Last night I was chatting online and one of my friends said she was driving up to Oklahoma from San Antonio to go to Sad Paw Paw's Cookout in Purcell. Well, I've vaguely read posts or tweets about Sad Paw Paw and how he had a cookout and only one of his Granddaughter's made it. But I haven't thought much of it. So I decided not to be lazy and got up this afternoon and went to meet my friend at the interstate to ride up to Sad Papaw's Cookout. I thought it would be an adventure and something to do, and hey I got invited somewhere!
So the photo above sucks. I know it. It's okay. I forgot to change my ISO settings for a while. Dumb move but it's not the first time and it won't be the last. They will get better, I promise.
That was the food line... my friend and I got in the Meet Papaw line. Now the directions said Purcell, and I expected this shindig to be at Purcell, but we turned off and kept going east, and I realized we were almost to Dibble. When we moved back to Oklahoma from Kansas in 2005, the first job I was offered was in Dibble. I always regretted leaving that job despite the commute because I loved the community and my coworkers.
Look at that grill! It was quite a cookout!
I don't think I have ever posted about Dibble? I am certain I haven't. Dibble is a little town that is in-between Blanchard and Lindsay Oklahoma off of Highway 76.
The line was probably an hour or an hour and a half. I didn't keep track, it was nice outside.
When you work in a community you never forget that connection. Especially as a teacher, just like I'll always be a "Dibble Demon" even if it was briefly. And ten years ago! What has happened with my life! I worked here in 2005 and 06. This is the first event I've attended since I worked here and I didn't even know I was going to Dibble. So, I think this was a wonderful thing. People coming out to show someone that they matter. Sometimes the internet is amazing.
These guys were from Texas, up for a basketball game. Which, how about those Sooners? My school rocks.
The line behind us.
The hosts of the cookout made sure the dogs had water while we waited in line.
This little guy is adorable!
We finally made it in the tent and I finally realized that my ISO settings were off.
We also got to have a burger with Pawpaw!
This was fun. I bet he was a tired man after the day was over! It's pretty amazing how one post can turn viral.
It was about our turn...
My friend came with gifts.
And her family!
I think I missed this one?
Oh yeah... Buzzfeed was here! Here is Tamerra Griffin and her post "I Went To Papaw's Cookout And It Was Kind of A Blast"
I'm glad Sad Papaw doesn't have to be sad anymore, I hope he has an awesome experience with his internet fame!
One of me up here... I didn't get a shirt, but that's what cameras are for... I have pictures of the shirt but I can officially say that I've "been there, done that."