theadanews.com - Ada, Oklahoma

Columns

November 7, 2012

The night I killed my boss' beloved dog

(Continued)

Ada —

The jump set off a terrible howl that put tears in everyone’s eyes, including Sweetie Pie’s. Gene had known he was going to have to put Sweetie Pie down soon, but he hadn’t been able to bring himself to do it.

Now, there was no choice. Sweetie Pie had to make a visit to the vet to end the pain. It was horrible, as anyone who has ever had to put down a pet will testify.

It was also 30 minutes before kickoff. 

Bad as I felt, I wondered silently if we were going to miss the game. As it turns out, we saw it all. Mourning didn’t end, but it did get postponed.

 Before the night was over, you fans were mourning right along with three strangers down in Athens, Texas, for totally different reasons. But you had cheered mightily that night too, after a great Sooner comeback. (In the interest of full Lehmann disclosure, he did remain a Sooner loyalist throughout the evening).

It was a bittersweet night for us all, but I tell you there was something very strange in the air that night.

You know, and I know, if these two teams had played 10 more times, OU would probably have won nine of them.

I was happy to see the Broncos win for my friends back in Idaho, sad to see the Sooners lose, and heartbroken that Sweetie Pie had somehow been sacrificed to the heavens in all this mix.

So, several years later, when Gene asked me to come back to my home state of Oklahoma, I rushed right up. Soon as I got here, we settled down, without a dog, to see the Sooners get justice for ruining our childhoods against the hated Irish of Notre Dame.

Surely, this time after more than a half century of suffering, it would be our time, our luck, not the luck of the Irish. 

Surely ...Yeah, surely.

Can we be friends now? I’ve tried to be honest with you. 

If not, feel free to lie to me.

———

Art Lawler is a writer for The Ada News.

 

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Columns
  • For unto us a child is born

    A lot of folks don’t believe in the hereafter, but it’s one of the most certain things there is. There is going to be something here after you are gone.  Two are working in a field: One is taken; one is left. The world just keeps on turning, marrying and giving in marriage.

    January 2, 2013

  • Protect your home during the holidays

    The holiday season finds many people making plans to gather with family and friends to spend quality time together.

    December 24, 2012

  • How could God allow such?

     

    If you count the area most of us consider to be Ada, our community is roughly the same size as Newtown, Conn. where a deranged 20 year old snuffed out the lives of 26 innocents, including 20 children.

     

    December 23, 2012

  • Dorothy Milligan Holiday goodies pack on the pounds

    I read recently that the average person gains seven pounds in the six-week period starting Nov. 15 and ending Jan. 2.

    December 20, 2012 1 Photo

  • A better use of the Mayan calendar

     

    Few things are more disturbing than predictions of the end of the world. Not because there’s any validity to them. As Hank Hanegraaff, The Bible Answer Man says, end time predictions are notable only because they are 100 percent wrong, 100 percent of the time.

     

    December 16, 2012

  • Keeping your home safe from freezing temperatures

     

    When the weather outside dips into freezing temperatures, the last thing homeowners want to deal with is frozen pipes, or worse yet, busted pipes.

     

    December 15, 2012

  • Ten truths for college grads

    My kids are grown and out of the house, but even if they weren’t, they’re tired of hearing me say it.

     

     

    December 12, 2012

  • Fall is best time to plant trees

    November 11, 2012

  • Making bread topic for Extension Café set Thursday in Ada

    November 10, 2012

  • Tom Cole Report shows continuing challenges

    The last unemployment report to be released before the election reiterates how far we have to go to reach pre-recession levels of prosperity.  The 7.9 percent unemployment rate recorded for October is up slightly from September’s 7.8 percent.  Even more discouraging, it is slightly higher than the 7.8 percent recorded when President Obama first took office while the recession was at its peak. 

    November 7, 2012 1 Photo

AP Video
Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: UN School Used As Shelter Hit by Tank Shell Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return
Stocks
Poll

Who do you blame more for the trouble in Gaza?

The Israelis
Hamas
     View Results