Amos & Sparky go to Dallas (part two)

Andy with the map at the Arboretum ... in his fedora ... and his cargo shorts

It’s been another busy day for us as we explore Dallas on our weekend excursion to Texas. Some of our plans worked, and some of them didn’t, and then we ended up at an electronics store. Go figure.

Dallas Farmer's Market

Dallas Farmer’s Market

Our first stop early this morning was the Dallas Farmer’s Market, but it was early and not much was happening. There were a few people out, but the place lacked some of its allure when the streets are empty. And I wanted to take photos and Andy said we were getting funny looks. Plus, it was supposed to rain, and we had really wanted to go to the botanical gardens. So we didn’t stay long at the Farmer’s Market, instead heading for the Dallas Arboretum.

Pretty yellow flower at the Dallas Arboretum

Pretty yellow flower at the Dallas Arboretum

Talk about an awesome place! Wow! The Dallas Arboretum is huge and beautiful and full to overflowing with gorgeous flowers.  We spent two hours wandering around the lushly landscaped paths, and I took photographs of everything that moved or didn’t move. It was just beautiful!! Expensive. But well worth it.

Whata-lunch! My #1 Combo from Whataburger!

Whata-lunch! My #1 Combo from Whataburger!

Then, for lunch, we hit up a Whataburger. Yum! I’m glad we don’t have Whataburger’s in Wichita, otherwise we’d probably get tired of them.

After lunch, we came back to the hotel for some downtime. I napped. Because I’m old. And then Andy suggested that we go check out this super-duper electronics superstore. Because I’m a nerd like that, I said, “Why not?”

So that’s how we ended up at a Micro Center. And that’s how Andy bought a Nexus tablet, which is sitting on the hotel desk right now, still in its box, because he refuses to open it until we get home.

Strange child.

Then, we went to Barnes & Noble. A beautiful two-story Barnes & Noble, and I remembered I had a gift card I hadn’t spent yet. So I bought Game of Thrones, which I plan to read as soon as I get done with The Dragon Reborn by Jordan.

And then, we had dinner. At a Cheesecake Factory. I had Bang Bang Chicken and Shrimp, and I got a Hershey Bar Cheesecake, which I am getting ready to eat right now. And after I eat it, I’m going to pass out from all the sugar, but it will be worth it. How often do I get Cheesecake Factory?

And that was our day. We’re back in the room making plans for tomorrow. We’re hoping to hit the Village Church in Denton. Then, Fuddruckers for lunch, and we should be headed home after that.

Lessons from Sparky

Andy with the map at the Arboretum ... in his fedora ... and his cargo shorts

Andy with the map at the Arboretum … in his fedora … and his cargo shorts

When parking in a sketchy neighborhood, find the most expensive car you can on the street and park next to them. In our case, we parked next to a BMW. Because there’s no way that any robber with half a brain will break into a 2012 Malibu with a scrape on the passenger side quarter panel when they could break into a swanky BMW right next door.

I also learned that it’s perfectly acceptable to wear a fedora with cargo shorts and flip-flops.

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