Ah, to be one of the 'ladies who lunch'
BY JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer
Thursday, December 04, 2008
12/04/08 at 4:05 AM
Come Monday, Glenda Silvey will be able to do the one thing she hasn't for nearly two decades.
Silvey has spent most of her career at KOTV, channel 6, serving as the anchor and host of the noon newscasts. Which means when most people are taking a moment's pause for repast and relaxation, Silvey has been trapped inside the studio.
"I'm always getting these invitations to attend some sort of event, and it sounds wonderful, and then I look at the time — and it's 11:30 a.m.," she said, laughing. "Or a friend will say to me, 'You know, we should have lunch.' And I can't!"
That's going to change after Friday, when Silvey will give her last broadcast on KOTV. (She's moving on to a job with the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa.)
"The problem is," she said, "since I don't get out much during the day, I don't really know what all the good places for lunch in town are. I've got a list of places I need to try, thanks to all the chefs who have been on the program over the years. But I'm always looking for suggestions."
Even so, there are some noon-time places that Silvey is looking forward to enjoying.
Books Sandwiched In:
The Tulsa City-County Library's book review program was, Silvey confessed, "the very first thing I thought of when I started thinking about this. I would read about all the books that were going to be discussed, and think, 'Shucks, I would really like to go to that.' Now I can!"
"My car could probably find its way to Utica Square on its own," Silvey said. "The egg salad at Queenie's is absolutely addictive, and it will be nice to be able to get a 'fix' at a reasonable hour. And I can easily imagine spending a leisurely lunch hour at the Wild Fork — outside, if the weather's nice."
"One thing I have discovered is that most working women managed their lives around their lunch hours," she said. "It's when they do their shopping, run errands, pick up the dry cleaning, all those things. So I'm kind of looking forward to dashing around town to buy birthday cards, or what have you."
Glenda Silvey at Queenies, where the egg salad is
“absolutely addictive.” JAMES GIBBARD / Tulsa World