Moving to Texas
I want to do this with Brooklyn. Dinner at Press Cafe, Ft Worth river, weekly; Sat Arboretum; Sun dinner Donna, weekly
Earlier Visit Denton "I could live here."
Always a Texan
Hey, Laird, I’m coming home. Sorry it took me so long.
Closer to Dallas, Austin, Ft Worth, Denison
Closer to major airport, fewer layovers. Want to go to New York more often.
Closer to friends and family: S&S, Donna, Barbara Steve, Fammie, Julie
Live in 4th largest metro in US
Better weather - less ice, fewer tornadoes
Get out of Oklahoma. Leave Edmond. Call myself a Texan, Live in Texas.
Return home: Laird, parents, friends
Friends, UCO?, parks, familiarity
The house on 4th.
I want to be where there is more innovation, more great things happening, a healthier economy, and more progressive people. Leaving the house I developed will be very hard but I need to leave Oklahoma, I need to return home. I was happier, a better person in NYC. I want the same in Texas. Process needs to be positive, minimal stress, and fun. The move will be enjoyable. Take it a step at a time, easy pace, be patient for the right house - I’ll know it when I see it. Renovation, making new friends, and exploring a new area will be fun.
Why I stayed in Oklahoma
I never quite embraced Oklahoma - too conservative, religious, fearful.
Plan was to stay there only 3 years and move on. I was there for 30 years. It was time to move on. But, these factors kept me there:
• Teaching jobs
My house and office
• Walk to naberhood parks/trail, shops, restraunts
• Friends (Will see friends on Wensday)
• Low cost of living (similar)
• Oklahoma: Ranked at or near the bottom in many social health categories.
• Headline in the sports section of OKC paper - Prayers Answered. Not hard work, not talent, not training, not coaching, not dedication; but prayer won the game. God chose his favorite team.
• Many, maybe most, Oklahomans, to solve problems, vote Republican and trust God. And they refuse to see that neither of those works.
1979-1987 Graduate School at UNT
2016 April 10, Denton: "I could live here."
• Sunday: McD bkfst, girls in, drive Toruk, Love's; Denton: Rayzor Ranch WW, UNT: Union, Library, Wooten, strip: JimmyJohn lunch: sketch ww; Greek row, ATrain depot, square: West Oak Coffee, walk; drive 35.
2016 July 15: Dallas
• Friday: Girls in, Walmart McD bkfst, drive; Denton: mall, Corner Bakery lunch.
2017 December 2-3, Denton: Verify walks, Brooklyn, ambiance, comfort.
• Saturday: Bkfst; 2 stops; 11:35 Denton: Historical Park, smell Texas, walk old homes, drive University: Petco, Strbx, Panera: sit outside; LaQ: checkin, room rest ou game; drive Strbx, TWU, houses & streets, home tour on Oak, pee drive, Square: walk, sit on courthouse grass, Denton store, drive, Little Chapel, rock garden, ChikFA, room: eat, tv, hotel walk, bed.
• Sunday: McD bkfst in room, pack shower, load car; drive UNT: walk campus Brooklyn, drive 77 town loop 380, Taco Cabana bkfst; I35.
2018 Sunday March 11: Realtor selection
Check and sign up on realtor review sites
Research agents, vet websites
Realtor Jonathan King calls.
We set appt for next Thursday in Denton.
2018 March 15, Denton: Meet with Realtor, discuss criteria
• Thursday: Bkfst, Drive, Ardmore Loves: coffee, rr, walk; drive, Rayzor Panera: sit outside, walk; Jon call, meet square: WO coffee bar: cbrew, talk map; drive Linden, talk look, TWU; Square: art gallery, goodbyes; walk, CHouse lawn: Calhoun kids, great Dane, lay in grass, car cup, WO coffee bar: cbrew, sidewalk patio: Canadians chat: Brooklyn, Yukon Hamilton, rr, water, Jon; walk, Fuzzys: quesa, walk Sq: bench eat; drive Oak St I35 - 2hr 45min; home, unpack.
• Trip confirmed desire to move.
