It’s summertime in the southern US and typical pastimes are blossoming in parking lots and empty spaces. Along with the traveling Mexican circuses and farmers markets there are flea markets, garage sales , lemonade stands and community BBQ contests. All theses thing signal summer time is in full swing. Memorial day was an expression of how deeply ingrained the military history of this country has effected the small streets and cul de sacs of small towns and city’s alike. The streets and front yards have been lined with flags for weeks. Nothing says America like Old Glory.


Another standard feature is the fix er up car culture. It seems that in Texas everyone has been building an old car in their garage over the winter and the summer season is the time to get it out and let it shine for socializing and bragging rights . In Texas there are maybe a dozen or more car shows on TV…like Velocity, Car Chasers, Fast and Loud, Live Auctions, Wheeler Dealer, Girls Garage etc. The automobile culture is alive and well here in the Lone Star State.


When you come to a destination as diverse as the USA, try to get off of the tired shopping treadmill and the gaudy tributes that are so popular with the tourist industry. It’s the people that make the country so special. Take some time to get off the beaten track and see what makes America tick.






  1. auntyuta says:

    What sort of car do you have? Is it vintage and can you look after it yourself? Or do you leave the vintage cars to others?
    Texas being such a large state I guess you would need a car to get around.
    Summertime already in full swing in Southern USA? Well, enjoy! 🙂
    Here in Australia winter is already in full swing!
    Can’t wait for the days to get longer again.

    • It’s convertible time so we have a new Camaro…and it’s great for long road trips. In winter I prefer an SUV….conditions can vary widely. Yes, the weather is upside down from where you are. You definatley need a car here in Texas.. I appreciate vintage cars but have no time for them.

  2. auntyuta says:

    When we go on long trips we usually have a rental car. Our own car is a bit too old for long trips. Going by plane we need to go to the airport in Sydney first which takes two hours. For overseas trips this is what we have to do. Within Australia we often like to go by train. Sometimes it turns out to be more convenient to hire a car. We’ve been through some of the outback of NSW recently. We felt quite adventurous doing this!
    Vintage cars look lovely but as you say you need time for them plus you have to be very enthusiastic about cars! 🙂

  3. theadora says:

    I love the bottom shot of the black car. Gorgeous!! T. (The Orange Show’s Art Car Parade in Houston is also great fun!)

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