Well, this will be the last time you’ll ever hear THOSE words in the same sentence!
A few years ago, public schools eliminated their driver’s education programs (mostly because of budgets, liabilities, and rumors of certain legislators having ties to private driving schools). Now kids use private driving schools or family or friends who are brave enough to get through without fear or a child abuse charge.
So what does that mean to you, Mr. or Ms. John Q. Public? Our “quiet” communities are full of rude, mindless zombies with about as much common sense as a crash test dummy.
Just the other morning, one of those lovely lasses was sitting in the middle of the driveway at Starbucks ( I know – but every once in awhile, I cave in to one large Pike Place Roast coffee). She was positioned in the GPS-directed, full-blown survey, dang flippin’ middle of the driveway.
She was in line for the drive-thru, but by not pulling over to her left (like a balloonhead with manners), she had successfully BLOCKED the drive-thru, the exit lane going around the building, plus one of only two exits and entrances to the parking lot, thus creating the “Honda Princess Logjam,” which is only totally complete if her music is blaring a Taylor Swift song and the princess’ eyes are locked on her iPhone, texting 90 words a minute. And woe be unto you if you’re the one who brings this to her attention! She will at the speed of light remind you that the “Honda Princess” is #1, according to her finger count.
Now on to more eye-opening alerts. These zombies evidently ALL missed the 4-way stop sign part of their driving tests. They either jump through the intersection when it’s not their turn, creating havoc, or wait until the water starts to boil (word pictures – ha!). I think there is still a guy in a Honda Fit at SW 149th & Penn waiting his turn.
In conclusion, just because you are a driver in a video game doesn’t mean you ARE one…
I’m writing this to everyone who ever attended US Grant High School. No matter what your high school experience was or where you live now, US Grant is a part of who you are. Let’s not forget them.
Every year, the alumni from Capitol Hill have a huge dinner at the Western Heritage Center (Cowboy Hall of Fame) to honor CHHS graduates and give out scholarships. Northwest Classen alums have a huge gathering each year, and they just built a $500,000+ fine arts auditorium at the school.
Many of you don’t know it, but last year US Grant alumni inducted several people into the US Grant Hall of Fame at a banquet at Willow Creek, including Eddie Griffen, Hal Smith, Jim Bolding, and others. The attendance was less than 100 people, but from all different years. It’s a great start.
Let me tell you who needs your help now. The US Grant football coach, Mr. Burris, and his staff have been there three years and are seen at almost any US Grant class gathering. I know they’ve been to our 1969 dinner a few times. These coaches are also at South Oklahoma City Chamber events.
Here is the part you don’t know – the coach and his team just won the Wes Welker Foundation award for community volunteer service. They practice hard and WORK hard. US Grant’s wins to losses is not very fruitful if you’re only keeping score that way, but in the heart category, these boys have heart. Tough economic backgrounds, tough home lives, and a need to help their families make playing football a trying adventure.
I heard a senior (5’6″ tall, maybe 135 pounds) speak about the coaches who care about them as people first, players second, as these coaches give him and the others an example of being men, fathers, and citizens. He said they volunteer to help in our community because they want it to be better. The coaches taught them to look across at the guy from Edmond North (who probably is closer to 200 pounds) and say, “Just because I’m US Grant, don’t think you won’t know you’ve been in a battle. I do this because in life as a grown man, it’s not going to be equal either, but I will succeed.”
They need our help, folks. If you can send $25, $50, $100, or $250 to the US Grant football program, it would mean the world. They need to feed these kids most of the time to work them out. If nothing else, go buy a lot of peanut butter and jelly and drop it off to them. If you need to drop off anything or send money for them, you can bring it to me at Keller Williams Realty, 1624 SW 122nd, OKC 73170. If you have questions, call me at 405-414-4536.
FIGHT ON FOR US GRANT!!!
Has the prince been born yet? Has he arrived this afternoon? Any moment at the hospital? What will they name this chap?
I’m just excited that we can sway away from thinking about the massive debt in our country, hot spots of terrorism around the world fixing to erupt and spew human tragedy, or the fact that Twinkies are making a comeback. Put it all on the back burner, because a lady is going to birth the two-billionth baby in the lengthy history of Britain, and his smooth behind will land on royal satin baby sheets.
STOP THE PRESSES!!!! Wait – how do you stop the presses on the Internet?
Scary, huh? We’ve interrupted The View or The Guiding Light or Rachel Ray – even The Price Is Right – to give you this late-breaking, world-shaking, monumental, rip-snorting, game changer….
She’s had the baby, just like all the other women around the world on this day. In the savannah of Africa, the mountains of Venezuela, or the crowded streets of Bangkok, women are having babies, and loving as them much as a royal baby, because to them it is a royal baby – a true gift from God.
I guess we’re safe until the christening – so until then, when you pick up the phone, maybe you’ll hear, “Do you have Prince Albert in a can?”
Don’t shrug or act pompous, because I know there are things that just tick you off, crawl all over you, and press on your last nerve. Let me share a few, so you don’t think it’s just you.
