While driving through West Texas last week between Lubbock and Abilene, it was obvious that the skyline is rapidly changing because of the increased use of wind turbines. In an article on the nationals news recently, it was reported that Texas has more operating wind turbines that any State in the Union; some 25K+ as compared to California’s 12K+ of operating wind turbines. What you do not see in this photo is the increased amount of large power lines strung across the country side and the billboards advertising for wind power related jobs in the region. Renewable energy is the current buzzword because it generates a lot of money for the landowner, supposedly cheaper energy, lots of jobs in the rural West and obviously, tax incentives for the turbine owners. Some of the little towns we went through were in tough shape economically and even with the increase in oil drilling activity so I will assume that these new jobs were more than welcome. I could still see the farms and ranches, along with the cattle and horses but now they sit among the wind turbines.
We occasionally go to “estate sales” in the North Dallas area, although I am not sure what we are really looking for. The last time I went I bought a pair of really nice old binoculars with real glass for only $10 dollars. So I put a new neck strap on them, got an updated case which now hangs behind the seat of my truck and comes in really handy at times. While attending an estate sale in Dallas today, we ended at a house in Highland Park in which the occupants had moved to a Nursing Home. It seems a bit strange going though a house where every item has a price marked on it because it is/was the contents of someones house or home. Walking around upstairs, I came across a door jam in an upstairs bedroom that had a door jam in one of the rooms that used to measure the height of the grandchildren! I am thinking to myself, why did not the kids or grand kids take that jamb off of the door and keep it? Quite sad actually.