• Redesigned Linden house:
Former student: Jim, we are surpised you're still here (in OK). We thought you'd have moved by now.
2018 • Sunday April 29 • Denton
Panera lunch, North Sts: Anna: walk Brooklyn, Bolivar; West streets; Square: walk dogs, ice cream sit, courthouse grass, coffee
• Friday 1: Email re open house
• Sunday 3 Denton: 1100 Bolivar Open House: walks, porch: West Oak Coffee: Make offer, Panera.
• Monday 4: Draw house plan
• Monday 4: Offer not accepted. No offers were accepted.
Inventory of furniture, accessories, and artwork
In Jim Watson's house and office
Furniture by designer's name
Harry Bertoia, Grid chair, 1950s
Marcel Breuer, Laccio Table, 1925
Marcel Breuer, Wassily Chair (original name: club chair B3), 1925
Sergio Calatroni, Papiro Lamps
Don Chadwick and Bill Stumpf, Aeron chair, 2008
Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, and Pierre Jeanneret, Chaise lounge, 1928
Le Corbusier, Petite cube chair, 1928
Ray and Charles Eames, fiberglass chair, 1950s
Ray and Charles Eames, lounge chair and ottoman, 1950s
Ray and Charles Eames, Plywood Lounge Chair, 1950s
Jorge Ferrari Hardoy, Juan Kurchan, & Antonio Bonet, BKF butterfly sling chair, 1938
George Nelson, Case Study Bed, cherry wood, 1949
Mies van der Rohe, Pavilion Chair, 1929
Eero Saarinen, Tulip table and chairs, 1955-56
Sacco, Bean bag chair, 1968
Philippe Starck, Bubustool, 1991
Thonet Brothers, Bentwood side chair, late 1800s
Jon Ulm & Jim Watson, Kitchen pedestals, 2001
Jim Watson, End and coffee tables, 2000
Jim Watson, Headboard/lamps, 2003
Jim Watson, Library shelves, 2005
Jim Watson, Pocket shelves, 2005
Jim Watson, Slanted headboard, integrated lites, 1993
Jim Watson, Sofa seating units, 1978
Jeff Weber and Bill Stumpf, Caper Chairs, winner, 1999 NeoCon Gold Award
Unknown: Airplane seat, American Airlines, 2013
Unknown: Aluminum side chair, 1950s
Unknown: Formal chair, Art Deco style
Unknown: Metal patio chair, 1950s
Unknown: Quovis Tables
Unknown: Stained glass light, Tiffany-style dragonfly motif
Unknown: Red vinyl and steel chair
Artwork by artist name
Abdullah M I Syed, Tender Words One & Two, signed prints, 2009 & 2010
Abdullah M I Syed, Squaring the Circle, signed print, 2013
Donna Finch Adams, nosce te ipsum (know thyself), mixed media, 2007
Christo and Jeanne-Claude, The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1970s-2005, signed by Christo
Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, A Friend in Need (Dogs Playing Poker)
David Crismon, Hole, painting on paper, 1990
David Crismon, Untitled painting, 1989-95
Doyle Dane Bernback, Think Small: Volkswagen ad, 1962
Milton Glaser, Dylan poster, 1970s, signed by Glaser
Milton Glaser, I Love NY More Than Ever poster, 2001, signed by Glaser
Keith Haring, metal figures
Letitia Head, Watson's shirt
Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa copy
Samantha Leong, Wisteria, 1992
Linda Miller, Distorted Dimension, print, 2001
Clement Mok, San Francisco Pops Concert, 2008, signed by Mok
Keegan O'Keefe, How Can You Tell, drawing and painting, 2006
Rob Smith, Excess
Ruthanne Smith, Great Spirit
Clint Stone, Power, 2004-05
Deborah Sussman, 1984 LA Olympics graphics manual poster, 1983-84, signed by Sussman
Massimo Vignelli, Subway map, 1972
Massimo Vignelli, Subway diagram, limited edition, gift from designer, 2008
Mike Wallo, In Too Deep, 1989
Mike Wallo, The Prom Queen and her Escort
Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe print as a jigsaw puzzle
Sandy Watson, Watson town
