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Fort Worth, Texas

December 22, 2019

Fort Worth, Texas. Wow. Sprawling. Highways with those types of exchanges where there are elevated ramps on top of each other. And these are LA type highways - eight lanes wide if not more with the express lanes. Toll roads everywhere, too. Pay $5 and get there a few minutes faster.


And the pace. Frenetic. Makes me think of the Alabama song - "I’m In A Hurry." Certainly applied to me for too long.


I'm in a hurry to get things done Oh I rush and rush until life's no fun All I really gotta do is live and die But I'm in a hurry and don't know why.


Don't know why I have to drive so fast My car has nothing to prove It's not new But it'll do 0 to 60 in 5.2


Oh I'm in a hurry to get things done Oh I rush and rush until life's no fun All I really gotta do is live and die But I'm in a hurry and don't know why


Can't be late I leave plenty of time Shaking hands with the clock I can't stop I'm on a roll and I'm ready to rock


Oh I'm in a hurry to get things done Oh I rush and rush until life's no fun All I really gotta do is live and die But I'm in a hurry and don't know why


I hear a voice That say's I'm running behind I better pick up my pace It's a race And there ain't no room For someone in second place.


I'm in a hurry to get things done Oh I rush and rush until life's no fun All I really gotta do is live and die But I'm in a hurry and don't know why.


Obviously the pace doesn’t just apply to Fort Worth.


I drove north of the city for about 15 miles today. Ended up at No Limits, Texas which is the name of the area around the Texas Motor Speedway.. there I saw my second Buc-ee's, the largest dang convenience store I have ever seen. Here’s a bit about Buc-ee's - it is very Texan: In 2012, Buc-ee's opened its largest travel center in New Braunfels, Texas, on Interstate 35. The New Braunfels location is the largest convenience store in the world at 68,000 square feet.[6] The store features 120 fueling positions, 83 toilets, 31 cash registers, 4 Icee machines, and 80 fountain dispensers. And they are known for their super-clean restrooms.


The area north of Fort Worth is booming with shopping, shopping and shopping. And huge distribution centers - many of which look new but unoccupied. Could it be that developers build distribution warehouses on spec?? If do, that takes a leap of faith!


I needed to get a bike tire fixed and found a place on Google Maps. These little side trips have turned into some of the best times of my trip. It was a one man shop of Clyde James. Turns out that Clyde doesn't just repair bikes - he refinishes them and also designs them. He showed me a bike from the 1950s that he was restoring for a client and it was gorgeous - new chrome, new paint - it was a work of art. His passion for bikes reminded me of the typewriter repair business I came across in Arlington, MA a couple of years ago. Artisans doing what they love. Clyde's website is www.clydejamescycles.com. Great stuff.


At Lucian's suggestion, later in the day I went to Jerry's World in Arlington to watch a Texas high school football championship game - along with 47,000 of my friends. 47,000 people for a high school football game!


Jerry's World is unbelievable. It is HUGER than I even thought it would be. Unlike the old stadium, this one is surrounded by businesses - there is a Walmart across the street in case you need to pick up something after the game.


Here are some photos:





Whole pickles? Must be a Texas thing that I am not aware of.







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