Michael used to live in Lewisville, a suburb of Dallas.
I had been to Lewisville a few times, and it seemed like pure sprawl: chain stores, fast food restaurants, big highways, and a massive landfill. When we finished cleaning out Michael’s old apartment, I got the brilliant idea to visit downtown Lewisville – a city of 100,000 people must have a cute downtown, right?
The historic part of Lewisville was tiny because the apparently city didn’t reach 10,000 people until the 1970’s. We went on a Saturday, and it was pretty dead – most of the stores were closed, and there was only one muggy bar.
The few people walking around were wearing sarees (there was a private event at the town community center) but nothing else was going on.
After Lewisville, we went to Denton.
Denton is the northernmost city in the metro area and a double-college town. Unlike the suburban sprawl of Lewisville, Denton has a fully developed downtown with bars, restaurants, and shops that are actually open on the weekends.
There’s one gay bar in Denton
We went to Maple Peabody’s Beauty Parlor & Chainsaw Repair, which is Denton’s only gay bar. It feels more like a gay student union than a real bar.
Apparently Denton County has some strange liquor laws too – the bartender at Maple Peabody’s had to swipe our driver’s licenses to create a “temporary private club membership application” before serving us beer. At least they were able to serve – Texas has some completely “dry” counties.
After one drink at the gay bar, we went across the street to the cheapest bowling alley that I have ever been to. The bowling alleys near our house are outrageously expensive, so this was awesome.
I won, of course.
The trip was fun, but I think it reaffirmed our love for Oak Lawn. I can’t imagine driving 45 minutes into the gayborhood, but apparently people that all the time.
Perhaps Texans are less sensitive about commuting than I am.