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Things move slowly around here – there’s almost no change to this old place in the five years between photos..

Floydada, Texas
photographed 3.25.2017

Spatula

One of the great mysteries that I encounter every time I peek through a dirty window into an abandoned business is what sorts of things were left behind.

A spatula, this time. And a heat lamp.

Did someone intend to come back and get the rest of their things? Or did they just say fuck it and walk away from their failed business, hoping that maybe on another day in another town, they’d get a new spatula.

Floydada, Texas
photographed 3.25.2017

The sign will guide us

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If you’re like me, it’s hard to see a 100 mile round trip for a 30 minute meeting as a waste of time. The way I see it, it’s kind of nice, actually, that the meeting was short enough so that there was plenty of photography time left over before I had to head back.

That’s what happened the day I took this one. My meeting with the county judge* was short so I was able to see the town, including this old sign, past its prime but still standing, proudly and vacantly.

Floydada, Texas
photographed 3.9.2012

*A few days after I wrote this I realized that it sounded like I was meeting with the judge to get out of a speeding ticket or to post bail or something like that. It was actually a meeting for work – the judge is on our board of directors. I am sticking with that story.

In triplicate

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Well, I suppose if one stairstep-plus-an-arch facade is good, then three of them must be even better. Right?

If you keep on going past these triplets, and turn left at the end of the street, you’ll be on highway 207. Keep going long enough and you’ll end up in Silverton, Texas. Which should not be confused with Silverton, Colorado. Or Silverton, Oregon. Just to clarify.

Floydada, Texas
photographed 1.31.2014

October 31

Floydada: 4 of 4

(All the way back in the last century, my son, Nathan, was ill*, and as a result our family participated in a Make a Wish trip. His friend Dennis went with us on the trip. We went on the annual Wish Flight, where kids from all around the country were flown to Dallas, then to Orlando, via a chartered plane. Nathan and Dennis decided to amuse themselves by pretending we were going to Floydada [a small town on the Texas High Plains], rather than Florida. They videotaped various participants in the event – the CEO of American Airlines, a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, flight attendants, etc. – talking about how excited they were to be going to FLOYDADA. It was funnier, maybe, than it sounds, but I have a warm place in my heart for Floydada because of their crazy antics.)

Floydada, Texas

* He’s fine now.

photographed 3.9.2012

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