Monday, December 31, 2007

Colima Food Mart

Colima Food Mart
This is a little food mart on the west side of San Antonio. We used to call the neighborhood store the Tiendita (the little store). This one is off of S Gen. McMullen and Castroville. My sister wanted to stop and get a Big Red. As I waited for her locked in the car I saw a young guy painting over graffiti. When my sister got back in the car I asked her how often she thought they had to do that and she said, probably pretty often. Of course now businesses have to clean up their own graffiti or get fined. I was going to ask the man, but some people get a little freaked when approached. :D

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Chinese Neon

chinese neon
This is the food court in South Park Mall, a mall on the south side of San fact the only mall on the south side. I had never noticed before how much neon there was here. I guess because it never really gets dark in the mall. I've eaten before at the Side Wok cafe. I tend to order their rice bowls, which I never finish because rice is just filling. In the past year or so, or at least that I've noticed they introduced chicken teriyaki, so I usually order that as a topping to the rice bowl.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Texas A&M vs. Penn State

Texas A&M vs. Penn State
Today was the Houston Street Fair and Market. It usually happens on the last Saturday of the month, but because of the Alamo Bowl that was happening on that same day it was moved to Friday. I got a chance to walk further into downtown and check out the action. There was still quite a bit of people down there. I had always wanted to go to one, because they do Adopt a Pets right on the spot, but we gots a dog now, so no need for that anymore. Saw these big megaphones and figured they were put there as a photo op, and I guess they were because I saw some people posing in between them. I tried to get my coworker to pose but he wouldn't.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Riverwalk Mosaics

River Walk alcove
Back to work after having Christmas Day off. I needed a break so I took a walk with a coworker on the RiverWalk. It was a great day for it, a bit bracing, but I loved it-windy and and the sky scintillating blue.

This is the very beginning of the section of the RiverWalk on accessible off of Augusta. This little area is a bit of an alcove, with what looks like a small place to sit. It also looks like it might be lit at night, but I must admit I've never been down there at night to tell for sure.

All along this stretch of the River Walk you can find many a mosaic piece. Some of them appear to be you are here maps, while others show scenes of San Antonio. You can find more pics from my walk here.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Press Button to Walk

Traffic sticker
Saw this sticker as I was walking back from a jaunt to RiverCenter. I thought it was a funny play on words, "If you can't run with the big dogs, keep your ass on the porch." posted on a cross walk. I thought back to a few months ago when I saw some travelers with dogs walking in this same area-a blind man was asking for directions to Baptist, and they tried to help, but they weren't from San Antonio, so I pointed the way.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Burger King

Burger King
Did a late night burger one. One of the nephews had been wanting a robot dog that came with the kids meals. They still had the robots, but what we got were turtles. This was one of those times, when we got through the drive thru pretty quick, but then we had to park and wait for our food to come out to us. I was remembering the new commercial that Burger King has where they tell people they are no longer making the whopper. I wonder if the reactions are true, or if it's all for show. I really wouldn't care if they got rid of the whopper, but damn-nit I sure would notice if they got rid of the double cheeseburger from the big kids meals since that's what I tend to order. :D

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Cable Car o'Candy

Cable Car o' Candy
Saw this little cable car while doing some Christmas shopping at the South Park Mall. I must have seen this before, but I must not have been paying attention. I was going to stop and plunk in a quarter or two, but we didn't stop this time. I hit the bookstore as usual on this trip, but I didn't find anything for myself. I think I'm going to have to resort to ordering online. I did score a Christmas gift though, so it wasn't a total waste.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Nana's Fruit Cups and Floral?

Saw this little shop as we were driving down near Kennedy High School. I had not noticed it before, but I hadn't been down there in a while. There's a bunch of these fruit cup places all over, but I noticed after I uploaded the photo that it also says floral on the right hand side. I wonder if they do fruit and florals or if it's just a left over. Maybe if we ever drop in I can find out.

