Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Love Makes a Family

Love Make a Family
This was an exhibit that was at the Central Library in February. It was called Love Makes a Family. Behind the easels you can see our Fiesta Tower by Chihuly. In the left hand side of the photo, site unseen is the Government Documents Dept.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The Cat in the Hat!

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Cool, my man gave me a heads up that there was a cat in the building! He was here as part of a press conference where some local kids came and receive a Green Eggs and Ham book courtesy of Idearc Media Corp., publisher of the Verizon Yellow Pages and They ran a contest, we won and we got 20,000 copies of the book. Here's the article.

He was a very good cat. For a while, I watched as more and more kids drew near and I really thought they were going to bring him down. They all seem to want to hug him and tug on him and touch his hat! Too funny.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Water Tower

Water Tower
This water tower is right about where the oldy Kelly Airforce Base used to be. It must be Kelly USA now. The view is from a little overpass on Cupples Rd. on the west side of San Antonio. We've just passed the San Fernando Cemetary on the right.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Culebra Meat Market #21

Culebra Meat Market
This is the Culebra Meat Market. I like it's bold red color. We pass it by everyday on the way to drop of K at school. I don't think I've ever been inside this one, but when I was little I used to go with my grandfather, mostly to Ben's on the west side, but I'm sure we must have gone to a meat market at some point.

Saturday, February 24, 2007


We passed this by on the way to D's work a bit ago. I had never seen it before. I liked the primary colors and only just realized that it must be a babershop—and the only reason I say that is because of the barber poles painted on the sides.

Friday, February 23, 2007


Shadow play
Driving by this little school today I was struck by the shadows on the wall. We pass it by everyday and I've never noticed it before. I think this is Rodriguez Elementary in SAISD.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

The Neon Lights are Bright

Neon Lights
This is on the north side of San Antonio, right around Bitters. I think it's a Sterling Bank. We were there at this time of night because it was my D's 35th birthday and my other sister P treated us to Olive Garden. This is to the left of the Olive Garden we went to. It was cold this night and I was tempted to ditch Olive Garden and go down the street to the Noodle House.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday
Today is Ash Wednesday, so I saw a lot of ash crosses on people's foreheads today. This lovely lady was a bit reluctant to let me take the photo, but she agreed in the end, and although it turned out a bit blurry I love how she turned out so I'm posting it. I haven't let her know yet, but for now here it is.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Hula Girl

I saw this as we were walking to lunch one day. It made me think of the hula dancer Thien had in her car, or was it Sarah? Hmmm...

Monday, February 19, 2007

On Main Off Main Gift Shop

On Main Off Main

This shop use to be located on Main Street at the location where Justin's Ice Cream shop is now. We posted a Justin's shot before I believe. Anyway, On Main moved around the corner on Mistletoe and has a slightly new name. You can find great gifts; I love the place. There are also cards, candles, gift baskets, prank gifts, books and more. It's a great shop you should check out when you're in town. Plus, it's just great to shop here rather than an impersonal mall.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Mass Wedding at Courthouse

Mass Wedding

On V-Day every year in Bexar County (where SA is), people can get married on the steps of the courthouse. There are about 4 or 5 ceremonies during the day. I caught this one as we drove home after work. I saw at least 2 wedding gowns but most everyone is in casual attire. It's crazy!

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Boys and Girls Mural

Boys and Girls Mural
I've tried to get a good shot of this mural and this is the best so far. I like the different colors of the kids. It's the Calderon Boys and Girls Club I think, located in the scenic west side of San Antonio.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Nora's Beauty Salon

Nora's beauty salon
I hadn't seen this beauty salon before. Usually after dropping of K at school we go the opposite way, but today I was accompanying D to work, so I took the opportunity to get some new shots. I don't know why I'm so obssessed with beauty salons—although I don't think it's the salon's themselves, it's more like their signs and their colors, so there! :P

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Waiting for the Library to Open

Waiting for the library to open
The calm before the storm. I'm always amazed by the long line of people waiting for the library to open. This is the Central Library in downtown San Antonio. You've seen it, it's the big red block building that can be viewed from any of the downtown highways. An newl employee of the library once got lost and called in for directions. He said "I can see the library, but I can't see how to get there." He kept going in circles. :D

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

A rose

A rose

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Though today is too commercial for some of us, I view it as just another day when you can let someone else know how you feel about them. My friend's husband dropped off this beautiful (and wonderfully fragrant) rose for her when he brought her cellphone by. I thought it was a very sweet surprise. And see, it's not commercial at all ... it's from their yard and I love the green ribbon. Very nice.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007


This little girl caught my eye when we were walking to Baptist one day. I missed the pose that I really liked, but was able to get this one. She just seems to be waiting so patiently.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Federal Building

