When I’ve talked with Ogle Moles about the future of Chesapeake Energy, the big concern hasn’t been bankruptcy, but a potential buyout or acquisition by an out-of-state company. This would be a double-whammy nightmare for the Oklahoma City and state economy. Not only would a lot of people lose good jobs, but a lot of good people may leave town to follow a job.
Well, that nightmare scenario may not be too far away. According to Bloomberg Business Week, Chesapeake is now a target for acquisition:
Welcome to one of the worst days of the year — the Tuesday after Memorial Day. Right now you’re sunburned, tired and slightly hungover. You probably feel like someone took 20 bad Mondays, put them in a bucket of gravy, and then dumped it all over your head. Unless, of course, you’re off work today. If that’s the case, fuck you.
Anyway, Tony usually writes this weekly review of celebrity tweets, but he’s busy working on a new series of Jennifer Reynolds watercolors for an upcoming art show. I’ve seen a few of them, and I must say they are pretty impressive. My favorite is the one he painted of Jennifer and Ron Stahl riding horses and eating Rush Springs watermelon on the set of Discover Oklahoma. I’m not sure what would inspire someone to paint something like that — or why Ron Stahl had an arrow in his back — but Tony is a creative guy. You can’t explain his genius.
To this week’s tweets:
It’s time for our Friday Mailbag presented by Kaisers Bistro in Midtown. It’s that thing where you send us emails, we publish a few of them, and then the person who sent us the best one wins some FREE food to Kaisers.
Last week’s winning email was sent to us by Travis:
Instead of shirts, I think the Chesapeake Arena should hand out free fake beards for the Thunder-Laker games.
Congrats, Travis. Now to this week’s mailbag:
According to the always reliable Wikipedia, humans have been raising domesticated cattle for over 10,000 years. During that time frame, you would think that we would have figured out all the different cuts of steak, but apparently we haven’t. While people stuff their faces with cow testicles at Cattlemen’s, researchers from OSU have discovered a new cut of beef. It’s called the Vegas Strip. From NPR:
Yesterday, OPUBCO announced that it has entered into a contract to sell its ominous 12-story corporate headquarters, manufacturing plant and a bunch of other goodies to American Fidelity Assurance. When the sale goes through, OPUBCO will then lease five floors of the office tower and the production plant, and American Fidelity will gradually relocate to the other floors, including the 12th floor patio and garden.
This news isn’t very surprising. Former OPUBCO President David Thompson is an executive at American Fidelity, and the newspaper industry continues to struggle. At one time it probably made sense for a newspaper-backed media conglomerate to own a big, dark and scary office building that frightened orcs and wildlings, but thanks to declining revenues, circulation and dying reader-base, that time is gone. In 20 years, I wouldn’t be surprised if OPUBCO moves into an old Braum’s or just starts renting a desk at OKC CoCo.
Anyway, I decided to see stop by NewsOK.com to see what their commenter trolls had to say about the news. Would they be respectful and/or condescending, or would they just go the usual route and blame Obama. Unfortunately, it was none of the above, because this happened:
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