Hello Cowboy.....Joker card in play.....

Trip Start Jul 17, 2012
Trip End Aug 22, 2012

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Friday, August 17, 2012


Far be it for me to think the Wild West has gone......indeed, in our travels I have since discovered that the Wild West is alive and well, with Deadwood, SD; Wyoming (all of it), Silverton, CO to name a few....... all had the great elements of whatever a non-US citizen (in this case, a wayward Australian) would think sums up a "Wild West" town. The fact that Deadwood, SD spawned a great TV mini-series does mean that the 'Wild West' is still thought of romantically and often re-lived through reenactments.....

Okay....on to Fort Worth, Texas. For starters, my only interactions with the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW - for those travelling by aircraft) had indeed been via the DFW airport; a massive, modern sprawling airport with everything you ever needed under one roof whilst travelling. Anyway, my other interactions with Texas had been a separate trip to San Antonio, TX.....this city in itself (or rather the downtown 'River Walk' area) is worthy of 2-3 days in itself....merely if to only cover the history of The Alamo (watch the movie/s and you'll realise why Texans say they are from Texas rather than naming the country of origin when asked .....authors' observation only:)

Back to DFW...... so through the USN a few friends have relocated to the DFW area for various staff / admin jobs and I can't say enough how appreciative I was to them for all managing to coordinate schedules and come together tonight (Friday 17th August) for a great night out, relax, Texan BBQ, drinks and shenanigans.....

To sum up the 'Stockyards' of Fort Worth would be like trying to summarize how jackaroo's and jillaroo's go about their business in outback Australia. Furthermore, to paint a picture using only words alone would do the place an injustice....but I'll try anyway.... :)

We commence the evening with a beefabulous array of cowfferings from Risckys .....so while you can read it here....when my buddy Chad mentioned that we were going to "Risky's" I may have had other ideas about what the waitresses were going to be wearing..... thankfully it was more than a 10-gallon hat .....and when I saw the name I realised why. Great food, great restaurant and great times, especially with good friends.

So, it is also the first time I've got to play the joker card.......The 'Joker card' was instigated by Cliffy and I before the trip began; the rules are simple - once played - we aren't leaving the location for at least 24 hours........well, I played the card straight into Chad's Stetson hat. Cliffy took the deal, and we spent the next day (see below) relaxing.

So, the Stockyards is part burlesque, part cowboy, part line-dancing, part outdoor, part drinkalot, and all Texan. If you aren't sporting a massive belt buckle, cowboy boots or a Stetson hat then you will be in the minority. But that doesn't matter....everyone is friends here....even outsiders and foreigners......Not to mention that for whatever reason, this seemed to be the place where I had the most trouble with an Australian accent (either that or it could have been the beers consumed).....either way the wait-staff were all amazingly friendly and patient as I explained a bee-yah.......and a waawder...... :) As the night progressed I was trying to say I was a after a shot of a 'Heath Ledger' (no offence intended) ......but it is also known in Australia as a 'CS Cowboy' alas as you can read above, buying a beer was trouble for me.....was very glad to have my friends there to interpret......Either way, I can gladly say that the Loveshack (outdoor bar with great cover's musician) Cadillac Cantina and Billy Bobs was a great way to spend the night. Thanks to the DFW crew of friends who showed us a great night!

The night was followed up with a great day of touring thanks to Julla in which we got to see the arty side of Dallas, the rich side of Dallas and the educated side of Dallas...... a fantastic Mexican lunch was consumed before Jules gave us a great tip for a great haircut (which is a funny story in itself).

We folllowed the haircut up by encountering a thunderstorm up close and personal (first time since leaving Florida) and I can't say enough about how much we enjoyed hangin' with Chad and Karla at their house......the first time we had spent a night in 'a home' since leaving 'home'....it was divine, relaxing and one of the best nights sleep I've had since departing on the trip (separate rooms perhaps ??).  Thoroughly loved DFW area.....but it's massive, especially for Australians....

From Cliff

We had a good ride into Fort Worth with only an accident on the Highway about 10 miles from our hotel causing a massive traffic jam and us to swelter a bit in the heat.
From there it was an easy check in  and a late lunch across the road at Jakes Sports bar.

We then met one of Glens Navy buddies Julia and went to the comp welcome drinks at the hotel and watched a massive thunder storm roll in and dump heaps of water.
Slightly delayed us from meeting the others at a steak restaurant down in the 'Stockyards' area that is full of cowboy type bars and lots of white hats.
Was great to meet and spend the evening with Chad, Karla, Julia, Kenneth & Christina and we had a really fun night.
It was great for Julia to give us a tour of Dallas the next day, it's a bigger city than I thought it would be and well laid out. 
Glen also mentioned that we were looking at getting a haircut and Julia reccomended a place that some guys from her base were going to, 'The Boardroom'.
She mentioned that their hiring policy seemed to be very shapely ladies that the guys raved about.  I could see Glens eyes light up as he googled the contact details and I knew we would be getting haircuts there today.
All booked and off we went, entered and all seemed to be as Julia had said, a nice lady offered us a beer and asked us to take a seat.  Glen was beaming, right up until Paul asked him to come this way for his haircut and proceeded to cut his hair as the ladies attended other customers.
I was grinning so much as I waited for a lady to get me for my haircut and thinking how much I would enjoy ribbing Glen about this!!  Then Glen was coming back to the waiting room with his little cats bum grumpy look on his face and Paul then took me inside for my haircut.  RIPPED OFF!!!!!!! ;-))))))

As the massive thunder clouds again rolled in we chanced our luck and headed to Chad & Karla's house for dinner and a catch up.
Our luck with the weather ran out and we got drenched but we didn't have far to go.
We had a great night chatting with a few drinks and pizza before having our own rooms for the first time in a month and having a great sleep.  Thanks Chad and Karla for having us and the great company.
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