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Review by Jasmine A.1 year ago
In 1999, I went to Oklahoma City. "Why the hell did you go to Oklahoma City?!" you're probably asking yourself. Good question. I went with my mom because my uncle -- her brother -- was having health problems and my mom had to go and sort things out, and I went with her because I had nothing better to do and had only met my uncle once before. We were only supposed to be there for two weeks, but ended staying for a month -- I was not happy about that!
I'm sure OKC has changed considerably over the past 20 years, but when I was there, there wasn't much to do. I recall that downtown pretty much shut down by 7pm, and the bus service was awful -- but at least a ticket was only $1.
My mom, who has travelled back to OKC several times since then to visit my uncle (the most recent time being this past spring after he passed away exactly one year ago today, January 1, 2018), said that OKC is much better now and there are plenty of interesting museums. I'm not sure if these museums were there when we went, but we certainly didn't see any museums in 1999. However, we did go to the zoo and I recall the Oklahoma Zoo being pretty good.
While in Oklahoma, I was miserable and dying of boredom. Aside from the zoo and going to Braum's for burgers and ice cream, there wasn't much to do (no internet in 1999!), and I hated being there. But on May 3, 1999, there was finally some excitement -- a tornado!
That evening, my mom and I went to see a hockey game with some neighbours. Before the game began, there was a tornado warning and we were all ushered into the underground parkade for about half an hour or so until it was safe. The area where we were staying was thankfully untouched, but the tornado devastated the town of Moore, less than 20 km from where we were. The tornado, at 484 km/hour, has the fastest recorded wind speed on earth, and it killed 36 people, destroyed thousands of homes, and caused $1 billion in damage. It was badass, and it made international headlines.
So, that was my experience of Oklahoma City in 1999 -- it took a tornado to break the boredom.
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