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What's happening around town (Wed, Jan 20th - Tue, Jan 26th)

Tulsa's event list. Combined from 12 sources

Wednesday, Jan 20th

Thursday, Jan 21st

  • Barely Alive At Subsonix Tulsa Start Time: 9:00pm
  • Cultivating Craft: 108's Artist Members Cultivating Craft: 108's Artist Members Event Date/Time Dec 4, 2015 to Jan 24, 2016 Description In this exhibition 108…
  • Dan O'Sullivan (Loony Bin)
  • Jason Boland & The Stragglers
  • The Keller Williams Kwahtro et al. (Cain's Ballroom) Start Time: 8:30pm
  • Lil' Flip (The Shrine) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • Marvel Universe Live (BOK Center) Start Time: 7:30pm Take your love of super heroes and their nemeses to a new level during Marvel Universe Live in Oklahoma. This…
  • PHOTOG Exhibit Start Time: 7:00pm PHOTOG Exhibit Event Date/Time Dec 10, 2015 to Jan 21, 2016 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm Description Meet talented local…
  • Scott Ellison Band (The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel - Catoosa) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • Show Time: Tulsa's Theaters of Yesteryear (Tulsa Performing Art Center) Start Time: 10:00am Show Time: Tulsa's Theaters of Yesteryear Jan 6-29, M-F 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and during Chapman Music Hall events :: PAC…
  • Smokey Robinson in Concert (Hard Rock Casino - Catoosa) Start Time: 7:00pm Legendary singer and songwriter Smokey Robinson is bringing his soothing voice to the Hard Rock Casino in Tulsa. The…
  • South Dakota State Jackrabbits at Oral Roberts Golden Eagles Basketball (Mabee Center) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • Third Thursday: Almost There Start Time: 5:30pm The award-winning documentary "Almost There" presents the life and work of 83-year-old Peter Anton, an “outsider” artist…
  • Western Hills Winter Bluegrass Festival (The Lodge at Sequoyah State Park - Wagoner) Come out and enjoy gospel and traditional bluegrass music during the Western Hills Winter Bluegrass Festival. Held over…

Friday, Jan 22nd

  • Chris Janson (Mabee Center Arena) Start Time: 7:45pm
  • Cultivating Craft: 108's Artist Members Cultivating Craft: 108's Artist Members Event Date/Time Dec 4, 2015 to Jan 24, 2016 Description In this exhibition 108…
  • Dan O'Sullivan (Loony Bin)
  • Marvel Universe Live (BOK Center) Start Time: 7:30pm Take your love of super heroes and their nemeses to a new level during Marvel Universe Live in Oklahoma. This…
  • OkMEA Music Festival (Tulsa Performing Arts Center) Start Time: 7:30pm OkMEA Music Festival Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 23 at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. :: Chapman Music Hall OkMEA tickets ($18) are…
  • Over and Out Retirement Party honoring Billy Parker (Cain's Ballroom) Start Time: 8:00pm "Over and Out" Retirement Party honoring Billy ParkerFri Jan 22Doors: 7:00 pm This event is all ages
  • Salute to Valor (Mabee Center)
  • Scott Ellison Band (The Shady Tree) Start Time: 9:30pm
  • Show Time: Tulsa's Theaters of Yesteryear (Tulsa Performing Art Center) Start Time: 10:00am Show Time: Tulsa's Theaters of Yesteryear Jan 6-29, M-F 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and during Chapman Music Hall events :: PAC…
  • Sooner Nationals (Expo Square: Ford Truck Arena) Head to Tulsa's Expo Square for a fun and exciting weekend of intense BMX competition. The Sooner Nationals…
  • Strangetowne (Mercury Lounge) Start Time: 10:00pm Fri Jan 22 10:00 PM ___ Strangetowne
  • Super Thief + Reigns (The Soundpony Lounge) Start Time: 9:00pm A Loud band from Austin Tx.
  • Vanessa Williams in Concert (River Spirit Casino) Start Time: 7:00pm Make your way to River Spirit Casino in Tulsa for an evening with singer, actress and former Miss America Vanessa…
  • Western Hills Winter Bluegrass Festival (The Lodge at Sequoyah State Park - Wagoner) Come out and enjoy gospel and traditional bluegrass music during the Western Hills Winter Bluegrass Festival. Held over…

Saturday, Jan 23rd

  • 3rd Annual Adam Estes Memorial (Hyatt Regency Tulsa) Start Time: 8:00am
  • 26th Annual Toyland Ballbenefiting The Parent Child Center of Tulsa (Cox Business Center) Start Time: 6:00pm Business Opportunities
    Cox Business Center
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    Tulsa, OK 74103
    Office: 918-894-4350
    Toll Free:…
  • A Chorus Line (Tulsa Performing Art Center) Start Time: 2:00pm A Chorus Line Jan. 15-16, 19-23 at 8 p.m.; Jan. 16 and 23 at 2 p.m. :: John H. Williams Theatre One of the longest-running…
  • COREY KENT WHITE (Cain's Ballroom) Start Time: 7:30pm Singesongwriter Corey Kent White has performed with Willie Nelson, was the final country artist on The Voice, season 8, and…
  • Cultivating Craft: 108's Artist Members Cultivating Craft: 108's Artist Members Event Date/Time Dec 4, 2015 to Jan 24, 2016 Description In this exhibition 108…
  • Dan O'Sullivan (Loony Bin)
  • Darku J & George Turbo (The Soundpony Lounge) Start Time: 9:30pm
  • Go Short Go Long Go Very Long (Tulsa Riverparks) 5K at 8:20 am 10K at 8:20 am 25K at 8:00 am 50K at 8:00 am
    COURSE: To be determined.
    ABOUT THE EVENT: This year…
  • Happy Hour Show!!! 6 PM -Jam Econo (The Soundpony Lounge) Start Time: 5:00pm
  • Jacob Tovar Full Band (Mercury Lounge) Start Time: 10:00pm Sat Jan 23 10:00 PM
    Jacob Tovar Full Band 
  • Mad Dog Demolition Derby (Claremore Expo Center - Claremore) Start Time: 6:00pm Make your way to the Mad Dog Demolition Derby at the Claremore Expo Center for an evening of fun and car smashing. Come…
  • Marvel Universe Live (BOK Center) Start Time: 7:30pm Take your love of super heroes and their nemeses to a new level during Marvel Universe Live in Oklahoma. This…
  • Memphis Lady Tigers at Tulsa Golden Hurricane Womens Basketball (Donald Reynolds Center) Start Time: 2:00pm
  • Mickey & Minnie's Doorway to Magic (Expo Square: Pavilion) Start Time: 5:00pm Round up the kids and head to Tulsa Expo Square for a fun and enchanting day with all their favorite Disney characters…
  • Nebraska Omaha Mavericks at Oral Roberts Golden Eagles Basketball (Mabee Center) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • OkMEA Music Festival (Tulsa Performing Arts Center) Start Time: 7:30pm OkMEA Music Festival Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 23 at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. :: Chapman Music Hall OkMEA tickets ($18) are…
  • RK Shows Inc. Gun & Knife Show (Expo Square: Central Park Hall) Start Time: 9:00am
  • Robert Burns Night Supper (GAST House) You don't have to be Scottish to join in on this fun and festive annual celebration of Scotland's most famous…
  • Scott Ellison Band (The Shady Tree) Start Time: 9:30pm
  • Sooner Nationals (Expo Square: Ford Truck Arena) Head to Tulsa's Expo Square for a fun and exciting weekend of intense BMX competition. The Sooner Nationals…
  • Tra G Cd Release Party (The Shrine) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • Trivium (The Vanguard) Start Time: 8:00pm Less Than Human, Machine In The Mountain
  • Tulsa Flea Market (Expo Square: Super Duty Arena)
  • Western Hills Winter Bluegrass Festival (The Lodge at Sequoyah State Park - Wagoner) Come out and enjoy gospel and traditional bluegrass music during the Western Hills Winter Bluegrass Festival. Held over…

Sunday, Jan 24th

  • 100 Trees | A Centennial Tu Be-Shevat Seder (The Synagogue) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • Cultivating Craft: 108's Artist Members Cultivating Craft: 108's Artist Members Event Date/Time Dec 4, 2015 to Jan 24, 2016 Description In this exhibition 108…
  • Marvel Universe Live (BOK Center) Start Time: 7:30pm Take your love of super heroes and their nemeses to a new level during Marvel Universe Live in Oklahoma. This…
  • RK Shows Inc. Gun & Knife Show (Expo Square: Central Park Hall) Start Time: 9:00am
  • Roast of Evan Hughes (Loony Bin)
  • Sooner Nationals (Expo Square: Ford Truck Arena) Head to Tulsa's Expo Square for a fun and exciting weekend of intense BMX competition. The Sooner Nationals…
  • UCF Knights at Tulsa Golden Hurricane Basketball (Donald Reynolds Center) Start Time: 2:00pm
  • Weddings of Tulsa's Winter Bridal Showcase (Weddings of Tulsa) Start Time: 1:00pm our biggest event of the year! Join us as we showcase some of Tulsa's top wedding professionals and their services! Over 50…
  • Western Hills Winter Bluegrass Festival (The Lodge at Sequoyah State Park - Wagoner) Come out and enjoy gospel and traditional bluegrass music during the Western Hills Winter Bluegrass Festival. Held over…

Monday, Jan 25th

  • Show Time: Tulsa's Theaters of Yesteryear (Tulsa Performing Art Center) Start Time: 10:00am Show Time: Tulsa's Theaters of Yesteryear Jan 6-29, M-F 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and during Chapman Music Hall events :: PAC…
  • Winter Talk 2016 (Phillips Theological Seminary - Tabbernee Center) Start Time: 9:00am The third annual Winter Talk is a three day conversation on the Christian Doctrine of Discovery (DOD) and its influence on…

Tuesday, Jan 26th

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What's happening around town (Wed, Apr 23rd - Tue, Apr 29th)

Tulsa's event list. Combined from 9 sources

Ongoing

Thursday, Apr 24th

  • Advanced Photoshop (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA)) Start Time: 6:30pm Admission: $45 Age restrictions: No Minors
  • Azalea Festival (Honor Heights Park - Muskogee) Thru Wed, Apr 30th Muskogee's Honor Heights Park boasts 40 acres of manicured gardens with over 30,000 azaleas in 625 varieties. Visit…
  • Diana Ross in Concert (The Joint @ Hard Rock Casino / - Catoosa) Diana Ross has been performing more than 40 years and will bring her renowned voice and remarkable performing talent to…
  • Fine as Paint (The Hunt Club)
  • High Magic + Death Black Flowers (Soundpony)
  • Introduction to Linoleum Printmaking (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA)) Start Time: 6:30pm Admission: $75 Age restrictions: No Minors This course is an introduction to Linoleum Printmaking. Students will learn how to carve their own designs into linoleum, mix ink colors, roll ink onto their carved design and run it through a printmaking press. Students will have the chance to design and print two series of prints in this class.
  • A special intimate performance by Citizen Cope (Cain's Ballroom) Start Time: 7:00pm Admission: $25 – $40

Friday, Apr 25th

  • Alice In Chains in Concert (Brady Theater) Legendary rock band Alice in Chains is making a stop at the the historic Brady Theater in Tulsa this spring. Head to…
  • Azalea Festival (Honor Heights Park - Muskogee) Thru Wed, Apr 30th Muskogee's Honor Heights Park boasts 40 acres of manicured gardens with over 30,000 azaleas in 625 varieties. Visit…
  • Bear Hands et al. (The Vanguard)
  • Diarrhea Planet (The Yeti)
  • Drillers (ONEOK Field) Start Time: 7:05 PM vs Northwest Arkansas Naturals News on 6 Friday Night Fireworks
  • Duvall's Steer Wrestling (Checotah Round-Up Club - Checotah) Thru Sun, Apr 27th Bring the family out to Duvall's Steer Wrestling in Checotah to enjoy one of the world's largest steer wrestling…
  • Grant Wiscaver (Gypsy Coffee House & Cyber Cafe)
  • Green Country Classic Ranch Rodeo & Trade Show (Claremore Expo Center - Claremore) Day 1 of 2 Watch as working ranchers from five states compete in exciting rodeo events such as wild cow milking, team penning,…
  • Martin Short (Hard Rock Casino - Catoosa) Hilarious actor and comedian Martin Short is set to take the stage at the Hard Rock Casino in Tulsa. Short is best known…
  • Phillip Zoellner Band (The Hunt Club)
  • Red Fern Festival (Downtown - Tahlequah) Day 1 of 2 Bring the family to Tahlequah and enjoy the Red Fern Festival, an old-fashioned fun event featuring…
  • Smoke & Guns, Firefighters vs. Police MMA Event (Expo Square: Pavilion)
  • Sonia & Disappear Fear (Woody Guthrie Center) Start Time: 7:00pm Admission: $12 – $15 Box office: (918) 574-2710

