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Have You Heard About "Checkpoint Acrylic ?"

After What Seemed Like An Entire Month of getting better from being sick... this afternoon I treated myself to a trip to Shelton's Salon and Day Spa in Fort Worth, and had a pedicure.  Wow... it was so relaxing.

Seeing all the nail techs busilly working on their clients nails... making them all even more beautiful...reminded me of a story I was told years ago when I first moved to Dallas/Fort Worth in 1982... and actually settled in Plano, Texas.

During my first few weeks there... I noticed that Plano seemed to be the place where all the "beautiful people" lived.  Rarely did I see even one set of nails be anything other than a gorgeous set of "pink'n'whites."  It was then that I first heard the story of "Checkpoint Acryllic."

For those of you who are not familiar with Dallas, Highway 75 drives northeast from Dallas, goes through Richardson, and then at the northern edge of Dallas County... it crosses into Collin County... and the fine city of Plano.  Plano is a great city.  It was then that a new friend of mine told me the following story. 

She first reminded me of my World War II history... and of the divided city of Berlin, Germany.  It was divided into four sections, and when driving from the section controlled by the United States, and entering the section controlled by Russia, everyone had to pass thru Checkpoint Charlie.  Armed guards were there... and every entrant faced a full inspection... making sure they were not smuggling any contraband into Communist East Berlin.

So, I was told that there was a similar checkpoint at the border of Richardson entering into Collin County and Plano.  It was known as Checkpoint Acryllic. 

All cars had to stop at this eight or ten station string of "toll-booth" type mini-buildings.  Every woman hoping to enter Plano had to hold her hands out the window, and have her nails checked... to make sure they met the high standards required for entrance into "stylish Plano, Texas."  If your nails passed inspection, the gate blocking you was raised up, and you were allowed to continue your drive into Plano.

If your nails did NOT pass the rigorous inspection... you had two choices.  First... you either had to pull into the median strip of Highway 75, and stop at the emergency nail salon and have your nails either filled... or totally redone... or second... you and your car were escorted into the "acryllic nail emergency u-turn lane, and sadly sent back to Dallas.

It was then that I truly knew... that I finally found the City of My Relocating Dreams... Plano, Texas.

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Karen Anne Stone is a Realtor in Fort Worth, Texas.  You may visit her website at www.NewHomeHuntersOfTarrantCounty.com .  Karen Anne has a talent for finding all the best new home values around.  She also knows where the best nail salons are!  Call Karen Anne at (817) 929-3400... or email her at KarenAnneStone@gmail.com .

Comment balloon 27 commentsKaren Anne Stone • November 20 2007 02:41AM

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I know your well, back to you old sense of humor. :)
Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 12 years ago
Karen - I have never heard of this.  Are you serious?  I do find this interesting and will check back. 
Posted by Candy Henthorne, Spring Texas Real Estate (Results Realty) almost 12 years ago
Hi Missy:  Yes, it has taken almost a month, but I am back at full speed.  By the way... how do your nails look ?  Are they sharp enough, and pink enough... to pass the Plano inspection ?  Take care, and thanks for visiting.  I hope you and your fanily have a great Thanksgiving.
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 12 years ago
Hi Candy:  Am I serious ?  Would I even think of joking about something as serious as pink'n'white acrylic nails ?  But ya better watch out.  I know you're from Spring, Texas.  I hear that sooner or later one of these "checkpoint acrylic" monsters is going to be installed right on Research Boulevard at the entrance to The Woodlands, Texas... so make sure your nail tech is on speed-dial.  Take care, Candace.  May you and your family have a great Thanksgiving.
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 12 years ago
Karen, that is too funny!!!  My daughter went to school in UNT and that is kind of how she described Plano to me so did enjoy your story.
Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 12 years ago

This is too funny! 

I better hide my nails then because I live in Plano and with the work I do I would never be able to maintain that standard! I have NO nails and if I even painted them, they'd be chipped by some piece of furniture I'd be moving or hammer or screwdriver I was using to hang something.  I'm a hands on worker but nails aren't functional for me.

Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes (Home Star Staging) almost 12 years ago
Hi Marchel:  Actually, my daughter Robin graduated from UNT.  It's really a great school.  And Plano is a great city, all kidding aside.  And... Spring, Texas is absolutely beautiful.  Many people would be surprised, and would be expecting cactus and tumble weeds... but the Northwest Houston area has some of the prettiest 80 foot tall pine trees I have ever seen.  Walking outside in the early evening in the fall... and getting a whiff of those pine trees... is  truly wonderful experience.  Take care, and thanks for visiting.  May you and your family have a great Thanksgiving.
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 12 years ago
How funny.  Thanks for the entertaining story.
Posted by Matthew Zgonc, Realtor, CFS, CVS (Aksland Real Estate) almost 12 years ago
Hi Karen:  Yes, I know you live in Plano.  I've read your blog, and it's great !  Plano is a great city.  Friendly people, wonderful schools, and filled with cool places to shop.  I often stop at the Borders at Preston and Park to browse and sample the latest book releases.  But... just stay off of Central just north of Renner.  I hear once in awhile they put up those nail check-up booths just to catch people by surprise.  Thanks for visiting.  May you and your family have a great Thanksgiving.
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 12 years ago
Hi Matthew:  Thanks.  You're just so lucky you probably don't have acryllic nails.  They're expensive, and you have to have them filled every two or three weeks.  Take care...
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 12 years ago
Hi Karen Anne,      You are so right about that area!  :)Glad to be in the Hill Country, even though we have our posh areas too.  Have a great Thanksgiving!  Glad you are feeling better!
Posted by Ricki Eichler McCallum, Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS (CastNet Realty) almost 12 years ago
Hi Ricki:  The Hill Country is such a great area... but it doesn't have any acryllic checkpoints... so you're going to be on your own... nail-wise.  Here's wishing you a great Thanksgiving, too.  Take care...
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 12 years ago

