Barry Friedman at Large
It’s not you; it’s just freaking us out, so, promise us: April 17, you’ll really go.
In extending “BODIES … The Exhibition” through April 16, organizers promised “more than 200 specimens, many never seen before in Tulsa.”
… Unless you’ve been to a City Council meeting lately.
“With more than 150 new partial specimens and 10 full-body specimens,” the exhibition will provide “a fresh experience for each visitor.”
Considering the dead, diseased and dissected skeletal, respiratory, digestive and urinary exhibits, we assume that when they say “fresh,” they’re going for irony.
Post office joke No. 112,867
Now that it’s spring, I bet it kicks a** on the “rain,” “heat” and “gloom of night” parts of the motto.
Random Jenks reference
In the Jan. 26 online issue of Time magazine, Mike Means, Jenks High School principal, said new federal guidelines restricting the amount of fat and sodium schools can offer are “just a typical unfunded mandate.”
Not exactly. The federal government will contribute to the increased costs (and God forbid schools should do something about the hordes of students eating nothing but garlic cheese toast and curly fries). Nevertheless, Means has (you should pardon the saturated-fat-laden pun) a legitimate beef. More to the point, it’s refreshing for an Oklahoma official to be quoted nationally and not sound like he or she is from Planet Zargon.
See, Mike, this is what we’re talking about: bologna. Perhaps, had federal guidelines promoting healthy eating choices been in place earlier, these college students would be eating spinach salads in their Civics.
In announcing an $8 million student center, ORU President Mark Rutland said the planned Armand Hammer Alumni Student Union Building will be a “huge benefit for those commuting students” who have no place to go and have to “eat their bologna sandwiches in the car.”
9 a.m. Arts and crafts
11 a.m. Salsa dancing
1:30 p.m. Why you need a living will
3:15 p.m. Fun with pseudoephedrine
When police arrived at the Conway Park Apartments for Mature Living last month to investigate a domestic dispute, they were told by residents of a possible meth facility in the laundry area. Sure enough, there was. The cops then shut down the lab and arrested two suspects.
We want to thank the original couple who was disturbing the peace for — wait for it; here it comes — airing your dirty laundry in public. Because of you, there’s one fewer meth lab in town. So we’re wondering: Is there any chance you two can go to other suspected meth facilities in Tulsa and just start bickering nearby? Apparently, you’re good at attracting the cops’ attention.
One more thing: A mature-living facility had a functioning meth lab? Clearly, the place needs a new activities director.
Rule No. 6: FYI: Don’t say FYI.
I would have assumed that would have kicked in after the ninth prisoner vomited in The Yard.
Commenting on the more than 300 inmates who became sick last month at the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center, Chief Deputy Michelle Robinette said to KOTV The News on 6, “Once it hit 150, you have the uh-oh factor kick in.”
Around the state
Ardmore ♥s Gar
James Tucker, of Ardmore, caught a 192-pound, 1-ounce alligator gar in January, a state record. (Really, James, you made a stink about the extra ounce?) Incidentally, he beat the old record of Sean Chatham, also of Ardmore, who caught a 184-pound, 3-ounce alligator gar.
Cool. Just don’t become like those beauty contestants who keep entering pageants every year. If you break down in Abu Dhabi this time, go back to bull riding.
Cord and Jet McCoy, two Ada cowboys, decided to compete in CBS’ “The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business” after producers called them to participate again. The two McCoys finished second in 2010.
At Panera Bread: “I miss the garbage pails.”
Ups and downs
DOWN … Sen. Anthony Sykes, R-Moore, for pushing legislation limiting pain and suffering damages to $250,000 in Oklahoma. It’s a great idea if you’re the insurance industry or someone not actually suffering any pain.
DOWN … The KOTV News on 6 webmaster, who, in posting a story on the station’s website about a naked man in downtown Tulsa, still allowed readers to enlarge his revealing photo.
UP … Sen. Jim Inhofe for requesting federal money for much-needed state water projects. Along with Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California), Inhofe wrote, “We believe Congress has a constitutional role to play in determining spending priorities for the Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works program.” The senator is right, even if the specter of him joining a liberal Democrat and championing earmarks makes some of his supporters want to jump in a lake the Corps hasn’t built yet.