Saturday, Apr 26th

  • All About A Bubble (The Hunt Club)
  • Azalea Festival (Honor Heights Park - Muskogee) Thru Wed, Apr 30th Muskogee's Honor Heights Park boasts 40 acres of manicured gardens with over 30,000 azaleas in 625 varieties. Visit…
  • Batik Scarves and Fabric Tie Wreaths (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA)) Start Time: 1:00pm Admission: $55 Age restrictions: No Minors Batik is a method of painting fabric in which a wax pattern is drawn on as a resist. Colorful paint is then applied and the wax removed. The lines under the wax keep the fabrics original color with a colorful crackled look! In this class, we will first learn the basics of batik and then make bright…
  • Cherry Street Market (6th & Peoria) Start Time: 07:00:00 AM
  • Color Run Tulsa sponsored by Tatur Racing (Veterans Park - Tulsa) The Color Run™ 5K will take place once again in Tulsa, Oklahoma! The only question is “Are you ready for the craziest, colorful, 5k of your life?” You bet you are. Race it solo or form a “color team” of 4+ members. Check out the race details below & we’ll see you all squeaky clean at the start line.
    Tatur Racing is looking for…
  • DJ Sweet Baby Jaysus (Soundpony)
  • Drillers (ONEOK Field) Start Time: 7:05 PM vs Northwest Arkansas Naturals Fireworks / Tulsa's Channel 8 Grand Slam Saturday
  • Duvall's Steer Wrestling (Checotah Round-Up Club - Checotah) 1 day left Bring the family out to Duvall's Steer Wrestling in Checotah to enjoy one of the world's largest steer wrestling…
  • Fantazia Circus (Expo Square: Pavilion)
  • Folktales and Art from Around the World story: The White Snake; art: moveable toys (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA)) Start Time: 1:00pm Admission: $10 Children will be introduced to a variety of folktales from around the world, and encouraged to have a creative response to the story through an art-making activity and a dramatic retelling. Each session will include a presentation of a folktale, an art-making activity, a re-enactment of the story, and a game from the country of…
  • Green Country Classic Ranch Rodeo & Trade Show (Claremore Expo Center - Claremore) Day 2 of 2 Watch as working ranchers from five states compete in exciting rodeo events such as wild cow milking, team penning,…
  • HAIM SOLD OUT (Cain's Ballroom) Start Time: 7:00pm Admission: $18 – $33
  • Herbal Affair & Festival (Downtown - Sand Springs) The annual Herbal Affair & Festival in Sand Springs features over 85 vendors selling medicinal, cooking and…
  • Il Divo in Concert (Brady Theater) Il Divo is headed to Tulsa's historic Brady Theater for a performance that is not to be missed. Il Divo is a hugely…
  • Ken Risewick Catfish Bash (Keystone Lake - Sand Springs) Compete to catch the biggest and best catfish Keystone Lake has to offer at the annual Ken Risewick Catfish Bash. …
  • Metcalf Gun Show (Expo Square: Exchange Center) Day 1 of 2 The Metcalf Gun Show at Expo Square in Tulsa is sure to have the products you are looking for with a wide selection of…
  • Miami Route 66 Cruise Night (Waylan's Ku-Ku Burger Drive-In - Miami) The Miami Route 66 Cruise Night, hosted by the Rebel Car Club, is held on historic Route 66 in downtown Miami. …
  • Red Fern Festival (Downtown - Tahlequah) Day 2 of 2 Bring the family to Tahlequah and enjoy the Red Fern Festival, an old-fashioned fun event featuring…
  • Ronnie Milsap in Concert (Tulsa RV Ranch - Beggs) Head to Tulsa for an unforgettable night of music from legendary singer-songwriter Ronnie Milsap. With over 40 number…
  • Ryon Whitfield (Gypsy Coffee House & Cyber Cafe)
  • Tulsa Flea Market (Expo Square: River Spirit Expo, Lower Level)
  • TU Softball (Collins Family Softball Complex) Start Time: 1:00 PM vs Middle Tennessee
  • TU Softball (Collins Family Softball Complex) Start Time: 3:00 PM vs Middle Tennessee
  • Wildcatter's Spring Rodeo (Round-Up Club Arena - Drumright) Come to the Wildcatter's Spring Rodeo in Drumright for eight exciting rodeo events. This open rodeo will feature…

Sunday, Apr 27th

  • Azalea Festival (Honor Heights Park - Muskogee) Thru Wed, Apr 30th Muskogee's Honor Heights Park boasts 40 acres of manicured gardens with over 30,000 azaleas in 625 varieties. Visit…
  • Duvall's Steer Wrestling (Checotah Round-Up Club - Checotah) Last Day Bring the family out to Duvall's Steer Wrestling in Checotah to enjoy one of the world's largest steer wrestling…
  • Grouplove (Brady Theater)
  • Metcalf Gun Show (Expo Square: Exchange Center) Day 2 of 2 The Metcalf Gun Show at Expo Square in Tulsa is sure to have the products you are looking for with a wide selection of…
  • Oklahomans For Health: Freedom Festival! (Yeti) Start Time: 04:00:00 PM Come Learn about the Medical Marijuana Statewide Petition! Vendors/Bands/GoodTimes
  • Shinyribs (Guthrie Green Park)
  • TU M Soccer (Hurricane Stadium) Start Time: 1:30 PM vs Creighton
  • TU Softball (Collins Family Softball Complex) Start Time: 12:00 PM vs Middle Tennessee

Monday, Apr 28th

  • Azalea Festival (Honor Heights Park - Muskogee) Thru Wed, Apr 30th Muskogee's Honor Heights Park boasts 40 acres of manicured gardens with over 30,000 azaleas in 625 varieties. Visit…
  • Foster the People SOLD OUT (Cain's Ballroom) Start Time: 7:00pm

Tuesday, Apr 29th

  • Azalea Festival (Honor Heights Park - Muskogee) 1 day left Muskogee's Honor Heights Park boasts 40 acres of manicured gardens with over 30,000 azaleas in 625 varieties. Visit…
  • Drillers (ONEOK Field) Start Time: 7:05 PM vs Arkansas Travelers 2 Works For You $2 Tuesday / $2 Corona Happy Hour
  • The Hold Steady + Deer Tick (Cain's Ballroom) Start Time: 7:00pm Admission: $18 – $33
  • Open Mic Night (Gypsy Coffee House & Cyber Cafe) Start Time: 6:30pm Admission: FREE All material must be original to the individual performer. This includes lyrics, music, poetry, comedy, etc.
  • Trivia with Jack (Soundpony)

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What's happening around town (Wed, Jul 6th - Tue, Jul 12th)

Tulsa's event list.

Wednesday, Jul 6th

Thursday, Jul 7th

  • Drillers vs Missions (ONEOK Field) Start Time: 7:05pm Come experience the thrill of the game as the Tulsa Drillers go head to head with the Springfield Cardinals. The…
  • Fair Meadows Live Racing (Expo Square: Fair Meadows Race Track) Thru Sun, Jul 10th
  • Franks and Deans (Mercury Lounge) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • Tulsa Hurricane Athletics: Tulsa Plays (LaFortune Park Gardens) Start Time: 10:00am EVENT INFO Tulsa Plays! is a free event that is open to all kids 12 & under. All kids will need to have a waiver signed by a legal guardian or parent to participate. Each participant will receive an activity card that they can take to each activity station. At each activity station they will recieve a sticker of completion. At the end of the day…
  • Pony of the Americas National Congress (Expo Square: Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex) Thru Fri, Jul 15th Come to the Tulsa Expo Square to see the finest in the POA breed at the Pony of the Americas National Congress. Put on…
  • thom simon + The Fairweather + Fabulous Minx (Soundpony Lounge) Start Time: 9:00pm http://thomsimon.bandcamp.com/album/beautiful-beechez-ep

Friday, Jul 8th

  • Appreciation Show (Soundpony Lounge) Start Time: 9:30pm
  • Burn Halo (The Vanguard)
  • Drillers vs Missions (ONEOK Field) Start Time: 7:05pm Come experience the thrill of the game as the Tulsa Drillers go head to head with the Springfield Cardinals. The…
  • Fair Meadows Live Racing (Expo Square: Fair Meadows Race Track) Thru Sun, Jul 10th
  • 🍴 Film on the Lawn: To Catch a Thief (1955) (Philbrook Downtown) Start Time: 7:30pm Join the summer tradition of Philbrook Films on the Lawn! This year we debut a bigger screen, better sound, and more. Bring your picnic basket, blanket, and friends and experience these great films in our beautiful gardens. Food trucks and concessions will be available on site for those must-have movie snacks. In the event of rain, the films…
  • Groovement (The Vanguard) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • The OJays (The Joint - Catoosa) Head to Hard Rock Casino in Tulsa for the smooth sounds of legendary R&B vocal sensations the O'Jays. Started in…
  • Pony of the Americas National Congress (Expo Square: Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex) Thru Fri, Jul 15th Come to the Tulsa Expo Square to see the finest in the POA breed at the Pony of the Americas National Congress. Put on…
  • 🎡 Second Fridays: Lindy in the Park (Guthrie Green) Start Time: 6:30pm
  • The Vine Brothers (Mercury Lounge) Start Time: 10:00pm

Saturday, Jul 9th

  • 98 Degrees in Concert (Brady Theater) Prepare yourself for an evening brimming with nostalgia as 98 Degrees and other 2000s pop bands take the stage…
  • Tulsa Athletics South Central Conference Semifinals (Expo Square: Exchange Center)
  • Axe Man Regionals (The Shrine) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • The Bowling Family (Friendship Baptist Church - Owasso)
  • Burn Halo (Matinee Show) (The Vanguard) Start Time: 2:30pm Young Medicine
  • Cherry Street Farmers Market Thru Wed, Jul 6th Start Time: 8:30am
  • Dallas Moore Band (Mercury Lounge) Start Time: 10:00pm
  • Drillers vs Hooks (ONEOK Field) Start Time: 7:05pm vs Corpus Christi Hooks Tulsa's Channel 8 Grand Slam Saturday / Mickey Mantle Commemorative Career Stats Ring Giveaway
  • Drummer Show 9 (Soundpony Lounge) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • 🎭 The Drunkard and the Olio (Tulsa Spotlight Theatre) Start Time: 7:30pm
  • Fair Meadows Live Racing (Expo Square: Fair Meadows Race Track) 1 day left
  • Tulsa Flea Market (Expo Square: River Spirit Expo)
  • 🎭 Glengarry Glen Ross Auditions (Theatre Tulsa) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 10:00am Auditions are an open call that will consist of cold reading from the script. No pre-registration or monologue preparation is needed. For more information, visit our audition page at: http://www.theatretulsa.org/audition/glengarry-glen-ross-auditions/
  • My2K Tour (Brady Theater) Start Time: 8:00pm 98 Degrees Brady Theater 105 W. Brady St. Tulsa, OK with Special Guests: O-Town Dream Ryan Cabrera Tickets On Sale FRI 4/29 at 10am Brady Box Office & Starship Records in Tulsa Buy For Less locations in OKC Charge by phone @ 866.977.6849 online @ ProTix.com Doors open at 7pm All Ages Welcome
  • My So Called Band (The Vanguard) Start Time: 10:30pm
  • Pony of the Americas National Congress (Expo Square: Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex) Thru Fri, Jul 15th Come to the Tulsa Expo Square to see the finest in the POA breed at the Pony of the Americas National Congress. Put on…
  • Tulsa Rock, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show (Expo Square: Exchange Center) Day 1 of 2 The Rock, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show at Tulsa's Central Park Hall is the perfect opportunity to learn…
  • Jenks Saturday Market (2nd & Main - Jenks) Start Time: 9:00am A classic Saturday market experience with local farmers, produce, crafters, food trucks, live music, kid's activities and so much more... Come join the fun! Every Sat 9:00am - noon - weather permitting.
  • Second Saturday (Philbrook Downtown) Start Time: 10:00am Free. Family. Fun. Bring the whole family for Philbrook Second Saturday. Free admission all day and a variety of hands-on activities. Don't miss it!
  • Second Saturday FREE admission all day both locations.. (Philbrook Downtown) Start Time: 11:00am
  • That 90s Party (Cain's Ballroom) Start Time: 8:00pm Advance $15 | Day of Show $18 | Door $18 | Mezzanine (21+) $25 There is a $2 fee that applies to each ticket purchased at the Cain's Box Office. No re-entry! No smoking! No refunds! Okkle Music Group PresentsThat 90s PartySat Jul 09Doors: 8:00 pm This event is 18 and over

Sunday, Jul 10th

Monday, Jul 11th

  • 🎓 Dee Nash, Oklahoma Author and Gardener (Tulsa Garden Center) Start Time: 7:00pm The Tulsa Herb Society presents Dee Nash, Oklahoma Author and Gardener, for a special lecture on "Dream Gardens on Balconies, Patios and Decks" Free and Open to the Public. For more information, visit our web site at http://tulsagardencenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/2016-July-11-Dee-Nash-Flyer-002.pdf
  • Drillers vs Hooks (ONEOK Field) Start Time: 7:05pm vs Corpus Christi Hooks Anniversary Mondays
  • Pony of the Americas National Congress (Expo Square: Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex) Thru Fri, Jul 15th Come to the Tulsa Expo Square to see the finest in the POA breed at the Pony of the Americas National Congress. Put on…
  • Soundpony Comedy Hour!!! 7PM - Dusty Slay + Hosted by: Andrew Deacon (Soundpony Lounge) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • 🎡 Twisted Yoga at IN THE RAW (In the Raw Sushi On the Hill) Start Time: 10:00am Twisted Yoga is teaming up with IN THE RAW SUSHI to help the Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. Come and practice on the beutiful patio that over looks Tulsa. $15 at the door. Good Yoga. Good Sushi. Good Cause.

Tuesday, Jul 12th

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What's happening around town (Wed, May 18th - Tue, May 24th)

Tulsa's event list.

Ongoing

Wednesday, May 18th

Thursday, May 19th

  • The 9th Street Stompers (Soundpony Lounge) Start Time: 9:30pm https://www.9thstreetstompers.com/
  • The Beach Boys (River Spirit Casino) Day 1 of 2 Experience the classic sounds of summer from what is often considered America's most iconic and significant rock…
  • Bryce Dicus Music (Whiskey Dog Bar & Grill - Broken Arrow) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • 😂 BT (Loony Bin) Thru Sat, May 21st
  • Dwight Yoakam in Concert (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa - Catoosa) He's sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, has 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums and…
  • Eric Himan (In The Raw - Broken Arrow) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • live music w. Poppa Foster Creole Trio (Mainline) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • 🎡 Tulsa Mayfest (3rd & Main) Thru Sun, May 22nd Tulsa International Mayfest is an outdoor tribute to the arts and music in the heart of beautiful downtown Tulsa. …
  • Movie in the Park: PURPLE RAIN (R) 1984 (Guthrie Green) Start Time: 8:30pm
  • 🎓 Oklahoma Connections Academy Hosts Free Trampoline Party (Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline) Start Time: 6:00pm Oklahoma Connections Academy, a tuition-free online public school, will host an evening of indoor trampoline jumping in Tulsa for families interested in learning about its online program and individualized approach to education. Families can meet with a Connections Academy teacher, interact with other Connections Academy parents and current and…
  • "Still Cruizin" a Jono Sinclair skate video screening (Soundpony Lounge) Start Time: 8:00pm

