Sunday, June 29, 2008

not in kansas anymore...

"you're not in kansas anymore" is what the lady said to me as she handed me my conference bag and completed my conference registration. i found it ironic that here is this lady, in san antonio, texas....saying that i'm not in kansas anymore. somewhere out there.....a mastiff named toto is laughing at the irony with me.

being a ca native does not prepare me for the heat of the south. i dislike the heat almost every time i visit the south...whether it be lousiana, alabama, north carolina, south carolina, and now, i can add san antonio texas to my list. it is an oppressive heat...and i only arrived after 5pm. i am not looking forward to the truly oppressive mid-day heat. it is a wonder how anything moves here...outside of the hot wind whirls around you.

after my registering for the conference, i decided to take a look around, get something to eat, and pick up some drinks to keep at my hotel room. i walked a couple of blocks until i saw a shopping-like complex. i remember thinking....i bet that building has air conditioning.

right before i entered the rivercenter mall, i saw a bunch of people getting onto boats. there was something cartoonish about the site. i would expect something like that at disneyland.


everything in the mall portion was pretty much closed. yet, i decided to walk around the air conditioned building and eventually heard some music playing outside...it was a courtyard-like area....


and well, look-eeee here, there was an ice cream place.


i guess i had found my dinner spot.


i ordered a black cherry ice cream with a mix-in of more cherries.


this ice cream kept the heat bearable as i explored more of the area and stumbled across a place that sells blue bell ice cream! if only i'd seen that earlier. oh well, i guess i'll be making a trip to this place later on in the week....


i also stumbled upon the alamo....


i noticed that there are actually quite a few snow cone places around the alamo. i bet they due a brisk business...in fact, this one started to crowd up in the limited time i was taking shots.....



as i headed back to my hotel, i couldn't believe my eyes...



if the heat didn't confirm that i was no longer in california, then these antlers surrounding the texas ranger museum would have done it....


being practically bespelled by the antlers, i almost missed the street convenience store next door.


they had a couple of things in there that i hadn't seen before. yet, i remember someone who spent a lot of time in texas said i should try the "sweet tea". i had no idea what that meant before today. the sweet tea was pretty close to the carbonated sangria. i decided to buy the sweet tea along with some perrier. i may actually go back and buy a bottle of the carbonated sangria just to photograph it.

now, i'm sitting here in my nicely air conditioned room, the newly acquired beverages are sitting on the dresser,


and i am typing away at this posting instead of doing more prep work for the conference.

yet, i can't help thinking that in some alternate reality...where, you know, toto really was a mastiff....i imagine myself clicking my flip flops together, saying "there is no place like home", and pouf...i would be in a supershuttle on my way back home.

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