be serious for a moment…we want to tell our gals just how much they mean to us and how proud of them we are for that magnificent job they did last week with their "Chocolate Affair" they put on for the GMC ladies! That will be a topic of conversation for a long, long time. Well Done!!

And, just in case you haven't seen the pics…their "Chorus Line routine" wasn't bad, either…Ha!!

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March 31, 2012

SHAWNEE JUNCTION

Plus

A CHOCOLATE AFFAIR

Equals

MEMORIES FOREVER

Lookie, Daddy, there's another one…and there's another one…and that one's got a baby right behind it…Hey, they're waving back at me…this is fun, Daddy…can we do it, too? Can we have one, puleeeeze…

And there you have it…the general reaction as the Tulsa Lunch Bunch drove to the GMC Rally in Shawnee last Saturday in caravan style…all ten of us, paired up in twos, tooling down Hiway 75 and I-40 Hiways…the friendly waves, the unbelieving stares, the wide-eyed excitement of the youngsters, the honks of the CBers, all in good fun as we were stretched out over a mile or so along the four lane superhighway…

Reminded most of us of that memorable time when 33 of these beauties caravanned into Albuquerque for the Balloon Festival a number of years ago…and just like then, it was a magnificent sight to see when you looked back in your mirrors to see GMCs as far as the eye could see…those indeed are truly memories forever etched in your mind and heart.

But, wait, let's back up and start at the beginning. As you know, all the GMCers, and especially the Tulsa Lunch Bunch, had been looking forward to this year's Spring GMC International Rally since it was being held in Shawnee, OK…practically in our back yard, so to speak. Between volunteering "and being volunteered", we were looking forward to being a part of a new chapter of our Lunch Bunch history.

Between yakkin' at our regular monthly luncheons, lot's of phone stuff, and at least two trips to Shawnee for scouting purposes, we managed to put together a couple of ideas that turned into real honest to goodness "Home Runs"…More on that later…

With reservations all made, the Big Day finally arrived…So, Saturday AM Mar 24 around 9:30 AM, there was a gathering at our usual "OK Corral" (the Wal-Mart parking lot in Okmulgee)…let's see, in the caravan lineup were Fred and Peggy Pitezel, Bob and Marilyn Musgrove, Ken and Doree Broostin, Bernie and Renee Baldwin, Luis and Rosie Molina (plus Luis Jr and Ashley), Ron and Sharon Eimen, Irv and Shirley Pense, Glyn Trimble, Clyde Jones and Clark Southmayd.

Claude and Sally Farris plus Bill and Bobbie Bramlett had gone on the day before and would meet us there as also would Monte and Helen Jestes. A goodly number would also join us later in the week.

So, off we went, carefully sneaking out onto the highway, just as if we had been doing it for years…ha…two by two, with Glyn leading the convoy and Black Bart bringing up the rear…He was the "Clearance guy"…you know, the one who tells you that everybody had cleared an obstacle, such as a red light, a four way intersection or a road barrier…And then the fun began…we didn't lose anybody along the way like we did on the trip to Albuquerque but, shux, that's another story….ha…

We had told Emery Stora we would be into the campground by 11:00 AM that morning…well, when we arrived at the check in point, it was 11:02…Emery, we apologize…we promise to do better next time…When we arrived, it was great to see that cheer leading group of people (led by Sharon Hudspeth), waving and whooping it up to see ten coaches all pulling in together…that was GMC camaraderie at its best!!!

After being transported to the "Nawth Forty" for parking, we finally managed to all get settled in/hooked up and chairs out like any good RV tourist on vacation. Then came a unanimous decision to go eat out…after all, new town, new location, new crew…why waste a perfectly beautiful day by cooking up a meal…
So, off we went…all 22/24 of us (who's counting)….We soon packed our way into a local Mexican restaurante…food was very good, the service tolerable but the company and companionship was superb…

Shots from around the campground

Back to the new stompin' grounds…Choir practice for some…Nap time for others and before you knew it…Ice Cream for everybody and Bingo for the lucky ones…AND the big winner was 4 yrs old Luis Molina Jr…He won $35 and, according to rumor, was NOT willing to share it with anybody….And then it was Nighty nite for all…a fantastic end to the first day and a big day on tap just ahead…

Sunday started off with hugs and greetings for everyone…coffee, hot chocolate, donuts, bagels, waffles plus lots of fresh fruit including that old timer's favorite, PRUNES….