Friday, May 20th

  • 🎡 American Cancer Society Relay for Life (Guthrie Green) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • An evening of Classical Acoustic Music w/ Andrew Michael Bruce (Gypsy Coffee House & Cyber Cafe) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • Bc & The Big Rig W/ Taddy Porter (The Shrine) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • The Beach Boys (River Spirit Casino) Day 2 of 2 Experience the classic sounds of summer from what is often considered America's most iconic and significant rock…
  • 🎡 Blue Dome Arts Festival (Blue Dome District) Thru Sun, May 22nd The Blue Dome Arts Festival, held within the historic Blue Dome Entertainment District in downtown Tulsa, features over…
  • Brandon Jenkins (Mercury Lounge) i May 20 10:30 PM
    Brandon Jenkins 
  • 😂 BT (Loony Bin) 1 day left
  • Elizabeth Cook (Cain's Ballroom)
  • Kyle Abraham/Abraham in Motion (Tulsa Performing Art Center) Start Time: 8:00pm Kyle Abraham/Abraham in Motion May 20 at 8 p.m. :: Chapman Music Hall Kyle Abraham is one of today's most provocative new artists. Born into hip-hop culture in the late 1970s and grounded in an artistic upbringing in classical cello, piano, and the visual arts, Abraham exudes an infectious enthusiasm that permeates... GET TICKETS
  • 🎡 Tulsa Mayfest (3rd & Main) Thru Sun, May 22nd Tulsa International Mayfest is an outdoor tribute to the arts and music in the heart of beautiful downtown Tulsa. …
  • "On A Night Like This" A Celebration of Bob Dylan (Guthrie Green) Start Time: 8:00pm Advance $30 | Day of Show $35 | Door $35 There is a $2 fee that applies to each ticket purchased at the Cain's Box Office. No re-entry! No smoking! No refunds! Oklahoma Joe's will be serving their their World Famous BBQ from 7pm - 9pm.
    Bob Dylan Archive & Guthrie Green PresentON A NIGHT LIKE THIS
  • Shabbat for Everyone Dinner (The Synagogue) Start Time: 6:15pm
  • Super National Tractor Pulls (Tulsa RV Ranch Event Center - Beggs) Day 1 of 2 Head to Tulsa RV Ranch to enjoy this truck and tractor pull competition. Come and hear the engines roar in…
  • TULSA'S MOST JUMPIN' KARAOKE! w. the charming RON HAMMOND (Mainline) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • Wednesday 13 (The Vanguard)
  • Wednesday 13, The Relapse Symphony, For the Wolf and Kick Tree (The Vanguard) Start Time: 8:00pm Wednesday 13The Relapse SymphonyFor the Wolf, Kick TreeFri 5/20Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
  • We Make Shapes + Daniels (Soundpony Lounge) Start Time: 9:30pm

Saturday, May 21st

  • 2 Hip Chicks Roadshow (Expo Square) Day 1 of 2 The 2 Hip Chicks Roadshow is coming to Tulsa and bringing dozens of vendors and one-of-a-kind items with them. This…
  • 🏃 Aduddell Riverside 5 Miler (Tulsa River Parks) The oldest race in Tulsa and still running. Refreshments and awards after the race. Raceday registration opens at 7am, race starts at 8am.
  • 🎡 Blue Dome Arts Festival (Blue Dome District) 1 day left The Blue Dome Arts Festival, held within the historic Blue Dome Entertainment District in downtown Tulsa, features over…
  • Brandon Jenkins (Mayfest)
  • 😂 BT (Loony Bin) Last Day
  • Bye Bye Birdie (Tulsa Performing Art Center) Start Time: 2:00pm Bye Bye Birdie May 13-14, 19-21 at 7:30 p.m.; May 14-15 and 21 at 2 p.m. :: Liddy Doenges Theatre Enjoy good, old-fashioned fun from one of the most captivating musicals ever! Featuring Tulsa's best young talent performing classic tunes like "Bye, Bye Birdie," "Put on a Happy Face," and more! Book by Michael Stewart Music by Charles Strouse ...…
  • Cherry Street Farmers Market Thru Wed, May 18th Start Time: 8:30am
  • 🏃 Copland Classic (Tulsa Police Academy) The CopLand Classic Bike Ride is put on annually 2 weeks following the Memorial Service held to honor fallen officers of the Tulsa Police Department.
    3 routes. This is a good training ride in preparation for the Tulsa Tough.
  • Deuces Wild Band (Los Cabos - Broken Arrow) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • Tulsa Elks Lodge Craft Bazaar & Kids Flea Market (Elks Lodge) Gear up for spring with a visit to the Tulsa Elks Lodge Craft Bazaar & Kids Flea Market. Peruse a fantastic array…
  • End of School Dance Party (The Vanguard) Start Time: 8:00pm End of School Dance PartySat 5/21Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
  • Tulsa Flea Market (Expo Square)
  • The Flying Pig Outdoor Market (The Flying Pig Vintage Market - Owasso) Day 1 of 2 Owasso welcomes 50 vendors from throughout Oklahoma and the rest of the country for a weekend of shopping vintage…
  • Happy Hour Show!!-bella trout + nobody particular (Soundpony Lounge) Start Time: 5:00pm https://bellatrout.bandcamp.com/
    https://nobodyparticular.bandcamp.com/track/inform-pt-2
  • 🎨 Hats Off (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA)) Visit Mainline Art Bar in Broken Arrow for the Hats Off art show in the Brady Arts District. Take a moment to make a hat…
  • HATS OFF!!… for public art. create your own cap and join the festivities! (Mainline) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • 🎡 Tulsa Mayfest (3rd & Main) 1 day left Tulsa International Mayfest is an outdoor tribute to the arts and music in the heart of beautiful downtown Tulsa. …
  • Michael Glabicki (Downtown) Start Time: 5:00pm
  • Mike Mcclure Band With Guest Matt Sanders (Sandite Billiards & Grill) Start Time: 8:30pm mike mcclure: as himself taylor reed: drums, vocals jesse holcomb - bass three greasy pieces of oklahoma rock and roll
  • National "Kids To Parks" Day (Chandler Park) Start Time: 11:00am Bring your family and enjoy a day at Chandler Park! There’ll be sports demonstrations, organized games, arts and crafts projects, face painting, a cake walk, inflatables, nature hikes and lunch! Come and make memories!
  • The New Offenders (Mercury Lounge) Start Time: 10:00pm Sat May 21 10:00 PM
    The New Offenders 
  • A night of rockin music w/ Super Darren 65 live . (Gypsy Coffee House & Cyber Cafe) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • Tulsa ROUGHNECKS FC home game (ONEOK Field) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • The Schwag (The Shrine)
  • The Schwag ( Grateful Dead Tribute) (The Shrine) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • Super National Tractor Pulls (Tulsa RV Ranch Event Center - Beggs) Day 2 of 2 Head to Tulsa RV Ranch to enjoy this truck and tractor pull competition. Come and hear the engines roar in…
  • World Culture Music Fest (Soundpony Lounge) Start Time: 9:00pm

Sunday, May 22nd

  • 2 Hip Chicks Roadshow (Expo Square) Day 2 of 2 The 2 Hip Chicks Roadshow is coming to Tulsa and bringing dozens of vendors and one-of-a-kind items with them. This…
  • 🎡 Blue Dome Arts Festival (Blue Dome District) Last Day The Blue Dome Arts Festival, held within the historic Blue Dome Entertainment District in downtown Tulsa, features over…
  • The Flying Pig Outdoor Market (The Flying Pig Vintage Market - Owasso) Day 2 of 2 Owasso welcomes 50 vendors from throughout Oklahoma and the rest of the country for a weekend of shopping vintage…
  • Girls Club + Daddyo's (Happy Hour Show) (Soundpony Lounge) Start Time: 5:00pm
  • The Hop Jam (Brady District) For a unique celebration of beer and music, head to the Hop Jam happening in Tulsa's Brady Arts District. This…
  • Jam'Bassadors in Concert (Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame) Start Time: 5:00pm
  • 🎡 Tulsa Mayfest (3rd & Main) Last Day Tulsa International Mayfest is an outdoor tribute to the arts and music in the heart of beautiful downtown Tulsa. …
  • Miles Williams & Hammer Down (Old Icehouse 33 - Inola) Start Time: 3:00pm
  • String Quartet: Tulsa Symphony (Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center - Broken Arrow) Start Time: 2:30pm Come for our UpClose Series where the audience is on stage with the performers! Enjoy the beautiful music and meet and ask the performers questions throughout. Visit our website for tickets of call our box office at 918-259-5778!
  • Touro Centennial Banquet (The Synagogue) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • 🎭 Wayne Brady (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa - Catoosa) Enjoy an evening of laughs when the King of Improv, Wayne Brady takes the stage at the Hard Rock Casino in Tulsa. As a…

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What's happening around town (Web Feb 24th - Tue Mar 1st)

Tulsa's event list. Combined from 20 sources

Wednesday, Feb 24th

Thursday, Feb 25th

Friday, Feb 26th

  • $ Akdar Shrine Circus (Expo Square: Pavilion) Thru Sun, Feb 28th
  • America (River Spirit Casino)
  • $ Arctic Cat Nitro Arenacross Tour (Expo Square: Ford Truck Arena) Day 1 of 2 Witness as bikes soar through the air at the Nitro Arenacross Tour in Tulsa. Riders will compete on a number of…
  • Bibi-Dibi: Babies+Blessings+Dinner+Bedtime (The Synagogue) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • Deep Fried Squirrel (Mercury Lounge) Start Time: 10:00pm Fri Feb 26 10:00 PM
    Deep Fried Squirrel 
  • Doctor Rock Doctor (Soundpony Lounge) Start Time: 9:30pm
  • Iron Maiden (BOK Center) Start Time: 7:00pm About the Show Rock legends IRON MAIDEN will bring their highly anticipated The Book of Souls World Tour to…
  • Iron Maiden: The Book Of Souls World Tour 2016 (BOK Center) Start Time: 7:30pm
  • Krayzie Bone (The Shrine) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • 🎭 Life in Color (Mabee Center) : Kingdom is bringing a high energy show to Tulsa. Life in Color is best known as the world's largest…
  • Life in Color: World's Largest Paint Party (Cox Business Center)
    • Doors 7:00pm, Show ends: 12am
    • Must be 16 years or older to enter. VALID PICTURE ID PROVING AGE REQUIRED *…
  • Memory Gala benefiting Alzheimer's Association (Cox Business Center) Start Time: 6:00pm Ticket Information
    FAQs
    News
    Comic & Gaming Events
    Memory Galabenefiting Alzheimer's Association **TULSA…
  • Reckless Kelly (Cain's Ballroom) Come to Cain's in Tulsa and honky tonk with Reckless Kelly. For nearly two decades, this Austin, TX based…
  • Reckless Kelly with Bleu Edmondson (Cain's Ballroom) Start Time: 8:15pm
  • Seabound (The Vanguard) Start Time: 8:00pm NITE, Esoterik, DJ Robbo, DJ Bone
  • Seabound with NITE (The Vanguard) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • Truck Stop Betties (Hall Of Fame - Catoosa) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 9:00pm
  • 🎨 Walking Tall: a "Kinky Boots"-inspired Exhibit (Tulsa Performing Art Center) Last Day Start Time: 10:00am Feb. 2-29, M-F 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and during Chapman Music Hall events :: PAC Gallery Inspired by the musical…

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What a USL D1 league might look like

