Amos & Sparky go to Dallas (part 1)

Today marks our first full day in Dallas, and we jam-packed it full of all sorts of fun and interesting (and sometimes downright strange) activities.

It sucks being two perfectionist workaholics because even though we didn’t get to bed until Midnight we both still woke up before 6 a.m. Of course, Andy went and worked out, and I just made coffee and stared at a wall until I could get my brain synapses to start firing in proper sequence.

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, TX
George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, TX

Our first stop was the George W. Bush Presidential Museum and Library on the campus of Southern Methodist University here in Dallas. We drove down Mockingbird Lane to get there, and I’ve got to say the little houses on that street were adorable … but I don’t want to know how expensive they are.

We parked on campus and managed to get tickets without too much of a wait. Getting through security was interesting, but all the security guys were really nice. We spend about an hour and a half wandering around the museum, marveling at the iron beams from the World Trade Center, and remembering everything that happened in those eight years.

The museum itself is really impressive. The technology involved in the whole experience was amazing. Lots of interactive exhibits. Lots of things to read and look at and touch and get deeper with. And there’s a really funny video by the Bush daughters at the end that will make you smile.

After we finished at the museum, we went to our first In and Out Burger! Andy had heard there was one in Dallas, and we both wanted to give it a try. It wasn’t bad. It reminded us both of a much cleaner, more streamlined version of the local Wichita greasy spoon, Bionic Burger. The biggest difference between In and Out Burger and Bionic Burger is that you’re pretty positive that you’re eating beef and not rat.

Museum of Biblical Art
Museum of Biblical Art

After lunch, our next stop was the Museum of Biblical Art. Andy had heard about it, and the place had gotten really great reviews on TripAdvisor and such. We were both really curious, so we decided to stop by and see what it was about. I had a sneaking suspicion that we were in for a treat when the first thing we saw when we pulled up was a great big giant banner that read: “Via Dolorosa Sculpture Garden Coming Soon!”

Now, I’m not an art critic. I like pretty paintings and sculptures and exhibits and things of that nature. Shoot, I’ll even stand around hemming and hawing about a particular piece of art that captures my imagination. But … well … let’s just say this place was special.

It wasn’t bad. And I’m sure if you’re an art buff, you’d probably enjoy it. But Andy and I emerged from the place about an hour later, both asking ourselves what the heck we had just seen. It was an interesting way to spend some time. … Expensive. But interesting.

As soon as we indulged our microscopic art hankering, we promptly went back to the hotel and napped for two hours like old people. And then we woke up and went to eat dinner at Chuy’s, a Mexican food place that we’d heard some old friends talking about. And wow! What a place! I’m hoping we can find another one sometime and go again. Fantastic food!

After that, we made the rounds at the Galleria and then chilled at a Starbucks, reading and surfing the web until just a few moments ago when we got back to the hotel.

It’s been a really great day, and we’re excited about tomorrow too. I’m hoping to be able to get some photos. I really didn’t take any today. I just didn’t have any good light or angles, and it would have caused more headache than not. And I would have loved to take photos of the bizarre stuff in the art museum, but photography was restricted. So that was a no-go.

But tomorrow we’re hoping to hit the farmer’s market and maybe the Dallas botanical gardens! Should be a fun day!

Lessons from Sparky

Andy putting gas in the car in his nerdy t-shirt
Andy putting gas in the car in his nerdy t-shirt

People in Texas know how to drive, unlike people in Kansas. People in Dallas see that it’s dark outside and raining and decide to slow down on the highways, generally speaking. People in Kansas see that it’s dark and raining and react one of two ways: one, they slow down to 20 mph, or, two, they speed up to see how rapidly they can get their car to hydroplane.

Moral of the story? I’m not sure. But it doesn’t increase my confidence in Kansas drivers at all.

 

A.C. Williams

Amy Williams left a lucrative career in marketing to write novels about space cowboys, clumsy church secretaries, American samurai, and alternate dimensions. Along the way, she also discovered a passion for teaching other creative professionals how to use technology to make life easier. Through video instruction or one-on-one coaching, she teaches software, blogging, basic graphic design, and many other useful skills that help creative entrepreneurs get stuff done minus the frustration.

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