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I Came From a Land Down Under Lessons From Melbourne, Australia
If you’d asked me before I left, I’d tell you I was not looking forward to my vacation. My wife, Estelle, and I try to get away for two weeks every year to decompress, unwind, and recharge. But when Estelle got it into her head that we should attend the Australian Open, I was less than enthused. As an avid tennis fan, I was more than onboard with the idea of going to another Open — we’ve been to the U.S. and French Opens in the past — It was the “Australian” part that was giving me trepidation. Spending 14-plus hours in a pressurized tube 30,000 feet in the air is not my idea of decompressing, unwinding, or recharging. But Estelle batted her eyelashes at me, and before I knew it, I was shuffling through the TSA line at Tulsa International. The things you do for love, right? Well, having now made that ridiculous flight across the Pacific both ways, I can safely say the pains of air travel were more than worth it. My wife is going to be dishing out a heaping pile of “I told you so” for years to come because it was objectively the best vacation either of us has ever been on. It wasn’t because we got to see an amazing tournament, and it wasn’t because we stayed in the same hotel as the tennis stars we’ve been idolizing for years. It wasn’t even because Nadal brushed past my shoulder in the lobby (although, I am never washing that shoulder again). No, it wasn’t the Open that made the trip incredible; it was Australia. Coming from rural Montana and having settled down in Oklahoma, I was already convinced that I’d met the nicest people on
this earth. There’s something about the open spaces you find in both the mountainous West and the heartland that makes people far more kind, gregarious, and humble than they are elsewhere. Living on both coasts during my time in the army and traveling to Asia and Europe in years past was more than enough to show me that. But defying all expectation, the land down under proved to be the happiest, most laid-back place I’d ever set foot in.
nature to these folks. Everyone we met, and I mean everyone , was quick to smile, personable, and willing to help at the drop of a hat. By day three, I was convinced there was something in the water. I want to emphasize again that I come from Polson, Montana: a town where practically everyone knows your name. But in this city of 4,000,000 people on the opposite end of the earth, I felt right at home. Normally I feel uneasy walking around in big cities, especially at night. But on the clean streets of Australia’s second largest city, I was utterly at ease. It was the most relaxing vacation I have ever been on. The flight home gave me plenty of time to reflect on my two weeks in the Southern Hemisphere. While the matches were exciting and the scenery was beautiful, my biggest takeaway is how at home the experience made me feel. It was a relief coming back to Tulsa, where laid-back kindness is the order of the day. I can’t imagine living in New York and being exposed to a kind city like Melbourne, only to return to that rat race two weeks later. It just goes to show that no matter where you are in the world, you can’t put a price on human decency. Sometimes you have to go halfway across the globe just to recognize the great things you already have at home.
Like many of our readers, the extent of my knowledge of Australia prior to this trip began and ended with “Crocodile Dundee.” But after being in Melbourne for only a few hours, I was already beginning to get the sense that kindness was somehow second
Here’s to you, Tulsa, –Lee Berlin
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FIGHTING THE GUILT MACHINE: GET YOUR FREE COPY OF LEE BERLIN’S NEW BOOK
ARE YOU A MOVIE FANATIC?
As Oklahoma’s only attorney solely dedicated to sex crimes and crimes against children, Lee Berlin has established himself as the state’s greatest advocate for those facing life-altering accusations. There is no area of the law scarier for the accused — nor more difficult to defend against — than these types of crimes. If you’ve been accused of sex crimes and/or crimes against children, you need to arm yourself with the most accurate information possible.
How to Make the Most of the Academy Awards
If you’re a big film buff, then there’s a good chance you set aside one important night each spring to watch the Academy Awards. A great number of memorable moments have happened during the Oscars, such as the 2017 “La La Land” best picture mix-up, the 1974 streaking incident when a naked man ran across the stage, or the 2013 falling accident when Jennifer Lawrence tripped as she walked on stage to receive her award for best actress. The Academy Awards is an event you don’t want to miss out on. Here are three ways you can get the most out of Oscars night. 1. PLAY TRIVIA Everyone loves a good trivia challenge. If you and your family watch the ceremony live, you can use the commercial breaks to test your knowledge. Pose questions about the best picture winners over the last 90 years or the actors selected for different categories. You can also find printable Oscars prediction charts and offer prizes to whoever has the highest number of correct answers. 2. THEMED FOOD If you’re throwing an Oscars party, serving some tasty dishes is a must. But why not kick it up a notch and keep your entrees and hors d’oeuvres in line with the blockbuster theme? There are multiple recipes for Oscars-party popcorn online, and you can also use star-shaped cookie cutters for your desserts. For your libations, you can serve cocktails from famous films and make a martini even James Bond would approve of. 3. TICKETS GALORE! The ticket price for the first motion picture ever shown at the oldest American movie theater cost 15–25 U.S. cents, depending on the location of your seat. Nowadays, the price of watching a film is astronomical. Fortunately, there are ways for you to create the feeling of watching a film premiere or Oscars ceremony from your own home. Find printable tickets online to distribute to your guests before the showing, and encourage them to dress like they are heading to the red carpet.
