The Norman Transcript


July 14, 2013

Trail nearing completion



When visitors travel down Asp Avenue past the Union to the circular turnaround, their view is less than panoramic pleasure. Those massive concrete barriers may be necessary in the war on terrorism but it sure robs us of one of the most beautiful spots on campus.

Here’s a little-known perk for Carnival Cruise lines: If you happen to be the unfortunate traveler whose luggage is lost by an airline, the cruise ship will do whatever laundry you do have for free each night.

That was our first-world problem last week. A carefully-planned general strike in Lisbon, Portugal, caused our 3 checked bags to sit in an airport for the duration of a long-planned, 35-year wedding anniversary Mediterranean Cruise.

The strike caused us to miss two days of the cruise. We flew ahead of the big boat and boarded at the second stop. Besides the cruise ship’s help, we happened to meet a friendly Broken Arrow, Oklahoma couple who literally offered us some of their own clothes.

We survived and learned a few things: Attitude is everything. We can all pack a little lighter. A man can go just about anywhere in the world wearing khakis, a white shirt and blue blazer. Five thousand miles from home the Oklahoma standard is still at work.

Andy Rieger


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