Interstellar Adventures

June 27, 2005

Just from Plain ‘Ol Texas

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 9:46 pm

Interestingly enough, my sis posted a ‘Texan Theme’ as well recently. You Know You’re From Texas When…

Yep. That’s me. This will be Installment 1 of ‘Around My Town’. I mean, I know my marathon training is exciting and all, but I thought maybe you would enjoy a different topic on occasion. And, the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex has a plethora of sights to see.

So, first off, I’ll show you a bit from my city of residence, Plano, TX though it’s not my ‘hometown’. I was born in Houston, TX, and raised in Irving, which is about 25 miles from where I currently live. Irving is also home to Texas Stadium and the Dallas Cowboys. Well, for now anyway. Arlington (where the Texas Rangers play) caved in and decided to build Jerry Jones the stadium of his greedy-dreams. Irving didn’t want to play with Jerry anymore, because Jerry is an @$$, but that’s beside the point…I digress…Excepting the year that I lived in California as an infant when my bio-dad was in the Navy, and the year that I lived in Oklahoma as a kindergardener when my step-dad was finishing his medical residency, I have always lived in Texas, and specifically the Dallas area.

Now, contrary to the impression the old TV show Dallas (you remember…the Ewings; J.R., Bobby, Sue Ellen, Pamela, and Miss Ellie and Cliff Barnes) might have given you …we aren’t some spoiled, rich, big-haired, thick-lipstick-wearing oil barons. Well, at least I’m not. There are some spoiled, rich, big-haired, thick-lipstick-wearing Dallas socialites that I could talk about, but that’s not the point here. Plano is also home to Southfork Ranch. And, unless you’re from the eastern suburbs, or from far western Fort Worth, or from south of the metroplex, or from north of the metroplex…well, if you’re me, you don’t have a thick Texas accent like Sue Ellen Ewing. I don’t have an accent! I promise. I spent a summer in England once, and at a party one evening, everyone found out I was from Dallas, they wanted me to talk. They were very disappointed, and the party went on…

So, Plano is a city of around 244,000 suburbanites. We are located just 20 miles north of downtown Dallas, and have numerous accolades heaped upon us for our school district, police force, yada yada yada. It’s a nice city, yes.

One of the more interesting things about Plano (I think) is that there is a working farm right smack dab in the middle of the city. (Smack dab in the middle is a precise locator phrase in Texas.) They have horses, cows, sheep and llamas from what I can see.

Farm at a major city intersection

Cows and horses

Cow

More Cows

Horses and cows

Llamas

Hay bales

Plano also has some very nice parks. I am fortunate to live near one of these parks, and I sometimes run the paved-trail system that runs along the greenbelt. End to end it’s 5.5 miles, so if I’m running long, I have to double back part of the way. But, it’s pleasant, shaded, safe and well maintained, so I’m happy. There’s also an east-west trail, but it’s very open (no shade) and runs along some heavy power lines. There’s this weird electric hum that just gives me the creeps, so I don’t run that very often.

Spillway at park in my neighborhood

Indian paintbrush

Looking down the spillway

Mamma duck chasing baby ducks

Looking North

The other side of the trail

All-in-all, Plano is a nice city. The schools are good, there’s not much crime, there’s every convenience you could want, tons of restaurants. Cookie-cutter houses for the most part, soccer moms (my daughter plays soccer, but that does NOT make me a soccer mom), school zone after school zone, 3 major Senior High schools. Yep, pretty boring, but at least it’s a ‘good place to raise kids’.

Back to Dr. Pain

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 10:34 am

Despite being able to run yesterday after my fall on Saturday, by mid-afternoon, I was limping again. I iced my knee up twice yesterday, and today, it’s still a bit sore. I’m off to see Dr. Pain again this afternoon. Hopefully I’ll be able to hold the tears at bay again today. My hips are hurting quite a bit as well, and I have an awesome bruise on my left quad.

Update:

Dr. Pain is a masochist. I still didn’t cry, but damn, it hurt! I will be sore again, possibly torturing myself with another ice bath tonight.

After relaxing most of yesterday afternoon (yes, a long nap was included in that), I took my kids bowling last night at Main Event. We played for just an hour, but each of us won a game. The kids bowled with bumpers, but not me. I mean, I stink bad enough at it that I could get away with it, but I figure that if I stink that bad, letting them bowl with the bumpers it would bring us to a level playing field. Z won the first game, I won the second game (even broke 100 — that’s how bad I stink), and L won the third game (played 4 frames before time ran out). During the second game, the lights all went off, blacklights came on, the lanes glowed, the balls glowed, the lacings on our shoes glowed, and they played a couple of disco songs while a disco ball over the lanes spun around. The kids and I danced and sang and did the YMCA. It was totally unexpected but totally fun! We were bummed when the house lights came back on. 😦 Blacklight bowling was a blast! Will definitely go back and do that again soon. Need to find out if they do that just randomly or if they have a time where the entire night is blacklight bowling.

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