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WW: Tornado’s and Reflection

Usually, for Wordless Wednesday’s I show a few pictures from one of my recent travels. For this Wordless Wednesday, I thought it would be a good time for some reflection.

I’m sure we’ve all seen the devastation from the Oklahoma tornado’s by now. My heart aches every time I think about it – the families, friends, children, animals and memories that these folks will never forget. I also think about the devotion of those who have swooped in to help with recovery efforts and what they see through their eyes.

Then I think about the things I am thankful for – my family and friends, having a roof over my head, my life, my health, running and clean water. Material things are just material things. It’s the way a community / country comes together that is fascinating.

In honor of Wordless Wednesday, I encourage every one of us to look around and really take a good look at what we are thankful for and our everyday blessings. It’s sad that sometimes it takes a disaster for some of us to realize this but going forward, I hope we make every effort to count our blessings everyday and how quickly it can be taken away. I know I try.

If you would like to donate:
Text STORM to 80888 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army.
Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross.
Text FOOD to 32333 to donate $10 to the Regional Food Bank.
Today I’m linking up with The Paper Mama, Jenni From the Blog and Project Alicia for {Wordless Wednesday}.

Turnpike Troubadours, Billy Bob’s 2013-02-02

Once upon a time, there was a girl who fell in love with a band. Not just the band, more so the lead singer Evan, who she wanted to marry. (This would be a good time to interject that this girl isn’t me, but a friend.) She would catch every single show that she could, with friends and her future husband (who isn’t Evan). That’s right, future husband. It’s a common joke that she was going to run off with Evan and get married and leave her fiance. Her husband-to-be isn’t worried.
This past Friday evening, we found ourselves at the World’s Largest Honky Tonk, front row reserved seats (thanks to another good friend) with Evan directly in front of us and one excited bride-to-be. It’s quite entertaining how excited she gets with this band but they’re that good that we all get excited about seeing them too and encourage the “running off with Evan before your wedding” story. It’s all in good fun! She’s not going anywhere.
Maybe you’ve heard me talk about the band before (here) – Turnpike Troubadours!
Turnpike is what we like to call a good ole Texas Country or Red Dirt band. They hail from Oklahoma and travel all over thru Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and now more throughout the South. If you’ve seen ’em, you’d love ’em. They’re songs are genuine and pretty soon you’ll find yourself singing along and looking for a partner to two-step.
Videos are a little shaky since I took them with my iPhone. Check out my YouTube page for more videos from the show (I’ll be uploading the rest tonight and tomorrow).
Now, the night wouldn’t have been complete without a proposal. No, it wasn’t between my friend and Evan, although that WOULD’VE been a sight to see. (I say this like it happens all the time at Billy Bob’s…. this is the first time I’ve seen a proposal on stage here.) Turnpike finished their performance and out walks this guy. You could tell he was a bit nervous and she was nervous to get on stage. After she said yes, we could see her say “You’re crazy!” to the man. Good job! Hope you guys are able to see this or at least a better video! Congrats!
It was a great show as usual. A little hard to get a beer but great company, awesome seats, even better entertainment. See you at the next show! (And Evan, you still have until March 30th to meet up with my friend!)

Texas / OU Weekend, The West End, Dallas

A couple weekends ago, it was UT vs. OU here in Dallas. It’s known as the Red River Rivalry and draws a big crowd, especially considering the Texas State Fair is going on. The game is on Saturday but there is always a huge crowd in the West End in Dallas on Friday night. I’ve wanted to check it out every year since I’ve been here and this year we finally went.
The street is blocked off, the businesses are open and accepting all customers. The street is filled with sober and completely drunk folks. Some who are strictly serious about the game and others who are just out to have fun. The people watching was pretty amusing. It never fails that some girls will wear the highest of all high heels and then not be able to walk for half the night. Comfort is key folks!
I will say that my expectations were set a little high. I expected more of a 6th Street in Austin feel (bar, bar, bar vs. restaurant) and beer tubs set out on the street. There were only one or two areas to buy beer without having to pay a cover at a restaurant / bar or to get into (and stay) in a gated area. There were also a lot more OU fans than Texas fans. But in the end the people watching is still golden and it was a good time!
The Red River Rivalry is a big deal here every year. Have any of you ever gone or have something similar in your area?