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Let’s do some local LARPing!

Dagorhir LARP

I’m a grown adult. I have very few hobbies. In fact, the thing I do most in my free time happens to also be the thing I do for a living. Writing is weird like that. As a result, I sit around and type a lot. So, I guess you could say that’s my hobby. Sitting at my laptop for like 13 hours a day and just typing. It’s a glamorous life.

However, I’ve been told there are other people who actually do things for fun that don’t involve computers. You know, like knitting or dancing or running. And there are some who even compete in epic battles with weaponry. Not joking. According to NewsOK.com:

E.C. Hafer Park was the playground for a session of Dagorhir Battle Games, a full-contact, live-action combat game, in which combatants engage each other in battle with foam-padded weaponry.

According to Dagorhir.com, the battle game was founded in Washington, D.C., in 1977. It has thousands of members spread throughout the United States, Canada, Britain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Germany, Australia and Japan.

A metro-area Dagorhir club is Alterra, in Edmond.

I’m glad the world has embraced nerds as much as they have lately. But get ready for the backlash. The pendulum swings both ways and it’s only a matter of time before people aren’t so keen to display their nerdery anymore for fear of atomic wedgies and swirlies.

Anyway, I guess this is cool, I mean, if you’re into it. It just doesn’t look like that much fun to me. I mean, if I’m going to to indulge my fantastic side, I’m going to watch The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and just keep replaying that part where Eowyn says “I AM NO MAN!” and then slays the Witch King of Angmar. Oh, and maybe that part where Aragorn says to the hobbits “My friends, you bow to no one.”

But this did get me to thinking. What sort of live-action role playing would I be into? And what would be really popular around these parts? Well, have I got a list for you. I present to you 5 live-action roleplaying games I’d actually like to play.

2010 dominator

Storm Chasers

Full disclosure: When it got cloudy outside, but not quite stormy, my friend and I would hop into her dad’s pick up and sit in the driveway and play storm chasers. We spent most of the time in the bed arranging an imaginary DOT thing like from the movie Twister. (We were 11 when it came out, please don’t judge.) But I think this would still be fun to do as an adult. Just think of all the things you could add to your car to make it look like the dominator. Also, you get to wear cargo shorts and a windbreaker! And talk about hook echoes! That seems like the best part to me.

10 things to do during the summer in Oklahoma

swimming pool

So, June is here and the rains have stopped. The weather is perfect, and I’m finally remembering what it was like to have a sun in the sky. If you’re like me, you’ve already transitioned into your summer wardrobe (too short gym shorts and an old concert t-shirt) so you can really get in the spirit of the season (not die when your house gets too hot during OG&E Smart Hours). And of course, all this means that summer is just around the corner.

If you’re a parent, then you’re probably looking for things to do with your kids. And if you’re an adult, you’re probably wishing you still had summers off. And if you’re a teacher with summers off, you’re probably looking for a new job because it’s not awesome to be a teacher in the state of Oklahoma right now.

If you’re having trouble figuring out what to do with your summer, don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. Here I present you with 10 things to do during the summer in Oklahoma.


1. Get skin cancer.

So, I’m one of those intolerable 20-something women who wears a shit ton of sunscreen because I never want to age. I put it on the backs of my hands even, just so I don’t get old lady hands too early. Yes, I used to tan a lot. But I’ve seen the error of my ways. However, my fine, freckled friends, you need to watch your backs. I know that if you’re the type who doesn’t take any advice about sunscreen, you totally won’t care when I tell you that you should do it. That’s why I’m encouraging you to get skin cancer.

deer tick

2. Contract Lyme disease.

I bet right now your backyard is like a swampy jungle full of mud, snakes, and ticks. At least that’s what my backyard is like at the moment. I don’t know a lot about Lyme disease, other than you get it from ticks. Also, I once saw an episode of Intervention where a pill addict had untreated Lyme disease, and that’s why she started taking all these painkillers in the first place. Is this a normal occurrence with Lyme disease? I don’t know, but I’m going to say yes. After all, I saw it on cable. And you were probably going to spend your summer experimenting with drugs anyway.

Snapping turtles are apparently good at guarding your stash

snapping turtle

How old were you when you found your parents’ stash of drugs? Most folks were between the ages of 10 and 15 when they happened to look in the weird vase their mom kept on top of the fridge, or in the bottom drawer of Dad’s work bench out in the garage. Or, maybe it was a shoe box under the bed. Wherever it happened to be, you probably found it, and promptly began raiding it. And because your parents didn’t want to admit that they were doing drugs, they never confronted you about it. Ah, the good old days.

I ask now because apparently there are better ways to guard your drugs that don’t involve a hollowed out book or a cleverly disguised stash box. They do, however, involve turtles. According to KFOR.com:

Monday Morning Tweets

Happy Monday and good morning, everyone. Oh, and hells yeah it’s June! Why is June so special? Well, it’s not May. And May was one crazy month. I like to think that June will be the month where I don’t have to take my dog to the vet because she consumed a drowned rodent she found in the French drain. I also like to think June will be a month where we get less than 5 inches of rain. A girl can hope! So I say good riddance to May, the month that pretty much drowned us all.

Anyway, to celebrate the passing of the last week of the worst month we’ve had in a hot minute, I’ve gathered all the relevant and funny tweets right here for your enjoyment. Check them out after the jump!

It’s time to freak out about ticks, Oklahoma

tick virus

Remember when everyone freaked out about West Nile and H1N1 and ebola? Those were some fun times. All your germophobe friends were telling you that everyone was going to die, and all your burn out friends were turning broadcasts about the viruses into drinking games. Don’t you miss the mass hysteria associated with diseases you probably won’t get because you’re too busy sitting on your couch and watching Netflix to interact with other people or creatures that could give you any diseases?

Well, don’t worry. It’s time to get super stressed about a cool new disease you can get from the ticks in your backyard. According to News9.com: