Day 10: Onward to Fort Worth

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:

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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.

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Three shots from the Drummers Inn:

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It must have been stunning when it had neon:

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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:
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This one has been neon-less for years:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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I shot this Dutch Maid Do-Nut Shop sign in Haltom City in 2011:

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The cruller’s hole has been covered up and the sign advertises for the Taqueria El Toro now:

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This sign in Fort Worth appears freshly repainted.  I’m betting this has always advertised for a used car lot:

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Moving on to Dallas tomorrow.

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2 thoughts on “Day 10: Onward to Fort Worth

  1. So glad you got the a/c finally fixed properly! Love the tired traveler man on the Drummer’s Inn, looks like the place to stop when you’re road-worn :). But what’s up with Mr. Pollo? Looks like he’s shaving that chicken with a Bic, lol! Enjoying your trip from the comfort of my air conditioned home, safe travels!

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