Best Week Ever Oak Lawn

Best Week Ever 3-4: That Texas Heat

Ingrid at Turtle Creek

Best Week Ever posts are a summary of the past week


Texas summers are all about embracing the heat.

You’ll need plenty of water (and a shower) if you are outside for more than a few minutes. This translates shorter dog walks and a lot of laundry.

When we try to become more ambitious with the dog walks, we quickly regret it. Even our walks from Oak Lawn to downtown Dallas get dicey after 11 a.m.

“Flushed and shaking at Klyde Warren Park is not a good look.

Klyde Warren Park

Klyde Warren Park in the summer

Downtown Dallas

Exploring downtown Dallas in summer

Downtown Dallas during summer.

A hot dog walk in downtown Dallas

Dealey Plaza

Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas with Reunion Tower in the background

Starting the dog walks early does not ensure a drama-free experience – I came across a body last week.

Katy Trail in Dallas Suicide

A reporter at the scene of a suicide near Katy Trail.

Apparently a 20-something killed himself near the Katy Trail.

In addition to sweating it out on the dog walks and dreaming of a First 48 cameo, we spent a lot of time with new and old neighbors – drag shows, wine walks, and building happy hours.

Winslows Brunch Dallas

Having a pizza for brunch at Winslow’s on Cedar Springs

Ai Sushi Oak Lawn

Having dinner at Ai Sushi in Oak Lawn (in the iLume building.)

Cedar Grove restaurant

The new Cedar Grove restaurant in Oak Lawn – at the site of the former DISH restaurant.

The security presence in the gayborhood continues to be strong, but muggings, car thefts, and burglaries are still a problem. I don’t consider Oak Lawn to be dangerous however – this is just the normal amount of crime you can expect in an urban neighborhood with a club district.

I think most of the injuries and property loss in the area are self-inflicted. Do you know where your keys are?

Gay Brunch Dallas

The struggle is real at Winslow’s Brunch.

Dallas Round-up Saloon Bar

Police and medics in front of the Round-up Saloon.

The last week also brought some exciting Supreme Court decisions – Utah v. Strieff shredded our Fourth Amendment protections, but Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt rightfully thwarted Texas’s ability to stop abortions in the majority of the state.

Hopefully the coming week will bring more long happy hours, less heat-stroke, and better judicial opinions.

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