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"Well I've never been to Tulsa,

But I kinda like their oil,

It's nice and easy,

Not real greazzy,

It never spoils..."

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Our neighbor's dog got super stoned a year or so ago. They suggested someone must have dropped a gummy in the park or something, but we always assumed the dog had gotten into their teenaged son's stash.

Could have just been dropped roaches I guess! Now I feel badly for being so suspicious ๐Ÿ˜€

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Jo jo left his home in Tulsa Oklahoma for some California Grass...

And now it's time to Get Back.

apologies to Paul and Billy Preston

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Tulsa is nice, but not quite that nice. The vacation thing...interesting. Back 40 years ago I would never think about not wanting to go on a vacation. Today I never think about not wanting to go on vacation even being retired. And I have been to all the lower states except Cally. I wonder why?

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Another study cited in a Harvard Business Review article on Tulsa Remote found that for every two remote workers who moved to Tulsa as part of the program, ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™–๐™™๐™™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ก ๐™ก๐™ค๐™˜๐™–๐™ก ๐™Ÿ๐™ค๐™— ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™จ ๐™˜๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ "๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™™๐™ค๐™ก๐™ก๐™–๐™ง ๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ค๐™œ๐™ง๐™–๐™ข ๐™˜๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™จ $13 ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™š๐™˜๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ข๐™ž๐™˜ ๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ."

This is a perfect argument for not putting the mother load of taxation on businesses and corporations (I agree that they need to pay taxes, but the current admin wants them to carry the brunt of the bill).

Businesses hire people who drink coffee and have breakfast meetings, employing (among others) Starbucks, Dunkin and cafรฉ workers. They send their clothing out for dry cleaning, drive cars to work that eventually need oil changes, brakes, etc. They bring their paychecks home and do home renovations, go grocery shopping, update landscaping, send their kids to daycare and after school programs, etc. When you increase corporate taxes to the point where it eats into profits, the first to go are employees. Little by little there's no dry cleaning, no need to go out for coffee or send your kids to daycare. If anyone in our government ever had a real job, they'd understand this. Tulsa is the perfect case study.

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first - those pictures are stunning! what a gift he has! thanks for sharing. Interesting on the ones that chose to relocate -with some staying- in Tulsa. Post COVID - or even during it, it seems many people readjusted their priorities - or how they want to live and spend their time. I always enjoy reading about info/stats etc on things like this - as you have posted before. thanks!

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Today's Understandably was interesting and entertaining and I loved the few comments I read. I live in L.A. (born and raised) and I would be pleased if more people moved to Tulsa

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Bill, I like the daily posting and the 7 things, etc... A lot of good and amazing things, as well as good food for thought each day. Today's story line on the comments of the Utah Governor need to have some clarity. His comments included some reasoning, and there are plenty more reasoning to add. I have lived in Utah most of my 65 years. Some of the issues of having continued flow of people coming to your area (and this has been going on continually for more than 25 years here with huge migrations to Utah from California), is the planning and resources available. Large migrations cause a severe taxing on the housing, utility and other resources that are available. We like Californians and all other people, yet when large numbers come to an area it definitely has a enormous impact on the communities, the cost of living and housing prices for those already in place. Like various other places, our cities, communities and people have been impacted and changed - some for the good, and others for a downgrade. Keep smiling.

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Distinction: Upon reading the article about vacation 40 yrs. ago vs now, it appears the 7OT headline might have been more accurate if it said โ€œofโ€ any given week instead of โ€œinโ€ any given week. The Census Bureauโ€™s poll measures whether or not Americans took an entire week in question off as paid vacation.

So, unless Iโ€™m mistaken (which I could be,) we arenโ€™t necessarily down 40% in vacation time, but using our time less in traditional, week-long increments. (โ€œI have to go in Monday, but then Iโ€™m gonna party like itโ€™s 1999 until Sunday Night!!โ€)

Also, it appears that as a country we lump all our paid time off now, (sick days, vacation days, etc.) as PTO. This changes the landscape for many of us, because we feel we need more saved up for emergencies.

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Bill, did anyone study where the people who moved to Tulsa came from? Was it places like CA or NY or IL? Or did they move from TX or KS nearby? Was it truly costing or new start, or some other reason?

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Iโ€™m not likely to want to move anywhere for 10 grand. But I think itโ€™s a great idea for cities that would like to perk up their tax base.

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I have lived in Tulsa, OK for 20 years, and I love it! We do have a lot of great culture, museums, great restaurants, LOTS of churches! We do have our fair share of crime, and you do encounter homeless people panhandling with bright vests at almost every major corner. So, there is no perfect city, but everyone is friendly and it's the 2nd biggest city in OK. If I had this opportunity as a young adult I would jump on it, downtown Tulsa, while parking is not great, is a super cool area.

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After reviewing the fantastic photographs of Antarctica and while itโ€™s snowing here in Colorado I had to again turn up my furnace! Itโ€™s really cold Down there!

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We moved to North Carolina a few years back and lived there about two years. Beautiful areas (2 places - Raleigh and Greensboro) both for my work. I think the tough part for us was our distance from several friends who had become such a part of our family (they were in Colorado). I wouldnโ€™t move again now that we are back in Colorado as you can live anywhere but having a support network and true friends is irreplaceable.

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Respectfully, you are comparing apples to oranges. My family live in Idaho, they have loved it there until recently. Now, they are all looking to move somewhere else. Californians moving in has destroyed the economy, they canโ€™t afford to live there anymore. Not only that, we are used to neighbors who just help each other. Californians have a different culture, they are not inclusive people. They do not have tolerance for Christian values. Young girls are no longer valued enough to have their own bathrooms at school. Itโ€™s no different than mainlanders moving to Hawaii, then telling the natives how to live, changing the culture etc. I just visited Kauai, you have to be 4 and 5 th generation Hawaiian to buy property in some parts of the island. Well Idaho and Utah have a culture too. It is offensive to have foreigners moving in, then demanding to change our culture. Californians have in essence destroyed everything my family loves about living in Idaho. Including the environment which is ironically hypocritical, they turn everything into concrete and subdivisions. Quite frankly, you are not them, you cannot begin to know how they think or believe. you are not qualified to judge these people. Realize there is a reason for the mass exit from California and New York.

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Betting on orange juice?! There truly is a market for everything. This was a great roundup and the Tulsa story is fascinating. Canโ€™t say Iโ€™d move there for 10k. Iโ€™d have to take a bunch of folks with me to start our commune. I am not quite a charismatic leader but I guess I can make that a goal for the year.

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