TL;DR: Man with too much time on his hands goes deep down the rabbit hole on a concept this sub already didn’t seem that enthusiastic about. If you really want to skip ahead, CTRL+F “verdict” and it’ll get you there.
Two days ago, u/MrPhillyj2wns made a post asking whether USL should launch a D1 league in order to compete in Concacaf. From the top voted replies, it appears this made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.
But I’ve been at home for eight weeks and I am terribly, terribly bored.
So, I present to you this overview of what the USL pyramid might look like if Jake Edwards got a head of steam and attempted to establish a USSF-sanctioned first division. This is by no means an endorsement of such a proposal or even a suggestion that USL SHOULD do such a thing. It is merely an examination of whether they COULD.
Welcome to the Thunderdome USL Premiership
First, there are some base-level assumptions we must make in this exercise, because it makes me feel more scientific and not like a guy who wrote this on Sunday while watching the Belarusian Premier League (Go BATE Borisov!).
  1. All D1 teams must comply with known USSF requirements for D1 leagues (more on that later).
  2. MLS, not liking this move, will immediately remove all directly-owned affiliate clubs from the USL structure (this does not include hybrid ownerships, like San Antonio FC – NYCFC). This removes all MLS2 teams but will not affect Colorado Springs, Reno, RGVFC and San Antonio.
  3. The USL will attempt to maintain both the USL Championship and USL League One, with an eventual mind toward creating the pro/rel paradise that is promised in Relegations 3:16.
  4. All of my research regarding facility size and ownership net worth is correct – this is probably the biggest leap of faith we have to make, since googling “NAME net worth” and “CITY richest people” doesn’t seem guaranteed to return accurate results.
  5. The most a club can increase its available seating capacity to meet D1 requirements in a current stadium is no more than 1,500 seats (10% of the required 15,000). If they need to add more, they’ll need a new facility.
  6. Let’s pretend that people are VERY willing to sell. It’s commonly acknowledged that the USL is a more financially feasible route to owning a soccer club than in MLS (c.f. MLS-Charlotte’s reported $325 million expansion fee) and the USSF has some very strict requirements for D1 sanctioning. It becomes pretty apparent when googling a lot of team’s owners that this requirement isn’t met, so let’s assume everyone that can’t sells to people who meet the requirements.
(Known) USSF D1 league requirements:
- League must have 12 teams to apply and 14 teams by year three
- Majority owner must have a net worth of $40 million, and the ownership group must have a total net worth of $70 million. The value of an owned stadium is not considered when calculating this value.
- Must have teams located in the Eastern, Central and Pacific time zones
- 75% of league’s teams must be based in markets with at a metro population of at least 1 million people.
- All league stadiums must have a capacity of at least 15,000
The ideal club candidate for the USL Premiership will meet the population and capacity requirements in its current ground, which will have a grass playing surface. Of the USL Championship’s 27 independent/hybrid affiliate clubs, I did not find one club that meets all these criteria as they currently stand.
Regarding turf fields, the USSF does not have a formal policy regarding the ideal playing surface but it is generally acknowledged that grass is superior to turf. 6 of 26 MLS stadiums utilize turf, or roughly 23% of stadiums. We’ll hold a similar restriction for our top flight, so 2-3 of our top flight clubs can have turf fields. Seem fair?
Capacity is going to be the biggest issue, since the disparity between current requirements for the second-tier (5,000) and the first tier (15,000) is a pretty massive gap. Nice club you have there, triple your capacity and you’re onto something. As a result, I have taken the liberty of relocating certain (read: nearly all) clubs to new grounds, trying my utmost to keep those clubs in their current markets and –importantly--, ensure they play on grass surfaces.
So, let’s do a case-by-case evaluation and see if we can put together 12-14 teams that meet the potential requirements, because what else do you have to do?
For each club’s breakdown, anything that represents a chance from what is currently true will be underlined.
Candidate: Birmingham Legion FC
Location (Metro population): Birmingham, Ala. (1,151,801)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Legion Field (FieldTurf, 71,594)
Potential owner: Stephens Family (reported net worth $4 billion)
Notes: Birmingham has a pretty strong candidacy. Having ditched the 5,000-seater BBVA Field for Legion Field, which sits 2.4 miles away, they’ve tapped into the city’s soccer history. Legion Field hosted portions of both the men’s and women’s tournaments at the 1996 Olympics, including a 3-1 U.S. loss to Argentina that saw 83,183 pack the house. The Harbert family seemed like strong ownership contenders, but since the death of matriarch Marguerite Harbert in 2015, it’s unclear where the wealth in the family is concentrated, so the Stephens seem like a better candidate. The only real knock that I can think of is that we really want to avoid having clubs play on turf, so I’d say they’re on the bubble of our platonic ideal USL Prem.
Candidate: Charleston Battery
Location (Metro population): Charleston, S.C. (713,000)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Johnson Hagood Stadium (Grass, ~14,700)
Potential owner: Anita Zucker (reported net worth $3 billion)
Notes: Charleston’s candidacy isn’t looking great. Already disadvantaged due to its undersized metro population, a move across the Cooper River to Johnson Hagood Stadium is cutting it close in terms of capacity. The stadium, home to The Citadel’s football team, used to seat 21,000, before 9,300 seats on the eastern grandstand were torn down in 2017 to deal with lead paint that had been used in their construction. Renovation plans include adding 3,000 seats back in, which could hit 15,000 if they bumped it to 3,300, but throw in a required sale by HCFC, LLC (led by content-creation platform founder Rob Salvatore) to chemical magnate Anita Zucker, and you’ll see there’s a lot of ifs and ands in this proposal.
Candidate: Charlotte Independence
Location (Metro population): Charlotte, N.C. (2,569, 213)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Jerry Richardson Stadium (Turf, 15,314)
Potential owner: James Goodnight (reported net worth $9.1 billion)
Notes: Charlotte ticks a lot of the boxes. A move from the Sportsplex at Matthews to UNC-Charlotte’s Jerry Richardson stadium meets capacity requirements, but puts them on to the dreaded turf. Regrettably, nearby American Legion Memorial Stadium only seats 10,500, despite a grass playing surface. With a sizeable metro population (sixth-largest in the USL Championship) and a possible owner in software billionaire James Goodnight, you’ve got some options here. The biggest problem likely lies in direct competition for market share against a much better-funded MLS Charlotte side due to join the league in 2021.
Candidate: Hartford Athletic
Location (Metro population): Hartford, Conn. (1,214,295)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Pratt & Whitney Stadium (Grass, 38,066)
Potential owner: Ray Dalio (reported net worth $18.4 billion)
Notes: Okay, I cheated a bit here, having to relocate Hartford to Pratt & Whitney Stadium, which is technically in East Hartford, Conn. I don’t know enough about the area to know if there’s some kind of massive beef between the two cities, but the club has history there, having played seven games in 2019 while Dillon Stadium underwent renovations. If the group of local businessmen that currently own the club manage to attract Dalio to the table, we’re on to something.
Candidate: Indy Eleven
Location (Metro population): Indianapolis, Ind. (2,048,703)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Lucas Oil Stadium (Turf, 62,421)
Potential owner: Jim Irsay (reported net worth of $3 billion)
Notes: Indy Eleven are a club that are SO CLOSE to being an ideal candidate – if it weren’t for Lucas Oil Stadium’s turf playing surface. Still, there’s a lot to like in this bid. I’m not going to lie, I have no idea what current owner and founder Ersal Ozdemir is worth, but it seems like there might be cause for concern. A sale to Irsay, who also owns the NFL Indianapolis (nee Baltimore) Colts, seems likely to keep the franchise there, rather than make a half-mile move to 14,230 capacity Victory Field where the AAA Indianapolis Indians play and expand from there.
Candidate: Louisville City FC
Location (Metro population): Louisville, Ky. (1,297,310)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Lynn Family Stadium (Grass, 14,000, possibly expandable to 20,000)
Potential owner: Wayne Hughes (reported net worth $2.8 billion)
Notes: I’m stretching things a bit here. Lynn Family stadium is currently listed as having 11,700 capacity that’s expandable to 14,000, but they’ve said that the ground could hold as many as 20,000 with additional construction, which might be enough to grant them a temporary waiver from USSF. If the stadium is a no-go, then there’s always Cardinal Stadium, home to the University of Louisville’s football team, which seats 65,000 but is turf. Either way, it seems like a sale to someone like Public Storage founder Wayne Hughes will be necessary to ensure the club has enough capital.
Candidate: Memphis 901 FC
Location (Metro population): Memphis, Tenn. (1,348,260)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Liberty Bowl Stadium (Turf, 58,325)
Potential owner: Fred Smith (reported net worth $3 billion)
Notes: Unfortunately for Memphis, AutoZone Park’s 10,000 seats won’t cut it at the D1 level. With its urban location, it would likely prove tough to renovate, as well. Liberty Bowl Stadium more than meets the need, but will involve the use of the dreaded turf. As far as an owner goes, FedEx founder Fred Smith seems like a good local option.
Candidate: Miami FC, “The”
Location (Metro population): Miami, Fla. (6,158,824)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Riccardo Silva Stadium (FieldTurf, 20,000)
Potential owner: Riccardo Silva (reported net worth $1 billion)
Notes: Well, well, well, Silva might get his wish for top-flight soccer, after all. He’s got the money, he’s got the metro, and his ground has the capacity. There is the nagging issue of the turf, though. Hard Rock Stadium might present a solution, including a capacity of 64,767 and a grass playing surface. It is worth noting, however, that this is the first profile where I didn’t have to find a new potential owner for a club.
Candidate: North Carolina FC
Location (Metro population): Durham, N.C. (1,214,516 in The Triangle)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Carter-Finley Stadium (Grass/Turf, 57,583)
Potential owner: Steve Malik (precise net worth unknown) / Dennis Gillings (reported net worth of $1.7 billion)
Notes: We have our first “relocation” in North Carolina FC, who were forced to trade Cary’s 10,000-seat WakeMed Soccer Park for Carter-Finley Stadium in Durham, home of the NC State Wolfpack and 57,583 of their closest friends. The move is a whopping 3.1 miles, thanks to the close-knit hub that exists between Cary, Durham and Raleigh. Carter-Finley might be my favorite of the stadium moves in this exercise. The field is grass, but the sidelines are artificial turf. Weird, right? Either way, it was good enough for Juventus to play a friendly against Chivas de Guadalajara there in 2011. Maybe the move would be pushed for by new owner and medical magnate Dennis Gillings, whose British roots might inspire him to get involved in the Beautiful Game. Straight up, though, I couldn’t find a net worth for current owner Steve Malik, though he did sell his company MedFusion for $91 million in 2010, then bought it back for an undisclosed amount and sold it again for $43 million last November. I don’t know if Malik has the juice to meet D1 requirements, but I suspect he’s close.
Candidate: Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Location (Metro population): Pittsburgh, Penn. (2,362,453)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Heinz Field (Grass, 64,450)
Potential owner: Henry Hillman (reported net worth $2.5 billion)
Notes: I don’t know a ton about the Riverhounds, but this move in particular feels like depriving a pretty blue-collar club from its roots. Highmark Stadium is a no-go from a seating perspective, but the Steelers’ home stadium at Heinz Field would more than meet the requirements and have a grass surface that was large enough to be sanctioned for a FIFA friendly between the U.S. WNT and Costa Rica in 2015. As for an owner, Tuffy Shallenberger (first ballot owner name HOF) doesn’t seem to fit the USSF bill, but legendary Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Hillman might. I’m sure you’re asking, why not the Rooney Family, if they’ll play at Heinz Field? I’ll tell you: I honestly can’t seem to pin down a value for the family. The Steelers are valued at a little over a billion and rumors persist that Dan Rooney is worth $500 million, but I’m not sure. I guess the Rooneys would work too, but it’s a definite departure from an owner in Shallenberger who was described by one journalist as a guy who “wears boots, jeans, a sweater and a trucker hat.”
Candidate: Saint Louis FC
Location (Metro population): St. Louis, Mo. (2,807,338)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Busch Stadium (Grass, 45,494)
Potential owner: William DeWitt Jr. (reported net worth $4 billion)
Notes: Saint Louis has some weirdness in making the jump to D1. Current CEO Jim Kavanaugh is an owner of the MLS side that will begin play in 2022. The club’s current ground at West Community Stadium isn’t big enough, but perhaps a timely sale to Cardinals owner William DeWitt Jr. could see the club playing games at Busch Stadium, which has a well established history of hosting other sports like hockey, college football and soccer (most recently a U.S. WNT friendly against New Zealand in 2019). The competition with another MLS franchise wouldn’t be ideal, like Charlotte, but with a big enough population and cross marketing from the Cardinals, maybe there’s a winner here. Wacko idea: If Busch doesn’t pan out, send them to The Dome. Sure, it’s a 60k turf closed-in stadium, but we can go for that retro NASL feel and pay homage to our nation’s soccer history.
Candidate: Tampa Bay Rowdies
Location (Metro population): Tampa, Fla. (3,068,511)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Raymond James Stadium (Grass, 65,518)
Potential owner: Edward DeBartolo Jr. (reported net worth $3 billion)
Notes: This one makes me sad. Despite having never been there, I see Al Lang Stadium as an iconic part of the Rowdies experience. Current owner Bill Edwards proposed an expansion to 18,000 seats in 2016, but the move seems to have stalled out. Frustrated with the city’s lack of action, Edwards sells to one-time San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr., who uses his old NFL connections to secure a cushy lease at the home of the Buccaneers in Ray Jay, the site of a 3-1 thrashing of Antigua and Barbuda during the United States’ 2014 World Cup Qualifying campaign.
Breather. Hey, we finished the Eastern Conference teams. Why are you still reading this? Why am I still writing it? Time is a meaningless construct in 2020 my friends, we are adrift in the void, fueled only by brief flashes of what once was and what may yet still be.
Candidate: Austin Bold FC
Location (Metro population): Austin, Texas (2,168,316)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Darrel K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium (FieldTurf, 95,594)
Potential owner: Michael Dell (reported net worth of $32.3 billion)
Notes: Anthony Precourt’s Austin FC has some unexpected competition and it comes in the form of tech magnate Michael Dell. Dell, were he to buy the club, would be one of the richest owners on our list and could flash his cash in the new first division. Would he have enough to convince Darrel K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium (I’m not kidding, that’s its actual name) to go back to a grass surface, like it did from ’96-’08? That’s between Dell and nearly 100,000 UT football fans, but everything can be had for the right price.
Candidate: Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Location (Metro population): Colorado Springs, Colo. (738,939)
Time zone: Mountain
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Falcon Stadium (FieldTurf, 46,692)
Potential owner: Charles Ergen (reported net worth $10.8 billion)
Notes: Welcome to Colorado Springs. We have hurdles. For the first time in 12 candidates, we’re back below the desired 1 million metro population mark. Colorado Springs actually plans to build a $35 million, 8,000 seat venue downtown that will be perfect for soccer, but in our timeline that’s 7,000 seats short. Enter Falcon Stadium, home of the Air Force Academy Falcons football team. Seems perfect except for the turf, right? Well, the tricky thing is that Falcon Stadium is technically on an active military base and is (I believe) government property. Challenges to getting in and out of the ground aside, the military tends to have a pretty grim view of government property being used by for-profit enterprises. Maybe Charles Ergen, founder and chairman of Dish Network, would be able to grease the right wheels, but you can go ahead and throw this into the “doubtful” category. It’s a shame, too. 6,035 feet of elevation is one hell of a home-field advantage.
Candidate: El Paso Locomotive FC
Location: El Paso, Texas
Time zone: Mountain
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Sun Bowl (FieldTurf, 51,500)
Potential owner: Paul Foster (reported net worth $1.7 billion)
Notes: God bless Texas. When compiling this list, I found so many of the theoretical stadium replacements were nearly serviceable by high school football fields. That’s insane, right? Anyway, Locomotive don’t have to settle for one of those, they’ve got the Sun Bowl, which had its capacity reduced in 2001 to a paltry 51,500 (from 52,000) specifically to accommodate soccer. Sure, it’s a turf surface, but what does new owner Paul Foster (who is only the 1,477th wealthiest man in the world, per Forbes) care, he’s got a team in a top league. Side note: Did you know that the Sun Bowl college football game is officially, through sponsorship, the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl? Why is it not the Frosted Flakes Sun Bowl? Why is the cereal mascot the promotional name of the football game? What are you doing, Kellogg’s?
Candidate: Las Vegas Lights FC
Location: Las Vegas, Nev. (2,227,053)
Time zone: Pacific
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Allegiant Stadium (Grass, 61,000)
Potential owner: Sheldon Adelson (reported net worth $37.7 billion)
Notes: Sin City. You had to know that the club that once signed Freddy Adu because “why not” was going to go all out in our flashy hypothetical proposal. Thanks to my narrative control of this whole thing, they have. Adelson is the second-richest owner in the league and has decided to do everything first class. That includes using the new Raiders stadium in nearby unincorporated Paradise, Nevada, and spending boatloads on high profile transfers. Zlatan is coming back to the U.S., confirmed.
Candidate: New Mexico United
Location: Albuquerque, N.M.
Time zone: Mountain
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Isotopes Park – officially Rio Grande Credit Union Field at Isotopes Park (Grass, 13,500 – 15,000 with expansion)
Potential owner: Maloof Family (reported net worth $1 billion)
Notes: New Mexico from its inception went deep on the community vibe, and I’ve tried to replicate that in this bid. The home field of Rio Grande Cr---I’m not typing out the whole thing—Isotopes Park falls just within the expansion rules we set to make it to 15,000 (weird, right?) and they’ve found a great local ownership group in the Lebanese-American Maloof (formerly Maalouf) family from Las Vegas. The only thing to worry about would be the metro population, but overall, this could be one of the gems of USL Prem.
Candidate: Oklahoma City Energy FC
Location: Oklahoma City, Okla. (1,396,445)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (Grass, 13,066)
Potential owner: Harold Hamm (reported net worth $14.2 billion)
Notes: There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow and it says it’s time to change stadiums and owners to make it to D1. A sale to oil magnate Harold Hamm would give the club the finances it needs, but Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (home of the OKC Dodgers) actually falls outside of the boundary of what would meet capacity if 1,500 seats were added. Could the club pull off a move to Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma – home of the Oklahoma Sooners? Maybe, but at 20 miles, this would be a reach.
Candidate: Orange County SC
Location: Irvine, Calif. (3,176, 000 in Orange County)
Time zone: Pacific
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Angels Stadium of Anaheim (Grass, 43,250)
Potential owner: Arte Moreno (reported net worth $3.3 billion)
Notes: You’ll never convince me that Rangers didn’t choose to partner with Orange County based primarily on its name. Either way, a sale to MLB Angels owner Arte Moreno produces a fruitful partnership, with the owner choosing to play his newest club out of the existing Angels stadium in OC. Another baseball conversion, sure, but with a metro population of over 3 million and the closest thing this hypothetical league has to an LA market, who’s complaining?
Candidate: Phoenix Rising FC
Location: Phoenix, Ariz. (4,857,962)
Time zone: Arizona
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): State Farm Stadium (Grass, 63,400)
Potential owner: Ernest Garcia II (reported net worth $5.7 billion)
Notes: We’re keeping it local with new owner and used car guru Ernest Garcia II. His dad owned a liquor store and he dropped out of college, which is making me feel amazing about my life choices right now. Casino Arizona Field is great, but State Farm Stadium is a grass surface that hosted the 2019 Gold Cup semifinal, so it’s a clear winner. Throw in Phoenix’s massive metro population and this one looks like a lock.
Candidate: Reno 1868 FC
Location: Reno, Nev. (425,417)
Time zone: Pacific
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Mackay Stadium (FieldTurf, 30,000)
Potential owner: Nancy Walton Laurie (reported net worth $7.1 billion)
Notes: The Biggest Little City on Earth has some serious barriers to overcome, thanks to its low metro population. A sale to Walmart heiress Nancy Walton Laurie and 1.6 mile-move to Mackay Stadium to split space with the University of Nevada, Reno makes this bid competitive, but the turf surface is another knock against it.
Candidate: Rio Grande Valley FC
Location: Edinburg, Texas (900,304)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): McAllen Memorial Stadium (FieldTurf, 13,500 – 15,000 with expansion)
Potential owner: Alice Louise Walton (reported net worth $45 billion)
Notes: Yes, I have a second straight Walmart heiress on the list. She was the first thing that popped up when I googled “McAllen Texas richest people.” The family rivalry has spurred Walton to buy a club as well, moving them 10 miles to McAllen Memorial Stadium which, as I alluded to earlier, is a straight up high school football stadium with a full color scoreboard. Toss in an additional 1,500 seats and you’ve met the minimum, despite the turf playing surface.
Candidate: San Antonio FC
Location: San Antonio, Texas (2,550,960)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Alamodome (FieldTurf, 64,000)
Potential owner: Red McCombs (reported net worth $1.6 billion)
Notes: I wanted to keep SAFC in the Spurs family, since the franchise is valued at $1.8 billion. That said, I didn’t let the Rooneys own the Riverhounds based on the Steelers’ value and it felt wrong to change the rules, so bring on Clear Channel co-founder Red McCombs. Toyota Field isn’t viable in the first division, but for the Alamodome, which was built in 1993 in hopes of attracting an NFL franchise (and never did), San Antonio can finally claim having *a* national football league team in its town (contingent on your definition of football). Now if only we could do something about that turf…
Candidate: San Diego Loyal SC
Location: San Diego, Calif. (3,317,749)
Time zone: Pacific
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): SDCCU Stadium (formerly Qualcomm) (Grass, 70,561)
Potential owner: Phil Mickelson (reported net worth $91 million)
Notes: Yes, golf’s Phil Mickelson. The existing ownership group didn’t seem to have the wherewithal to meet requirements, and Phil seemed to slot right in. As an athlete himself, he might be interesting in the new challenges of a top flight soccer team. Toss in a move to the former home of the chargers and you might have a basis for tremendous community support.
Candidate: FC Tulsa
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (991,561)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium (FieldTurf, 30,000)
Potential owner: George Kaiser ($10 billion)
Notes: I’m a fan of FC Tulsa’s rebrand, but if they want to make the first division, more changes are necessary. A sale to Tulsa native and one of the 100 richest men in the world George Kaiser means that funding is guaranteed. A move to Chapman Stadium would provide the necessary seats, despite the turf field. While the undersize population might be an issue at first glance, it’s hard to imagine U.S. Soccer not granting a waiver over a less than a 10k miss from the mark.
And that’s it! You made it. Those are all of the independent/hybrid affiliates in the USL Championship, which means that it’s time for our…
VERDICT: As an expert who has studied this issue for almost an entire day now, I am prepared to pronounce which USL Championships could be most ‘ready” for a jump to the USL Prem. A reminder that of the 27 clubs surveyed, 0 of them met our ideal criteria (proper ownership $, metro population, 15,000+ stadium with grass field).
Two of them, however, met almost all of those criteria: Indy Eleven and Miami FC. Those two clubs may use up two of our three available turf fields right from the outset, but the other factors they hit (particularly Silva’s ownership of Miami) makes them difficult, if not impossible to ignore for the top flight.
But who fill in the rest of the slots? Meet the entire 14-team USL Premier League:
Hartford Athletic
Indy Eleven
Louisville City FC
Miami FC
North Carolina FC
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Tampa Bay Rowdies
Saint Louis FC
San Antonio FC
New Mexico United
Phoenix Rising FC
Las Vegas Lights FC
Orange County SC
San Diego Loyal SC
Now, I shall provide my expert rationale for each club’s inclusion/exclusion, which can be roughly broken down into four categories.
Firm “yes”
Hartford Athletic: It’s a good market size with a solid stadium. With a decent investor and good community support, you’ve got potential here.
Indy Eleven: The turf at Lucas Oil Stadium is no reason to turn down a 62,421 venue and a metro population of over 2 million.
Louisville City FC: Why doesn’t the 2017 & 2018 USL Cup champion deserve a crack at the top flight? They have the market size, and with a bit of expansion have the stadium at their own SSS. LCFC, you’re in.
Miami FC, “The”: Our other blue-chip recruit on the basis of ownership value, market size and stadium capacity. Yes, that field is turf, but how could you snub Silva’s chance to claim victory as the first division 1 club soccer team to play in Miami?
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Pittsburgh sacrificed a lot to be here (according to my arbitrary calculations). Their market size and the potential boon of soccer at Heinz Field is an important inclusion to the league.
Saint Louis FC: Willie hears your “Busch League” jokes, Willie don’t care. A huge market size, combined with the absence of an NFL franchise creates opportunity. Competition with the MLS side, sure, but St. Louis has serious soccer history and we’re willing to bet it can support two clubs.
Tampa Bay Rowdies: With a huge population and a massive stadium waiting nearby, Tampa Bay seems like too good of an opportunity to pass up for the USL Prem.
Las Vegas Lights FC: Ostentatious, massive and well-financed, Las Vegas Lights FC is everything that the USL Premier League would need to assert that it didn’t intend to play second fiddle to MLS. Players will need to be kept on a short leash, but this is a hard market to pass up on.
Phoenix Rising FC: Huge population, big grass field available nearby and a solid history of success in recent years. No brainer.
San Diego Loyal SC: New club? Yes, massive population in a market that recently lost an absolutely huge sports presence? Also yes. This could be the USL Prem’s Seattle.
Cautious “yes”
New Mexico United: You have to take a chance on New Mexico United. The club set the league on fire with its social media presence and its weight in the community when it entered the league last season. The market may be slightly under USSF’s desired 1 million, but fervent support (and the ability to continue to use Isotopes Park) shouldn’t be discounted.
North Carolina FC: Carter-Finley’s mixed grass/turf surface is a barrier, to be sure, but the 57,000+ seats it offers (and being enough to offset other fully-turf offerings) is enough to put it in the black.
Orange County SC: It’s a top-tier club playing in a MLB stadium. I know it seems unlikely that USSF would approve something like that, but believe me when I say “it could happen.” Orange County is a massive market and California likely needs two clubs in the top flight.
San Antonio FC: Our third and only voluntary inclusion to the turf fields in the first division, we’re counting on San Antonio’s size and massive potential stadium to see it through.
Cautious “no”
Birmingham Legion FC: The town has solid soccer history and a huge potential venue, but the turf playing surface puts it on the outside looking in.
Memphis 901 FC: Like Birmingham, not much to dislike here outside of the turf playing surface at the larger playing venue.
Austin Bold FC: See the other two above.
FC Tulsa: Everything’s just a little bit off with this one. Market’s slightly too small, stadium has turf. Just not enough to put it over the top.
Firm “no”
Charleston Battery: Small metro and a small potential new stadium? It’s tough to say yes to the risk.
Charlotte Independence: A small new stadium and the possibility of having to compete with an organization that just paid over $300 million to join MLS means it’s best for this club to remain in the USL Championship.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: When a club’s best chance to meet a capacity requirement is to host games at a venue controlled by the military, that doesn’t speak well to a club’s chances.
El Paso Locomotive FC: An undersized market and a turf field that meets capacity requirements is the death knell for this one.
Oklahoma City Energy FC: Having to expand a baseball field to meet requirements is a bad start. Having to potentially play 20 miles away from your main market is even worse.
Reno 1868 FC: Population nearly a half-million short of the federation’s requirements AND a turf field at the hypothetical new stadium makes impossible to say yes to this bid.
Rio Grande Valley FC: All the seat expansions in the world can’t hide the fact that McAllen Memorial Stadium is a high school stadium through and through.
Here’s who’s left in the 11-team Championship:
Birmingham Legion FC
Charleston Battery
Charlotte Independence
Memphis 901 FC
Austin Bold FC
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
El Paso Locomotive FC
Oklahoma City Energy FC
Reno 1868 FC
Rio Grande Valley FC
FC Tulsa
With MLS folding the six affiliates it has in USL League One, the league is a little bit thin (especially considering USSF’s requirements for 8 teams for lower level leagues), but seems definitely able to expand up to the necessary numbers with Edwards’ allusions to five new additions this year:
Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
Forward Madison FC
Greenville Triumph SC
Union Omaha
Richmond Kickers
South Georgia Tormenta
FC Tucson
Format of Assorted Leagues – This (like everything in this post) is pure conjecture on my part, but here are my thoughts on how these leagues might function in a first year while waiting for additional expansion.
USL Premier – We’ll steal from the 12-team Scottish Premiership. Each club plays the other 11 clubs 3 times, with either one or two home matches against each side. When each club has played 33 matches, the top six and bottom six separate, with every club playing an additional five matches (against each other team in its group). The top club wins the league. The bottom club is automatically relegated. The second-bottom club will enter a two-legged playoff against someone (see below) from the championship playoffs.
USL Championship -- 11 clubs is a challenge to schedule for. How about every club plays everyone else three times (either one or two home matches against each side)? Top four clubs make the playoffs, which are decided by two-legged playoffs. The winner automatically goes up. I need feedback on the second part – is it better to have the runner-up from the playoffs face the second-bottom club from the Premiership, or should the winner of the third-place match-up get the chance to face them to keep drama going in both playoff series? As for relegation, we can clearly only send down the last place club while the third division is so small.
USL League One – While the league is so small, it doesn’t seem reasonable to have the clubs play as many matches as the higher divisions. Each club could play the other six clubs four times – twice at home and twice away – for a very equitable 24-match regular season, which would help restrict costs and still provide a chance to determine a clear winner. Whoever finishes top of the table goes up.
And there you have it, a hypothetical look at how the USL could build a D1 league right now. All it would take is a new stadium for almost the entire league and new owners for all but one of the 27 clubs, who wouldn’t feel that their property would be massively devalued if they got relegated.
Well that’s our show. I’m curious to see what you think of all of this, especially anything that you think I may have overlooked (I’m sure there’s plenty). Anyway, I hope you’re all staying safe and well.
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18k off a 4k freeroll vs. $800 to $12 to $10k. My first time playing bacc vs. most recent.

