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Note About “Friday Freebies”

March 18, 2011

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Hot Dog in South Texas Summer

May 15, 2009

It’s not even summer yet and I don’t even want to think about wearing jeans these days much less a sweater or coat. Our furry friends don’t have that luxury. (more…)

A race I find interesting

May 9, 2009

We haven’t covered this race that extensively on KSAT, but I think the school board race in SAISD between former Mayor Ed Garza and Michael Soto is intriguing. You would think it would be Garza in a runaway, but I’m hearing this is a race that’s hard to get a handle on. Garza even sent out mailers with an endorsement from Roddy Stinson just last week. He is not acting like a candidate who has it in the bag, and Soto is still up with radio ads. Look down ballot for this result on election night.

3 Council Races to watch

May 8, 2009

Let’s go out on a bit of a political limb here. What could be the tightest and most surprising council races?

1 – Lourdes Galvan could be in trouble. She has a number of good candidates opposing her, including David Medina who took her to a runoff the last election. Galvan could be headed back there again.

2 – Justin Rodriguez has to defeat Elena Guajardo again. She had a lot of bad publicity in the last race, she’s kind of under the radar this time. Will voters elect her again? Has time healed all wounds? Rodriguez is a very good campaigner, but so is Guajardo.

3 – Mary Alice Cisneros is also facing a formidable challenge, and that to me is very surprising. Having said that I am hearing a lot of people who sense some dissension in district one with the job she’s done. I think she will win, but Chris Forbrich may make it closer than Cisneros would like.

I actually miss Fiesta!

May 3, 2009

So I consider myself fortunate that the last few days I was able to cover a couple of Fiesta events.  Usually, some of us in the news business try to avoid these events like the plague.  But I’ve decided to embrace them for several reasons.  For one, I usually never even get out to these events, so it’s a nice way to see them.  Also, it’s ridiculously easy to find people to talk to and they’re all in a good mood, especially at NIOSA!  And it also beats working.  I get to wear my one guayabera or whatever festive-looking shrit I have in my closet too!

Today I didn’t get to cover any fun Fiesta parade or party and I must admit that I missed it a bit.  But then someone told me we hit a record high today of 96.  But I still missed it.

Overtraining or Just Tired

May 3, 2009

So I started a new 10-week half-marathon training plan two weeks ago. I’m through two weeks and now I’m wondering if I may have bitten off a bit bigger chunk than I can chew. The workouts are a bit more intense than the last program I tried but it’s also about four weeks shorter. Couple that with a new baby and another year older and I’m stuck wondering what’s making me feel more worn out. Maybe it’s the diet too?
Have you ever tackled a new program and felt like you were doing double the work you used to? What did you do to change it to get back to feeling the way you used to feel?

Parade Memories

April 21, 2009

Sorry about the lack of a post last night.  A bit too tired and lazy.  So last night I covered the River Parade for the second year in a row.  It was also the second time I ever went to the river parade.  As far as family atmosphere, it does seem like a great place to take the kids as long as you’re not afraid of them falling into the pristine waters of the SA river.  Lining up at the head of the parade is the best bet, maybe not for tv, since all the lights were off and everybody was gone by the time we went on for our 10 p.m. live shot.  But it’s over before 9 so the kids don’t lose too much sleep on a school night.

I never went to the river parade as a kid.  For my family, it was always the night parades.  I didn’t have a bad childhood, in fact it was very good.  But for some reason, I have very few memories.  For instance, with the parades, I have maybe five.  I remember always having to lug the beer cooler with my other cousin to our seats but our uncles were kind (sarcasm) enough to carry the empty cooler back at the end.  But by the time I carried it, the last thing I wanted to do was sit down and watch a bunch of people walking by me and playing instruments.  Another memory is the Acme Lumber sign, the one where the guy’s hands form the ‘A.’ I guess we always parked near it.  I also remember the Shriners in their small cars and UT’s Big Bertha drum.  I have a distinct memory of my mom’s excited face telling me, ‘Look, it’s Big Bertha!’  And finally, I remember all the crap the vendors would sell.  So many lighted trinkets and other great junk that I begged my mom to buy me and never got.  I’m not complaining about that last one.  It really is just a bunch of cheesy crap.

So what are some of your parade memories?  I’m debating whether to take my kids to them one day.  I guess part of me hopes that they’ll have some more meaningful memories than I did.