Dallas, TX - Day 2 - 03/30/2012

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Rachael signing something important

We started our day today at Congressman Sam Johnson's office in Richardson.  Susan Fischer is the Congressman's District Field Director, and attends the same church as my aunt and uncle.  Susan was more than happy to have us over to the office and show us around.

Pictures in the Congressman's office

Congressman Johnson is quite an American hero.  He is one of only a few House members to have fought in combat, serving in both the Korean and Vietnam wars.  He was a Prisoner of War in Hanoi, Vietnam, for almost seven years, most of which was in solitary confinement.  He has a distinguished 29 year service record in the United States Air Force.  He is also the most conservative member of Congress, based on voting records.

While we didn't get to meet Congressman Johnson personally, we were truly honored to tour his office and talk with his staff.  Susan Fischer was such a blessing to us!

Here's our train

After our visit, we took a DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) train to downtown Dallas, which we figured was easier than trying to find somewhere to park.  And of course our trusty tour guide, Jessica, was with us, too.  Our destination was the Sixth Floor Museum, housed in the former Texas Book Depository where Lee Harvey Oswald hid to assassinate John F. Kennedy.  This is a great museum that chronicles not only the assassination, but also the life and administration of JFK.  The video and sound clips throughout the headphone-guided tour make visitors feel as though they are right in the middle of the emotion and drama of those dark days in American history.  Unfortunately, pictures are not allowed in the museum, but we did take a lot of pictures outside.  There is even an X in the road where President Kennedy's motorcade was when he was shot.  You can see the infamous 'grassy knoll,' as well.

The entrance to the museum

X marks the spot

After we took the train back to Plano, we headed up the road just a little way to a barbeque place in Allen, Texas, called Rudy's BBQ.  Apparently barbeque in Texas is at its finest at gas stations.  This little place started out just as that, but has now grown to four locations. The food and the company was fantastic.  But the best part of this evening was that my best friend in Texas came to join us for dinner!  Her name is Elizabeth Neighbors-Court, and she brought her two adorable children with her. Liz and I have been friends for years and years, but lost touch briefly for a few.  Thanks to good old Facebook, we got back in touch with each other, and I was SO happy to see her!  It was a shame that we only had an hour to catch up.... maybe she'll come to Atlanta soon?

Bella, Christian, Elizabeth, and me

It was a busy, long, but wonderful day!  Tomorrow we have an Easter Egg Drop to attend!

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