Sunday, July 25, 2010

Escape to WICHita Mnts, Pack Ratting, Pictures, and Progress!

Well dear readers...that picture is a ~Teaser~! of things later in the post!

First i'd like to apologize for my lack of posting (and the posts I have done haven't been so whoop judging by the comments) my 'little projects' and Pirates of Penzance has kept me so busy I haven't had time to sit down and catch you all upon the GOOD stuff!
I Wednesday picked this bar up from Freecycle (great website) for free, It will go on the platform Curtis and I built during his stay, and I will be doing a post all about the bar and its 'Retro-riffic' transformation soon!
These chairs were given to be by a friend of my moms for free, They are great, comfy, and from 1975 but I just don't have room for them so they will provably go in a garage sale in the next few months (I HAVE GOT TO CLEAR SOME CRAP OUT!)  My dad wants me to paint and recover them in red for his lake cabin... so we'll see.
Grandma found this table leaf in her garage! I have the table and another leaf so its great to have the whole table set, sadly the chairs are no more but its TURQUOISE and I wont EVER sell this table! Here's a close up of the Formica pattern.
The camera doesn't do it justice, the turquoise is so vivid in real life and the gold flacks sparkel!
Now my dear readers, this is how my week goes, I do little projects on Monday, big projects on Tuesday, Wednesday is Grandma day, Thursday is a Show, Friday is a show and so is Saturday. Then Sunday I try and do something with some of the cast mates.  This week a little group of us decided to load up and go to the Wichita Mountains in Lawton Oklahoma, they are about 45 min away from us and a fun day trip spot!
This is Mount Scott, you can drive up it and see Southern Oklahoma for MILES! Earlier this week I got a wild hair to look for a vintage TV set to fix up for my room, I've wanted a traditional wood one for quite some time and   just on a whim looked on Craigslist  and guess what I found in a listing for Lawton Oklahoma... :)
 The seller was asking $50 but I called and got him to go down to $30 and I arranged to pick it up on our way to the mountains on Sunday! Its a 1964 RCA  the seller had the original sellers slip from "Frank's TV" in Lawton and all the knobs for it! (he'd planed to make it a fish tank)  But he had already gutted the old tubes and it just needs some TLC to be wonderful!  The only thing that bums me out, is at the top of the set there's a place where you can tell there used to be 2 doors that closed. I wish it still had that, but its a looker none the less! Now I know Like my mother... your thinking "Mick where in the HELL are you gonna put this?!" and I can show you!
Well we met with the seller and I GLADLY paid the $30 and it was mine! Then we were off to the mountains, when we got there the first thing we did was make lunch...
The other 2 people on this out of state excursion Zack and Patricia!

(I made like and Eagle Scout and got the fire going.)
(Ok so maybe I used a little help! But remember "Only You can prevent forest fires!")

She's saying "Cooking is SO much easier at Mick's!"
Never mind the fact we left all our cooking utensils at home, we made smores and gave up cooking "Dough Boys" (biscuits with ham and cheese in them) Patricia was keeping the fire going, and then I had a brilliant idea... we had the beautiful TV set in the back of the truck... why not play with it!
So Zack and I get the TV set (named Florida) from the truck and bring it over to the picnic sight... and thus started a long series of pictures, and even longer stares from other tourist in the park!
("It's Quite a nature Program!" says Patricia)
(Special wildlife guest Zack B. on the show!)
(We just acted like it was perfectly natural to bring a 1960's TV set to the mountains...I mean don't you?!)
After we had our fill of Smores and 'kickback Dr. Pepper & Mt Dew we packed up the picnic, loaded the television, left many on lookers scratching their heads and headed up Mount Scott!
(Even though Zack was driving, I felt like Ricky Ricardo in "Long Long trailer" heading up this giant mountian on a narrow winding road!)
What a view! This was only half way up, and it was a LONG LONG way down. When we get to the top the views were stunning as promised you could see miles and miles of Oklahoma all around!  Once again I said to Zack and Patricia "Lets get the TV out for some cool pictures!" 
And what a stir we caused upon this rocky mountain top! As we were unloading the television a biker couple  came up to us to ask to take a picture of them by their bikes, Patricia gladly snapped the photo and then the wife asked "Whats that old TV set for?" and without missing a beat Patricia says "Its for an art project" and everyone in ear shot was turning to look at Zack, me and this old TV. Patricia very professionally walked over to me and our "creative team" went to work setting up for a "shoot" It took everything I had not to laugh  when I noticed the biker wife snapping a picture of me snapping a picture of the TV! Here are some of the shots from this Artistic photo shoot upon Mount Scott...
(This is by far my favorite picture...)
Oh some of the looks we got, and to hear some of the family's and other tourist whisper about "modern art", and "important project" I told Patricia if someone else asked to say we were "Junior Life Magazine" scouts working on a piece! Haha!
(This one I'm calling "The way to TV Land")
 After closing the "photo shoot"  we headed down to the Famous "Meers" Restaurant at the foot of the mountain, we ordered huge hamburgers and a grilled cheese sandwich and scarfed them down before I could get a picture! Then full, happy, and a little bit sun burnt, we headed back to good Ole Texas with treasures in tow. 
And that's what I did on my Sunday Vacation!

Be watching for posts about the Bar and TV restoration!



Leslie said...

Mmmmm...... hand and cheese on biscuits. That sounds delish. LOL Is that a midwest delicacy? Hahaha...

Can't wait to see what you do with the tv. I am sure that it will be fun.

Colleen said...

aww! i remember dad driving up mt scott and my mom screaming "STAY ON THE DAMN ROAD! WE'RE GONNA DIE!!"

Linda @ A La Carte said...

That looks like a wonderful getaway! Love the old TV and the photos you took framed by the tv....priceless.

Amber Von Felts said...

Important project indeed! That was a great impromptu photo shoot!

Eartha Kitsch said...

Those photos are an excellent idea! Congrats on Florida.

Vintage Christine said...

Cam I just adopt you? I LOVE you!!!!!

Decades a Go-Go said...

Love that TV!! And looks like a super fun trip!! (I looove steep twisty mountain roads!)

P.S. even kinda love the green 70's chairs! I know you dad wants them in red, but that green is awesome!!

Jabacue said...

No Christine, we want to adopt him. What a great imagination you have Mick. Love reading your blogs.......full of everything! Keep it up!

Heidi Ann said...

I LOVED this post!!
I honestly believe that the black and white "One-Way" photo could win blue ribbons. Fabulous.