The Last Day at Metro Diner – Gaston Avenue

Yesterday morning, I finished my first and only breakfast at Metro Diner on Gaston Avenue. I had been to this location on several occasions for dinner options and easily fell in love with its charm.  It’s a little slice of a time past where you are greeted with friendly hellos and your waitress (I know some prefer server) will fondly call you sugar or honey.  The food, though it may not have been the leanest, was good, old-fashioned American diner fare with some southern, home-style favorites.  For this type of food and this certain atmosphere, you could never go wrong.  Many types of people poured out to visit the little diner for the very last time.  I even ended up sitting in the booth in front of the founder, James Adams, and the current owner, Wayne Adams.  The jukebox was playing some of its last tunes and Channel 8 WFAA’s Shon Gables and team were there interviewing patrons and founder, James Adams.  The place was alight with life, fondness, and a bittersweet feeling for some. I couldn’t help but think I might be part of a certain generation that will be the last to remember, “how things used to be.”  These are not even things from my lifetime, but they were left over remnants of a time gone.  More and more historical landmarks are being torn down around Dallas and other parts of Texas. They are irreplaceable keys to the past that you could use to step back through time’s door and see how life was in yesteryears. Although, I was only a patron for several months, I can say I’m going to miss this little joint. I’m sad to think about the old-timers, the students, the hipstsers, the late-night-shifters, the drunkards,  the I-don’t-know-whatsters, neighborhood residents, artists, performers, lonely-hearters, weirdos, and I’m just stopping by crowd not having a place to feed them at all hours of the day.  This was one of the few spots, at least in this part of Dallas, to serve food 24 hours.  Metro Diner was sold to Baylor Hospital so they could expand their facilities.  I know the hospital employees, patients, and families will also miss this place.  It truly was a Dallas landmark. I wish the Metro Diner Staff the best of luck in their new endeavors.

If you get to take my picture, I get to take yours. 😉

Shon Gables of Channel 8 WFAA.

The Woody – Classic Metro Diner Breakfast.

Metro Diner’s Oak Cliff location will remain open. – Farewell Bulletin Board in back of diner.

So farewell, Metro Diner, you were a joy to know even if for me it was only a short time. This song, which is one of the last songs I heard here, was an appropriate fit.

Links to articles about Metro Diner:
One Last Cup of Coffee at the Metro – by Robert Wilonsky with photos by Dylan Hollingsworth
Landmark Dallas diner closes after 43 years – by Shon Gables
Metro Diner Closes After 43 Years – by Amber Fisher with video

Link to a cute video that features Metro Diner and several other Dallas Landmark made as a tribute to the Dallas International Film Festival.


For that kid in the 80s who didn't get Boba Fett…

…or he did but no longer has him, because he lost him, Mom made him give away his toys when he was too old for them, or something like his little brother destroyed it.

Whatever the case may be, here’s a little blog for you, kid.

Some cool Boba Fett links:
Original Concept (kit-bashed) Boba Fett Action Figure – Star Wars Collectors Archive

Large Boba Fett 1979


It's that Spooky time of year again.

There’s something exhilarating about the end of October as the weather cools and Halloween approaches. Even if I don’t dress up, I love seeing other people’s costumes, hearing scary stories, watching scary movies and enjoying Fall flavors and treats.

My Halloween Photo Edit for this year:

These are not Halloween videos/songs, per se, but they are within the vein of Halloween in the fact that they are eerie.

You really have to listen to the lyrics of this one!

I feel a fever, a sort of a rage, a zombie angst.

Zombies are making their resurgence this Fall, not that they have long been out. 😉  We seemed to be captivated by this “what-if/apocalyptic” scenario.  I just saw the Zombie Comedy with enough Horror Factor, Zombieland. Though, it doesn’t have the social commentary of films such as Night of the Living Dead (considered to be the birth of the modern zombie), Dawn of the Dead, nor 28 Days Later,  it is still a humorous new update on the human condition.   So, I must admit I have been bitten as well.  I’ve been listening to old zombie film music, and through my friend Cortney, I also discovered this site:

Zombieland Zombify Yourself

So, if I look like any of these renderings, I understand if you do what you have to for human self-preservation. (Photos of myself edited with Zombieland Zombify Yourself Tools and other techniques.)

Some Zombie Film And Zombie Tribute Music:

And just for fun:

Further Zombie Film Info:
A brief Zombie Movie History

My Life as a Spy.

Living my life
on the
Keen Eyes
Your History
Your Mystery
The Intrigue
Human Mind.
Do you deserve to die?
Is your message just a lie?
A little closer
A little further
Taking a thrilling ride
Glimpses of
Truth / Intention
Into another scene
where you may
or you may
in any case it’s
the life
of a
and this is your
Secret Mission.
~ The Photoetrist aka LJF

Img by The Photoetrist

Img by The Photoetrist

Info on Spy Music:

Listen to Spy Music on Secret Agent(Listen to Soma’s other stations too.)