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    Re: Merle Haggard

    Great voice and stage presence, excellent guitar work, repertoire a matter of personal taste.

    Muskogee, Oklahoma is about the last place in the USA where I would want to live or even visit.

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    Re: Merle Haggard

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Aspam View Post
    Muskogee, Oklahoma is about the last place in the USA where I would want to live or even visit.
    Really? Were I to visit the US I'd much rather be there than anywhere else. I'd feel so much safer than in a large conurbation.

    Even so I'm not sure I'd discuss the urgent need to adopt socialism which Americans really have to engage with in the near future. It's a matter for Americans, not visitors.

    I assume Muskogee Oklahoma has at least an inn with accommodation.
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    I assume Muskogee Oklahoma has at least an inn with accommodation.
    Probably several. They probably also get drunk and scr*w a lot there.

    As Gerty Stein ( I THINK it was she) once said (about a different place), "There is no 'there' there."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Aspam View Post
    Great voice and stage presence, excellent guitar work, repertoire a matter of personal taste.

    Muskogee, Oklahoma is about the last place in the USA where I would want to live or even visit.
    When Merle wrote that tune, he'd actually never been to Muskogee, Oklahoma. It was just a great name to use in the lyrics.
    You should go there. It may surprise you.
    Among other activities, it is home of the Oklahoma Renaissance Fair, and a Cherokee/Creek Pow Wow.

    And the first time I heard that song was on the radio, driving back to Tulsa from Muskogee, where we sampled some very fine Cannabis.
    We had a good laugh over that. The Universe is full of such contradictions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LarsMac View Post
    When Merle wrote that tune, he'd actually never been to Muskogee, Oklahoma. It was just a great name to use in the lyrics.
    You should go there. It may surprise you.
    Among other activities, it is home of the Oklahoma Renaissance Fair, and a Cherokee/Creek Pow Wow.

    And the first time I heard that song was on the radio, driving back to Tulsa from Muskogee, where we sampled some very fine Cannabis.
    We had a good laugh over that. The Universe is full of such contradictions.
    Well, I lived in Oklahoma City for about a year, I had relatives there so was already familiar with the place.

    If there's one city in the USA that can realistically be described as "a big small town", it's gotta be OKC, and I don't think that the residents there would object to that characterization.

    And yes, the state does have a rep as producing some very good weed. Of course, they don't smoke it in...never mind.

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    I just paid a virtual visit using the little yellow man on Google Earth. I span the globe, focused on Oklahoma (one of the flat bits of the North American continent), descended and saw Muskogee, landed randomly near the center of town and drove about for a few blocks.

    Where I came to earth was outside Shelton-Gray & Damme, Brake Services. I circled the block. A lot of the premises were car-related. I was adjured to Back Bobby Jefferson, passed Lovely Nails and a Tattoo & Body Piercing establishment, the No Hype PC & Laptop, Church's Chicken ("7pc Mixed Mash $8.99"). Someone's selling fuel, $3.59.9 per US gallon, and offering to fit Mufflers while you wait. You could even buy a carpet at Stanley's or clothing at Next 2 New.

    My general reaction is that I couldn't find a town center as such, not a square with a courthouse and a few trattoria, an antique shop and book seller, a haberdashery and an ironmongers. The kerb seems unknown though there's a few pedestrian crossings marked out in zebra stripes at traffic lights. Oddest of all is the patchy provision of sidewalks, as though what you get depends entirely on the whim of who built the building next to it. Sidewalks don't seem to join up. The sole pedestrian I saw was incongruously pushing a lawn mower.

    Had I found a town center I'd have looked for an inn there. As it was, the only places offering accommodation were dotted along two-lane dual carriageways and no sidewalks there either. For someone who would absolutely not drive while visiting I'm not sure how I'd get about.
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    Re: Merle Haggard

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Aspam View Post
    Well, I lived in Oklahoma City for about a year, I had relatives there so was already familiar with the place.

    If there's one city in the USA that can realistically be described as "a big small town", it's gotta be OKC, and I don't think that the residents there would object to that characterization.

    And yes, the state does have a rep as producing some very good weed. Of course, they don't smoke it in...never mind.
    I have a lot of family ties in OKC. My grandparents (mother's side) met and married there. One uncle still lives there. most of the rest have all died off. Not a place I would really like to live. I like trees, and mountains.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spot View Post
    I just paid a virtual visit using the little yellow man on Google Earth. I span the globe, focused on Oklahoma (one of the flat bits of the North American continent), descended and saw Muskogee, landed randomly near the center of town and drove about for a few blocks.

    Where I came to earth was outside Shelton-Gray & Damme, Brake Services. I circled the block. A lot of the premises were car-related. I was adjured to Back Bobby Jefferson, passed Lovely Nails and a Tattoo & Body Piercing establishment, the No Hype PC & Laptop, Church's Chicken ("7pc Mixed Mash $8.99"). Someone's selling fuel, $3.59.9 per US gallon, and offering to fit Mufflers while you wait. You could even buy a carpet at Stanley's or clothing at Next 2 New.

    My general reaction is that I couldn't find a town center as such, not a square with a courthouse and a few trattoria, an antique shop and book seller, a haberdashery and an ironmongers. The kerb seems unknown though there's a few pedestrian crossings marked out in zebra stripes at traffic lights. Oddest of all is the patchy provision of sidewalks, as though what you get depends entirely on the whim of who built the building next to it. Sidewalks don't seem to join up. The sole pedestrian I saw was incongruously pushing a lawn mower.

    Had I found a town center I'd have looked for an inn there. As it was, the only places offering accommodation were dotted along two-lane dual carriageways and no sidewalks there either. For someone who would absolutely not drive while visiting I'm not sure how I'd get about.
    Not many places in Oklahoma that you'd want to live without driving a vehicle of some sort.
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