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  1. Hey, this thing works! Wow!

    August 17, 2007 by Gene

    IMG_6449.JPGI’m sorry I haven’t updated in so long; technology is too confusing. Plus new digs, trips, and lots of stuff going on! I’ll try to update later this month.

    How do you like the new house?!


    November 1, 2006 by Gene

    Fall has been somewhat unexpected as Karen and I had made plans to take HaRV (our 5th wheel) to Georgia for a wedding and take four weeks enjoying the color change in NC, TN and AR. The best laid plans! As new house responsibilities escalated the decision was made to stay home.

    The house is entering an exciting stage. The trim carpenters are finished and the painters show up tomorrow. After a badly needed rain, the ground has dried out, the yard preparation begins this week with the sprinkler system installed and sod being laid. Hopefully the landscaping can be done prior to cold weather. Actually it is not the new house that has our attention at this point in time. Karen reminds me that we have but 45 days to sift through 35 years of “stuff” before moving and getting the old homestead ready to put on the market. I hate to admit it but I turn 68 tomorrow and some might think all this activity will keep me young – however……………………

    We have done some traveling with a weekend trip each month with our camping club. Last month we stayed at Lake Texoma and had dinner with Jim and Sally Faulconer. They have moved to the lake and have built a gorgeous home with all the windows on three floors facing the lake. It was good to see them and rehash our days at OU.

    The days are counting down to the opening of OU Women’s Basketball season. It is exciting for Chad as they had a great recruiting year and are rated from #3 to #7 in national polls. The women’s team has out sold the men’s team in season tickets and expect 10,000 to 12,000 for home games. What a change from ten years ago when the women were drawing 68 per game.

    Dawn is semi enjoying her change to high school teaching. After 19 years in middle school she moved to Putnam City High School. The verdict is still out at this writing.

    Stacy and Michael are enjoying life with Abby (2.5 years old). I included her day care photo. She is a handful to say the least.Abby1006wallpaper2.jpg

    Had a great day at OU Homecoming and never have enough time to talk to everyone. I will end this with one more reminder to Rita Heath that my web site is now “up to date!”

    Hope all is well with you and yours.
    Boomer Sooner – coach

  3. What a COOL Summer!!!

    August 16, 2006 by Gene

    Karen and I departed June 16 and headed for the Colorado mountains. We started the trip with a week in Ruidoso, NM where Karen cashed in $172 at a nickel slot machine at the Micalaro Apache Casino. Next were four days in Chama, NM (I caught some Kokane salmon) and four days in Durango, a city we really enjoyed. On July 1 we joined friends from our HitchHiker RV Club and made the climb to Silverton (10,000 ft) where we spent one week. We took jeep rides up numerous trails to over 12,000 feet and saw some incredible sights. July 4 in Silverton was so much fun. We attended the parade in the morning followed by a band concert in the city park by the Silverton Brass Band. After a picnic, we watched the fireworks set off on the mountainside and the explosions reverberating through the mountain range were awesome.

    We spent time in Ouray and Gunnison where I fished and caught some nice trout. Sidetrips to check out Lake City, Telluride, and Montrose were fun. Then on to a week in Breckenridge (Frisco and Dillon) and a week in Estes Park. We found all the sites we visited had ample places for Karen to shop and we are almost ready to fill the Christmas stockings. We found a beautiful mountain scene photo to hang over the mantel of our new house. Returning home through Kansas was the first time in six weeks we had to use our air conditioner – not to mention put up with 40 mph wind.

    When we left Oklahoma in June our new house had the stem wall up. When we arrived home the windows were installed, they were preparing to put on the roofing, and the brick had been delivered. It certainly is taking shape.

    Saide Thrailkill day two.jpgThe EXCITING NEWS is that we are once again grandparents. April and Chad were blessed with a 6 pound-14 ounce girl. Sadie Jo Thrailkill was born on July 17, almost three weeks early. Mother and baby are fine and we are all ecstatic. Sadie makes our fifth grandchild and I think I am safe in saying she is the last one.

    Chad's Family.jpgIt is always good to return home – now we anticipate Karen’s family reunion, my 50th class reunion, and a trip to Georgia for our nephew’s wedding.

    We were excited about the upcoming Sooner season; however, after the decisions of a couple of 20-year-old prima donnas, that is all up for grabs. I have always respected Paul Thompson and although our national championship hopes have been dampened, I still think OU will have a good season. As I have been reminded several times this week, “there is always Sooner Women’s Basketball to look forward to.”

    Hope this finds you and yours well. – coach