Interstellar Adventures

October 2, 2006

Photo Tour de Dallas

Filed under: Memes & Quizzes,Texas Life — by InterstellarLass @ 12:47 am

The ever-lovely Miss Laura at Vitamin Sea has insprired several bl*ggers to share their hometowns. I was surprised that so many of you have never been to Dallas! Dorothy wanted to see a view of the Dallas skyline and Reunion Tower. Vicki wanted a big sculpture. SaraSue asked for Dealy Plaza and a picture of a real Dallas Cowboy. Many others didn’t know what to ask for, so I tried to come up with what I could.

Saturday, we got a bit of a late start. We were planning to leave the house earlier, but as we were checking on the dogs, instead of the normal count of “one, two” we counted “one, two, three”! It seemed someone had decided to add to our menagerie and put a small dog in our yard. We were delayed in our start due to having to take the poor boy to animal control. I would have considered keeping him, but two dogs really is enough, and with the expenses of the house, I don’t have the few hundred dollars it would cost at the vet to check him out, fix him and vaccinate him.

After the animal adventure, we ate breakfast at a local favorite, Cafe Brazil. They have great fresh food and, and fresh, hot, coffee. Then we had to meet our real estate agents to sign the final contract on the house. So, it was nearing on 3 pm when we made it downtown.

Believe it or not, I’ve lived 95% of my life in Dallas, and I even worked downtown less than three blocks from Dealey Plaza, but I have never been to the site of the Kennedy assasination. There were lots of ‘vendors’ on hand to sell us a paper dedicated to the timeline, photos, and other ‘evidence’ related to President Kennedy’s murder, and we even got a personal tour of the site. There are two large white X’s painted on the roadway, the first marking the ‘throat shot’ and the second marking the fatal ‘head shot’. Evidently the second x isn’t in it’s proper location for some reason, probably due to the disagreement that surrounds the incident.


Dealey Plaza was an area built 1938-1940 and was named after George Bannerman Dealey, an editor at the Dallas Morning News and a civic leader. I was actually shocked at the state of the area. It’s a ‘plaza’ spread across the intersection of three parallel arteries that feed into downtown. The left and right sides are flanked by white promenades, and the ‘top’ of the area has two reflecting pools and vistas of the freeway. It needs painting, cleaning, or whatever, but as the site of a significant historical event in our nation’s history, I was saddened that it wasn’t in better condition. The ‘historians’ at the site were interesting characters that were people more in need of a job than anything else. View the Dealey Plaza slideshow.

We found the Kennedy Memorial in Dallas. It’s between Dealey Plaza and the Conspiracy Museum. It was less than what I expected, and not in good repair. There are four light basins on each side of the granite slab, but they were all broken and looked like they hadn’t had a lightbulb in them in years. I’ll be writing to the City about this. View the JFK Memorial slideshow.

We didn’t make it into the actual Sixth Floor Museum, but we did visit the Conspiracy Museum. I’d seen photos of the assassination, and I’d seen specials on TV, but I had never seen the Zapruder Film.  A documentary featured by the museum contains the Zapruder Film sequence. I was shocked. After viewing the area, listening to what the location ‘historians’ had to say, and watching the film and documentary, I’m not sure what to believe about the incident, except that there’s a lot of stuff that doesn’t make sense. View the conspiracy museum slideshow. View the Old Courthouse slideshow.


After, we walked down to the West End. I bought my first cowboy cowgirl hat! Ain’t it pretty!? We got some dinner, waiting on the sun to go down before we went over to Reunion Tower to try to catch some good photos of the Dallas skyline. Except when we got over there, it turned out the Observation Deck was closed. We were dressed in jeans and t-shirts and had been sweating under the sweltering Dallas ‘fall’ sun, and so we didn’t go up. Sorry Dorothy! Instead we came home, went to Starbucks and read and smoked cigars. View photos of the Downtown area.


We decided to go to the State Fair on Sunday. I knew I could get good pictures of downtown from the Texas Star, and Nick had never been before. Plus the kids were gone for the weekend, and we could look at the car show and other ‘big people’ stuff without them whining that they were bored. This year is the 120th anniversary of the fair.

On the way, we drove by Southfork Ranch. I knew everyone would recognize this! When I was a kid, I used to watch Dallas (and Falcon Crest!) with my mom. JR, Bobby, Sue Ellen, Pamela, Miss Ellie, Jock…I loved them all! And the opening intro! That music rings in my ears! A few years ago at an arts festival, I was corralling some teenage volunteers when a banjo band started playing the theme music. When I heard it, the girls asked what it was. The theme song to Dallas. They didn’t understand. The TV show, Dallas? I said. They had no clue. Had never heard of it. I about died. View the Southfork slideshow.


