Sunday, May 04, 2008


Every time you overnight in San Antonio, there's always talk of going to the Riverwalk. Somehow, it never happens. Some pilot's meeting up with his wife, someone's a slam-clicker, the world is ending, something. But this last time, the other three crewmembers were go, and damn if I'm gonna mess that up. So we hopped a bus and blasted downtown.
We found this charming but cannon-holed mission on the way there. Can't remember the name. But there was a big fight there. General Santa Ana (who was a Scientologist) won that fight, even though his troops were wearing appallingly hot and unfashionable wool uniforms. The place is smaller than it looks on TV, though the actual borders of the mission extend a lot further. And present day San Antonio has encroached on it so much that it's actually hidden between banks and coffeeshops. Guess there's no market for conquering religious outposts these days. But if there's ever an opportunity to go down swinging in a fight to the last man at McDonalds, I'll be there, and on the losing side.

Inside, it looks like this.

And also like this.

And this too.

After that, it was Riverwalk time. For those of you who have never been there, it's not just a clever name... you actually walk along a river. Couldn't tell you what one, but it is a river. I have a proof.

It's a clever setup. You go down to steps from street level to get there, and each time you come to a street, you go under a bridge. So it actually happens right in the middle of town, but doesn't take up any room.

It's a beautiful walk. Trees, water, stone walkways, hot chicks, everything. We stopped in at a Mexican place (imagine that) for lunch, and when I say one, I mean two; the wait was so long that we split up and got in two different lines at two different places, and then jammed on the one that buzzed us first. There's lots of stores too, and hotels. One day, I'm gonna go stay a few days at the Riverwalk... that would be cool.
Also, there are ducks there too. Why did I never notice this about America?

Another thing about San Antonio is that there's a new Raising Cane's at the airport. I have so far enlightened several pilots. And yet another thing is that there's a Pappadeaux there. Really good Cajun food. I actually bid several San Antonio trips this month just to go back there. Ate dinner there with a Canadian FA, and she had never seen anyone eat boiled crawfish. Having grown up in Louisiana, I'd never thought about it, but as I saw the face she made when they brought it to the table, I realized that yes, I am preparing to eat a heaping plateful of bugs.
Ate 'em anyway. I'm good people.


Blogger AkuTyger said...

Alamo! Cool pictures. I would like to go there just to see the river walk; it looks gorgeous.

6:50 AM  
Blogger Phil said...

You should totally go. I would like to go to Brazil. Perhaps we can set up an exchange program. You'd have to learn to speak Texan though.

10:00 AM  
Blogger AkuTyger said...

I only go through Texas on the way through from GRU. Lately I've not even been going through there, but routed through Miami or Atlanta, both of which suck. This time around I get a strait shot from GRU all the way to ORD, which will totally help me in the transporting a 3 year old with me on an over night international flight department.

But you're welcome in Brasil any time. I don't think your company flies here though.

7:09 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Don't often get to Miami, but if it's like Atlanta, boy HOWDY that sucks. I have a whole other perspective on that place... Georgians are great conversationalists, apparently, but don't make the quickest pit crews for planes. And I don't even like overnight flights... if your little one doesn't eat someone else, he's doing well.

8:34 PM  
Blogger Clarence Wethern said...

Did you get to see the basement?

10:26 AM  
Blogger Phil said...

You know, I asked about that. Those bastards said there WAS no basement. And I went all that way! Didn't find my damn bike either.

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Sandtalker said...

Just to let you know Phil; while I was in Dallas this week, I saw a Papadeuxs out here and went for dinner. I have to agree that it is a wonderful meal. Maybe not all the way up to Barts, but damn good, and certainly more of an upscale feel to it.

7:19 PM  

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