Category: Holiday

Fireworks in Mustang, Oklahoma

This Independence Day my wife, brother in-law and I went to Wild Horse Park in Mustang to enjoy the fireworks. It is not a public show and that is why I enjoy it so much.  This park is filled with thousands of people from all over the Oklahoma City area and they bring their own fireworks to enjoy.  The city also has many places to purchase them as well so they can reap the tax money from this exercise.

I love going to this because there are so many people doing this for hours and I’ve never seen a public display that even comes close to this.  I think Mustang has tapped into a market that is desperately wanted and created a draw from miles away.  Most cities in the area make fireworks illegal and they’ll quote all their reasons, such as safety, fire risk, etc. and those are definitely concerns that need to be factored in. I am so glad though that Mustang has realized that the tax dollars and people coming into their city is worth risking those concerns.

I have the utmost respect for their leadership for having the courage to allow their citizens the freedom to make their own choices.  How refreshing it is to see a government that doesn’t feel the need to protect us from ourselves.  I realize that people are different and desire different things.  As one that likes to live peaceably with others, I try to understand this despite my frustration at this view.  Sometimes we get our way and sometimes we don’t.  Despite my disagreement with the policy of the city that I live in, I can live with it and do what I can, where I can.

If you live in one of these cities that bans fireworks, I would definitely encourage you to go to Mustang and give it a shot.  There are a couple other areas like Choctaw that also allow it but no place that I’ve seen can compare to the organized gathering that Mustang has to offer.  They provide a large public park where people circle the perimeter and set off their fireworks in the center of the park.  Their are police and fire that circle the park periodically on utility vehicles to patrol and make sure that people use common sense. They have a strict 11:00 PM cut off time and they start circling the park around 10:40 with megaphones telling people they have 20 minutes left.  My family and I have been doing this for about 13 years and really enjoy it .  Watch the video and see the view from my vantage point. This was shot with my iPhone 8 Plus. You can see fireworks in all 360 degrees of where I am sitting.  Thank you for stopping by.

Happy Thanksgiving!

This has always been one of my favorite holidays.  It is a rare opportunity for the family to be together since many are living in remote locations.  The weather is going to be perfect for a family get together.  One of our sons will not be able to be here as he has a prior commitment. I wish him and his family well on this Thanksgiving.

In the next couple of hours we should have a big crowd with plenty of family showing up at our place. I am so thankful to have such a great family and good health.  We have so much to be thankful for.

Just this week a coworker lost his life and left his family without him. I would like to pray in Jesus’ name that his family can experience the peace that comes with knowing him.  Their family really needs some prayers.  I should cut this short so that I can go help my wife prepare for the family’s arrival.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy New Year 2017!

Good morning and Happy New Year!  It is good to start off another year with the blessing of God. Wow!  My parents always warned me that as you get older the time will go faster. I think I’ve discovered that fact to be true.  Despite the perceived speeding up of time, I feel blessed to be living in a time where God’s presence is so obvious.  I say it is obvious if you are looking.  My first prayer for 2017 is that we get rain and lots of it this year.  The last year  has been such a drought and we need rain very badly.

It is also my prayer that our family’s health continues to prosper and that God gets the credit.  As wonderful as 2016 was, I am sure 2017 will be even better.  Let’s all be thankful that we have life and health on this new year.

Thank you for stopping by,

Paul