MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

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April 14, 2014

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Q&A

HOW DID YOU BECOME AN OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE?

“In high school, everybody says ‘I can’t wait to get out of this town, blah, blah, blah.’ I never really felt that way. We’ve got a lot of great parks. You can’t top Honor Heights. And I like that there is a lot of arts and culture here. For such a small town, it’s insane how much art and culture we have here. Things like a coffee shop are going up, and that attracts more art.”

WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT MUSKOGEE?

“There’s a feeling of community from knowing everybody. You can go to the mall without knowing anyone, and then you find someone you know. Like at the coffee shop — I go there all the time, and there’s almost always somebody I know.”

WHAT WOULD MAKE MUSKOGEE A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE?

“I recently saw where Muskogee was rated high on the most dangerous places to live. If we can drive that down — the violent crime or whatever the markers for dangerousness were.”

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING IN MUSKOGEE?

“Right now, I’m doing a tutoring and the teaching assistantship. Also, sometimes I will work at Solara Hospital as a pharmacy tech.” (He also has worked with his brother’s business, Keck Brothers Computer Services.)

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?

“I don’t have a lot of spare time. I watch Netflix and play tennis, go running. And I like to play Ultimate Frisbee. I like to play little computer games.”

WHAT OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE DO YOU ADMIRE?

“My brother taught me pretty much all I know about computers. When I was 12 or 13, he asked if I wanted to build a computer. I really look up to him for teaching me that. He has a good ability to make things like that fun. It’s just fun to call him and talk to him about technical things.”

WHAT IS THE MOST MEMORABLE THING TO HAPPEN TO YOU IN MUSKOGEE?

“Pretty much my whole life has happened in Muskogee. When I first started college — you know there’s the Freshman 15 (pounds gained in first year of college). Well I got more than 15. I was having trouble with weight, so I tried vegetarianism, I tried whatever the recommended daily allowance is. As a push to be more healthy, I decided to join a 5K race. It was the Centennial Trail-Hatbox race. I had never trained to run at all. It was really on that race — I didn’t do well — but I saw how fun it could be, so it became a big part of my life after that.”

HOW WOULD YOU SUM UP MUSKOGEE IN 25 WORDS OR FEWER?

“It’s a community of people who care about what happens in this town. There are tons of opportunities.”

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