This Saturday, Reno and I drove over to Grayson County for a bit of a shufti. Pretty country, but I'm a bit puzzled by those tall-ish thingies with the green-and-brown bits. Got bark kind of like a bush, only they're a hell of a lot bigger. And they're everywhere. Weird.
Stopped in Muenster at Fischer's Meat Market and filled up a cooler with various meats and cheeses. I'm noshing on sliced summer sausage and smoked cheddar as I type this. Heaven.
Lake Texoma is a good-looking lake, but I'm frankly bloody amazed that anything fed by the Red River can ever be any shade of colour other than mud. I'll be a son-of-a-gun, though, Lake Texoma was the prettiest shade of blue that I've seen in a long time.
Went by the Gander Mountain store in Sherman -- and actually met a friendly gun-counter person! Let me coon-finger a Stoeger Cougar 9mm and a CZ P01, and then we chatted. First time in a long time that a gun-store person just gossiped with me -- and that earns the Gander Mountain in Sherman the LawDog Paw of Approval.
Denison seems to be a pretty little town, some of the older houses are downright gorgeous, but I think at least one of the residents is a little more perceptive than I was ready for.
Reno and I stopped at a small business on what seemed to be the downtown area of Denison, and walked into a store. I walked up to the counter, smiled at the lady behind it and asked, "How long have you lived here?"
Lady gives me Ye Olde Hairy Eyeball, looks at Reno (manfully keeping his knuckles off the carpet) back to me (attempting to hide all fangs and tentacles) and says, slightly suspiciously, "All my life."
"That's good" I say, "Now, this is going to sound a bit odd -- but where is the good section of town and where is the bad section?"
"Oh,"she says, visibly relaxing, "Cops."
What? Did somebody tattoo this on my forehead when I wasn't looking? Do out-of-town off-duty officers walk into businesses on a regular basis, flash their ID's and ask where the good and bad sections of town are? What about that question screams, "COP!"? Huh?
Totally gobsmacked me, I'm here to tell you.
Anyhoo, a nice little side trip, very much needed.
Metroplex next, I think.