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The Alamo

Steve and I started the day by driving up to Six Flags/Texas Fiesta. We paid $15 to park, went to the window and found out that there was no military discount as we'd been told. We didn't want to fork out $110 for an amusement park, so we headed south to the Alamo. Parking there was $5 and we made a day of it.

I introduced Steve to the gigantic 100+ year old oak tree in the courtyard. We looked at a few exhibits in the museum, then went into the shrine itself which I had not seen when I was last in San Antonio. It looks much like every Mexican church I've ever visited, with a flagstone floor and side chapels now dedicated to the battle fought there. On the list of dead, I pointed out that there was one Dane, by the name of Zanco. Not a common name at all and I know nothing about him.

Interestingly, the Federal Building across the street was built in order to remind Texans that Alamo or not, they were now part of the US. We went in because it's where the Bankruptcy Court is, and indeed, 341 hearings were in session. Steve decided he didn't want to slip into the bank and hear any because he was wearing a King Stahlman Bail Bonds t-shirt and shorts, plus he didn't want to work on vacation.

After that we did the good tourist thing and went down to the Riverwalk. After strolling along for a bit, we found boat tours on the river and decided to take one. It's been a longstanding wish of mine to ride in a Ventian gondola or a Mexican chalupa (flower boat) with Steve. This didn't exactly fit the bill, but it was entertaining and we got to see a lot of downtown from the viewpoint of the river.

Finally, I steered Steve over to Hemisfair Park, which was built for a 1968 American fair. (Or it was in celebration of Steve's birth, take your pick.) As soon as Steve saw the Tower of the Americas, which is like Seattle's Space Needle more than the CN Tower, he had to visit. So we went up to the Chart House, which is the restaurant up there, and ordered Arnold Palmers (ice tea and lemonade) and appetizers. They were well-done and reasonably priced. I had a pear and bleue cheese salad with candied pecans and Steve ordered a raw tuna appetizer and cold spring rolls with lobster and crab. The rolls were okay, but the chef hadn't soaked the rice paper long enough so the wrapping was stiff and chewy. The salad was delicious.

Our waitress, however, said I looked like her mother. She assured me that her mother was very beautiful. Still, this is the first time I've been reminded that I'm middle-aged. Anyway, turns out Mom is a realtor, so I gave our server Steve's and my cards and we'll e-mail.

Home again, home again, and I had the best laundry day EVER because I sat in the lounge during happy hour while I washed our clothes in the guest laundry on the same floor. I'm now showered and Steve and I are having Pizza Hut delivery pasta and watching our living room TV (as opposed to our bedroom TV.)



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Jun. 29th, 2011 04:22 am (UTC)
Pizza Hut pasta = om nom nom.

Seeing as you've mentioned cards, I thought about getting some to distribute, but I didn't want to come off as a total tool. Is getting business cards something I should invest in, or, would I be a tool?
Jun. 29th, 2011 01:50 pm (UTC)
Definitely get business cards, and put a list of your skills on them in some way. Mine say "Real Name, Doctor of Theology" on one side and "North Park, San Diego" with my phone and public e-mail address on the other. That shows that you want them to remember YOU. Also if you drop them in the bowl at many restaurants, you can win a free meal. ^_^ Really, it might make you stand out in a job fair if you're competing with kids who don't have them.

Also, with Dream Job ask if you could intern there doing something. Tell them you want to keep your resume current, which is true. Also, if you volunteered anywhere, you can put that in a resume to fill the gap.

Oh, and I got my cards from http://www.zazzle.com

Edited at 2011-06-29 01:51 pm (UTC)
Jun. 29th, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC)
Sorry that you didn't get to go to Six Flags because rollercoasters are awesome. You can come visit me and we can go to Carowinds where there is a fairly new giant one. Also you reminded me that I really need to start using my season pass.
Jun. 29th, 2011 01:52 pm (UTC)
If we move here we'll get season passes. THOSE are a great, great bargain.
Jun. 29th, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
According to Facebook, military gets in free this weekend at Carowinds, so clearly you're at the wrong theme park. ;)
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