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Life on the 4th

Posted Jul 05 2009 9:47pm
(copied and pasted www.newson6.com)
Tulsa Fireworks Show Fizzles
Posted: Jul 05, 2009 7:33 AM CDT Updated: Jul 05, 2009 2:05 PM CDT
A disappointed crowd was informed that the Tulsa fireworks show had been canceled.
TULSA, OK -- Thousands of area residents expecting to "ooh and ah" over the Tulsa Freedom Fest fireworks display on Riverside Drive Saturday night went home disappointed due to a misfiring mortar. Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident that caused an early end to the 4th of July festivities.
Captain Michael Baker with the Tulsa Fire Department told The News On 6 that it is believed a mortar misfiring in the tube was the source of an explosion that caught two equipment trailers on fire.
The blaze melted the electronics needed for operating the massive show.
"We were all waiting and couldn't figure out what happened," said Debbie Barrick, a Tulsa resident who walked down to the show with friends and family.
"Finally, police cars drove down the street explaining over their loudspeakers that there were problems at the shack and the show was canceled."
The Tulsa Freedom Fest was started about 30 minutes earlier due to threat of thunderstorm. The 21st Street Bridge was closed til 2 a.m. as crews dismantled the remaining fireworks.
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Well damn! Aside from parking 6 blocks away and walking (I know, we're ultra runners and should never complain about that) we carried ice chests and lawn chairs, all the while rubbing elbows with fellow Okie-types with Marlboros hanging out their mouth, setting up, popping a top on a cold one, and then seeing thousands of people walking back the other way??? Finally, a nice lady told us someone had set himself on fire and had to be hauled away to the hospital and the show was canceled. The above newscast stated that no one was injured, so who knows?

Sunday morning, I slept in a little but still made it to the trail head at 8:00 to run with a few trail-running buddies. The zombie sits on the left with a grin so goofy that photo-shop cannot fix it....pictured in front center is Janeen, to the far right Jason, then Janeen's brother Chris (nice matching shirts), Ray, his daughter Squirrel (she told me she prefers Elizabeth) Julianne, and Bob.

We trekked up the big hill, then ran a modified Snake loop, using part of the Snake Trail. After a jaunt through Rock City and stopping for the above pic, we rocketed down the Jelly Legs Trail, buzzed around Pepsi Pond, then hit the sitting rock, ran through the Aquarium, and took the Bunny Trail backwards before heading for the parking lot.
My buddy Bob and his wife Julianne were at the back of the pack and missed a turn at around the 2 mile point. Chris and I backtracked and neither of us located them. Turns out Bob was scoping out a new course for a future Barkley Book Fair, and blazed a trail right through a brier patch into Mooser Creek. A nice albeit brief adventure, and Bob sported some nice battle scars to boot.

Part two of the day was yet to come. Dana had her running duds on and shoes laced up and was waiting at the door when I got home. Plantar Faciitis and a heel spur had kept her sidelined long enough and she was ready to kick some dirt. So, away we went....back for seconds at Turkey. We took the yellow trail....no adventures or misadventures today.....just trail-running 101. These black ants were having a little snack time on this deceased dragon fly. Had to work or my camera technique here, and one out of the 4 shots I took turned out ok.
I have ran on Turkey Mountain for years and have seen lots of spiders, but this one is a new one to me, and I saw him and his brother. About one inch in diameter, and was very fast, ran in a darting motion. Maybe it was a young tarantula?


Now....blogging is done. It's 4:30. Mow grass? Or ride bikes?
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