Okierover Logo Refresh (Post #496) 5/22/2014


Wow! Doesn’t that look great? I am chuffed to bits over it. It may surprise you but photoshop is not one of the things I’m good at. I put together the old Okierover logo more than ten years ago using Paintshop Pro.

My good friend Richard Mullins did it for me. Rich and I’s friendship goes way back. He is one of those friends that you knew were cool just being around him. We went to high school and the same university and worked together at T.G.&Y. Back in the day he was a pretty good racketball player too. One of my most cherished memories is of Rich and I hanging around at my house. We were trying to take “cool pictures”. So Rich grabs the phone and says, “Take a picture of me talking on the phone.” I still have the picture.

Newcastle Oklahoma Summer 1983
Newcastle Oklahoma Summer 1983

As you can tell the 1980’s were in full bloom in this picture. Rick Ocasek (The Cars) haircut, check. Racing check sleeve-less shirt with graphic, check. That might even be a “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” shirt. Phone attached to wall, check.

Rich always had the latest music videos on VHS. We lived in rural Oklahoma and music videos were only shown on a late night show. This was back when MTV actually showed music videos all day, everyday. If you wanted to watch videos and you didn’t have cable TV you had to record them. He was always a fixture at our parties. He was the first person I knew that knew what he wanted to do with his life that wasn’t trying to be a doctor of some sort or other.

There are two future doctors in this photo and three more inside the apartment.
There are two future doctors in this photo and three more inside the apartment.
Yes, those are umbrella’s in our beer cups.

Rich wanted to be an artist and that’s what he became. He’s doing it professionally and has a very unique expressionist style.

He was the first person I thought of when I thought of redesigning my website and getting my logo refreshed. The results are, as you have seen above, stunning. Way more than I expected.

Go over to Rich’s site RICHARDMULLINS.COM and check out his paintings. you might even see something you like.

Thanks again Rich, you are totally awesome for sure.

Thanks for reading and Happy Rovering.

Diagnostics, Not Just for Breakfast Anymore (Post #490) 4/24/2014

Florida Orange Juice Growers Association had a slogan in the 1970’s, “Orange juice, it’s not just for breakfast anymore.” It was used to encourage people to drink orange juice during the day, not just at breakfast time. It’s clever and a lesson for us. Diagnosing a problem should not stop with only one solution, keep diagnosing through the problem.

Diagnostics is the root of what we do to fix our Land Rovers. If you can’t diagnose the problem you can’t fix it. This was made painfully financially clear to me last night. Continue reading “Diagnostics, Not Just for Breakfast Anymore (Post #490) 4/24/2014”

An Unexpected Gift (Post #454) 2/24/2014

One of my best friends Facebook messaged me the other day. He was cleaning out boxes and organizing his life and found a pair of fog lamps off his Range Rover Classic and he wanted to give them to me. Eric K. is the reason I was called “Biff” by that circle of friends when I went to college. In that circle of friends there happened to be three “Eric’s”. Arric, Eric K., and Me. I did not like the impersonal manner of being called “Stephens”. I was called that by everyone in my unit in the Marine Corps and much preferred a more personal name. So one day I started a rant and asked my friends to call me anything but “Stephens”. I rattled off half a dozen names, some rude, some absurd. One of the absurd was “Biff”. The only Biff’s we had ever known were members of fraternities and we mostly made fun of them. So “Biff” stuck. Only a few friends still call me Biff. And I’m affectionately known as Uncle Biff by one set of my friend’s kids still to this day.

Eric did not have a good experience with his Range Rover…. Continue reading “An Unexpected Gift (Post #454) 2/24/2014”

Vacation Planning Time (Post #446) 2/7/2014

It’s time to start your vacation planning. I know it’s only February, but if you plan to see any of our great national parks, you need to start now. Reservations are necessary if you plan to stay in any of the park’s resorts. A budget for your trip is necessary. Dude, there is a serious lot to do, get started!

Mrs. Okierover and I went on a 3900 miles trek to Glacier National Park with another couple back in August of 2012. It was amazing. I can’t believe I didn’t post a story about it. If I did, I can’t seem to find it. I will have to recreate the posts and get it up on this page. It was an epic trip and a very good time for all.

In any event we went to one of the most gorgeous places on earth, Glacier National Park. Today Roadtrippers.com ran a time-lapse video of the Going to the Sun Road. I stumbled upon a video someone posted on Roadtrippers.com website for Glacier National Park. There are a great many links to click in there. Here is a short video (01:18) about the park by Joe Nugent.

Mrs. Okierover and I have talked about going back as have our friends. Their schedules did not align well last year or they would have gone again in 2013. We have a few trips ahead of this one. We have talked about going out to California again. We have talked about going to Massachusetts. We have talked about going out to Washington, DC again. And Mrs. Okierover has always wanted to visit a beach with clear water. I’m thinking this will be The Keys in Florida. Hawaii, Guam, Australia, Brasil,…etc…

The list of places we want to go is almost endless. Most of these trips will need to wait until we retire. The time and funding is just not there right now. Such is the fate of a middle class drone in America.

Start planning, thanks for reading and Happy Rovering.