One of the nicest things about living in a town like Norman is that there are a lot of people who are very happy doing what they do. They love their work; they like the people they work with and that quiet, satisfied, pride is very infectious.
Case in point: a friend who teaches music at OU is in Austria for a Haydn music festival and is totally enthralled by the whole experience. Years ago, when I visiting Vienna, I went to an outdoor opera in the city center. The atmosphere was warm and the music was wonderful. It's been interesting to relive that except that Mark's experience is from the other side.