The Lost Ogle


Oklahoma City News, Entertainment & Occasional Humor • Established 2007

This girl should win some sort of Thunder Fan contest…

We usually don’t post much on Fridays, but with the Thunder’s first round playoff match-up with Denver only a few days away, this deserves to be seen.

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I think what I like about this video is how this girl tattoo totally fits the Thunder super fan stereotype.  She looks as much like a Thunder fan as the Mathis Brothers look like Red City Radio fans.  Also, I guess we now know who needs to be put on suicide or leg amputation watch if the Thunder ever leave Oklahoma City…or change their logo.

Mike Koehler wants to build an AT-AT (sigh)

I hate publicity stunts.  They are cheesy, contrived and about the only thing they really accomplish is feeding some publicity seeker’s ego and wasting the time of innocent people.  Naturally then, I loved this story about former Oklahoman sports editor turned social media “guru” Mike Koehler:

An Oklahoma City man wants to give people a new hope in these dark times.

How does he plan to do it? By building a massive, earth-crushing Imperial Walker from “Star Wars.”

The self-professed geek is aiming to raise funds to create a fully functional, life-sized version of an AT-AT (All Terrain Armored Transport).

Fans would know the behemoth – estimated to realistically stand about 73-feet high – as a weapon of the Empire that trampled through the snowy plains of Hoth in “The Empire Strikes Back.”

“I thought this would be a good rallying point to make us feel good again,” Michael Koehler told the Daily News on Tuesday.

It is his hope that by constructing the mechanical monstrosity, he will bring together sci-fi lovers from around the world. And so far, he may be doing just that.

Koehler is already accepting donations via his tumblr website – atatforamerica.tumblr.com – and will shortly be accepting more donations via kickstarter, a website that allows artists, filmmakers and inventors to raise money.

He acknowledges that the out-of-this-world project could require a galactic amount of time and money, but Koehler’s taking things piece by piece.

“Based on our rough plans, we would split it up into several build teams around the country,” he said. Different parts could be built in different places, and then assembled at his Oklahoma home.

The former newspaper man-turned-social media consultant hopes that, if the Force is with him, he’ll have the project completed within a few years.

Yeah, I’m sure that Mike Koehler is just a humble guy who wants to build an AT-AT to make the country feel better, and that this story is in no way a self-serving attempt by him to feed his ego and promote his social media consulting firm.  I’m also sure that The Phantom Menace was the best Star Wars movie and that Sally Kern dressed up like a Jawa for Halloween.

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Friday Night in the Big Town: Steampunk, Tattoos and Records

Little known fact about Fridays:  They’re my favorite time of year now that I am no longer a bartender.  Now that I get to drink instead of serving the drinks, it’s quite fantastic.  Not that I didn’t drink while serving them, but you know, just don’t let the ABLE Commission know.  And not working on Fridays means that I get to go eat chicken fried steak tonight with some classy individuals.  If you see a story on the news about a woman who was kicked out of a restaurant for tearing off her clothes and writhing orgiastically in the gravy from her chicken fried steak, I have no idea who that is.

Here’s your Friday Night in the Big Town.

April 15-17:  Oklahoma Steampunk Exposition

Well, here’s something fun for you kids who won’t get laid this weekend.  The definition the website gives steampunk is “Victorian science fiction.”  I like to think of it as just another excuse for fanboys and fangirls to get all dressed up in homemade costumes and parade around.  But I won’t say anything like that lest an OKC Jedi happens to be a steampunker too.

Anyway, it looks like you can buy some awesome dork gear and play some dork games while you’re here.  If they have a steam-powered iPod dock, let me know.  I need that for when the electricity goes out.

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Behind Enemy Lines

Sure, he hasn't played a game all year, but 30-ft decals aren't cheap, so The Rose Garden is going to use it.

This will probably surprise some of you, but I like NBA basketball. I know, shocker.

