As a kid, Micky Bolin roamed Sahoma Lanes, lending a helping hand to his grandfather, who opened the bowling alley in 1960. Over the years, the business switched hands from his grandfather to his father, with Micky taking over as manager in 2005. Today, the alley's 24 lanes still foster a fun, competitive atmosphere but with the added bonus of automatic scoring and a fully loaded video-game area that would've caused accusations of time travel or Russian-spy connections on opening day. The center buzzes with energy during Saturday night cosmic bowling, when what Micky calls the "mom-approved" tunes and current music videos are emblazoned across 10-foot screens. Nearby, patrons clamor for a chance to net mammoth catches before humanely releasing them back into the motherboard of the Big Bass Pro arcade game or refuel with pizza and burgers at the snack bar.
The bowling center hosts a roster of leagues, but the Colorama League stands out from the rest with more than $3,400 worth of cash prizes, which can fund future games or cover the cost of a bowling ball crushed during a fit of frustration. Yet staff members prefer Thursday-night leagues, when they lace up bowling shoes and join players in the lanes.
Oklahoma Today's name might be slightly misleading. Certainly, the award-winning magazine covers modern-day culture and news from the Sooner state:
features have covered news like the Native American community's efforts to protect bald eagles and the local celebration of what would have been Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday. But the publication's writers pay just as close attention to the state's rich history, including settlers' first wagon trains?and even earlier events. One stand-out feature, Nathan Gunter's "Jurassic Oklahoma," delved into a face-off between two dinosaur species that took place on Oklahoma's panhandle more than 150 million years ago, back when the earth was still flat. All in all, readers get a little bit of everything they need to be informed citizens in one tome delivered every other month.
The owners and chefs at Santa Fe Cattle rely on old family recipes that demand steaks are aged and cut in-house, rolls are baked fresh each day, and signature sauces are mixed onsite. These touches transform the menu’s casual, regional eats into dishes worthy of John Wayne’s personal dressing-room buffet. Steaks, fajitas, and sliders are plated next to housemade sides of cole slaw, Santa Fe taters, and of course, a bucket of peanuts—which guests shuck directly onto the floor. The peanut shells add character to each one of the restaurant’s 20 locations, which evoke old-west saloons with touches such as brick walls draped in horse saddles and weathered wooden floors.
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