Joe Malan

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner again. It’s kind of crazy how it always seems to sneak up on you — or at least me. Christmas is here, and then January seems to go by quickly, and thank goodness for that. I don’t want to deal with this cold weather anymore. Bring on short sleeves and 70s.

Alas, Valentine’s Day is a good holiday because it helps remind us of the people and things that are important in our lives. Yes, it is important to dote upon your husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend, but it’s also a good day to think about WHAT we love about our lives ... just all the different things that make the everyday special.

A few years back, perhaps last year even — time sometimes seems to go by so fast — I wrote a column, or at least planned to write a column, about the different things you could do in Enid on Valentine’s Day.

Even over the course of a couple of years, a lot has changed. But, a lot of good things remain, too.

If you have a girl or guy you love who likes history, go somewhere like the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, where you can learn about Enid’s past. Even if you’re not originally from the area (as I’m not), there is still a fascination that comes with how a city comes together over time. I’ll even work in another plug for the museum: it’s bringing in an exhibit on bison starting the 11th, lasting through March 24. According to, the exhibit “tells the tragic history of this majestic animal, its rescue from near extinction, and the story of people across North America working to preserve the bison as a vibrant part of our future.”

Valentine’s Day activities don’t have to include anything overly extravagant or expensive. Perhaps after a nice dinner, or a visit to one of our breweries downtown — and, provided the weather is nice — it might be a good idea to walk around downtown.

I play a game called Pokémon Go, so often you might find me walking around downtown, or driving from stop to stop in the game (safely, of course). Not only is the exercise good when you’re walking, but you find all sorts of things downtown that you didn’t even know were there at first glance.

Here’s a good example: Aside from the butterfly mural on the side of the building down by the ballpark, I knew of maybe a few others. Little did I know there were about a DOZEN murals or pieces of art on buildings throughout downtown and the surrounding area. Each of these murals has recently become stops in Pokémon Go, and I’m thankful to whoever submitted those as stops because it’s great seeing all the things I didn’t even know were there.

So, for a cool little date, how about a tour of all the murals and artwork around the city?

I bet you can find something fun and interesting.

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Malan is entertainment editor and astronomy columnist for the News & Eagle.

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Entertainment Editor | Copy Editor | Astronomy Writer

Hi, I'm Joe. I've been with the Enid News & Eagle since June 2009. I design many of the pages you see each week in your newspaper. I love writing and talking about space, and I love listening to and writing about music as well.

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