I finished up all the Abilene area stuff yesterday and was anxious to get going. We showed up at the Pep Boys in Abilene for our 8am appointment. I got a lot of photoshopping done thanks to the Wi-Fi while the kids waited patiently:
The “Master Tech” diagnosed that the A/C tubing which Firestone installed in 2012 was not installed properly and had rubbed against stuff and created pin-sized holes. He put in proper brackets and even fixed (for free!) my dying driver door handle and three power/cigarette outlets which were hanging by a thread. I was reimbursed for the previous two A/C “repairs” on this trip. We lost about five hours but I’m happy to say that the A/C worked the rest of the trip.
Let’s start with a bunch of stuff from Fort Worth where the clouds were with us — in a good way for the most part. Sometimes, I’d have to stand there for a few minutes when the sun went away. But I just stared at the ground so I’d be ready to push the button when I saw the hard shadows appear.
Three shots from the Drummers Inn:
It must have been stunning when it had neon:
This crappy plastic covering was added within the last year or so. A trade-off I guess since it protects the neon. Here’s what the sign looks like at night:
This one has been neon-less for years:
Creepy but great statue at Mr. Pollo #2. What kind of tool is he using on that chicken? It looks more like an apple peeler than a knife:
The Jefferson Drive-in theatre was located Dallas. It was the last drive-in in the Dallas area. Here’s a photo I took of the sign in 2003:
The drive-in closed around 1990 and the sign sat there for years until a new elementary school was built on the site. The sign was saved and it has been repurposed at this place in Kennedale:
I shot this Dutch Maid Do-Nut Shop sign in Haltom City in 2011:
The cruller’s hole has been covered up and the sign advertises for the Taqueria El Toro now:
This sign in Fort Worth appears freshly repainted. I’m betting this has always advertised for a used car lot:
Moving on to Dallas tomorrow.