For awhile, all I had seen of D-Town was a lot of dirty, ugly nothingness. I've traveled through it on the freeway... a lot of dirty, ugly nothingness. And from the freeway to my house...a lot of dirty, ugly nothingness (see previous post). And we even had to travel deep into the heart of town to return our moving truck and once again... a lot of dirty, ugly, nothingness.
We had to run an errand the other day and it took us to a new part of town. A part we hadn't seen before. A part we didn't even know could exist in D-Town Texas. There were stores...real stores. It was a new strip mall with stores including (but not limited to): World Market, TJ Maxx, Barnes and Noble, Pier 1, and Target.
Actually, this strip mall discovery has really helped get me over my bad case of the blues. Now we know where to live when our lease is up in June.
I also read that D-Town could be the nations next hot spot for indie rock. See here. In fact, here is just a sampling of notable musicians who got their start in this small town: Deep Blue Something, Don Henley, Meat Loaf, Norah Jones, Roy Orbison and Sly Stone (the article listed many more that I didn't recognize). Maybe that will convince Jeff (my very hip little bro) to visit more often. Not to mention, it's just another sign of real life her in D-Town.
It's still not the city life I love and am accustomed to, but I am finding more signs of 21st century civilization with each passing day. Life can go on.