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One day in Austin, we decided to run a few errands.  We went to Pep Boys to try to get our power steering fluid changed and take a look at battery connections.  Failed on both counts.  Their machine for the fluid change was not working and their lift wasn’t strong enough to lift our truck.

I decided to try out Sears.  Sears, like Penny’s, is building new “stand-alone” stores.  I really like this trend.  I think it was back in the 60’s and 70’s when they started moving to the malls, but, with this “new” design,  you don’t have to fight the mall traffic.


The folks at the Sears Grand took care of our issues and had us back on the road in about 30 minutes.

Luckily, it was now time for lunch.  We headed down to the river for a nice lunch at Landry’s.  Once again, things change.  It is now a Joe’s  Crab Shack.  We grabbed a table near the window overlooking the river.  In downtown Austin, the river has been dammed up to form a lake once known as Town Lake.  More changes, it is now Lady Bird Johnson Lake.

From our table, the view of downtown was beautiful with your typical Texas blue sky. The building slump has not hit the Texas Capital as badly as some portions of the nation as indicated by the one building crane that you can see in this picture.


A few ducks —


and several turtles —


The crawfish combo was fantastic. We would certainly recommend this Joe’s anytime.

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