Sunday Morning church service was led by our own Chaplain, Claude Farris…great crowd, great sermon and a marvelous way to start the Rally…Sunday afternoon brought about an Early Bird Tech Session and that was followed up by the Welcome Meeting and then the first of several very fine catered meals….

Entertainment followed with two extremely talented Native American Dancers in full regalia…a real crowd pleaser with everybody joining in along the way…Ooops…bedtime already…nighty nite…

Monday morning brought about a very busy day…beginning with the usual coffee time plus pancakes and sausage (all you could eat, too)…Tech and craft sessions were the order of the day, with a covered dish affair for the Classic guys and gals to wind things up…great day, great times, plus lots of free-wheelin' gab sessions…no bull!!!

And by now, the vendors were in full swing…offering their wares and other "must have" goodies and we "took" real advantage of their generosity, leaving behind cash and credit card purchases…yeah!!!

And along with way, we were thrilled to have join us a number of our Lunch Bunch folks who could only manage a short visit…David Paliotta, Lorren and Bess White, Steve Clevenger and daughter Melody, John and Teresa Broostin and also Patty Southmayd…

Monday evening brought us the annual GMC Classics meal and fellowship time…everybody brought a favorite food dish of some kind…Glyn was real disappointed when his dish, and also a favorite, was all eaten up and none left over to take back to the coach…(it was pecan pie)…

Tuesday brought about another busy day…sessions and more sessions…and we must add that the facilities were superb…best we have ever had…this location is a resounding "Repeat"…Amen, brother…and Tuesday afternoon was "Open House" for our neck of the woods…lots of fun, plus visiting with old friends…just a wee reminder of our time with the Green Country RV shows of past years…

Tuesday evening also brought about another one of those "Impromptu Meetings"…this time along side Black Bart's coach…Chips and Dips were the order of the evening but by the time we emptied our fridges, it became a full blown "camping in the moonlight" affairs…

And Tuesday eve was time for even more celebrations…Bill and Bobbie had a wedding anniversary and Monte had another birthday and we just could not pass up an occasion to have a party…so…we did…Congratulations to the Bramletts and Happy Birthday, Monte!! Believe the Baldwins celebrated an anniversary a few days before…congrats to them also…

To cap it all off, we were treated to a treatise of instructional baloney…first, "Professor Southmayd" espoused a class of Astronomy 101…with his I-Phone, he pointed up into the heavens and as if my magic, the written description of the heavenly bodies appeared on the screen of the phone…

Moving the phone around, you could also read the other stars above, plus also with the touch of a button, you could extract from the skies the locations of all the satellites floating above…Unbelievable but fascinating…thank you, Professor Southmayd.

And, even more practical, our great Communicator, Black Bart, explained that when you return one of those telemarketer calls to a foreign area code…BeWare…The Boogey Man will get you….
Much to his dismay, he discovered he had made a call to that well known safe haven for telemarketers…Jamaica…and it only cost him $28 and no cents…which..of course…makes no sense whatsoever…pardon the pun…it was intentional!!

Wednesday came much too soon but what a day it was!! Our own Ken Broostin presented a very informative and educational seminar on our Onan Generators…can't say much about his helpers…ha…Great Job, Ken…

The highlight of the day was the presentation of "A Chocolate Affair" for the ladies by our own Tulsa Lunch Bunch gals…lots of "Ooohs and Aaaahs", lots of goodies to be eaten, and…well, you just have to look at the pics…see below…Congratulations, Ladies, you were the highlight of the Rally…period…we love you!!

A Chocolate Affair Photo Album

For dinner we sauntered off to a local Steak House…good food, good company…what more could you ask…of course, the server got "medium rare" and "medium well" all mixed up…but, who cares…we were having fun anyway!!

