Evacuees Seek Shelter At Bartlesville Church

A shelter has been setup at a Bartlesville church, East Cross United Methodist Church. Full Story
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“Take time to smile! ”

Since: Mar 08

Bartlesville

#21 Sep 3, 2008
Yikes wrote:
I turned my home into a boarding house during the ice storm for people with no power. I made hot meals and kept fresh towels at the ready for people that needed showers. I offered up my generators and I babysat their kids so that they can get debris cleared without having to worry about them. I offered my services helping remove fallen debris.
Not just during disasters do I offer up my assistance. I spent the summer installing AC units in homes for people that didn't have any. I put my services to work for a little old lady that needed help taking care of her yard, I even bought the flowers for her flower bed.
If the law allowed it, I would have offered up my home for the evacuees. But when they come in shipped on buses as such, they are only allowed to go to designated shelters only. I did donate to the red cross since I am unable at this time to volunteer due to a summer cold I am fighting.
Yes I do have a lot of free time on my hands, and I try to do with it as best as I can. I volunteer quite a bit at my kids school as well. But, until I can beat this nasty cough I have, I'm stuck here at the house. Yes, I hate Bartlesville with every fiber of my being. Work in the restaraunt business there, and you'll see the true colors of the citizens of that town. See them during the week, then see them again on Sunday before or after church. The only day they actually act the true christians they believe themselves to be. With the exception of but a few dozen people, that whole town is awful.
Well I am truely sorry you were treated in a way that makes you hate anything. I can tell you that I am not that way. I have friends who are not that way, we eat out, we go to stores. I treat people with the respect they deserve everywhere I go. I act the same here and everywhere I go, I am not different before church, but I can tell you I am differnet after, having the love of God and family around you makes you better, and that is what worship does for me. I can list just as many things I do for my community as you, however I will not. I do not need to spread my good deeds all over, God sees what you do, he also sees what is in your heart. Doing good deeds is nothing if you do not have a loving heart. And until you can let go of your past, your heart is not clear. Like I said, I am sorry you had a hard time here, but do not judge a whole town based on the few. I do love Tulsa, but all the bad stuff that comes from there everyday can make anyone stay away, but I also know there are good people there, loving and caring people that want to help. Like I said, do not judge everyone the same, that makes you no better than the ones you are judging in the first place. Blessings to you and yours.
Yikes

Tulsa, OK

#22 Sep 4, 2008
I was born and raised in Bartlesville, I know every street, backroad, and alley. I learned to drive on Gap road and Onion Prarie road. I know the people there, I know that the teacher you had in highschool has a husband that sells cocaine on the side, you've seen him sell it at the bar you used to work at. I've seen the highschool coaches go to said bar and cavort with the girls he couldn't touch (or maybe did) in school. I've had those same coaches/teachers hit on me while working and claim they always thought I was so sweet and pretty sitting in class (hurl!!!) I've had these same school teachers offer me up drugs or whatever my heart desires as long as I'm willing to trade for services rendered (hurl again).

I go to work on Sunday morning at my OTHER job and see these same people....all prim and proper....acting the good citizens their concience makes them be. They refuse to look you in the eyes after knowing you know what they did.

I'm sure it's the same here, but I no longer work in diners and clubs. The neighborhood I now live in is full of people that actually care, they don't be all nice and lovey dovey to your face then call the cops on you for something stupid and act like it wasn't them. So, tell me again how I shouldn't judge people? I AM better than those I am judging because I don't live a double life. I am who I am all the time and just not when I want to please God or others. I don't care what other people think of me, I only care how I feel and I care about my wonderful, precious, family that surrounds me and fills me with the love and light God intended all of to have.

Yeah, that town puts on a face of what you describe...and it's noble of you to preach of it all over the blog boards. It really helps you to truly believe it when you say it over and over doesn't it? Like I said, I know a couple dozen or so people there that are truly angels on earth that are stuck in that town, spreading their love and light to those that need it the most, but, overall, when people ask me, I tell them to run like the devil was after you from that town.

