Day 1 of Not Attending NECC: Looking for the Alamo, It’s Next to the Mall.

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If You Took This Picture... Directly Behind You is a Ripley's Believe It or Not.  Sad.I made it to San Antonio. Barely.

My wife (in charge of reservations… because she has the money) made me get up at 3:15 a.m. to catch a plane (actually planes… I do love the non-direct flight).

Maybe flights are cheaper when my sleep is interrupted, or maybe she is a vampire. Who knows? I am not here to judge, as the first rule of being a mooch is keeping your mouth shut.

And if she is a vampire, there is no reason to rile her up.

I am too old for this. I am tired.

I did sleep on the plane for about 4 minutes. Now my neck will be sore for 6 weeks.

Plus, there is something about flying that makes me feel dirty. Literally and figuratively.

Is it just me or are airplanes giant metal infection zones? How many people before me have touched the seats, door handles, overhead compartments, magazines, blankets, etc? And more importantly, how many have washed their hands?

From my informal poll in the bathroom, about 1 out of 3.

But I am not here to share my neurosis (or the fact that I stare at people in public restrooms).

I am here to complain about the Alamo.

Not the battle or the building. Both are very impressive.

But it’s location.

It is next to a mall. Seriously. One of the great historic sites that our country has to offer and it is next to Dillards?

I wish I were kidding.

You can buy underwear AND learn about Davey Crockett and Jim Bowie all within a one block area.

I can’t make this stuff up. And it gets worse.

There is a Ripley’s Believe It or Not across the street. I can’t believe I got up 3 hours before sunrise, took two flights halfway across the country, ran through at least one airport, and got pulled out of the security line to get felt up just to see the Alamo and a mall.

By the way, I am batting a 1000 on the security thing.

I can’t win the lottery, but when I go to the airport I am the first person they yank out of line.

Ever since I went to the doctor this summer, I have become an easy target.

Ah, whom am I kidding? I am easy.

And disappointed. But I can’t wait to go back to the Alamo tonight. We are getting pizza at the food court.

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3 Responses to “Day 1 of Not Attending NECC: Looking for the Alamo, It’s Next to the Mall.”


  1. Nancy Bosch
    on Jun 29th, 2008
    @ 6:15 pm

    A funny—I spent 6-7 years of my youth in San Antonio. I went back years later and they had air-conditioned the Alamo!! What’s up with that?


  2. Dave Sherman
    on Jun 29th, 2008
    @ 8:28 pm

    I am starting to detect a pattern in your posts.
    rectal exams, staring at men in the bathroom…
    Hmmmm. What’s next, your vasectomy on YouTube?


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