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Spend Time, Not Cash, in Oklahoma City's Bricktown

Posted September 20, 2010 by Kate Hamman

Oklahoma City In the heart of downtown Oklahoma City, you'll find a booming entertainment district known as Bricktown, where you can spend countless hours but not necessarily a lot of money. Here, you can bowl in a chic alley/lounge before heading to a brewpub for signature ales. If you get hungry, try one of the best burgers in the city at a locally-owned joint.

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RedPin Restaurant & Bowling Lounge: RedPin has put a cool spin on the typical bowling alley by serving hip cocktails and food alongside its 10 lanes. Now you can bowl, drink, eat, or sit outside on the largest canal-front patio in Bricktown, without ever leaving the building. Games cost $2.50 during happy hour (Mondays through Fridays, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.), while shoes will run you $3.25 per rental.

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Bricktown Brewery: Come have a cold one at the very first brewpub in the state of Oklahoma. At Bricktown Brewery, you can sample the five rotating beers on tap for $4.95, including the popular Copperhead Amber Ale or Bison American Wheat Ale, which have been around since the pub first opened in 1992. Weekends, when live bands play, can be a particularly hopping time.

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(Photo: iStockphoto.com/Beverly Martin)

Spend Time, Not Cash, in Oklahoma City's Bricktown

Posted April 29, 2009 by Kate Hamman

OK-BricktownCanal-DEF In the heart of downtown Oklahoma City, you'll find a booming entertainment district known as Bricktown, where you can spend countless hours but not necessarily a lot of money. Here, you can bowl in a chic alley/lounge before heading to a brewpub for signature ales. If you get hungry, try one of the best burgers in the city at a locally-owned joint.

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RedPin Restaurant and Bowling Lounge: The recently opened RedPin has put a cool spin on the typical bowling alley by serving hip cocktails and food alongside its 10 lanes. Now you can bowl, drink, eat, or sit outside on the largest canal-front patio in Bricktown, without ever leaving the building. Games cost $4.50 before 5 p.m., $5.50 after that, and $6 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays while shoes will run you $3.25 per rental.

Drink
Bricktown Brewery: Come have a cold one at the very first brewpub in the state of Oklahoma. At Bricktown Brewery, you can sample the five rotating beers on tap for $3, including the popular Copperhead Amber Ale or Bison American Wheat, which have been around since the pub first opened in 1992. Weekends, when live bands play, can be a particularly hopping time.

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Bricktown Burgers: This local hangout dishes up some of the city's best patties at prices that can't be beat. The fried onion burgers have brought many people to tears. If you'd prefer something other than ground beef or a meal that won't make you cry, the burger joint also serves sandwiches and fresh hand-cut french fries. The restaurant is only open for lunch from 10:30 to 2 p.m.

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(Photo: iStockphoto.com/Beverly Martin)

X-Ray Vision Replaces Metal Detectors at Tulsa Airport

Posted February 19, 2009 by Nicki Krawczyk

Xray-guy-300 I’m not a superhero. (Yet.) But I know that with great power comes great responsibility. Superman never bored a hole into his boss’ head with his heat vision, even though he definitely could have and everyone wants to do that every once in a while.

Also, being a champion of “Truth, Justice, and the American Way,” Superman would never stoop to using his X-ray vision powers for checking out the undergarments (or less!) of dreamy chicks. Superman, I trust not to try to scan my skivvies. But as for those purveyors of “Truth, Security, and the American Way” (that’s what TSA stands for, doesn’t it?), I’m not sure every one of them can live up to the same standards as the Man of Steel.

I bring this up because the Tulsa Airport has begun sending passengers through low radiation x-ray body scanners instead of the standard metal detectors. From what I can tell, this will come with two quantifiable results: 1) they’ll be able to quickly and easily see if people are carrying firearms or explosives. 2) they’ll get quite a clear look at the outlines of, ahem, all of you. (Such a clear look, in fact, that some manufacturers of these type of machines were surprised. Oh hello!)

I’ll be the first to say that I’m more than happy to offset the joy of the current spate of cheap vacations with the headache of a little added security. Indeed, after my friend got through an airport security check point with a baggie of whey protein powder, my confidence in the TSA is rather shaken. I’d be very happy to see them step up their game.

However, I’m not entirely comfortable with a group of strangers seeing me, essentially, in the buff. (I feel like that should remain a pretty select group.) In Tulsa, those who don’t want to go through the scanners can go through the standard metal detector—followed up with a pat-down. Frankly, I think that because the metal detectors seem to work fine on their own for the rest of the country, the addition of the “pat-down” is a blatant dissuasion technique. People who fear for their privacy and might otherwise avoid the scanner probably aren’t going to prefer a stranger laying hands on them, you know?

Lucky for the TSA, I have a solution: There’s got to be some way that these machines can be programmed to recognize foreign objects in a scan. In that scenario, the images of the scan could be saved, but wouldn’t be shown to security agents unless the machine alerted them to something suspicious. Brilliant? I know.

True, this type of machine may be more expensive than the ones they’re testing now. However, I, for one, would be happy to have a buck or two added to the cost of my airfare to keep the intimate outlines of my silhouette from being revealed to anyone who happens to don a security uniform. That is, until George Clooney joins the team.

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