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The Flying Saucer Pie Company, Mural and Exploring Mars

Posted: January 2, 2017 at 4:08 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Leeson family and their helpers have been making homemade pies at The Flying Saucer Pie Company for decades!  They started this bakery business in 1967 solely focusing their efforts on making pies.  These made from scratch pies are ready to eat and have no preservatives in them.  No sugar substitutes are used.  All the ingredients used are high quality according to their website.

The Flying Saucer Pie Co.

As you can see from the photos that I took, our visit to this one and only location in Houston was in July.  It was hard to get a clear photo of the mural on the side of the building because a steady stream of cars kept pulling in and blocking the view.  My husband and I had to spend quite some time before being able to snap these photos.

View of Mural at The Flying Saucer Pie Co.

The people exiting the store were coming out with not only one box filled with their favorite pie…but two or more of them at a time.  I asked one gentleman who was carrying out a stack of 5 boxes if he was a regular shopper.  He affirmed that he was and had been patronizing The Flying Saucer Pie Company for many years.  He claimed that the pies were all delicious.

The day that we were there, I was just interested in taking photos of some of the interesting murals around town.  Had I known at the time that single slices of pies are also available for sale, we might have been tempted to purchase one.  This gives us a reason to return!

Unless we are having company over for dinner, there is no justification for my husband and me to polish off an entire pie.  We would definitely need some willing participants to help us eat one.

View of Mural at The Flying Saucer Pie Co.

The mural on the side of the building is colorful and amusing.  While the pies may be described as “out of this world” the red planet and the little green man depicted on the right side of the mural is suggestive of the planet Mars and an extraterrestrial so often illustrated in comic books or movies of the past.

The spaceman on the left hand side is representative of a United States astronaut floating in space.

Were you aware that we have had a science laboratory rover named Curiosity exploring the planet Mars ever since 2012?  It is gathering and sending back information which may someday lead to human exploration on that 4th planet from our sun.  Another more advanced rover is in the planning stages for 2020.

Below is a fascinating video showing what Curiosity has accomplished as well as some of the earlier Mars rovers.

Mars may at one time have supported some type of life.  More scientific evidence is required.  We also need to know that enough oxygen can be found or made from existing substances on the red planet to enable humans to be able to live on that planet.  An artistic depiction of the red planet was once featured at our Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston.

Many people reported seeing flying saucers particularly back in the 1950s.  Saucer-type crafts as well as other shapes are still occasionally spotted today.  All are now referred to as UFOs or Unidentified Flying Objects.

Personally I find it hard to believe that we are the only life forms in our entire solar system or what lies beyond in the vast universe.  There may or may not be little green men.  If in fact UFOs have some type of life forms studying us from afar, they would obviously be more advanced than us. We must appear much like savages to them with all of the killing taking place on earth.  Why risk an encounter? 

Pie Portion of Mural at The Flying Saucer Pie Co.

Getting back to The Flying Saucer Pie Company…they operate every day of the week except Sundays and Mondays.  Their normal hours of operation are from 8AM to 7PM and they are located at 436. W. Crosstimbers Road, Houston, Texas 77018.  The pies are sold on a first come first serve basis and no reservations or holds can be placed nor prepayments made.

That is how they have always operated and it seems to be working just fine for them.  The store opens an hour earlier during the holiday season and police officers are hired to direct traffic.  At that time of year the waiting lines are long and it is not unusual to have to wait for more than an hour to reach the counter and order the pies.  People can only hope that their favorite kind is not already sold out for the day.

View of Mural at The Flying Saucer Pie Co.

The local news channels often feature the long lines of people waiting for their pies starting prior to Thanksgiving.  In reading reviews of the pies there are some negatives mixed in amidst the positives.  All I can surmise is that this business which never advertises but always has huge crowds of people vying to purchase their favorite types of pies year after year…they are obviously doing something right.

To see a listing of what pies they offer and the prices, click here.