In typical Baggett fashion, things did not go as planned for our anniversary celebration, but we adapted and overcame. Toby ended up working all day instead of taking a half-day. We canceled the kayak trip when he figured out that things were going awry. When he did get home from work, he had made reservations at the Hampton Inn in OK City. We threw some things in a bag and took off. Jesse headed to the rodeo with her friends, Lindz and Kat.
Once in The City, we decided on the Stockyards and Cattleman’s for dinner. You can’t go wrong with a rib-eye steak at Cattleman’s. After we stuffed our selves, we went down to Bricktown to walk along the river. It was a beautiful evening and not too crowed yet with the serious party people. We made a stop at the Bass Pro Shop and made a few purchases. If you have never been to downtown OK City, it is really very nice – not like San Antonio, but still very nice.
It was about 10 PM when we got to our hotel and room. Unfortunately the room was not okay. We have always enjoyed the Hampton Inn, but this time they gave us a room that had obviously been a smoking room. It stunk! Toby said there was no way he was going to pay money to sleep in a stinking room. Since the hotel was full, we moved down to the Hilton Garden Inn at the suggestion of the Hampton clerk. The Hilton was very nice – perfect – and cheaper than the Hampton even after we paid for the very nice buffet breakfast. Go figure! So all went well. For a minute there I had had visions of us driving home from The City late at night, but it worked out great.
The next morning we kicked around The City, did some more shopping, and then headed home. We were suppose to attend a barn dance with the young married couples from our church. Even though we are an old married couple, we had been invited because we know how to dance. The young people needed some dance instruction. Not everyone was raised in a bar dancing with their daddy. Did you know that I met Toby at a bar called the Saddle Bronc on my first night at Texas Tech? Yeah, that is how we met – mutual friends getting together for a birthday party at the Bronc. We ran with the same crowd. It was several months before Toby asked me to dance – or I asked him. We were at the Cotton Club that night dancing to Joe Ely. I must have impressed him with my dancing abilities, because he finally asked me out. It seems that I have been dancing with Toby for over 31 years now. Who’d a thunk it?