Anyway, I recently found myself in Portland, Oregon, home of the Trail Blazers. According to many reporters who cover the league, their venue–The Rose Garden–is among the best in the sport. Of course, the support for such accolades is usually short on detail. Having a free night while in town, I got a ticket and decided to check it out.

What I learned is that Oklahoma City has a lot to learn about being an NBA fanbase.

The playoffs begin this weekend, and if last season was any indication, a lot is going to be made by the media about how much of an effect the OKC fans have on the team play. I even witnessed first hand the incredible atmosphere of game 6 against Los Angeles. The what used to be called Ford Center nearly exploded from the noise of 16,000 jubilant fans (adjusted for all the rat bastard Laker fans who snuck into the arena). They collectively willed the team to a near upset of the eventual champions.

In Portland, the game I witnessed carried far less weight. It was the final home game of the season, on a Tuesday night, the Blazers had already clinched a playoff spot, and their opponent was one of the least popular teams in the league–Memphis. Making matters worse, the Grizzlies decided to rest their best players for the playoffs. Yet the atmosphere was still ridiculously intense.

From tipoff until the outcome was clear, the Portland fans were keyed in. I’ve been to middle of the week games in Oklahoma City, and if the other team was someone as boring as Memphis, the crowd slept through. Here is what set Portland apart:  Read More

Jim Inhofe is a daredevil…

We already knew the Jim Inhofe was kind of crazy.  I mean he is the man who leads the charge against environmental protection and claims that global warming is a just silly myth conjured up by thousands upon thousands of the world’s scientists.

Well, maybe now it’s time we certify him is officially crazy…or senile.  From the Smoking Gun:

Newly released Federal Aviation Administration documents and audiotapes shed a scary new light on a bizarre incident late last year during which U.S. Senator James Inhofe landed his Cessna on a closed runway at a south Texas airport, scattering construction workers who ran for their lives as the politician’s plane hopscotched over them and six vehicles.

The FAA material, provided in response to a TSG Freedom of Information Act request, details how Inhofe, 76, chose to land on the main runway at the Cameron County Airport on October 21 despite being aware that it was closed and had a large ‘X’ on its threshold.

The politician, the FAA investigation determined, “still elected to land avoiding the men and the equipment on the runway.” In a bid to avoid “legal enforcement action,” Inhofe, who has a commercial pilot’s license, agreed to “complete a program of remedial training,” according to an FAA letter sent in January to Inhofe, a third-term Republican senator from Oklahoma. Inhofe is pictured at right.

Shortly after Inhofe landed, Sidney Boyd, who was supervising construction on the closed runway, called the FAA to report that Inhofe’s plane, a twin-engine six-seater, initially touched down on the runway and then “’sky hopped’ over the six vehicles and personnel working on the runway, and then landed.”

During the call, which was recorded by the FAA, Boyd said Inhofe’s antics “scared the crap out of” workers, adding that the Cessna “damn near hit” a red truck. Referring to the vehicle’s driver, Boyd added, “I think he actually wet his britches, he was scared to death. I mean, hell, he started trying to head for the side of the runway. The pilot could see him, or he should have been able to, he was right on him.”

Boyd also said that Inhofe showed little contrition following the close call. “He come over here and started being like, ‘What the hell is this? I was supposed to have unlimited airspace.’”

Geeze, how in the world is the guy still our Senator?  The guy’s a 77-years old, says things that are more embarrassing than a paid subscription to the Oklahoman, and now makes construction workers think they are going to die and piss their pants.  What’s next?  Tapping shoes at an airport?  Wearing a cape in public?  Who knows.

What’s really sad about this is that even though Inhofe is transitioning from a right-wing wacko to a senile fossil, he still has high approval ratings in our state.  That’s why I say we go ahead and start the “Draft Brad Henry for US Senator” website.  He’s probably the only normal guy who can beat Inhofe in 2014 — when Inhofe will 80-years old, mind you — so we need to try to convince him to run.  Plus, it will be kind of cool to hear “Brad Henry, Brad Henry” commercials with Barry Switzer again.