Welcome back to Tire Mom! Today marks the start of our last part of this journey together. I’m happy to say that when I reached Texas, I didn’t get what sailors call “channel fever” when the end is near and you want to rush to get there. I savored my last five states just as I did the first five.
This leg started off just as I hoped it would: I was able to buy not one but two sets of tires in the Lone Star State. The first was for a wonderful woman named Maricela, who had a need for tires as she went about her personal business of helping friends and family. My plus-one was Connor, a hard worker who was getting ready to go back to school in the fall. Both were as gracious as they were deserving.
Things went so smoothly I had time to soak in some of what the Dallas area has to offer. As you know by now, I don’t always go to the obvious must-sees. I took in the Old Red Museum, Reunion Tower and, my favorite, the JFK Memorial area. I was particularly taken by a dish that said, in the late President Kennedy’s words, “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.”
The final point of interest may make you say, “What?” but hear me out. Friend Kim urged me to stop on my way out of town to fill up with gas at the iconic Buc-Eees gas station in Terrell. Really? A gas station? But the moment I pulled in I understood her recommendation. Trust me, you have never seen a bigger one. There are – count them – 60 gas pumps and 67,000 square feet of space in the convenience store where you can purchase anything from coffee to clothing. And the restrooms? Cleanest I had seen on my entire trip – and that, believe me, is a LOT of restrooms. Yeah, they do things big in Texas.
If you want to post a comment – and please do – will you tell us about a time when you didn’t think you could make much difference in a huge problem or issue, but you tried anyway? Good on you for that. As I’ve learned, you just never really know what you’ve done for someone with even a single smile.