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Day 38

Location: Fort Worth, TX

Miles Driven: 301

Total Miles: 8,312

I woke up in time to catch Cata and Jon getting ready for work, and they offered me their house as long as I needed it.  We all said our goodbyes (even Nico did a little wave to me), and I headed out to run some errands.  Got a haircut, cleaned up the car a bit, and then returned to the house to do some laundry and get my things together.

By 11:30 I had hit the road, and I headed east toward downtown Houston to go check out the “Beer Can House”, another recommendation of my buddy John in Georgia.  Apparently it’s a house made of beer cans.  Go figure.  There was a major accident on the route, though, so I took a detour and began the journey north to Ft. Worth.  (If you want to see what the beer can house looks like, click here).  Hmmm.  That’s all I have to say about that.

I made it to Ft. Worth in time to see my friend Kelly’s new house in the suburbs of Ft. Worth.  What a nice home.  I busted her chops before when I knew she was looking for a house (as I am a proud “renter for life”), but she really found a nice place and made it her own.  Pretty amazing.  Congrats Kelly! 

So in a matter of a few days I saw two members of that family, as I saw Christie in Milwaukee and now her sister Kelly in Ft. Worth.  After a quick tour of the new house, we headed to a local bar to meet up with some friends in the area.  Thanks to all the Lockheed friends for coming out, it was great to meet up with some guys I haven’t seen in a long time.

Frank welcoming me to Texas, as Kelly looks on

Matt and me. Matt used to work up in Owego, like me, but I didn't meet him until after I left

My good friend Kenneth and me. Kenneth made the drive from Dallas to meet up. Thanks buddy

Group shot before leaving the bar

I need to add a few details about that group shot there.  From left to right – Samir (aka the “Color Me Green” commenter on this site, big supporter of the trip); Dan – friend from back home in Endwell, haven’t seen him probably since high school; Rich – friend from Bethesda who, in a weird coincidence, has a friend who shares a house with my buddy Sam in NJ; me; Kenneth – always sharply dressed; and Kelly – new homeowner and my host in Ft. Worth.

Ended up staying at the bar til after 9PM.  Great time.

Plan for Wednesday: meet up with some more friends in the area (I’ll have lunch, actually, with a buddy from grade school).  Also, I’ll run some errands and prep for the trip to Big Bend, which is a nine-hour drive from here.

Texas is great, but it’s truly the people that make a place memorable.


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  1. July 7, 2010 at 8:45 pm


    I think you are ahead of me now, I haven’t heard a word….

  2. The Mommie
    July 7, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    “Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.”

    —Woodrow Wilson
    Your cup over flows. How blest you and all your buds are to know where your treasures lay!

  3. Dad
    July 9, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Happy Birthday, Joe.

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