Sunday, May 01, 2016

Hail Storm 2016

A hail storm hit the greater Lawton Oklahoma area Friday, April 29th around 4:30pm CST.  The storm generated hail four inches in diameter.  Here are pictures of hail two hours after the storm from Greg and Julie Duncan's backyard, north of Lake Lawtonka.

No major damage was found.   There were small limbs broken in the storm.   Also have found dozens of small round holes all in the yard.  Correction: One upstairs window pane will have to be replaced as it was shattered in several places.  Update: Saturday roof contractors from Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Dallas area converged on our neighborhood wanting to provide free estimates.

Time For More Posts

It's 2016 folks!  That means it's time for some new posts to this blog.  If you've posted in the past, we invite you to do so again.  Let us know how the Duncan lifestyle is going in your neck of the woods.  Seen any good movies?  Give us a review!  Gone on vacation?  Post a report!

Also we should be hearing from some younger Duncan family members in this space soon.  So keep an eye and an ear out for more blog posts from all sides of the Duncan spectrum.

The Mngmt

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Letters From A Nut #8

Dear Editor,
While recently walking my dog, Scooter, down Lindsey Street, we were forced to walk in the street due to the lack of sidewalks between Berry Road and Pickard Avenue. Scooter does not like walking in the street because of the cars. I don’t like to walk in the street because of the same reason. So I carried him. His paws were very muddy, also because there are no sidewalks along Lindsey Street between Berry Road and Pickard Avenue.
I am considering sending my cleaning bill to the city of Norman and possibly Scooter’s grooming bill. He has to be groomed every six weeks because Scooter is a white toy poodle.
This occurrence also brought to mind the position of the light poles along Main Street, west of Berry Road. They actually protrude from the middle of the sidewalks, inhibiting anyone with limited mobility or people who might have their eyes closed.
I believe something should be done about the sidewalk situation in Norman. Scooter and I like sidewalks, particularly the ones without light poles sticking up out of them.
Thank you.

Tim Duncan

Thursday, May 29, 2014

New blog!

Wow.  Yeeeah, it's been over 2 years.  So... ummm, how have things been?  Yeah, so since we've kept this blog so up-to-date, we thought we'd start a new one!

Head over to Secret Sidewalks and join us for a stroll down mysterious pathways and hidden delights in Norman, OK!  And maybe we'll keep this blog a little better updated as well. (Not likely.)

We should really keep more in touch.  Don't be a stranger!

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Month of Letters is over :(

My Month of Letters challenge is over and I only missed one day (I doubled up the next day, though). It was quite a challenge to try and be creative for each posting. Some were more successful than others. My personal favorites were the note from the Spanish Inquisition, the "Letter" letter and the Zombie finger puppet I sent after The Walking Dead started back up on AMC!

If you received a postcard or letter from me this month, post a picture of it on Facebook!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Letters From A Nut #7

This one was sent in anticipation of the Oscars last night - but it didn't make it into the newspaper - I guess it was too controversial to publish!

Dear Editor,

The American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards (“The Oscars")ceremonies are coming up February 26. Included among the nominees this year are movies like “The Artist", “The Descendants", “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" and “The Tree of Life." Has anyone ever even heard of these movies before, much less actually watched any of them? Nominees for best actors and actresses are people like Michelle Williams, Rooney Mara, Demian Bichir, Jean Dujardin and Gary Oldman. I think some of these are made up names. I've never heard of these people!

Give me the good old fashioned Acadamy Awards where movies we actually saw got awards like “Ben Hur" and “Lord of the Rings". And people we actually know get nominated like Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt and Gary Oldman!

Thank you,

Tim Duncan
A concerned citizen

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Letter Writing Challenge!

In case you were wondering about the letter writing challenge I've been referring to here and on Facebook here's the 411. I've taken up the task of mailing at least one item through the post every day it runs in the month of February. And writing back to everyone who writes to me! Month month is quickly waning but I challenge everyone to do the same for a week. It's been quite a challenge, since I didn't want to just send a plain old letter. I wanted to put some creativity into it, so if you were on my list you got a drawing, craft or something silly in the mail. For more info here's where I found out about it!

Letters From A Nut #6

It's been a while since we've posted anything here and it's been a while since I've written a letter to the editor! So in the spirit of the letter writing challenge I've taken for the month of February there will be 2, I repeat, 2 letters to the editor this month! The first is in response to a previous letter published earlier this month:

Dear Editor,

I am writing in response to Jack P. Smith's letter of February 16.

No offense to Mr. Smith, I do not know him personally, though I do know many Smiths in the area and they could be related, it seems to me that our local economy could use more alcohol and coffee consumption, bars, casinos, tattoo parlors and other locally owned businesses. And university football, though a thorn in the side of local motorists during the hours prior and after game time, seems to be a boon for economic growth in Norman. Particularly from traffic and parking tickets.

Eliminating iPods and electronic games would be like eliminating televisions and radios. As for Blackberries, I don't think anyone really uses them nowadays anyway.

If we were to eliminate these things from our lives, how could we look in the mirror in the morning and call ourselves Americans? I personally challenge Mr. Smith to get out there today, get himself a tattoo and season tickets and stop by the liquor store on the way home to play on his electronic games. Help get this great city of ours back on its feet!

Thank you,

Tim Duncan
A concerned citizen

Published link at Norman Transcript

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Exploring the Old House on the Hill

Wilburton, Oklahoma, November 6th, 2010.

Ashley, Jordan and Hailey decided they wanted to see the house on the hill. Where is that house on the hill? What was Rock City? Mike and I decided to venture to the hill country. North hill that is. The hill side had decided to reclaim the lot. You could barely see the house from the road. We drove up to the top of the hill. The girls explored the house. Ashley said, "This house is small.". Small? This house was huge growing up. What was she talking about? We went upstairs to check out the bedrooms and explored the rest of the house. The ceilings on the second floor seemed low. I don't recall them being this low growing up. We walked outside and we went to the bank behind the house. This is where I spend my after school time. I built streets and buildings for the inhabitants of Rock City. Built the paper box plant to provide jobs to the citizens. This is where Rock City existed. There was nothing left. The streets and rock buildings of the past, gone. As with all cities abandoned by time nature had reclaimed Rock City. The walking path down to the junk house had been taken over by vines (you couldn't see the path). The path from the junk house to the road was gone. Elm shrubs had taken over the path. This was the short cut we used to walk to school.

The junk house was looking to be in sad shape. The pre-fab building Dad had started to put up was still standing but with no walls. I remember walking home from lunch to see the bulldozer clearing out the road to the junk house. Mike talked about the cement truck delivering the cement up to the split level. The cement truck on backing down that steep drive way lost control. The truck zoomed down the hillside out of control and luckily headed into the trees across the street. The cement truck took out several trees before stopping. No one was hurt. Memories of the house on the hill.

The girls decided they wanted to walk back to NeeNee's. Uncle Mike walked with them. They went further up the hill to take the old school steps back to the house. The house on the hill. Memories of the past. It too would eventually be reclaimed by the hill side.

NeeNee's 80th Birthday

NeeNee, Grandma, Mom (Fern Duncan) celebrated her 80th birthday on November 6th, 2010 in Wilburton, OK. To celebrate we had three cakes to choose from: a white cake, a red velvet cake and a caramel cake. I think that is enough cake to cause a sugar attack.

Ashley and Jordan decided to make presents for NeeNee.

Check out the video on the girls unique gifts to NeeNee.