The Norman Transcript


May 9, 2014

Discoveries that must be shared

NORMAN — Book signings are fun because of the people we meet and the unexpected things we encounter along the way. The recent jam-packed weekend of three book signings in Norman was no exception.

Going north on I-35, take Exit 42 and prepare to be surprised. Go west on Highway 53 to Pioneer Road, turn north (right) and go the bottom of the hill where gravel has washed up on the blacktop. Stop, put your vehicle in neutral, take your foot off the brake, sit back and wait for the magic of Magnetic Mountain to begin.

Suddenly, your car will be pulled backwards up the hill at approximately 10 miles an hour. Hubby calls it “an optical conclusion” (he has such a way with words). No matter what he says, it is fun to believe that your vehicle is moved by the magical and magnetic power of the mountain. Even the surliest teenager will sit up and take notice. Twisting around to get a better view, that frown will morph into a surprised smile.

Back on the Interstate once again, one cannot help but take in the scenery around the oldest known formations in the United States between the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains, the Arbuckle Mountains. When the scenery devolves into a series of exits to the casinos and towns along the way, your attention may drift to the license tags on passing cars.

It is amazing how many cars have Oklahoma tags. Semi-cute, I know. However, what you may not know is that Oklahoma is misspelled on the state license tags. To verify this, and for the sake of safety, the Okie car you are about to inspect must not be in motion. Actually, you should be standing still as well to inspect the tag.

The third letter which should be an “L” is actually an “I” camouflaged by the extended left leg of the “A” that follows.

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