TLA Journey II: Arrival

April 12, 2007

Diane and I got up around 7:30 to make the short trip from Austin to San Antonio. We had breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express, got bags in the car, and took off by 9:30. We arrived in San Antonio with moderate traffic along I-35 around 11:00, and got into our hotel room by noon. Diane drove my car, which she placed in the parking garage across from the Hyatt Regency (where we have a room). She decided to forego the valet option, because she knew that I would keep checking for my keys.

After getting into the room, we grabbed lunch at the San Antonio Hard Rock Cafe just a block away from the hotel. We sat on the balcony overlooking the Riverwalk, where I kept a wary eye out for two pigeons who kept coming around in search of crumbs. We also got picture of Diane and me in front of a pair of doors with handles shaped like guitars.

When we finished at Hard Rock, we had to get down to business. We went to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, where the Texas Library Association Annual Conference convenes this year. After getting our badges, we had to go through some extra procedures to get me clearance to enter the exhibit hall. Over the course of three hours, Diane and I worked on setting up the exhibit hall spaces set aside for Texas Woman’s University, as well as everything done under the auspices of the Automation and Technology Round Table. Some graduate assistants helped put the finishing touches on the TWU display.

After returning to our hotel, Diane and I had dinner at The County Line, which specializes in barbeque. I had baby back ribs, while Diane had beef ribs. It had a deliberately “run-down” feel inside, though the exterior looked as clean and well-oiled as the various eating establishments along the Riverwalk. After dinner, we freshened up for probably the third or fourth time that day, and made our way for a boat ride along the Riverwalk. (I kept thinking of James Bond in Casino Royale, when he would come back to the gaming table all cleaned up after getting in some scuffles during the game’s one-hour breaks.) A guy named T.C., whose voice bore some resemblance to Al Pacino’s gruff pater familias timbre, drove our boat while recounting stories about the buildings along San Antonio’s Riverwalk. I took quite a few pictures en route, including ones of the Riverwalk Mall, Tower Life Building, and Tower of the Americas (built for the 1968 World’s Fair). After the boat ride, we went back to the hotel, ready to relax and recharge for the coming few day’s activities. Not much opportunity to rest and take in San Antonio (or at least the downtown area), but I hope to gain some new insights on trends affecting librarianship.

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