This Project Idea brought to you by Harrison Parks and the letter 'C.' Tulsa needs more cultural capital. More cultural capital means that we attract more of the creative class. Honestly, what do we have in terms of genuine landmarks? Not much, but we're getting there. So let's continue to work with what we have. What do we do? We steal some of Austin's thunder. Texas has lost some cultural capital. Lance Armstrong has fallen. There are new and interesting ideas, creativity, and people to be found in Tulsa. But... there is also a target market that never will be here unless we make Tulsa part of something larger. What's our target audience? Primary: I like to call them "people with more money than God." You can call them what you will. They will own these. Secondary: The creative class. Tertiary: Tulsa's frustrated HR departments who wants to get their hands on the creative class. Quaternary: Tulsans How do we do it? Suggest to Elon Musk that he go cross country this time. Get an Electric Vehicle charging station downtown, along Route 66. Here's the only one currently out there produced commercially. Slap another small Supercharger between the legs of the Expo Square Driller statue for kitsch & giggles. Link the Tesla EV to Route 66 itself, as a nice sendoff (for British eyes only read as: bugger off. You Cubic folk like clean air & water in Tulsa, right?) to the oil and gas companies in the former Oil Capital of the World that ran off to Houston. Of course, we still love Williams Co., OneOK, T.D. Williamson, ConocoPhillips, etc...
Intended Result: Tulsa steals some interest and limelight away from backwards, unOklahoman cities. Every media organization in America likes to look at Tesla. We position ourselves in a way that no other city in flyover country has ever done. More money gets spread along Route 66 (Santa Monica, CA to Chicago, IL). Creative Strategy: Minimalist accoutrement & accompaniment to this project. Don't ribbon cut. Don't assume we are a pretender city. We're not. What does this have to do with the Tulsa Chamber? It will bring outofarea spending back to the Tulsa area, a phrase boldly proclaimed on the splash screen of tulsachamber.com. Who already thinks this idea has merit? Prolific Creative Hodges Bend My generation. People who like cars. An attractive waitress at Queenie's, which has the best Eggs Benedict in Tulsa. Contact: (660)9889292 to have brunch with me. email@example.com COPYRIGHT 2013 HARRISON PARKS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
COPYRIGHT HARRISON PARKS 2013. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. CHILDHOOD OBESITY PREVENTION CREATIVE BRIEF/ MANIFESTO PITCHED TO THE CHOCTAW NATION OF OKLAHOMA WHO ARE WE TARGETING? WHAT DO KIDS WANT? THINK LIKE A CHILD. YOU ARE ENTERING THIS WORLD WITHOUT PRETENSIONS, WITHOUT ANYTHING EXCEPT YOUR SLIGHTLY ABOVE AVERAGE BRAIN COMPARED TO THE OTHER ANIMALS THAT ARE AROUND HERE. YOU LOOK UP AT YOUR PARENTS. YOU LOOK AT OTHER PEOPLE. NOTHING MOLDS YOU EXCEPT WHAT YOU ARE EXPOSED TO. CHILDREN ARE INFLUENCED BY EVERYTHING. YOU GET THEIR ATTENTION DURING A GOOD TV SHOW, THEN THEY'LL EAT THE STUFF ATTACHED TO THAT GOOD TV SHOW. HOW DO WE TARGET THEM? SO UNLESS YOU CAN THINK FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A CHILD DURING THIS, YOU GOT NO SHOT. DON'T HAVE BURGERS AND SODAS IN A FOCUS GROUP TRIGGERING OBESE CHILDREN AND OBESE PARENTS TO MAKE THEM REMEMBER THE LAST TIME THEY HAD A BURGER AND A SODA—IT WAS PROBABLY THIS MORNING.
I WAS A FAT KID ONCE. FAT IS GREAT. FAT HELPS BRAINS THINK. I HAD TWO ICE CREAM CONES BEFORE I WROTE THIS. WE ALL SHOULD KNOW THAT SOME FATS ARE BETTER, AND SOME ARE WORSE, BUT NOT EVERYONE DOES. THERE ARE WAYS OTHER THAN SUGAR TO HELP KEEP UP A CHILD'S ENERGY DURING THEIR BARRAGE OF DAILY ACTIVITIES—SCHOOL, SPORTS, MUSIC, AND EVERYTHING ELSE THAT COMPLETELY EXHAUSTS OUR CHILDREN SO THEY GO TO SLEEP AROUND 8. THIS GIVES ADULTS A FEW PRECIOUS SECONDS OF POSTWORK, EVENING SOLITUDE. THESE MOMENTS ARE VITAL NOT ONLY FOR FAMILIES, BUT COMMUNITIES AND PERSONAL SANITY. OH AND BY THE WAY, SLEEP PREVENTS OBESITY, TOO. CHILDHOOD OBESITY PREVENTION IS GREAT, IN THEORY. BUT IF EXECUTED POORLY, IT’S LIKE PUTTING A HALFAPPLIED DIRTY MARKETING BANDAID OVER THE FESTERING PROBLEM. SO YOU WANT TO PRESENT BURGERS AND SODAS TO STOP CHILDHOOD OBESITY? YOU MAKE THEM THE MOST VILE HAMBURGERS AND SODAS THAT A CHILD WILL EVER SEE IN THEIR LIFE. THAT STUFF IS VILLAINOUS.