Now more than ever, an accusation is all it takes to cripple the accused for life. Nowhere in criminal law are the odds stacked more against you on day one than in sex crimes law. Due to the nature of sex crime accusations and the emotional responses they can evoke from law enforcement, the media, and the general public, a person accused of a sex crime can feel isolated and embarrassed. If accused, you must be prepared to fight back by creating a viable strategy. Lee Berlin’s new book will help you do just that. In his FREE book, “Fighting the Guilt Machine: The Ugly Truth Behind Sex Crime Charges in Oklahoma,” Mr. Berlin explains the difficulties that coincide with finding yourself accused of a sex crime and how those difficulties must be addressed. The book also discusses the many pitfalls that come with being in the crosshairs of a serious investigation. “Fighting the Guilt Machine” offers easy-to-understand information on complex legal procedures and the latest information on sex crime laws in the state of Oklahoma. The book also details how to navigate law enforcement; how to preserve your financial security; and how to handle the isolation that inevitably comes with finding yourself the target of an investigation by individuals who do not have your best interests in mind. If you are facing the possibility of losing your livelihood, your finances, and your freedom, this book is an invaluable resource. A FREE copy of “Fighting the Guilt Machine: The Ugly Truth Behind Sex Crime Charges in Oklahoma,” is available on our website at DefendingTulsa.com. You can also request your free copy by calling us at 918-770-0172.
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Everything Popcorn Ingredients
Inspired by Food & Wine magazine
2 teaspoons granulated onion
3/4 cup popcorn kernels
1/3 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons flaky sea salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
2 teaspoons white sesame seeds
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
1. In a small skillet over medium heat, toast sesame seeds. Shake skillet often and cook until white seeds are golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and add garlic, onion, and salt. 2. In a large saucepan, combine popcorn kernels and oil. Cook over medium- high heat, covered, until popcorn kernels start to pop. Once popping, continue cooking and shaking the pan intermittently until popping ceases, about 3–5 minutes. 3. Transfer popcorn to a large mixing bowl. Pour in butter and toss to coat. Finally, add seasoning, toss again, and serve.
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Inside This Issue
What Do Oklahoma and Australia Have in Common? Page 1 Make the Most of the Academy Awards Get Your Free Copy of Lee Berlin’s New Book Page 2
Jimmy Buffett Giveaway Everything Popcorn Page 3
SET SAIL FOR VACATION Take Your Next Trip Offshore
TAKE A DAY SAIL Many day-sail charters exist for those who want to go out a little farther than a dinghy would permit. If you’ve captained a boat and are familiar with the waters, you can apply for a bareboat charter. However, if you are inexperienced or simply don’t want a local guide at the helm, signing up for a day trip with a skipper and crew is a great option. DO A FULL CHARTER Short of owning your own vessel, chartering a boat for multiple nights is the closest you can get to living out your nautical dreams. Some of the most beautiful destinations on earth — from the Caribbean Sea to the Mediterranean — are best experienced from the deck of a sailboat. Letting the sea guide you to amazing snorkeling destinations, remote cays, and bustling harbors is the stuff of real adventure.
If you’re lucky enough to have been aboard a ship under full sail, chances are you know the thrill and serenity sailing can give you. If you’ve never been but have always wanted to know what it’s like to get out on the wind and waves, there are many great options available for beginners. Here are some ideas to inspire your next waterside vacation. START SMALL For those who dream of becoming a skipper one day, a great way to start is by sailing dinghies. These one-sail, beach-launch boats fit 1–2 people and can be rented at most water sports shops. If you want to make it a family experience, shops usually have 16-foot catamarans for rent as well. Catamarans have two hulls rather than one, making for a smoother, more spacious ride. If you’ve never sailed before, inquire about lessons. Most rental operations have instructors on hand who can show you the ropes. The great thing about sailing is that whether you’re in a 12-foot dinghy or a 60-foot sloop, the same basic principles, rules, and skills apply.
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