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Xavier DuPont de Ligonnès Article from Society, 6 Aug 2020, Part 2C [English]

Xavier DuPont de Ligonnès Article from Society, 6 Aug 2020, Part 2C [English]
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Chapter 9

Highways and dead ends

The hunt for Xavier Ligonnès is enough to drive you crazy. It’s like looking for a lost object, a bank card for example, of which we can determine the exact moment of disappearance: we used it to pay, it was there, and the next moment it is not there anymore. Logic dictates that we look for it where we usually store it (a wallet, a handbag), then where it could be (a back pocket of pants, a hall cabinet), and the less we find it , the more we seem to see it everywhere. Faced with absence, the brain constructs images (the credit card in an office drawer, as a bookmark in a book, forgotten on the counter of the last store) but these are fictions or mirages; they encourage further research but they do not provide a solution. Xavier Ligonnès’s apparent volatilization follows the same logic and produces the same effects on the investigation. The more weeks and months go by, the more places to look get smaller. Emmanuel Teneur ends up leading the investigators to the Société Générale agency on Place Royale in Nantes, but the safe he holds there is simply empty. A request for information on Joven Soliman is sent to the security attaché for the French Embassy in the Philippines. He is a sedevacantist priest, a fringe of traditionalist Catholicism who considers the Pope to be an imposter. The attaché transmits the hours of mass where he officiates. A trip to the Philippines is being considered, but that would mean going to the other side of the world to look for a needle in the thousands of islands of the archipelago. If this track has never been closed, nothing has supported it to date.
Since we must push logic to the end, the investigators even contact the American authorities to corroborate or contradict the story of protected witnesses told by Ligonnès in his famous letter. The DEA has never heard of the individual, and the liaison officer based at the Miami consulate assures us that his last trip to the United States was in 2003: Ligonnès arrived in Florida on July 18 and left on August 22. The study of his entourage also did not highlight anyone capable of providing false papers to the fugitive, and if he had gone through a criminal network, the police believed that an informant would undoubtedly have warned them to protect himself.
Then there are the news reports: the portrait of Ligonnès goes around France, and even if he has undoubtedly changed his physical appearance, his hairstyle, perhaps had even resorted to cosmetic surgery, someone, somewhere, might recognize him one day. After all, that’s how John List, a New Jersey insurance salesman who killed his wife and mother in 1971, was arrested. He waited for two of his children to return from school to coldly shoot them, then attended his youngest son’s football game before shooting bullets through him at home. He evaded justice for 18 years until a co-worker recognized him from a report on America’s Most Wanted.
Rarely has a criminal case given rise to as many appeals as that of Ligonnès, because his stalking not only bewitches the police, it torments an entire country. More than 1000 reports, thousands of pages of depositions, letters, verifications. You have to imagine the miles of printed paper that this represents when they are stacked on a desk. The most recent: in July, after the broadcast of a Netflix documentary on the subject in the United States, the producers of the film claimed to have received an interesting lead in Chicago; but it’s just one more drop in the bucket. Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès has been seen in Annecy, Nancy, Cholet, Corsica (several times); on the side of a road, thumbs up, by a French tourist in Las Vegas; disguised as a chimney sweep in Nîmes; in a hotel in Cantal and in a pizzeria where he paid cash in a hurry; seen again in Germany, in Italy, and heard on the telephone by the reception of the psychiatric hospital of Troyes. Since he disappeared looking like the ordinary neighbor, since he was a representative and his profession has taken him to all corners of France, there is no less reason to see him in Mulhouse than in Roche-sur-Yon, and you can simply see him everywhere.
Aire de Lançon-Provence in July 2020
Extracts: “It was the same look, except that he looked very sad, in the west, but he had the same glasses as in the photo you are showing me”; “He looked like a man like everyone else, but there was something odd in his eyes;” “Yesterday, around 1:00 pm, I was watching the news on television on the TFI channel. I saw a report where an individual killed his children and his wife before disappearing into the wild. (...) Seeing the gentleman in the photo, I made the connection with the person whom I had crossed Sunday afternoon because he had the same smile.” At the Vauvert tourist office: “I hardly look at the news, but Thursday evening I saw the photo of Mr. Ligonnès, I had the impression of having already seen him, my heart was racing.” Between Carpentras and Avignon, when he comes back from the bakery, the manager of one of Nicolas Sarkozy’s brothers crosses paths with a man with a beige bob, which he is certain is the fugitive. “I flashed,” he says. “For me, there is no doubt. This is him.” Still more letters are sent to the police to offer them help. An amateur astrologer requests a copy of the suspect’s birth certificate to establish a birth chart, a woman in child-like writing recommended a great medium who had helped her find her daughter who had become a junkie in Marseille. A prisoner asked in writing to be sent to Guinea to go hunt him down in the jungle, attaching to his letter a list of the necessary equipment, including infrared glasses and a “samurai sword.”
With each letter, with each phone call to report a suspicious individual, investigators attempt to cross-reference the information. They patiently collect the testimonies of the depositors to know where Xavier Ligonnès was seen, if he was accompanied or not, what was his size and his outfit. Inconsistent testimonies or those referring to individuals who are too young (Ligonnès would be 59 years old today) and too small (he measures a little over 1.80 meters) are discarded. For the others, investigators check the CCTV recordings, when they have not been erased and when the cameras have actually recorded on tape. If the person has been spotted pumping gasoline, in a Géant Casino, or in a Courtepaille, they trace the means of payment used and seize the duplicates of bank cards. They give priority to the restaurants, especially the Buffalo Grill, Ligonnès’ favorite establishment. And when the trail is still hot and the dishes haven’t been done yet, they collect DNA from the plates and cutlery. A few months after the start of the investigation, the investigating judge in charge of the case will even be forced to ask them to slow down, the seals starting to take on the appearance of a china cabinet in a large restaurant.
The Total service station in Lançon-Provence, July 2020
The PJ of Nantes believed on several occasions to finally have in hand the winning ticket and to be on the point of intercepting Ligonnès. This was the case in Borgo, where a photo taken from the video surveillance of a supermarket in this small Corsican town was very similar. Upon verification, it was only a local. They believed in it even more in January 2018 when they were told that an individual with a strong resemblance to Xavier Ligonnès was at the Saint-Désert Notre-Dame de Pitié monastery near Roquebrune-sur-Argens. About twenty police officers raided and searched the premises until they came across Brother Jean-Marie Joseph, who certainly looked disturbingly like Ligonnès, but who was not him. In still other cases, the police were never able to “close the track,” and it is perhaps Ligonnès who was seen.
For example, in Lançon-Provence, April 26, 2011. That day, at 2:44 am, Mahjoub B., a handler by profession, parks his vehicle at the Total service station after the Lançon-Provence toll. He fills up, then goes to the store to pay. On his way, he passes a 45- to 50-year-old man, about six feet tall, who hangs out there between the gas pumps and the store. When he returns to his vehicle, his colleague asks him if he has seen the man, whom he is convinced is the one everyone is looking for, the one who killed his family in Nantes. Mahjoub then takes a new look at the individual, notices that he is wearing glasses, light jeans, that he has brown hair a little graying and a beard of a day. At his feet, four rigid shopping bags, one red, one white, one brown and one whose color he cannot distinguish. Inside the store, employees also noticed the individual. He’s been out for almost three hours. At one point, he walks in to ask for free coffee, as part of a promotion. Behind her cash register, Jocelyne H. notes a detail: he is missing a tooth. “The second on the left, I believe,” she says when heard by investigators. This is information that has never filtered out and yet, it’s true – a little detail, Xavier Ligonnès was missing a tooth. Little by little, the space has filled in, but you can always see it when he smiles. The images from the station’s surveillance cameras are confusing: if this man is not the one we are looking for, it must be his twin brother. At 3 a.m., the cameras show him hitchhiking by a Volkswagen Combi, which investigators quickly find. The driver’s name is Christophe B. He has not heard of the case, and he must be one of the only ones in the country; but Christophe is no longer listening to the news because, he says, “the news is bad all the time.” From the hitchhiker on the night of the 25th to the 26th, he remembers that he “did not smell very good” and that he had a growing beard. They didn’t discuss much. The man simply told him that he was coming from Paris where he had gone to see “his sick old father,” and that he wanted to take the train to Aix-en-Provence. Christophe dropped him off at a motorway exit, the 30 or the 31, between 4 a.m. and 4.15 a.m. The surveillance cameras at Aix train station allow you to get back on track. He is filmed on the forecourt at 6 am, he wears light pants, a dark jacket. He buys a ticket at 1.20 euro, free destination. Then we lose track.
Despite all the checks, despite all the cameras, it will be impossible to track this man perfectly resembling Dupont de Ligonnès, who could nevertheless have confirmed that he was, at least on this date, still alive.
How can one suddenly evaporate in plain sight, and how could a man who has collected chess all his life accomplish this feat? The XDDL mystery makes it possible to scaffold all the theories. These flourish in books, in docudramas and, of course, on the Internet. We imagine Ligonnès protected by the secrecy of a monastery, flown to the United States, where he can go unnoticed thanks to his English without an accent, or even on the escape alongside a woman he would have manipulated. The police officers in charge of the case do not work on theories or psychological profiles, but according to a scientific approach: they always start from a fact, which opens a track, which they then explore until the end, close, and move on to another. This method is also a way to protect yourself from endless guesswork, or insanity, but it doesn’t always work. Several times, the track looks like a highway towards the fugitive, and the police are convinced that they will finally close this investigation. But they end up stumbling upon the worst thing ever, as was the case with the allusion to Emmanuel Teneur’s sailboat: coincidences.
Coincidence number 1. When the Ligonnès C5 was discovered in the Formula 1 car park in Roquebrune, the night watchman informed them that two reservations had been made in the name of Dupont Xavier, one on April 5 and the another on April 14. The hotel manager then specifies that the first reservation was actually made for April 6. That day, however, XDDL was in Nantes, probably digging the grave of Thomas, murdered the day before. Had he thought of accomplishing his crimes earlier or had he reserved a room for an accomplice, who might have been hiding something for him? The videos of April 5 and 6 are no longer available, but payment for the room was made with a Crédit Agricole credit card. The number gives a name, Faiçal E., and an address. Could it be an accomplice? The checks are launched immediately lead to a man who simply used “Dupont Xavier” as an assumed name - like Ligonnès - to book a night in the same hotel, the same year, the same month, within ten days.
Coincidence number 2. The liaison officer in Miami launches research around the various aliases used by XDDL, for operations of “mystery shopper” or to stay in hotels. In the FBI file, he finds a certain Xavier Laurent, one of Ligonnès’s favorite nicknames, installed in Jacksonville, north of Florida. Jacksonville is not just any city. This is where Hugues, the cousin of XDDL lived, and it is also this locality that Ligonnès and his friend Michel Rétif declared to customs in 1990 during their trip to the United States. At the very end of the personalized letter sent to Michel on April 8, Xavier Ligonnès seemed to allude to it: “I will think about you there. (Not the right to tell you where, but you went there with me...in November 90…a clue to dig. LOL).” But this Xavier Laurent is another twist of fate: the police come across a certain Evan Shaffer, a petty criminal who has chosen this alias to commit crimes.
Coincidence number 3. Ten days before the crimes, XDDL reconnects with a childhood sweetheart, Catherine K., whom he met in Versailles in the 1980s. Between March 22 and 24, they exchange text messages and try to find a date to meet the week of April 12, in Chamonix. These messages intrigue the investigators, some answers seem surprising, almost illogical, and they suspect Ligonnès of having wanted to ensure a logistical relay in his escape. A little later, a certain Patrick O. reports having seen XDDL in the queue of a Sixt car rental agency at Nice airport on April 17, 2011. By peeling the names of dozens of people having rented a car that day, the police officers miss the infarction: in capital letters, white on black, appears the surname of Catherine, who would have rented a vehicle at 1:30 am. A few hours later, their heart rate drops again: it was only a perfect disambiguation.
Each coincidence causes the same chain of reactions. First a eureka!, the certainty of having finally found the tiny detail from which to trace everything. The police then cast their nets like fishermen on the high seas, telephone or banking requisitions, requests for listings, identity checks. Then they wait. It can last from a few hours to several weeks, and inevitably it is a burning, nagging wait, tense by the fear that the track will fly away. Finally, there is the immense disappointment and the obligation to face reality again: Xavier Ligonnès is still nowhere to be found, a track has flown again, and we have to hoist the rock up the mountain again. Those who have worked or are still working on the affair strive to maintain a cold, rational, police facade. But little by little, by dint of chasing a shadow - not even a shadow, a ghost - obsession lurks. One of them, a police officer with a professional Protestant pastor, now out of the investigation, still returned until recently to consult the investigation file every week, saying he simply wanted to put the 12,000 pages of documents in order. For a year, a criminal analyst has also been mobilized. He enters all the elements of the file in a software which digests them and spits out, perhaps, new threads to draw. In the meantime, the two police officers who are still following the investigation - one at the PJ in Nantes, one at the OCRVP, in Paris - “live” the case, as their colleagues say. Among these thousands of pages there is no doubt a clue that has gone unnoticed or, better, a lead that has not yet been explored.
Track number 1. Who typed “fraternité saint-thomas becket” on Google on April 3 at 11:34 pm, before clicking on a link in the Cité-Catholique forum? Is it the same person who, the same night at 2:01 am, from an iPhone, did the search for “communion state mortal sin,” bringing it to the same forum? On April 8, the user of this phone will in any case send the search engine the request “hello Chacou”, which will lead him (her) again to the Cité-Catholique forum. Chacou was one of the pseudonyms of Xavier Ligonnès. Investigators saw crazier coincidences, but still: can it really be someone other than Xavier Ligonnès, who himself connected to Cité-Catholique almost every day of his escape? The last article published on the site about Saint-Thomas Becket, an ultra-traditionalist fraternity which practices mass in Latin, dates from January 2009. It indicates the name of its founder, Father Jean-Pierre Gac, and specifies this: “Born in the diocese of Blois where there are two communities (…), the fraternity has also extended in the diocese of Toulon - a parish is also entrusted to them in Ollioules.” Ollioules is located six kilometers from La Seyne-on-Mer, where XDDL spent its penultimate known night, and 94 kilometers from Roquebrune. Jean-Pierre Gac was questioned by the police but claimed to have never been in contact with the fugitive. Investigators have always believed in the possibility that Ligonnès took refuge in a monastery in the Var. They considered to search them one by one, before understanding that there are dozens and dozens of brotherhoods and fraternities, that they are not always castles of the Purple Rivers but sometimes simple farms, lost in the hinterland. To mount a search, it would be necessary to ensure that they do not communicate with each other, and therefore to visit them all at the same time. The examining magistrate quickly tempered the fervor of the police and declared the operation impossible.
Track number 2. Xavier Ligonnès had two secret Facebook accounts. The first is named after his favorite country singer, Waylon Jennings. One of his nieces had also found him a month before the crimes, sending him a message, “but who is behind this nickname?,” to which XDDL had immediately replied “How did you manage to arrive on the Waylon Jennings Facebook profile? Too clever! Microsoft Advantage??? Kiss.” The second account concerns a certain “George Town” residing in Nantes and is linked to one of Ligonnès’ many email addresses, [email protected]. The police send a requisition to the management of Facebook in Palo Alto to obtain the creation and connection logs of the two profiles. The answer comes in days: the first was created in February 2010, the second in December 2007, when France had barely discovered the social network. Above all, the response indicates that Ligonnès connected to the two accounts on the night of April 4 to 5, between the first assassinations and that of Thomas. The profiles have since been deleted but suggest he could have used them to communicate with a third party. Catherine K., the youthful lover that XDDL contacted a few days before the tragedy, also reported to the police that she had been approached by a certain Philippe Steiner, whom she did not know, around May 20. He sent her a strange message, suggesting that they might have had a relationship in the past. When she went to respond, the profile had already been deleted. Today there are almost 100 Facebook accounts on behalf of Waylon Jennings, some are created and deleted every day.
Track number 3. When the Ligonnès family is having their last meal on April 3, 2011, around 9 pm, a young woman walks through the glass doors of the police station on Place Waldeck-Rousseau in Nantes. Originally from a small village near Vannes, Julie is a BTS student and comes to file a complaint: the Twingo that her father lets her drive has been broken into, probably during the night. There was not much inside, but Julie reported the theft of her car radio as well as the vehicle’s logbook, which she normally stored in a small Renault gray faux leather pouch. This same pouch was found on April 22 in the dresser of the Ligonnès living room where Xavier used to store his papers, during the investigation the day after the discovery of the bodies. The police did not follow this track: they put the break-in of Julie’s car on the account of one of the Ligonnès sons, Arthur, who had already been arrested for theft of a bicycle and driving under the influence of cannabis. But why would Arthur have taken the vehicle papers with the car stereo, and why would he put them in the middle of his father’s papers? And if the theft was committed by Xavier Ligonnès a few hours before killing his family, how can this be explained? Was he able to steal other identity papers to facilitate his escape?
In this case, it is always about cars. Those imported by XDDL from the United States, the Citroën C5 from the escape, the vehicles he claimed had been stolen over the years: the first at the Brest police station in 1998, while living in Pornic, a second at the same time at the Saint-Nazaire police station, and then again, in Nantes, on May 17, 2006, a Golf convertible finally found then sold a few months later to a mechanic, a friend of Cédric M.
Cédric M. is never far away when it comes to cars. He is also a mechanic, that’s how Ligonnès met him in Vannes a few years earlier. He is one of the recipients of the departure letter, therefore a close friend. He was even the first employee of the RDC. Ligonnès regularly went to visit him in Locmalo in the heart of Morbihan, a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Nantes. With Cédric and his partner, Renaud, they went to the local creperie. They had lunch there together on March 31, 2011, four days before the crimes. In the village, it is said that Ligonnès took care of the dark accounts of the “guys,” who have quite a reputation. Could he have built up a slush fund there that no one would have found until now? Cédric and Renaud’s garage is not indicated by any sign. It is at the end of a road. In the yard, wrecks of American cars and a goat on a leash. Inside, Renaud is working on a shiny yellow Cadillac. His attitude is confusing. He is angry with the police who have never come to question him when he is, according to him, “the last to have seen [Xavier] alive. But I will not tell you when, because that the date is important,” he adds before returning to his Cadillac, wrench in hand.
To date, Renaud has still not been heard by investigators.
At the same time, reports continue to flow.
Ligonnès seen in Mulhouse, on the four lanes between Saint-Brieuc and Rennes in a Peugeot 308 and overtaking on the right, Ligonnès seen again in Tunis and Toulouse.
Ligonnès seen, but never caught.

