Yesterday we went to Abilene. I can hardly say Abilene without saying “prettiest town I’ve ever seen”. Anyone besides me and my friend, Sarah, remember that song? I’ve had George Hamilton, IV’s version of the song on my iPod forever. In Missouri, since I knew no one, I had a very bad habit of running to the grocery store in horrible clothes with no makeup and just generally looking pretty bad. I told myself I wasn’t going to do that here. Not that it really matters . . I don’t know anyone here either. I’ve been doing pretty good til one day early last week, before the air conditioner fiasco, I hadn’t planned to go anywhere. I had on horrible clothes – a faded t-shirt with a hole in it and no makeup. The radio was playing and guess who was going to be at Hastings here in Brownwood . . right then, with his new CD. George Hamilton, IV. If you don’t listen to country music, you probably never heard of him but if I’d been dressed decent, I would have gone right down there and bought his new CD, had it autographed and had my picture taken with him. So then I said to myself . . I’m not going out in horrible clothes with no makeup again . . but I know I will.
Anyway, we went to Abilene yesterday (yep, decent clothes and makeup). Vince knows exactly how to talk me into going anywhere with him. He offered to eat lunch at a sushi restaurant.
Even though I charged the camera battery and made sure a memory stick was in it, I forgot to bring it so all the photos were taken with the cell phone. We ate at Bonzai and it was so good. Sometimes I’m almost disappointed when we find such a good restaurant because then I don’t want to eat anywhere else and miss out on other good restaurants. The folks sharing our table told us about some other good places to try but I sure do love sushi and the hibachi grill.
Along the way and while there, we saw some sights that you normally would not expect to see in this part of Texas so I thought I’d share some with you.
I love hay bales! I didn’t expect to see any because of the drought but there they were! Vince thinks they’re in an area that’s being irrigated but look at the weeds on the side of the road . . they’re green too. Not much green in my yard except where my washing machine drains right out onto the ground. I think that’s kinda weird. It’s “gray” water and they say it’s ok.
Who would expect to see mountains in Texas? OK . . to some of you, they’re merely hills but I think they’re mountains!
An erupting volcano! Who knew these were here! Oh . . wait . . that’s in the restaurant!
My parents! OK . . I wasn’t going to say it but my dad just made a comment about my stash. Vince and I were walking through Lowe’s and he grabbed my arm and said “Don’t look now but some of your friends from Missouri followed you?” I turned to look and . . well, it was kinda funny!
And, lastly, blurry picture and all . . who would think . . on a late August afternoon in Texas, the outside temp would be a cool 108º? And, I ask myself again . . why did we move here?