This and That Newsletter
Vol 10 Issue 518 Circulation 5,000 December 28, 2006
Christmas is over and the new year is almost here. I hope everyone had a good Christmas, we sure did. As the song says, Christmas "is the most wonderful time of the year". Jill and I enjoyed the best Christmas anyone could wish for, thanks to so many of you and for friends everywhere. Even if we had not received one gift, just being man and wife, Jill and I experienced something money and gifts can not bring. Speaking of gifts, we received a nice copper bird feeder from Jill's twin sister, June, in California. I hung it on the front eve of the house the day after Christmas, but not one bird can be found in our neighborhood since that day. I wonder why that is? Have the birds all gone south? Or do they know a big winter storm is coming?
Jill said she really didn't want to put up a large Christmas tree this year. So we just placed a small tree on the dining room table all decorated nice. But the most unusual thing about this tree is the red and white tree skirt Jill placed under the tree. A few weeks ago she found a 20 year old red robe that belonged to my mother before she died. Jill washed it, then wondered what she could do with it. So, she carefully cut it into strips and braided them and made the tree skirt that was under our Christmas tree this year.
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In last week's T&T was a photo of a hawk sent in to me by Ann Randolph. When I looked at her email, it was so close to Ernest Martin's email address, I thought he was Ernest who sent the pic. Just wanted to make that correction and let everyone know I was not tasting too much of the Christmas spirits. lolhttp://www.OklahomaHistory.net/ttphotos6a/HawkRandolph6a.jpg
In last week's issue we talked about the free version of Grisoft's antivirus coming to an end in February. Several of you wrote back to say Grisoft will continue their free version, in fact their new version 7.5 is available for download right now and its free for personal use. http://free.grisoft.com
About a month ago I started receiving weekly notices that my 7.0 free version was going to expire in February, and I needed to upgrade to the not free version, so, I uninstalled my 7.0 AVG. From reading their Forum this week, I guess I was not the only one that was misled.http://www.OklahomaHistory.net/ttphotos6a/AVG7Free.jpg
We received some good feedback from several of you who installed the completely free Spyware Terminator program we mentioned last week. The following email is from Kenneth Updike in Wilson, Oklahoma:
Back in the late 1950s and early 1960s the Ardmore post office was looking for a new location to build a new post office. According to a picture I have from The Daily Ardmoreite the first runner up was a home at the SW corner of 1st and C Street SW which belonged to the Randols (across the street west from Craddock Funeral Home property). This is the same Randols who owned the famous Randol Hotel on Main Street and for which there is a historical marker placed next door to Ray's Office Supply. Anyway, my great aunt, Eva Carmon, married Robert Randol and it was the site of his home at 1st and C Street the post office was looking at to build on. But as we know, the location was finally decided to be at 1st and B SW. Here is a picture of the Randol home place and the newspaper clipping.
The only thing left of the Randol property at C and 1st SW is the concrete border that ran along the south side of the Randol place.
Doug Williams sent in some photos this week of what is left of the old Coolbranch School house north of Ratliff City, Oklahoma in far NW Carter county. The only thing visible now is the school's concrete storm cellar.http://www.OklahomaHistory.net/ttphotos6a/CoolbranchSchool6a.jpg
Ardmore's OSU Extension agent Leland McDaniel passed the Big 50 on last week and the OSU Extension office staff didn't let him forget it either. They set up the Conference room with black ribbons and balloons and the whole nine yards. But even with all the hoopla, they did prepare Leland a wonderful breakfast which he enjoyed with a smile. I snapped a couple of pictures since its not everyday a guy turns 50. lolhttp://www.OklahomaHistory.net/ttphotos6a/LelandMcDaniel122206a.jpg
Speaking of the OSU Extension staff, a couple of weeks ago OSU secretary Denise Menke let me see a crocheted centerpiece she was working on. I could tell it was going to be a work of art, but when Denise sent me a photo of the finished piece, it is absolutely beautiful. I think when someone like Denise that can take spools of yarn and cloth and thread and turn it into this, they are true artists.http://www.OklahomaHistory.net/ttphotos6a/MenkeCrocheted6a.jpg
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Lewis and Clark: They went west to explore, and millions followed in their wake.
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Ring out the old, ring
in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow,
The year is going, let him go,
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
-Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850
2006 is quickly coming to a close. I have enjoyed all the good times we've had here each week and looking forward to 2007. It always saddens me to close out another year of T&Ts with the loss of some friends who started the year with us. Since we are not guaranteed any certain length of time on this earth, I am thankful for the time we do have together. The names on my screen are much more than just an email address, but friendships brought together here each week like one big family. So from Jill and I, Happy New Year everyone!
See everyone next year!
Butch and Jill Bridges
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Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402
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