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Continuing…
That being handled, I leave a wakeup call for 0430 as I want a shower and a couple shower-sunrisers before we leave. It takes me about 10 minutes to pack. I call home to let Es know what’s going on. She’s not in, so I leave a message. Same for my friends Rack and Ruin of the Agency. They’re thrilled so far with my reports.
The security forces here are absolutely going to freak if they reverse-review my phone records once we leave.
Covert? Schmovert. I’m too old for playing such games.
The next morning, after a sudsy shower and a couple of vodka-infused shower-beers; I’m in the lobby with all my kit, checked-out, and waiting on the tour leader. My passport was stamp-stamp-stampity-stamped here at the hotel, which I thought was weird, but after spending time in this here country, not all that unusual.
At 0545 on the dime, the tour bus pulls into the lot. Without a word, bellhops grab near all my kit and escort it out to the waiting bus.
After tipping each extravagantly, I fire up a huge cigar, and wander around outside, loitering by the bus. I see members of my team at the front desk, checking out. Everything’s been paid for already, they just have to sign documents that they’re not secreting hotel towels or televisions or errant nationals in their luggage.
It’s a weird country.
I see them loading box breakfasts for us as well as box lunches on the bus.
Hell, they’re actually doing ‘field trip’ correctly.
If the bus us fueled up, we can go for days at this rate. There are several coolers bearing the hotel’s brand and I sidle over to see what they’re carrying.
Case after case of iced-down beer and a couple of cases of various high-octane potables; and over there? A couple of boxes of mixers…ah, soda…pop…carbonated citrusy goodness.
“OK”, I sigh, “All is as it should be. Now the field excursion may begin.”
My teammates filter outside as does their luggage. I suggest they get out and keep what is necessary for preliminary outcrop excursions; such as a backpack or knapsack, hammer, acid bottles, field notebooks, Brunton compass, lighters, cameras, personal tobacco products, and the like in the bus. That way, we don’t have to go tearing through all the luggage at every stop.
I pull out a bundle of 100 Hubco™ large geological dual-sample bags. That’s right: ‘dual’ sample…
I distribute these to everyone on the team. I ask that they devise their own numbering system and make absolutely certain I have a copy of it when we’re done. I’ll be correlating and curating all the samples when we get back to the world.
I ask that a cooler of drinks are left on board the bus, rather than in the hold. It’s humid, sticky, and muggy today. We must expend valiant effort in remaining hydrated and this will help.
Luckily, the bus has on-board lavatory facilities.
We are seated on the bus, my 10 collective team members, myself, our 4 ‘guides’, ‘Yuk’, ‘No’, ‘Man’, and ‘Kong’; our driver, relief driver, one incredibly shy national geologist, Myung-Dae Soo, and four of the shiny suit clan.
The hotel wheels out a large cart laden with pastries and a huge coffee urn. A bit of a “Bon Voyage” from the casino and bar crowd, as they put this together for us when they heard we were leaving.
“Hey. That’s really nice of them.” Dax notes.
Dax handed over our raw “elevator waiting” funds as we didn’t have time to run it through the casino-machine before we left. We donated over 75,000 won to our friends at the bar, casino, and massage parlor. The ones delivering our going away present assured us it would be divided equitably.
“It best be”, I laughed, “You never know when one of us might be back!”
There was a collective horrified look on their faces for the merest moments. Then they all laughed and said that they hoped we would return someday soon.
“Nice folks”, I thought, “Stupid as shit country, but nice folks.”
We had all separately left tips for the room maids, bellmen, and matrons back before we checked-out.
There was a flurry of handshaking and goodbyes. Not a bad hotel experience here in the so-called land of Best Korea.
Serious dark coffee was passed out amongst the riders, but Ivan, myself, and Dax were already giving one of my emergency flasks a workout.
Ivan smiled and said: “We drink our coffee the Russian way. That is to say we had vodka before it and vodka afterward. HA!”
Ivan and I are cut from the same bolt.
Faux-doughnuts, pseudo-bear claws and fake-long johns all distributed; the bus is fired up, and rumbling. We are exhorted to watch our drinks as we pull away from the hotel and into the wilds of Northern Korea.
I’m humming away:

