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How horrible are Tulsans if Tulsa is such a hellish nightmare?

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One recurring search engine term that draws visitors is some variation of ‘why Tulsa sucks’ or ‘why is Tulsa so boring.’ These questions and the one asked in this post’s title are worth asking. Even if I am the one asking the question, it is worth answering because there are no bad questions. The answer is that Tulsans are not horrible people, they just have horrible political leadership and refuse to demand change. Tulsans are by and large in love with banality and are not very adventurous, but that does not make them bad people. My protest blog, this dissident scree of whacko dissatisfaction should not be construed as hating the people of Tulsa. I have spent too long here, met too many folk, to let that go unsaid. By the same token, I tend to meet really nice people everywhere I go and am always quick with a pleasantry. Tulsans are fully capable of making nice chit-chat, as are most sentient beings, but Tulsa does have some great people, salt o’ the earth. Like anywhere else.

Similarly, Tulsa is not that hellish, really, but it is a long way from perfect. If pointing out these imperfections with glee makes me a bad person, so be it. I am just sick of the endless phoney ‘glass half-full’ cheerleading that masks the inferiority complex YOUR leaders harbor. Look, most people in town are here because of work or family, period. The old-timers who were born and raised here lack the self-confidence to make it in a larger city or town, and their ancestors only made it here because they could not hang with the East Coast and lacked the confidence to keep going West.

Besides the pedigree angle, Tulsa has always been a company town and is rife with retired middle managers of Inc. Inc. Fun crowd, those gray hairs, always ready to go along to get along, content with defining themselves by which civic group or church they belong to, viewing those outside that circle as ‘others’ or ‘outsiders.’ The projection of this stale corporate work life as a metronomic drone onto the municipality creates a stiff, predictable sameness that frustrates the youth and virtually hypnotizes us geezers.

The net result is a place chock full of decent-enough people who are risk aversive introverts who take solace in the familiar, go-along to get-along types who crave the acceptance of their peers and define themselves by their property and social standing. If you are good with that, by all means come to Tulsa. If you want to be happy consider any number of similarly-sized cities elswhere. I just wish I had not wasted 25 years of my life here cheerleading this corrupt little dullsville, convincing myself this was one of the best places in the country.


Written by thetulsan

August 6, 2012 at 11:43 am

Posted in Tulsa: Sin City

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  1. Your article summed up about 80% of the reasons why I left, the other was the rampant drug problems in Tulsa infecting the city. I wish I had not spent 23 years in Tulsa before waking up and leaving for good, three years this month I’ve been away and I can honestly say I haven’t missed it one bit and never plan on returning, not even for a visit. Tulsa is one of the most toxic cities in the US for those who are not Hetro-WASP for anyone reading this article thinking about moving to Oklahoma period, dont, run just run!


    March 17, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    • Thanks for summing it up. Horrible horrible place to live I’ve only been here two years. This article is exactly right it’s a little mafia. They want to run you out. maybe extinction all happen and the new generation with some integrity will be the new people here. not to mention the lack of nature or serenity. Large dogs for whatever reason people hate them.

      NONE YOUR Business

      September 27, 2014 at 10:02 am

  2. LOL, comment moderated!

    NONE YOUR Business

    September 27, 2014 at 10:04 am

  3. It’s a wonder no replies. Hmm….-

    NONE YOUR Business

    September 27, 2014 at 10:05 am

  4. And what does Tulsan’s are decent enough mean? You’re either decent or not.

    NONE YOUR Business

    September 27, 2014 at 10:09 am

    • Huh I never received a notification that a comment was awaiting moderation. Good day.


      November 18, 2015 at 8:46 am

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