As we tick another year off the countdown clock it’s a good time to reflect. Let us ponder some of the struggles we still must endure in our modern, connected world of 2019.Continue reading They can put a man on the moon…
I often get surprised looks when people ask me where I’m from.
People new to Tulsa are often amazed at the number of natives they encounter. In our mobile society it’s unusual for people to live and work the same place they were born. Most American cities today are made up of transplants– sometimes imported from nearby, sometimes from the other side of the country.
Our trip to Austin was not the smoothest excursion.
But we finally made it to COTA, joined friends for a great time and watched an exciting race with a nail-biter of a finish.
Continue reading Getting There – it isn’t always the fun part
Another Tulsa Tough is in the record books.
The 2018 edition was the hottest on record. And it showed on Cry Baby Hill, where the crowds were small and the EMTs were busy. Curiously, the theme on the Hill was “state fair,” which made it difficult to tell who was or was not in costume.
Last week Jackie volunteered to help clean up an eagle nesting habitat along Riverside Drive between 91st and 96th Streets. I had a free day off work and decided to join her. It was a sunny day and we prepared to pick up litter.
But it was a tad bit more litter than we had anticipated. Continue reading Riverside Cleanup
I always wanted to propose a special property tax for parking lots.
It would be based on the number of levels. For instance a 4-story parking garage would pay less than a 2-story parking garage. The highest rate would be applied to a “single level” or surface parking space. And maybe a parking structure over a certain number of levels might pay no property tax at all.
Radical I’m sure. But until there is some economic incentive to stop bulldozing history we’ll continue to see an ever-expanding sea of asphalt.
Image courtesy Plan59.com
It was nine years ago this month we sat down at the patio of a new bar downtown for a drink and discovered:
- there’s some sort of bicycle race going on.
- it appears to be a really big deal.
- this is a gay bar.
The last one has absolutely nothing to do with the story.
Aficionados will recognize that sign as a longtime fixture of the soda fountain at the now defunct Steve’s Sundry.
Steve’s closed their doors for the final time Tuesday, December 31, 2013.
The dire warning above was intended for any unscrupulous patron that might have dared to peruse a periodical while seated. If you ever cared to read while sipping your malt it required two trips to the checkout line: Pay for your magazine; Return to the counter; Eat; Walk up front and pay for your food.
Never mind the fact that you could thumb through Wired for hours if you stood at the magazine rack. Continue reading Please Pay for all Magazines and Books Before Sitting at the Fountain.
Saw a great concert last night- plus a wonderful hometown story that I just had to share:
Natalie Merchant played a unique gig with the Tulsa Symphony orchestra this weekend at the University of Tulsa’s Lorton Performance Center. This is a great venue for this type of performance- wonderful acoustics and literally “not a bad seat in the house.” In fact, we were sitting in the balcony and had a wonderful view!
She opened with a familiar 10,000 Maniacs tune, belting it out with that powerful voice that became a signature of the early days of “Alternative Rock.” The evening progressed through her 30-year musical career. Along the way she had high praise for our local orchestra and how fortunate Tulsa is to have such a treasure. After the intermission the orchestra was slimmed down and the music became a bit more intimate. So intimate she actually reprimanded someone in the audience, “Please stop filming me.”
But the best was yet to come. Continue reading Natalie Merchant Discovers Tulsa Hospitality
I’m working on a new project called Forgotten Highways.
The idea is a series of documentaries about “the old roads” of America.
You know- those bumpy strips of concrete you see veering off your current route. Call them scenic roads, the business route, historic bypass, whatever. Every interstate owes its double-yellow stripes to a winding two-lane nearby that most people have forgotten. They’re everywhere and all it takes to find one is a tank of gas and a Sunday afternoon.
But it takes more than that to really discover these gems. You have to get off the Superslab® and meet people. In my opinion exploring the history of an old road can make for great video. Of course, maybe I’m biased.
This project is a natural evolution of Two Wheel Oklahoma. In fact, it will essentially follow the same format of that show. You’ll see a little more history, a little more Ken Burns-esque camera work, but the vibe will be the same. A couple of guys on motorcycles discovering treasure that’s hiding in plain sight. Continue reading Next Stop: Forgotten Highways