On the road again -Just can't wait to get on the road again,
The life I love is bashing rocks in the field with my friends.
And I can't wait to get on the road again
On the road again.
Goin' places that we've never been,
Seein' things that we may never see again…
--
“Rock?”, Dax inquires.
“Yes?” I reply.
“Do please shut up.”
“Music hater”, I muse and comply.
We’re rolling down the highway, as it were, headed generally north. We all have cameras of one kind or another; and rather than relieve us of them, they quietly and without much fuss, slowly darken the windows.
They claim it’s to keep the sun out and temperatures down, but just before things go all black, we’re seeing sights and scenes of the true North Korea. They’re trying to keep us from seeing that en route to the outcrops.
This new bus has some sort of electronic tint-control gizmo for the windows. However, if one has a pair of polarizing sunglasses, as all good field geologists do, you see right past that and can view the passing scenery unencumbered.
I return from a quick beer-recycling loo trip and am amused to see 10 Western scientists, sitting in a blacked-out bus, all wearing polarizing sunglasses.
It was just the surreal note this trip needed as we left the confines of the capital city.
We traveled north, and the empties pile began to grow. We had a few trash bags we had liberated from the hotel, but the shiny suits were very insistent that every empty can, bottle, and bag, yes they had beer in bags…had to be repatriated to a box in the far back of the bus.
Evidently, they either were paid a bounty on each container or were accountable for each vessel. They were soon to realize just the capacity for drink that a group of 11 seasoned very Senior Field Geologists, and one stowaway geologist-in-training can amass.
As we ply our way northward, we see the agricultural side of North Korea. The contrast between rural areas and the capital was striking. There were miles of rice paddies being harvested by people with sickles in their hands. And no cars on the highway. It was most destabilizing for this Westerner.
I think we saw a maximum of three tractors, as most of the work was done with ox power, there was very little evidence of rural electrification. Oh, hold on. We saw many more tractors, I should correct that: we saw three running and not rusted into oblivion tractors.
The farmers we see are using equipment that is quite literally medieval - single-share plows pulled by large, cranky bovines; sweeping sickles to bring in the harvest, and twin-engine, bilateral, botanical-fired ox-carts to transport it. It’s hard to believe that this third-world level of poverty exists in the same country that’s capable of building rockets, nuclear weapons, and tall, well-appointed hotels.
But when we stop at a motorway service station for fuel - a bizarre alien spaceship-like building squatting over the empty carriageways - we do encounter a jangmadang, or semi-official market. Here they are selling cans of knock-off Vietnamese Red Bull and Malaysian-made King Cobra™ Cola.
It reminds me of Russia right after the wall fell. Off the Trans-Siberian Railway in Krasnoyarsk, the Gateway to Eastern Siberia. You can buy Chinese hams, Chinese sodas, Chinese knock-off liquor, and those bloody delicious little bullets of Vitamin-C, Chinese mandarins.
Here, it’s similar. You can get most anything you desire, except it isn’t of Korean manufacture. That stuff is even too shitty to pawn off on tourists.
Instead, it’s knock-off Malaysian, Chinese, or Indonesian beer, wine, or soft drinks.
“Tiger-brand energy drink. Now with 40% more real tiger.” Here? I believe them.
Vodka from everywhere not known for its vodka distilling prowess. Rural hotel shops sell nastily stale crisps, gummy gummies, filling-ripping ‘chewy’ taffy or caramel, and biscuits with a severely limited choice. Rural hotels do not have full electricity so beer is warm and often tossed on the table, waiting for tourists to arrive - as is the food. We were warned to be prepared for cold rice, cold fish, cold potato – and plenty of kimchi and tofu.
Back on the road again, we’re passing small burgs that are not on any of our maps; even the ones we traded for back in the hotel that are specially marked: “For Internal Use ONLY!”.
They were amazingly the same. Clean. Bright. Uncluttered. And attended by cadres of prim, uniform-clad, though non-military people. They were all doing a day’s work keeping everything neat and clean.
There were no cars, trucks, forklifts…only rickshaws and ox-carts. However every one of these ‘towns’ were identical, and exactly, as Ivan pointed out, ‘X’ number of minutes apart.
“Watch! Is so!”, Ivan said. We passed one of these villages, and exactly 3 minutes later, an exact copy. Three minutes later? Another one. 3 more minutes? Xerox-city.
“What the fuck?” Dax asked.
“Potemkin village.” Comrade Dr. Academician Ivan replied.
A Potemkin village is any construction, literal or figurative, whose sole purpose is to provide an external façade to a country which is faring poorly. It is for making people believe that the country is faring better, although statistics and data would suggest otherwise.
“Russia pioneered the process,” Ivan noted with no small amount of pride. “During Cold War with West, entire cities were built, moved, raised, and razed. Ever hear of Krasnoyarsk-25? Atomic Research City? Supposed place of weapons study and manufacture. Huge ‘accident’. Entire city demolished, total populace relocated supposedly, after massive nuclear calamity.”
“Is that true? Cliff asks.
“No. Not at all.” Ivan smiles, “Deliberate misinformation. At least for K-25. It was diversion for actual towns where accidents; nuclear, biological, or worse, had happened. West so concerned about K-25 because it was big, near big capital city of Krasnoyarsk and suitably located out in the taiga. Easy to spot, easy to watch. Kept Western satellites busy while real towns of I-33, U-10, and AR-13 out in the forest were quietly demolished and people relocated or mass buried after some horrible, horrible accidents...”
“You think it’s the same here?” I asked Ivan.
“No, Dr. Rock”, Ivan smiled, and helped himself to my freshly constructed, but untouched, Yorshch, “This is all fake and bluster. Make West think everything is all A-OK, is that right idiom?”
“Yep.” I reply, “Precisely.”
“Make West believe all is OK and green”, as he winks at me, “And bustling and growing. Cover up what is real case here. We all see it and we see right through. Shoddy even for Asians.”
We all had to snicker and smirk as the shiny suit squad, who sat up at the front of the bus, and were not supposed to be listening; reacted like every cell in their bodies were just hit with a drop of pure lemon juice.
“Comrade Dr. Academician. Decorum, please.” I snickered.
“Oh, fuck them!”, Ivan replied, “I am old Russian. They try and pull burlap over my eyes? St. Petersburg? Moscow? Krasnoyarsk.? I’ve been there, seen them. They think this display of tawdriness…Even goofy American and Canadian can see the fakes they are. Britisher? I’m not so sure…”
“Damn, Doctor., I said to Ivan, “You’re just making friends all over the planet today.”
We all knew it was in jest; but the shiny suit squad certainly had their feathers ruffled and either didn’t care or wanted us to know we were under their observation.
“Fuck them twice”, Ivan said, “Ask them for bottle opener. I’m too lazy to search for my field jackknife.”
I hand him my pocket Leatherman and he pries the top of another bottle of ‘Budveiser’ beer.
“They can’t even make fake the name correctly”, he smirks and drains the bottle.
‘Town’ after ‘town’ and even that parade gets uninteresting. We’re headed north and finally come to a crossroads.
The bus driver, who must be a regular paranoid-maniac because he actually stopped to look for oncoming traffic, which we have seen precisely none since leaving the capital city, made a hard right. We’re heading back and up into the hills, leaving the bright lights of the big city far behind.
After an hour or so of driving, we pull off to the left-hand side of the road.
“Rock, Ivan, Cliff…holy shit, look at this!” Dax was uncharacteristically excited.
It was an open field that leads to a series of low outcrops of polychromatic, obviously sedimentary rocks. Magentas, greens, purples, rust-reds, browns, blacks, olive greens…holy shit. A real sedimentary pile.
We filed out of the bus with our field gear. The shiny suit squad started in with a bullhorn.
“You will wait for tour guides!”
“You will listen to group leaders!”
“You will not stray from the designated paths set up…”
No one heard them as the group of 11 remaining Western geoscientists were already across the highway and hieing for the exposures like outcrop-seeking multiple-warhead re-entry vehicles.
“You must wait!” we heard from exasperated voices back at the bus. “You must stop!”
“You must piss off!” Cliff said, “This is what we’ve been waiting over two weeks to see!”
“They are very angry with us”, Myung-dae the young Korean geologist said. “I find that just too bad.”
“And you are?” I asked.
Myung-dae Soo, the young Korean geologist, introduced himself.
“Well”, I said, “Welcome aboard. I’m Dr. Rock.”
“They are very, very angry”, he repeats.
“So? Are you tagging along to give them internal reports?” I asked.
“No, Doctor”, he replied, “I too am a geologist. I want to get away from those assholes and see some real rocks.”
“Who are you with?” I ask, “What group?”
“I am 5th-year student at Pyongyang College. I am not officially here. We were told in class that you were coming. I decided to see if I could join you. This morning, I was standing by bus and they thought I was hotel worker or orderly. I was given cooler full of beer and told to find place for it on the bus. I did and after that, just stayed in the back. I am stowaway. I am ashamed, but I had to see for myself. But, I like Western field trips so far!”
“No shit? Well, then”, I said, “Double welcome aboard. None of this ‘I am ashamed’ shit. You’re a geologist, but you haven’t even worked through your first field-evening get-together with us. But this is no pleasure cruise. It’s real work, real geology, real serious science shit. You savvy?”
“Yes, sir, Doctor Rocknocker from Sultanate in the Middle East.” Myung-dae smiled.
“And you fucking stay close to me”, I smirked.
I fired a couple of BLAAATS! from my portable air horn.
“Field Meeting! Field Meeting! Assholes & Elbows!” I called aloud.
Everyone gathered within earshot.
“OK, guys, here’s the deal. We do not know how long we’ve got here. So, let’s split up into teams. Geophysicists, go do your structural thing. Stratigraphers? Field relations. Geologists? Let’s go talk to some ronery-rooking-rocks. No offense, Mr. Myung.”
Myung-dae was laughing up a storm. He got that reference. He later told us all around the campfire he thought ‘Team America’ was a “fucking hilarious movie.”
Oh, we are going to be a real bad influence on this poor kid.
The groups spontaneously broke up into 4 or 5 sub-groups. They headed for areas they thought were important and they were photographing, measuring, pounding on rocks, and arguing within minutes.
“No, you idiot! It’s continental. Look at those adhesion ripples.”
“The fuck you know. It’s only a little low-level eggbeater tectonics. Where the fuck would you get continental collision-size energy around here?”
“Oh, the fuck you say. It’s non-marine. Those are mud cracks. Look at the sandy aeolian infill, fer chrissake.”
Formal? Proper? Detached Doctors of Geology?
Not when you’re in the field. It all goes out the window when different opinions collide like subducting plates.
“The music of my people!” I said to Morse.
“I thought that was the ‘Safety Dance’?” he chided.
“We’re a big family. We can have more than one.” I snickered.
We’re wandering around the site, with individual purpose.
We are looking for or looking at items of interest.
We’re hacking at the outcrops.
We’re all looking at…things.
It’s hard to describe. Get a load of geologists or geology students out of the office, lab, or classroom; stick them out on a bare expanse of heavily weathered rock and it’s simply…numinous.
We’re rebuilding worlds here.
This rock says this.
This rock says that.
And you’re not fluent in that dialect. Here, let me interpret for you…
We’re at each other’s throats, in the academic-metaphorical sense. Tempers have been known to run hot. There has been the occasional bloody nose or rocks sailing down an outcrop without the obligate “HEADACHE!” call. Hammers and Marsh Picks have ended up swimming without the owner’s knowledge.
But once we’re back; settled in the hotel room, tavern, or around the campfire, we’re all a Band of Brothers again. It’s an odd thing to watch; as if you’re not of the clan, you’d need an interpreter. It defies all boundaries: political, sexual, educational, geographical, linguistic, social, et cetera.
We’re all geologists first. We share the common scientific bond of Geology.
That’s why Geology is the First Science.
Plus we tend to drink a serious fucking whole bloody awful lot.
We’ve all been on that ‘crawlin’ home puker’.
We’ve also been to the ends of the earth: the deepest depths, the highest heights, we deal with the greatest pressures, the hottest temperatures; we’ve been to the mountain, we’ve seen the elephant, and we’ve held a bear’s nose to dogshit.
We wear the scars attained in our travels like badges of honor.
We’re God-Damned Scientists.
Back off, man. Geologist comin’ through.
Anyways, I’m looking at the bedding-plane boundaries between the purple unit and the underlying olive-green unit. The upper unit it looks, to me, continental in origin. Fluvial, perhaps. The lower unit is much finer-grained. Marine mudstone, perhaps? But what age?
The cadged Korean Geological maps are worse than useless. They never would go down to the outcrop scale. Consulting them, they don’t even note these exposures in a field sense.
Myung-dae, who is working about 35 meters down-section from me calls out, “Doctors! Sirs! Look here! I’ve found something!”
We all wander over as he is hacking away at the dusty, eroded rock. He stands and dusts off his find.
It’s a very large, nearly 1-meter diameter, coiled fossil cephalopod.
I wander over for a closer look. Dax, Cliff, Morse, and Ivan do as well.
“Blimey! Will you look at that? Outstanding, Mr. Myung!” Cliff says.
“Well, that confirms it. This layer, at least, is marine. Look at that suture pattern”, I say, dusting off an unweathered bit.
“Look at the radius of coiling.”, Cliff joins in.
We’re slowly wresting information out of this silent witness.
“Ornamentation?”, Dr. Ivan asks. “Knobs, bosses, and excrutions?” Oh, yes.”
In unison, we declare: “Hyphoplites!”
Morse adds, “And therefore…these rocks are middle Cretaceous. Marine. Not bad…”
“Need to get some samples for geochemical analysis. Dig deep, gentlemen, we need unweathered samples for TOC (Total Organic Carbon) content.”, Dr. Erlen Meyer notes.
With that, we have a relative age of the rock, a good idea of its depositional environment, and therefore extent, ideas of field relationships, and an indication of some of its fauna.
Could it be source rock worthy?
Samples? Best get diggin’, Beaumont.
That unit is right smack in the middle of this pile of rocks. Dax and I will work up-section and Ivan and Cliff will work down-section. We’re going to see what lies above, what lies below, what trends we can discern, and develop an idea of what happened here some 100 million years ago.
This is what happens when you get geologists out in the field with the proper amounts of field gear, outcrops, and alcohol.
Overall, the deeper down-section, and therefore, earlier in geological time you go, the more marine the rocks are. Conversely, the higher you go in the column, i.e., up-section, into younger rocks, the more continental it appears.
We find fragments of marine fish fossils, sea-crocodile scutes and teeth, heaps of mosasaur coprolites, i.e., fossil shit piles, and other indications that the lower, older rocks are Lower Cretaceous ocean basin-fill.
But up higher; we find mud cracks, rain prints, land turtle shells, land-snails (Bellerophontid gastropods), and what may actually be a fossil feather. All indications of a more continental, i.e., fluvial (river), floodplain, lacustrine (lake), and paludal (swamp) deposition.
That’s my particular bailiwick.
I’m ‘elephant walking’ along the upper outcrops looking for fossils. You basically bend over at the waist and sweep from left to right as you take exaggerated step after step, scanning the ground looking for…well…it takes years, but once you see it, you never forget it.
“Fossil sign”.
A disjunct endemism. Something not in situ. Something out of place. A bit of a different, out of context color. Out of context texture. Out of context size. Out of context context.
Something that looks like it shouldn’t ought to be there.
I’m picking up 1 cm. square hunks of what look like an ordinary rock. I taste them. Well, I stick them to my tongue. If it liquefies and runs away, it’s ordinary mudstone, shale, or the like.
If it sticks…well, it might just be fossil bone.
“PTWTWOO!”
“Damn right, Rock”, Cliff says from behind me, “Fucking North Korea tastes terrible.”
“Still, it’s the best way I know to…” I paused.
“Got something?” Cliff asked.
“Look here.” I said, “Anthill. Big, nasty buggers. Look around the edges. Pieces of flat, cream-colored rock on this gaudy purple stuff. Tongue test? They stick like cockleburs. Let’s look upslope, see if there’s a drainage…”
There it was, a nice little drainage incised about 1.5 meters deep into the nearly horizontal rocks we were walking on.
“Any float?” I asked.
“Not yet,” Cliff said.
We followed the weak, little drainage that was cut into the outcrop, up another couple of meters.
There were very scrappy, very small, very scattered pieces of that same cream-colored rock. Some were ornamented with a scroll-work or some sort of striations. Most un-geological. More biological. We followed the trail, up here, around here, over there.
Cliff noticed it first, a soccer-ball sized lump of completely out-of-place crème-colored ‘rock’ working its way out by gradual erosion of the variegated pastels of the continental rocks upon which we were treading.
I got there first and began to clear the area with my Estwing.
“Careful. Careful”, Cliff admonished.
“Yeah, yeah, yeah. Mind your Mincies. [Mince pies = eyes]”, as I’m swinging away at the reluctant, reticent, rocks.
The excavation grew, slowly. From the rounded dome, we could see small sutures that had developed…
Then condyles, fenestrae, then more ‘bone’. Then a jaw, teeth, vertebrae…
“HOLY DOUBLE-DAMN SHIT!” I tootled my air horn. We needed the group to see this.
It was a skull. A dinosaur skull. A small, non-avian dinosaur skull.
Everyone has crowded around and looked at the small quarry we had just built.
“Whatcha got, Rock? Cliff?” Joon asked.
“Fuck me, but I think we’ve got us a dinosaur skull,” I said.
Professor Doctor Academician Ivan walked over and cleared the area.
As Professor Emeritus, he had pole position priority.
“I agree.” is all he said.
I cleared the area and let others take a whack at opening up the quarry.
We may have been low on power tools, but we had a surfeit of opinions.
“OK,” I said, “Let’s look at the facts…”
  1. Age? Cretaceous. Probably lower to lower-middle Cretaceous.
  2. Continental deposits. That’s very fine sand we’re hacking away. Fluvial, without a doubt. Or, possibly aeolian; there’s no such thing as a geological certainty. Dunes? Ephemeral creeks? Low floodplain? Geo-talk… .
  3. Small size. Potentially a juvenile?
  4. Nope. Not a juvie. Sutures are closed, fused. This is, well was, an adult; perhaps a subadult, given its size.
  5. In situ? In place? Or washed in?
Hard to tell when all you’ve exposed is half the critter’s brain box.
“Look at that!” Myung-dae exclaimed, “Squamosal bones and the inner parietals…temporal fenestrae. It had a frill; a small one.”
“OK,”, I said, looking closely at the exposed scrappy remains, “Fucking-A Bubba. Nailed it.” I said, giving him the thumbs up.
“Ceratopsian. Look at those greens-grinder molars. There’s some small osteoderms on the skull; knobby old bastard. Early critter.” I continued.
Others looked around and confirmed my observations.
“Reminds me of Protoceratops from when I was back in Mongolia,” I said.
Dax chimed in with, “Looks something like Psittacosaurus from back in the Cretaceous Belly River of Canada.”
Drs. Ivan and Morse agree. “Most assuredly. It is definitely proto-ceratopsian. Young adult, as Dr. Rock notes by the cranial sutures. Do they have a record of proto-ceratopsians here?”
Myung-dae replies, “I have read reports of Korean proto-ceratopsian found in South Korea. Not long ago, 2019, it is called…ah… Auroraceratops. It is a genus of bipedal basal neo-ceratopsian dinosaur.”
“Bipedal?” I query. “Well, there’s a fine how do you do. All the proto-ceratopsians I’ve known were obligate quadrupeds.”
“Well”, Ivan, Dax, Cliff, and Morse agree, “That should give the shiny suit squad something to report. That’ll keep them the hell out of our hair for a while.”
We photograph each step as we excavate the critter. It’s more or less in situ, buried where it fell. Probably killed by a sand slip off a dune, or a river sandbar slip and burial. It’s not complete, but we do have the skull and a good portion of the post-cranial elements to about just before the pelvis. A good pectoral girdle, skull, jaw, frill, forelimbs, forefeet…easily half-a cute little herbivorous dinosaur. About the size of a smallish Highland Coo or large Great Dane.
We flag it with the team particulars, it’s GPS position, and carefully rebury the animal. We don’t have any of the equipment nor time to excavate it properly, but we can conserve it. Of course, we’ll be informing the proper authorities of our discovery.
I have an absolutely ancient Polaroid instant camera. Before re-internment, I take several pictures of our “Koreasaurus”, as we’ve dubbed the animal, with items for scale; like a hammer, cigar, and oddly enough, a photographic scale. Then I get a photo of the whole crew standing around, drinking warm beers from their individual day packs, smiling about the find ‘they‘ made.
We hear the melodious tootle of the bus’s horns. We make sure to pack out all our trash and wander back to our terrestrial transport.
“You were gone too long!” the chief shiny suited character goes all ballistic on me.
“Watch yourself, Herr Mac.”, I calmly said, “You’re going to burn your nose on my cigar.”
“You left without your handlers…err…guides!” he fumed.
“Hey, Scooter. Cool out. We’re geologists. We never get lost.” I said.
It sometimes just takes us longer to get back than it took us to leave…
“Your impertinence will be reported.” He smoldered.
“Report this, Mother Chuckler”, I observed and held out the pictures of our newly discovered Koreasaurus.
“Show those photos to your handlers,” I said in a mocking tone. “We found a brand new species of God-damned dinosaur for you geezers. It took us less than two hours. You can spin it that it’s a new, never-before-seen species of very specialized dinosaur found right here in beautiful Korea del Norte. Be quite the scientific coup, don’t you think? Trust us. We won’t say anything.”
He immediately shut up and went into conference with the rest of the shiny suit squad.
“Doctor”, one of the clan covert asked, “This is a new dinosaur?”
I had a thunderbolt of an idea.
“Oh! Yes, it is. I’d stake my reputation on it. You’ve had no concerted search here for the beasts and well, with the normalizing of relations between your country and the world, it allowed your specialists to perform real science. In fact, on the bus is the young North Korean geoscientist who made the discovery.” I said. “Give me a minute. I’ll go and get him. I think he was off taking a shi…ah, using the lavatory. Just give me a minute.”
I did have an idea. A wonderful idea. A wonderfully evil idea.
Back on the bus, I ordered the doors closed.
“Gentlemen! Ears and eyes! Please.” I said loudly.
Continuing…
“The shiny suits have their knickers all a-twist because we don’t want to listen to them; the assholes. Fuck that. I’ve got an idea. Let’s make our young acolyte here, Mr. Myung-dae Soo, a national hero. He would probably get his ass in a crack for sneaking on board the Western bus today the way he did. Well, double fuck that. Let’s all say he found the dinosaur. Let him take the glory for the homeland. No one else will ever need to know.” I said smiling.
“Fuck Yeah! You bet! Замечательное! Ihmeellisiä! Maravilhoso! Geweldig!”
Good to know we’re all on the same page. Geologists. You can always count on them…
“Mr. Myung-dae Soo? Front and center. Time to go and become ‘Hero of Best Korea’.” I smiled.
He was absolutely terrified.
“Doctor…I …don't…wait…no…” he stammered.
Cliff, Dax, Ivan, and I trotted him out to confront the shiny suit squad.
“Don’t worry, Myung. We’ve got your back. Trust us.” I said in a low conspiratorial tone.
The shiny suit squad turned as one and gave Mr. Myung the Stink Eye treatment.
“Here you go. The man of the hour. Mr. Myung-Dae Soo, young geologist and up and coming paleontologist.” I say loudly and with the utmost honor.
They look at him and the Korean erupts in rapid-fire staccato bursts.
Cliff just wanders in and interjects, “Yes. Righto. Top form. Found the float. Tracked down that dino like he was on safari. Highest marks. Good man!”
Dax adds more fuel to the fire. “Like he knew where to go, knew where to look. He’s a natural.”
Dr. Academician Ivan blustered forth: “Excellent scholar. Excellent field man. Banner geologist.”
I couldn’t have added more. The shiny suit squad was gobsmacked.
I asked Myung-dae what they were saying.
“They were talking about reprisals. Reporting to authorities. Then, they stopped. You have them completely confounded.” He said.
“How so?” I asked, quietly.
“Between an international incident where we don’t listen to our handlers and this potential important scientific discovery.” Mr. Myung-dae reported, trying hard to parse the evolving situation.
“Yes”, I added to Ivan’s bluster.
To the shiny suits: “I’ve worked as visiting Dinosaurian Vertebrate Paleontology Curator at all the major American museums. This is a find quite unlike anything known. It is a watershed discovery. It will help unravel the evolution and distribution of the clan Dinosauria for the whole Korean Peninsula. Perhaps, even with international impact on the recent finds in China.”
I laid it on with a trowel.
I hit all the buzzwords.
“Yes. Yes, perhaps.”, the head shiny-suiter said. “I will report this bit of very good news to the proper authorities. Myung-dae, with us. We require more information.”
“Ah, we’d prefer him to ride in back with us if you don’t mind. Scientific courtesy, old man. He needs to be classically de-interviewed after such a find.” I insisted, making certain I stand as tall, wide, and menacing as possible while smiling like a damned Cheshire cat, one smoking a very large cigar.
“Very well. We are not far from our evening stop. We can talk later.” He agreed.
We all moseyed, laughing silently, back to the bus; literally supporting our young hero Mr. Myung-dae as he seemed to have gone all wobbly of late.
Myung-dae was ashen-white. He looked like he had just given birth to a basketball. He was visibly shaking.
We get on the bus and I whip up a stout Yorshch for the young hero of the hour.
“Here! This is for you. If you’re going to be a world-class geologist, you’d damn sure better start acting like one.” I smile broadly.
There were hoots, cheers, and cat-calls.
Beers were popped, bottles uncorked; cigars, cigarettes, and pipes lit.
“Damn Skippy!” some anonymous reveler added.
Myung-dae slurped a good half the drink. I offered him a cigar. He stopped shaking enough to accept the novel offer.
Remember “crawlin’ home puker”? He’s taken his first step into a larger world.
OK, just to recap. Here are the dramatis personae left on the bus…
Bus driver (Kim) and his relief (Won).
My team and I. That’s 11 Western geoscientists: Morse, Cliff, Volna, Ack, Viv, Graco, Erlen, Dr. Academician Ivan, Joon, Dax, and myself.
Then there are our guides: Yuk, No, Man, and Kong.
Our stowaway hero geologist-in-training: Myung-dae Soo, aka, “Mung”.
And the four members of the shiny suit clan: Pak, Mak, Tak, and Jak. At least, that’s the names we used when we addressed them.
The bus was rumbling down the deserted highway. We were headed more or less due east, passing the occasional Potemkin Village. They knew we cracked their code long ago, so they didn’t bother with darkening the windows any longer.
We are passing a series of highway road cut outcrops. We’re only going approximately 35 or 40 miles per hour. Suddenly, Morse jumps out of his seat and runs up to the driver.
“STOP! STOP! Back up! We almost missed it!” he barks in heavily Russian inflected English.
The driver, shaken to the core, just slams on the brakes. The bus grinds to a stop. Good thing there’s no traffic out here.
Or anywhere else, for that matter.
Jak of the suit clan jumps up and asks “What is the problem?”
“How could you miss that?” Morse shouts. “Huge fault. Mineralization. I saw that from a glimpse. We must return to investigate.”
“Is not possible. We have appointment at the hotel.” Jak replies.
“Fuck that!”, Morse shouts. I guess he’s just really into faults…
I wander up and try to defuse the situation.
“OK, guys, cool out. Let’s be reasonable. Do it our way. Go back to that road cut. We spend a half-hour there then we go on to the hotel. The hotel will still be there when we arrive, won’t it? Even if we’re a bit late?” I ask.
Jak looks to Pak, who converses with Mak and Tak. They know they’re outgunned.
The driver shifts the bus into reverse and we back down the luckily deserted highway over a mile to the outcrop in question.
We had to admit, it was a mother beautiful normal fault. In perfect, textbook cross-section.
Morse and Joon were on it like white on rice; given the mineralization along the fault plane. All sorts of implications for the thermal and geological history of the area. But with just one exposure like this, more or less just a real interesting geo-oddity.
We spent precisely 30 minutes at the exposure, and when our handlers requested we re-board and head to the motel, we complied like nice, normal sort of folks.
I believe the appropriate maxim here is: “Lull them into a false sense of security…”
Once more down the road we travel. Beers popped, bottles uncorked; you know, the usual.
Forty-five minutes later, we pull into, I kid you not, a replica US of A 1950s Motor-Inn.
“Mr. Myung”, I ask, “What the hell is this?”
To be continued…
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Summary of the Persona 5 Royal info from the trailer and website (includes P5 Spoilers!)

