These events lead up to the big event… Tulsa’s Race for the Cure, which was held last Saturday. I did an untimed race, which is fine because I am slow (but I was really proud of myself because I went a lot faster than I thought I would)! I had a lot of fun and my sorority sisters were there to run with me! One of the girls walked with her Grandmother, who is a cancer survivor. I finished the race just before it began pouring rain, yet I still got soaked. Here is a picture of us after the race (after it started raining):
I couldn’t go home for Spring Break this year because I had rowing practice. It was great to be rowing because in the beginning of the week the weather was really nice, and I just enjoyed being out on the water! However, the best part of the break for me was being able to see my parents! I am very close to my parents and not being able to see them in nearly two months has been hard because last semester I somehow managed to see them every month. Anyway, they came to visit me at the end of spring break! We had so much fun because we got to explore Tulsa.
We went to the Gilcrease Museum, and to some of the restaurants that I had heard had amazing food, and went shopping! In case you were wondering some of the best places to eat are: McNellie’s, Mod’s, The Coffee House on Cherry Street (as I have said before), Tally’s, Elote Cafe, The Brook, and The Phoenix. Although we only went to McNellie’s and Elote Cafe while my parents were here, I would recommend all of them! There is a lot of great food in Tulsa.
The Gilcrease was really cool too because students get in free, and it is always fun to look at new exhibits. It is slightly different from the Art Museum in St. Louis (where I’m from) because the Gilcrease has more art and artifacts from the American West. I also had fun shopping at the mall, but my mom said that her favorite place to shop is still Utica Square (which is really convenient because it is so close to campus). I really enjoyed having my parents here, and I look forward to seeing them again.
For MLK Day weekend, some friends and I rented a tiny cabin by a Skiatook Lake less than half an hour from campus. We had a blast exploring the lake, putting on war paint for several intense rounds of capture the flag, creating a fire (one of my favorite parts), and making s’mores.
But I was quite happy especially when he played my favorite song and all and all it was a good night!
Fun Fact: The BOK Center was named the the top venue in the world by the International Association of Venue Managers! This is the place where super stars perform. I’ve bought my tickets for Eric Church fifteen minutes after they went on sale! I can’t wait until December 7th! Excited is an understatement.
Pretty Lights at The Brady Theatre
Paper Diamond at Cain’s Ballroom
Inside Cain’s Ballroom – This is the best pace in the country to watch a concert! There isn’t a bad seat in the entire room. Every ticket is general admission with standing room only. It gets a little crazy to say the least.
Fun Fact: In 1978, historic Cain’s Ballroom was only one of a few venues to host the Sex Pistols in their only American Tour.
The Tulsa State fair came to town about a week ago and I had a great time. There are free concerts everynight and lots of vendors and attractions. And let’s not forget the food! I definitely had my fair shair! Let’s see…I had 2 jumbo corndogs, garlic parmesan curly fries, chicken on a stick, fried reese’s, fried oreos, fried snickers, and funnel cake topped with ice cream and strawberries…yeah I think that was all.haha
This week is homecoming at The University of Tulsa. So I’ll be back soon with more to share. Till next time.
When it comes to things that are difficult to wrap our minds around, the universe and its astronomical size often sits at the forefront of most people’s “Mind-boggling” lists. With scientists estimating that there could be anywhere from 200 to 500 billion galaxies swirling around out in the far reaches of space, and with each galaxy holding anywhere from 10 million to 10 trillion stars, it makes for an awful lot of “Twinkle, Twinkle.” Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming and disconcerting to think of such vast spaces and where exactly we fit into the big picture, but fortunately for all involved, I recently made an important discovery that might help us to better understand where exactly “here” is in the midst of this seemingly infinite space. I call it: The Center of the Universe. Its location: the exact center of the universe. First up, here’s a nice picture, courtesy of my good friend the Hubble Space Telescope, of what the universe looks like from deep space.
Now here is the same picture, but I took the liberty of zooming in a couple notches on that little speck of light smack dab in the center of the picture…and voila!
That’s right, folks. What you see before your eyes is the fruit of many hours of research, many minutes of laborious driving, and seconds upon seconds of walking up and down various streets, carefully dodging speeding cars and pedestrians alike, searching for the Holy Grail of astronomers everywhere. And this is where I ended up. Downtown Tulsa. In the middle of a doubly inscribed circle, probably placed there about the same time as the Mayans. It turns out that some interesting things happen when you stand in the exact center of the universe: your voice echoes and reverberates in strange ways, people look at you with an odd look in their eyes, and you feel a slight increase in your sense of importance. Your voice is magnified inside the circle, but to anyone standing outside, it sounds perfectly normal, if not even somewhat diminished. The bizarre thing is that there are no nearby surrounding buildings as you would expect to find with such a loud echo.
Why would I tell you all this? Why let out my secret discovery for all the world to see? Is it because I’m such a selfless individual who thinks of naught but the betterment of the world around me? Well…not exactly. I have a confession to make: I didn’t actually discover it. In fact, I didn’t even help to discover it. I just looked up the directions on GoogleMaps and drove straight there. I know, I’m disappointed with myself as well, but the good news is: just because I didn’t discover it doesn’t change the fact that it’s still the center of the universe! And it can be yours to experience should you ever choose to attend the University of Tulsa, or if you happen to find yourself anywhere near downtown Tulsa! So. Look it up and check it out if you haven’t already; it’s well worth it. But for now I’m off to redeem myself by making a truly unique discovery this time: the center of the University of Tulsa!