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Karlie Tipton, Editorial Assistant
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Oklahoma Is Okay
By Karlie Tipton
April 12, 2012
Although I’ve been referred to as the worst Oklahoman on the editorial staff here at Oklahoma Today, I can still appreciate the small treasures this state has to offer. Here are just a few things that make me happy to live here—most of the time.
Open Spaces. Driving through crowded cities like Dallas, Los Angeles, or New York City, it can be hard to breathe. From the millions of vehicles and people driving them to the steel and concrete behemoth structures, it feels like nature and all its life-giving oxygen is nowhere to be found. Here in Oklahoma City, we get the best of both worlds: a fair amount of hustle and bustle—and all the entertainment, eating, and working opportunities that come with it—and opportunities to gaze longingly into the distance without a hideous man-made structure blocking the view of Mother Earth.
Cows. There’s something so beautiful about these simple creatures. Of course, they provide us with delicious hamburgers and milkshakes, but more than that, they allow us a window into a life without all the complicated work schedules, without the television melodrama, and without need for restrictive clothing. There are very few things in life I find as pleasurable as watching a cow maneuver its jaw around a big hunk of grass while staring absent-mindedly into the distance.
Free cheese sauce. This seems like a given to most Okies who’ve grown up on queso libre in Mexican eateries, but apparently many states do not have this luxury. To those states, I say, please, continue charging for queso. The Mexican restaurateurs of Oklahoma will gladly accept your cheese-starved residents with open arms and full cups.
There are probably more things I could add to my list, but I rather like my title, so I think that’s enough love for now.