San Antonio

San Antonio is always a favorite for us. We’ve had a couple of classes here and always enjoy the food, music, and ambiance of the Riverwalk.  Our visit here was brief - for reasons I’ll explain in a moment - so I don’t have much for pictures.  Still, we had a good time:

  • Dinner at Rosarios with Friends
    I won’t link you to the restaurants website because it’s a cliche of a restaurant website - forcing you to wait for a Flash site to load, so you can hear music while all you want to see is a menu, hours and location. That issue aside, MsBoyink and I lucked into this restaurant a few years ago and always make a point of returning there when in town. The food is amazing and prices are reasonable. This visit we joined our local friends Mark and Mari and I had the “Chile Relleno - a Poblano pepper stuffed with spiced beef, potato and raisins topped with ranchero sauce and white cheese”. It wasn’t overly spicy at all but rather incredibly flavorful with a complex taste.  Loved it.  The only downside of Rosarios is the polished cement floor which looks cool but makes it a loud place when busy - tough to have great conversations.
  • Meeting with Brad Parscale
    Brad is a fellow ExpressionEngine lover and responsible for the DevDemon line of EE add-ons. He recently bought the main ExpressionEngine conference and we talked mainly of his plans for that and how we might provide some training options during the event. We are greatly excited about the direction of the event and what we might be able to do there.
  • Listened to Jim Cullum
    MsBoyink and I are big fans of traditional (Dixie) Jazz, and the Jim Cullum Jazz Band has been playing the music of artists like King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and Bix Beiderbecke since 1962. He’s had a NPR show “Live from the RIverwalk” since 1987 - which is how we first learned of his music.  We’ve seen Jim perform a number of times, this time it was as a trio/quartet (late bass player) in a tiny little corner bar where if I stretched my legs wrong I’d have upset the bass player.  We had some amazing hamburgers here that turned out to have been crafted by Jim’s son Chris’s Attaboy Burgers. Mine was a “Bean Burger” with refried beans, Pico, and tortilla pieces on Chris’s hand-ground beef and homemade buns. Heaven.
  • Breakfast Tacos
    Right across the street from our RV park there was a Mexican restaurant selling breakfast tacos 3/$3. Really good - and amazing they can sell that much food for so little. We bought them two mornings - packed in a cooler with some heated-up chili-chasers they stayed warm until noon on our drive day.

Sense a theme?  My title for this post should have been “San Antonio - I’m leaving before I get fat!”.  I love the food in this area and could quickly eat us out of paychecks and into the need for bigger clothes.

The big thing that happened in San Antonio, however, is that weeks of talking, phone calls and applications finally paid off in a Park Host job at Usery Mountain regional park outside of Mesa, Arizona. We’ll spend 5-6 weeks filling in for some other Park Hosts who won’t be arriving until January. The main reason for this park is that during our first visit we met another full-timing family working at the park and also some local homeschoolers that became fast friends that we’d like to visit again. The kids especially have been voicing their votes for an Arizona return.

This will be our second run at Park Hosting - let’s hope it goes better than our first attempt. This time will be in a government-owned park which we have been told is usually better.

 

MsBoyink lays out the plan

MsBoyink lays out the plan

Seeing the Jim Cullum Band

Seeing the Jim Cullum Band

'How can we guarantee RV damage for cutting the corner?'

'How can we guarantee RV damage for cutting the corner?'

An odd consequence for raising dust

An odd consequence for raising dust

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