Jim Watson, photographers unknown, 5x5 by NY, 2004
Jim Watson, Chorus line of batters, assemblage, 2008
Jim Watson, Highway interchanges, paintings, 1973
Jim Watson, MemorialOklahoma, Oklahoma City Memorial design submission, 1996
Jim Watson, Ode to New York, 2004
Jim Watson, Quad logos, 1997
Jim Watson, Ultimate Backgammon Board, mode, 2013
Unknown: Elvis on velvet
Unknown: The Last Supper, a paint-by-number kit
Unknown: Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa copy, from the Watson Dallas house, date unknown
Unknown: Pedigrees of the English Peers, engraving, 1764
Unknown: US Patent, USPTO, Nov 8, 1977
Unknown: Vintage New York City, three posters
Accessories by designer name
Alvar Aalto, Finlandia vases, 1936
Max Bill, Clock, 1957
black+blum, James the Doorman
James Dyson, Dyson vacuum cleaner, 1983
George Nelson, Asterisk Clock, 1950s
George Nelson, Case Study Bed, 1949
George Nelson, Orange Ball Clock, 1950s
Karim Rashid, produced by mglass, Ego & ID vase
Karim Rashid, Umbra vase
Massimo Vignelli, produced by Heller, Vignelli/Heller place setting, 1970
Jim Watson, Kitsch wall clock, 1995
Jim Watson, Tripod house, model, 1987
Unknown: Good Grips utensils
Unknown: Kitsch wall clock, Jim Watson, 1995
Unknown: Tripod house, model, Jim Watson, 1987
Furniture and artwork no longer in possession
Barber chair, 1970s, Dallas
Bed headboard and night stands, OKC.
Breakfast items, poster from Carl's Jr
Jim Watson, Book shelves, 2006
Cereal box fronts, assembled by Jim Watson, 2001
Dining table with padded top and castered office chairs, 1980s, Dallas.
Abandoned farmhouse, watercolor, Steve Trower of Richardson, Texas
'Parson's' table and director's chairs, 1970s, Dallas
Slanted headboard, integrated lites, Jim Watson, 1993
Vitra Furniture Poster, Vitra Design Museum in Germany
Bubble chair, Philippe Starck, 2002.
Dyson vacuum cleaner, James Dyson, 1983
Eros chair, Philippe Starck, 2002
Keith Haring figures
Mag Table Eric Pfeiffer, 1999
Magazine chairs, 2003
Mouse chairs, 2003
Mission style lamp
MemorialOklahoma, Oklahoma City Memorial design submission, Jim Watson, 1996
Menu graphic, soft drink promotion, Taco Bell
New York City subway map, 2004; hangers, Jergen Moller, Denmark, 1982
New York Kitsch, collection of souvenirs and geegaws
Ronde Chairs, Aldo Ciabatti, date unknown
School desk/chair, 1970s, Dallas
Scientific weather clocks, Philippe Starck, 2000s
Sucker, Droog: Leon Ramakers & Jan Hoekstra, 2005
SuckUK, Digit message tape, 2008
Timesphere wall clock, Gideon Dagan, 2002
Headboard/lamps, Jim Watson, 2003
5x5 by NY, Jim Watson, photographers unknown, 2004
Ode to New York, 96 model Statues of Liberty and 96 model Empire State Buildings, Jim Watson, 2004
Monument Valley, photographer unknown, 2004
MetroCard columns, Jim Watson, 2004-05
Jim Watson, MetroCard columns, 2004-05
Pocket shelves, Jim Watson, 2005
Library shelves, Jim Watson, 2005
Chorus line of batters, assembled by Jim Watson, 2008
Digit message tape, SuckUK, filled in by Jim Watson, 2008
Furniture from previous homes
Freeform desk tops with pedestal column support.
• Clock: Designed by Watson, the numbers on the wall clock are represented by kitsch icons from graphic design, Oklahoma, and the 1950s.
Above left: I bought the barber chair from an individual in Dallas and restored it completely. My mother sewed the new upholstery. We used to get high and spin each other in the chair until the room spun. It was very heavy and a burden to move; I sold it later and, of course, wish I hadn't.