Except for five years of my life, I’ve lived in or near the DFW area yet never have visited the Fort Worth Stockyards. So, since we were meeting some friends for a mid-afternoon lunch at Heim BBQ, I decided it was time to take in the sights with my family. It’s one of those things tourists always flock to but residents have never taken the opportunity to visit.
One of the first things we did was ride horses. WifeGeeding took that photo above and I love it. I look like a manly Texas father figure teaching his daughter about the importance of life as we trot along on our horses. And, I don’t look as chubby as usual. In reality, I’m fat and I don’t know what the heck I’m doing but trying to make my daughter happy. If you look at the photo close enough you can see the trainer between the horses who’s holding the reigns. They do offer a cool option of riding the horses along a Trinity River trail with a guide but without someone walking beside the horse and holding on the reigns, but you have to be at least eleven years of age.
The kids enjoyed trying to make their way through a stockage maze.
And they saw and got to sit atop some longhorn cattle.
When I was a young little Geeding watching Dick Clark’s New Year’s Eve special, they would often cut over to Billy Bob’s Texas, the World’s Largest Honky Tonk. It made an impression on me thinking it had to be a legendary spot and “The” place to go. So, we trotted on over, paid the $2 adult admission (kids get in free), and took advantage of the free line dancing lessons. The girls loved it, but “BoyGeeding” at least put on a brave face.
WifeGeeding couldn’t wait until we got to Heim BBQ to eat and to prevent her from getting hangry I bought her an early lunch. She enjoyed her Fletcher’s corny dog and Apple Orchard a little too much.
On our way to Heim BBQ we passed some sort Monet art installation.
While eating with friends at Heim we spotted TCU head football coach Gary Patterson hosting some recruits. I think I also saw him snap a pic of me eating as well when I wasn’t looking.
Despite what the LiberallyLean guy may tell you, this wasn’t a paid ad for Fort Worth tourism.
We watched last’s night’s ’20/20′ with George Stephanopoulos’ interview with President Trump and I got distracted with how Stephanopoulos tucks the smaller portion of his tie inside his dress shirt. However, I’ve gotten used to Trump and how he keeps his tie too long.
As most folks know, Stephanopoulos used to work in the Clinton White House. During his interview with Trump, I noticed how he would lean on the Resolute Desk for what I thought was a distinguishable amount of time. Sometimes, he’d put more weight on his hands than others. I have nothing to back this up, but I have a feeling that was a bit of muscle memory on his part and what he used to do when he talked to President Clinton in the Oval Office back in the early and mid-Nineties. In my mind, last night former President Clinton watched that interview and chuckled while seeing this and thinking, “Ha, that’s what he used to do me all the time, he hasn’t changed.”
I’ve seen an uptick on stories about deepfakes. That’s when real video and audio is manipulated to make a person do or say something he or she didn’t actually say or do and it’s indistinguishable. I have a feeling deepfakes will become a factor.
Other than the Dobson family, no Texan likes the idea of Whataburger being sold to a Chicago firm. Whataburger will still be Whataburger, but it will now lack a shine. The only thing they can do to make up for it is to sell breakfast all day.