Oklahoma... Steers and Queers?

  • JayDT

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    Jun 10, 2010 5:28 PM GMT
    Due to all sorts of family and professional drama I'm saying my good byes to LA at the end of the month and moving to Oklahoma to be closer to family and to go back to school. Who's out there? I'm pretty freaked out about living there after years of being spoiled by the rich life that LA has offered me, but excited about the new prospects too. Any guys in Oklahoma care to say hey?
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    Jun 10, 2010 8:11 PM GMT
    Why does Texas not fall into the Gulf?











    Because Oklahoma sucks! LOL
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  • JayDT

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    Jun 12, 2010 11:36 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said Why does Texas not fall into the Gulf?











    Because Oklahoma sucks! LOL
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    Good lord does it ever!
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    Jun 12, 2010 11:53 PM GMT
    People in Oklahoma must either really love this song or really hate it:


  • cowboyathlete

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    Jun 13, 2010 12:13 AM GMT
    I guess it depends on where in OK. I know every Memorial Day weekend Oklahoma City has a massive gay rodeo, but that is just one weekend.
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    Jun 13, 2010 12:28 AM GMT
    awh guys, OK is that bad, is it?? I've been here since I was about 6 months old and I think I turned out ok.. (pun intended) icon_cool.gif

    and the song isn't that bad either....... icon_rolleyes.gif ok, yea it's lame lol, I know. people here don't actually say "potaters" or "tomaters"
  • Import

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    Jun 13, 2010 12:47 AM GMT
    LA got the best of ya, huh??? Couldn't keep up with all the hollywood types, huh? LOL, just messin....

    good luck with ur move back to oklahoma. Hey u gotta make the most of wherever u are... doesn't matter if it's in boring old Oklahoma or fast paced LA. . . . u make it what u want it to be. .

    I thought I'd hate living in new jersey once, but i ended up meeting a lot of great ppl there and built a life and whatnot.....and it turned out that jersey wasn't all that bad icon_question.gif
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    Jun 13, 2010 1:07 AM GMT
    I lived in kansas city for years and it always surprises people when i tell them it was easier to date there than in ft lauderdale. maybe it's the smaller gene pool and not looking over your shoulder for a 'better' one...but i wish you luck and know you'll do fine
  • rnch

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    Jun 13, 2010 1:17 AM GMT
    southeast oklahoma has rolling hills and lake eufalla..very attractive countryside in the spring and early summer. icon_cool.gif
  • JayDT

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    Jun 13, 2010 9:05 PM GMT
    Import saidLA got the best of ya, huh??? Couldn't keep up with all the hollywood types, huh? LOL, just messin....

    good luck with ur move back to oklahoma. Hey u gotta make the most of wherever u are... doesn't matter if it's in boring old Oklahoma or fast paced LA. . . . u make it what u want it to be. .

    I thought I'd hate living in new jersey once, but i ended up meeting a lot of great ppl there and built a life and whatnot.....and it turned out that jersey wasn't all that bad icon_question.gif


    No I love LA and would live here forever if it weren't for the fact that my brother just committed suicide and I need to go help my mom through this period. It's only temporary. Two years tops.
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    Jun 13, 2010 9:52 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said Why does Texas not fall into the Gulf?
    Because Florida doesn't want it to be so close.
  • worldtravel

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    Jun 28, 2010 3:23 AM GMT
    I am sorry to hear about your loss. It sounds like you have lived in Oklahoma for a while before moving to LA. That probably has given you some idea how that's like. Other than those weathers, it isn't a bad place to live. I am sure you will get by easy if it is only for two years.
  • Buckle_Bum

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    Jun 28, 2010 3:32 AM GMT
    I'm not a fan of that Oklahoma! song, but the country is nice, and when the weather is great it makes you wanna stay forever.

    FYI, we got us a mighty-good selection of Country music on these radio dials out in these neck o' the woods! =)
  • a2507

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    Jun 28, 2010 3:39 AM GMT
    JayDT saidDue to all sorts of family and professional drama I'm saying my good byes to LA at the end of the month and moving to Oklahoma to be closer to family and to go back to school. Who's out there? I'm pretty freaked out about living there after years of being spoiled by the rich life that LA has offered me, but excited about the new prospects too. Any guys in Oklahoma care to say hey?


    Hey!

    Life's not bad in Oklahoma. It's more LGBT friendly than you would expect.

    The City of Tulsa just added sexual orientation to it's non-discrimination policy, 6-3 in favor. The City-County library system did the same unanimously a few days later. Oklahoma County has had an openly gay county commissioner, Jim Roth, and Okla. County has a non-discrimination policy as does Oklahoma State University (though sad to say the University of Oklahoma does not). There's an openly gay man in the Oklahoma House and there's a trangendered woman running against the lame Sally Kern too.

