Hello everyone. It’s Adam and it’s cold. Don’t look at me. I didn’t do it. I blame Marisa. It’s true that I have never met Marisa, maybe that it why I find it so easy to blame her for things.
Cardinals losing the World Series? Marisa.
Me breaking my foot playing basketball? Marisa.
2008 economy collapse? Marisa.
Anyways, if you brave the conditions and decide to get out, stay safe. Don’t be the jerk who thinks everyone is being a wuss and decides to cause the rest of us a headache with your stupid, aggressive driving. If you swing out of traffic to make a pass without a thought about other people’s safety, I hope you safely and humorously end up in a ditch, Marisa.
Here are things to do that will hopefully not be cancelled:
If you lived in Oklahoma City in the late 1980s through early 1990s, stop what you’re doing and watch this batch of retro local commercials right now. Unless, of course, your name is Paul Meade. None of them are worthy of your attention.
Awesome, huh? You totally forgot about those Budget Divorce commercials, too, didn’t you? And I bet that futon in your parents’ basement was bought at Directions in Furniture. Or was it Oklahoma Discount Furniture? I don’t know.
Anyway, I got bored and decided to breakdown all the nostalgia, sexism and that random clip of racism after the jump:
Happy Thursday! I’m coming to you from Ogle headquarters, where, like the rest of you, I’ve prepared for this weekend’s weather by stocking up on enough booze and frozen pizza to last me at least until mid-January. Yes, folks, it’s that time of year again. The BC Clark jingle is on the radio, Christmas is right around the corner, and the local news reporters are preparing for the important work of bundling up and standing by the road so they can kneel down to show us that there is snow on the ground.
It’s Weather Apocalypse 2013! Let’s see how our local weathermen prepared their forecasts for today…
I’m about a decade too old to be into boy bands, but I can’t help but kinda like One Direction. I like their accents, I like that they call Simon Cowell “Uncle Simon,” and I like how the heavily tattooed one conspicuously dumped Taylor Swift the same week that her single about getting dumped by bad boys was released. But mostly, I appreciate that although they have silly haircuts and sing songs that get stuck in your head, they haven’t nearly approached the level of awful that is Justin Bieber.
However, this band of merry Brits might want to consider getting a new publicist / wardrobe designer / photographer / whoever happened to be on set when they staged this promo image:
Sometimes I think about having a child. It doesn’t get much further than dressing them up in tiny baby tuxedos or ewok costumes, because I can’t fathom any other reason to spawn. Luckily for me, I’ve never been to the cabbage patch. Because that’s where babies come from, right? I mean, I’m not 100% sure. I went to an Oklahoma public school, and beyond having teachers constantly remind you that all boys are predatory and want one thing, my education regarding the birds and the bees was sorely lacking. Thankfully, my family had an internet connection and I could access enough porn to know what a normal adult relationship looked like, right?
I’m not the only one who thinks that we could be doing a little better to educate our children when it comes to sex. According to NewsOK.com:
The number of teen births and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) has prompted concern among administrators with state and local health departments.
Statewide, 21,307 cases of sexually transmitted diseases, including 20 cases of HIV, were reported among those ages 15 to 19 in 2012, according to the state Health Department.
“Based on the STD rate that we’re seeing in adolescents, it’s obvious that there’s an educational need regarding sexual health,” said Kristen Eberly, who manages the Health Department’s HIV and STD programs.
“When we talk to newly diagnosed individuals, oftentimes they tell us they didn’t know they’re putting themselves at risk for HIV because they were never taught how to protect themselves.”
Although teen birthrates across the country continue to decline, Oklahoma still has one of the highest teen birthrates in the country, said Thad Burk, who studies disease and analyzes trends for the Health Department.
Statewide, there were 47.8 births per 1,000 females ages 15 to 19 in 2011, the fifth-highest rate in the country, Burk said. In Oklahoma County the birthrate was 56.2.
Oklahoma is one of the only states that does not mandate school districts to provide comprehensive health education, which includes sex education.
“I think if you look at simply the birthrates, you can say that yes, there is a need for more comprehensive sexuality education,” said Linsey Garlington, teen pregnancy prevention program supervisor for the Oklahoma City-County Health Department. “We believe that parents are the first and most important educators of their children. We hope that they’re getting information from a trusted adult.”
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