Update: Yeah, I have no clue what’s going on. Apparently the whole “reopening this week” thing has hit some snags. The liquor license is expired, and the new owner I talked to apparently isn’t even the new owner. Brianna Bailey took a break from singing Yellow Ledbetter at Nancy’s Lighthouse to update on everything. You can see it after jump. I added some “editor’s notes” to the post below.
That lasted about as long as a plate of stuffed mushrooms… (I guess mushrooms last longer than I thought.)
Less than one month after the venue was shut down because someone didn’t pay taxes, the Oklahoma City landmark VZD’s is set to reopen as early as 5:00pm tomorrow under new ownership. (Haha, psyche!)
I know this because I just got off the phone with VZD’s new owner article, Brent Walton. (So, according to The Oklahoman article, the guy I talked to isn’t the new owner, but the new operator and eventual owner. Meh, details suck.) He’s been involved in the Oklahoma City bar scene for nearly his entire life. He’s a former owner of the Cock-O-The-Walk and Classics – two of my favorite local neighborhood dives – and his first job was at Will Rogers Theatre when it was still a theater. When Brent was a kid, his uncle owned Sipango and Red Rooster, so I guess you can say Brent and his family have been directly responsible for a bunch of Bishop McGuinness graduates getting drunk and laid over the years. (Hey, I think this part is right. Who knows.)
Here are a few things (I thought) I learned from my brief conversation with Brent…
Yesterday, the KFOR Social Media Bandit posted a clickbait story by CNN on their website about the texting acronyms kids are now using to talk about their genitals. The list includes 28 items that range in meaning from “Hey, my parents are in the room,” to more dangerous acronyms like, “I’m high on bath salts and want to show you my wiener.”
It’s a good idea to inform your children that taking nude photos and putting them on the internet can either ruin your life or make you super famous. But I would venture to say that if you are already reading your kids texts, maybe it doesn’t matter what the acronyms are… look for inappropriate photos, explicit messages, context, or Snapchat. These acronyms seem to only be used to solicit this behavior.
Here’s the list:
Even though for my high school years I went to Northwest Classen and Classen School of Advanced Studies, my heart always lay in Capitol Hill High School, if only for the sheer amount of beautiful girls who attended there.
Let’s face it: the girls in your school are lame, so there’s a real thrill to being introduced to a pal’s cousin named Rita from another school, something that always made band trips and football games the only real reason worth attending. Even though most of the relationships barely lasted beyond a serious make-out sesh under the bleachers, it was always was always a welcomed break from the bland and mundane.
The only reason I bring this non-sequiterial memory up is because CH is part of two recent victories within the Oklahoma City Public Schools thanks to the diligent work of Native American rights activists. The first is the long-time-coming ban on Land Run reenactments in OKC schools and, more specific to this narrative, Capitol Hill High School deciding to do away with their offensive Redskins moniker and mascotry.
And just like the Washington namesake, while many people aren’t happy about it – some students are protesting – I personally feel they’re not looking on the bright side: finally, you get to pick a new name and mascot that truly reflects who you are as a school and as a community! As the Lost Ogle’s resident Chicano slash Native American, I’ve decided to jump into the fray and offer my former wannabe alma mater a handful of suggestions as to where to go from here.
The Capitol Hill Queso
Who wouldn’t cheer for queso? Hot, spicy, liquidic cheese served with fresh tortilla chips as a gratis app before every South-of-the-Border themed meal is a steadfast Oklahoma staple of Latin cuisine and we should be grateful—most every other state in America charges you for what we take for granted. And with Capitol Hill being home to 99% of the best restaurants in town—Mexican or otherwise—as well as laying the foundations for puro Metro culinary icons like Chelino’s, nothing will get me to stand up and root, root, root for the home team more than if it paid tribute to one of the few things that makes life worth eating.
It’s a strange time we live in, what with having an online life and an IRL life. And if there’s one thing that has been hammered into my head it’s that you aren’t allowed to be yourself on the internet lest possible employers find you and judge you. I’ve been lucky enough to work for employers who don’t use Google, at least I assume they don’t because they’ve kept me on the payroll. Certain job creators get pretty antsy when you happen to write for an obscure local social blog, but thus far mine haven’t even found all the porn featuring my current coworkers, so I think I’m in the clear.
Anyway, some teachers think it’s important to teach kids how to properly use the internet, and by that I mean how to leave a digital footprint that won’t render them unhirable. And one sixth grade teacher in Tulsa is really concerned. She’s so concerned that she posted a note to Facebook just to show her students how fast it could spread and it’s gone viral in online life.
According to Fox23.com:
A Tulsa teacher is trying to teach her students a tough life lesson about Facebook in the classroom, so they don’t have to endure the consequences later in life.
