So it looks like I have more than enough time to train and get ready. Are you planning on running this Spring? Maybe we can get a Langston’s group together?!?! Post a comment and let me know if you are interested!
Stop by the National Saddlery located at 1307 South Agnew in Historic Stockyards City on Saturday October 25th from 11am to 1pm for a tribute to World Champion Bull Rider, Lane Frost. You’ll be able to visit with Lane Frost’s parents, Clyde and Elsie Frost and meet David Wittkower, producer of the documentary “Challenge of Champions: The story of Lane Frost and Red Rock“.
This will be a great event paying homage to one of the world’s best bull riders to ever compete.
From time to time we like to share a little bit about where we’re from. It’s always nice to put a little personality on this too-often impersonal medium called the internet. To help tell you a little about what we’re “all about”, we like to point you to an article in today’s New York Times Travel section about Oklahoma City.
In a recent visit, the author found a city that mixes all the elements commonly associated with the Midwest, the West, and a bit of the South. From the “noirish-cool” Lobby Bar on Western Avenue to the “True West” setting of Cattlemen’s Steakhouse in the Oklahoma National Stockyards (just across the street from us!), the author really stretched his legs and dug into the many facets of the city. A visit to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, with its grand displays of western art, followed by a stop at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, with the largest permanent installation of Dale Chihuly glass sculptures including the 55 foot tall center piece in the museum’s atrium, reinforced that this is a place where many aspects of all types of “western” culture come together in a natural a seamless way.
And it wasn’t just the food and museums that gave him this impression. The author found that the people represented this mixture of cultures as well:
“While I was in town, a nationally known local psychedelic band, the Flaming Lips, screened a homemade movie and music extravaganza, “Christmas on Mars,” to a raucous crowd at the deadCENTER Film Festival. At the same time, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum was hosting a gathering of contemporary Western artists — imagine a group of people resembling the cast of a Sam Peckinpah movie with paintbrushes. There is also a frisson in the air over the news that the city has managed to snag a National Basketball Association franchise, with the SuperSonics moving here from Seattle next season. “
So, if you plan on visiting us soon or just want to know more about this place where all your Langston’s packages are coming from, check out the NY Times article here. For more pictures check out the Slide Show.
To answer your question: yes, the four alarm fire that destroyed Quality Pets near 15th and Agnew this afternoon was a little too close for comfort for all of us at Langston’s. The bad news is, the building appears to be a total loss, and there were a number of pets-to-be lost in the fire. The good news, however, is that all employees escaped without injury in what may be the biggest fire I’ve ever seen. With high winds out of the north wreaking havoc on the flames (but keeping them away from the adjacent gas station!), the brave folks from the OKC Fire Department had a real challenge on their hands. It took well over an hour to get the fire under control, but they managed to buy enough time to make it possible for employees and a few good neighbors to carry countless animals to safety. Kudos to everyone who lent a hand, and especially to the brave men and women of the Oklahoma City Fire Department. Our little neighborhood won’t be the same, but it could’ve been much, much worse. We here at Langston’s are relieved that there were no serious injuries, and saddened by the loss of so many helpless animals. Our intrepid “blogtographer” (is that a word?) managed to snap these up close & personal shots we’d like to share.