Trucks, specifically trucks on the Turner Turnpike, that think they have to pass another truck, but wait until they are approaching a steep incline and not looking in their mirror to see eight to ten cars in the fast lane approaching at warp speed, compared to their snail crawl up the incline.
Buy one and get one at half price is pretty lame to me. Even buy one, get one free is awkward. What if I only want one item – not two? What do I do with the extra one?
Staples is on my list, because to buy a ream of flipping paper at their sale price, they require you to pay the full price, then take a receipt that’s about a foot long, go to their website, and input all your info they have already plus long random numbers, so they can in six weeks send you a check that looks like a water bill postcard – which any thief could cash, except that it’s too small for them to jack with.
How about clothes that are marked larger, but fit much, MUCH smaller? (It’s not a trick question – I know I’m chunky! LOL!)
As an original southsider, after living in Moore since 1977, it’s a bitter pill to swallow. As a School Board member in 1999, the tornado was a big blow to the district. We built safe rooms at Kelley and Westmoore with the cost mostly being absorbed by FEMA and replaced numerous amounts of assets in the district.
However, we didn’t have to deal with precious lives being lost. My heart cries out for these parents, grandparents, neighbors and classmates. Being called “Gramps” now for three years is something I couldn’t fathom fully, but have enjoyed. It gives you a heightened perspective on the grieving that is spread throughout our area.
Don’t stop at the present, but keep these people in your heart and prayers for days, months, and years to come.
I’m also very proud of Susie Pierce, as she handled herself throughout this tough period. Let me tell you folks – being Superintendent is not easy or for the thin-skinned. It’s a brick wall when you know the decision stops with you.
She is such a caring, compassionate, and dedicated professional, but her human side does hurt like the rest of us over these heartbreaking circumstances. Our principals and teachers rallied and protected kids with the training they had practiced many times.
The community will rise again, but look around to see that they are holding hands and lifting each other up. The Oklahoma Standard shines through on a huge sign that will always read “We Are Moore.”
Let me try to get this straight – citizens (a.k.a. taxpayers) who have planned to be in Washington, DC for spring break this year (2013) won’t get to tour the White House because the President is acting like a spoiled brat.
Some U.S. of A. citizens only get one shot at visiting Washington, DC in their lifetime. This can be spring break, a senior trip, State Leadership trips, or maybe a family vacation trip. This is why he’s a spoiled brat, because his family has been going on exotic, COSTLY, taxpayer-funded trips every year since he’s been in office. Just one or two of these or a campaign trip AFTER he’s already been re-elected would pay for the entire White House tour program.
I bet you’re thinking, “It’s the People’s House, not his.” Great point! Friends, this is not a Democrat, Republican, or Independent issue, but a basic function of government that should be totally transparent with NO agenda. Nobody should be denied the chance to tour their White House.
The President has private quarters and office function spaces. So, to paraphrase another famous President, “Mr. Obama, tear down those velvet ropes and set your people free!”
Poor ol’ Bob Stoops feels like he’s being bullied on his radio show. That’s right, Bob (makes the big bucks millions) Stoops has a weekly radio show which was an interview/call-in show every week.
Now, Big Bucks Bob has declared he won’t take call-in questions anymore. What a wuss he’s become in his old age (being comfortable in his years on the job). Even if the question from a caller could be absurd, couldn’t Big Bucks Bob, Mr. Compete for Championship, and Run a Tight Ship Robert, be man enough to meet the challenge?
He deserves to answer a little bit to all the Sooner fans. His flimsy excuse is that a lot of his peers have also done this. Woe to the legend of Big Bucks Bob if he becomes a “me too” kinda guy.
My second point is the disconnect between 2012 players and the Oklahoma football tradition. Society in general has done a very poor job of teaching history, tradition, and heritage. Most of the current players are caught up in this role. The split families and one-parent families raise their kids in survival mode, not rich in traditions of the middle or upper-middle class.
These 2012 OU football players cannot relate to Notre Dame games in the 1950s, 1960s, or 1970s. Ask them if any of those games have any impact on this Saturday’s game and you’ll be surprised because the answer is NO!
Get a grip – they are like a deer in the headlights. The coaches and academic advisors should REQUIRE them to be drowned in the history and people of the school as relative to that “time in history.”
Maybe the knowledge of when the first black player participated, or when the team played after the man walked on the moon, or during Viet Nam. Bottom line is, get them off Twitter or Facebook and educate them.
The third point is, when the Baby Boomers grew up, baseball was king – but now football and basketball have taken it over. Can any of you out there name the line-ups of either team in this year’s World Series? Can you even name the teams in the World Series?
Baseball used to be on NBC, CBS, or ABC networks, but not now. This shows how far it’s fallen in stature. Baseball players are, in most people’s minds, way, way overpaid. The baseball stadium experience is a very good family experience, but so expensive it’s not viable for most families.
Will baseball ever come back to reality? I say no, but they do need to watch over their shoulder because WWF could also kick them to the curb…