It looks like we found the perfect gag gift for Mike Morgan’s Christmas Jubilee. And no, it’s not this album or animal feed for a petting a zoo.
Over the weekend, Marisa alerted me to an Etsy mom who is selling a Gary England Drinking Game gift set online. It’s basically a laminated list of the game’s rule complete with a set of red plastic “Friday Night in the Big Town” cups.
Here’s an image and description:
Back at my old job, my boss would always say that he wanted his employees to maintain a strong “work-life balance.” I was always happy to oblige. With an easy 8-5 schedule, good insurance, vacation time and the internet on my work PC, achieving a good balance between work and life was easy.
Now that I’m self-employed and run an obscure local media and trivia empire, it’s become a little more difficult to keep up the concept. I guess you can say my work has become my life and my life has become my work. It really is hard to differentiate the two. For example, when I watch the news and see an attractive woman reporting in front of an apartment fire, I don’t just think “I hope no one was hurt” or “Wow, that girl is hot.” I wonder “Wow, that girl’s hot. I wonder where we should rank her in the 20 Hottest Women in the Oklahoma City media. I better hop on her Facebook page and grab pics before it goes private…and yeah, I hope no one was hurt.”
Anyway, I’ve decided to take a few days off from writing for TLO to focus on the “life” part of that equation. While I’m tending to that, you should probably check out this video of Mike Morgan having an epic meltdown on the webcast Weather Brains. It’s pretty amazing. The clip starts around the 2o minute mark. It kind of goes all over the map, but if you want to see and hear Mike go on heated, occasionally incoherent, rants about severe weather, talk trash on Gary England and David Payne, imply that he knows know about weather than the national weather service, and many other fun things, check it out:
No, that picture isn’t fake. Also, Mike Morgan, Gary England and that other dude are not about to block a free kick. They were actually receiving the Lee Allan Smith “Spirit of Oklahoma” Award (whatever that is) at their annual Associates Gala (whatever that is).
Three lifesaving meteorologists will receive the Lee Allan Smith Spirit of Oklahoma Award at Oklahoma Christian University’s Associates Gala.
The 11th-annual dinner, featuring Oklahoma City Thunder broadcaster Grant Long as the keynote speaker, will be at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.
OC will present the Lee Allan Smith Spirit of Oklahoma Award to KWTV’s Gary England, KOCO’s Damon Lane and KFOR’s Mike Morgan for their tireless efforts to keep people safe and informed during the May tornadoes.
The award, given annually to individuals who have devoted themselves to the betterment of Oklahoma, is named for Lee Allan Smith, a tireless proponent of Oklahoma City and the state as a whole.
Previous Lee Allan Smith Spirit of Oklahoma award winners include Oklahoma City mayors Ron Norick, Kirk Humphreys and Mick Cornett, and former Oklahoma governors and first ladies George and Donna Nigh, Frank and Cathy Keating, and Brad and Kim Henry
That’s cool. It’s about time that someone else around town learned that heaping praise on local weatherman will bring visitors and attention to your obscure local university and/or website. It’s just a shame that we weren’t there to appreciate it. Clark Matthews could have read some of his dirty weather limericks and I could have shared the Gary England origin story. Seriously, how did we not get tickets to this??! We’re the authority for local weatherfolk. Who do the people at Oklahoma Christian think they are? The New York Times???
Overall, we heard the ceremony went great. There were only a few complications. The first was when the state map of Oklahoma suddenly appeared at the bottom right corner of the projection screen and alerted the audience to a flash flood watch in Roger Mills County. The second problem took place when something called a Damon Lane got lost in the moment and wet his pants on stage. You also had some hyperactive toddler and David Payne making strange, loud noises in the back of the room, but that happens at any event.
Here are some pics and tweets from the ceremony. I’m going to warn you, some of them are surreal. First, we had severe weather deity Gary England pose for a pic with Princess Snowflake Emily Sutton:
How much would you be willing to pay for a matching couch and chair that was previously owned by Emily Sutton? $5,000? $10,000? $20,000?
If so, have we got a deal for you. The two-time Ogle Madness champion is selling some of her old furniture on Craigslist. Because she’s Emily Sutton and kind and sweet and perfect, some of the proceeds even go to charity.
Here’s the ad:
Emily Sutton’s Couch & Recliner (Portion of Sales to Charity!) – $400 (OKC)
Hello friends! I just moved and need to sell my couch & recliner. I will give a quarter of the sale to the GO MITCH GO Foundation in the fight against all blood cancers!
Couch & matching recliner for sale! Great condition. 4 years old. The microfiber suede is machine washable. I am willing to talk about the price.
$400 for a couch and chair previously owned by Emily Sutton??! Sign me up!!! I’d drop that much for them sight unseen. Not only would they be a great conversation starter – “That couch was owned by Emily Sutton” – but they’d be the perfect fit for my tornado safe room / weather museum / mom’s basement.
Let’s go ahead and check them out:
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