Thursday, September 22, 2005

A geocaching experience

Over the weekend, my wife and I did some volkswalking and geocaching. Our first walk was at Zena, a small (and I do mean small) place (I won’t call it a town) a few miles southeast of Grove, Oklahoma. I had checked earlier to see if there were any caches in the area. The Lone Wolf cache appeared to be within a mile of the volkswalk start point. With the coordinates loaded in my GPSr, I activated the “go to” function. We followed the direction indicated by the GPSr. As we drove toward the cache, the distance indicator continued to decline. Finally the cache showed to be about 500 feet off to the right in some woods. As we kept moving slowly in the car, the number grew larger.

I stopped and turned around and went back to the point where the cache showed to be 500 feet away. On one side of the road were woods. On the other side in a wooded area there was a storage building, and behind this building there was a modular house or maybe a mobile home (trailer). I pulled off the road and parked my car in front of the storage building. My wife decided to remain in the car while I went looking for the cache.

I struck out through the woods in the direction of the cache, stopping periodically in clearings because the overhead vegetation from the trees was causing my GPSr to receive bounced signals. As I got close to the cache I could see that the land beyond the cache had been cleared.
Then I recognized the land as a cemetery. The spot where the cache was hidden was easy to recognize due to all the tree limbs which had been (unnaturally) placed over the cache (an ammo can).

I signed the log and was putting everything back in place when my cell phone rang. It was my wife, and she said some guy was pointing a gun at her, demanding that she get the car off his property. I returned to the car via the road to the cemetery (which I would have taken in the first place had I known it was there). My wife had managed to settle down the property owner without getting shot. From there we drove to the volkswalk start point and began our walk, which thankfully did not go past the scene of the gun incident.

We later wondered at the reaction of the property owner. Could he have been protecting his meth lab?

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Song list for concert

The Secular Singers will present a concert on Sunday, Oct. 16, 1 PM at Hardesty Library. Below are the songs we hope to sing.

1. The Battle of Church and State

2. No Masters and No Gods for Me

3. Joe Hill

4. Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues

5. Hard Times in the Mill

6. The Ballad of Judge Roy Moore

7. Draft Dodger Rag

8. This Land is Your Land

9. Hard Traveling

10. Oklahoma Hills

11. Just Say ‘No’ to Religion

12. Your Friendly Neighborhood Atheist

13. I Don’t Need Jesus

14. Life Is Good

Monday, September 12, 2005

New blog now set up for HAT

Postings related to HAT will appear under a new blog I have set up for HAT. The postings which will appear on this blog will be personal. The address for the new HAt blog is

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

September Freethought Activities

Wed., Sept. 7, 11:30am
ALGAE, lunch at Thai Siam, on 31st west of Sheridan.

Sat., Sept. 10, 10am
Secular Singers at Dan's house: 4925 Spruce Dr., Sand Springs. Join Bea, Randy, Gail, and Dan to sing freethought and other songs. If you play an instrument, bring it with you.

Sun., Sept. 11, 2pm
Humanist Study Group at Border’s, 81st & Yale. Read Harold Hill’s notes on Situation Ethics sent to you by e-mail earlier.

Sun., Sept. 18, 1pm
HAT Monthly Membership Meeting at the Hardesty Library, near 93rd and Memorial. Brian Hill will speak about a book.

Wed., Sept. 21, 11:30am
ALGAE, lunch at White River Fish Market, 1708 N. Sheridan.

Tues., Sept. 20, 7pm
Tulsa Atheist Rendezvous at Zarrow Library, 2224 W. 51st St.

Sat., Sept. 24, 10:00am to noon
Secular singers rehearsal at Dan Nerren's, 4925 Spruce Dr., Sand Springs

Sat., Sept. 24, 12:30am
Food & Fellowship, at India Palace, on Lewis near 71st.