As soon as we got to the fair, we headed straight for the Texas Star. Nick was funny when we stopped to buy the coupons needed to ride, eat and drink at the fair. “Am I tall enough to ride the rides?” he asked. The lady in the ticket booth didn’t know how to respond at first. Then she finally laughed. We didn’t have to stand in line too long before we got to board into the cars. We rode with another couple that had never been to the fair before. The man was from Denver, but the woman was local. We pointed out a few sites and got to ride around twice. At 212 feet, it’s the tallest ferris wheel in the Western Hemisphere.


After, we rode on The Swans around a pond. It was Nick and mine’s first paddle boats together. We had fun once Nick got the steering sorted out.


And here’s Big Tex. He’s the official ambassador and greeter of the State Fair. I have many pictures of me, standing in front of Big Tex. He welcomes visitors to the fair and is an easy-to-find meeting place. Back in the day, I was instructed to go to Big Tex if I got separated from my parents. I’ve been to the fair almost every year, missing only one or two years. I don’t even need a map to get around.

We then went to the car show. Outside, I thought I heard that a former Cowboy was there signing autographs, but all I found was the Vince Lombardi trophies and some other memorabilia. There were no current Cowboys to be found; they were all in Tennessee, whoopin’ up on the Titans.


We quickly got tired of walking and decided that two days in the heat made us not feel not-so-good. On the way out, we spied a henna tattoo artist, and so we got a couple of tattoos, and then I couldn’t resist the alluring smell of the smoked turkey legs, so I got one of those too. View the State Fair slideshow.


We stopped at the mall on the way home and got Nick some new earrings since it was time for his piercing posts to come out. We also found a couple of t-shirts for Nick, and I found a pair of shoes. They were only $10 on sale! And, they’re a bit naughty looking. They lace up the back!


I didn’t have time to get photos of Carnealian‘s church, nor could I find a Texas Longhorn for Florida Cracker. But I’ll work on those. And for all of you that have never been to Dallas…pack the shorts and the t-shirts, leave the parkas at home, and come on down! Big D has lots to show if you can stand the heat! Raehan, I could give you the two-hour tour, but that would only scratch the surface! Maybe lunch at the Zodiac Room in the downtown Nieman Marcus, followed by the Nasher Sculpture Center. How’s that suit you?


  1. AWESOME!! These are great pictures and great comment to go with them. Thank you!

    Comment by SaraSue — October 2, 2006 @ 6:22 am |Reply

  2. Thanks so much for the tour! Those shoes are naughty. I LOVE the henna.

    Comment by nancy — October 2, 2006 @ 7:37 am |Reply

  3. Just wow. You guys were BUSY! I’d never seen Southfork either, that was pretty cool. the shoes and tattoo, awesome!!! Great idea to link these to the slideshow, I think I’ll do that also. It makes it much easier to view!
    Britt is sick and I’m having trouble getting out to get my pics up as planned. Might not be till sometime this week. unbeliveable, just when you think you have time to do this, real life intervenes.

    Comment by Laura — October 2, 2006 @ 11:23 am |Reply

  4. I’ve never been to Dallas either, but I’ve watched it on TV. Thanks for the tour!

    Every girl should have at least one pair of naughty shoes.

    Comment by AbbyNormal — October 2, 2006 @ 1:15 pm |Reply

  5. I’ve never been to Dallas, but then again I’ve never been to any part of the USA. LOVE the shoes!!

    Comment by Serendipity — October 2, 2006 @ 1:36 pm |Reply

  6. Lovin the shoes! That was interesting considering Dallas is where i’m thinking of moving too…lord help me

    Comment by KaraMia — October 2, 2006 @ 5:57 pm |Reply

  7. Wow! Now that’s a tour of Dallas! I have friends that actually took a long weekend and flew to Dallas just to see if they could figure out the entire JFK assassination thing. Geesh! Dorks!! Yea, I apparently missed a whole lot when I was in TX. I didn’t see nuthin!

    Comment by carnealian — October 3, 2006 @ 6:54 am |Reply

  8. This is a great post idea, Lass.

    I’ve always been fascinated by the JFK thing. And I used to watch Dallas with my Mom, too. And Knots Landing. And wasn’t there one called Flamingo Road or something?

    Comment by Bone — October 3, 2006 @ 8:28 am |Reply

  9. Great tour! Don’t sweat the longhorn.

    Comment by FloridaCracker — October 3, 2006 @ 9:36 am |Reply

  10. Those are naughty shoes! I like them. And thanks for the photo tour it was very interesting. I loved it. I need to visit there.

    Comment by Jolynn — October 3, 2006 @ 4:14 pm |Reply

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