Maybe not the best gambling come up ever told, but my personal best. Not dollar wise, I've cashed out way more before. It's a long read, but worth it.... Check this shit out....
I go up to buy a vintage boat in Illinois. 12 hour drive to Texas. Due to crazy weather (worst thunderstorm I have ever driven through by far) and even crazier girls, get stuck in St. Louis. Had an incredible night with and even more incredible woman on her birthday. Start heading home back to Texas.
Driving through Oklahoma it starts up again, really bad rain. Nope, not doing this again, I take the next exit. I'm in Tulsa. Exit coincidentally at the hard rock (was just gonna wait the storm out or maybe see if they would comp my room). They say no way, you don't have any players card and this ain't Vegas, you gotta do some damage to earn your free room. I'm like ok...bet....(I am a high stakes baccarat player)
So I buy in with $800, tell cashier that I'll be back shortly with $10k. Yeah......okay buddy sure....
I get wrecked, down to my last $12. Feeling shitty and mad at the rain. I proceed to turn that $12 into...well alot. Table max is $1000. My new best bud Jason from OKC was there and we started killing it. We made a deal with the pit boss that if we run them out of $500 chips they would go to cage and just out the golden $1000 chips. They said yeah ok, those chips are dusty because they never need them.
I hit max bet wins 9 separate times. Beat a natural 8 with a natural 9 (if you don't know bacc it's the hardest and most satisfying thing in the world) twice for table max bet if $1000. My buddy Jason and I followed each other rarely betting against each other. We wrecked that table bad and did what we said we would do, drained every $500 chip they had. Pit boss begrudgingly called the cage for the ultra rare $1000 chips. Said it hasn't happy in 3 years.
In 3 hours I hit my goal, cashed out at exactly $10,000. And headed to cashier. Same girl who I told her I'd be back either broke or with 10k. Slow walk, with my best ass face on. You could tell she felt bad because unlike the dealers cahiers love when people win.
I put 10 $1000 chips on the window table, and said....I don't fuck around when it comes to Baccarat. Told ya. She flipped out, couldn't believe it.
Got a casino hostess, free suite which was super nice, and a free room anytime I am in Tulsa.
Also there was this Mexican pimp who was like a degenerate one armed bandit (plays slot machines like a tool). He tried to hustle me for all his jewelry for like $2000. I gave him $250 but only if he included his heiña's turquoise ring as well (I am a fucking savage). So that's why I am all blinged out on the drive home.
And yes, for the doubters, I didn't give a dime back and drove straight home. Going to Vegas in two weekends with some girls and an even nicer free suite. Not going to gamble at all, just rent an exotic car and finally do all the cool Vegas non strip fun nature activities Ive always wanted. Lake Tahoe, Red Rock Canyon, float trip, etc.
Yes 2020 sucks but I'm tired of it brining me down. Met somebody very special and from here on out I'm dedicated. Positive vibes only!!!! 💯
Required disclaimer: I don't even like to gamble because it is super stressful for me. I only go once or twice a year. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME KIDS. Scared money don't make no money.....
Oh, big shout-out to mother nature. Without those two rainstorms I wouldn't have fallen in love or had a much needed come up. If only I could have danced with my baby I'm the rain it would have been icing on the cake.
Made it home safe to Texas with boat intact and a fat stack. Life is good!!!!
P.s. I was taught baccarat while living in Korea for 3 years. My white ass with big blonde hair and blue eyes, and for some reason Al the older Koreans would stop me in the street saying James Dean......James Dean!!!
Well I was playing in a poker tournament, this guy does the James Dean thing during a break in the tournament as I'm walking to get a quick bite if food and bathroom. It's the final table and I'm in like 3rd place with 7 players left (not too big, I think it was $300 buy in, 100 players or so) .
Anyway so he stops me and says....in his best broken English, Player ....Banker...James....James (he points at each).... Player, Banker?!?!
I'm like shit I dunno this weird Asian card game never even seen it. Banker is like the house right? House always wins, so I say and point banker....
Again with the natural 8 losing to natural 9, player loses. Bank wins. Guy shits a brick and slides me his winnings. He makes me sit down. I realize he bet 4.2 million won ( like ~4000USD) at the time. And he just gave it to me thinking I was his good luck charm. He taught me how to play (it's very very easy to learn bacc...) But more importantly taught me how to play with balls of steel which is a required learned skill in this game.
We proceed to wreck the table, I think I cashed out somewhere close to $18k and he hit like 75k. I ended up going back to tournament damn near blinded out but still in 5th place. Took third place and took home whatever $$$ that was.
Like I said I have cashed out more but my first and last times playing bacc were extremely memorable. 18k off a 4k freeroll and $800 to $12 to $10k. What do you guys think
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My first time playing bacc vs my most recent time (EPIC POLL & INSANE STORY)

