February 22, 2003


Oklahoma - "The Sooner State"

Marti: "Oklahoma - we have, um, okay, yeah, we have, uh, no not that. Uhhhh. I'm thinking. I'm thinking. Okay, we have the largest grossing Wal-Mart in the world. THE WORLD.

Oh yeah, and don't forget Indian Nation Bingo and tax free smoke shops.

I don't think I'm helping. Hey, I could have said Garth Brooks and Hanson."

Aw, c'mon, Oklahoma's got Alabaster Caverns, Bricktown and tornadoes, too!

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Posted by Lester on February 22, 2003 11:24 AM

There's an "Oklahoman" sensibility embodied in our leading philosopher and intellectual, Will Rogers. There's aviation adventure from Willey Post to astronauts. We try, along with Arkansas, Louisiana, and New Mexico to keep the Texans from bothering the rest of the country. As you know, that's damn nigh impossible. There's the state religion, Sooner football, admittedly shocked the past couple of seasons by the apostate Cowboys of OSU. There's plenty of oil and Indians. It's home to the largest city in world in terms of land area, Oklahoma City. There's a tradition of powerful senators getting tax dollars for any number of marvelous public works. That includes making the Arkansas River (!) navigable to the ocean so that my natal hamlet of Muskogee can be an international sea port and final berthing place of the USS Batfish, the champion WWII submarine killer. The Oklahoma Navy is one of our proudest traditions.

Posted by: Billy Hank on February 23, 2003 01:16 AM

Pretty good Broadway musical about the place, too. ;)

Posted by: Linkmeister on February 23, 2003 07:22 PM

We've got them Sooners too :-)

Posted by: jewdez on February 24, 2003 12:14 AM

Oklahoma: Freeze in winter, roast in summer, get blown away by tornados.
When Europe talks about the US not having contact with cultures I think of our town: Osage, Cherokee, Delaware, Chinese, Mexican,Afro American, Filipino, Pawnee, and Okie.

Heck, we have Native American whose ancestors were confederates, and Blacks who dance at pow wows.

The real "multiculturalism" is here, but usually overlooked by the political correct...

Posted by: tioedong on February 26, 2003 08:29 AM

I've lived in Oklahoma since the mid 90's. The scenery is lovely and my neighbors mind their own business. That's enough for me but in addition to that we also have:

Tulsa Opera

Tulsa Philharmonic (oops, not anymore)

Bartlesville Symphony (Hey! What's a city with a population of less than 50,000 doing with a successful orchestra?)

Philbrook Museum

Gilcrease Museum

Will Rogers

...and lots more places and people that I'm too lazy to look up right now.

Posted by: Lynn S on February 26, 2003 11:42 AM