I have an endless fascination for the things that get left behind when a place is abandoned. It started in Floydada, Texas, when I spotted a single spatula left in an out-of-business hamburger stand, and I haven’t gotten over it yet. I understand that maybe the last people who lived here didn’t really mean to abandon the place, but a sofa? Or an electric skillet, a cooler, some jars, and all the other stuff that I couldn’t see well enough to identify?
Every time I drive from Lubbock to Austin, I go through the tiny town of Melvin, Texas. Almost the only thing there is an out-of-business store, and it’s been out of business since I can remember. And if you can believe it, with my love of out-of-business businesses, I’d never even stopped to look around.
But last month, I had the opportunity to rectify my error. It was worth the stop – this confusing situation right here, with reflective glass and boarded-up windows, made it worth the brief delay in getting home.
(The place is for sale if you’re interested.)