Maybe not the best gambling come up ever told, but my personal best. Not dollar wise, I've cashed out way more before. It's a long read, but worth it.... Check this shit out....
I go up to buy a vintage boat in Illinois. 12 hour drive to Texas. Due to crazy weather (worst thunderstorm I have ever driven through by far) and even crazier girls, get stuck in St. Louis. Had an incredible night with and even more incredible woman on her birthday. Start heading home back to Texas.
Driving through Oklahoma it starts up again, really bad rain. Nope, not doing this again, I take the next exit. I'm in Tulsa. Exit coincidentally at the hard rock (was just gonna wait the storm out or maybe see if they would comp my room). They say no way, you don't have any players card and this ain't Vegas, you gotta do some damage to earn your free room. I'm like ok...bet....(I am a high stakes baccarat player)
So I buy in with $800, tell cashier that I'll be back shortly with $10k. Yeah......okay buddy sure....
I get wrecked, down to my last $12. Feeling shitty and mad at the rain. I proceed to turn that $12 into...well alot. Table max is $1000. My new best bud Jason from OKC was there and we started killing it. We made a deal with the pit boss that if we run them out of $500 chips they would go to cage and just out the golden $1000 chips. They said yeah ok, those chips are dusty because they never need them.
I hit max bet wins 9 separate times. Beat a natural 8 with a natural 9 (if you don't know bacc it's the hardest and most satisfying thing in the world) twice for table max bet if $1000. My buddy Jason and I followed each other rarely betting against each other. We wrecked that table bad and did what we said we would do, drained every $500 chip they had. Pit boss begrudgingly called the cage for the ultra rare $1000 chips. Said it hasn't happy in 3 years.
In 3 hours I hit my goal, cashed out at exactly $10,000. And headed to cashier. Same girl who I told her I'd be back either broke or with 10k. Slow walk, with my best ass face on. You could tell she felt bad because unlike the dealers cahiers love when people win.
I put 10 $1000 chips on the window table, and said....I don't fuck around when it comes to Baccarat. Told ya. She flipped out, couldn't believe it.
Got a casino hostess, free suite which was super nice, and a free room anytime I am in Tulsa.
Also there was this Mexican pimp who was like a degenerate one armed bandit (plays slot machines like a tool). He tried to hustle me for all his jewelry for like $2000. I gave him $250 but only if he included his heiña's turquoise ring as well (I am a fucking savage). So that's why I am all blinged out on the drive home.
And yes, for the doubters, I didn't give a dime back and drove straight home. Going to Vegas in two weekends with some girls and an even nicer free suite. Not going to gamble at all, just rent an exotic car and finally do all the cool Vegas non strip fun nature activities Ive always wanted. Lake Tahoe, Red Rock Canyon, float trip, etc.
Yes 2020 sucks but I'm tired of it brining me down. Met somebody very special and from here on out I'm dedicated. Positive vibes only!!!! 💯
Required disclaimer: I don't even like to gamble because it is super stressful for me. I only go once or twice a year. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME KIDS. Scared money don't make no money.....
Oh, big shout-out to mother nature. Without those two rainstorms I wouldn't have fallen in love or had a much needed come up. If only I could have danced with my baby I'm the rain it would have been icing on the cake.
Made it home safe to Texas with boat intact and a fat stack. Life is good!!!!
FIRST TIME PLAYING BACC:
I was taught baccarat while living in Korea for 3 years. My white ass with big blonde hair and blue eyes, and for some reason Al the older Koreans would stop me in the street saying James Dean......James Dean!!!
Well I was playing in a poker tournament, this guy does the James Dean thing during a break in the tournament as I'm walking to get a quick bite if food and bathroom. It's the final table and I'm in like 3rd place with 7 players left (not too big, I think it was $300 buy in, 100 players or so) .
Anyway so he stops me and says....in his best broken English, Player ....Banker...James....James (he points at each).... Player, Banker?!?!
I'm like shit I dunno this weird Asian card game never even seen it. Banker is like the house right? House always wins, so I say and point banker....
Again with the natural 8 losing to natural 9, player loses. Bank wins. Guy shits a brick and slides me his winnings. He makes me sit down. I realize he bet 4.2 million won ( like ~4000USD) at the time. And he just gave it to me thinking I was his good luck charm. He taught me how to play (it's very very easy to learn bacc...) But more importantly taught me how to play with balls of steel which is a required learned skill in this game.
We proceed to wreck the table, I think I cashed out somewhere close to $18k and he hit like 75k. I ended up going back to tournament damn near blinded out but still in 5th place. Took third place and took home whatever $$$ that was. Korea's biggest currency denomination is a 10k won bill, like $10. So I literally walked out with a paper bag filled with money, like I robbed a bank, went home and spread it all over the bed and had sex on it like I was Scrooge McDuck or Walter White or Lil Wayne. Oh to be young again.
Like I said I have cashed out more but my first and last times playing bacc were extremely memorable. 18k off a 4k freeroll and $800 to $12 to $10k. What do you guys think?
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What's happening around town (Wed, Feb 26th - Tue, Mar 3rd)

Tulsa's event list.

Wednesday, Feb 26th

Thursday, Feb 27th

  • Caleb Fellenstein (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa - Catoosa) Start Time: 4:00pm
  • Daniel Chesser (The Hunt Club - Tulsa)
  • The Dean DeMerritt Trio (Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:00pm Dean DeMerritt with his Jazz trio at Duet! Purchase tickets here.
  • DJ Queen Jessen (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa - Catoosa) Start Time: 5:00pm
  • DJ Whit (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa - Catoosa) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • Dueling Pianos (Hyatt Regency Hotel - Tulsa)
  • Footloose (Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center - Broken Arrow) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 7:30pm BAHS Drama presents "Footloose" Feb 27 - March 1! Tickets are on sale now. And the best part is you can buy tickets online at https://www.showtix4u.com/events/16313. Limited number of reserved seating available. Buy your tickets today! For more information call our box office at 918-259-5778
  • The Freshmen (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa - Catoosa) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • 🎭 Howard Jones Acoustic Trio (The Vanguard - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • Play in the Fantasy Realm: Imaginary Friends (Oklahoma Center for the Humanities - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:00pm Play in the Fantasy Realm: Young Children's Relationships with Imaginary Companions Join us for an evening with Tracy Gleason, a developmental psychologist studying relationships, real and imagined, with a focus on young children's imaginary companions. Dr. Gleason will talk about the ways in which children interact with imaginary friends and…
  • 😂 Rob Little (Loony Bin - Tulsa) Thru Sat, Feb 29th
  • Running On Empty (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa - Catoosa) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • Story Time (Gathering Place - Tulsa) Start Time: 4:00pm Fall in love with the magic found in children's books! Join us every Thursday at 4 p.m. and every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in ONEOK Boathouse for Story Time from guest readers.
    Guest Reader Schedule Saturday, Jan. 25th - Gathering Place Education Team
    February Guest Readers: Saturday, February 1 - Gathering Place Education Team Thursday,…
  • TCC Music Department Concert (VanTrease PACE - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:00pm Tags: Concert Free Music Southeast Campus VanTrease PACE Share
  • 🎭 William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (Chapman Theatre - Tulsa) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 8:00pm Purchase tickets online at utulsa.edu/tutheatre Adults: $15 Seniors Citizens (55+): $8 Students not from TU: $8 High School Students: 1 free ticket with school ID, otherwise $8 TU Faculty/Staff: $6 TU Students: Free opening night, otherwise $6

Friday, Feb 28th

  • 70s/80s Throwback Night (Dennis R Neill Equality Center - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:30pm Your favorite gay disco is back open. Its time to have a ball. We have so much to learn about our history and such an exciting way to interact with it at OKEQ's Throwback Night: 70s/80s Edition. Join us for this FREE, all ages event with specialty drinks and cocktails, curated music, and all sorts of historical documents from Oklahoma's LGBTQ+…
  • Aaron Lewis-Acoustic Songs & Stories (Brady Theater - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:00pm Aaron Lewis - Acoustic Songs & Stories 7pm Doors / 8pm Show On Sale Fri 11/1 10am
  • Andrew Harmon (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa - Catoosa) Start Time: 5:30pm
  • Asphalt Cowboys (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa - Catoosa) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • Brandon Clark (The Hunt Club - Tulsa)
  • DJ 2 Legit (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa - Catoosa) Start Time: 6:30pm
  • DJ Demko (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa - Catoosa) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • DJ Mib (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa - Catoosa) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • Footloose (Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center - Broken Arrow) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 7:30pm BAHS Drama presents "Footloose" Feb 27 - March 1! Tickets are on sale now. And the best part is you can buy tickets online at https://www.showtix4u.com/events/16313. Limited number of reserved seating available. Buy your tickets today! For more information call our box office at 918-259-5778
  • 🍴 Gilcrease After Hours: Memories & Inspiration (FREE Admission) (The Gilcrease Museum - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:00pm Join us for an evening of cocktails and culture in celebration of our exhibition MEMORIES & INSPIRATION: THE KERRY AND C. BETTY DAVIS COLLECTION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ART. Admission is FREE! Schedule and details to come. This program is funded in part by Oklahoma Humanities (OH) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views,…
  • 🎓 Jake Hertzog Trio (Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:00pm Jake Hertzog is a critically acclaimed guitarist, composer and educator whose career to-date has spanned nine albums as bandleader across jazz, rock and classical new music styles. He has toured throughout the U.S., Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and India and performed and recorded with a diverse cadre of artists including Randy…
  • Long Live Vaporwave with BabyBlue (Bar 46 - Tulsa) Start Time: 9:30pm
  • Madama Butterfly (Tulsa Performing Art Center - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Mar 1st Giacomo Puccini’s beloved "Madama Butterfly" comes to Tulsa during the Tulsa Opera's 2019-2020 season.…
  • 🎓 Memory Gala 2020 (Cox Business Center - Tulsa) Start Time: 5:30pm Alzheimer’s Association Tulsa presents "Memory Gala" to celebrate the impact and opportunity this milestone presents with a night centered around the Alzheimer's Association's goal to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias by 2025.
  • Nightingale - EP Release Show (The Vanguard - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:30pm
  • 🏆 Oral Roberts vs. Incarnate Word (Mabee Center - Tulsa) Start Time: 3:00pm Oral Roberts Golden Eagles vs. Incarnate Word Cardinals First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. All tickets are buy one get one free. Tickets available online at MabeeCenter.com, over-the-phone at 918-495-6000, or in-person at the Mabee Center Ticket Office.
  • 😂 Rob Little (Loony Bin - Tulsa) 1 day left
  • Steller Ascent (The Shrine - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • Tanner Miller & The Contraband (The Colony - Tulsa) Start Time: 10:00pm
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DEMOLITION DAYS, Part 47

