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June 28, 2011

POTD: The Alamo

Built by the Spanish Empire in 1744, the Alamo (then known as the Mission San Antonio de Valero) was originally a Roman Catholic mission whose purpose was to convert local Native Americans to Christianity. It later became a compound for Texian soldiers and is most well known for the battle that took place in 1836, when Mexican troops under President General Antonio López de Santa Anna launched an assault on the fort’s defenders. The battle lasted twelve days, until the Mexican army finally broke through the fort’s defenses, killing all but two of the defenders. The Texian Army had their revenge a little over a month later, however, when they defeated Santa Anna’s army at the Battle of San Jacinto.

I visited the Alamo several years ago when my organization was holding a meeting in San Antonio. We had considered holding the meeting in Oklahoma City, but at the time all Oklahoma City hotels were booked solid due to a convention, so we ended up in Texas, as usual (most of our member companies were based in Texas, so it was convenient). Since this was my first time in the city, I had to visit this important landmark. I was actually surprised at how small the building is – I had expected it to be much larger. There is a small museum that has a few artifacts on display, but that is about it. If you’re ever in San Antonio, definitely stop by – it is a rather short tour that won’t take up much time, and afterwards you can sample some of the city’s delicious Mexican food.

April 26, 2006

I messed with Texas

San Antonio riverwalk

I finally made it to the actual city of San Antonio on Friday after our conference ended. My flight was leaving at 3pm the next day, so I had a little under 24 hours to see “touristy” stuff. My first stop was the Riverwalk:

San Antonio riverwalk

The Riverwalk has a lot of restaurants and stores…that’s about it. Venice, it is not.

Next, I went to the Alamo:

Alamo

I was actually surprised how small the Alamo was. For some reason, I thought it was a bit larger. I totally blame the Billy Bob Thornton movie for misleading me.

Self-portrait: I’m so happy to be in Texas I forgot to smile…or I am severly sleep-deprived.

A very good friend of my family lives in San Antonio, so I stayed at her house on Friday night. Friday marked the beginning of “Fiesta”, a 10 day celebration to mark the anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto. I’m not exactly sure what that is, because as a Californian I did not study Texas history, but if I remember the Billy Bob Thornton movie correctly, that’s when the Texans defeated General Santa Anna’s forces. Anyways, they have these big parties/carnivals where you eat a lot of Mexican food and drink Shiner Bock, which is a pretty good beer, for being American and all.

I should probably mention that I was absolutely floored at how nice everyone in Texan was. It was like a culture shock coming from a city overflowing with jackasses to one where everyone was genuinely polite. Now if only they wouldn’t make such poor choices in the voting booths…

April 18, 2006

The stars at night, are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas

I’m in San Antonio, Texas this week for a business conference. I found it highly amusing that in order to get here, I had to fly from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Now, if only San Antonio would name their airport after Bill Clinton, my presidential airport journey would be complete!

So…Texas…yeahhh…

We are staying at this nice resort in the “hill country.” I somehow ended up with a suite which is decorated with ranching paraphernalia. On one wall ,for instance, hangs two large branding irons that were leftover from when this resort used to be a ranch. On another wall, there is a framed photo of the owner of the aforementioned ranch, and a caption explaining that the dog in the photo is, in fact, his best squirrel-hunting dog.

The temps are in the upper 90s to low 100s, which is putting a severe strain on the state’s power grid (Texas, you see, has its own power grid, unlike the rest of the states). This strain has resulted in…wait for it….ROLLING BLACKOUTS. I tell you, this Californian’s heart is just BREAKING…I am soooo torn up over this.
Not really.

Our meetings here are done on Friday afternoon, but I am staying over an extra night so that I can go check out downtown San Antonio…maybe visit the Alamo or something. I’ve never been to San Antonio before, so this city is completely new to me.