Star Wars vs. Star Trek nerd fight breaks out near Plaza District…

Star Wars or Star Trek? It’s one of the great debates in human history.

In one corner you have the greatest fantasy epic of our time, an intergalactic space opera set a long time ago in a galaxy far far away pitting the heroic underdog forces of good against the dark side of evil. In the other corner you have a sci-fi juggernaut of the silver and small screen exploring strange new worlds, seeking out new life and new civilizations, and boldly going where no sci-fi series had gone before.

Nerds have been arguing for years in chat rooms, message boards and cosplay conventions about which series is best, and in an obvious sign of today’s trying times, those debates are now turning violent.

Check out this funny but not funny story via KOKH. I guess a friendly debate about the merits of Star Wars and Star Trek escalated into a brawl…

5 Ways to Get Oklahomans to Shop Local

What’s up, gentle readers? It’s Marisa here. I’ve come out of my retirement cave to be an angry curmudgeon on the internet, which is the sort of wickedness I was brung up to.

Last week, Lindsay Zodrow of Collected Thread published a blog post encouraging locals to “fight for [local shops].” This week, boosted the signal to a readership that is, if we’re being honest, not the target demographic for local shops in the Plaza District.

I don’t think I have ever been so nervous to write a blog post in my life. Geez, I hope I don’t regret this. I don’t like being this vulnerable with a bunch of people whose faces I can’t see as I write this.  I have been going back and forth about whether I should say anything about this or not but after a chat with a fellow business owner this morning, I decided that I couldn’t put it off anymore.

Guys, I don’t know if you are aware but the local business scene is dying over here. DYING! That might sound a bit extreme but I can’t tell you how many friends I have talked to over the past 6 months who are just hoping  that they will make it to December. I think it is a perfect storm of the economy and the convenient shopping model that Amazon has created. Don’t get me wrong, I love Amazon as much as the next person. I have two kids. I know how hard it is to cart them around trying to get everything that you need from the store. But the model has made it so easy to order whatever you need online and get it so fast that local businesses are having a really hard time competing…

I know at the end of the day, I sell things for a living. But it is so much more than that to me. It’s about the conversations and friendships I get to have with you guys when you come in the shop. It’s about getting to know and  support the 95 different artists whose work we carry here…

I know the economy isn’t what it was and we are all on a budget but don’t you think it is worth to set aside $20 a month and go support a local business. It really does not take much on your part but it makes a huge difference to us.

Well, that’s it, right? Pack it up and call it a day. We’ve been told what we need to do, and I’m sure we’re all going to spend our next paycheck at local stores, right? Because that’s how capitalism works. The market doesn’t demand what it wants, retailers do. And they get our money, right?

Today I’m going to come at you with 5 ways to get Oklahomans to shop local. But before I get into it, I feel I need to list a few things to make my point clear:

• I hate capitalism more than you do. It’s just the oppressive system we operate in, and there’s nothing to be done about it — at least, nothing I can do from behind this keyboard at the present. And if we’re being honest, the sort of capitalism that we have in Oklahoma is crony capitalism. So, if you aren’t part of the oil and gas industry and don’t have friends inside the capital, you’re functionally screwed from the beginning.

• I am the daughter of local business owners. In the 1990s, my parents and uncle owned Chekker’s Pizza in Edmond. And now, my dad owns his own property management company. Before that, my great grandparents owned Lamar’s Fine Foods in Edmond — a grocery store that was replaced by Wynn’s IGA. I have directly benefited from people shopping local. Hell. I am a small business owner myself.

• This is not a post directed squarely at Collected Thread. I’ve purchased many an item there, and have no ill will for them. This is, however, a post directed at a very particular type of local business. You know, the ones that were built on the dream of owning a small business, and absolutely nothing else like plans or thoughts regarding the customer base.

So, with that out-of-the-way, here are the 5 ways to get Oklahomans to shop local.

Friday Night in the Big Town: Nudes, Dive-Ins and Music

Well folks, we had a holiday in the middle of the week, so we deserve some down time. For those of you who aren’t recuperating from finger burns as a result of playing with sparklers, or third-degree burns resulting from a Roman candle/bottle rocket fight, here are some things you might want to do in Oklahoma City Friday night.

Markwayne Mullin is a liar…

It looks like Oklahoma Congressman Markwayne Mullin isn’t just an idiot. He’s apparently a liar, too.

Back in 2011, when the Trust Fund Baby Who Inherited His Dad’s Successful Plumbing Business first announced he was running for congress, he pledged to only serve three two-year terms if elected. We know this thanks to fake news sources like the Associated Press:

Taking a page from the political playbook of U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, two GOP candidates for the open 2nd Congressional District seat in eastern Oklahoma said Monday they plan to serve no more than three terms if elected to Congress.

State Rep. George Faught, R-Muskogee, and Adair County businessman Markwayne Mullin both told The Associated Press they would limit themselves to six years in office.

Faught and Mullin both are seeking the seat in eastern Oklahoma being vacated by current U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, the lone Democrat in the state’s congressional delegation.

“I don’t want to be up there (in Washington) and become part of the problem,” said Mullin, 34, owner and CEO of Mullin plumbing. “If we can’t accomplish anything in six years, it’s a waste of time anyway.”

Well, it’s officially been six years since Markwayne was elected, and considering his only accomplishment as a congressman is disrespecting the intelligence of constituents and making an ass out of himself on the national stage, it looks like the citizens of Oklahoma’s eastern congressional district will finally have a new representative to pay his or her own salary through taxes.

Or maybe not.

Over the 4th of July holiday weekend, Markwayne announced on YouTube that he will seek reelection. He did so in a video that looks like a segment from a marriage counseling series at Crossings Church. Check it out…

TLO Grocery Store Review: WinCo Foods

If you’ve ever wondered what a Biblically-based triptych by 16th century Finnish painter Jheronimus Bosch, like the one above, would look like come to actual life, then go no further than the brand new WinCo Foods in Moore, preferably around the first of the month on a Saturday afternoon.

Based out of Boise, Idaho, the super-market chain is best known for being employee-owned and saving patrons moneys by having a mostly no-frills set-up, including a bag-it-yourself set-up. Opening about a month ago, Winco is the new kid on the block and the excitement was both palpable and curious, as a good five-to-ten minute wait in the heat to actually get into the store was a bit of a disastrous preamble, causing tensions to run a bit high as customers were trying to jam themselves in from multiple angles.

Personally, I knew I should have just turned around and went home when within seconds of making it inside those coveted doors an extremely Bushwick Bill-esque lady jammed her cart right into the back of my ankles, clipping my heels, and saying “Watch where you goin’, you fat mother*cka!”

True, I am fat and yes, perhaps I should have been watching…behind me, but was the expletive really necessary, I wondered as I mindlessly followed the herd of shoppers through the narrow entryway, down to the produce aisle, like the living wave of food-stamp bearing humanity that we all were; it was impossible not to notice the remarkable savings in the periphery, from boxes of macaroni and cheese that were a measly quarter to name-brand tortilla chips at 68 cents a bag, deals lining the walls yet were impossible to reach.