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Three flavors


Beats me. Maybe in the summer this car serves as an ice cream stand?

When I go someplace like Dime Box, where I’ve never been before, I have the feeling that everything has looked just the way I saw it approximately forever. (I know things have changed, of course, or all these old buildings that I find would still be pristine.) So, that car, with its numbered windshield, and the mysterious ice cream signage? Been that way for years. Right? So it was a tiny bit of a surprise to look at the same scene on Google Maps and notice that my perceptions are wrong.

Dime Box, Texas
photographed 2.28.2014

Off road


Because I am sure you want to know, here’s a short explanation of what “off road diesel” is.

“Off road diesel” is diesel that is for use exclusively for off road uses. Like farm vehicles or diesel generators.

It’s dyed (red, usually) to distinguish it from non-off-road diesel. It’s cheaper than regular diesel because its price does not include federal highway taxes. And, while you can burn it in your diesel car, for example, without harming the engine, you’ll be risking some tax evasion charges.

If you want more information – and who WOULDN’T want more information?! – you can go here.

Maple, Texas
photographed 2.16.2014



Left behind: flouncy curtains in a wood-paneled room.

Left behind: dreams that didn’t survive reality.

Pep, Texas
photographed 2.16.2014

Trees like a cage


These trees are keeping the house from escaping. Or from falling down.

Pep, Texas
photographed 2.16.2014

Drawn by a five year old


You know the way little kids draw a house, with a square on the bottom and a lopsided triangle balanced on top? And a skinny chimney coming out perpendicular to the roof?

Except for not having a chimney, that’s what this old place looks like to me.

FM 836
Dickens County, Texas
photographed 3.26.2014


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