Dallas, Yeee Haaww !!

Trip Start Feb 07, 2007
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Thursday, October 11, 2007

It was a long and complicated journey from Canada to Texas - we started out on the Metro in Montreal, then a bus, two planes (via Chicago), two more buses and a train.  On our way from Dallas Fort Worth Airport to Dallas we meet some friendly locals who both recommend (in broad accents full of y'alls) that we skip Dallas altogether and head to Dallas' nearby neighbour, Fort Worth. Nevertheless, we continue with our intended route and arrive on a supersize train into Union Station in Down Town Dallas, to  the tune of Tim humming the 'Dallas' theme song. The place is like a ghost town, despite being what we thought would be rush hour time for people leaving work in the CBD. As our taxi takes us to hour hotel we there is nobody in sight (except in other cars) and the streets look completely abandoned. The only people we can see are in cars and in the end we figure that nobody walks anywhere in this city. We're pretty happy with the 'suite' we've booked - mega luxury with big flat screen TV, kitchen, AC, pool etc. We don't have a great deal of time to enjoy it though as we're off to Oklahoma at midday tomorrow.

We only have a few hours in Dallas to take in the sights. The major attraction here is the site of John F Kennedy's assasination. We take a look at the two 'X marks the spot' on the road on Elm Street that mark the two bullets that hit their target. We also get to examine the famous 'grassy knoll', picket fence, and, my personal favourite, the drain which featured in the brilliant X Files conspiracy theory episode (where the Smoking Man is the gunman and shoots from below the sidewalk). Next to this scene is the well known book depository from which Lee Harvey Oswald (alledgedly) shot JFK from the 6th floor. It's now the 6th Floor Musesum which is a really interesting museum that documents JFK's political career, the events leading up to the assasination and anything else you care to know about the fateful day:
www.jfk.org
It is certainly a compelling chain of events. We're lucky enough to visit the museum in time to see ex Dallas Homicide Detective Jim Leavelle speaking for an hour about his experience of the events. Leavelle, who is an old man now, was involved in the investigations at the Book Depository and the subsequent hunt for Lee Harvey Oswald in the hours after the assasination. He was also the man that was handcuffed to Oswald on the day that Oswald was shot by Jack Ruby in the basement of the police building. It's fascinating to hear a first hand account of what happened. Leavelle is convinced that Oswald is guilty and that the record of events is correct. However, the fact that Oswald never made it to trial and was gunned down just days after he alledgedly murdered JFK does create the ideal conditions for those wild conspiracy theories. And don't we love them??!! When we leave the museum we walk the route that Oswald is known to have taken after he left the scene of the assasination, up the Art Deco Greyhound Bus Station. It's a pretty rough place and as we leave there's a man whose overdosed being stretchered away by medics.
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