Cowboy Jim Garling

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Lost Bid for 2007 Territorial Governor

The campaign for Territorial Governor was over on Friday, November 25. Unfornately I didn't make the cut, but a good, hometown man won--Dennis Ochs.
On Saturday night, as a candidate I got to ride in the Opening Night Parade (for the Christmas season) along with my wife in the very first car. It was the first parade either of us had riden in, and the weather was perfect. The parade ended at the post office corner where the final announcement was made about the winner. Dennis was not present to accept the governorship that evening; he was at the Guthrie Bluejays football game (playoffs). But I'm sure he'll make future parades, since that's the only official duty of a Territorial Governor these days.
The race was a good one in that it brought in over $3,000 for the Chamber of Commerce to be used for advertising the many Christmas events that will take place in Guthrie.
I was delighted that I garnered 1,200 votes, and I believe my campaign raised awareness in the town about the purpose of the Territorial Governor race and what it will mean in bringing people to visit Guthrie.

Monday, November 20, 2006

WMA (Western Music Association) Meeting

Pic 1 - Jim - standing; seated - Bill Barwick, Jeanne Cahill, Judy Coder

Pic 2 - Musicians - Judy Coder, Stan Tichenor, Phil Thompson, Tim Johnson (fiddler for Sons of the San Joaquin)

Tuesday of last week I traveled from Oklahoma to Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the Western Music Association’s (WMA) annual meeting. What a great program. Besides the incredible entertainment offered by WMA members, my wife and I enjoyed meeting many new people—musicians as well as music lovers and listeners. And it seems the most enjoyable for me was the jamming with incredibly talented musicians after the planned events of the day were over. Our jamming groups were made up of friends we’ve met at other festivals and events as well as our new-found friends from all over the United States.

On Wednesday I attended an all-day song writers workshop put on by some of the biggest names in the western music genre—Dave Stamey, Curly Musgrave, Juni Fisher, Donnie Blandz. I enjoyed meeting these folks and highly benefited from their helpful instruction and encouragement.

Certainly, if you love western/cowboy music, then Albuquerque is the place to be for their annual meeting in November.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Guest of Guthrie's Lions Club

On the campaign trail again---I was pleased to have been asked to come speak a few words about my campaign at the Lions Club luncheon today and sing a few songs. The club members were gracious enough to put several votes (dollars) in the ballot box. Thank you.
The Lions have several community projects underway. One of which is providing shoes for Christmas for the young men at the Boys Homes in Oklahoma.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

A Little Publicity for Territorial Governor

While my mini concerts at the local businesses did not have huge audiences, it did garner me a nice write up on the front page of the Sunday Guthrie News Leader. For my campaign, I appreciate all the help I can get. And, after all, the main goal is to increase awareness of the campaign and to raise money to promote the upcoming Christmas celebrations in addition to the Centennial celebrations of the coming year. Thanks to all who are a part of that!