Much like the famed artist that inspired their name, I probably appreciate Picasso Café, 3009 Paseo Dr., more for what they represent–I mean, how many people actually get out to support one of the few vegan dining options in Oklahoma City?
Certainly not our Governor!
I had been there once before, many years ago when I was entertaining a friend from South Texas. Perhaps the reason that friendship ended is why I never returned to the fractured restaurant, but it has always been in the back of my heart to sample it again, to give it another chance in the near future, even if it is six or seven years later.
It’s now six or seven years later.
After over a year of sheltering-in-place, I am eager to travel again. While many of the people I stalk on Facebook are kicking their summers off somewhere tropical, I
spent my stimulus checks already wanted to go someplace closer and, frankly, cheaper. So with 30 bucks in my pocket at an afternoon to kill, last Friday I decided to zip on up 74 and west on 412 to good ole Enid, America to see what kind of adventures I could have.
My first stop was at Café Five 80. For being what I soon found out to be a Christian establishment, the coffee the hipster barista served me was blacker than my soul before I sold it to the devil for Alice Cooper tickets back in 2012. I then sat down and made myself comfortable on a stool in the shop window, passing the hour by sipping my brew, planning my next stop, and watching two guys in pajama pants across the street taking turns on a vape. After this, I was caffeinated and motivated to explore a little more of what Enid had to offer…
It’s June, ya’ll, which means 1) Its officially summer vacation for metro kids and 2) There’s about to be a lot of idle hands with nothing to do but the devil’s work, in my opinion. Having started my first job at the age of 14, I can speak from experience when I say child labor is the backbone of Oklahoma society; not only because of how cheap it is, but also because of the invaluable knowledge it bestows upon our youth. In fact, here are 7 skills Oklahoma kids learn in the first jobs!
1. Working Well with Others
Thanks to our glorious economy, there’s no such thing as a low-wage “job for teens” anymore. Kids working minimum wage jobs this summer have to be prepared to work with their peers, work release participants, a World War II veteran, and probably their school teachers.
2. Verbal De-Escalation Tactics