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.

Advantages
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

Disadvantages
Friends, UCO?, parks, familiarity
The house on 4th.

Journal
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.

Chronology
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

2018 June
   • 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.



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