Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas are fortunate to have some of the finest Tex Mex restaurants in America, and some days you just have to have Tex Mex. Late one Saturday afternoon Kay received a call from a lady friend Mary Ann. Kay, and Mary Ann were members of the Sweet Adelines (a womens Barbershop singing group). Mary Ann was calling to see if we would like to join she and Tom for dinner at Joe T Garcia’s Tex Mex in Fort Worth? Kay said “it’s late Saturday afternoon, we have no plans, we’ll be over in 30 minutes.”
Joe T. Garcia’s is a legendary Tex Mex restaurant, and has been in the Fort Worth forever. The next thing I knew Kay was handing the phone to me. It was Tom, and he was telling us lets meet at the Addison, Texas Airport…….HUH? Tom owned a Piper Cherokee 300-6, one fast airplane. Please understand Tom from time to time prone to taking a drink, but that was good for me because while Tom might imbibe he was serious about not violating the FAA’s rules. Understand I did enjoy piloting a far superior airplane to the ones I could afford to rent.
Upon arrival at the Addison airport Tom had the Piper 300-6 out of the hanger, so I quickly completed my preflight. Understand if you want to fly from Dallas to Fort Worth it’s not like just going in a straight line. Between the two cities happens to lie one of the world’s largest airports (DFW). It would be more than frowned upon to fly unapproved through that very controlled airspace. So I flew the Cherokee north from Addison to Denton, Texas 30 miles north then vectored south, southwest for Fort Worth Meacham International. From East Dallas to Joe T’s was and hour plus drive by car, so we take and hour flight to Fort Worth via Denton, Texas and still are not even close to the restaurant. After landing, and a short taxi, then tie down. Off to the complimentary car provided by the FBO we we finally arrived for dinner. Long story short, dinner was great, and it was a fine moon lit night for our return flight. I have NEVER told anyone I was normal, especially when Tex Mex is involved.