Tuesday, December 02, 2008

San Antonio is a great town. In the last seven years we've come here six times. Anymore it's almost akin to coming home. We come to San Antone for two reasons: There is a continuing education meeting here for nurse anesthetists that is top notch for clinical updates. Of course there are other meetings around the country that are excellent but this meeting happens to be in the same state as our grandchildren. So coming here accomplishes two things. Our grand daughters come up and spend 3 days with us and we go shopping and get their Christmas gifts and get to spend time with the girls and as an aside meet my yearly education requirements.

This year we were greeted by some unexpected changes. Now imagine going over the river and through the woods to grandfather's house every year at Thanksgiving, and after seven years you get to where grandfather's house always was and poof, it's gone.

Some things are repeated yearly: I take the girls to the bookstore at the Rivercenter mall and we spend many hours there and come away with books for everyone. On another day, grandma takes the girls to Dillards to shop for clothes. Every morning the girls and grandma go to the hotel dining room for scrumptious breakfasts.

This year we walk over to the mall and encounter a major construction project and the bookstore seems to be missing. We ask an information guide where the book store had relocated to and he said; They went out of business. When asked if there was a bookstore in the mall the answer was, no. Oh, and Dillards was gone. The hotel restaurant was closed for major renovations. the first morning at the meeting and the meeting room had been turned around. I mentioned to Scott, the AV guy who's been here forever, "Lots of changes in a year?" Relaying to him all the changes we'd encountered , I jokingly said, "next thing you know they'll want to move the Alamo." Scott said, "hey, that's not too far fetched; they floated that idea last year, but it never got off the ground."

The hotel is fine and the Riverwalk is still great as is the food. Oh, Starbucks has moved, but at least it's still here!

The meeting is good and the girls arrive tomorrow night.

If you come here regularly (the blog) you'll notice something missing in this post: no pictures.
Well there's no bookstore in downtown San Antonio either!

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8 Comments:

Blogger Puss-in-Boots said...

What is that saying? The more things change, the more they stay the same...actually that doesn't really make a lot of sense to me. But it came to mind with all the changes you encountered. As I become older I like change less...is that a sign of stagnation? Who knows...

At least the grandchildren are still there, even if they are changing...

1:42 AM  
Blogger Catch said...

the times they are a changin....I dont know why they tear down a perfectly good building and build another one someplace else...personally, I think they must have more money than they have brains. Next thing you know, they will move the convention to another state entirely! LoL..I bet the granddaughters so look forward to the time spent with you and D! Have a great time Rel!

9:27 AM  
Blogger willow said...

So nice that your meeting is conveniently located near family! You and D sound like such great grandparents. Enjoy your visit and the Starbucks, too!

9:37 AM  
Blogger Churlita said...

I can't imagine a city without a bookstore downtown. We're a pretty small town and we have at least 5.

2:24 PM  
Blogger Merelyme said...

It is always kinda bittersweet to discover that the things you expect and know are not there anymore. You have to rely upon memories now.

8:27 PM  
Blogger Epiphany said...

I hate that kind of change. There are so few places that instill comfort based on familiarity. It really does break my heart for you and your grandchildren.

9:42 PM  
Blogger Kay said...

Changes are a fact of life I guess - is it something to do with the economy downturn? San Antonio looks like a lovely place.

5:19 AM  
Blogger Elisabeth said...

I have been to San Antonio only once, but absolutely loved it. I may try to convince my boyfriend to go there next year around the Holidays.

Changes like the ones you describe suck big time. Hope you're having fun with your grand daughters.

1:32 PM  

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