Saturday, November 1, 2008

OKC National Memorial, Mom Heads Home and Oklahoma Football

Life seems to have slowed down a little now that the first game is out of the way. Ended up staying at the office until 6:00 am after the game Thursday morning and went home to sleep until noon.

Friday my Mom and I went over to where the infamous Federal Building Bombing took place on April 19, 1995 and toured the museum. What an emotional experience. The location is just a few blocks from the Thunder offices and I had already been to the memorial site a few times however this was my first trip into the actual museum. Seeing all of the artifacts, pictures and various other media reports really put it in prospective. One wall had the very famous picture of the firefighter carrying the dead body of little Baylee Almon who had just turned a year old the day before and then you walk around a corner and see an individual tribute to all 168 of the victims and there is another picture of Baylee smiling in one of those ball pools. Suddenly she becomes that much more real and is not just an image in the picture of the aftermath. The museum and memorial are outstanding tributes to all involved in that awful event and it is something that should be experienced by anyone that comes to town.

Headed home that evening to be prepared for the trick or treaters, however we didn't get a single visitor so there is now extra candy in the apartment. Just what I needed.

Mom headed back to Seattle today after her 10 day trip. If it wasn't for her, I would still be living out of boxes right now. Always good to have Mom around and I think she really liked the area. My move has probably not been an easy one for her but she seems to be better with everything now that she has seen that I have landed in a good place and am surrounded by a community of nice people.

I went to my first football game at Oklahoma University earlier tonight. Went with co-workers Todd (Seattle guy) and Tyler (Oklahoma guy) along with Todd's girlfriend Nicole (another co-worker from Seattle). Nicole actually had tickets with another co-worker so just us 3 guys sat together. The drive to Norman is about 30 minutes from OKC. Final score; Oklahoma 62 Nebraska 28. Oklahoma was ahead 35-0 at the end of the first quarter so there wasn't much suspense in the game but we still had a good time. After the game we walked over to a local bar that had a large block party type of environment set up outside with a very large video projector on the side of the building. We ended up watching the last 6 minutes of the game between Texas and Texas Tech on the screen along with probably 500 people. I won't bore anyone with details but Oklahoma really needed Texas Tech to win the game if they are to have a chance to win the national championship. Texas Tech was ahead when we got there but then Texas took the lead with just a couple of minutes left in the game. Texas Tech then drove down the field and scored the winning touchdown with 1 second left in the game and the entire block of people were cheering and going nuts. It was a really cool experience and I'm glad we were able to be a part of it.

2nd Thunder home game tomorrow. This one I'm much more excited about as there should be considerably less chaos and stress. I will let you know how is goes.

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