Here, I'm looking at the history of my grandmother's family, the Bowles. My great-great grandfather was a Union soldier from Tennessee. My great grandparents owned a five-and-dime in the Depression, which they had to close when no one paid them. Then the whole family worked on a farm.

Grandma was a Rosie the Riveter when Grandpa went off to fight WWII. I didn't know that. I can't even get her to talk about the past. I got out the old family albums. My dad was so cute as boy! I loved looking at the clothes and cars. Grandma wouldn't tell me anything. My parents say she might not remember. She met my grandfather at a square dance in Tahlequah, that's all I know. I asked her if I could scan the pictures. She doesn't know what that means, so she said no. I don't think she's ever looked at the Internet.

I am sort of obsessed with downtown Tulsa. There are so many beautiful skyscrapers with elaborate embellishments. Yet more than half of them have been torn down and made parking lots. Everyone who works in a skyscraper now can park on the ground. I guess Tulsa never really recovered from the oil bust. My parents tell me about going to Kress', which was like Macy's, but it had a soda fountain on the bottom floor.

A tour of Tulsa )

This is not far from my grandmother's house, and she lives inside Tulsa city limits. Nearby, there's a convenience store, I kid you not, called Kum N' Go. I would say it's not a coincidence that it's next door to the Foxx Hole gentleman's club. But Kum N' Go is a CHAIN.

OK, we're now up to now. Or May. Last time, I showed you Theta Pond in winter. Here is the pond in summer, with family. Most of the good shots were taken by my brother, because he would yell at me to put my camera down everytime I was going to get a good picture, so he could take one.

Good one, Johnny:

Evie pretending she likes me. She only likes me when I have something she wants - my computer, my camera, my phone or a chocolate covered granola bar.

Duck, duck, goose )
OK, if you missed 'em, check out my first posts here and here, because I took some photos that don't suck.

Anyway, back in December, Mom, Dad and I went to Boomer Lake Park, which is my least favorite park in Stillwater, especially in winter. It's so obviously a reservoir - and an ugly one at that. In summer, it's good for picnicking and flying kites. Or if you're playing on the playground. Or if it's night, and you're an idiot teenager who feels the need to jump in. My parents like it because it has a measured walking trail.

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I'm on the left, Denise, my best friend from high school is on the right, and her fiance is in the middle

Short bangs are bad, no? I don't miss 'em!



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