For today’s Throwback Thursday I go back just a few years to November 8, 2012 when I got the opportunity to meet, for the second time, General Tommy Franks. I first him in 2008, soon after he joined the Board of Directors of CEC Entertainment, where I was Director of Risk Management. It was a pleasure, although admittedly a tad intimidating, describing our risk management strategy to our newest (and very decorated) board member. General Franks is a true American hero and a fine man. I’m honored to have gotten to meet him – twice!
“Leaders know that complex issues resist elegant and easy solutions. They must consider the views of others and recognize that disagreement does not mean disrespect.” ~ General Tommy Franks via tommyfranks.com
Photo op with General Tommy Franks at Main Event, Grapevine. 11.8.2012
Having been a Texas Longhorn fan for most of my life, standing here with my son as a prospective Oklahoma University student feels a bit odd, like I’ve snuck behind enemy lines. I suppose the only thing that would have made this moment sweeter would have been me, clad in burnt orange, with my hand raised in a defiant “Hook ‘Em” as I belted out “The Eyes of Texas” at the top of my lungs. Thankfully, I’m not that dumb. What will it be like if he chooses to attend OU? Can I muster a “Boomer Sooner” from somewhere in these stands? Truth is, OU is a great school, and if my son chooses to enroll here, he will do so with my blessing. Now, “Boomer Sooner” – that will take some work.
“When I was a freshman at Oklahoma in 1946, the game was sold out – and it’s been sold out ever since.” ~ Darrell Royal via BrainyQuote.com
I appreciated getting to see inside during our recent tour of OU. 3.13.2015
I sometimes lament the amount of work to be done at the lake, but I sure do enjoy it. On one episode of Duck Dynasty, Jase referred to the outdoors as “God’s gym”. I can see why. There is no workout like the workout gained by clearing brush!
“Enjoyment of the landscape is a thrill.” ~ David Hockney via brainyquote.com
We got almost halfway to the lake clearing brush yesterday 3.14.2015
Here is the brush to be cleared along the channel 3.10.2015
The Peggy V. Helmerich Great Reading room in the Bizzell Memorial Library at the University of Oklahoma is nothing short of inspirational. Reeking of history, the room beckons one back in time to an age at which this 50-something man wished he could enroll himself! The notion that generations of students have read, studied, and learned here – and continue to do so today – is quite fascinating. I could have lingered for awhile, but alas, our tour must move on.
“The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history.” ~ Carl T. Rowan via brainyquote.com
On the eve of spring break, this beautiful room is almost empty. 3.13.2015
If this doesn’t inspire one to open a book, nothing will! 3.13.2015
We toured the University of Oklahoma, which for our son is a prospective college choice. During our tour, our guide took us into a section of the library called “The Stacks”, where old volumes are stored and accessible to students. As our guide told the story of a girl that had supposedly fallen through one of the glass tiles to her death, thus rendering The Stacks to be haunted, I explored a couple of the aisles. I found this volume from 1902. I wonder who the last student was that opened this? I couldn’t help but be rather enamored with these old bound pieces of history, and I’m thankful that OU has preserved them for future generations to enjoy.
“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” ~ Malala Yousafzai via brainyquote.com
History preserved at the University of Oklahoma. 3.13.2015
Many parts of Texas have been parched with drought for the last few years. Here in East Texas, we’ve been spared the worst of it, although the channel running up into our yard on Lake Tyler was completely dried up two summers ago – that’s 9 feet of water gone! Today, as we listened to the flash flood warnings issued throughout our area and looked upon a full Lake Tyler, we gave thanks for the rain. We pray that our fellow Texans in points west receive the same relief we’ve enjoyed.
“Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.” ~ John Updike via BrainyQuote.com
We welcome the rain here at Lake Tyler 3.9.2015