Finally, some info!
I'll divide this into details from the trailer and details from the site (there's a lot of the latter), with a few bits of speculation thrown in (I'll make it clear which details are confirmed and which are just mine though):
The trailer (in roughly the order of appearance):
Those shoulders look too broad to be Kasumi's (and doesn't seem to have long hair or a ponytail), but they have hair so can't be Shido. But those are definitely seams on the edges of the shoulders...it's Takuto, isn't it?
Maybe Kasumi talks first and Takuto hijacks the message and/ or kidnaps or attacks her while she's delivering it? Maybe they're the same person under different personas personalities? Atlus has done weirder stuff!
Edit 8: I wrote another post analysing the English fan-translation of the trailer, including some further speculation about Gnostic influences. Please check it out too if you have the time!
The website:
There's a ton of stuff here, as I said before!
From the opening "reel" of screenshots:
Section 1: Kasumi Yoshizawa and Takuto Maruki:
Section 2:
And now Lady Ann and I will finally... happy cat noises
In any case, this confirms a "Golden" ending where Joker doesn't need to turn himself in to ensure Shido gets punished. Maybe this involves the "vision" at the start of the trailer and getting Goro to confess on his behalf instead? Or maybe the Yaldabaoth situation is handled differently in such a way that gives Sae the evidence she needs to convict him (assuming the bonus dungeon is in fact the Velvet Room)?
Edit 1: But this also begs the question: what will we do in those three months? Will the Metaverse survive the final boss this time around, or will the last three months be purely for social stats and Confidants? Will at least Mementos survive, so we can complete Confidants, or will they be re-written (by default or after the end of the game) so that Mementos won't be necessary for them?
Section 3:
This details the additions to the overworld and Metaverse.
School Life
Phantom Life
Spec-Up
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Edit 1: Thanks to the screenshot in this thread (thank you, u/ZuskatoIsR3D) we can see Kasumi's stats in relation to everyone else's. Her numbers are lower than the other three, though this could just mean she recently joined the group and needs to catch up, but her SP is less than half her HP. This could mean either:
The next batch on information will come on May 9th. However, there's also a talk show tomorrow with Joker's VA that was supposed to give P5R info, which makes me think tomorrow will just have a recap of today's stuff (along with info of an upgrade deal for existing owners, I hope).
Persona 5 Royal releases on Halloween in Japan and 2020 in the West (the English trailer also confirms the Western name drops the "The" in the Japanese title as many suspected, following P4G's example). 'til then, enjoy! I hope you found this useful!
Edit 4: Theories (marked with "(*X)" above):
  1. It's possible that the meeting between Kasumi, Ren and Akechi is where we hear the dialogue from last month's trailer ("What do you think of the Phantom Thieves?") After all, them meeting at all means she isn't restricted to only meeting him at the TV station, and this gives her more time to form an opinion on how they work - at least until finding her way into the metaverse and seeing what they do and why.
  2. u/TheReaperCreeper had a much better suggestion than me: what if Akechi is the one who turns himself in for Ren's sake? As another user of the Metaverse he can also answer questions about it to get Shido sentenced, while also paying for his own crimes. Better still, he could claim to be the leader of the Thieves to keep the law off everyone else's backs, thus getting to redeem himself while also being punished for the things he did. Thanks, Reaper!
  3. I was going to say Kasumi may only be important because she was in the right place at the right time, but this certainly hints at a more supernatural cause if true.
  4. u/hypercombofinish suggested Kasumi's Persona could be Dorothée, and since her outfit shares so many similarities to Joker's I think this is highly likely. For those who don't know, Dorothée is the lead character of the novel The Secret Tomb, the only Arsène Lupin book in which Arsène himself doesn't appear. Instead the plot is about Dorothée solving one of his "four fabulous secrets". This could be highly fitting for someone initially disagrees with the Thieves before becoming one herself and would also tie her into Joker's "mythology" the same way Marie and her backstory tied into Izanagi's (and thus Yu) - assuming Kasumi is the Aeon Arcana and not a Fool or Jester or something completely different, of course.
  5. The trailer as a whole has a small narrative running about Kasumi trying to dissuade the Thieves from their work, while Morgana tells her they won't be swayed by the danger or not getting results. This provides some early insight into her character, but maybe she eventually goes off the deep end and tries to control everything as a way of keeping everyone safe? Morgana telling her that "granting everyone's dreams is bad" and her saying she "took everyone's dreams" is also quite interesting. Maybe Wakaba and human!Morgana are just illusions? I plan on making a full post about the translated trailer tomorrow, but this is just something to sleep on until then.
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(Just search for "Edit X" to see what each change entailed. Check the time stamp to see if I added anything you missed or want to correct!)
Edit 1: Just added a few tweaks based on stuff I've seen elsewhere on the sub and stuff I forgot to add the first time.
P.S. ...am I the only one who thinks Kasumi looks better in her school uniform? Anyone? Maybe because I like clothed people and the pose shows her off better?
Edit 2: Amended the descriptions of Kasumi's weapons.
Edit 3: Added a detail I overlooked the first time and clarifications from Persona Central's article. (Edit made at 16:53 UTC.)
Edit 4: Added translations for the new boy and a theory section, 17:31 UTC.
Edit 5: Added more translations, a correction about Joker's grappling hook and a new theory! 21:47 UTC.
Edit 5.5: Added a quick note I forgot to under the "mysterious boy's" section. 21:54 UTC.
Edit 6: Another edit, another translation! 22:22 UTC.
Edit 7: Added information from the translated trailer and u/quitethewaysaway's observation. 22:50 UTC.
Edit 7.5: Edited theory 5, 22:53 UTC.
25th April
Edit 8: I wrote another post about the translated trailer and added some new speculation there including possible Gnostic influences! Also I added a possible explanation for the alarms ringing in the Velvet Room. 9:40 (am) UTC.
Edit 9: This has nothing to do with Persona 5 Royal, but I wrote a post for P5S too! It's nowhere near as detailed as this one (since we have nowhere near as much info), but I hope you find it worth reading nonetheless! 14:39 UTC.
Edit 10: Added a shower thought inspired by Kasumi's cosplayer. 16:19 UTC.
Edit 11: Added a detail about Futaba's AOA that I noticed on rewatching the trailer. 18:14 UTC.
Edit 12: Finally managed to snag a picture of the above, and also added a scene from the trailer I didn't think worth mentioning before but have since changed my mind on. 21:13 UTC.
27th April
Edit 13: Added a new observations from the trailer. 08:35 UTC (am).
Edit 14: Added more info about a screenshot. 13:05 UTC.
Edit 15: Added some info from Twitter. I wish I knew of MysticDistance's work sooner! 13:54 UTC.
Edit 16: Added some observations from the trailer. 20:15 UTC.
Edit 17: Added a screenshot of the mystery figure on the TV screen. 20:47 UTC.
28th April
Edit 18: Added more details from Twitter, some speculation and a feature about the cutscenes I keep forgetting to add! 10:09 UTC.
Edit 19: Added speculation about when Kasumi joins the Thieves as well as a theory on Okumura's Palace. 14:05 UTC.
Edit 20: Added some speculation and further observations. 16:52 UTC.
UPDATES: This post is now too long to add to, so further updates will be added in the comments (along with text from here to show where the new details fit in.
Edit 21: Can be found here. 22:17 UTC. (Edit 21.5: Added a link to the magazine article and boldened the links to the trailer and site. 22:25 UTC).
29th April
Edit 22: Can be found here and contains some further speculation! 19:13 UTC.
Edit 23: Can be found here and details Kasumi's animations and possible symbolism of her stats/ potential playstyle. 19:36 UTC.
Edit 24: More speculation! 20:03 UTC.
Edit 25! 21:32 UTC.
30th April
Edit 26! 20:12 UTC.
(Edit 26.5: Added the above date and italicised it and the 29th for better clarity. 21:13 UTC.)
Edit 27: Added something I've been forgetting to add ever since adding the speculation of Goro (and Kasumi) joining Joker as "inmates," followed by some shower thoughts! 21:48 UTC.
Edit 28! A big one if I say so myself, about Kasumi's theorised code name, "Swan". Now I really hope we were right! 22:06 UTC.
4th May
Edit 29, 30 and 31: I was able to cover a lot over the past few days, including an analysis of Kasumi's character and name so far and translations for everything on the trailer and website! 16:49 UTC.
Edit 32: A new thought and an old thought. 23:00 UTC.
5th May
Edit 33: A thought regarding the narrative impact of the similarities between Kasumi and Joker's outfits. 10:01 UTC.
Edit 34: Wrote an analysis of the main song, Colors Flying High, and added some suggestions for the origins and implications of Kasumi's powers! 15:14 UTC.
6th May
Edit 35: More theories based on suggestions from the comments! 14:16 UTC.
Edit 36: New theories from the comments and something I keep forgetting to mention. 14:43 UTC.
Edit 37+ listed here!
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If I could have written season 3, here's how I'd do it. Please read would love feedback :))

