I like to think that I’m the sort of person who has a lot of common sense. I mean, I’m socially awkward and have very few friends and can offend most people with the greatest of ease. But when it comes to situations of a non-social nature, I think I’ve got my life together. I know that I need to finish all my homework before I go out and play, I know that I need to wash the dishes before they grow mold and start to smell funny, and I know that I shouldn’t make a dinner out of microwave popcorn, gummy bears, and Diet Coke. (But it’s a really good dinner, if you ask me.)
I know many things, because I’m an adult and a functioning human being, and I’m making my way in the world just fine. Basically, my existence is like the theme songs from The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Laverne and Shirley mashed up and mixed. But that’s what adult life is like for women. But there are some, apparently, that don’t have the same ease and way with life. Those are the sort of people who have to be reminded to wear a seat belt. Yep, that’s right. There are still people in this world that don’t wear a seat belt. And they should, if not to save their lives, but because OHP is cracking down. According to KFOR.com:
OKLAHOMA CITY – Starting Friday, officers will be out in full force in their latest crackdown, seat belts.
Motorists should be buckling up already but this “Get Your ‘Clicks’ on Route 66” 2013 campaign adds even more of an incentive.
Oklahoma is just one of eight states taking part in the 24-hour seat belt crackdown starting Feb. 1.
OHP Lt. Ben Crockett said, “Seat belts and child car seats are the best way to protect you and your family members in the event of a crash.”
The Route 66 enforcement effort began in 2010 with a handful of law enforcement agencies in central Oklahoma.
Highway Patrol Troopers and State Police Officers from California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Missouri, Kansas and Illinois now join with Oklahoma in this quarterly crackdown focusing on seat belt laws along the famed “Mother Road.”
“During the Route 66 crackdown, we’re out there to remind people that using a seat belt is not only a smart decision, it’s the law,” Crockett said.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 13,000 lives are saved across the country every year by seat belts and child restraints, and motorists are 75 percent less likely to be killed in rollover crashes if they are buckled up.
Now, I know we all know those sorts of people who will argue that seat belt laws are just another example of the government over stepping their boundaries. Or, those people who say that their life was saved because they didn’t wear a seat belt on one occasion, and now never do. But I think that we can all agree that both those kinds of people are just awful and nobody likes them.
And because I know there will still be people who want to break seat belt laws, I’ve made a list of other safety precautions they can ignore. If not wearing a seat belt saved your life once, imagine how much your life could be saved if you completely threw caution to the wind.
Here they are:
As a kid at John Ross Elementary, I loved fieldtrip days. My mom packed me a sack lunch and signed the permission forms, and off I went to the zoo, Enterprise Square, Harn Homestead, or everyone’s absolute favorite—the Omniplex! Yeah, I know it has a new name. But a lot of my childhood has already been ruined so I don’t need some rebranding scheme to change all the happiness I remember.
According to NewsOK.com, The Omniplex not Science Museum Oklahoma is planning a 21,000-square-foot expansion. That’s a lot of space in the name of science. And while I hope and pray that the new space is used to build a giant molecule-shaped jungle gym, I’m sure they have other plans. According to the report:
The expansion will be funded through a $12 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. Museum officials said they expect the project to be complete in 2015.
Don Otto, the museum’s executive director, said the children’s hall will be a museum within a museum — at 21,000 square feet, it will rival most free-standing children’s museums in the country, he said.
The hall will be geared toward children ages 3-6, he said, but it will include activities that will interest older children, as well as their parents.
It will be designed as a community, where homes, businesses and other areas will show certain aspects of science, Otto said. That format creates an environment that would feel familiar to younger children but still would be unlike anything they’ve seen.
Well, readers, we’ve made it again. It’s the weekend and we live to party another day. I hope your weekend is full of sleeping in and food and booze. I’ve made a list of things for you to do this weekend to help with the January doldrums that are brought on with the realization that there is still a long time until spring. Seriously, if you’re one of those weirdies that loves the winter, I don’t think we’ll ever be friends. However, if you’re one of those people who loves 70-degree weather, we should totally hang out.
