Day 27: Trudging along in Central OK

It was a positively awful day to be shooting.  Started out heavy fog & grey and then segued into light sprinkling, then pouring rain by mid-day.  A day that no one in their right mind should’ve been even trying.  But I wanted to bang through a bunch of scattered about cities so I can start focusing on Oklahoma City for a couple of days.  I didn’t get nearly as far as planned what with the weather and its impact on my usually hustling pace.  But, good enough, hoping for a little better tomorrow.  Some forecasts have alarming references to “possibly large hail”.  What?  What should I do in that case — head for the nearest Sonic Drive-in and hide Sparkle under the canopy?

Then the last hour of the day was pretty stressful as the passenger-side windshield wiper is pretty much broken.  All flippity-floppity — thinking it could break at any second and hopefully not scratch the windshield all up.  So first thing tomorrow, I have a Chevy dealer located — time to deal with what I hope is a quick fix.  These wipers are less than six months old so no way I could have predicted needing new ones.

Otherwise, just trying to keep the camera dry and getting the dogs out between downpours.  Let’s move on to tonight’s miserable offerings.  Nothing I’m proud of for sure.  A couple of signs from Madill.  Hobo Joe’s restaurant:

and this cute one of peanuts roasting their butts:

From McAlester — neat bank drive-thru building:

And hanging on the side of building, an antiques sort of place, in McAlester’s Oldtown:

From Muskogee:

Also Muskogee — in front of a chiropractor’s office:

More Muskogee.  Yes, a cheap plastic box sign — but with a pretty nicely done illustration:

And on a somewhat more cheerful note, I’m trying but it’s not easy today, from Muskogee’s Economy Pharmacy.  This sign was probably animated but now just static with the one atomic ring lit:

Better luck tomorrow.  I know Oklahoma desperately needs the rain — but this truly sucks for me.  And it looks like no real sun until Tuesday.  That’s a lot of cranky, whining posts to put you through!

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6 thoughts on “Day 27: Trudging along in Central OK

  1. Looks like you may be slowed a bit because of the weather being crummy. I think on the whole for this trip, the percentage of good /great shooting days is pretty high. Don’t you think so?

    What’s your technique for keeping Dee dry?

    Another pretty theater (Orpheum) added to the wealth of those you’ve shot so far. Any personal favorites come to mind?

    I know I sound like a broken record, & you don’t agree with me , but:
    Pretty skies & sun or not, you will record what’s there . You may not like it but you can only do what you can do.

    Keep on truckin’, DJ.

    • The beginning of the trip had some crummy weather days, too. But this was the first rainy day. I think it’s more lousy than last year’s trip but I’d have to count & compare. I’m always bummed about it. I carry Dee under my shirt and then whip her out when I’m standing in the right spot. Immediately, wipe, wipe — then wipe some more back in the van. It does waste many minutes over the course of a day.

      No personal favorite theatres or favorite anythings. From the skankiest of signs to the most elaborate buildings — can’t really compare them — all special & grateful that they exist.

  2. On the upside, you’re in Oklahoma, so the nearest Sonic is a mile away or less (in the event of hail). Good luck with the wiper issue, and hopefully there’s some (if only a bit) of dry-ish weather for you during your journey!

    • A completely sunny day from start to finish. You just can’t make any plans based on weather predictions. I even checked it when there was not a cloud in the sky and they still said 40% chance of precipitation, severe thunderstorms possible. Now after midnight — not a drop. Amazing.

  3. I love the orange crush sign! Oh, you will never believe what is happening in downtown Rogers Arkansas! THey are taking off the tacky wooden canopies that have been up since the 70’s and underneath is all kinds of wonderful things. Dates on buildings, tile and a “Russell’s Dollar store” Neon sign. The city is promising to keep them. I hope so. I hope the weather gets better for you. We had a hall cloud over our house tonight not alot of fun. Take care. Terri

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