Thursday brought about more fun…more sessions, another Open House, Area Meetings, another fabulous catered meal, followed by the Rip-roaring, no holds barred, highly entertaining Pineblock Derby with several serious "bookie deals" on the side going on…just like an old fashioned country horse race at the County Fair…

Friday (Already?) rolled around and time for a couple more sessions…followed by the general membership meeting…Contest prizes were awarded, Raffle time (Glyn and Bob both lucked out) and then a final catered lunch…A few of the folks checked out early but the rest stayed on…

After all, you really don't want to miss the Friday Night Ice Cream Social…buckets and more buckets of your favorite ice cream…all in the 5 gal size and variety…our own Clyde Jones was determined to be the King of Ice Cream eaters…just ask him…ha…

Saturday morning was check out time…we gathered ourselves together and slowly but surely we straggled out…waving goodbye to a fabulous week and a new batch of memories…GMC style, of course…

And now we are all home again, tuckered out but almost ready to go again…Are you kiddin? Well, maybe in week or two….or three…

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March 2, 2012

MARCH TIME

WAGONS "HO"

Ward Bond, where are you? Tis time to hitch 'em up and head 'em out….to Shawnee, that is!!

With our very own version of "Wagon Train" the gang is just about all set to make that fun trek to Shawnee, in real old fashioned wagon train style…caravanning our way down Hwy 75, then westward on I-40 to Shawnee and the GMC International Spring Rally!!

We will get up early Saturday morning, March 24, hitch up the ponies (tow cars) to the wagons (GMC motorhomes), put out the campfires (lock the house front door) and set out for the rendezvous point (Wal-Mart Parking Lot)…from there on we will be driving on four lane highway and we look forward to seeing lots of stares and finger pointing as about a dozen GMCs travel in convoy down the road…

Reminds us a little bit about the 33 unit convoy a few years back when we traveled the highway to Albuquerque for the GMC Western States Balloon Festival…

Anyhoo, back to today…As per usual we gathered at the Golden Corral to bolster our morale, feed the tummies, and in general talk about…what else…GMCs…and maybe a couple of other goodies….who knows…you know that old Vegas saying…what happens here stays here…

You have heard and read several times that the gals sometimes manage a side trip to Hobby Lobby and Mardell…well, we finally posted a pic of just how close they are to the Corral…and today was no exception…a "few" of the gals managed to get in that little side trip either before or after lunch…We think they consider it their miniature version of the "Canton Flea Market"…

 

Happy to report that both Ken and Bob are doing well after their surgeries…Nothing can keep good men down….especially these two…
Needless to say, we tried to eat more than we should but…shux, what's the use of coming to our favorite hang-out if we can't indulge a wee bit now and then…and that new Chocolate Bar is just about to capture more than a few…

We'll see you in Shawnee…

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February 3, 2012

RAIN, WHERE ART THOU?

AND

SHAWNEE SHIN' DIGS….

All week long we have been promised that much needed heavenly rain…supposed to start Thurs eve for sure and rain all day Friday…but the threat of a few drops didn't keep the gang from coming out today…

Luncheon was scheduled to start at 11:30 AM, more or less, and about 11:05 we got a few sprinkles…just enough to turn on the windshield wipers when we arrived…

So, despite the "heavy downpour" we all managed to straggle on in to the Golden Corral…each bringing the usual "appetite and sad story"…GMC style, of course!!!

One of the most interesting and intriguing tales of today was hearing Doc Parsons tell about his recent gold prospecting time in the desert wastelands of Southern California's government lands…all 220,000 acres…turned out he had real honest-to-goodness proof…

    

Doc showed us a pic taken with an extracted nugget…about the size of a quarter…(big bucks)…and a ring embedded with a few of those golden gems he had been fortunate enough to find…we were all set and ready to rush off to the gold fields until Doc told us how much one of those especially designed gold metal detectors cost…shux, you could buy a well-used GMC for that much…ha…
Two of the coach families, Eimen and Trimble, just recently returned from the GMC Classic Rally in Burleson, TX last week…the food was fantastic, the fellowship even better and the trip home was a zig-zag course up and down the highway trying to outguess those ferocious cross winds…not sure who won but we still have some aching muscles that showed up that night….Ben-Gay, come on over…

It was great to see Ken Broostin today after his back surgery…Ken said the doctor was great…his height has been increased about 1 ½ inches…and his smile was about as broad as the setting sun….