YOU WANT CHILDREN TO BE ACTIVE AND PLAY MORE? MAKE IT THE MOST APPEALING ACTIVITY IN THE HISTORY OF HUMAN ACHIEVEMENT. IDEA: LET’S START THE CHILDHOOD OBESITY AWARENESS CAMPAIGN THROUGH COMMERCIALS ON TV, THE VERY THING PARENTS BRING INTO THEIR HOME TO KEEP THE FAMILY ENTERTAINED. WE SEE KIDS WITH THE BIGGEST DANG GRIN ON THEIR FACE IN THE HISTORY OF CHILDREN ON TELEVISION SIT DOWN AND EAT FOOD THAT WON'T SET THEM UP FOR A LIFE OF ADULT OBESITY. THEY'RE THROWING BAD FOOD AWAY AND AT EACH OTHER. HIGHCALORIE FOODS ARE AMMUNITION. LOW CALORIE FOODS ARE EATEN. MOST OF THE CAMERA TIME IS GIVEN TO FOOD THAT IS ACTUALLY GOOD FOR KIDS, BUT IN A FUN WAY TO REACH AND CONNECT TO CHILDREN. FREE PRIZE INSIDE MOMENT: CAMERA PANS OUT OF A CEREAL BOX STYLE LOGO WITH AN OBESITY PREVENTION TIP. WE DON’T WANT TO SHOW FOCUS GROUPS ADMITTING THEY ACTUALLY LIKE 1000 CALORIE FOODS AS IF THEY ARE COMMITTING SOME MAJOR SIN. CONSUMERS HAVE DEMANDED BURGERS AND SODA FOR DECADES. INSTEAD,
LET’S PRESENT THE BETTER AND HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVES. FOR EXAMPLE: MOST STUFF THAT I ATE AS A KID WAS PRETTY GOOD FOR ME. ALMOND BUTTER IS SLIGHTLY HEALTHIER THAN PEANUT BUTTER. EGGS ARE GREAT IN MODERATION. MILK IS WONDERFUL, ESPECIALLY LOWFAT MILK AFTER CHILDREN ARE TWO YEARS OLD (SOURCE: PEDIATRICIANS EVERYWHERE.) IF YOUR CHILD HAS A MILK ALLERGY, OR IF YOU HAVE A PARTICULAR HATRED OF COWS, GIVE THEM ALMOND MILK, WHICH ACTUALLY TASTES PRETTY GOOD. (SOURCE: I PUT IT ON MY CEREAL YESTERDAY.) I REMEMBER EATING HUSH PUPPIES ONCE WHEN I WAS LITTLE AND HATING THEM. PRETTY SURE THEY’RE NAMED HUSH PUPPIES BECAUSE THEY MAKE THE DOGS SHUT UP SO YOU CAN SIT DOWN AND EAT YOUR FRIED OKLAHOMA CATFISH. FRESH FRUIT WITH ANYTHING THAT IS HOT, DELICIOUS, AND CORRECTLY PROPORTIONED IN THE MORNING IS JUST ABOUT THE BEST THING THAT ANY OBESE PARENT CAN DO FOR THEIR OBESE CHILD. CLOSE SCENE.
PSYCHOGRAPHIC PROFILE: SOUTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA FAMILIES RESIDING IN THE CHOCTAW NATION.
What are their names, ages, genders, occupations, family details? Occupation: Military wife. Respects strength. Ages: Mothers 1825, Children 313. What are their interests, habits, hobbies, and pastimes? Interests: Honkey tonks, crochet, holiday memories, cooking, grilling, smokeless tobacco, hunting, outdoor activities. Strong gender divides. Basketball, gardening, stickball, etc. Who influences them? Religion? Politics? Strongly held beliefs? This region of Oklahoma was known as “Little Dixie” and has been left behind economically other than a brief 1960s80s and more recent boom thanks to newer oil revenues. Pastors, Employers, Colleagues all good sources of influence. Libertarian streaks everywhere. Politics: A good indicator of politics is that Oklahoma was the only state who voted for General Wesley Clark. Primarily Protestant & Catholic. Logging companies abound in the 10 1/2 county area. Where do they go for information? Local news, friends & family, internet. KTEN (10) in Durant, OK. KXII (12) in Sherman, TX. Where do they shop, eat, hang out? Pete’s Place Krebs, OK. Italian food is a damn treat, don’t forget it. Catfish. A CherryBerry in McAlester happens to sell hot dogs along with their usual froyo fare. Cities: McAlester, Durant, Poteau. How do they dress? For the occasion. Summertime: Short shorts & bikinis for the women. Showing knees is verboten for the men. What concerns keep them up at night? Emotional concerns, idealistic hopes and dreams for children. Money is a background issue always relevant, but not particularly spoken. Young mothers, young mothers, young mothers.
