Trip Start Oct 27, 2004
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The rest of San Antonio is just a copy of any other big city with plenty of strip malls and Wal-Mart Supercenters. An area downtown near The Alamo known as the Riverwalk is much publicized and as is characteristic of most tourist traps is highly overrated. The Riverwalk is well landscaped but is essentially just a sidewalk along the San Antonio River bordered by numerous chain restaurants and a few shops selling T-shirts and shot glasses. You can go to Hard Rock Cafe anywhere. Zoobley and I went for a short stroll along the Riverwalk, but none of the cafes would allow dogs even at their outside tables so we decided on a lunch of apples and bananas instead. It was just as well since Zoobley harbors a strong dislike of all birds and it seems that San Antonio's downtown has the largest concentration of winged rats (pigeons) of any city to which I've been, London and New York included. This immediately whipped Zoobley into a little spotted frenzy causing her to leave a odorous gift to the City of San Antonio on the downtown sidewalk
We are starting to notice that Texans in general just don't seem to like dogs. With the exception of my cousin and a few residents in his neighborhood, we haven't seen very many dogs or pets of any kind throughout Texas. It's my understanding that Texans voted overwhelmingly to reinstate the Halliburton Administration to the White House earlier this month, so my best guess is that it has something to do with the general Republican disdain for anything living that can't be exploited for a profit. Hopefully, as we move west, people will be a little less uptight.