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Norman, OK

i used to love it here - 8/19/2013
When I came to college in Norman in 1967, after a childhood spent on miliary bases, I saw the leafy neighborhoods and the truly beautiful OU campus and I thought it was the most exotic place I'd ever seen. It was, at that time, a funky, laid back hippy town and God, how I loved it. I've
lived here ever since with the exception of five years in LA back in the early 80s.

My wife and I raised our kids here. The schools are still good and the core neighborhoods surrounding OU is still one of my favorite places to walk and bicycle around, and this is after a considerable amount of travel. I still lovce Oklahoma and its people. But, having said that, I've kind of had enough.

Norman has been, for a long time, in the grip of a development community that has absolutely no sense of aesthetics. If you think you'd like living in the first city of its size to have two Wal-Mart Supercenters, this is the place for you. If you want to live in a town where football rules, this is for you. If you want a place where every restaurant has a television with sports blaring out from a TV, you'll be right at home. Oh, if you want to live somewhere with a severe water shortage and a populous that can't understand that dumping fertilizer into the main water supply, Lake Thunderbird, AKA, Lake Dirtybird might compromise the drinkging water, then this is the place for you. The balance between the right and left has shifted definitively to the right. We sent our kids away to school and they stayed away. We hope to follow.


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