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Ron Payne

Member Since 08 Aug 2011
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#72559 Forum Meet

Posted by Ron Payne on 02 October 2012 - 12:54 PM

If it's before November 30, I can help with any T&P tours or info - I currently reside there. In fact the Owner's lounge is available for use by residents (had my son's wedding in there last Saturday) - just need to reserve it in advance. The Tavern is just outside the back door to the room, so food would be convenient in an indoor and maybe more comfortable environment. I believe the limit is 50 people though...


#72251 Local Car Shows

Posted by Ron Payne on 13 September 2012 - 07:25 AM

I thought I'd create a place to post the inevitable photos I will take at the upcoming Cowtown Cruise for a Cure - this Saturday, September 15 from 10 to 3 in Sundance Square. No admission charge for spectators, $35 for the hot rodders to register.


#71780 "Fort Worth": Going, going...gone?

Posted by Ron Payne on 17 August 2012 - 10:24 AM

Playing Devil's Advocate, you have to admit that 'Fort Worth' and 'Tarrant County' have nearly become one and the same with the city's penchant for annexation - I would guess from the map that well over 50% of the county pays FW city taxes.

That said, even as a transplanted resident of downtown FW, I hate being associated with Big D by people who don't know better! I work at a plant in Saginaw whose corporate offices are in Vancouver, WA. For several years, the plant was referred to as the 'Dallas plant' before we finally got them to call us 'Saginaw'!

To add insult to injury (and to further illustrate your point), my sister-in-law and brother-in-law drove out from California to visit a couple months ago and called on the way in saying they are on 114 headed for Dallas. We asked why they are headed for Dallas, and they replied, "Isn't that where you live?"...


#69575 Geometry

Posted by Ron Payne on 17 April 2012 - 09:05 AM

Inspired/reminded/prompted by Bruce's soon-to-be-legendary parking garage photo, I've assembled a series of pictures which are not necessarily meant to be of anything in particular - just interesting shapes and lines.

The Flatiron if it were more flat
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Burnett if it were a chimney (or a bookend?)
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Arches in downtown Riverside, CA
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Vancouver, BC, near the Harbor Control Tower
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Carnival cruise ship "Fantasy" headed to Cozumel
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Beautiful architectural lines and detail in Philadelphia
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Support arch at Jerry-World
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Royal Carribean "Monarch of the Seas" on the way to Nassau
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#69514 Flight Time!

Posted by Ron Payne on 12 April 2012 - 11:57 AM

My apologies in advance for the following blatant advertisement for a certain Dallas-based airline for whom my son works, and from whom we, as parents, get unlimited free (albeit standby) flights! These are various shots from our many journeys made possible by the hard work of our son!

The day begins with the obligatory "push-back"
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The sun is just beginning to peek over the horizon
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Home is never far away...
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Although this is actually another sunrise, for our purposes, we'll call it a sunset and the end of the show!

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#69467 The Song Game

Posted by Ron Payne on 11 April 2012 - 08:45 AM




#69131 It's all in the details

Posted by Ron Payne on 20 March 2012 - 09:19 AM

One of the things I enjoy about the buildings around town are the little details - easily overlooked, but lasting evidence of the long-ago craftsmanship some of the buildings were constructed with. Several examples!

From the main Post Office on Lancaster
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Kind of creepy
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From the top of the P.O. columns, I've posted one of these before, but found one without the brass stains
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The old and the new
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Light fixture outside the Masonic Temple at Henderson and Lancaster
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Fire Station 2 on Texas Street - signs of Art Deco!
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The original Fort Worth fire bell - purchased in 1882 for the volunteer FD, used by the regular FD starting in 1893, and retired in 1912 when the automatic system was installed
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#68157 Texas & Pacific Warehouse

Posted by Ron Payne on 16 January 2012 - 11:43 AM

I did some snooping around the T&P warehouse yesterday, and came away with a whole mess of pictures!

Brick and tile work still looking good after 80+ years!
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Haunted? Maybe not, but certainly creepy!
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Recent rains or is it always like this?
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Some serious support columns
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Elevator shafts sans elevators
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Was there a brick road behind this building, or was this just part of the parking lot?
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#68095 Cruising in your Muscle Car in the 1960's

Posted by Ron Payne on 12 January 2012 - 03:06 PM

This was my baby from 1996 until we moved to Texas in 2005. She's a '65 El Camino with a 426hp 350 bored to 357 (.040 over), camel hump fuelie heads, 1.94/1.50 valves, 288/298 cam, Pete Jackson straight-cut gear drive, 600cfm Edelbrock, etc., etc. In addition to transportation problems, I didn't think it would be practical to drive on these awful Texas roads, given that the header collectors sat 2" off the pavement! We got down to the wire and had to sell it to my wife's cousin for $6k!!

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Time to freshen up!

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Still had a Holley 750 double-pumper on it at this point

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Picked up an award or two along the way...

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#67983 Local neon

Posted by Ron Payne on 04 January 2012 - 12:54 PM

I managed to put about 8 miles on my shoes last weekend wandering around town with the camera. Among the things I was looking for were the old neon signs (and some not so old), so here are a few of the shots I took:

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And the newcomer (delicious by the way!):
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#67855 Guitars

Posted by Ron Payne on 29 December 2011 - 09:10 AM

A visit from the UPS man yesterday prompted me to share some photos of my growing guitar collection. Even if you're not a musician, the woodwork on some of these instruments is quite stunning!

First, yesterday's delivery - an Ibanez EW20AS with figured ash front, back and sides, mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard - exquisite!

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Next up, my Dean acoustic electric in African Bubinga wood, again with a mahogany neck

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This is the 5-piece mahogany headstock of my Ovation Model 1124, sporting an ebony fingerboard on the other side

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Next is the spruce body of my Charvel 625C, with rosewood back and sides and rosewood extended fingerboard

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One of my favorites - this is the back of my 1964 Goya classical - flamed maple with a mahogany neck and ebony fingerboard

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Last, but certainly not least, this homely little guy is my 1961 Gibson C1E, with maple top, mahogany back and sides and rosewood fingerboard. It may not look as good as some of the others, but the sound is the sweetest of all!

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#66824 Colors of the zoo

Posted by Ron Payne on 05 October 2011 - 10:05 AM

My wife and I made a mid-week trip to the FW Zoo last Wednesday. Out of the approximately 250 photos I took (minus about 40 deleted for blurriness - ugh!), these won out for most colorful!

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Who knew fungus could be pretty?

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#66726 Views from the Front Yard

Posted by Ron Payne on 27 September 2011 - 02:54 PM

Having a fairly unobstructed view to the west from the front of our house provides opportunity for some pretty shots!

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#66680 Reflections

Posted by Ron Payne on 20 September 2011 - 02:47 PM

My little sister lives down in Austin, and loves to take pictures of reflections, and some of it has rubbed off on me. Here are a couple to start with:

The Tower in the Carter-Burgess building
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And a good ol' (local airline) jet reflected in, well, the jet engine!
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