Weekend Adventure!

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary this weekend in Ft. Worth and had a great time! I used to live in Ft. Worth for about ten years, right after I moved to Texas from Kansas, and I still have fond memories of it and wanted to visit it again before we move.  I haven't been there in YEARS even though we live probably less than 60 miles away and I have a lot of friends around that area.

I was struck by how different people are there than Dallas, even though it's so close.  When we dropped our dog off for boarding for the night, the guy asked where we were going, and when we told him, he said, "It's like a whole different world over there!", and he is so right!

The difference is not huge, but it's a way of life, I think.  Ft. Worth is more casual in everything - the way they dress, more friendly, and a slower paced way of living.  Dallas is all about "let's go, go, go!", dressing more fashionably, and you never see people who look like they're on their way to buck horses at a rodeo.  We went to downtown Ft. Worth where all the cowboys were, and I immediately saw what made me want to get a job in Dallas and move here so much in my 20's.  My friends never wanted to go to Dallas with me when I lived there, and that's where I always wanted to go.  Nothing has changed.  They still never want to come here, and I still think Ft. Worth is too country for me.

It was fun though, doing things that I only dreamed of doing when I was a struggling single girl in my 20's living in Ft. Worth.  I stayed in the hotel I always wanted to try, ate at a fabulous restaurant - we probably spent what I would have made in a whole week back then!  That's not saying we spent a fortune by any means, it's more a statement of how little I used to make!

I have so much cleaning to do to get the house ready to sell.  It's overwhelming.  We're in the "declutter" phase, and I'm very much a clutter-er.  I only have until the end of December, which I know sounds like a lot of time, but I work for an hour and I can't take it anymore!  Just an hour a day for two months wouldn't be enough.  It's hard going through everything deciding what to keep, what to donate, and what to trash.  For many years now, every time I've had things that I didn't know what to do with and wanted to get whatever it was out of the way, I've put it in my office which I'm not presently using.  But now that room is full of things that I didn't know what to do with in the first place.  It's a nightmare room!  I can't even stand being in there, let alone staying in there for a length of time to sort things out into piles of keep/donate/throw away.

I wish I didn't wake up every single night in the middle of the night.  I wonder why I do that?  At least I'm able to go back to bed and fall asleep, I just wish I would never wake up in the first place!

As much as I run from "Texas country" and I moved here hating the whole Texas culture, I did grow to like country music for a period in the 90's.  I heard this song in Ft. Worth and felt so sad when I realized I would probably never hear country music in Texas just playing somewhere that I would recognize the song and make me happy to hear it!  Notice the super starched shirt and jeans!  That is one of the first Texas fashion tips I learned when I moved here! : )

George Strait - Check Yes or No





5 comments:

Gledwood said...

Where on earth is Fort Worth (it is Ft as in Fort, yes?... is it in Texas?... anywhere near Dallas? And if so sorry but I cannot resist asking this: did you ever see JR or Sue Ellen just mooching around the shops, strip clubs (in JR's case), wherever...?

KansasSunflower said...

Gledwood - Yes, Ft. as in Fort, and in Texas, about 30 miles away from Dallas. Dallas is nothing like the television show Dallas, and no, I've never seen JR or Sue Ellen, but Larry Hagaman (who plays JR) does live in Dallas. : ) Along with former president Dubya...

Gledwood said...

I always wondered why they called the TV show Dallas... don't all the big oil barrons live in Houston anyway..?

Gledwood said...

Oh how stupid: I ask you whether you're near Dallas and you're WRITING about Dallas I'm so sorry darlin' sometimes I just seem to have the most chronic attention-span out there...

HEY BTW I'VE POSTED UP A MARVELLOUS and fantastic essay about severe mania by Dr Emil Kraepelin and would you have a brief poke through to see what you think of it...?

I know the descriptions seem very florid but of course every sentence of quotation comes from another patient. If all had happened to everybody then old Dr Kraepelin would have had the severest bunch of cuckoo-clock cases on his hands in all psychiatry!

I've read MANIC-DEPRESSIVE INSANITY AND PARANOIA and think it's way better than any modern text, at least as far as mania. You still get ultra-extreme manic episodes in this day and age purely because mania can kick off and peak so rapidly it can have done its worst before a person ever reaches a doctor...

... the depressive syndromes on the other hand seem to me rather fantastical in comparison. Example: "fantastic melancholia" ~ I've known people who've had depressive psychosis and it never ever was anything anywhere near as florid as that... in fact I'm pretty sure that Kraepelin's "fantstic melancholia" wouldn't even be considered "depression" today, it would be schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder...

http://gledwood4.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/what-its-like-to-go-crazy-dr-kraepelin.html

if you wanna read the book BTW you can find it on my sidebar ... scroll just down a bit from Andrew Warhol and the hamburger and 2 paragraphs down the ecstasy article and in the mood disorders section you'll see the link to Kraepelin's Manic Depressive Insanity and Paranoia if you click you can get pdf, Kindle etc downloads or even read the book on line in the most sophisticated manner turning real live yellowing pages it's so glamorous you can almost smell the damp and mould rising off...

KansasSunflower said...

Gledwood - I have no idea where all the oil barons live! I don't know any, but perhaps Houston! : )

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