The 58th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl

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Today I honored a tradition that I hope doesn't end too soon. When we were 10 year old, we originally sneaked into Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City which was for high school football stadium built by the WPA in the depression days, but nicely updated. We would scale the fence as 10 year old, but at 68 that is not such a good idea. For 58 years the event has grown with the ladies coming to cheer and some to play in this event where at this time of our lives we just want to make sure no one gets injured, and our children do the heavy lifting.

What is most important about this is the celebration of our lives coming together from all over the country once a year and affirming that you can't take the child out of the adult. I had phone calls from two of my buddies yesterday and we talked about life and what we have learned and promised to each other that we would keep learning, and we would come together on Thanksgiving with love and hugs, and to share together what we have in common and not what sets us apart. In these times of anger and division, this is the kind of tradition I want to honor, so here's to the kid in all of us, when we didn't put labels on everything. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, keep politics out of the conversation, make sure you have made peace with all your family members, and remember that the best exercise to share is to smile at one another.

Northwest Classen High School friends for life



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faye schubert
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty and Lake of the Ozarks - Branson, MO
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Sounds like great fun to catch up with old friends.

Nov 24, 2016 08:29 AM #1
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Sounds like fun Joe Pryor , Happy Thanksgiving

Nov 24, 2016 08:45 AM #2
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Good evening Joe Pryor , Evelyn and I, and Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you had a blessed Holiday.


Nov 24, 2016 05:03 PM #3
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

That's an interesting history surrounding the stadium, Joe!  There is something about coming across older landmarks that have those old WPA markers on them!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nov 24, 2016 10:49 PM #4
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Joe.  A tradition I'm sure you'll keep going until you can't do it anymore.  I'd be interested to see you in the game for the next 50 years.

Nov 25, 2016 03:47 AM #5
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

Nothing like hanging with friends and having a great time.

Nov 25, 2016 01:21 PM #6
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Joe, how nice that you have friends dating so far back. And, yes, that you don't let politics or anything else come between you. This year that was tough, but I'm glad to say, I don't believe I lost a friend over it. There were some eye-openers but not animosity left over.

Nov 25, 2016 03:59 PM #7
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Thanks so much for sharing your experience and your fond memories.

Enjoy the holiday weekend.

Nov 25, 2016 04:50 PM #8
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Joe. Looks like a wonderful tradition.  Though, I think the ladies should be allowed to play as well.

Nov 26, 2016 05:10 AM #9
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

What a fun idea and great photo too! I have a feeling the tradition will expand and more adults who "can't take the child out of the adult" will join!


Nov 27, 2016 11:18 AM #10
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
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 Sounds like a wonderful day, please share some of your San Fransisco photos with us! 

Dec 04, 2016 12:44 PM #11
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