Which was pretty easy in that we went to San Antonio by accident during Fiesta Week. It's the south Texas version of Mardi Gras without all the prostitutes hanging around and gay guys kissing in the streets. But just as much alcohol and even more color to the costumes and a way bigger parade.
A family-friendly version of Mardi Gras, one you could take your kids to, especially if they speak Spanish. We took a late flight back from San Antonio on Sunday night (using miles, of course) and by Tuesday afternoon I'm finally getting my sea legs back. The coolest thing about San Antonio is by far the Riverwalk. I can't really explain how founding fathers could think of this underground labyrinth of shops and bars along a tiny river amidst really tall buildings and big trees. You've got to visit it to understand it... or you could click on the link above and look at the pictures I took and you'll gain an understanding that way.
... So yesterday was Monday and I thought I had allergies again. No energy, a little achy. It's that time of year. But truth be told I must have had a bit of a hangover still growling around and that always makes you want to eat greasy pizza and watch Adam Sandler movies. I stumbled through a four-hour show yesterday and remember very little of it. Today I did a four-hour radio show that included:
- a good rant by Carl from Hesslville, the Navy guy who's become quite the radio caller. He told a story of his wife getting caught on a broken-down South Shore train out of the city yesterday.
- a good interview with Niaz Latif and Wes Lukoshus of Purdue Calumet. They tried to explain what's happening at the Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center, where we're located. They're having a grand opening on Thursday and you should come and you could become just as confused as many of the listeners today.
- VJ Damasius, local pharmacist, explained why guys take testosterone and women get, excuse my French, bitchy. Hormones, baby. Hormone deficiency. VJ admitted to his own hot flashes, but then again he can be excused because he helps run a family business and there's a lot of stress and irregular bowel activity in that regard.
- Reecinda Burns came in as the spiritual counselor for people at the end of life... and she floored us all with a version of Amazing Grace that made the backs of your eyes get moist, even though no one close to you may have died for years. Still, there's grief in all of us and when someone hits the first verse of Amazing Grace just right, you're gonna well up inside or you're not really human.
- Kelsea Costello. She's a senior at Crown Point high school and part of her class has been to come sit with us one afternoon a week. We've relegated her to cutting up audio, which is where all interns start and some stay. You really can't go through life without having a clear understanding of how to cut up audio. Kelsea even said that after a few months of hanging out with us she still wants to study communications at Purdue in the Fall. Imagine that.
- Angel Jimenez goes to Tribeca University in the city and he graduates in a week. He wouldn't say it on the air directly but he's scared shitless about going into the real world. "I never thought I'd say this, but I miss high school." Don't we all, Angel, don't we all?
(That is, of course, a rhetorical question. Many of us remember the feelings of complete confusion and loneliness and shame for some reason or another and we would never want to go back to 10th grade. We made it through high school and that's good enough. Not everybody does.)