Sunday, January 17, 2010

Everything Must Go

Yesterday, the city of Laredo, Texas lost it's sole general bookstore. Barnes & Noble, creator of the Nook, another electronic bookstore killer in itself, shuttered its mall-based B. Dalton bookstore chain. Now, nearly a quarter-million people have to settle for whatever Walmart or Target think they want to read, and despite an excellent library system, those for whom internet service isn't in the budget, owning a classic, or any title that's not on the top 20, will now be a 150 mile drive away. In true Canuckistani style, my vulture-pick was Paul Shaffer's autobiography. They had several copies, if I remember correctly.

And continuing a trend seen up here with the death of chains like Sam The Record Man and Music World, another Sam, this time Sam Goody, closed the only record store in downtown San Antonio. Further evidence that the value of that wall of CDs or wall of books people have collected for years is becoming less valuable as days go by...

My vulture pick was the deluxe version of Warren Zevon's first album for Asylum. A total steal for $13.

Photos taken January 5 and 7, 2009 at Mall del Norte, Laredo, TX, and Rivercenter Mall, San Antonio, TX.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

San Antonio

Shopping Boots (North Star Mall)

The Riverwalk from above and below

(Basement Entrance)

The fact that the Alamo and the Riverwalk have been photographed millions of times presents a challenge to anyone trying to capture something unique about San Antonio's two most famous attractions. Unique about all of these is that they were taken in near-freezing temperatures, a rarity for this south Texas city. Hopefully some of the angles are a little different than ones you usually see in the brochures.
Photos taken January 6 and 7, 2010 in San Antonio, Texas.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


It might be physically located in the United States, but Laredo is a whole 'nother country. The signage is mostly in English, but the audio is completely different. A walk across the Rio Grande/Bravo would have been redundant.

Photos taken on January 5, 2010 in Laredo, Texas.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Bryan, Texas

Welcome to downtown Bryan, Texas. (Poor) cousin to neighbouring College Station, home of Texas A&M University, but still full of history and interesting architecture.

Photos taken in Bryan, Texas on Sunday, January 3, 2009.