Dennis Spielman

The real and imaginative adventures of Dennis Spielman

Spicy Dishes Vol 1 with Chris Cox

For the first time, I collaborated with Chris Cox from The House OKC as he tried spicy dishes in Oklahoma City. In this first installment, Chris and I visited Truong Le at Chick-N-Beer in the Uptown 23rd District for their “Peppers Galore” in both traditional wing and vegan variants. Then we went to the Plaza District to interview Jeff Chanchaleune about Goro Ramen and tried their Spicy Miso Ramen.

Both dishes we tried packed some heat while still having some strong flavor. I recommend both of them, depending on what you’re in the mood to eat. We tried to get a third place, but our schedules didn’t line-up to pull that off. We got some ideas for another installment of spicy dishes and we’re in the process of soliciting more.

Thank you to my supporters on Patreon for helping to make Uncovering Oklahoma possible! Big thanks to superstar supporters: Lynn and Steve Keller-Kenton Family and Revolve Productions.

Level Up Arcade

Fill this story under: “I wish Guthrie had this when I was there.”

Wanting a safe place for their own children to hang out in Guthrie, Laura and John Daigle opened Level Up Arcade, a free play arcade. With games ranging from fighting to racing to shooting, as well as pinball, air hockey, shuffleboard, and more, players can enjoy the arcade for a simple admission fee. No quarters needed (unless you want a capsule toy). In addition to their collection of games, Level Up Arcade features a concession stand and hosts special event nights, like dance and karaoke.

This was my third and last story about Guthrie businesses for the month of February. I got plans to go back again to Guthrie to spend a day filming multiple places.

Visit Level Up Arcade for yourself at 2001 West Oklahoma Avenue in Guthrie or online at LevelUpArcadeOK.com

OKC Black Restaurants Weeks

This week on Uncovering Oklahoma, I collaborated with Apollo Woods of OKC Black Eats for a mini-series of stories for Black Restaurants Weeks. Since each video averaged 15-minutes, I decided to release the stories throughout a three day period.

We first visited OklaSoul, a restaurant that puts the soul in food; Clean Juice, a juice bar with USDA Certified Organic cold-pressed juice cleanses, smoothies, acai bowls, and more; and ended with Carican Flavors for Caribbean American food in Oklahoma City’s east side.

I loved that we got to showcase a variety of foods. Since Apollo had been doing lots of interviews for the Black Restaurants Weeks event, he wanted to do something different. We did the interviews in the kitchen and even did some cooking at OklaSoul. I especially liked how Sharon of Carican Flavors gave a tour of what she was cooking. The experience has given me some ideas for doing restaurant interviews differently.

I joked on social media that I felt like I made a back-door pilot for Apollo’s own Food Network show. I’m going to edit all three stories together to fit a 30-minute timeslot, hand it over to Apollo, and see what happens. 😎

Sacrificed

Alexia should’ve been dead as one cannot survive while being chained to a sculpture of the deity the farmers wanted to please.


Alexia should’ve been dead. It’s basic science that a seventeen-year-old girl cannot survive being tossed into the ocean while chained to a “stupid boulder.”

Okay, so it’s not a stupid boulder, Alexia reasoned as she tried to wiggle free from the marble sculpture of Poseidon’s head.

Alexia’s real anger was at the oracle, who said the sacrifice was required to please the gods if the farmers wanted a successful harvest. Alexia had insisted the framers had used too many chemicals and polluted the soil. The city depended on the farms, and she volunteered to assist in their production. She had developed a new farming method where plants could grow vertically, saving space, and didn’t require soil.

Now Alexia was sinking to the bottom of the ocean for her blasphemy. In hindsight, she could see the signs of their superstitious nature. Alexia wished she paid better attention to her religious studies. The failure of not metaphorically building a bridge of understanding weighted her down, along with the rock. She did know the head she was attached to was the god of the seas, but the farmers worshipped him as a god of agriculture. It made no sense to her. 

The only other question bigger on her mind was how she was breathing underwater. She was mesmerized at first; however, as she sank, her enthrallment was replaced by rage.

“That’s a nice sculpture there.”

Alexia turned to the voice, which put her off-balance as the sound was in her head, but she could associate a location with it. Swimming beside her was a merman twice her size with pristine muscles, almost god-like – if she had believed in the gods. His florescent blue tail swished back and forth to keep pace with Alexia’s descent.

“Who are you?” Alexia asked in her head.

“Can’t you tell from your sculpture? You know what, it’s not an accurate depiction of me.”

“Poseidon?”

“That’s one name for me. Yes, let’s use that name.”

“Poseidon, huh?” Alexia responded with a hint of disbelief. “Think you can free me?”

“Under one condition.”

“Name it.”

“You destroy those that did this to you.”

Alexia smiled. “It would be my pleasure.”

With a snap of his wrist, a golden trident burst to life in his hand. He slashed the chains that bound Alexia. The statue drifted downward while Alexia remained stationary.

“Take this,” Poseidon kindly offered as he handed her his weapon.

The moment Alexia took hold of the trident, its glow engulfed her body and shot her upward, into the sky. She landed back on the cliff on the flying island, where the farmers sacrificed her.

Everyone was in the middle of their celebrations when Alexia made her splashy entrance. The music stopped, and all eyes – including the oracle – where on Alexia. Alexia pointed the trident at the party, and from the ocean, a fist of waves slammed into the crowd.

Off in the distance on a hill, Poseidon stood on his legs, watching the seaweeds tangle themselves around the people and drag them to their watery grave. A man with similar stature and physique, but with an impeccable white suit, walked up beside him. 

“I wouldn’t have expected such retribution from you, bother.”

“The Atlanteans’ arrogance grows. Either they are too devoted to their sciences, or they worship us incorrectly, thus causing us to change. Are you not worried, Zeus?”

“I am concerned, but I am also fascinated. The interplanetary travel they’re developing will take us to new worlds.”

“If their belief in us holds.”

“Don’t worry. We’ll remind them.”


This week’s short story was inspired by the following writing prompt: “The local humans are having trouble getting their crops to grow so they decide to sacrifice a young girl to their god, by tying her to a heavy rock and throwing it into the sea. She is found by you, a powerful ocean deity…who is displeased by their cruelty.”

Boutique 206

Focusing on casual comfort wear to take you from the day to the evenings, Boutique 206 is a women’s clothing and accessory shop in Guthrie. Owner Laura Long talks about what shoppers can expect to find at her downtown boutique.

Visit Boutique 206 for yourself at 206 East Oklahoma Avenue in Guthrie.

This is the second of my three stories I filmed about Guthrie places. My Guthrie mini-series is being released on Tuesdays in February, but my supporters on Patreon will get early access to the episodes as thanks for helping to make Uncovering Oklahoma possible! Huge thanks to my superstar supporters: Lynn and Steve Keller-Kenton Family and Revolve Productions.

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