Anyway, here’s your Friday Night in the Big Town.
Fun fact about me: The only class I ever got sent out of the room for was my art class senior year of high school. I was the only student that showed up every day and turned in every assignment. But when you ask your teacher about historical art movements, sometimes they take that as a threat and send you out of the room. Jerk. Anyway, everyone knows that art history classes are more fun than art classes where you have to make a mess with paint all day.
Anyway, there are people that didn’t get sent out of their art classes for asking questions. And some of those people are now the top artists in the state. If you want to interact with some of the state’s top artists and buy some of their work, get yourself to City Arts Center. The event will feature live music by Oklahoma recording artists, food by local restaurants, and an open bar.
In Norman, there’s always enough $2 Miller High Life tallboys at the local bars that you really don’t need water. Or so I thought. But apparently, there has been a drought, or something. Honestly, I don’t know what’s going on with the weather, readers. Who do I look like? Emily Sutton? Nope. I don’t look like her at all. But her bikini picture has convinced me that I need to start doing triathlons because I’m definitely a lot lumpier than she is.
Anyway, what this is all about is that the city of Norman wants to use water from Del City like we’re neighbors and need some sugar to finish baking a batch of cookies. According to NewsOK.com:
NORMAN — Norman officials are in negotiations with Del City to “borrow” some of its unused allocated water rights at Lake Thunderbird.
Officials hope to increase its allocation on a temporary basis to supplement Norman’s supply, which has dwindled because of an ongoing drought.
City Manager Steve Lewis said Del City has indicated a willingness to help Norman “but, of course, they have to protect their own city so discussions are centering on how to word the contract.”
More than likely, it would be a five-year contract with stipulations written into it to protect Del City’s first-rights to the water, Lewis said.
Well, I suppose if we need the water, we have to borrow it from the people with whom we share Lake Dirtybird. Though, I have to admit, until reading this article, I was fairly sure that the lake was made out the backwash from the Natty Light cans that people threw into a ditch that eventually became that lake. Seems plausible.
But this got me to thinking. If we are going to be neighborly with Del City, perhaps there are other things we can borrow from them. Here I’ve compiled a list of things that Del City can loan to Norman:
Norman has Main Street, and it’s pretty okay. There are tons of businesses, stores, bars, art galleries, and restaurants on it. Admittedly, most of my time is spent there. But maybe I would spend more time on Sunny Lane if it were in Norman and not Del City.
Happy Friday to you, readers. Oddly enough, I am not “in hate” with my surroundings today, so I don’t have anything snarky to say. Everyone on Twitter was a doll this morning, and I even had oatmeal and yogurt for breakfast like some sort of healthy weirdo. (Yes, I had a soda with breakfast too, but only because I can and that’s the best part of being an adult.) Know that this won’t last. I’ll be back next week full of rage for no reason. It’s what I do best. Also, the weather today is apparently going to be very nice so I guess I have to be happy, which is quite an imposition, if I may say.
Anyway, here’s your Friday Night in the Big Town.
So, I would be lying if I said my initial instinct wasn’t to write about O’Brien from Downton Abbey here. I’m sure the band is in no way related to a fictional character, mainly because said character is fictional. But I can’t help but think maybe this band was responsible for the miscarriage of a certain aristocrat, or perhaps that they scheme with the gay footman to overthrow the valet. This is probably not something the band does, but if one of the members has really short sideburns and curly bangs, then you know that they do.
Anyway, who doesn’t like to mix some cultures every now and again? What’s a little Irish music without some tacos and tequila flights? Just the sound of a tin whistle or a mandolin throws me into a salsa-eating frenzy. I’m sure you’re the same way. So get to the Yucatan Taco Stand and enjoy some Irish tunes and Mexican foods. Some people may not be able to reconcile the dissonance created by the merging of two seemingly disparate traditions. But those people probably aren’t into good things.
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