On Traveling Through Oklahoma

While traveling between Tulsa & Oklahoma City recently , we encountered this wonderful radio show called Open Line on KJGG (?) FM. This is a call-in show covering half of Oklahoma whereby folks can buy & sell or trade items. One woman wanted someone to clean her house. Another wanted to sell her old ” like new” king mattess & sofa sleeper. There were rabbit hutches, stock carriers, old pick ups, & A diesel tractor on offer & a plea for some “fryin’ rabbits already dressed.” [Maybe he should hook up with the guy who had rabbit hutches for sale .]One man assured us he had a banjo that “looked like a banjo, sold like a banjo, but played like a guitar.” only $250. In the middle of this, it was announced that 2 horses were loose up by the middle school. My favorite was Reverend Joe who was trying once more to sell his model airplanes for $5,000. He needed $6900 to fix the church roof & remarked things would just get more expensive. One man wanted some 2″ pipe. When asked how much, he said, ” lots.” He wanted to build a corral.  [perhaps for those horses by the school.] Another lady had a large turkey platter for sale along with a set of Longhorn horns. She may have also been the one who said her set of dishes on sale were “real pretty. They weren’t from Walmart.”

Then there were the announcements. The Community Church was having a Chili Supper for Hunters. Bring in your deer. There will be a prize for the biggest. [What do you do with the deer doing the supper?] The local library was the most enterprising. In addition to the book sale which would have books for sale for 10 – 25 cents completely cataloged,(!!!) they announced a cookie exchange. Just bring in a couple of dozen. (obviously no health dept here) The top event of the week at the library was the showing of the movie “Scrooged.”
All in all. Good down home helpfulness.

Now Texas is something else. As we were approaching Amarillo we encountered the “Jesus Christ is Lord, Not a Swearword Truck Stop!” … Enough Said!!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lucy
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 15:21:45

    Can’t decide if it’s reassuring or not that folks like these in Okla. (and Texas….) will be the ones left after those of us in the big cities are nuked. We were stranded once for a few hrs in the tiny little town of Jetmore, Kans., after a hailstorm and monster flood (Kansas is the go-to place for wild weather), and stopped into a coffee shop. The locals stopped all convers’n dead and to a one looked us over like we were extraterrestrials. Delicious coffee, though!


  2. Gary
    Dec 11, 2011 @ 21:34:30

    Hi Ricki. When I was growing up in the cornfields of northern Illinois, our local (Sterling), had a radio program like that. I wonder if that radio station is even in business anymore-so much of rural business has just dried up.


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