As per usual lately the gals huddled up together and whispered, giggled and in general had a great gab session going over details for the upcoming GMC International Rally in Shawnee next month…don't know quite sure what's going on but we do hear an occasional "Clyde, do this" or "Fred, we need that" or "Ken, get out of the way?...guys, does that sound familiar? Kind of like home, ain't it?

Seriously, it looks like a lot of fun is being planned for the Rally next month…so far we have 11 families planning to attend and will probably have more…hope so anyway….

All in all, we had a great time today…a couple of regulars played hookey but we won't tell…but we missed you, Chet…we missed you, Andy…

Till next time
Your Tulsa Lunch Gang

P.S. Almost forgot…an important piece of historical trivia that we know you are simply overwhelmed by curiosity to know…(You have been warned)…Did you see that pic of the bell on the website…and now, the rest of the story…go look up the pic, first, tho…
Recently, Bernie, a Ph D (in Physics, no less) noticed that Glyn (a retired Lt Col, US Army, Field Artillery) was banging on a napkin holder with a knife in order to get our attention so that Claude (a retired Colonel, Air Force Chaplain) could give the invocation and make other announcements. With 30 plus people always yappin' at the same time, no wonder…

So, Dr Baldwin, with great aplomb and dignity (snicker here) presented Col Trimble with a beautiful burnished bell to be used so that Col Farris could properly give the invocation…Well done….ha..

Now, Col Trimble bangs on the napkin holder with the knife, then gently taps on the bell, and then Col Farris reverently gives the invocation….Hopefully somebody will teach us the Hokie-Pokie in order that we can give the benediction is style…Now, remember, you WERE warned…

Oh! The Bell? Bernie found it at a garage sale….

 

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January 6, 2012

SPRING WEATHER IN JANUARY

OR

WATCH OUT' BROTHER


Wha' Happen'd…What a gorgeous day to be out and about…nearly 70 degrees and it's early January!! The Lunch Bunch guys and gals turned out in full force today, all smiles and big grins…short sleeves and no coats…

Their attitudes were matched only by their appetites…the first ones arrived around 11:00 AM and the last pulled out around 2:00 PM…conversation began out in the parking lot, moved inside and then, believe it or not, the conversations continued out in the parking lot after lunch…

Foremost on the agendas were all the exciting events coming up for the year, including a number of local getaways plus the International Rally at Shawnee in March. That's a given for most…we are looking forward to that one, for sure!
Did have a few AWOLs today…Clark and Patty Southmayd skipped out early to attend the Cotton Bowl game in Dallas tonight…they are rooting for Arkansas…didn't invite any of us to go with him…shame…shame…

Chet said he would be here…he probably was grounded for misbehavin'…again…Art had to work (ugh)…Monte and Helen were away attending a family cousin's funeral…and we won't mention a couple who just plain forgot…will we, Leonard?

Must mention that some our group (no names, please, must protect the innocent) have built up a long standing tradition…seems as tho Hobby Lobby is just across the parking lot, on the back side from Golden Corral…the procedure is for the guys to drive up to the front of Hobby Lobby, let the gals out, then walk on down to the Corral parking lot…This allows the gals to make their foray into Hobby Lobby, bring out the loot, stash it in the vehicle, then drive on over to the Corral…So far, no guy has figured out a back up plan to change that…suggestions, please!!

Our favorite waitress, Nadine, shared with us today she will be with us another year…she has been with us a for a good number of years…she worked there at the Corral over 17 years now…she has been with us a lot of our years but not all…and we are well into our 13th year now...all at the Corral…well, almost all…My, how time flies…especially when you are having fun…

Thank you, Claude, for that heart warming invocation…we appreciate you so much for being so willing…

While there was joy in Mudville today, there was also a big of sadness…Doc Parsons shared with us today that his sweet wife, Suzy, passed away just before the holidays…Doc, we share your loss and understand your grief…our prayers of comfort will be with you always….

Until next month, our best to you…and may summer continue right on through March…ha!

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