Riverdale Season 3 ~ My Way


Mystery: The third season's mystery revolves around The Farm, a cult run by new-age guru Edgar Evernever. Edgar is the son of the travelling preacher buried alive by vigilante's for The Riverdale Reaper (Louis Cooper's) crimes. Elias - his father - founded The Farm and Edgar continued to preach his father's gospel and made the organisation grow into what it is today. However, Edgar twisted it into something dark...an organ farm where he uses his power over his followers to trick them into undergoing surgery to remove their organs so that Edgar can sell them on the black market. He decided to move The Farm to Riverdale (it's home) because he's heard about the several murders and awful things to have occured in Riverdale and he wants to recruit as many of its citizens as possible to kill them all of in a mass suicide to save their souls from the wretched town they live in. Edgar is obsessed with recruiting Betty because it's important to him that he wipes out the Cooper bloodline for good.

Chapter Thirty-Six: Labor Day
NOTE - this episode would be exactly the same as canon minus the Dilton/Ben/G&G stuff

Chapter Thirty-Seven: Fortune And Men's Eyes
Veronica turns her back on her parents & moves in with Betty to help keep her sane after her stress-induced hallucination. Jug convinces Betty to pretend to embrace The Farm but at Betty's first meeting with them she discovers Alice has told them all their family secrets. Penny starts successfully poaching Serpents & convincing them to join the Ghoulies much to Jughead's chagrin. Archie brings the prisoners together through football as Veronica feuds with Cheryl after she steals Archie's presidency in his absense. Kevin worries that Moose is trying to pull away from him after he joins the RROTC.

Chapter Thirty-Eight: As Above, So Below
When Hiram & his goons try to sabotage La Bonne Nuit's opening night, Veronica enlists the help of Reggie, Josie, Kevin, Cheryl & Toni to ensure opening night goes off without a hitch. Betty & Jughead discover their parents are involved making their lives awkward but Betty makes the best of a bad situation & gets F.P to gather intel about The Farm from Alice. However, he ends their relationship after finding out Alice spilled the bean's about the Shady Man's death. Archie is forced to compete in an illegal underground fight club beneath the prison.

Chapter Thirty-Nine: (i don't have a name for this one)
Cheryl is horrified to discover that Hiram is paying Sister Woodhouse to drug her girls & allow them to be used for the pleasure of men in Penelope's brothel. She sets about stopping this by gathering evidence of the brothel & threatening her mother as Jughead & the Serpents tail the Ghoulies to sabotage their deliveries to the Sister's. Veronica aligns herself with Attorney McCoy & they manage to successfully shut down the Sister's for good. Whilst this all goes on, Archie becomes Warden Norton's star fighter at Leopold & Loeb which causes the other's to grow jealous. Betty discovers that the student chapter of The Farm has finally caught on and she questions it's newest recruits (Ethel, Dilton & Ben) to find out more about the mysterious cult.

Chapter Forty: The Great Escape
Betty finds solace in Jughead when she discovers The Farm is searching for a headquarters in Riverdale. They aqquire the Sister's Of Quiet Mercy convent that went up for auction when the Sister's were arrested & the facility shut down. Veronica finds out about the underground fight club & immediately resolves to break Archie out of prison. To help her pull off this hair-brained scheme, she enlists Betty, Josie, Kevin & Reggie. Jughead finds out some teen Ghoulies have transferred to Riverdale High and when he sees them dealing on school premises he tries to expose them to Principal Weatherbee before Riverdale High becomes just as bad as Southside High was.

