The other day, an Ogle Mole — his name rhymes with Mint Snarky* — forwarded us a link to a website called CruisingGays.com. At this website, gay people can list, rank and write reviews about the best spots in town to meet, tap shoes or run and hide in bushes.
The site lists over 20 spots in Oklahoma City. Some of the places are ones that you would expect to make the list. You know, like Habana Inn, Trosper Park or any TV news room. But there are some other places that you may find shocking and hysterically funny, especially if you are a naive heterosexual male like myself.
Anyway, as a public service to weary heterosexuals, eager homosexuals and those of us with a juvenile sense of humor, we’ve listed some of the locations, their reviews, and our thoughts on them after the jump.
Warning: Some of the language is a bit crude, graphic and totally gay.
• The Flaming Lips’ have added “Performing an acoustic version of ‘Do You Realize?’ at a Los Angeles cemetery” to the list of weird things they can do because they’re the Flaming Lips. I’m not sure if I like the video or the acoustic version of the song, but at least they stayed away from confetti, balloons and Wayne walking around in a giant bubble. It’s about time they try something new. (via Barrelhouse Beat)
• Norman is having a problem with cute little beavers. And no, you don’t need to worry if you just met a girl on Campus Corner. Apparently beavers are swimming their way into town and building dams where water runoff is supposed to drain from the city. As a response, the city is capturing and killing the dangerous varmints. Once they kill all the beavers, city officials have announced they will tackle Norman’s next biggest problem: Hipster college kids.
Last Friday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol announced Oklahoma State Trooper Patrick Venable had resigned amid allegations of sexual assault. Via News9:
OKLAHOMA CITY – Late Friday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol admitted one of its own resigned after allegations of sexual assault surfaced.
OHP said it had been investigating a state trooper for several weeks on allegations of sexual misconduct. Officials at OHP would not reveal what those allegations are.
“I’m not going to take any questions because I can’t get into any of the facts,” said Colonel Kerry Pettingill, chief of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Many details are unknown, but the accusations of sexual misconduct surround former Oklahoma State Trooper Patrick Venable.
“As chief of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol I just have to say that we take such allegations very seriously,” said Pettingill. “It goes against our very core values if this proves to be true.”…
On June 29th Venable resigned. On Friday, OHP says it turned over it’s findings to the Logan County district attorney’s office for further investigation.
News 9 attempted to speak with Venable at his Oklahoma City home on Friday, but nobody answered the door. Most neighbors would not go on camera to talk about the man at the center of the investigation.
As of late Friday, no charges were filed in Logan County against Venable. The Logan County DA’s office was not available for comment late Friday. News 9 will continue to press OHP for more on the internal investigation.
Hmmn. That kind of makes you wonder what the guy allegedly did. Here’s what we’ve heard via the Ogle Mole Network. And no, it has nothing to do with protecting the Lieutenant Governor.
See those ugly cups up there? They’re old, made of rhinoceros horns and belong to a man from Tulsa. They’re also worth about $1.5 million dollars. From the Daily Mail:
The Antiques Roadshow television programme was presented with its most valuable find ever this weekend.
At the Roadshow’s stop in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a man walked into the city’s Convention Centre with a set of five Chinese cups carved from rhinoceros horns.
The man, who has not been identified, said that he has had the set since the 1970s and had no idea of their worth.
An appraiser for the show, Lark Mason told local news station KTUL: ‘As each one came out of the box my jaw started to drop a little more.
‘Then my colleagues looked and their jaws dropped as well.’
Mr Mason put the late 17th century cup set’s value at between $1-1.5 million.
It is the most expensive item in the show’s 16-year history.
The news, obviously, was sweet music to the owner.
Mr Mason said: ‘I was hoping he wasn’t going to collapse, but he said that he was glad that he didn’t need his inhaler.’
‘My jaw dropped’: Lark Mason, an expert in Chinese antiques and an appraiser for the Antiques Roadshow, was bowled over by the cups
Roadshow executive producer Marsha Bemko said: ‘You clearly could even see, in the tape that I was watching, the color rush over his face.
‘But now Tulsa is famous, a Roadshow record.’
First of all, please don’t tell your grandparents about this. You don’t want to be a bad grandkid and ruin the surprise. Also, isn’t it cool that I quoted a story from the Daily Mail? I would have used the Tulsa World, but some people might not have been able to view the story. Also, it gives me an excuse to write words like “programme,” “centre” and “Bollocks!”
Since that’s out-of-the-way, I guess we should go ahead and congratulate Tulsa for one-upping us. Several year’s ago, Antiques Road Show visited Oklahoma City. It was the greatest day for senior citizens in our town since Furr’s opened that buffet in Moore. The most expensive item they discovered was this Gallé Marquetry Vase. It “only” appraised for $60,000 – $80,000:
One thing you get pretty used to as an Oklahoman is your home state making some random internet Top 10 list. Sometimes these lists can be nice and positive — like being named one of the “Top 10 Cities to Relocate to if You Want to Work for a Natural Gas Company” — while other times they can be embarrassing and sad.
Well, an Ogle Mole forwarded us this list (via KOCO) from last February that belongs in the embarrassing and sad category. It ranks “The Ten States Running Out Of Smart People.” Oklahoma was ranked third. Here’s why:
The best Oklahoma performed in any of our metrics was 33rd, for a slight increase in the population with jobs requiring college educations. In every other category, the state experienced significant relative and actual decreases. Oklahoma had the sixth-worst decline in reading scores. Between 2000 and 2009, 39 states had better increases in adults with bachelors degrees, and 45 had better increases in advanced degrees.
Population Change (2000-2009): 159,419 (4.6%)
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher: 22.7% (42nd)
Population With White Collar Careers: 11.8% (37th)
NAEP Math: 41st
NAEP Reading: 38th
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