Sam and Diane had Cheers. Ted, Barney, and the gang had McLaren’s. Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. Yet thanks to our state’s high population of rednecks/Derps/meth dabblers/weirdos, finding a place you can comfortably call your home-away-from-home can be a challenge.
This week, I’m going to take a load off your soul and list out some cool places that I’ve found in Tulsa. These are in no particular order–obviously, if you really love doing the “Copperhead Road” dance, Legends will be your number one, and if you hate showers Soundpony will be your favorite. But, I trust that you can make these kind of judgement calls on your own time.
Side Note: It’s by design that there are no South Tulsa bars on this list. This is because there is not even one good place to hang out south of 36th St. I grew up in South Tulsa 500 feet away from Bixby, went to school in Jenks, work in Broken Arrow, lived downtown for two and a half years, and just moved to Florence Park. My knowledge of Tulsa is expansive. If yours is too (and given that you’re not a cougar and don’t wear t-shirts with flames on them) you’ll likely agree.
After all these years, OU President David Boren is trying to remain relevant.
Last week, the former state governor, US senator and OU tuba player strike buster penned an excellent editorial in the Tulsa World that criticized our lawmakers’ obsession with cutting taxes for the rich while struggling to fund important things like education, roads and bridges, and tax subsidies for energy companies. Just kidding. We’ll always find a way to help out energy companies.
From Boren’s editorial in The Tulsa World:
Our future is at risk. The current state budget now before the Legislature will put us on the wrong path.
It is time we asked ourselves some basic questions: Who are we as a people? What kind of state do we want to be? What kind of state do we want to pass on to our children and grandchildren?
It’s good to see David Boren using his clout and influence to ask such important questions. Here’s another one he should ask. Do we want the little ones to grow up in a state that fights to keep valuable artwork that was stolen by the Nazi’s during World War II, or a state that does the right thing and returns that artwork to its rightful owners?
From The Oklahoman:
Last night, I sent Tony a link to an absurd story on KFOR. He then responded with a link to the Wikipedia entry for something called the Betteridge’s law of headlines. If you’re like me and have no clue what that means, here’s the description:
Betteridge’s law of headlines is an adage that states: “Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.” It is named after Ian Betteridge, a British technology journalist…
Betteridge explained the concept in a February 2009 article, regarding a TechCrunch article with the headline “Did Last.fm Just Hand Over User Listening Data To the RIAA?”:
“This story is a great demonstration of my maxim that any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word “no”. The reason why journalists use that style of headline is that they know the story is probably bullshit, and don’t actually have the sources and facts to back it up, but still want to run it.”…
Betteridge has admitted violating his own law (writing a question headline with the answer “yes”) in an article published at his own site.
Holy crap, that total describes the writing style of the KFOR Social Media Bandit. Almost every headline he / she writes on Channel 4′s website or Facebook page is in the form a question. Did this sex offender live in your neighborhood? Doubt it. Is this medical breakthrough the cure for cancer? Probably not. Is Emily Sutton in love with her serious boyfriend. Uhm.
Anyway, there’s really no point to making fake KFOR headlines and bullshit stories because they do a good enough job on their own. Check out this desperate sweeps story from yesterday’s 6:00pm news broadcast. It’s the perfect example of Betteridge’s law or headlines:
It’s no secret that Wayne has a penchant for young people. He’s a 15-year-old boy trapped in the body of a recently divorced 51-year-old man. His life is consumed by sex and drug allusions that have earned him accolades from the likes of Fred Armisen and Jim James. His girlfriend is a twentysomething DJ/waitress that he hooked up with while he was still married. And he famously didn’t do cocaine with 26-year-old Ke$ha (even though she checked herself into rehab). He has let weird strangers stay at his house in his search of companionship, but they left when he pulled a grenade out. He has even gone as far as to try hanging out with our favorite Thunder players (and now Scott Brooks), but they’re so busy during the NBA season that he must be getting pretty lonely waiting for June to roll around.
So who does this leave for him?
Enter Miley Cyrus.
Aside from the obvious pageantry, Miley is almost the antithesis of Wayne. She was born into fame and has never had to work at Long John Silver’s. But somehow, someway, Miley Cyrus is a big fan of The Flaming Lips, and she invited Wayne (plus Steven Drozd) to LA last weekend to perform “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1″ with her.
Check it out:
Wind farms are an eyesore. When I drive past the wind farms in Western Oklahoma, they fill me with rage. Why can’t wind farms be as calming and peaceful as an abandoned oil well or pump jack?
Luckily Senate Pro Tempore Brian Bingman feels the same way I do. He’s leading legislation to block them from being built anywhere to the east of I-35.
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