Chapter Forty-One: Manhunter
Veronica must deal with the aftermath of breaking Archie out of prison as a manhunt ensues for him. Hiram instructs Penelope to cause chaos & spur people to action. Every deputy at the Riverdale Police Department search for Archie who travels to Shadow Lake Mines with Kevin to find the witnesses Hiram paid to lie under oath. Meanwhile, Betty & Veronica follow a different clue in their quest to exonerate Archie which leads them to discover Cassidy is alive. The Ghoulies believe the Serpents are responsible for the break-out & antaognise them to force Jughead's hand & make him reveal Archie's whereabouts.

Chapter Forty-Two: The Man In Black
Jughead & Archie - who've skipped town to escape The Man In Black - come across a farmhouse occupied by Laurie Lake & her little sister Gracie. However, their hospitality turns out to be a ruse...they're actually cannibals who want to eat the boys. In Riverdale, Betty consoles Veronica following her break-up with Archie & convinces her to distract herself with work leading Veronica to partner with Elio & host a Casino Night at La Bonne Nuit. The third and final tale of the trilogy takes place during Summer on the anniversary of Jason's death. Cheryl takes Toni for a picnic on Sweetwater River then invites friend's over for a sleepover where they hold a seance to contact Jason's spirit...and it works!

Chapter Forty-Three: The Silence Of The Lambs
Jughead & Archie visit Gladys & Jellybean in Toledo where they bond with her & explain the chaos ensuing in Riverdale. Betty is furious to find out Alice wired her college fund to The Farm, forcing her to visit Hal & make him sign an affidavit stating she forged his signature. Hal reveals he has valuable information about The Farm that he'll tell Betty in exchange for regular visits. La Bonne Nuit continues riding the high from casino night & an elated Veronica celebrates her success with Reggie but discovers from Pop that Hiram still owns the diner & the Bonne Nuit. Josie starts noticing Kevin sneaking out & assumes he's cruising again but finds out the truth is far more sinister...he's been meeting Farmies.

Chapter Forty-Four: Sojourn
Alone in Canada, Archie has become a gigalo but after tiring of the humilation he decides it's time for him to go home. Gladys & Jellybean come back to Riverdale with F.P & Jughead to get a second chance at being a family. She challenges Penny Peabody to a duel that Gladys wins & the Ghoulies agree to leave the Serpents alone. Eager to meet his girlfriend, Gladys asks Jughead to invite Betty over for dinner. Betty discovers Alice is being baptised into The Farm & speaks with an escapee who reveals her sister drowned during her baptism. Betty ends up missing the dinner because she was saving Alice - who resolves to sell the house and move to The Farm. Veronica enlists Reggie & Cheryl to help her bring down her father & upon discovering his prison is a front for a drug lab, they tip off the FBI who raid the prison & arrest Hiram.

Chapter Forty-Five: The Stranger
Archie returns to Riverdale a changed man suffering from PTSD due to the horror's he endured & his friends don't know how to act around this 'New Archie'. Jughead enlists Cheryl to throw a welcome home party for him at Thistlehouse whilst Betty sabotages Alice's attempts at selling the house & deals with Kevin betraying her when he joins The Farm. Veronica decides not to pick things back up romantically with Archie as she wants to explore her connection with Reggie. Additionally, The Lodge's face a financial downturn following Hiram's incarceration & Cheryl is furious when Vixens quit the squad to join The Farm.

Chapter Forty-Six: Children Of The Corn
Not wanting them raised as "Children of the Corn", Cheryl kidnaps the twins as she fears The Farm is dangerous but Polly later convinces her to check out the group for herself. To celebrate their move to Elm Street, Gladys throws a housewarming party that's derailed by the shocking news that Juniper & Dagwood have been kidnapped. Jug helps Betty, Alice & Polly search for the twins whilst Veronica & Reggie decide to turn La Bonne Nuit into a speakeasy that serves real alcohol as they're not making enough money. Jughead discovers that Jellybean's started playing with a group of mysterious children from The Farm. Archie spirals downwards dissapointing a concerned Fred whilst fighting off predatory Farmie, Evelyn, who sees he's in freefall and tries to exploit this.

Chapter Forty-Seven: Bizarrodale
When Cheryl becomes queen of the Farmies, a jealous Toni tries to sexually manipulate her into spending more time with her. However, Cheryl sees through this eventually & reveals she's all in with The Farm because they let her talk to Jason. Reggie & Veronica discover that Hermione sold Gladys some left over drugs from Hiram's lab that were moved prior to the FBI raid but before Gladys can get her hands on the product, they burn it. Kevin & Josie plan a lavish wedding reception for Tom & Sierra at La Bonne Nuit but clash over ideas. Alice & F.P confess their love & agree to spend one more night together before calling it quits forever. Edgar becomes the new guidance councillor.

Chapter Forty-Eight: Dead Men Tell No Tales
After finding out that Edgar allows Alice to see and talk to Charles, Betty goes to great lengths to prove to her mother that her son is dead. Toni tries to prove Jason's dead to Cheryl but ultimately her love for him trumps everything and she breaks up with Toni. As Jughead adjusts to living in Betty's house, he invites everyone over for a movie night to distract his friend's from the recent going's on in Riverdale. Gladys demands money for the drugs that Veronica burned & goes after Hermione when Veronica refuses to pay up. Archie begins councilling sessions with Edgar & finally agrees to explore what The Farm has to offer.

Chapter Forty-Nine: Spring Fling
After reports of Ghoulie sightings & a string of mysterious seizures (& one death), Jughead concludes that the Serpents' arch rivals are back dealing a dangerous new drug. Evelyn slowly teaches Archie about The Farm causing tension between he & Betty. Veronica is horrified to discover Josie's decided to quit La Bonne Nuit and start performing at The Farm's mixers for new recruits causing a reckless Reggie to storm right into the belly of the beast. As Betty looks forward to Spring Fling, she also reaches out to Attorney McCoy but suspects she's indoctrinated too. When Gladys finds out Alice is chaperoning Spring Fling along with F.P, she tags along as she's afraid Alice might come between she & F.P

Chapter Fifty: American Dreams
On the eve of F.P's 50th birthday, Gladys has Veronica & Reggie organise a party for him down at the speakeasy but Jughead enlists Fangs to go undercover in the Ghoulies & he reports back that the rumours are true...his mother has taken over Riverdale's drug trade. Meanwhile, Evelyn continues grooming Archie to join The Farm leading Betty to try & help him work through his trauma's by returning to his music; she gifts him a guitar. Betty also helps Veronica prepare for her first official date with Reggie and when it goes well she happily agrees to be his girlfriend. Meanwhile, at The Farm, Cheryl & Kevin must each present their case for why they respectively feel "Heather's"/"Godspel" should be the next musical.

Chapter Fifty-One: Heather's
As rehearsal's for the musical "Heather's" get underway, Betty grows increasingly annoyed as Evelyn inserts herself into the lives of her friends & treats the musical like one big recruitment drive. Tension mounts between Cheryl & Toni as they're forced to work together for the first time following their break-up leading Toni to make a surprising decision. Jughead searches for Gladys' drug lab so he can destroy it and cease production. Archie & Evelyn reveal their relationship to the "Heather's" cast much to everyone's horror & finally. Enemies of The Lodge's target them after realising they're no longer protected by Hiram & Veronica uses this as an entrypoint to get into The Farm to take it down from the inside.

Chapter Fifty-Two: The Raid
Betty enlists Veronica to infiltrate The Farm leading her to uncover how Farmies are seeing dead people - Edgar hypnotises them. Jughead discovers that the Ghoulies are cooking drugs for Gladys in a ram-shackle apartment building & with the Serpents help he organises a raid to flush out the Ghoulies before blowing up the building. Archie blackmails Governor Dooley into pardoning his friends from L&L & he gives them refuge at The Farm. Although disturbed by the cult at first - one by one they all succumb to The Farm's allure much to Mad Dog's horror. Cheryl introduces Toni to The Farm's way of life & Toni reveals her intention of meeting Jason.

Chapter Fifty-Three: Outbreak
Evelyn pretends Betty assaulted her on school premises causing Principal Weatherbee to suspend her. She resumes visits with her dad in her free time & Hal gets into her head by making her believe she'll only stop The Farm by killing Edgar. Meanwhile, Jughead & F.P go after Gladys when she grabs Jellybean & makes a break for it following the revelation that she'd taken over the drug trade in Riverdale. Veronica is shocked to discover that Edgar's asked Archie to arrange the sale of La Bonne Nuit as it's distracting her from her studies at The Farm but she saves the establishment when she agrees to make it a safe space exclusively for Farmies. The Farm continues to spread like a virus throughout town so Hermione arranges a town hall meeting to address the mass fear.

Chapter Fifty-Four: Jawbreaker
In an attempt to derail Alice & Edgar's upcoming nuptials, Betty investigates Evelyn's past and discovers she's 26 & Edgar's wife. Jughead must keep the peace between the Serpents & Farmies when the former launch a smear campaign against the cult. Archie & Fangs organise a boxing match with the conditions that if Archie wins the Serpents must leave The Farm alone and if Fangs wins they must transfer to a new school. Reggie yearns to spend more time with Veronica & finds out she's undercover at The Farm - fearful she's in over head, he joins to protect her. Cheryl & Toni make a last ditch effort to indoctrinate Betty into The Farm as Alice wants her there for the big day.

Chapter Fifty-Five: Prom Night
As prom swiftly approaches, Betty spirals following her accidental murder of Evelyn & Jughead helps her cover it up as Edgar & Alice grow suspicious of them. Reggie & Veronica run for Prom King/Queen which is against The Farm's rules and angers Kevin who feels they don't take The Farm's rules seriously. Archie grieves Evelyn and argues with Mary who visits Archie to stage an intervention and convince him to leave The Farm. Cheryl & Toni (who are both heads of the Prom Commitee) use the extra-curricular to promote The Farm and indoctrinate new recruits. In a shocking turn of events, Principal Weatherbee closes Riverdale High to study at The Farm full time.

Chapter Fifty-Six: The Dark Secret Of Harvest House
At The Farm, Betty is allowed to speak with her shadow self & starts snooping around after learning about strange procedures the Farmies endure which leads to her discovery of The Farm's Harvest Program - Edgar is butchering his disciples and selling their organs on the black market. Archie is suspicious about whether or not Jughead truly believes in The Farm's cause and organises for him to partake in a dangerous ritual that could prove fatal to show his loyalty to the group. Veronica uses a tip from Betty to expose Edgar's hynopsis scam to Reggie and tries to de-program Cheryl who rebuffs each attempt.

Chapter Fifty-Seven: Apocalypse Now!
Following their escape from The Farm, Jughead & Toni rally the Serpents to rescue their friend's from the cult & face off against the Farmies in a battle royale. As the outside world encroaches upon them, Edgar locks up the facility like Fort Knox & chillingly announces the Ascension - which is mass suicide disguised as an attempt to escape the impending apocalypse brought forth by Baley's Comet. Alice is exposed as an undercover informant for the FBI whilst Betty confronts Edgar & finally gets the answers she's been looking for. Veronica & Reggie frantically try to talk Kevin & Archie out of ascending to no avail whereas Cheryl is allowed to speak with her beloved brother Jason one last time before the end of days...
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Words and frequencies across all lyrics