“Take time to smile! ”

Since: Mar 08

Bartlesville

#23 Sep 4, 2008
Yikes wrote:
I was born and raised in Bartlesville, I know every street, backroad, and alley. I learned to drive on Gap road and Onion Prarie road. I know the people there, I know that the teacher you had in highschool has a husband that sells cocaine on the side, you've seen him sell it at the bar you used to work at. I've seen the highschool coaches go to said bar and cavort with the girls he couldn't touch (or maybe did) in school. I've had those same coaches/teachers hit on me while working and claim they always thought I was so sweet and pretty sitting in class (hurl!!!) I've had these same school teachers offer me up drugs or whatever my heart desires as long as I'm willing to trade for services rendered (hurl again).
I go to work on Sunday morning at my OTHER job and see these same people....all prim and proper....acting the good citizens their concience makes them be. They refuse to look you in the eyes after knowing you know what they did.
I'm sure it's the same here, but I no longer work in diners and clubs. The neighborhood I now live in is full of people that actually care, they don't be all nice and lovey dovey to your face then call the cops on you for something stupid and act like it wasn't them. So, tell me again how I shouldn't judge people? I AM better than those I am judging because I don't live a double life. I am who I am all the time and just not when I want to please God or others. I don't care what other people think of me, I only care how I feel and I care about my wonderful, precious, family that surrounds me and fills me with the love and light God intended all of to have.
Yeah, that town puts on a face of what you describe...and it's noble of you to preach of it all over the blog boards. It really helps you to truly believe it when you say it over and over doesn't it? Like I said, I know a couple dozen or so people there that are truly angels on earth that are stuck in that town, spreading their love and light to those that need it the most, but, overall, when people ask me, I tell them to run like the devil was after you from that town.
Sounds to me like you have a past you are not proud of and you are blaming the people here for your choices you made while you lived here. That does not make you better than the people you are judging. It makes you worse. You have the right to your opininon, and I will value that. For me, I do not have a past I am ashamed of, I have made mistakes myself, I am not perfect, but I do not blame others for my choices. No place is perfect and every town has it's bad seeds. It is all in how you plant them that matters. Sounds to me you are bitter, and you can not let go of what ever you are holding on to. I feel where ever you live, you should be proud, you should have pride in your choice to live somewhere, and if there are problems, then you step up and take ownership of that and try to bring change. You do not run off like a scared rabbit and tell untruths about things,becuase you could not handle things. Did you ever think if people were calling the cops on you it was because you needed them to be called? Why is it that when people make bad choices they blame everyone else for their mistakes? Like I said, no one is perfect, as is no town. We have are share of problems here, but I am proud to be a part of a town where there are good people, and loving people, but of course you do not find them in the bars. Maybe that was your problem, you were in the wrong places and you ran around with bad seeds. I did not grow up here, my husband did though. I do not always like it here, I came from NY, and I will always love my hometown, but this is my home now, and I will support it for as long as I live here. I will never hang my head in shame, and I will not speak negitive thoughts over it either. I truely hope you can find forgivness in what ever you are looking for, so you may get on with your life and stop living in the past. Blessings to you and yours.
Yikes

Tulsa, OK

#24 Sep 5, 2008
I have no past I'm ashamed of. Never been arrested, never in trouble. I worked graveyards at a restaraunt and I had to make up income at a second job that I took as a barmaid at a local club. I did THAT job as a favor to a friend of mine that opened it and needed trust worthy employees. So I did it, and I saw the worst of the worst of the city during my days on graveyards and in that bar. THAT'S where I saw spouses of school teachers selling drugs, hitting on young girls, and asking old students out to do favors in the parking lot. Graveyards at the restaraunt was where I saw them come in after their fun and act the same as when I see them in the club.

I saw my sisters fall from grace due to the meth problems there. Where I grew up is now row after row of meth houses, and quite a few have been dozed because of those houses were so ill used from being crack houses. I saw them do things I'd never ever do and haven't. I saw police officers using their authority to scare women into doing acts to get out of tickets and/or jail time. I saw them during their off duty time buying drugs mentioned before from teachers spouses (no, it wasn't undercover, they knew each other quite well).

