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Oklahoma


Loves Truck Stop

West of Amarillo

439 am CT

December 8, 2023


There is something very real about sitting here in the Subway of this Love's at this time of the morning. It's cold (29 degrees), dark (sunrise at 744 am). and really an hour earlier as I'm very near Mountain Time. Trucks are speeding by on I40 (such a lonely road out here); a few of us have made the parking lot our home for the night. Inside the store, there are those whose day is getting started and those who are wrapping up their day. Pop Christmas songs play overhead -- "all I want for Christmas is you."


Am I running away from something -- or running toward something?


Oh, but I started this post to capture my quick memories of Oklahoma.


Cannabis dispensaries everywhere!

No Trump signs - yet.

White pickups - big ones -- likely for oilfield work.

Lots of semis transporting pool field equipment.

Wind -- strong and constant

Red clay

Flat

Trees -- what are they?

Rugged towns

US 66 still lives in Oklahoma (not as an actual road but as an influence and a history)

Vastness

Native American influence

White people

Braun's restaurants

Oil fields

Some fields of grain

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