Friday, November 30, 2007

Antennae Toppers

jack in the crack holiday ball
Don't know how far Jack in the Box extends, but we have a few here in San Antonio. I don't stop there too often, because they take for-ever. I've tried their ultimate cheeseburger, something or other on sourdough and also some kind of breakfast sandwich. A couple of the boyos I work with speak highly of their steak burgers. One of those boyos went there for lunch today and brought me back one of these Jack heads. What I liked about this one is that it had a little suction cup attached to it, so I didn't necessarily need to spear it onto my antennae. A couple of years ago, my nephew was obsessed with getting these balls when they were reindeer and such and another boyo of mine say this and said that his mother always has to get them too. I wonder how many people out there are as acquisitionally challenged as those two. :D

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Sandwich Day

Sandwich Day
I love me the Thursdays. On Thursdays it's sandwich day at Baptist Hospital. I usually get the 6 inch on wheat with turkey and ham, mustard and mayo, lettuce, pickles and tomato. The only thing that could make it better would be some bacon. On Thursdays I'm usually torn because they also usually serve Chicken Pot Pie, which I'm partial too.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Two Hotels Side by Side

Grand Hyatt and the Marriott
This is a view I see almost every day going home. The hotel under construction on the left is going up pretty quick. At first it was just a hole in the ground, but now it almost reminds me of a Christmas decoration, because at night it's all lit up.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Today the fine members of the San Antonio Fire Department made a stop at the Central Library. I was on the move in this shot, so it came out kind of blurry, but still. I love the red suspenders and how shiny the material is on the cuffs of his pant.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Alamo Plaza Christmas Tree

Alamo Plaza Christmas tree
For the past couple of years me and the girls have made a trek to downtown to snap some pics of the Christmas tree in downtown. This year it was a solo trip, with the girls being in Seguin and Indiana. It was a nice cool day, with clear blue skies. There was a few people around taking pictures around the tree and the Alamo. I took a couple of shots that can be found on my Flickr account, but I chose this one because of the contrail in the sky and how the angle makes this look like a huger tree than it is. I also noticed that there were a number of cameras at the top of the tree along with the star. Not sure if it's a tree cam, an Alamo cam or what.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Angel Tree

Angel tree at South Park Mall
This was the Sunday after Thanksgiving. The family was finally home and my sister needed to go pay some bills. She asked if I wanted to come and I was like yeah if they have a bookstore. So off we took and of course I got three books I think. They also had this Angel Tree. I think the way this works is you grab one of those angels on the tree and buy whatever is on there. Those items are then given out to those in need. In this season there are many such programs. In San Antonio, we have Adopt a Family (celebrating at least 25 years), Toys for Tots (celebrating 60 years), Angel Tree and Elf Louise to name a few.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Not So Chocolate Kiss

not so chocolate kiss
This is the gate that fences in the Southwest Art and Craft Center. I was across the street trying to get different vantage shots, of what else, the Central Library. I was looking for interesting little things to take a pic of and I saw these little things. They remind me of little caps, but I reckon they are the tops of those nuts that I see all over the ground. Someone told me they were acorns, and what the frak I'll take their word for it. :D

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Feather in the Sky

feathers in the sky
I have this fascination with the sky and clouds and apparently the Central Library, these things you can tell by browsing through the pics I've posted on this blog and the pics that I post on flickr. :D. This day I just had to take a few snaps of the feathery white clouds on the blue sky. I ended up added a splash of red courtesy of the Central Library to spice up the image a bit.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Hardware Signs

True Value sign
These old signs are on a stretch of McCullough that runs through Olmos Park. This is one place that you don't want to be caught speeding or breaking any other kind of law. If you continue along this street you'll run into the traffic round or whatever they call it. It seems a bit confusing to me, but I guess it works for some people, since they are putting another one on Blanco close to Hildebrand I think.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


On the way to drop off the kids today we passed by this usual air walk I'll call it. It's in between the Incarnate Word High School and College campuses. I had never noticed letters on it before. I have no idea what the RE and YY stand for. We usually see students going one way or the other on it, usually its some joggers, sometimes its a gaggle of girls in their catholic school skirts.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Silos on the Sky

This isn't quite in San Antonio, but it's close enough that I'm counting it. It's on Highway 181 and I've always wanted to get a pic of it, but this is the best I've ever taken, so I figured I'd take what I could get. I'm calling them silos, but I'm not quite sure that's what they are. I just like the look of them and as I pass them by, I wonder at the number of things they could be used to store.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Convenient Advertising

Convenience store advertising
We stop by this convenience store every once in a while when we've run out of snacks or drinks for the kiddos at home and need something quick for school. Today I noticed all the neon signs. I don't know why I didn't notice it before, except for maybe we park in different areas where they aren't visible. Of course of the five visible neon signs, four of them are for beer. :D

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Getting Ready for the Vote

Getting Ready for the Vote
This was the scene at the Central Library today as the voters got ready to cast their ballots. I'm not quite sure what they were voting on this time, but there was Vote Here, Vote Aqui signs all over the place. There's also a bunch of signage letting people know how close they can stand to a polling place and also what to do if you think you are being messed with when it comes to your voting rights.

Monday, November 05, 2007

San Pedro Playhouse Sign

San Pedro Playhouse sign
I've been passing this sign for a few months now. It really caught my eye when they started advertising the Zombie Prom. Before this I think they advertised some Pillow Man play or something like that. That also caught my eye because I read a book that had that exact title. I've never been in the playhouse but I think down this street is located Big Kahuna's, a great Vietnamese restaurant. Try it out if you get a chance. Oh this is also across the street from SAC (San Antonio College), and in the same tract of land as San Pedro Library.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Princesa Pinata Party

A backyard party on the southside, complete with pinata. I thought everyone knew what pinata's were, but apparently some people don't know about them. This one was shock full of candy I'm sure. You got to be careful around pinata's because usually the hitters are blindfolded and swing crazy. When I was a wee bit young one I saw a kid get whacked in the head.

Friday, November 02, 2007

El Tropicano

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This hotel is right off the RiverWalk and pretty much across the street from the Municipal Auditorium. I love the design of the backdrop. It's so retro, one of these days I need to find time to head inside. The trolley line I take passes by this hotel and many a tourist come and go on it.

Thursday, November 01, 2007


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Here's one for theme day. This was way too early in the morning and I'm not sure what it's picking up. I'm assuming trash, but I could be wrong, as I've never seen this color truck picking up trash before. It was cutting through one of those per pay parking lots, this one is not as expensive as some of those closer in to downtown. It's across the street for the Southwest Art and Craft Center and the Central Library Garage.