Metroplex living is kind of interesting. I drove to Dallas yesterday for a late afternoon meeting with my colleagues at my future church. Of course I left home way before I needed to, so I had time to really look at all the places close to this church. Did some window shopping at the Crate & Barrel outlet store, noticed all the hotels in the area, TWU has a giant building there -- its Dallas campus. The church is in the Oak Lawn section of Dallas, close to Love Field. A mile south and you're in an ugly, rundown part of town. But the giant hospitals are a stone's throw--Parkland, UTSouthwestern, Southwestern Medical, Zale-Lipshy. And just north of the church is the beginning of some ritzy expensive neighborhoods. Park Cities Motors is literally next door and some guy in a Mercedez nearly ran into me as I made [what might have been an illegal] u-turn. ha!
Anyway, after this meeting (which was FABULOUS and made me very eager to begin contributing to this lively place!), I went to the mid-cities to meet a friend for dinner. I haven't lived in Dallas since 1998 and there are part of the city that I've had no reason to go to in all those years. But as I was driving yesterday the feeling of Big D came back to me. It's hugely different from Fort Worth -- faster paced, less forgiving, more expected of you--that kind of feeling.
Wasn't that I disliked being in Dallas. I didn't. I rather enjoyed the feeling of getting familiar with it all again. It's just so noticeable how much difference a place can make. Strangely intimate. Memories kept coming back to me...the time I went with my father to Dallas when I was in junior high to buy some Dallas Cowboys tickets. All those years I was buying office equipment at that spectacular building on Stemmons Frwy, the name of which escapes me at the moment but it's modeled after some building in London.
My commute is going to double; it'll take me 40 minutes minimum to drive to work every morning, but I've already bought some books on tape, and am looking forward to it. I don't anticipate the driving to be a huge problem for me, and I'm SO looking forward to reconnecting with some of my Dallas friends who I've only seen sporadically during these years.