Houston kicked my ass today. I don’t know if it was the heat or possible food poisoning but I’m getting this post off to you in the wee hours because I needed a nap. Still not feeling right. It got to around 90 today and although I spent thousands on A/C just last year, nothing at all coming out today. I stopped at several dog parks today so the dogs could soak in ponds. This afternoon there was a breeze at least which really helped. Maybe if Sparkle ever does break down on this trip, I can get the A/C fixed at the same time.
Basically, my stomach is in knots and I feel like I could barf at any second. Weak. And I feel like my whole body’s been beaten up. Kind of like after you do a big move and every muscle aches. I did get in and out of the van a few thousand times today so maybe that’s it. I was trying desperately to make a good dent in the TX list. Didn’t get started til late because there was intense fog in the morning. Weird. I should be able to finish Houston tomorrow if I’m feeling right.
Early in the day, I stopped at THE Shipley’s on Ella Blvd. This is the one with the old neon sign and I think make better donuts than the rest:
So I got two — time for the Dashboard Donut shot:
Cherry and nut (walnuts — no wimpy peanuts here). I ate them both. And that’s I think when my problems started. I haven’t eaten anything since because I feel like I’m going to explode. But I don’t blame Shipley’s. Could be just a bad combo of heat, dehydration, and maybe too much sugar at once given that scenario.
Let’s move on to some signs.
Still an operating Sears — different location from the bus shelter than I posted over at Flickr tonight:
Its building is still there:
This little strip mall has been luckier:
A cute little survivor. The sign is nicer in person — sun was really glare-y here:
This fried chicken place had a sign I’ve not seen before. Could this be an early Church’s or something?
This place caught my eye with its turrets and freestanding sign:
The owner came out & shared some of his vintage photos of the place. Sadly the pylon part of the building to the right has been remodeled (no more pylon):
One last quirky building for tonight:
Back to bed. Hoping I can sleep this thing off.