Monday (Tuesday edition) morning meanderings. Vol.21

November 20, 2007 at 3:45 pm 1 comment

South Jordan, Utah

We spent the last two days driving from Sayre, OK to Utah to take care of our grandsons, Sloan and Sean, while their parents go to Ethiopia to pick up their son and our 4th grandson Eyob Mark Armstrong.  So it’s Tuesday and the meanderings are a day late and probably a dollar short.

Item one. I-40.  We rolled out of Sayre after two great services and a Family dinner and drove west out I-40 to Gallup, New Mexico about 600 miles or so.  I-40 runs right in front of Trinity and is the busiest freeway I have ever been on.  I once counted 69 trucks going by in a 10 minute period which means over 400 go by in an hour, 10000 in a 24 hour period and, well you get the picture.  I-40 is the 3rd longest east/west freeway in the interstate system. I-90 and I-80 are longer by a few hundred miles but I-40 is the busiest.  I was driving about 78 mph and I watched in my rear view mirror as a big semi caught up and passed me going away.  Had to be doing 85.  I have never been passed by more trucks on any other freeway anywhere.

Item two. Last Friday was Oklahoma’s Centential.  Our 46th state is the 5th youngest state in the Union, entering November 16, 1907.  Only New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii are younger.  As you would expect there have been multiple big events to celebrate the big 100th.  Linda and I watched some great programming on the Oklahoma Public Broadcasting station, including a spectacular concert featuring a number of top Oklahoma musicians including, Vince Gill, Reba McIntyre, Blake Shelton, Jimmy Webb, and a number of others I can’t remember.  For a small state Oklahoma has a large number of big name artists and a rich musical heritage.  There was a great tribute to the Will Rogers perhaps Oklahoma’s favorite son and the first real stand up comedian.  It was fun to be part of Oklahoma’s centennial.

Item three.  3.47.9  That is the price we paid for the last tank of diesel and the most I have ever paid for any kind of fuel.  The first tank in Sayre was 3.21.9 and between Sayre and somewhere in Utah the price went up .26.  It was still cheaper than both of us flying out here but if it keeps up it won’t be much. Any predictions for how high the price is going to go?

Item four.  Please pray for Traci and Brandon as they leave Thanksgiving Day to go to Ethiopia to pick up their baby (look here for information on their adoption agency).  This is a huge step for them and the culmination of many months of working hard to bring this little guy home.  Brandon has worked hard to earn the money and Traci has worked hard to do all the dozens of little and big details necessary to adopt a child from another country. We are really proud of them. Thanks to all of you who have prayed for them and helped them financially in this venture. Please pray for their safety and for every thing to go smoothly.  I am very proud for this little guy to have my middle name as his.  They will be home a week from Saturday with Eyob Mark.  As I understand it Eyob means Job. Keep your eye on Traci’s blog (here) for updates on their trip to bring Eyob Mark home.

Have a superb week!


Entry filed under: Culture, Family, Monday meanderings, News, Thoughts, Travel.

Mike Hukabee update. Traci and Brandon are off!!

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Maggie  |  November 21, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    We are very excited for all of you. Praise God for His undending love! We are looking forward to meeting your new addition .Congratulations!! Hopefully one of these days we can meet Eyob. I am sure you are both very busy with the boys. Please, give our love to Brandon and Traci. Love. M&M

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