It wasn’t anything out of the ordinary; several tables set up the Episcopal Church, a great homemade meal prepared and served by several from the Main Street Board. A handful of the diehard Main Street supporters and another handful who were just there for the free lunch.
Rusty was quick to introduce Rob and I to Linda Barnett, who is with the Oklahoma Main Street, as she was going to be our speaker. As our Main Street program was without a director at that time, she gave us a pep talk and reminded us about our rich history as one of the founding programs in Oklahoma (we established in 1986) and that this is just a rough patch that you’re going through and that she knew our search for a new director would be successful.
When she touched on the architecture of our beautiful downtown buildings, she mentioned a presentation she had heard recently and said, “he has a book and if anyone wants to see it, just contact me and I’ll let your read mine. But I’m going to be off for 6 weeks having a knee replacement”.
While I enjoyed her presentation, what was really running through my mind was, “what has Rusty gotten me into?”……..no director, very few people here, a very tired vibe amongst those present. Geez……it’s going to be a looooonnnnngggg 3 years on this Board.
The next month at a monthly Education Foundation meeting, Rusty came up after and said, “hey kid, I just went ahead and ordered a copy of that book that Linda spoke of….” to which I then replied , “……….and…….?” “Well……..I haven’t actually read it yet. But I will and then I’ll bring it to you, ok?”
At the following month’s meeting of OEF, I cornered Rusty; “how was that book and are you going to bring it to me?” “Well, kid…..I’ve started it but when I finish it, I’ll bring it to you, ok?” That night I got on Amazon and ordered the book…………..