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East meets West: Better versus the best? Such are the musings of the morning, for today we are Living On Tulsa Time.

They say that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. The same could be said of Broken Arrow. Some artists are purists, others are hard core. Some are true to the discipline, others let it all hang out, so to speak.

It is indeed a tale of two cities, OKC and Tulsa metro areas, respectively. Some bands reflect a cross section of their less than ginormous schools; others are the carefully selected few of the masses. Some march to the beat; others move about the staging on the field.

We are proud of our Bulldogs, and our neighbors from the West. Yes, what happens in Broken Arrow stays in Broken Arrow. Sadly, so do the trophies. ūüė¶

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Veggie Tales used to be a staple in the video cabinet in 1999 and the few years following.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Stacks of VHS tapes, lots of rewinding, and hours of laughter from the kids with no fear from the parents about “what they might hear”.¬†¬†¬† The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything was a personal favorite of mine.¬†¬†¬†¬† Mr Lunt’s famous objection: “Hey!¬†¬† We are supposed to sing about Piratey things” will always be a favorite line.

OK.   Here goes:

East bound and down, loaded up and truckin’
‘we gonna do what they say can’t be done
We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there
I’m east bound just watch ol’Bandit run

Keep your foot hard on the peddle…son, never mind them brakes
let it all hang out cause we’ve got a run to make….

¬†There’s no movie quite as “piratey” as Smokey and the Bandit, that classic CB Radio/Truck Driver/55 miles per hour is bunk tale from the late 1970’s.¬†¬†¬†

Fastforward to 2011.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Two of the remaining¬†three same kids from 1999 turned 14 this week.¬†¬†¬† As 80% of the familial unit sat down to watch a movie last night, we noticed that the aforementioned 70’s genre tale was now available as a “new release” on Netflix, and we gave it a shot.

It wasn’t¬†quite as entertaining at the age of 44 and counting as it was at 12 or 13, I must admit.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† We didn’t have Netflix via the Wii, DVD players, or even VHS back in 19noneofyourbusiness, but we did have the ABC Saturday Night Movie, which was a staple all its own in the era of 3 or 4 VHF channels, and 1 or 2 UHF channels, if you had that little round antenna.¬†¬†¬†¬† If you are so young that none of that makes any sense to you, buy me a $4 cup of coffee sometime soon and I’ll explain it to you more fully.¬†¬†¬† What I can’t do, today, is explain to myself how to program my own plasma TV, but I digress.¬†¬†¬† Maybe we can meet sometime¬†and trade some intergenerational information?

One of the biggest disappointments of the night was all the “cussin’ “.¬†¬†¬† It seems that our friends at the ABC Television Network of old, ala the late 70’s and early 80’s, had the good sense to do some censorship of the dialogue.¬†¬†¬† Truth be told, a lot of censorship.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Maybe that’s why it was so much more entertaining back in the day : every other word wasn’t $%*&^.

So, is there a life analogy to all of this Saturday morning frivolity?    A few worth sharing, actually:

1) Watch yer’ mouth,

2) Watch yer’ speed, and

3) every once in a while, you need to have a little Pirate spirit to get where you need to be…

East bound and down, loaded up and truckin’
‘we gonna do what they say can’t be done
We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there
I’m east bound just watch ol’Bandit run

Keep your foot hard on the peddle…son, never mind them brakes
let it all hang out cause we’ve got a run to make….

10-4, Good Buddy?

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