This past Saturday I heard this one question at least 30 times: Hows Oklahoma?! Don’t worry, this is not a rant about how annoyed I was or how horrible Oklahoma is. Nope – that’s not me! Instead, I am very grateful to have friends and family that care for my well-being, and I am enjoying this once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Oklahoma for the next couple of months for free (kind of). Long story short: I’m a-okay!
Luckily, my colleagues are pretty awesome, and the project is interesting. I don’t want to continue too much on this topic, but my general schedule will be working from 8:15 am to 5:30 pm. Last week, I kept waking up at 5:55 am, which I’ll be trying to avoid this week. I’ll probably not be on the phone or online until 6:30 pm or later.
The people are very friendly. I saw my first oil drills. The land is fairly flat with more green and gold surfaces than one would imagine. There are diners and dives that are featured on the television show Diners and Dives: Meers. I am definitely one of the few and if only Chinese person in the area. It is common to see people drink and drive openly. A majority of people drive either trucks or sport cars. The Chick-fila’s and Cracker Barrel’s replace McDonalds. The burger places are plentiful, and Long Horn is the most popular meat. Braun’s is equivalent to Baskin Robbins. Casinos are the local hangouts. The community and businesses exist mainly to serve Fort Sill.
This is a lifestyle. I’m not completely sure how I feel about it, but I doubt I would maintain a schedule like this for more than two years. It can be draining on your existing relationships and difficult to make other relationships. Every sword is double-edged though, so it’s also a great way to make professional relationships and turn them into personal friendships. The quality is yet to be determined. Travelling with four to seven guys means I have to make an effort to be conscious about what I am eating and how to schedule in exercises. I am getting some good reading time with all the travel time.
Here are some of the pictures I took with the Samsug Galaxy S3:
Mount Scott in the Wildlife Refuge
Climbing on the mountain boulders
Bison on the Refuge
Refuge at Night
Around the Post Playground