    All that despite having Southern Baptist as the largest religious group, followed by Catholics, neither gay friendly.

    OKC has a small gay club district. Tulsa has the largest LGBT community center outside of NY, Chicago and LA. If you're in OKC, you're only 3 hours from DFW.....

    As for sports, there's great single track "mountain" biking trails all over the state, many very technical. Lakes all over the place for water skiing, wakeboarding, etc. Great state parks for camping, some river floating. Real strong biking/running/tri/marathon communities. And if you ski/board, you can get to NM or CO mountains in a day.

    What else? People here really are pretty nice. The cost of living's very affordable. I lived in LA and appreciated much about it but there's good things here too.
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    Jun 28, 2010 3:44 AM GMT
    There is a gay "scene" around Oklahoma City. You are going to have some time adjusting to the more subdued scene than west Hollywood.

    You're also going to have to give your self sometime to adjust to the climate. Frankly, compared to the LA climate, it's pretty awful. Hot and humid in the summer, and it can get damn cold in the winter.

    Is it North Dakota climate? No.

    But compared to LA's winter climate, it might as well be.

    You may have some fun with the severe thiunderstorm/tornado season. That's pretty damn dynamic. (It's my research area...)

    You also will be in close proximity to far right and survivalist wackos. I have my own stories about this from being out there frequently in the spring.

    By the way, before southbeach jumps in and talks about leftist, Bay Area wackos, the difference is, even if it was true, these wackos kill. Tim McVeigh and his buddies were holed up in south-central KS, just across the border from central Oklahoma.

    I saw lots of evidence of threatened violence to gays and so-called Clinton lovers in south central KS and north central Oklahoma. So be careful. Even centrist Republicans are far to the left of these nuts.
  • a2507

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    Jun 28, 2010 3:53 AM GMT
    fastfreddie saidPeople in Oklahoma must either really love this song or really hate it:




    Sorry to be long winded tonite,
    but do people in other states even know what their state song is?

    Call me sentimental but yeah, this song captures some of the character (when we're at our best) of the people of this very diverse, little understood state.

    I remember a few years ago, the local performing arts center had brought in three Broadway singers, a man and two women. They'd included Oklahoma but when they began it, the entire hall, some 3000 people, began to sing with them.....you could see the surprise, almost shock, on their faces......

    And tangentially, earlier this spring, Sondheim and Frank Rich of the NY Times were speaking at the University of Tulsa, and Sondheim spoke of Oklahoma being the first musical he ever saw (he played Little League with Oskar Hammerstein's son).....and how it was ground breaking in the development of Broadway musicals.....
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    Jun 28, 2010 4:01 AM GMT
    its not so bad here icon_smile.gif come! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 28, 2010 4:12 AM GMT
    By the way, I love the musical "Oklahoma".

    Also, there is a pretty active gay community, I emphasize, around Oklahoma City, no doubt largely because of proximity to Oklahoma University in Norman. Actually, I will be out there myself at the Weather Center for about five days in July. As Tom points out above, there are also gay people living happily in the other major urban area in Tulsa.

    So I am NOT putting down Oklahoma. Just warning that the social and physical climate is a lot different than that in Los Angeles.
  • Webster666

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    Jun 28, 2010 4:19 AM GMT
    I'm sorry to hear about your brother.
    I wish you all the best on your adventure from LA to OK and back again.
    What you're doing is really admirable.
    I'm sure I couldn't do it.
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    Jul 26, 2010 1:26 PM GMT
    Don't knock it if you've never experienced it. Love this place! We've got it all...more shoreline than any state in the union, mountains, tall grass praries, rivers, only inland port in the U.S., Great Salt Plains, SE Oklahoma is one of the most incredible places on Earth (alot of Texans spend their dollars there), I could go on and on. Left here several times looking for where I belonged, what I discovered is this is where I belong.

    Hope you and your mom are coping with the death of your brother.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jul 26, 2010 2:06 PM GMT
    JayDT saidDue to all sorts of family and professional drama I'm saying my good byes to LA at the end of the month and moving to Oklahoma to be closer to family and to go back to school. Who's out there? I'm pretty freaked out about living there after years of being spoiled by the rich life that LA has offered me, but excited about the new prospects too. Any guys in Oklahoma care to say hey?



    I don't live in Oklahoma anymore, but was born and raised there. It's not so bad, but then any city there is a far cry from L.A. Then again, most cities are. That said, I lived in Los Angeles for 20 years, and I too was spoiled (a bit too much I think) by "The rich life" that L.A. offers. But living in L.A., you tend to fall into this mindset that L.A. is the center of the universe, and it's not until you finally leave there that you realize what a great big beautiful world there is out there outside of L.A. You will look at L.A. much differently now once away from there for awhile. I miss my friends there tons, but I wouldn't move back there if you paid me. Enjoy the adventure and possibilities that your new surroundings may offer.