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Soaking Up a Little Oklahoma Culture for Lunch

My cousin invited us to go eat lunch with him and a group of friends after church. We all went to a rib place. Everyone from Oklahoma and Texas likes to eat in rib restaurants. It is just part of this part of the country. We were amused by the pig on the sign.

The sign outside of the restaurant where we went for Sunday lunch.
There was a big picture of John Wayne on the wall that caught my attention as soon as we went in. If you want to know what my dad was like, he was very much like John Wayne in stature and in his ways. If you have never seen the movie Red River, John Wayne stars in the movie, and it is about going through Oklahoma when it was Indian Territory from Texas, across the Red River, through Indian Territory, and on up to Kansas. If you watch it, it will tell you a lot about what Oklahoma was like once upon a time.
This is another poster that was on the walls. One of my uncles from Oklahoma took me to see that movie once upon a time.
There was also a poster of a cowboy on a bucking bronco. Oklahoma is a place of horses and cows. It is just the culture of the place. The National Finals Rodeo is held every year at the Oklahoma State Fair Grounds in Oklahoma City.
I had a very Oklahoma meal. I ate chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, okra, and Texas toast. It was too much food, and I couldn’t finish it, but it was good.
My daughter had fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, fried okra, and Texas toast, another very Oklahoma meal.

When one of my cousin’s friends realized I was ordering chicken friend steak and okra, she said, “Oh! You must be an Okie!” I had never been called an Okie before, but since my family is from Oklahoma for several generations back, I guess I must be an Okie. They were also laughing about me saying, “An Okie that speaks with a British accent!” Yes, I have spent all of my life traveling overseas and back. I have actually lived in eight countries in all and traveled to more places, but I guess you could call me “An Okie that speaks with a British accent.” I am a bit different.

I was happy because one of the women in the group has a son in the military in Seoul, S. Korea, and she told me he hasn’t been able to find the church in Seoul. I was able to give her all the information he needed to find the Hyochang church of Christ where they speak English in the afternoon worship. We even gave her phone numbers her son could call.

My cousin ate a really souped up potato. At first, I didn’t even recognize it and couldn’t figure out what it was, but the called it some sort of interesting western name.
I took a picture of the menu so you could see what they actually call ribs since none of us seemed to order them.
They had a very interesting pig statue.

My daughter kept exclaiming in the restaurant that when her Korean husband comes, that he would really like this place. The food was good, and we had interesting conversation. 🙂

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