Some of our Town Center men who are early risers, boarded the bus to head to Cattlemen’s for breakfast this week. The well-known restaurant in the Stockyards has been around since the late 1800’s and served cowboys and drifters heading through Oklahoma City en route to other towns…some herding their cattle to Kansas or Texas, or some with OKC as their destination. The restaurant still serves the best steaks in town and the breakfasts are famous as well. Many of our men ordered the steak and eggs which come with hash browns, biscuits and gravy or whatever else you want to add to your order. Dr. Jim Beavers decided to eat the French Toast, something he said he hadn’t had since he was a young man…there were eight large pieces covered with powdered sugar, to which he added plenty of maple syrup…”delicious,” he said! Chuck Whitehair decided to order the Corned Beef Hash breakfast and said it was also very good. Chuck is always one to try something different when we go out, so it is fun to see what he orders.
The conversation is always interesting with the men…and very different from a group of women. A new resident, Ron Dean, shared his stories about living in a cabin on a lake in Minnesota and learning how to fish and hunt squirrels with his grandfather when he was five years old. He talked about not having electricity, and almost every man at the table said they didn’t grow up with electricity either. It is always fascinating to hear about what the times were like before we had all the conveniences we live with now. All the men said they had hunted squirrels and rabbits for dinner, they fished in streams or lakes near their homes. Rick Glasser growing up in North Dakota talked about the cold winters on the farm and having to milk the cows even when it was freezing. They also had no electricity. Most had outhouses when they were growing up and shared funny stories about traveling out in the dark during the night, not knowing what you might encounter! The fun thing about listening to the men’s stories is finding out they might have lived in different parts of the country but they all shared similar experiences in their lives.