continuing
As I was picking myself up off the shooter’s shack floor, I glanced over to the TV.
The ballplayers were all wandering around the field, looking skyward. Evidently, there was this hellacious explosion…even the television sports commentators were speculating as to what happened.
Whoops.
I looked out into the quarry. The wall that I had charged had receded some 75 feet.
There was rather a large amount of shattered, blasted dolomitic limestone now in the quarry. Enough, I found out later, for a full month’s worth of orders.
We never did find the blasting mats. I think they sort of evaporated.
Luckily, the quarry is essentially an open amphitheater in plan view; basically a big hole in the ground with vertical limestone walls. The shockwave of the blast that didn’t spend itself shattering the limestone into which it was housed, blew out laterally, hit the opposite quarry wall, rebounded, and then dispersed, rather energetically, vertically upward.
I set off car alarms for a 20 block radius.
There were no broken home windows, as the lion’s share of the shock wave was redirected upward.
Good thing there were no low flying zeppelins or dirigibles in the area...
I waited the requisite time to allow for any loafers. There were none, so I jumped into the nearest wheel loader and began clearing the quarry floor. Hell, I had to so I could open the front gate.
As I was clearing the floor, making pile number eight of the loose rock I had liberated, I heard the characteristic whoop-whoop of emergency vehicles.
I parked the wheel loader, opened the front gate, and raised the green flag. That was enough blasting for one day.
A few minutes later, three police cars zoom into the site. Two were local city cops, and one was a state trooper.
“Hi, guys!” I waved, “Nice day, innit?”
“Doctor Rock! We should have known.” One of the local boys groaned.
“Hey, I did call you beforehand, as per procedure,” I said.
Polack the cop walks up, just knowing I was responsible. “Yeah, but we didn’t figure on you terrorizing the entire city.”
“Polack! How goes it?” I asked.
The other local cop and the state trooper look to Polack, “You know this maniac?”
“Oh, hell yeah. For years. Don’t worry, the good doctor is mostly harmless.” He chuckles.
“Damn. OK. I guess everything’s OK. Just no more shooting today, please, Doctor. It’s going to take hours to calm everyone down.” He laments.
“Yes, sir. I’m done for the day.” I reply, snickering slightly.
The one local and state trooper depart, shaking their heads in amazement. This left Polack to follow me over to the shooter’s shack to mooch a cigar and whatever else he can find.
“Jesus Hula-Dancing Christ, Rock. What the hell was that? I was all the way out in Whitewatosa and heard you.” He asks as he sneakily snakes a smoke out of my case.
“Just some common chemicals in the proper proportions.” I snicker.
“Which were?” he asks.
I go in the back of the shed and toss him an empty container of one of the parts of the binaries I used. He catches it, reads the label, and drops it like a live grenade.
“Binaries? Fuck! Like what you used at the tower?” he asks.
“Yep. I used just a little more.” I reply.
“Little more? Damn, as I said, we’ve been briefed on the stuff. This shit’s nasty.” He shakes his head.
“Yeah. Fun, too.” I reply.
Polack grabs a Sprechler’s Cream Soda out of the fridge as I opt for a cold Cream Ale and shot of potato juice. Hell, I was done for the day, so…
We sit around and have a chat, just shooting the shit, as it were. Manly topics, so the conversation eventually steered over to guns.
“Hey!” Polack remembers, “That’s right! You fucking owe me. Let me borrow that fucking cannon you carry. I want to show the chief a thing or two.”
“Yeah, that’s right”, I agree, “When do you need it?”
“This Friday, after shift. It’s the monthly qualifiers for us.” He notes.
“Are pyromaniacs allowed in?” I ask.
“To observe? Sure. To shoot? Nope. Insurance regulations.” He says.
“What time?” I continue.
“1800 hours.” He tells me.
“I’ll be there. I’ll bring my gun and an assortment of loads. Hey, this could be fun!” I evilly smile.
“Doctor. You’re doing that thing again. You’re grinnin’ like a shithouse rat. You know how much that scares me. Stop it.” He pleads.
“No worries. Friday at 1800 hours.” I reply, grinning.
Polack slurps down his Sprechlers, snitches another stogie, and squeals out of the quarry in a cloud of dense dolomitic dust.
I arrive back at our flat, after stopping for two frozen custard Turtle Sundaes, to go. I give one to an appreciative wife and I ask her about her day.
“Oh, went shopping with Oma. Got the cutest shoes, and a new purse, and…oh well, never mind. You’ll see.”
Between bites of Turtle Sundae, she asks how my day went.
“Oh, my dear. I had a real blast.” I replied, not lying in the least.
Monday, after my first classes, I’m back in the faculty lounge, savoring a Greenland Coffee.
There was the usual instructor chatter when Dean Vermiculari walks in.
“Good morning, Dean!” I say. “Care for a sit-down and a coffee?”
“Good morning, Doctor Rock. Yes, please to both.” He replies.
I fix us both a fresh Greenland Coffee and return to our table. I hand him one and sit down to savor my soupçon.
“How was your weekend?” I ask the Dean of the College.
“Oh, very nice. Had a fine time catching some perch and crappie out on Lake Genever. I see you had a victorious weekend as well. Twice.” He smiles.
“Twice?” I asked.
“Well, your handling of the tower demolition made all the papers. Very, very well done, Doctor. I congratulate you.” He smiles.
“Thank you, Dean. That means a lot. Just doing what I can with what I’ve got. But twice?” I replied.
“It wasn’t front-page news, but I saw there was some, well, let us just say, ‘energetic activity’ out at the Silurian reef limestone quarry yesterday.” He grinned.
“Oh, yes. I had a job to do and well, as I always say: ‘Nothing succeeds like excess.” I smile back.
“Quite. This beverage you’ve created is really rather extraordinary, Doctor. Again, I thank you.” He tips his mug my direction in the age-old Midwestern salute.
“It’s a little recipe I picked up on my last expedition to the northlands. I grew rather fond of the concoction.” I replied.
“Ah, I see. Marvelous.” He smiles.
“Thank you, Dean. High praise indeed.” I reply.
“Which leads me to…ah, Doctor Rock. I have another favor to impose upon you.” He says, all serious.
“Yes, Dean? How can I be of service?” I ask.
“We, as you no doubt know, have many, many fine extractive mineral company connections. We actually receive quite a large amount of funding and endowments from them. They recruit here extensively for our young geoscientists. Now, since Dr. Pataariki has left for industry himself, I would like to appoint you as the College of Natural Sciences corporate liaison.” He explains.
“Indeed?” I replied, too stunned for words for once.
“Yes, indeed.” He continues, “It will require travel, mostly domestic, and delivering symposia at various companies on differing extractive geological subjects. You will also serve as host and university coordinator when they are present on recruiting tours. There will, of course, be additional remuneration to accompany the added responsibilities.”
I slurped my coffee, thinking furiously.
“Could I please first discuss it with my wife before I answer?” I ask.
“Oh, Doctor. Of course, of course. Take your time. I will not require a reply until… tomorrow.” He smiles, finishes his coffee, thanks me again, and toddles out.
“Yow, Es!” I exclaim, “This is one hell of an opportunity. It’s never before been offered to a junior professor. This will cement my tenure-track. It’s going to be a bitch with time, though. What do you think I should do?”
“Well, Rock, honey, I think you should do…” Es begins.
“No! None of that ‘do what you think is best’ stuff. I want your own thoughts, just like when I decided to go after my doctorate.” I explained.
“OK, then.” Esme looks all serious like she’s going to deliver a bipartisan political speech.
“Yes.” She says, firmly
“That’s it?” I ask.
“Yep. You asked I answered. We’ll make it work. We always do. You can’t let the Dean down. You will accept tomorrow without fear or qualms of your wife’s hesitations, of which I harbor none.” Esme proclaims.
“Did I ever tell you of the myriad reasons I love you so?” I ask.
The next morning I meet with Dean Vermiculari. He’s pleased that I accept and hands over to me the charter. Then the lists of company representatives, their contact information, and some other secret stuff that I can’t divulge right yet.
A raft of oil companies will be coming in the late spring semester, so I need to contact each and every one to solidify dates, times and positions for which they’re recruiting. But that’s for then, I have something more proximal for now.
I have a Friday appointment with Polack the cop at the town police shooting range.
I arrive spot on time with my Casull .454 Magnum pistol, in its carry bag, along with a small duffel crammed with Pyrodex, Tannerite, and selection of specialty loads I had Herman the German, the inveterate gunsmith, create.
Herman the German, his actual sobriquet, was this incredible gunsmith, craftsman, and all-around artillery specialist. Have any sort of problem with a rifle, shotgun, or pistol? See Herman. Gun holding too high? See Herman. Barrel warped? See Herman. Need solid gold projectiles for a certain one-off job? See Herman.
Herman the German can sort it out.
Just never ask him: “How?”
“Ach! I’ve lived so long to learn, and you want it free? I’ll fix it, you pay, but I am only one knowing how!”
Herman was a cranky old Kraut, and has lived here for as long as anyone can remember. Even my Grandfather had deferred to Herman when he had some particularly delicate machining operation that need special attention and was unique.
As far as anyone knew, Herman had no family, but was never at a loss for friends. He was one of the most popular, and well known, but still oddly really unknown, kind of mysterious, old bastards in the entire community.
Herman the German liked me because I could obtain for him certain high-energy things he couldn’t. All were entirely legal, but some were sort of out there in the gray zone.
He also liked that I was educated, as he held education in the highest esteem. He also liked that I was of German extraction myself.
I often made it a point to drop by with odd and unusual high-octane potables while never expecting anything in return other than a story or a shared cigar.
Herman created some special loads for my .454 Magnum, which he prized.
“I like your gun, Doctor Rock, it is so big! I can still see well enough to build things for it.” He told me one day over cheroots and Schnapps.
Herman was a character to be certain. It must have been the pixie in him to dream up some of the specialty rounds he created for me to share with the local constabulary.
He lived out in the county by himself in an old farmhouse. He had a full machine shop in his basement, complete with forge, metal handling equipment, and a firing test range.
He handed back my .454, rather solemnly.
“Doctor, I am afraid to say I couldn’t test all the special rounds I’ve created for you. I need to patch the hole in the cinder blocks in the downstairs range. Your gun punched right through the back…” he apologized.
Now, Herman does all sorts of work on the local’s deer rifles, the police’s ordinance and has even worked some with the Baja Canada National Guard. Some of the little novelties he’s dreamed up for me are the first to escape his homemade basement test range.
I felt oddly honored.
After proving who I was to the nice range officer, I looked around trying to find Polack.
“It’s 1550. Where the hell is Polack? I wondered.
“Rock! Over here.” Polack calls to me.
He motions me outside to the police department’s tactical outdoor range. I had thought all along he was referring to the indoors police target range. This might pose some problems.
The tactical range was a series of clapboard shacks, all setup and designed to represent some downtrodden urban inter-city landscape. There were a couple of junked cars, broken sidewalks, storefronts, houses, bus stops…in short, all things necessary to replicate the seediest sections of a settlement where malefactors live and breed.
The cops all run around this range, shooting at bad guy pop-up cut-outs and avoid the not-bad-guy pop-up cut-outs. They’ve got music blaring, firecrackers going off, all trying to re-create a shady deeply urban environment. Points are awarded by the accuracy of fire on the run, time to maneuver the course, and the ability of not gunning down innocent bystanders.
It is not the best place to test a .454 Cusall. This hand cannon recoils like a fundamentalist Christian being solicited for donations to Anton LaVey, shoots flames and incandescent gasses like Smaug after a hard night of drinking and a stop at the Taco Bell buffet, is louder than a dime-store Karen demanding to see a Manager, and more powerful than a Ghost Pepper suppository.
To quote Joe Piscopo: “It shoots through schools.” Especially faux-schools made of plywood.
A .32 or .38 cop special is the correct weapon here; even a 9mm is a little heavy. Enough power to make a serious dent, easy on control, light on the recoil…a good tactical weapon.
But, nothing succeeds like excess.
Polack’s Chief is running around, capping off his ‘big ol’ .44 Magnum, and making the valley echo. He punches considerable holes in the pop-up cut-outs, but has such a hard time handling the recoil, his score is barely passable.
Polack runs his test with his standard 9mm sidearm and qualifies easily. However, he’s nowhere near done with his Chief yet.
I suggest to Polack we have a shoot-off. And since a .44 Magnum bullet ‘is so close to a .454 Magnum’, which it isn’t…the .454 Casull generates nearly 85% more recoil energy than the .44 Magnum; that we’d need something other than holes punched in plywood to judge the efficacy of each.
We are literally just down the road from Max Yazzer’s farm and market. They’re the place you go for your Halloween jack-o-lantern. However, now, he has a surplus of melons.
I think you can see where this is headed…
I borrow Polack’s personal conveyance and run down to Max’s farm. I return with a trunk-load of elderly, overripe, cheap as chips, melons. Watermelons, Honeydews, Musks, and Casabas.
We place them in strategic areas on the course, five for the Chief to find, and five for Polack.
A .44 vs. a .454 melon-wise results in pretty much the same sort of mess: high-velocity fruit spatter. Although, the Chief was very impressed by the report of the .454. So, after running the tactical-melon course, clear demarcation of a winner was elusive.
OK, OK, clever dicks. How about this? A standing shoot-off? We’ll set up 3 melons each at 30, 20, and 10 yards. Beginning at 30 yards, your time will be until you take out all three melons. But, they’re not going to be in a straight line, we’re going to make them somewhat camouflaged. You will stand in one small demarcated area, hunt those miscreant melons, and bring them to justice. Fastest time and greatest display wins, as determined by the Police Peanut Gallery.
Polack and the Chief agree.
The Chief goes first and dispatches the melons, with a fair amount of spatter, in 15.3 seconds.
Not bad.
Polack is next. He wipes out all the melons and creates some thoroughly impressive displays with Herman’s ‘special’ rounds. Normal ballistics for the .454 are, for a 250 grain (16 g) bullet, a muzzle velocity of over 2,400 feet per second, developing up to 2,800 ft-lb of energy.
Herman’s hot loads are double that.
Polack wins the day on impressive high-velocity melon distribution, but misses, so close, with a time of 17.0 seconds.
Recoil’s a bitch.
Then there are Herman’s ‘specialties’.
The Chief is duly impressed and even comments that his ears are ringing even with the ear protectors. He asks to inspect the weapon. He is even more than duly impressed.
Polack knows what’s up and asks the Chief if he’d like to give a whirl.
Of course, the Chief can’t back down.
Polack loads the .454 with 5 of Herman’s specialties: hollow-point rounds loaded hot, compressed, and tipped with alkaline earth metals, like metallic sodium and metallic potassium…
We set up the nastiest, glorpiest, just barely-holding-together, overripe, laced with Tannerite (an impact-actuated low-explosive) watermelon at the ‘Concealed Carry’ distance of 5 meters.
We slowly fade back into the distance to avoid the inevitable ‘Gallagher reaction’.
The Chief fires one, and just nicks the top of the melon. Don’t laugh, with the type of recoil and heft of the sidearm, and tensing up in anticipation, it’s easy to be off the mark initially.
The second round impacts dead-center. Now, alkaline earth metals and water don’t get along really well. In fact, their relationship is explosive. Especially explosive when delivered at 2,900 feet per second.
The Chief catches a huge smattering of vitamin-packed watermelony back blast goo.
He’s not entirely happy. He looks positively grisly with all that blown-up melon schmoo on his nice, neat uniform.
He returns my gun and bans me from ever showing up at the police range again.
Polack is on traffic duty for the next month.
He figures it was well worth it.
Back at the flat, Esme is shaking her head and wondering if I’ll ever grow up.
“I may grow old, but I’ll never grow up.” I reply.
I see I have several missed phone calls. Ah, me; no rest for the weary. Back to company-university liaison duties.
After I had contacted these companies, I receive no less than 12 requests for symposia, talks, and seminars to be given to various level of industrial scientific employees in their respective companies.
I am now slated to give academic conferences on stratigraphy, sedimentology, and seismic structural geology to different companies in Houston, Oklahoma City, Denver, Casper, Corpus Christi, New Orleans, and Tulsa. In the next 12 weeks, I’ll be giving no less than 8 talks in seven cities.
I speak with Dean Vermiculari on how best to handle the situation. He understands and appoints two graduate student teaching assistants to handle my classes while I’m on the road. That relieves me of being physically there, but I still have to grade papers, compose lesson plans, and keep things running smoothly until finals.