What kind of cars do they drive? You’ll see white trucks everywhere. What is their relationship or potential relationship to you? Close confidant. Teacher. What do they want from you? Better lives for their kids.
EXT. TRAIL DAY
CHILD and MOTHER walk together down a trail. MOTHER picks something off of a bush.
CLOSEUP MOTHER'S HAND
There are a few wild strawberries in the mother's hand. They change into a handful of edible seeds and nuts. They change into varietal corn kernels. They change into a few slices of peach.
The CHILD reaches into the MOTHER'S hand and eats what is offered to the CHILD.
VO: THEY'LL EAT WHAT YOU EAT. JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST CHILDREN'S DIABETES.
IMAGE/TEXT OVERLAY Image SEAL OF THE CHOCTAW NATION Text Healthy Kids Initiative
:15 :30 EXT. KIAMICHI MOUNTAINS DAY CLOSEUP LEGS RUNNING UP A TRAIL CHILD'S VOICE Just a few more steps. And... now. CAMERA PANS OUT. Light and technicolor hits the CHILD at once. LONG SHOT to CHILD'S FAMILY near a WHITE PICKUP at the base of a mountain. TEXT OVERLAY Hello. VOICEOVER Halito. IMAGE SEAL OF THE CHOCTAW NATION VOICEOVER From the Choctaw Healthy Kids Initiative. Visit the Talihina hospital for events all summer long. TEXT: Healthy Kids Initiative
:15 ANIMATION EXT – PLAINS – DAY A girl shoots a bow and arrow. LONG SHOT ARROW EXT. BASEBALL DIAMOND – EARLY EVENING The arrow morphs into a baseball bat, which hits a baseball. INT. BASKETBALL COURT The baseball morphs into a basketball, which is dunked. EXT. LACROSSE FIELD – NIGHT The basketball morphs into a lacrosse (choctaw: kabucha) ball, caught by a lacrosse stick. The lacrosse player smiles and hurls the lacrosse ball directly at CAMERA. TEXT OVERLAY Have fun. TEXT OVERLAY Have fun. Stop childhood obesity. IMAGE/TEXT OVERLAY Image SEAL OF THE CHOCTAW NATION Text Healthy Child Initiative
5 Short Poems from â€œThe Banter Ship,â€? a collection of 230. More at http://bantershippoetry.blogspot.com
212 the exhaustion constant weighs down & turns. contorts, asphyxiates, smothers, salts & burns. and the gasping blurs one's vision, the knowing what to do but ever-being lost in indecision.
217 All we want are stories. It's all we've ever wanted. It doesn't matter where the hero goes, As long as we are there, To recognize a little bit of You in I and I in you -To reverberate, to harmonize, to reach an equilibrium... And die, knowing that when our oscillations met -They soared in step.
218 beer sums up poetry it cascades and sloshes effortlessly, penetrates without knowing where it is going, found in prose, found in the phrase "the sun rises in the morning, phallic energy abounding, its half-circle a head penetrating the sky."
it is the stuff of life, it gives hope to the hopeless, to the downandout lovers, the roundabout dwellers, and there are its obsessives, its cataloguers, its connoisseurs, its detractors, its lovers and its makers. beer is the day and the night. Drink with me, before it is time for sleep, Hold me upright, and wobbly toast our lives.
Playa del Carmen, 3:00 I step out of the taxi into Mexico -All day alone how I like it. Air's wet, I sweat backwards, And every shopowner here shows me 'round. So devout they seemed when prostrate On their two o' clock observance; Shop closed, solemn sombrero, covered eyes. Their world is silent for an hour, But tabasco quickly lights their shrine With a fiery urge for that gleam of mine.
Sonnet II: The Gun “I only bought her fer the looks,” James said. Acrid, the gunpowder rots air. My faith, Because this man is fragile, stays aloft. “Caps see… the same old smell.” The hour passed Without complaint. We introduce ourselves – Our greeting like men, our glance like arrowshots. We boast, we bolster – our holsters our lips That hold a grin, our universal threat – Save us, two boys safe with teeth bare. We douse divine liquor till closing time, James brandishes his shiny toy cap gun And does his same old dead-on Groucho Marx With silly eyebrows.. but why trembling hands? He cocks and squeezes, recoils and flees.
Published on Mar 11, 2014