The reason I had the cops called on me is because the stupid people calling them didn't have enough sense to make sure they had the right house to call in suspicious activity. The house they were trying for was on the other side of me and they did have a lot of traffic and parties. I guess they assumed I was a part of it since our driveways were touching nearly and they'd use mine for parking during their parties.

No....I don't have problems, just problems with a town that promotes itself to be such a good city, when I see the slime and gloom that truly lurks there. The town is dirty to the core. It's corrupt, and I guess you like turning a blind eye to the fact the entire court house was questioned about selling drugs, the assistant treasurer going down for it, and numerous cops in the past in trouble for drug activity and other inappropriate behavior.

Thanks for reading into my life that you assumed to be true. Not everyone that has a bitterness with a past has been in a downfall they're ashamed of. I've seen with clear eyes what goes on there. I don't blame others for my choices...I own up. Did I make excuses for having a kid when I was 18? No, I went out, got a job or two and worked to support us. I knew it was a possiblity to get pregnant if I had sex, but I did it anyway and I took responsibility for my actions. I still do. But, thanks again for making assumptions. That's real christian of you.

“Take time to smile! ”

Since: Mar 08

Bartlesville

#25 Sep 5, 2008
Yikes: I am not assuming anything about you, I am replying to what you wrote. You have a bitterness in you in your words, and I was simply replying to that. I am not dening the "pill" issue at the courthouse, yes that happened, but you still can not blame an entire town on that. You can not sit on your high horse and look down at others when you do not know them You are grouping everyone togther here, and that is not very Christian of you. Like I said, I am sorry you feel you were treated so badly here,and I am glad you left to find a better life for you. But you still can not seem to let go of your past, and until you do, you will always have bitterness in your heart. I do not judge Tulsa for all the bad it has in it, are you kidding? No one would want to live there, they have more crime than Bartlesville does, shootings, killings, teens killing each other, mom leaving kids in cars, rapes, gang thugs, drugs. I could go on and on..but I do not judge anyone that lives there based on my experiance there, and I lived in Tulsa before moving here.
While you lived here and you say you saw all kinds of things, did you ever once do something about it? Did you speak out and be bold in your witness to others about it? Sounds to me you did not. Sounds to me like you just made up your mind and left marking all of the town bad and all of it's people the same way. I am sorry about your sisters, but it was there choice to do drugs, no one forced them, we all make choices to do things, again you can not blame the entire town due to your sisters choices. And yes I do know how hard it is to watch your sister fall from grace. My own fell and fell hard, left her with nothing, she lost her home, her husband, her children and her life. We buried her 2 yrs ago. My brother is still battleing his evils as well off and on, but that is not my fault or yours, or this towns. I have done all I can do, I help him all I can, but I can only do so much, he must step up and be ready to be saved from them, before anyone can do more.
I live on the East side of town, I have children in a good school, and I have a good job. I am a long time member of my church, a Salvation Army vol, a red Cross vol, and a member of the Disabled American Veterans. I go to the schools and I preach on America, I help in my community at the Day of Hope, I help at Mary Martha, I see all kinds of people from all over this town wanting to help each other everyday. It is a good town, it has it's bad parts, yes, but again every town does. I am not judging you or where you are or where you come from, all I am asking is for you to open your eyes and expand your mind to see that maybe this town is not like when you lived here, people can change, towns can change, and we are not perfect, but we are changing a little everyday.
I give you props for stepping up to be the mom you needed to be at 18. I myself had my son young as well, and I know personaly how hard that can be to do. Have a good weekend.
HotAndCold

Webster, TX

#26 Sep 19, 2013
Bartlesville is a strange town. It resembles a large town in some ways, but it only has 36000 people. That's small by any measure. One major employer. Lose your job there and you are screwed. So you better do as they say. In 1972 they had 27-29k people. Hasn't grown at the same rate as the world's population. Opportunity and entertainment are limited. This why people who have experienced larger towns are so uncomfortable with living in Bartlesville.

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