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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

In these blogs, I'll just speak whatever is on my mind, but we will be playing within the rules here. I may pick a particular topic, point out an event, or shoot the breeze. I'm a little bit of an essayist at times, so I'll just speak what's on my mind, and I might tell a story or two. Or, I might spew out an opinion or three. There will be some serious moments, some tender, some poignant, but there will also be those moments that you'll just bust out laughing. But, hopefully, everything will be in good fun here. And, of course, there's a place below for your comments and thoughts as we go along here. So feel free to join me for the ride -- I sure as heck hope I'm doing this right and not making any mistakes.

Thanks for taking your time in reading Case's Column. Hopefully, you'll enjoy being entertained by it as much as I've enjoyed putting these writings together. And thanks for the time you spend in City-Data.com, where it's great to be alive!



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Day Tripper: 'Cue, Sign Humor, Sting, And Smoother Grades

Posted 10-25-2021 at 12:14 PM by case44

Road Trip Case was at it again.

Now, it's a good thing. It's always good just to get on the road when one ever gets the urge.

So, this past Saturday, I got in my Shark and traveled to Brownwood, Texas, just to check out small-town life and the good old countryside. Had some fine food at an historic place, Underwood's BBQ for a different kind of barbecue. This place is now just a one-shot deal, as it once was a franchise which had locations in Fort Worth and Waco, but this writer had never stopped at those places.

Saturday's sojourn offered me that opportunity.

Underwood's is a little different, as it's a cafeteria which serves barbecued meats and fried chicken, along with several vegetables, rolls, fruit cobblers, and orange potato salad. That's right, sports fans; the color was orange.

They had a type of steak as one the meat choices, but what it really is is a brisket steak. It had the texture of beef brisket, but it was in a steak format. Don't be fooled, folks. It is brisket. I had that, along with sauced pork ribs, German sausage, ranch-style pinto beans, and the aforementioned orange potato salad (which didn't taste bad, at all). One of these days, I'll have to drop in again.

Then I stopped at a Stripes gas station to fill up the tank when the United grocery store's gas outlet was too full of cars. A few blocks away was that Stripes, and so, I refilled the Shark there. Out of nowhere, as I was about to make my petrol selection, a strange buzzing insect suddenly stung me just below the right wrist.


It happened so fast, it was not a mosquito, as it wasn't a bite. I couldn't see really exactly what that was, and it could have been a bee or a wasp, or something the likes of nothing I've seen before. So, after filling up, there actually was a Walgreen's closeby (Thank goodness!), and I purchased a couple of things to ease the sting. It most assuredly was a prick and not a bite. Got to love life, I tell ya!

Afterwards, I did not return the same way I came. Going in to Brownwood was on U.S. Highway 67, and I passed by a sign for the Country River Club between Proctor and Comanche. It's picture-worthy. There's this cowboy with an arrow sticking in his arse and he's doubling up in great pain. Speaking of stings. So, anyhow, I left Brownwood going north on U.S. 183, heading up to Rising Star and then up to Interstate 20 at Cisco, and from there, it's on back to Fort Worth. One notable thing about the I-20 excursion is that the Texas Department of Transportation has smoothed out a very steep grade on the highway by having built a new alignment just a hair south of the old location. Now, the runs up or down (west or east) are not as sharp as they were. No longer is it a ride at Six Flags , but it is a much smoother transition from different elevations. That location is just west of State Highway 16 and east of Ranger. Check it out if you ever travel through there.

And I have a small vacation planned for next month. Not only will I go see the Frisco (TX) Community Parade, but I have decided to plan two nights in Amarillo (weather permitting). Case would like to use his Best Western points reward, so why not? If it doesn't snow in the Panhandle, then I'm taking my Shark out there.

Besides, who could resist a steak from The Big Texan?? Not this writer.
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