Federal Building
This is the federal building right on the outskirts of downtown. You can see the Tower of Americas in the background. To the left of this photo is the Federal Courthouse and to the right of this photo is the Institute of Texan Cultures. Behind this building is the Convention Center.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Fast Food Partnerships

fast food combo
A while back another Daily Photo blog posted a pic of the AW I think. They asked if anyone else had them in their area. I said we did and that I would take a pic and post it. And here it is, the tree did get in my way as we drove past, but I like how it frames the Long John Silver sign. I must admit we were going to stop and pick up some food, but their drive through was on the fritz so my very impatient sister just drove on.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Asian Festival

Asian Festival Dancers
We went to the Asian Festival held at the Institute of Texan Cultures this Saturday. I think I heard it was the 20th year it was held. While watching other dancers I saw these little ribbony things in the background. I thought it was another performance, but these dancers were just practicing for their turn in the spotlight.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Wired for action

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Have you ever gotten a sleep study done?? I have not but I did get to see my honey get wired last night. This is usually conducted in order to determine causes of interrupted sleep in patients. There were about 11 wires, though to me it sure seemed like more! I understand to have an EEG, there are an additional 10 wires! Yikes. How does anyone even sleep with all these attachments.

This was conducted at one of the very few sleep labs we have here in SA.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Used to be Las Palmas Library

old las palmas library
This building used to be Las Palmas Library back in the day. I can't believe how small it was. Las Palmas Library was rebuilt further down on Castroville across the street from the San Fernando Cemetary. This is now a WIC clinic I think.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Carmen's Glamour Cuts

This is a salon on the west side of San Antonio, my old stomping grounds. I like the kellyish green of the building. I wonder what kind of cuts you'd get in there. That Money Box to the left of the salon has been there forever, or at least since the early 90s. To the left and out of view of this picture is the Pizza Hut that we used to eat at every once in a while, and across the street and to the left is one of the few Handy Andy's left in San Antonio. On this street is where I got drenched by a VIA bus back in the day. I was lucky I didn't get the flu.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

El Condado

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This is the Bexar County Jail. Back when I was still in college I worked on the other side of this bridge. I've heard tell that women that walk by here get cat called. This bridge also brings back memories because we used to go over it almost every day when my grandfather went to go pick up my grandmother at the Holiday Inn in downtown. We used to ride in the back of his truck, back when that was still legal. It's kind of understandable why they outlawed that, because one day my sister was so fascinated by the wheels and was hanging so far over the side of the truck that she nearly fell out.

Monday, February 05, 2007


These houses have started to go up in various parts of San Antonio. This one is located on Cupples St. in west San Antonio. I've seen another similar grouping off the highway on the way to work on the southside of San Antonio.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Watching the Pile of Dirt

dirt chair

Sean from Kyle Daily Photo posted a photo like this here so I said I would post something that I had seen that was similar. I took this from the car passenger seat through the driver's window after dropping off my nephew at school. I still have no idea what this seat is doing here. It does have a good view of Elmendorf Lake located to the side of Our Lady of the Lake University. A few days before this shot we saw a bunch of cops to the right of this photo. My sister and I were wondering what the deal was, and when we watched the local news later we found out that a dead body was discovered.

Saturday, February 03, 2007


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When Shorty and I went to some Electronic Records Management training provided by our city's IT department, we dropped in on a few former library employees and our friends. We were treated to a tour of the "brains" of the city --- all these servers and back up systems and stuff. Pretty cool but I am no techy so I won't pretend to tell you what all these things are or what they do. I can tell you the guys seem proud to show it off and Shorty was very impressed by the volumn of equipment. Just row after row of all these cabinets!

Friday, February 02, 2007

The Big Kahuna

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For lunch, we decided to try this new Vietnamese restaurant a friend had recommended. It's located about 1.5 miles north on San Pedro Avenue as you leave the library. It was delicious! Very authentic and reasonably priced. I had a pork/chicken sandwich and Mark had the lemongrass chicken on vermicelli noodle. The fresh spring rolls were excellent, the best we have found in town in my opinion.

They have not remodeled the place so it looks the same as the last restaurant that was there but they'll get around to it I was told. There's wifi and some entertainment planned for some of the space.

News Van

gassing up on the news
I saw this local news van the other day on the way home from work. I thought it somewhat funny that the news has to stop for gas too. :D

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Theme Dayish: What Annoys Me About San Antonio

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I saw this the other day and thought it was pretty and looked like some kind of pretty foreign script, BUT I really don't like grafitti on places that it is not sanctioned on. This is on the wall of the Central Library in downtown San Antonio. I consider most grafitti art, but only when the owners of public building allow it.