My Jeff has old friends that live in Plano...she would pass the checkpoint just fine...LOL ...glad you feel better Karen!

Sincerely,

Grace Safrin

Posted by Jeff&Grace Safrin, SpousesSellingHousesTM (F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate) almost 12 years ago
Hi Grace:  I'm so glad for your friend.  I've heard of women entering the emergency nail salon on the Central Expressway median strip for an emergency nail-fill... and never being heard from again.  Kind of like the Bermuda Triangle.  Take care.  May you and your family have a great Thanksgiving.
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 12 years ago
You paint a vivid picture with your description of booths.!!  I loved it.
Posted by Melanie Ross, Benicia CA & Vallejo CA Real Estate, 707-319-2828 (Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific) almost 12 years ago
Hi Melanie:  Of course I painted a vivid picture.  Forgetting they are there, and then driving up Central Expressway and being caught off guard by those inspection booths can be a very traumatic experience.  The sight of them is then forever burned into a girl's memory.  Very traumatic, indeed.  Whew !
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 12 years ago

Hey!!

Why you bustin down on the Planoites?

Planoites? Is that a word?

 

Posted by Tom Burris, Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience (NMLS# 335055) almost 12 years ago
Well, guess I won't be spending much time in Plano....for many years I was a biomedical researcher - and until the last 2.5 years never spent much time outside a laboratory.  For women working in that field, the nails are the first thing to go.  After that - nice shoes.  You are standing upwards of 14 hours a day STRAIGHT.  Your feet had better be in something very practical or comfortable.  Anyway, the laboratory is ruinous to the nails. Anything you put on would be chipped or stripped off in very short order. There is nothing WORSE than a worn-out manicure!  Better to not have one at all. 
Posted by Ruthmarie Hicks (Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605) almost 12 years ago
Hi Tom:  I think Plano is a great city... and Planoites (your word) are wonderful people.  My daughter and I spent many happy years there.  Robin even graduated from Plano High School.  Tom, quit trying to get me in trouble.  I do that very well all by myself... thank you very much!  Take care.  Here's wishing you and your family a happy Thanksgiving.
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 12 years ago
Hi Ruthmarie:  I used to spend quite a bit of time on my feet.  Thank goodness for Nurse Mates shoes.  They were very comfortable... and I really liked the little red hearts on them, too.  So... no pink'n'whites for a biomed researcher.  Well, Ruthmarie... I am sure the rest of you is so adorable... nobody even notices your nails.  Take care.  Have a great Thanksgiving.
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 12 years ago
Karen Anne - Glad to see you're back to your old CRAZY SELF!!  You just needed some THERAPY and now that you're hands are sharp as nails I expect to see more blogs and stories to share!  Thanks for the morning giggle!!
Posted by Susie Roscoe, Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL (Signature Realty Associates) almost 12 years ago

Hi Miss Susie:  So much has happened in the last 30 days... some good, some not-so-good.  Yes, the rest was great.  I feel re-charged.  In many ways, I feel a new excitement about real estate.  Now that I am back to decent health, I wish the Tampa Main Event was in December.  If it was, I'd go get a new set of acryllic pink'n'whites... and start driving to Tampa.  I missed seeing you.  Take care... and a big thank you for reading all my posts.  It is always SO nice to see you.    Karen Anne

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 12 years ago
Thanks for the warning Karen Anne...and Happy Thanksgiving to you too!
Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes (Home Star Staging) almost 12 years ago
Hi Karen:  It has been a very quiet Thanksgiving.  Just Mollie my cat and me.  Chicken, squash casserole and stuffing courtesy of Bostom Market.  Yum !  Hope your Thanksgiving was warm and caring.    Karen Anne
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 12 years ago
Karen:  I have recently heard that there is going to be a brand new "Checkpoint Acrylic" installed on the new 121 Toll Road once it is completed.  That way, both major routes into Collin County will be covered.  LOL.
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 12 years ago
I wouldn't be able to get very far, I use my hands too much.  I hate fake nails, they drive me crazy!
Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) over 11 years ago
Cindy:  Well... I guess you will either have to steer clear of Collin County, get some fake nails for short trips, or find someone who will give you a "special dispensation" for short periods of time.  Whew !  I think I know someone we can call on, though.  Cindy... nice to see you here... take care...
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 11 years ago

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