As an aside, we used to live by there years ago and I was always a bit freaked because we lived right by a cemetery and I was as always trying to keep abreast of a zombie uprising, but that was before Kelly Air force Base became KellyUSA so I figured I could always just run to the base and have the soldiers and their guns take them out.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Lobby Christmas Tree

Lobby Christmas Tree
Saw this tree in the lobby of the City of San Antonio's tech support. I had never seen two ornaments wired together, but I reckon there's a first for everything. I was trying to figure out if there was a specific color scheme to the balls that were tied together but I couldn't see one. I like the snowflake on it. We are so obsessed with snow in SA, since we are lucky if we see any at all every 10 years or so. :D

Monday, December 17, 2007

Buildings in the Mist

Towers in the mist
It's been really foggy/misty in San Antonio and as we were going home from something or other I caught this capture. I like the look of the lit building in the middle. I've been trying to get a good shot of it, but I always miss it.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

7-Up Christmas Cheer

7-Up Christmas Tree
We were out shopping looking for some gifts and I saw this green Christmas tree. I've seen Christmas trees made up of lots of stuff, but this is a first. Recently I also saw a pile of green books made into a Christmas tree shape, and of course there's the old standby garland wrapped around a shaped wire hanger (NO WIRE HANGERS!)

Friday, December 14, 2007

Hanging Window Mobile

hanging mobile
I've always liked the look of this art piece in the window. You can find it at the downtown campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio. I've never been to this campus, only the one at 1604, but I do like what they've done with it. This was the campus that a while ago, some of the building material was falling off of. Not this building, but one to the right and front of where this one was at. It was bounded by fencing while they were fixing it, and they must have, because I haven't heard anything else about it.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Bulbs on a Wire

Giant Bulbs
We whiled away a couple of minutes at On Main Off Main, before heading back to Justin's Ice Creams for knit group. I love this store. You can find so much things here. I always want to buy at least half the store. The proprietors are nice, the music is usually good and the decor is to die for. The man behind the counter even knows how to translate my pig-latin speak. :D

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Central at Night

central at night
This is the first shot I've taken at night that I've been halfway satisfied with. Taking a bad photo of Central is kind of hard to do anyway, so it's nothing much to do with me. I really liked the softness of the photo and the colors.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A Carpet of Leaves

carpet of leaves
I just love how in the fall the ground is carpeted in leaves. I like the way they look and the way they sound. A couple of years ago, we moved into a house and the first night we were there I was rudely awoken from sleep as I heard footsteps coming up our drive. I jumped out of bed with my heart racing, when I realized it was dogs walking up and down our leave strown driveway. That house was really drafty I woke up a number of times thinking someone was trying to open a door when it was just the wind pushing at it.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful

the mist
Today was one of those days that was all misty and humid and such. I was either going or coming from breakfast and saw this building entombed in mist.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

80 Degrees in December

80 degress in december
We were out and about this day and I just had to get a picture of the external temperature. I can't believe it was 80 degrees in December. Now granted I remember at least once delivering Christmas gifts in shorts and tank top, but still this is ridiculous.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Poking It With a Stick

poking a stick at it
Saw this on the way to work one day. I have no idea what this guy is doing. All I know is that he was poking that stick into that hole.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Olmos Tower

Olmos Tower
I've always liked the look of this building. It's got a sweet location, overlooking Incarnate Word and Trinity if I'm not mistaken. I like it's color. I looked it up one time and the rents are a bit steep for me. I think they are condos or some such.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Shadowed Places

Shadow play
I saw this image one day out of the corner of my eye and just reached for my camera and took the pic. I never know if shadows will come out or not...this one did. Extra points for anyone who can guess the location of this shot.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Now That's What I Call Service

Self Service
Saw this sight on McCullough street one morning. I almost missed it too, but my sister pointed it out. This is the sister who's always on my case about taking photos and such, but still every once in a while she assists in my endeavor to take a pic of all the San Antonio minutia. I'm not sure if this was a garage worker or just someone working on their own car, but it gave me a welcome laugh so early in the morning.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Not a lowrider

I saw this car on San Pedro Avenue. It's a Buick named Donkey Kong (painted on the door). Not sure where one gets tires for wheels like that.