Sunday, April 5, 2009

The Wild West Still Lives, Evidently.....

My wife works part time at a children's resale consignment shop. This weekend they had their Christmas party for the staff and their spouses. (yes, I know it is April, but they were very busy around Christmas time)....anyway, we went to a place called the Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper.....I had never been before even though it's just about 20 minutes outside of town. I have to say up front that I did not know that there was such a niche as western style or cowboy music or what not, but apparently there is. We were greeted when we drove in by cowboys and indians on horseback who helped us park our car. We took a ride in a wagon pulled by horses, sipped on lemonade and watched Roy Rogers movies while we waited for the dinner bell to ring. We browsed around in the Mercantile and gawked at all the western themed items on the walls. The food was good old fashioned barbecue, all you can eat, served by cowboys, or at least people dressed up like cowboys. They threw the biscuits from across the room if you wanted more and served seconds to you out of buckets. I felt like I had been transported to the old west. Everyone was wearing cowboy hats, chaps, and bandanas. There was the Happy Trails Theater, and the Hoppalong Cassidy Cowboy Museum. There were a lot of mementos of John Wayne and other cowboy heroes. After supper we listened to Western Swing music by a few different acts. By the way, the place was packed, probably 250 people, and we were among the youngest people there. The average age had to be about 65. You could see in the eyes of the older crowd that they were loving this cowboy stuff and western music. Many of them commented that this was the music they grew up with, and the things that brought back fond memories. It was sweet seeing one after another older couple get up and dance to the music, reminiscing about music from their past. (by the way,one song they did was "Ghost Riders in the Sky," and I was totally reminded of the scene in Blues Brothers when Jim Belushi and Dan Ackroyd sang "Rawhide" over and over again behind chicken wire at that country bar)

It was a fun evening out. Here are a few pics....

Here we are at the dinner table...yes, that is a cow hide on the wall behind us...there were probably about 20 saddles on the walls too as decoration.....


This guys name is Johnny Western......

I thought these signs were funny....

Yes, the Duke still reigns apparently......

Running Update....
I ran 5 miles 4 times this week, 20 miles total....it was my "easy" week, with no tempo runs or speedwork...even my long run wasn't very long....I am feeling a twinge of pain in my foot so am going to take tomorrow off, maybe the day after too......also I am very excited that I have the green light from my wife to get a Garmin. Woo-hoo! I am shopping around, so if any of you bloggers has one for sale, let me know. Doubt that I will go for the 405 because of the cost...most likely I'll get a 305.....not in a rush, but it would be cool to have it by the end of April for my OKC Half.....
By the way, it was extreeeemly windy again, like 30-40 mph wind, and snow is in the forecast again for tomorrow....seriously, what is up with this weather?????
Edited to include yet another giveaway --
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14 comments:

RunWithMe said...

My in laws would eat up all that cowboy stuff. Throwing biscuits? Roy Rogers? Sounds like a rocking good time (although I'd be looking for some vodka with that lemonade). GREAT news about the Garmin. I just got one about a month ago - the Forerunner 205, no HRM. I got it at Walmart.com b/c shipping was only $2 and I knew if I didn't like it I could return it to our local store. It is amazing! You will love it.

joyRuN said...

You & your wife are a beautiful couple!

You are going to LOVE your Garmin. I got a refurbished 305 off eBay, & can't run without it.

Brandi said...

I want a Garmin so bad! It's definitely on my wish list! My husband pointed out Best Buy has the 305 in their weekly ad today and it's over $100 in savings and they have it listed for $159 I think is what he said. May check into that!

Marci said...

That cowboy theme restaurant sounds fun for something different, and cute how many senoirs were enjoying it.
Yeah for the Garmin green light. I have been working on Hubs to upgrade my 205 to a 405. It ain't happening anytime soon.

Fair Weather Runner said...

Ahhh, the Prairie Rose, sounds like they have made it even 'better' than it was before, cowboys and indians? really? awesome. i went when it was being run by the previous owners. i'm glad the new guys are doing well with it!

uhhh, we ran outside yesterday and it was ridiculous. due to my calf i am thankfully just heading to the Y this afternoon for the elliptical, for two hours, ugh. it looks and sounds evil out there, i know it's bad when it sounds this windy in my neighborhood (we usually can't tell when it's windy).

as for garmin, check ebay, lots of my running buddies have gotten theirs on there for much less $$. three weeks to OKC!

I Run for Fun said...

Sounds like a good time.

Happy Garmin shopping!

SuperDave said...

What a cool time!

Give this site a try for a Garmin

http://www.edgegps.com/eCart/listCategoriesAndProducts.html?idCategory=18

The 305 and 405 are very similiar in price.

Rookie on the Run said...

Awww... what a good-looking couple you and your wife are! That place sounds like a fun place... my boys would LOVE it!

I'm happy for you that your wife agreed to a Garmin... I'll be waiting for a while for my husband's Garmin blessing. Good luck with your search! Keep us posted on the Garmin front. :)

Shannon said...

That looks really fun!

BTW, I got my "G"armin for Christmas. Wow, I think it really helped me PR this year's 1/2 marathon. Your gonna love it.

aron said...

looks like a fun night!!

YAY for the garmin!! I have the 205 and LOVE it. I have heard you can find some good deals on craigs list or ebay... maybe check there?

Jess said...

Great pics, and it sounds like a fun time!

TiredMamaRunning said...

Oh, so it's YOU sending me all that weather. :P Those chuckwagon "both kinds...country AND western" music themed dinner places are very popular in Colorado (mostly with tourists but they do some local business). Never been to one personally, though.

Chic Runner said...

Love the pics, that's so my boyfriend's kind of place. :) You and the wife are super cute.

Onto running related things I would def. get the 305, I've heard some weird stuff about the 405. I got mine off ebay, brand new for only 135. I would check there. Good luck! You will love it.

The Happy Runner said...

Thanks for the link!!

I hope your foot is OK.