Bit of a pointless post but something I was curious about. Combining all the lyrics from DCFC songs Ben has written, here are all the words used and the frequency of them.
834 the 587 and 479 you 432 i 369 a 356 to 264 in 235 of 180 that 175 your 148 it 146 all 144 me 141 so 140 on 135 my 132 we 125 be 123 but 121 for 119 as 116 when 114 was 113 with 110 is 107 this 100 are 85 no 84 they 82 it's 77 there 77 from 76 our 76 like 72 there's 69 know 68 will 66 what 64 just 61 you're 61 love 61 at 60 can't 59 don't 57 if 56 never 56 gold 54 were 54 rush 54 down 52 time 52 through 50 nothing 49 i'm 48 away 47 out 47 not 46 have 46 could 44 oh 43 where 43 way 42 into 41 'cause 40 heart 39 same 39 one 38 then 38 only 37 how 37 every 36 see 36 i'll 35 would 34 some 32 more 31 up 31 find 30 been 30 back 29 their 28 won't 28 why 28 here 28 do 27 who 27 or 27 can 26 now 26 by 26 an 25 stay 25 new 25 got 25 go 24 sun 24 something 24 she 24 little 24 feel 24 around 23 you'll 23 sunlight 23 open 23 night 23 i've 23 always 22 used 22 home 22 had 21 you've 21 us 21 than 21 said 21 didn't 20 wanderer 20 too 20 let 20 left 20 keep 20 he 20 days 19 they're 19 long 19 both 19 about 18 think 18 them 18 sound 18 say 18 make 18 lines 18 life 18 hold 18 eyes 18 end 18 change 18 boys 17 want 17 these 17 off 17 loved 17 his 17 cause 17 before 16 someone 16 skin 16 past 16 need 16 gotta 16 am 15 we'll 15 waiting 15 take 15 spend 15 remain 15 ooh 15 head 15 far 15 fall 15 doors 14 true 14 that's 14 tell 14 place 14 people 14 mind 14 inside 14 hear 14 alone 13 underneath 13 turn 13 things 13 sea 13 old 13 move 13 morning 13 man 13 live 13 last 13 i'd 13 get 13 fool 13 did 13 behind 13 air 13 again 12 words 12 unlocked 12 trying 12 took 12 told 12 thought 12 much 12 many 12 friends 12 ever 12 come 12 along 11 thing 11 still 11 slowly 11 sky 11 should 11 seems 11 remember 11 look 11 light 11 her 11 haunted 11 hard 11 free 11 everything 11 digging 11 black 11 bed 10 years 10 year 10 well 10 those 10 such 10 street 10 slow 10 room 10 monday 10 modern 10 knew 10 hope 10 getting 10 face 10 even 10 empty 10 drive 10 dream 10 day 10 dark 10 came 10 best 10 age 9 wonder 9 we're 9 under 9 turned 9 town 9 thinking 9 someday 9 side 9 safe 9 possess 9 once 9 ocean 9 near 9 moved 9 meet 9 lying 9 kept 9 help 9 hands 9 fire 9 finally 9 door 9 distance 9 disappeared 9 city 9 begin 9 beautiful 9 anymore 8 windows 8 while 8 truth 8 tried 8 tonight 8 speak 8 soul 8 right 8 please 8 pity 8 mouth 8 mirror 8 mean 8 leaving 8 lead 8 kind 8 hole 8 gonna 8 glass 8 give 8 floor 8 fading 8 fade 8 everyone 8 ending 8 cannot 8 burning 8 burn 8 break 7 young 7 you'd 7 worse 7 within 7 wish 7 wind 7 wha 7 walls 7 walking 7 until 7 tears 7 standing 7 speed 7 sometimes 7 sleep 7 quite 7 own 7 over 7 oo 7 name 7 motion 7 mine 7 may 7 making 7 lonely 7 leave 7 ho 7 hand 7 ground 7 gives 7 filled 7 fear 7 dreamt 7 different 7 debris 7 cool 7 body 7 better 7 being 7 ask 7 arms 7 anything 7 alright 7 alive 7 'til 6 yet 6 upon 6 two 6 try 6 today 6 times 6 thread 6 talking 6 takes 6 synapse 6 sycamore 6 summer 6 stop 6 start 6 stars 6 spoke 6 soon 6 sleeping 6 single 6 play 6 paper 6 nothing's 6 names 6 myself 6 mess 6 memories 6 made 6 looking 6 lights 6 its 6 higher 6 hearts 6 he's 6 has 6 half 6 grows 6 gone 6 girls 6 ghosts 6 full 6 found 6 first 6 felt 6 feeling 6 fast 6 ends 6 else 6 el 6 either 6 each 6 dorado 6 document 6 couldn't 6 clothes 6 closer 6 clear 6 call 6 california 6 built 6 bring 6 brain 6 belly 6 believe 6 bah 6 bad 6 baa 6 awake 6 another 6 against 5 yourself 5 yes 5 work 5 window 5 went 5 watching 5 watch 5 wasn't 5 wanted 5 wait 5 turns 5 together 5 three 5 thin 5 tangled 5 talk 5 taken 5 swim 5 summer's 5 stage 5 song 5 somewhere 5 shoulders 5 shoes 5 set 5 seem 5 screaming 5 scene 5 saw 5 save 5 sad 5 roll 5 revolved 5 read 5 rain 5 put 5 pretend 5 pass 5 parallel 5 nue 5 must 5 moving 5 mistakes 5 mistake 5 meets 5 lovers 5 lost 5 lose 5 listen 5 lips 5 line 5 late 5 kid 5 ing 5 hotel 5 hides 5 held 5 heaven 5 grow 5 gotten 5 goodbye 5 gave 5 gates 5 frame 5 followed 5 follow 5 faster 5 fair 5 faces 5 expect 5 enough 5 engine 5 dying 5 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comfort 4 clouds 4 closed 4 climbed 4 climb 4 clean 4 child 4 car 4 cameras 4 calling 4 brothers 4 boy 4 bound 4 bones 4 blinding 4 blame 4 beneath 4 awoke 4 autumn 4 after 3 youth 3 yours 3 world 3 working 3 worked 3 word 3 wine 3 wife 3 what's 3 weeks 3 we'd 3 wave 3 watched 3 warm 3 wander 3 vultures 3 very 3 vacancy 3 understand 3 type 3 twin 3 trust 3 top 3 tired 3 tiny 3 though 3 thinks 3 tether 3 television 3 taste 3 tall 3 sweet 3 swallowed 3 surround 3 supposed 3 strong 3 streets 3 stranger 3 storm 3 stood 3 stays 3 stayed 3 station 3 static 3 stare 3 stand 3 stable 3 spread 3 spent 3 speaks 3 snow 3 smaller 3 slip 3 slept 3 skies 3 size 3 sink 3 singing 3 signs 3 sights 3 shroud 3 shared 3 series 3 self 3 second 3 seat 3 seasons 3 searching 3 school 3 saved 3 satisfied 3 runs 3 running 3 rubble 3 river 3 rhythm 3 remains 3 remainder 3 regret 3 reflection 3 recall 3 really 3 re 3 rather 3 rainy 3 promises 3 possibilities 3 plates 3 plastic 3 planned 3 plan 3 plain 3 places 3 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whole 2 whiskey 2 weight 2 weathered 2 we've 2 waving 2 wash 2 wants 2 waking 2 wake 2 waitresses 2 vows 2 voice 2 vine 2 views 2 veins 2 upstate 2 untrustable 2 unobstructed 2 unfold 2 underground 2 unconscious 2 twos 2 twenty 2 tv 2 turning 2 truths 2 tripped 2 towards 2 touching 2 touch 2 tongue 2 tones 2 tires 2 tire 2 till 2 tied 2 ticking 2 thrown 2 threw 2 threes 2 thousands 2 thousand 2 they've 2 there'd 2 ten 2 technicolor 2 tear 2 taking 2 synchronized 2 symphony 2 sworn 2 swift 2 swept 2 sweat 2 sure 2 superhero 2 suit 2 strobe 2 strange 2 stranded 2 straight 2 store 2 stopped 2 stones 2 stomach 2 step 2 states 2 state 2 starts 2 starting 2 stands 2 stake 2 stairs 2 stacked 2 st 2 sputters 2 spring 2 splinter 2 spit 2 sphere 2 speaking 2 spat 2 spark 2 son 2 something's 2 someone's 2 soaring 2 smugded 2 smiling 2 smile 2 smell 2 slipping 2 slightest 2 slide 2 skid 2 six 2 sitting 2 sit 2 sings 2 silver 2 signed 2 sign 2 sifting 2 shrugged 2 show 2 shouldn't 2 shore 2 shift 2 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What's happening around town (Wed, Sep 18th - Tue, Sep 24th)

Tulsa's event list.

Ongoing

Wednesday, Sep 18th

  • 😂 Comedy Survivor (Loony Bin - Tulsa)
  • 🎭 Creations in Studio K (Tulsa Ballet - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Sep 22nd Tulsa Ballet presents "Creations in Studio K," an annual series of new works created by…
  • Food Truck Wednesdays (Guthrie Green - Tulsa) Every Wednesday, grab some tasty eats and gather on the grounds of Guthrie Green. During Food Truck Wednesdays, lunchtime…
  • 🎓 Oklahoma Municipal League 2019 Annual Conference (Cox Business Center - Tulsa) 1 day left Start Time: 8:00am
  • PAWS For Reading (Owasso Library - Owasso) Start Time: 4:00pm Registered therapy dogs are excellent listeners. Kids ages 5-12 are invited to read their favorite books to a furry, four-pawed friend. Registration is required. Each reader will receive a free book provided by the Raymond and Bessie Kravis Foundation through the Tulsa Library Trust. Register online at…
  • 🎨 Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Theatre Tulsa - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Sep 22nd Start Time: 8:00pm Presented By: Theatre Tulsa From the imagination of Steve Martin comes a comedy as profound as it is hilarious. Before achieving their breakthroughs, Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso meet at the Lapin Agile in Paris. There they debate ideas large and small, while a host of colorful characters help the two geniuses uncover their creative potential.
  • 🎭 Wicked (Tulsa Performing Art Center - Tulsa) Thru Fri, Sep 20th Start Time: 7:30pm Wicked Sept. 5-6, 11-13, 18-20 at 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 6, 8, 15, 22 at 2 p.m.; Sept. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 at 8 p.m.; Sept. 9, 16, 23 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. :: Chapman Music Hall So much happened before Dorothy dropped in. WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz�but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives,…

Thursday, Sep 19th

  • 🎓 Amazing Adaptations: Presented by the Tulsa Zoo (Owasso Library - Owasso) Start Time: 6:00pm Animals have amazing adaptations to help them survive in their environment. Learn about some of these adaptations that help them find and/or catch their food. Presentation includes live animals! For ages 5-12. Sponsored by the Friends of the Helmerich Library.
  • Buddy Guy in Concert (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa - Catoosa) Legendary blues guitarist and singer Buddy Guy is bringing his iconic sounds to The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel &…
  • 🎭 Creations in Studio K (Tulsa Ballet - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Sep 22nd Tulsa Ballet presents "Creations in Studio K," an annual series of new works created by…
  • Garden Workshop: Simple Syrup (Philbrook Downtown - Tulsa) Start Time: 3:00pm Play bartender for a day. Harvest herbs from the garden and make a simple syrup. Learn about spirits & herbs, and make a cocktail utilizing your simple syrup & and infused liquor. (21+) $35 Members $50 Not-Yet-Members *Tickets include general museum admission. Participants must be 21+
  • Tulsa Greek Festival (Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Sep 22nd Experience the food and culture of Greece at the Tulsa Greek Festival - OPAhoma. The highlight of this event is the…
  • 😂 Hypnotist Doug T (Loony Bin - Tulsa) Thru Sat, Sep 21st
  • 🎓 Oklahoma Municipal League 2019 Annual Conference (Cox Business Center - Tulsa) Last Day Start Time: 8:00am
  • 🎨 Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Theatre Tulsa - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Sep 22nd Start Time: 8:00pm Presented By: Theatre Tulsa From the imagination of Steve Martin comes a comedy as profound as it is hilarious. Before achieving their breakthroughs, Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso meet at the Lapin Agile in Paris. There they debate ideas large and small, while a host of colorful characters help the two geniuses uncover their creative potential.
  • Skiatook Pioneer Day Festival & Rodeo (Skiatook Central Park - Skiatook) Thru Sat, Sep 21st Head to Pioneer Day in Skiatook for a great day of family fun. The Skiatook Pioneer Day Rodeo begins Friday…
  • Spoonfed Tribe w/ Lucas Parker Band (The Shrine - Tulsa) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • 🎭 Wicked (Tulsa Performing Art Center - Tulsa) 1 day left Start Time: 7:30pm Wicked Sept. 5-6, 11-13, 18-20 at 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 6, 8, 15, 22 at 2 p.m.; Sept. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 at 8 p.m.; Sept. 9, 16, 23 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. :: Chapman Music Hall So much happened before Dorothy dropped in. WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz�but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives,…

Friday, Sep 20th

  • Alexis Onyango (The Vanguard - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • Cabin Club (Philbrook Downtown - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • 🎭 Creations in Studio K (Tulsa Ballet - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Sep 22nd Tulsa Ballet presents "Creations in Studio K," an annual series of new works created by…
  • Garden Workshop: Vegetable Harvesting & Seed Collecting (Philbrook Downtown - Tulsa) Start Time: 5:30pm Want to up your gardening game? Get gardening tips from the Horticulture team at Philbrook! In this workshop, you'll learn harvesting & seed collecting techniques as well as timing. Vegetable harvesting will be demonstrated. Help collect seeds from the vegetables and take seeds home to start your own garden. $10 Members (on sale 8/19) $24…
  • Tulsa Greek Festival (Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Sep 22nd Experience the food and culture of Greece at the Tulsa Greek Festival - OPAhoma. The highlight of this event is the…
  • The Hex House (The Hex House - Tulsa) Thru Sat, Nov 2nd Travel to Tulsa for The Hex House, northeast Oklahoma's extreme haunted attraction. The Hex House is an intense,…
  • 😂 Hypnotist Doug T (Loony Bin - Tulsa) 1 day left
  • Muslims and the Making of America with Dr. Amir Hussain (Philbrook Downtown - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:00pm Islam and American Muslims have been, and continue to be, important threads in the fabric of American life. Hear Dr. Amir Hussain (Loyola Marymount University) share more of this history, from Muslims who fought in the Civil War to cultural icon and legend Muhammad Ali. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Susan Green,…
  • Nickelodeon's JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour (BOK Center - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • Nitro Nationals (Tulsa Raceway Park - Tulsa) Start Time: 10:00am
  • 🎨 Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Theatre Tulsa - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Sep 22nd Start Time: 8:00pm Presented By: Theatre Tulsa From the imagination of Steve Martin comes a comedy as profound as it is hilarious. Before achieving their breakthroughs, Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso meet at the Lapin Agile in Paris. There they debate ideas large and small, while a host of colorful characters help the two geniuses uncover their creative potential.
  • Skiatook Pioneer Day Festival & Rodeo (Skiatook Central Park - Skiatook) 1 day left Head to Pioneer Day in Skiatook for a great day of family fun. The Skiatook Pioneer Day Rodeo begins Friday…
  • 🎭 Wicked (Tulsa Performing Art Center - Tulsa) Last Day Start Time: 7:30pm Wicked Sept. 5-6, 11-13, 18-20 at 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 6, 8, 15, 22 at 2 p.m.; Sept. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 at 8 p.m.; Sept. 9, 16, 23 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. :: Chapman Music Hall So much happened before Dorothy dropped in. WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz�but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives,…

