When we arrived in Guymon, Okla., on Monday afternoon, we were greeted with open arms and open doors.
Our friends, Ken and Sherry Stonecipher, have opened their doors to us for a couple of days while we take care of some personal business and while I do some work from the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles.
It’s great touching base with longtime friends. My wife lived in this neck of the woods for 13 years, from school to work to her years on the committee that produces the annual Pioneer Days Rodeo. Ken, who was a longtime chairman of the rodeo committee, also is a ProRodeo announcer. That means he and I plan to do a little work while I’m here as we prepare to work the upcoming Silverton (Texas) Buck Wild Days Rodeo.
While here, I’m getting a fine education on the Guymon rodeo, even more information than I had in the back of my mind. Ken has several mementos from his years associated with the event as well as his time around the sport in general.
And that’s been a blast for me to see. I could look at a lot of that stuff all day long.
But getting to spend time with friends makes the trip even better.