Monday, May 18, 2009

Week Update: Tulsa Edition

Good Morning, Kittens.

I had a SuperFabulous Weekend (and will be updating that later today), but -for now- you will just have to make do with a review of my Funtastic "Week" in Tulsa.

I set out on Tuesday the 12th with all intents and purposes to participate in 12 of 12. I took lots of photos. I just never got around to picking 12 and posting them. Oh, well. The trip to Tulsa was uneventful. All my flights were on time and relatively drama free. I did spot a SuperHot Guy in Chicago during my layover. Bonus!

Anyway, William picked me up and we drove into Exciting Downtown Tulsa. We had lunch at an Irish Pub near where a new baseball stadium will be built. Then, he had to finish painting a mural for Mayfest, Tulsa's art festival. Once that was finished, he showed me some of the Art Deco Landmarks in the downtown area. We went back to his house and chilled for awhile. And, later, with his SuperCute younger brother, we went back to downtown to disassemble his scaffolding (for the mural) and dinner ... Pizza. Yum.

On Wednesday, we toured the Philbrook Museum, which was a former oil baron's Tuscan-style mansion. Beautiful gardens. Some interesting art. Next, we stopped by the Tulsa Garden Society and the Tulsa Historical Society, which are conveniently next door to each other. We had lunch in a funky little neighborhood deli.

Later that afternoon, we took a tour of the Mayo Hotel restoration project. It was neat to see all the work that is being done there. People in Tulsa love their Art Deco, fer sure. After the tour ended, we went to the opening event for Mayfest. Free Wine! Yayz! William painted the artwork for the official Mayfest Poster. Everyone really liked it. Then, William got a migraine. So we went back to his house.

Thursday morning, we went to the Oklahoma Aquarium. I found Nemo! And posed by the World's Largest Fishing Lure. Oh, yeah. It rocked! After lunch at D'vino, a restaurant which claims all entrees are under 500 calories, we went to see Star Trek. For an excellent analysis, you should go read GayProf's thoughts on this movie. We did a little more sight-seeing (Hello, Golden Driller) before heading out to the new casino ... where I only lost $19. Yay me! It was on our way to the casino where we had the interesting discussion alluded to in an earlier post in which William felt it was necessary to explain why he didn't like me in *that* way.

Of course, we had already discussed the day (or so) before that neither of use were actually feeling it. However, on Thursday, at dinner, he was being very weird. And, when I asked him at the restaurant what was up, he said "I'll tell you later." Later, in the car, I asked again. And that's when it all came out. Of course, being a fairly grounded person, I immediately recognized that all his negativity was coming from his own issues. However, being a relatively non-confrontational person (especially when being blindsided by waves of negativity), we did not discuss this at that time.

Friday, we went to Mayfest. It was early, but I still got to stroll through the booths full of arts and crafts. I also visited the Center of the Universe ... but I must've broken it, because it didn't work. Then, we went to a cute little Mexican Cafe for lunch. And, that's where I broke it down for William. I explained that I understand that I'm not his type (and, conversely, he's not mine either), but that his problems with me were *his* problems: I spent over half my life trying to conform to other people's expectations of who I should be, and -now- I am very comfortable with the way I am, the way I act, and the way I talk. If other people don't like it, it's a reflection on them. He understood. And I feel that the conversation was really positive. Then, we drove to the airport and hugged good-bye.

My flight from Tulsa to Saint Louis was fine. BUT, once in St. Louis, a huge storm system came through. My flight did not take off until after 1130PM. I wasn't sure if I would arrive while Metro was still operating, so I asked a friend to come pick me up. OK. Fine. I asked Y to come pick me up. He's the only person I know right now who would be awake at 3AM (and not drunk). We got back to my place at around 4. Very tired. And, yes, I put out. *sigh* He may be an occasional insensitive jerk, but we still have some amazing buttsecks.

And that was my trip. Come back this afternoon for my Weekend Update! *smooches*


  1. Funny, I had heard that whole story until the part where you got back to the airport.

    Even I didn't see that one coming. And I even wondered how you got home that late.

    xoxo, SG

  2. rn terri10:15 AM

    Glad you are back! Yay! Hope fun times were had, and glad you made it home safely. I know we did have some pretty wicked storms here in St. Louis Friday night.......

  3. That Center of the Universe thing must be new. I used to work about a block and a half from there, but it was before that part of town was revitalized - still all derelict warehouses and such.

    Glad that your visit ended on a positive note.

  4. Well, at least the trip ended with a bang.


    Sounds like overall it was a great adventure and hopefully Tulsa-man learned a little in the process.

    Glad you are back safe and sound.

  5. Thank goodness it didn't go as badly as it seemed, and ended well. Other people's issues should stay just that.

  6. anne marie in philly7:18 PM

    I second shallowgal...having lived in DC and knowing metro doesn't run THAT late, I figured you would grab a cab home.

    how nice of Y to come and get you (in more ways than one, heh heh heh).

    it is SOOOOO good to have you back home, and forever fabulous!

  7. I ultimately love the conversation you had with William in which you set him straight, so to speak. That's mental health in action.

    Interesting ending to the trip, though. Funny how relationships transform and transpire.

  8. I hope William grew up a little bit. You made Tulsa look attractive, and that's quite a feat nesteled as it is in Oklahoma.

    The deal with Y is cool, just don't let those lovey feelings get involved again.