Besides giving the talks, there’s travel to oil fields, production facilitates, manufacturing plants, hotels, restaurants while I’m in town…the pace is excruciating. I’m gone more than I am at university. Plus in my time back home, I’m still the ad hoc master blaster for the limestone quarry.
Then, there’s the companies arriving on campus, and the roles are reversed. Now I’m the welcome wagon and have to sort out the logistics of receiving the company representatives. I need to set up the colloquia to introduce the companies to the prospective students, arrange lodging, arrange passes for the university, transportation, “Meet-and-Greet’s, ad infinitum.
I knew this was having a bit of effect on me when I came back to the flat after one particularly grueling ordeal of canceled flights, full hotels, missed connections and lukewarm reception by the company workers.
“Hello”, I said, as I walked in the flat, “I believe you have a reservation for…”
Esme just stood there, wondering if I was having a laugh.
No, I wasn’t. I was completely hallucinating from road weariness, lack of sleep, jet lag, and total disorientation. This continued on for the next approximately 18 months.
Esme was beginning to have second thoughts about all this.
My teaching load was diminished by one whole introductory course. However, I was still flying hither and yon, delivering symposia, meeting with young geoscientists and getting to know the ins-and-outs of the Oil Industry.
I found it particularly fascinating.
Time marched on and it was once again it was the recruiting season. We had no less than eight oil companies visiting the university in their quest to swell the roster of their junior scientists.
I’m still busier than a one-armed paperhanger in a windstorm, but have settled into a groove of sorts. I know the company recruiters and they now know me. I’ve actually struck up friendships with several. Particularly since I take them to the best local restaurants and bars after their recruiting duties are finished.
I’ve met with recruiting representatives of Shrill Petrol, Mexxon, Nobil, Nocono Oil, Flug, Geddy, Brutish Petroleum, and Qexaco.
The recruiting season is winding down and I find myself with Red (not Adair), of Nocono Oil.
“Well, Doctor Rock”, Red states, “Another fine recruiting run. We’ve snagged two of your young geologists and one geophysicist. I’d say it was almost a perfect score.”
We’re sitting in the Norton’s Steakhouse. After a couple of prime pink porterhouses, we’re working on the post-dinner double vodka and bitter lemon for me, and Lagavulin for Red.
“Almost perfect?” I ask.
“Yeah. There’s been this one small nagging concern from our company higher-ups.” Red continues.
“What’s that?” I ask.
“We need some more senior people. For one thing, we’ve recently opened a new petroleum laboratory down in our Houston office. Going to need some serious talent to run that show.” Red says.
“I see”, I reply, “And…?”
“We need mentors. Those with varied and far-flung knowledge. They must be well educated, global in experience and stature, with an [ahem] diverse set of skills.” Red notes.
“Whew”, I agree, “That’s a tall order. You want my help with names of possible candidates? Is that it?”
“Not as such, Doctor.” Red drains his drink, motions for me to do the same, and orders another round.
Our drinks arrive and Red downs half his in one gulp.
“Well, then”, I continue, “How can I help?”
Red chuckles, “For someone so educated, you can really be thick as two short planks at times.”
I sit back, and sip my Old Thought Provoker.
The mercury-vapors light off.
“No!” I say, incredulously.
“Oh, yes.” Red smiles.
“No?” I ask, slowly taking in the possible effects of what he’s hinting at…
“OK, Doctor Rocknocker”, Red gets all serious and corporate, “We’d like to offer you a position at Nocono Oil as Senior Laboratory Manager and Head of Corporate Continuing Education.”
You could have knocked me over with a grenade. I was stunned. I fumbled with my drink.
“Red, you old con artist” I reply, “Is this a set-up?”
Red, serious as a heart attack, looks directly at me and replies, “Doctor Rock, absolutely not, it’s a genuine offer.”
He slides over a folder with some papers inside. “Here are the particulars.”
Reeling, I accept the folder. I open it and right after the corporate logos and legal bullshit, I see a tall figure with a whole raft of zeros trailing behind it.
I read furiously. The job would be both interesting and challenging. It would be in Houston, with travel and teaching at all other company outposts on a regular basis. I reexamine that figure from before and verify that I’m not now hallucinating.
The job comes with furnished, corporate-paid housing, incredible benefits, loads of opportunity for advancement, more opportunity to travel, really generous vacation time…
“Right. On the level?” I ask again.
“Yep.” Red bluntly says.
“Well”, I gulp, “you know I have to discuss this with Esme”, whom he’s met several times previous.
“Of course, and you probably want to finish out the semester, correct?” red asks.
“Oh, yes.” I reply. There would be a monsoon of paperwork and other grunt work I’d need to conclude or hand over if I were to accept this offer.
“OK, then”, Red finishes his drink, motions for me to do the same, a real rarity; but I was in another dimension at this point. He orders another round and sits back, waiting on a refill.
“You have two weeks to reply” Red states.
“I know that’s not a terribly long time, but we need to fill this position ASAP. Can I ask for that? Your answer, yea, or nay, within a fortnight?” Red demands.
“Yes”, I reply. “I at least owe you that.”
And that was the end of the discussion for the night about me joining the private sector. We stayed a few more hours, chatting, smoking my cigars, and discussing everything but the lumbering elephant in the room.
We part outside as I need to head back to our flat. Red wants to go downtown to one of those “Gentleman’s Clubs” he’s heard were so famous at the time.
I was flummoxed the whole cab ride home.
It was late when I returned, but I simply had to wake Es with the news.
“Rock, for pity’s sake, its 2 o’clock in the morning!” Es protests. “Can’t this wait until later?”
“Sorry, my dear” I reply, probably as serious as I ever had with Esme. “This is a potential game-changer.”
“What is it? Are you OK?” Esme trembles.
“Oh, I’m fine. Better than fine.” I reply.
She’s relieved.
“Then what’s so important?” she asks.
“Um…how would you like to move to Houston?” I ask.
“You going to teach at Cougar High (University of Houston)?” she inquires.
“Nope. Brace yourself. I’ve been offered a job with Nocono Oil.” I finally spill the beans.
Esme is slightly stunned and sits down.
I go to the wet bar, fix me a bracing potato juice and citrus and Esme a stiff white Zinfandel.
I hand her the wine and she is still semi-dazed and digesting the information.
I slurp a good portion of my drink, retrieve her Sobranjes and me a cigar from my Turkmenistan humidor.
I sit on the couch next to her and hug her soundly.
“Esme? Es? Earth to Es? You in there?” I joke.
“Oh, Yeah. Rock. Really? Hang on”, she leaves, returning with her housecoat as this might take a little time.
“So?” I ask, “Your thoughts. Now! Immediately! Initial reaction!” I try to jar her back into reality.
“Well, what do you want?” she asks.
“C’mon, my dearest. You know I hate that. No, what do you think? What do you honestly think?” I reply.
We both fire up our smokes, and I refresh our drinks. We return to the dinner table where Red’s folder lies.
“Es, here. Look at this.” I say, sliding the portfolio over to her.
She reads like a hungry man at a Vegas casino buffet. I can tell where she was stopped by something extraordinary.
“This is for real?” she asks, “Red’s not pulling a fast one?”
“Nope. It’s the genuine article”, I tell her, “He needs my reply within two weeks.”
“Rock, Rock…I just don’t know. It’s a lot to process at 0230 in the morning. Let’s go to bed and have a think in the morning. You have the luxury of at least that amount of time.” She notes.
“Right again, as usual”, I say, “Stuff it. It can wait.” We toddle off to bed.
The next morning, over Cuban omelets and Greenland Coffees, we sort through the particulars.
“Rock, it’s an extraordinary offer. But, do you want to leave teaching? I remember how you got all animated by Dean Vermiculari giving you the corporate liaison job and how that would improve your shot at tenure.” She notes.
“I just don’t know. I’m still shell-shocked.” I tell her. “Let me go to school and we’ll pick this up tonight. We both have work to do no matter what. Oh, bloody hell. I hadn’t considered your job. Another wrinkle in the mess.”
“Don’t you worry about that”, Esme smiles. “One catastrophe at a time.”
“I do so love you.” I hug her soundly. “Think I should mention this offer to anyone at school?”
“No. Definitely not.” Esme shakes her head. “Let’s figure this out on our own.”
“I agree”, I say, kiss her and depart for school once again.
The next week was a blur. Recruiting duties were dragging and I was being preoccupied.
Even my students noted the lack of in-room explosions lately.
I spend the next Saturday at the quarry, doing some small amount of blasting. I quiz the quarry owners about their progress in acquiring a new master for the quarry’s operation.
“Oh, Doctor Rock” they gush, “You’re doing such a fine job, we haven’t really looked. Why do you ask?”
“No particular reason at this time, I reply, “But perhaps you might want to begin looking”
The chinks in my armor were finally starting to show.
Sunday was spent out on Sliver Lake, with Esme and me chasing the elusive crappie, perch, and bucketmouth bass. It also gave us a chance to clear our heads from work, school and other such intrusions. We both needed a bit of downtime.
Later that night, after a meal of beer-battered fillet of crappie and perch on the barbie, we sit down at the dinner table.
The portfolio sits there, taunting us.
I get up, makes us both our drinks, sit down and declare that this is it.
“Es, darling” I say, “its nut-cuttin’ time. We need to make our decision.”
“You’re right.” Es agrees, “Time for risk-reward analysis. Get some paper and some pencils.”
We spend the next few hours listing the pros and cons of accepting the Houston position or staying here and pursuing my tenured professorship.
After several hours, I stretch, stand, and go to the fridge. I retrieve the bottle of Bollinger Les Vieilles Vignes Francaises I had purchased the other day.
I return to the table with the wine and the glasses, pop the cork and pour us both a glass of high-brow bubble water.
I hug and kiss Esme like I had just returned from a long, solo expedition.
“Esme, my darling. I’d like to propose a toast. First to us. Hа здоровый!”
“Cheers!” Esme replies.
“Secondly to Red, Dean Vermiculari, the quarry guys, Polack the Cop, and all the others that makes our life weird around here.”
“Seconded”, Es echoes.
“Finally: to Houston, Texas. Our new home!” I finally add.
The next morning, Dean Vermiculari peers over the top of his pince-nez glasses. He’s not looking overly happy with me right now.
“Why is it, Doctor, that everyone that receives the job of corporate liaison ends up going with corporate?” he asks.
“Perhaps it’s just the exposure to another world that exists beyond academia.” I reply, truthfully.
“Doctor Rocknocker,” the Dean gravely states, “I am not at all happy about your decision. We had great hopes for you here and you were riding right up the tenure track. Another five years and it would have been assured.”
“Five years is a long time, Dean”, I state the obvious.
“Yes, indeed.” The Dean replies frostily. “However, you are young. Perhaps you need to get this private sector nonsense out of your system, then you can return to academia where you belong.”
“Perhaps, perhaps”, I reply.
“Please, do consider this option down the road. You and your antics will be missed here, by students and faculty alike.” He says.
“I will, Dean, I promise.” I reply “However, for now, it’s time for my boot heels to be wanderin’.”
“Doctor, I will miss your strange and unique way of looking at life. I reluctantly accept your resignation at the end of the current semester and wish you all the best in your newest endeavors. Please remember us when corporate support for academia is mentioned in your new company.” he says.
“I promise you, Dean, I will not forget what I’ve learned here and what you’ve taught. It’s the least I can do,” I reply. “I will never forget my roots.”
“All I can ask”, he concludes. He stands to shake my hand. We shake and my audience is over.
I resign from the quarry a week later. They haven’t found a new blaster but wish me well on my new journey. I tell them I’m here until the end of the semester, so I won’t leave them high and dry.
I tell Polack the Cop about all the goings-on.
“Who the hell can I roust for beer and cigars now?” He whines. “Let me know when you get to Texas if they need any cops. I wouldn’t mind trying’ that. Hell, maybe a Texas Ranger!”
“A Cheesehead Ranger…?” I assure him I will and pass a box of cigars to him as a parting gift. He gives me a mayoral-signed get-out-of-jail-free card.
“Now you can drive that old Harley just as crazy as you want.” He chuckles.
“Thanks, Polack.” I say, shaking his hand. I didn’t have the heart to tell him I sold my bike a week earlier.
Red was very chuffed with the news.
“Snagged me a big one this time!’ He laughed, over the phone.
There was enough paperwork, considerations and decisions to be made to last the remaining time Esme and I had in-state until our move. Already, a moving company had arrived, done inventory, and was preparing for our move to Houston.
Esme resigned her position and decided she wanted to take some time off. She wanted to be a housewife, a colleague, and not have to work for once at an outside job. My new position allowed for that in spades. Besides with her credentials, anytime when she wants to re-join the workforce, there are myriad opportunities in the Bayou City.
We made the choice of housing out west of town, in Katy, Texas. We could have chosen Sugarland, Addicks, Greenspoint, Greenway, or the Memorial area. However, these west Houston company properties were closest to the job and largest in square footage.
My students got wind of my resignation and relocation. They threw me an unexpected farewell party at the Gast Haus. It was nickel-beer night and since they were footing the bill, it all worked out just fine.
I would miss the old place. The camaraderie, the seasons, the university; hell my home these last many years. I’ve been on many, many expeditions, but I always returned home.
Now, home was moving and was awaiting our arrival.
Esme and I said our farewells to our families as well. We were the first through college, the first ones to travel international, the first Doctor in the family, and the first to leave the state.
That’s a lot of familial firsts.
I had to keep reminding everyone it wouldn’t be the last. Hell, we’re just moving to Texas, it’s not like we’re off to Greenland or Mongolia…
[Gasp]
We saddled up Es’s old Chevy Nova, took one last, lingering look in the rearview mirror, and said fare thee well to our previous lives.
“We’ll be back. Someday. I promise” I told the city of our youth and young married adulthood.
We decided to drive to Houston because we had the luxury of a bit of time. We needed the stretch to chew over some interpersonal and private things on the way to the next chapter in our lives. Besides, the weather was good, the roads ahead open and clear, and Texas had no ‘Open Container’ law, yet.
We pointed the old Nova south and hit the gas.
A week later, we’re wandering around our new house in Katy, Texas. Our belongings, scant though they may be, arrived the day after we did. Esme and I spent the next couple of day rearranging the house, buying necessary domestic bits and pieces, and getting to know our new neighborhood.
First thing, though, Esme wanted to replace the old Nova. I concurred, but insisted we keep it as a second car and went out to purchase our first new car as a couple.
I wanted a Land Rover. We ended up with a glossy black Toyota 4-Runner. Close enough.
I was scheduled to show up at my new job the next Monday.
I had my own parking spot, complete with “Reserved for Dr. Rock” painted on the bumper block. I was shown my new lab and was introduced to my seven laboratory assistants. I was shown the catalogs I could use to order what I needed and went over the requisition procedures.
I was trotted around to meet the company CEO, CFO, CIO, VPs and many, many more company executives and managers. I’ve met with presidents and heads of state, I was impressed but not overly. They seemed like a more or less nice bunch of chaps.
Almost exactly five weeks to the day from our arrival in Houston, I come home, yelling “Darling, I’m home!”
Esme comes to greet me with a rib-rearranging hug. She tells me to sit at the dinner table, where my long hard day at the office drink, cigar, ashtray, and lighter are already set.
“How was work, dear?” she asks, sitting down with her Perrier water.
“Oh, it’s going great. The knotheads let me have an open-ended budget until I get the labs sorted just the way I want it. These guys pay their bills on time and I have carte blanche at Wards Scientific, and other supply houses. My crew is great, no interpersonal crapola, and hard workers. I can smoke in my office and no one dares give me shit about my cigars. I’m getting to know the exploration department quite well. They’re really interested in our expeditions and are more interested in my opinions of their new exploration directives.”
Esme just smiles and sips her water.
“Odd”, I thought.
“That’s great, dear.” She says. “I am so glad to hear it.”
“Me too”, I say, “How are you holding up after all these weeks alone?”
“Oh, I’m getting used to it.” She smiles.
And smiles. Beatifically. Glowing.
“What?” I ask.
“Remember what we talked about in the car on the way down here?” She asks.
“We talked about a lot of things…” I say, suddenly my eyes grew very, very wide indeed.
“Yes. You’re going to be a father. I’m pregnant, Rock.” Esme smiles.
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