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Tales from the old-timer

What I Miss the Most

(The best things about Marinette County)


By Jane Thibodeau Martin,

Daughter of the Old-Timer



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I have lived in Oklahoma for 13 years now and every year I make at least four and usually more (sometimes LOTS more) trips back to Marinette County to see family. There are a certain number of things I greatly miss and always try to experience while “home” that just aren’t the same in Oklahoma. For those of you who may have gotten complacent about some of the best things about Timesland, here is my list:

Availability of high quality cheeses (a stereotype, but you have no idea how we miss it when we are gone). My Uncle Bill, a true cheese expert, tried a few of the local cheeses here and was pretty underwhelmed.

The safety and friendliness of the corner taverns. Bars in Oklahoma tend to be pretty rough and not the kind of place you would ever take your family.

The beautiful lakes, rivers and streams. Oklahoma has lots of waterways, but because of the clay soil, even water a foot deep is often murky. While it’s probably clean, it doesn’t look that way.

A genuine Wisconsin fish fry. The tradition in Oklahoma is catfish and try as I might, I can’t make myself like it.

Autumn leaves. We were surprised after hearing raves about the local fall color that it’s brown sort of brown, and sort of tan. Very few brilliant reds and yellows.

Warm summer days and cool summer nights. Instead, July and August bring blisteringly hot days followed by stifling warm nights. In fact, 5 p.m. is usually the hottest part of the summer day here. A day of 100 degrees accompanied by a 15 mph wind always prompts my favorite saying: “And this, children, is how the Egyptians made mummies.” You can feel your skin desiccating as you stand there.

Democrats.

Rutabagas. When I see them for sale here once or twice a year, I buy them like a hoarder. Locally their place is filled by turnips, which I don’t like anywhere near as much.

Fresh locally grown apples. (I of course love the local Oklahoma peaches. Can’t get those in Wisconsin.)

Beautiful waterfalls within an easy afternoon’s drive. If you haven’t gone and just marveled at the beautiful sight and fresh smell of a waterfall, try it.

There’s many great things about Oklahoma, too, but certainly absence makes the heart grow fonder of certain things like the ones on my list.


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