Melissa Bour told FOX23 her students only learned a few days ago what you post online can and likely will live forever on the Internet.
“I had students respond with ‘It’s no big deal’ and ‘nobody really cares’, and I care. I care very much about their reputations,” said the Emerson Elementary 6th grade teacher.
She is describing a recent incident in which she friended one of her students, and while she was going through that student’s page, she noticed many students in her class were posing and posting selfies on the social network where they were wearing skimpy clothing and also flipping the middle finger toward the camera.
See, I always thought the cardinal rule of the internet was not to friend your students if you work as any sort of teacher. It’s like not friending your supervisors or the friends of your parents. You don’t need anyone checking up on you when you post pictures taken from the bar at 1 AM.
Also, let’s not forget that according to Facebook rules, you have to be 13 to have a Facebook profile. While Bour does teach sixth graders, I’m pretty sure a lot of them aren’t even old enough to have a Facebook. Maybe she should focus on sending letters home to parents of underage Facebookers rather than posting an open letter to Facebook at large. But whatever. She posted it.
“My generation was the one that kind of made Facebook big, and we have a tendency to overshare,” she said. “These students are just falling into that. You have to remind them that just because everyone else is sharing doesn’t mean you have to share.”
Bour’s letter went viral quickly, and not only has it appeared in nearly every state, it has also begun to pop up in foreign countries like Saudi Arabia, Germany and Australia.
“My sheet of paper with the green writing on it made it around the world,” she said. “So what do you think is going to happen to students who have inappropriate things up, and how far is that going to reach?”
Honestly, probably not that far. Since pretty much every kid on Facebook does that, it’s not that big of a deal.
But this did get me to thinking. I wonder what Bour’s personal Facebook page is like. She seems like she’s an early Gen Y/late Gen X woman like myself, and as such probably has hella compromising stuff that she’s been tagged in. Well, unfortunately the majority of her profile is on lockdown. The only posts and pictures I could see were the ones she added very recently.
Okay, Melissa Bour. Way to teach your students. Slow clap from all of us over here. Sure, your students may be well on their way to being responsible internet citizens, but will they ever know the joys of going to a job interview and having the interviewer ask them why they would possibly think the company would want to hire someone associated with The Lost Ogle? (P.S. That’s a fun one! It’s more fun when they really want to hire you, but spend 20 minutes asking if you’d consider not writing for TLO anymore.)
Anyway, this Melissa Bour character doesn’t have a completely clean online presence!
The Art of Manliness reader pictured above is Steven Alcorn. He was recently suspended from his teaching duties at Marlow High School for posting a Benjamin Franklin quote in his classroom.
For the first time, a Marlow High School history teacher is speaking out about his suspension over a small poster in his classroom.
Steven Alcorn is now facing a termination hearing in front of the school board over a quote by Benjamin Franklin. The quote was put up by a student in 2009. It’s on a 3-by-3 coloring book picture of a gray cat with the caption, “In the dark, all cats are grey.”
It came from a satirical letter Franklin wrote in 1745, “Advice to a Young Man on the Choice of a Mistress.”
Umm, that’s it? That quote wouldn’t even make Linda Cavanaugh blush. For those non-English majors amongst us, it’s basically Ben Franklin’s dapper way of saying when the lights go out, who cares what she looks like? Outside of “three 3’s are better than one 9″ and “hit it and quit it,” it’s one of my favorite Ben Franklin quotes.
Here’s some more about Alcorn’s curious suspension:
Marlow school officials haven’t told anyone why the post has become a problem after five years, including the teacher himself. He says he is still unsure why after so many years the school just now told him that the quote was inappropriate.
For the past 38 years, Steven Alcorn has been teaching history and has spent the last five years teaching at Marlow High School. Alcorn hasn’t had any problems until recently when he was confronted by his superintendent and principal who told him the quote on display in his classroom was inappropriate.
“I was told not to go back to my classroom when the students were there and that they would notify me. And as of this moment, I have never received anything in writing from the school board,” said Alcorn.
He says the quote has been on his walls for five years, and this is the first time anyone, including his supervisors, has ever had a problem with it.
“My principal and superintendent have been in my classroom many times and they could not have missed it, because it was right by my front door in my classroom,” explained Alcorn.
Alcorn says if he had known that the school didn’t want to use the letter as an example in his teachings, he wouldn’t have used it.
Yeah, it is kind of weird that the school administrators flipped out over such a minor thing. I doubt half the students in Marlow can even read at a high school level, much less comprehend an 18th century quote from Ben Franklin. If anything, most of the students probably read the quote and then go through life thinking that cats change colors at nighttime.
Since the quote isn’t that big of a deal, it makes you think that there’s maybe something more to Alcorn’s suspension. That he, a high school history teacher, has done something else to warrant a suspension. I wonder if it could be due to things like this on his Facebook page:
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