27th July - Sport and US history in Dallas

Trip Start Jul 14, 2008
Trip End Aug 17, 2008

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Flag of United States  , Texas
Sunday, July 27, 2008


Despite the fact that this was a non-driving day, we still had an early start so that we could be at Dallas Stadium for our guided tour by 9 a.m. A couple of stragglers didn't make it to the bus but managed to catch up with us later in the day.

Dallas Stadium is a massive place. We were taken through the change rooms to see the lockers of Cowboy players past-and-present before heading out onto the playing surface. The stadium holds 85,000 people and the games are sold out a year in advance!!! Those Texans love their football. We had a run around the field and set up a small game of footy. I managed to intercept a wayward pass over Adrian and took off the length of the field, before being blindsided by Tyson coming off the sideline! Despite my sunnies being a bit worse-for-wear we had a great time. Oh, did I mention that they are pulling down the stadium because they are building a bigger, better one with the world's largest TV screen running the length of the field!!! Everything has to be big in Texas!

We were dropped into the city centre of Dallas to do as we pleased. The first stop was the site of the assassination of JFK. There is an eerie feeling as you look across the road and see a white cross on the street marking the position where he was struck by the fatal headshot. We listened to a compelling story from one of the conspiracy-theorists who spends most of each day on the grassy knoll before taking a walk through the 6th floor museum. Located on the 6th floor of the Texas School Book Depository (the place where Lee Harvey Oswald supposedly fired the shots), the museum chronicles the Presidency and assassination of JFK. After grabbing some late lunch at the slowest Subway restaurant in the world we jumped back on the bus and headed back to the hotel.

That night we had dinner at the most hilarious restaurant I have ever been to, Dick's Last Resort. The basic idea behind the restaurant is that the waiters are sarcastic and rude to you, and you are meant to be rude and sarcastic back. I.e. if you ask for a napkin, they grab and handful and throw them in your face. Dinner was preceded by a bombardment of balls of paper and sugar sachets. To top off the experience, everyone had a paper hat made for them with some sort of inappropriate comment written on it e.g. 'I lost my virginity to a horse', 'Easier than community college' and 'I came to America and all I got was anal sex'! Hilarious meal, but some of the most stuck-up members of the group (not mentioning names) didn't find it so amusing.
After dinner we had a few drinks in the hotel bar, had a swim and hit the sack.
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