Write Anywhere #34

I’ve been feeling a little down lately. It may be a chronic illness flare-up, the ups and downs of weather extremes, or those pesky perimenopausal symptoms (Can someone turn on a fan in here?).

Regardless, I’ve been dealing with a case of the blahs. In the past my go-to relief for this has been Snickers bars. I tried to make it more health-conscious by choosing first the almond Snickers, then the dark chocolate, but now even those can’t be justified when you need to watch calories, sugar AND caffeine.

My next line of defense is doing something that makes me laugh, like watching a funny television show, a movie or Pinkerton. I needed to find somewhere silly and funny for this week’s Write Anywhere venue.

Write Anywhere #34: The Golden Driller

Golden Driller, Tulsa, Oklahoma

The Golden Driller is a 76-foot-statue of an oil worker. It’s the largest free-standing statue in the world, and third tallest statue in the United States. It was originally built in 1953 by the Mid-Continent Supply Company of Fort Worth and was donated to the Tulsa County Fairgrounds which had it permanently installed in front of the Tulsa Expo Center for the 1966 International Petroleum Exposition. An oil derrick from an oil field in Seminole, Oklahoma stands next to the Driller. The Oklahoma Legislature adopted the Golden Driller as the state monument in 1979.

See that bench under the Driller? That’s where I got out my notebook and wrote. When I looked up at the Driller, I kept wondering how they keep him so clean. He’s taller than any tree around. Surely the birds like to perch on his shoulders. He should have some ‘dandruff’ up there, but he’s shiny clean. How do they do that?

Tasha Ball of Tasha Does Tulsa has a different perspective on the Driller in this post (warning: may be offensive)

Our Golden Driller by Tasha Does Tulsa

Where did you write this week?

Question: Do you have any quirky monuments or places of interest in your area?

6 thoughts on “Write Anywhere #34

  1. The Golden Driller looks like he should be friends with Seattle’s “Hammering Man,” which (who?) stands in front of the Seatle Arm Museum, his arms moving up and down in constant work. (I believe he’s sometimes called Working Man.) He’s not as tall as your Driller–maybe could be a little buddy.

    Hope your blahs are already past tense.

    Judy Stone-Goldman
    The Reflective Writer
    Personal-Professional Balance Through Writing


    • Thanks for the good wishes, Judy. Hammering Man sounds cool. He has a talent (hammering). The Driller just stands there. But he is shiny, so I suppose that is a talent. I wonder how we can get them together so they can be buddies. heh


  2. Hope you feel better soon, Kristin.
    I don’t know that there is anything in my neck of the woods that can top The Golden Driller, but lately my go-to happy show is Archer. I think the first two seasons are available streaming on Netflix, if you want to give it a shot.
    The humor is off-color, but I’ve loved every episode 🙂


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