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Ink Life Tour Comes to OKC

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Do you love tattoos and tattoo culture?  If so, you’ll be very interested in the Ink Life Tour Tattoo & Music Festival.  It’s coming to the Cox Convention Center April 13, 14, and 15, and it’s bringing a lot with it!

The Ink Life Tour is the world’s largest tattoo and music festival (according to their promotional materials, anyway).  This three-day event is sponsored by the House of Pain Tattoo Studio in EL Paso, Texas, and will be visiting a number of other cities in addition to Oklahoma City.  They’ll be in Texas, Florida, Missouri, and Wisconsin.  In addition to many famous tattoo artists who are travelling with the festival, many of Oklahoma City’s top artists will be on hand, too.

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The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City

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With all of the hoopla surrounding the opening of the new outlet mall in Northwest Oklahoma City I was a little hesitant to go and visit them for myself.  One reason is that I happened to drive by the mall soon after it opened and saw that people were parking on the side of the street almost a half mile away just to go shopping.  I promptly decided that I was going to avoid the onslaught of the shopping lemmings and the mall until after it had died down.

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Eating Organic in Oklahoma City

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Recently a number of Farmer’s Markets have begun to open in the Oklahoma City area.  There have always been the local farmer’s cooperatives and markets in the area like at OSU in OKC and the downtown area.  However, the new ones like Sunflower Market and Whole Foods are larger chains, and this was a new development into the usual meat and potatoes world of Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma City’s New Convention Center Plan

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The Cox Convention Center has provided downtown OKC with a place for large events for years, but compared to some newer parts of downtown, it’s really showing its age.  As a part of the MAPS project, a new convention center has been planned.  It will be built on the site of an old Ford dealership west of the OKC Arena and south of the Myriad Gardens.

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McNellie’s Pub

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I had always liked the look of the building on the corner of 10th and Walker.  The streets do something weird here (who knows what the city planner was thinking), and they split off in a V shape.  The building between the two streets actually gets wider as it goes back, making it look really interesting.  Above this building, which had been empty for quite a while, were huge letters spelling out “Plaza Court.”  I hadn’t been down by the Plaza Court building in a while, but a group of friends invited me to go with them to McNellie’s.  I’d never heard of it before, and I was surprised to find my unique building was now home to a pub.

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The OKC Blizzard of 2009

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Well, the weather certainly brought a surprise for Oklahoma City on Christmas Eve! I woke up early to go visit my grandparents, and what did I find? Blowing, swirling snow. It wasn’t sticking, however, and I thought it would be no problem to drive in. While visibility was certainly bad at times, I left early enough that it wasn’t horrible. After spending several good hours with family, I was ready to head back home and attend another Christmas Eve function.

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Expanding the Railways in Oklahoma?

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Oklahoma City may see new railways in the future.  The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has partnered with the Kansas Department of Transportation for a stimulus grand to improve and expand on the current railways.  Both departments have pledged $125,000 to this project.  The money would be used for several projects, but the one OKC residents will be most interested in is the plan to create an intercity passenger rail service that will connect Kansas City, OKC, and Fort Worth in Texas.  An additional $500,000 application has been submitted for this project.  The project is also being backed by the Northern Flyer Alliance, a group based in Wichita, Kansas

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Oklahoma City and the Recession

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With the economy constantly changing (usually for the worst), some people may wonder how Oklahoma City is handling the recession.  Well, I’m pleased to report that we’re doing quite well.  In fact, Forbes.com actually named OKC it’s number one recession proof city. 

 

Many things back this up.  We haven’t had any major company shut-downs.  Instead, businesses have been moving into the area.  Half-Price Books, Cricket Mobile, and Panda Express have all opened new franchises in the area.  These new businesses are doing quite well, while local businesses are still going strong.  One thing that makes me really believe OKC is doing very well is that the Laredo’s Restaurant on Classen and 50th is actually going to open soon!  This building has been in the works for at least four years, with very little progress being made until recently.

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Half-Priced Books Comes to OKC

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If you love buying cheap books (like I do), then you’ll love Half-Priced Books.  The chain has been around for awhile, but I don’t think there has ever been a store in Oklahoma (although a blog listed below says there has—I wasn’t aware of that).  The closest one I knew of was in Dallas.  Well, now there’s Half-Priced Books in Oklahoma City, and it has been open since May 21st.  It’s a great store for anyone who is looking for some new reading material.

 

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Oklahoma to Secede from the U.S.?

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If you paid any attention to the tea parties and such in protest of taxes, you may have heard the governor of Texas make a comment about how any unhappy state has the right to secede from the United States.  This brought up many different things, including the fact that Oklahoma passed a resolution back in June of 2008 to secede from the United States!

 

Well, that’s what you might have heard, but that’s not quite correct.  Rumors that Oklahoma (and about 20 other states that followed Oklahoma’s example) seceded are largely exaggerated.  However, a resolution truly was passed that made it seem like the state had left the union.  House Joint Resolution 1089, which passed on June 15, 2008, was a resolution adopted by the 51st state legislature.

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