Category Archives: Dallas

Pondering a Murder in Dallas


I was in Dallas on business last week. One afternoon I wandered over to Dealy Plaza where President John F. Kennedy was murdered 51 years ago. The last time I was there was in 1983 close to the 20th anniversary of the assassination. Even then it seemed like old history. Not much has changed since then. The Texas School Book Depository is now a museum.


You can see where the shooter set up on the sixth floor. I didn’t visit the museum. It wasn’t open when I was there but I wouldn’t have visited it anyway.


And last year a new memorial was set up with an excerpt from a speech Kennedy was going to give later in the day.


And somebody has taped a couple X’s near where the shots hit.


Tourists dash out there to get pics of themselves with the X’s and run off before the Dallas traffic runs by.


A block or so away one of the most banal memorials I have ever seen, a cenotaph that honors President Kennedy. It was designed by Philip Johnson and was originally supposed to be marble but somebody made the decision to use precast concrete instead. I didn’t like the memorial last time I visited and I still don’t like it. 


I remember the day he was murdered. I was just an elementary school student in Price, Utah and I didn’t understand why it happened but I sensed that the whole world had changed. I’m getting pretty old now and I still don’t understand why he was killed and I still feel that somehow the world changed that day. 

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Skywatch Friday – Downtown Dallas

Late afternoon #downtowndallas #reflections #sun #best_skyshots #sky #clouds #sun

I have been in Dallas this week at the Gas Processors Association annual convention. One day late in the afternoon I walked down to Dealy Plaza to check out the place where John Kennedy was assassinated. Walking back the sun popped out and I was in a reflection from the buildings downtown. Does any town have more mirror buildings than Dallas? Anyway, Itook this shot with my Ipod.

Skywatch Friday

Our World Tuesday – Pioneer Plaza in downtown Dallas


I am in Dallas the first part of this week on a cattle drive in Pioneer Plaza downtown. Get along you bony ,skinny, long-horned cows.


Look at those ribs.


Is this the Rio Grande? I don’t know but that is my hotel in the background. Very high tech and green. That is a code word for they don’t want to change out your towels. That is the type service you get for a couple hundred bucks a night. They also turn off the power to your room when you leave your room. It makes it kind of hard to charge up a depleted cell phone. Besides that why do they call it green when it is blue? I’m just behind the times I guess.


This guy tried to horn me! I’m calling him Wendy. We’ll see who comes out on top of that.


And this my new friend. I call him “Touchdown Texas” cuz of his horns. Not that the actual University of Texas Longhorns scored very many touchdowns this past year. Just saying.

And hey, this installation has its own virtual geocache! Can’t beat that can you?

Our World Tuesday

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Republican Congressmen and Half Naked Women


We’ve been gone for a few days. We were chased out of Oklahoma by the weather and the helicopters.

Yeehaw we are in #texas

Sweetie and I dropped the kid off at Nana’s, the world’s greatest MIL and boogied down to Texas for an industry convention.

This guy was there, Eric Cantor an up and coming whippersnapper congressman for Virginia.. For $5000 you could have a private meet and greet. If you are an oilie you could wax on about deducting Intangible Drilling Costs and that the Depletion Allowance is in the Bible somewhere and he would give you empathetic nods. For $1500 you just get a photograph with him, a shake of the hands, and shove in the back. I’m giving you a photograph for free. Go get your own depletion allowance!


This guy,Mick Fleetwood, was also staying where we were staying. He was at the pool, right behind where Sweetie and I were sitting. I thought and thought about a way to take a picture of him without him knowing it. Couldn’t do it. I have a feeling that he would have given me a handshake for a lot less than $1500.


We played blackjack with play money. Loads and loads of fun.


Dallas needs us Okies descending on them for our conventions. It gives Dallasites a chance to check out the latest fashions.


See what I mean?


We had room service breakfast one morning. What a treat.


This is the spa, Sweetie tells me that there are all sorts of naked women on the other side of this window.

At the #cabana #lascolinas #texas

No need to sneak in the women’s room to see naked women. There were plenty of practically naked women out by the pool. This is the only picture I took the whole two days we sat by the pool. I didn’t hardly even take my camera out. I felt like a creep even thinking about it. Seriously ladies, cover up a little bit!! I can’t believe that I’m saying it.


We had fun playing shuffleboard. Turns out Sweetie is a cuthroat player. I’m not going to say she cheats or anything, you understand.

We are so not in #oklahoma #fattire #beer

Oh yes, and had to stop and get stocked up on Fat Tire beer. The people who run Oklahoma are not going to let us be exposed to the evils of Fat Tire beer. Am I breaking a law transporting it across state lines? No wonder the helicopters were after us.

Somebody is glad that I am home! #cats

Our big old fat cat Chrissy was glad to see us. She spit up a hairball just for the occasion.


Speedy, my trail running buddy came by and wanted me to go run with him. I was too tired. One of these days I’m going to beat him. He breaks away too fast at the start for me to catch him.

So, what have you been up to?

How did you like the title of my post? I’m taking a cue from Michelle Bachman on making outrageous word combinations for fun and profit.

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