Friday, January 11, 2008

Oklahoma Survey

I found this survey today trolling around MySpace. It was called, Oklahoma Survey (Stole This From My Cousin Kim). Ha!

Forget answering the questions, since the questions have a lot to say on their own. My personal favorites are #s 13, 14, 18 and 28. Enjoy!

1. Where in Oklahoma have you lived?
2. Where is your fave place to chill in Oklahoma?
3. Have you ever been on a boat in Lake Texhoma?
4. Do you go camping?
5. Do you use the word "y'all"?
6. Have you ever owned a truck?
7. Have you ever had heat exhaustion?
8. How many Oklahoma snows have you witnessed?
9. Have you ever ice skated indoors?
10. Have you ever squirted one of your parents with a water gun?
11. Whats your favorite Oklahoma sports team?
12. Do you like the city or the country?
13. Have you ever been sprayed by a skunk?
14. Have you ever run over an armadillo?
15. Have you ever been to a Hornets Game?
16. Have you ever been to a Blazers or Oilers game?
17. Have you ever attended the State Fair?
18. What's your favorite Mexican food restaurant?
19. Have you ever had Shiner beer?
20. Have you ever been on a hayride?
21. Have you ever ridden a horse?
22. Were you in 4-H or FFA?
23. Which place in Oklahoma has the best scenery/view?
24. Which grocery store do you shop at?
25. Have you ever partied in a barn?
26. Have you ever partied in a pasture?
27. Do you like keg beer?
28. Are you Baptist?
29. Have you ever been swimming in a river or creek?
30. Have you ever been on the Illinois River?
32. Is your high school big?
33. Have you ever been to Tulsa?
34. Who is your favorite Red Dirt band?
35. Have you ever ridden a mechanical bull?
36. Have you ever been to the rodeo?
37. Do you own a cowboy hat?
38. Finally, what's your favorite thing about Oklahoma?

Monday, January 7, 2008

Saturday Lunch at Sand Springs Station

My Meme (grandmother) and I finally stopped in at Sand Springs Station for lunch Saturday afternoon.

I say “finally” because we have driven by the corner at 28 E. Broadway together for years, spying on the restaurants that have filled the space and saying again and again, “We’ve gotta go eat there some Saturday, when we have time to sit back and enjoy it.”

Unlike the other inhabitants of this unique corner space, which was originally the Sand Springs trolley station, Sand Springs Station seems like it might hang around. Offering simple, café-gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, the restaurant always has at least a few cars parked outside. Meme said that on Saturday mornings all parking spaces adjacent to the corner are occupied – not a bad turnout for a bagel or pasty breakfast.

I’m pretty sure Sand Springs folks turn out at the Station just as much for the nostalgia of the space as for the cuisine. Lunching there with Meme, a Sand Springs native, was a special experience, since she had stories of how she and her grandmother used to catch the trolley just outside of where we were sitting. An entire wall of the restaurant is covered in old photos of the station.

For lunch, Meme ordered the bacon avocado sandwich ($5.50), while I opted for the fettucini alfredo with grilled chicken breast ($5.99 on the lunch menu, without the chicken). I’d order either dish when I make my second visit, which I aim to make soon. The service was prompt and friendly, and everyone who walked into the dining room seemed to know someone else inside, which I really love in a cafe.

I wonder if the Station is packed with high school kids on the weeknights, since it offers Topeca coffee, an array of coffee drinks, café-type sweets and free WiFi. If Sandites are going to Tulsa coffeeshops for study dates, they really are missing out on a chance to support a local gem and save gas money at the same time.

Sand Springs Station is open Monday-Thursday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Lunch starts at 11 a.m., and dinner at 5 p.m. Anyone who can give me a review of either the pie or the dinner menu gets a bag of beans from Topeca, on me.

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