The day was picture-perfect.
We were in unfamiliar terrain, but that happens quite a bit when you speak all over the country….and at the same time work full-time as a journalist.
It was a beautiful sunny nice day in McAlester Oklahoma. Friday, April 21st, 2023.
The type of day on a personal level that is just so enjoyable. Not hot, but warm. You recognize the beauty of the day by just being in it. Just breathing the air. One of those days where it’s so pleasant that it leaves you energized, motivated, and hoping it never ends. The type of day where you are glad to have life.
But this was a day that would leave a lasting impression. One ultimately that you always treasure.
I had just finished speaking at a Child Advocacy Center in McAlester Oklahoma. The speech went well, and the wonderful crowd gave me a standing ovation.
My family and I had flown to Dallas. A direct flight from New York City just the night before. Driving the rental car out of Dallas, and from town to town from the airport to reach McAlester, about three hours from Dallas, was an interesting experience.
I also refer to such visits when I’m giving speeches as a side of Americana that I always love witnessing for the very first time.
Arriving in McAlester Oklahoma, we started seeing quite a few signs for casinos and after checking into the hotel we decided to go have dinner at one of them. The food was delicious. The waiter was overly professional and courteous. It made the experience pleasant. Plus, the food was good.