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Wrapping up the weekend

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

We made it safely back from San Antonio yesterday, fortunately with no speeding tickets; thanks to Chandira for the good karma. Included in our Saturday travel was a lengthy stop at the San Marcos Outlet Mall and Prime Outlets, which together rank as “the third best place to shop in the world” by ABC-TV’s “The [...]

More adventures in Margaritaville

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Today was the day of Mrs. Toast’s big TLA presentation, and I’m happy to report that all went exceedingly well. Leading up to her big dog-and-pony show, she had been very nervous about the idea of standing up in front of several hundred professional librarians, all of whom would be eyeballing her skeptically while thinking, [...]

San Antone photos

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

We’re staying at the Menger Hotel during our visit to San Antonio, which is located right next door to the Alamo. The Menger is quite famous in Texas history; past guests have featured such notable personalities as Teddy Roosevelt (who recruited his legendary “Rough Riders” in the hotel’s bar), Babe Ruth, Mae West, Ulysses S. [...]

The need for speed

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

We made it to San Antonio in near record time today, covering about 350 miles in about five and a half hours. I could have done even better than that, except for encountering road construction while going through Houston (which is a little like saying “encountering water while swimming”). I confess that I can be [...]

Headin’ down to Alamo-town

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Hope everyone had a nice Easter weekend. After our unexpected snow storm on Saturday, the weather warmed up a bit and we were able to enjoy the festivities with the family yesterday. The only problem was our grand-niece and nephew, who became so irritably cute while playing with their pet Easter Bunny (named “Winston”) that [...]

Today’s lesson in Hystery

Saturday, January 28th, 2006

On our way back home from San Antonio last week, we decided to get off the freeway and take the more scenic “back route”. This would mainly be Highway 21, which is designated by the Texas Department of Highways as the “Independence Trail”. It roughly follows the path of the early pioneers as they journeyed [...]

More photos

Saturday, January 21st, 2006

Here’s a few other shots I’ve taken so far on our visit: This is a quieter, less developed part of the Riverwalk. Below is a picture of the place where I had lunch today, and some dining companions who shared my table: Of course, the waitresses hate these birds because they (the birds) shit all [...]

A Bunch of Wild ‘n Crazy Liberrians

Friday, January 20th, 2006

Just in case anyone might be wondering what the heck brings me to San Antone, I’ve tagged along with Mrs. Toast who is attending the semi-annual convention of the American Liberry Association (er, excuse me, the American Library Association – damn those margaritas) of which she is a member. Now before anyone starts snickering, you [...]

Welcome to Margarita, Texas

Thursday, January 19th, 2006

We made it! Here’s a photo of the view from our hotel room balcony: The trip here was fast and smooth; the most exciting event being a lunch stop for hot dogs at James Coney Island where I proceeded to spill mustard on my shirt. Yeah, I’m a wild man. My trusty DeLorme Road Atlas [...]

Road trip!

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

We’ve been preparing for a fun-filled 700-mile round trip to San Antonio this week, which explains why posting has been light lately. I really enjoy road trips; they bring back fond memories of my old hippy days cruising around the country for months at a time in a VW bus, and there’s a special allure [...]