Posts Tagged ‘Parking Lot’


The Strange Case of the Missing Minyards

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily


As I left the movie theatre today a newly erected fence in the parking lot caught my eye. I slowed to take a look & realized it was not so much the erected fence,  but the missing building that had poked at my subconscious.
The Minyards that was, for years, my default grocery store – as much because it was a homegrown, local grocery store chain as anything else – is no more. It has been empty now for a considerable length of time, but it's absence on the corner will take some getting used to.
I guess WalMart gets to notch another company on their "we are taking over the world" stick.


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Beer Manager

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

Beer Manager

5 March 2011

Being stuck in traffic due to an accident is not the way I wanted to start my first day as a beer manager at the North Texas Irish Festival. I had my schedule worked out pretty well and we left the house earlier this morning than we’ve ever left for an Irish Festival day. But, the universe had other plans for me, and by the time we parked (parking lot stupidity was at an all time high) and walked to volunteer check-in and I had a radio in my hand, I was much later than I’d hoped to be.

It worked out alright, though. I found my booth—they moved it last night!—met my first couple of volunteer pourers, and started my set-up. Wine and ice bucket over here. Sanitizing station … over there. Personal stuff back here. Boxes of cups … down there. Taps are hooked up … Breathe. Relax … Okay …

I got everyone signed in, checked their TABC licenses and learned names. We had little time to wait; since one other booth wasn’t opening at all due to the cold, nasty wind, we had early morning customers.  The cold weather made for a slow morning, but by midday, the sun was out and the cold didn’t seem so penetrating.

It wasn’t too far into the day when Doug showed up in my booth looking all business-like.  Then, Barbara showed up, too, and I started to get concerned that I might be in some sort of trouble.   When Kara, too, arrived, I was officially worried.  Three of the four beer coordinators—my bosses—in my booth all at the same time?   But, moments later, after a wordy introduction about how I was crazy enough to want more responsibility, they presented me with the hat in this photo.  Apparently, it’s become sort of a joke, that all beer managers are given a hat like this on their first day.

Those who really know me, will know exactly how ironic this is.  I hate baseball-style caps.  This is actually a “trucker’s hat” or a “hunter’s cap”—technically even more awful, in my book.  I hate the fact that somewhere along the line it became socially acceptable for these hats to be worn by anyone, anytime, indoors or out.  I get that baseball players need to shade their eyes from the sun … that’s an appropriate use of this hat style.  I can even understand other uniform-type uses for it …  But, backwards?  Or, on a shady day?  Or not on a baseball diamond?  And, why are they such a fashion trend?  And, when did men decide to ignore centuries of tradition and not remove these hats indoors?  Or during the singing of our national anthem?  I once tapped a six and a half-foot tall total stranger on the shoulder during the national anthem AT a baseball game and motioned authoritatively for him to take his cap off!  He did, too.  My list of billed-hat-related gripes is a mile long.

So, for me to be given this hat that I’m expected to wear, is frankly more than a little but funny.  But, as the newbie, and not wanting to offend or buck the system, I wore the damn thing … all day.  (I started to wear it the next day, too, until my husband told me how silly I looked in it and I got brave enough to carry it, rather than wear it.)  I have since found out that everyone thinks they’re awful!  Both those who wear them and those who just look at us wearing them.  It’s really rather funny.  A couple of the managers (mostly newer ones) wear them, but, one guy actually threw his in the trash moments after receiving it! LOL.  Another guy wears it only when working, and switches the second his shift is done. Someone else said they were given one, but didn’t know where it was.  I’m now trying to figure out if I can take the logo part that says “beer manager” and sew it onto some other, less offensive hat style for next year’s festival!  I might start a new fashion trend!

I worked my shift as manager at Beer booth #3, then went to the whiskey tasting and worked another couple of hours.  Since the whiskey tasting is how I got involved in this volunteer gig, I really didn’t want to give it up. When I finished there, I found my husband, and after a quick bite to eat, we enjoyed music for the rest of the evening.  Lots of our friends were there, including Bryan, Mike and Graham, Allyson (and Rod, although I never saw  him), Mary and Donny, Paige and Bobby and girls, Laura, Marcus and many, many others.  We stayed almost to the very end of the evening, finally tearing ourselves away only because we knew we had dogs at home, and that tomorrow morning would come awfully early after such a long day.


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Cardboard Gasoline

   Posted by: MB    in Daily


21 February 2011

I have never “watched” a gas station being built before. We watched the lot transform as they deconstructed the old theatre and leveled the ground. We saw the concrete being poured and the little store being built. Now, there are giant cardboard boxes where gas pumps will be. (Or maybe they are already hiding under those boxes!) Anyway, this scene amused me as we pulled into the parking lot at No Frills Grill next door. It won’t be long now before their new neighbour is up and running!

I wonder what the price of a gallon will be by then!?


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Street Legal

   Posted by: MB    in Daily


20 February 2011

For the first time since my husband bought his cute little Mitsubishi, she is totally, technically, street legal, today! Sadly, that means that gone is the very cool Scottish flag plate that has adorned her front bumper all these years. The law requiring actual registration license plates on both back and front changed somewhere along the line—don’t look it up and tell me it’s always been that way … I don’t want to know (LOL) —and we loved the flag plate so much we took our chances. But, when two little burned out light bulbs caused a nice Arlington police officer to follow us home last night, and give Kyle only a friendly warning … he decided that was his one “chance”. It was time.

Incidentally, I am now an expert on using a tiny phillips head screwdriver to replace light bulbs in a small crevice between bumper and plate, while lying on my back in a parking lot! 😉 There is no way a man’s hand could do that job, I’m pretty sure of it!

I took this photo to show my success. The lights work and the plates have been changed.

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   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

rain_spout A roof spout tossing the runoff from 7” of snow into the parking lot. Captured from quite a bit away while drinking beer.



~KR (Written on 9 February 2011)

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Extraordinary Sunset

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

7 January Sunset 5

7 January 2011

I don’t know where you were at sunset on this day, but if you were in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, you likely know just how amazingly beautiful the sky was as the sun went down.

We are fortunate in North Texas that the phenomenon of a lovely sunset is rather commonplace. But, wow! Today was the over-the-top example of that fact. I was riding in the car with my friend Stephen, and I couldn’t snap photos fast enough as the sky changed! He finally took pity on me, and pulled into a parking lot so I could jump out and keep firing! My photo of the day is the happy result of that stop. This is what it looked like a few seconds before …

7 January Sunset 3

I figure I can get away with two pictures in one KRuMB post, since I missed a day or two already this week! 😉

And, on that same note:  this is the adorable photo I took a few minutes later of Stephen’s mom’s cute cat asleep amidst the pile of Christmas decorations about to be packed away!

Stella's Christmas Cat

Now, I’m all caught up!


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Hairbands in a Harsh Light

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

27 April 2010
It’s been so long I can’t recall specifically, but I think I took this photo of my discarded, unworn hairbands while sitting in the car in the Lincoln Court parking lot in front of No Frills Grill. I can’t exactly recall what I may have been doing there, but I’m guessing it was just post or possibly pre beer.
Hair Bands in Harsh Light

~KR (Written (finally) on 13 May 2010)

Listening to:
Sad and Beautiful World by Love & Rockets

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 125
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Off, Did not fire

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