The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

21 June 2005

We love this bar

If you live here and your musical tastes extend beyond the two standard types — country and western — you might be one of those folks who is utterly appalled that lower Bricktown is being invaded by Toby Keith. "Just what we needed," you mumble, "something else to make us look like a buncha hicks."

Believing as I do that our culture (not to mention politics) is best served by a studied indifference to what is represented to us as world opinion, I'm happy to see Toby pouring some dollars into the old hometown, and I care about cool only to the extent that it prevents perspiration.

And The Downtown Guy, generally an astute observer of local trends, sort of concurs:

[T]he more I think about Toby's place, the more it seems fitting that it be the first theme restaurant for Bricktown. While some of us long for downtown OKC to be something more cosmopolitan, at the end of the day, we're Oklahoma. Toby Keith is definitely a part of that.

And it's not like Toby Keith is going to prevent anyone from going to the Philharmonic. You want to see some real hicks? Take a gander at Fred Phelps and his entourage.

Posted at 7:38 AM to City Scene

Be happy that it's Toby & not Lester Roadhog Moran & the Cadillac Cowboys.

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe Guy" at 9:25 AM on 21 June 2005

Sounds like some people's answer to "How Do You Like Me Now?" is similar to that of the grown-up ex-cheerleader in the video...

Posted by: McGehee at 12:10 PM on 21 June 2005

Gosh... you know I actually love country and western... and I *still* think Toby Keith is a tool.

Posted by: aldahlia at 1:01 PM on 21 June 2005

Wouldn't be your feminine side talking there, would it Veronica? ;-)

Posted by: McGehee at 4:42 PM on 21 June 2005

Just think, if enough locals don't like Toby moving in, they can economic developmentally seize his property. SCOTUS says so.

Posted by: Mike Pechar at 10:10 PM on 23 June 2005