Recently a fellow blogger, Suzassippi, has featured a series of posts on the clocks of London. Big Ben isn't the only clock in that City and I've enjoyed reading her posts. In commenting on one I mentioned the Hertzberg Clock in San Antonio, Texas. So, Suzassippi, this one is for you! *** Since its original installation… Continue reading As Time Goes By
The Reptile Garden in Brackenridge Park may seem like an oddity now, but when it opened in 1933 it was a popular attraction for San Antonio residents. It came to its final location in 1939 and entertained visitors until its closure in 1975 when the manager retired and took his "collection" to Arkansas. Click on the… Continue reading Thursday: Then and Now
Being informed is a virtue. It helps us make better decisions and encourages us to take action. Getting hooked on an endless scroll of media inputs is not the same as being informed. There’s long been a business model of urgent news (“man bites dog!”), but now it’s been leveraged, amplified and optimized to suck… Continue reading The Time Drainer
Yesterday at lunch I kicked off the Independence Day weekend with an All-American lunch of a fried bologna (AKA baloney) sandwich with cold watermelon. The sweet tea didn't make it into the picture, but it was part of the meal. I prefer my bologna sandwiches on white toasted bread with French's mustard and a… Continue reading Independence Day 2020
As I write this mid-afternoon on the last day of June 2020 the heat index has already reached 100 degrees and we have several more hours for it to climb. The air is filled with the Sahara dust that has travelled all the way across the Atlantic Ocean to fill the big, bright Texas sky… Continue reading Tea Time Southern Style
Hurricane prediction has come a long way in the past few years as evidenced by this map published on September 22, 1920, showing the "probable" path of a tropical storm that had intensified into a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. Just a map with an arrow pointing to the area where it was thought… Continue reading Thursday Then and Now: Hurricane Prediction
I'm sure that many of us are wondering what this summer will bring to our world. This past Spring has been memorable, but not the kind of memorable that makes one want to linger there. However, Spring is behind us and now on to Summer! Let's enjoy cold watermelon and watch some of those lingering… Continue reading Welcome to Summer 2020!
When the Milam Building opened in downtown San Antonio in 1928 it was the first high-rise office building with air-conditioning. What a remarkable innovation! I have fond memories of the little coffee shop on the first floor. Not only did they have fabulous biscuits, it was where the who's who of the SA business world… Continue reading Thursday Then and Now: The Milam Building
I'm proud to be an American and I'm proud to stand up and salute our flag whenever called upon to do so! I love seeing it displayed on houses, businesses, and flying high above a tall building - let it wave!
The International & Great Northern Railroad made its entrance into San Antonio, Texas in 1879 following a route from Austin, Texas to Laredo, Texas. This Mission Revival style passenger station was built in 1906 and served the community until its closure in 1970. To say that it had deteriorated is an understatement. However, in time… Continue reading Thursday Then and Now: The International and Great Northern Railroad passenger station