Saturday, Sep 21st

  • 2nd Annual Recharge (Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:30pm Join @[276233182662:274:Sustainable Tulsa (Official)] on Saturday, September 21, 2019 for an extravaganza of sight, sound, touch and taste where we will explore the 3Ps (People, Profit, and Planet) of sustainability in an exciting new way! Guests will experience an immersive approach to sustainability at the iconic Cain’s Ballroom. RECHARGE is…
  • American Brass Quintet (Tulsa Performing Art Center - Tulsa) Day 1 of 2 Chamber Music Tulsa's 66th season draws inspiration from the Mother Road, a symbol of American adventure and…
  • Art off the Hill on Route 66 (Ne-Mar Shopping Center - Claremore) Art off the Hill on Route 66 features a variety of local artist booths and live demos for all to enjoy. Support the…
  • 🏃 Autism Run (NSU - Broken Arrow) This event supports The Griffin Promise Autism Clinic in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The clinic is a charitable organization dedicated to helping individuals with autism and other social-developmental delays, along with their caregivers, through therapy, training, summer camps, public events, and community resources.
  • Build a Reader: Saturday Storytime (Owasso Library - Owasso) Start Time: 10:30am Join us for a special Saturday storytime! Bring the whole family for this 0-to-5 storytime! There’s something for everyone – simple songs and books for the little ones, more interactive stories and activities for your older children.
  • Tulsa Cancer Walk/Run (ONEOK Field - Tulsa) Embark on a 5K run around the ONEOK Field in downtown Tulsa, or walk the route for a slower-paced bit of fitness fun. At the…
  • Corn Dog Classic 5K (Expo Square - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:00am Combine your love of fair food with the thrill of a competitive run at the annual Corn Dog Classic 5K in Tulsa. Both the 5K…
  • 🏃 Corndog Classic 5K and Fun Run (Expo Square - Tulsa) Together with the Tulsa State Fair and News On 6, we help address the needs of childhood hunger in Tulsa through Food For Kids. Have fun while making a difference in our community!
    Do the Corndog Challenge! A 5K run with your favorite breakfast fair foods. Participants must FINISH a mini corndog, mini orange juice (or mimosa if 21 & older) and…
  • 🎭 Creations in Studio K (Tulsa Ballet - Tulsa) 1 day left Tulsa Ballet presents "Creations in Studio K," an annual series of new works created by…
  • 🏆 Dallas Stars vs. Florida Panthers (BOK Center - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • Deep Purple in Concert (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa - Catoosa) Over the span of seven decades, Deep Purple has helped define the hard rock genre, and now they’re bringing “The…
  • 🍴 Food Truck Frenzy (Oklahoma Aquarium - Jenks) Join us for our second annual Food Truck Frenzy! On Saturday, September 21, taste a variety of delicious cuisines from food trucks located in our riverfront backyard. Families can enjoy live music and outdoor games, and kids can play on our new coral reef playground. Don’t miss out on tasty food, live entertainment, and all our fish friends…
  • Tulsa Greek Festival (Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church - Tulsa) 1 day left Experience the food and culture of Greece at the Tulsa Greek Festival - OPAhoma. The highlight of this event is the…
  • The Hex House (The Hex House - Tulsa) Thru Sat, Nov 2nd Travel to Tulsa for The Hex House, northeast Oklahoma's extreme haunted attraction. The Hex House is an intense,…
  • 🏃 Hope ‘n Homes IMPACT Run (Oklahoma Baptist Homes For Children - Owasso) The Annual Hope 'n Homes IMPACT Run will be held on Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children's Owasso Campus.
    9:00 - Chip timed 5k race on a certified course
    10:00 - Fun Run for kids,family & walkers
    10:30 - Awards Ceremony
  • 😂 Hypnotist Doug T (Loony Bin - Tulsa) Last Day
  • Kendall Whittier Mercado (Kendall-Whittier - Tulsa) Twice a month from May to October, scope out handmade goods and unique art on display at the Kendall Whittier Mercado in…
  • MidAmerica Classic Cougars Car Show & Swap Meet (Admiral Twin Drive-In - Tulsa) Countdown to the annual MidAmerica Classic Cougars Car Show & Swap Meet, held at the Admiral Twin Drive-In. Mercury…
  • 🍴 MIX 2019: Speakeasy (Philbrook Downtown - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:30pm Welcome to Oklahoma's premier music and mixology event, MIX. 8 of the area's best bartenders compete for the crown. TICKET INFO: $100/Philbrook Members $125/General Admission Philbrook Members tickets on sale Monday, July 22 General admission tickets on sale Monday, July 29 Philbrook Museum of Art’s 8th Annual MIX celebrates the art of…
  • My So Called Band (The Vanguard - Tulsa) Step back in time with 1990s tribute group My So Called Band as they take the Vanguard stage. This Tulsa concert will…
  • 🎨 Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Theatre Tulsa - Tulsa) 1 day left Start Time: 8:00pm Presented By: Theatre Tulsa From the imagination of Steve Martin comes a comedy as profound as it is hilarious. Before achieving their breakthroughs, Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso meet at the Lapin Agile in Paris. There they debate ideas large and small, while a host of colorful characters help the two geniuses uncover their creative potential.
  • Skiatook Pioneer Day Festival & Rodeo (Skiatook Central Park - Skiatook) Last Day Head to Pioneer Day in Skiatook for a great day of family fun. The Skiatook Pioneer Day Rodeo begins Friday…
  • Jenks Ride & Drive (Riverwalk - Jenks) During the Jenks Ride & Drive event held during National Drive Electric Week, see the latest electric vehicles on…
  • Rose District Farmers Market (Rose District Plaza - Broken Arrow) Thru Sat, Oct 26th Start Time: 8:00am different music, events, and guests, each week
  • Tulsa Roughnecks FC vs Orange County SC (ONEOK Field - Tulsa) Support the Tulsa Roughnecks FC professional soccer team as they take on Orange County SC at ONEOK Field in Tulsa. Since its…
  • Scouting's Fall Festival (Jack Graves Scout Reservation - Broken Arrow) Scouting's Fall Festival in Broken Arrow invites everyone out to enjoy a fun day in the outdoors. Bring the whole family…
  • Velly Vel And Friends (The Shrine - Tulsa) Start Time: 9:00pm

Sunday, Sep 22nd

  • American Brass Quintet (Tulsa Performing Art Center - Tulsa) Day 2 of 2 Chamber Music Tulsa's 66th season draws inspiration from the Mother Road, a symbol of American adventure and…
  • 🎭 Creations in Studio K (Tulsa Ballet - Tulsa) Last Day Tulsa Ballet presents "Creations in Studio K," an annual series of new works created by…
  • Tulsa Greek Festival (Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church - Tulsa) Last Day Experience the food and culture of Greece at the Tulsa Greek Festival - OPAhoma. The highlight of this event is the…
  • The Hex House (The Hex House - Tulsa) Thru Sat, Nov 2nd Travel to Tulsa for The Hex House, northeast Oklahoma's extreme haunted attraction. The Hex House is an intense,…
  • 😂 John Evans (Loony Bin - Tulsa)
  • 🎨 Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Theatre Tulsa - Tulsa) Last Day Start Time: 8:00pm Presented By: Theatre Tulsa From the imagination of Steve Martin comes a comedy as profound as it is hilarious. Before achieving their breakthroughs, Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso meet at the Lapin Agile in Paris. There they debate ideas large and small, while a host of colorful characters help the two geniuses uncover their creative potential.
  • Smile Empty Soul, September Morning & Others (The Shrine - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:00pm Headliner: Smile Empty Soul Special Guest: September Mouring Headliner: Bullet to the Heart
  • The Standby "Over, Under" Ep Release Tour (The Vanguard - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:00pm

Monday, Sep 23rd

  • 🎓 The Art of Memoir Writing (Tulsa City County Library - Tulsa) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 6:00pm Monday, Sept. 23 | Central Library, Aaronson Auditorium Tuesday, Sept. 24 | Hardesty Regional Library
    Everyone has a story to tell, but where do you start? Learn about the art of memoir writing with the help of Sasha Martin, local food blogger and author of "Life from Scratch." The first of two classes will focus on how to organize your…
  • 🎓 Doing Business Right With SBA (Owasso Library - Owasso) Start Time: 11:00am Learn about Small Business Administration services to help you design, organize, manage, grow, promote and finance your new or current business. Registration required. Call 918-549-7323 to register. For adults.
  • The Hex House (The Hex House - Tulsa) Thru Sat, Nov 2nd Travel to Tulsa for The Hex House, northeast Oklahoma's extreme haunted attraction. The Hex House is an intense,…
  • Montrose Trio (Tulsa Performing Art Center - Tulsa) Start Time: 3:00pm Montrose Trio Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. :: John H. Williams Theatre In 2013, acclaimed pianist Jon Kimura Parker joined musical forces with violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith, formerly of the renowned Tokyo String Quartet, to form the Montrose Trio. Their combined artistry redefines "extraordinary."... GET TICKETS
  • 🎭 Open Mic (Blackbird On Pearl - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • Tony Lewis in Concert (River Spirit Casino - Tulsa) Hear The Outfield's co-founder Tony Lewis performs live at Paradise Cove inside River Spirit Casino Resort in…

Tuesday, Sep 24th

  • 🎓 The Art of Memoir Writing (Tulsa City County Library - Tulsa) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 6:00pm Monday, Sept. 23 | Central Library, Aaronson Auditorium Tuesday, Sept. 24 | Hardesty Regional Library
    Everyone has a story to tell, but where do you start? Learn about the art of memoir writing with the help of Sasha Martin, local food blogger and author of "Life from Scratch." The first of two classes will focus on how to organize your…
  • 🎓 Banned Books Buttons (Owasso Library - Owasso) Start Time: 4:00pm Learn about why censorship matters and make a button of your favorite banned book to take home with you! For ages 10-18.
  • The Glitch Mob - Meet & Greet Upgrade Packages (Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • The Hex House (The Hex House - Tulsa) Thru Sat, Nov 2nd Travel to Tulsa for The Hex House, northeast Oklahoma's extreme haunted attraction. The Hex House is an intense,…
  • Les Miserables (Tulsa Performing Art Center - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Sep 29th Experience the award-winning musical phenomenon "Les Miserables" at Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Cameron…
  • NGHTMRE in Concert (Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa) Dance along as NGHTMRE brings his signature remixes and sounds to Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa. Prepare your moves for a…
  • Open Jam Aka Community Sound (Blackbird On Pearl - Tulsa) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • 🏃 Running: A State of Mind - NSU BA Riverhawk Run (NSU - Broken Arrow) Join us in celebrating NSU Homecoming at our annual RiverHawk Run.
    This year's theme is "Running: A State of Mind"
    Start time will be 6:00 pm on Tuesday, Sept 24th. This run is on a USATF Certified course and starts in front of the Campus.
    Come out and help us kickoff homecoming weekend and help future RiverHawks.
    Register at the events…
  • 🎨 Sharing Photos Online (Owasso Library - Owasso) Start Time: 6:00pm Photo storage sites can be a great way to share and back up your photos. Knowing what to look for and what’s best for you and your family can be a little confusing. Deronda Moore, owner of Moore Reflections, will share tips and other useful information when looking for storage sites for your photos and/or videos. Plus, we’ll look at a few…
  • Where Your Family Story Begins (Tulsa City County Library - Tulsa) Start Time: 3:30pm Using Ancestry Library Edition One Book, One Tulsa Rudisill Regional Library Join us for an overview of Ancestry Library Edition and become more efficient in navigating and using the resources found on this popular site. This event is part of One Book, One Tulsa. This year’s selected author, Nicole Chung, traces her personal journey as a…

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