Sunday, February 26, 2012

TURNING POINT

Wow.  It's been four months already since I've arrived in San Antonio. Hard to believe.

So I guess you could say I'm getting settled in. Have had my beloved car back since Christmas Eve. It's a 10-year-old Ford Focus with 132,000 miles on it, but it still has a lot of life in it. Am slowly getting the work done on it which will hopefully keep it running for another 100,000 miles or so.

Life is good.

Today I was coming back from a conference in Clear Lake. It was thrilling to see NASA across the street from the hotel, even if I didn't get to go inside. I did get an inside tip on a VIP tour in the future. That will definitely be worth blogging about.

During these four months I've been creeping toward becoming a vegetarian. My diet has consisted largely of oatmeal for breakfast, and beans or lentils with rice or cornbread for the other meal each day, with an occasional meat meal thrown in. But my one experience with cooking chicken was a big disappointment - it was flavorless and rubbery in texture. Certainly not your grandmother's chicken.

It feels good eating this way. At the conference I saw an old friend for the first time in several years. She has been a vegetarian for some time and for the past year and a half has gone to the next level of vegan-ism. And she looks absolutely great.

Maybe this is the turning point. Not all the way to being a vegan, because dairy products are too dear to me still. And I could allow an occasional meat meal so as not to feel totally deprived. Actually I don't feel deprived anyway. And the last few beef meals have made me sick.

So, coming back to San Antonio from Houston on I-10, I passed through Luling, the barbeque capital of Texas. Texas claims to have invented barbeque - at least the kind with beef brisket cooked over a huge pit. I had planned to enjoy one last meat meal in Luling. But for some reason I wasn't looking forward to  it.

On the way into town from I-10, there were several groups of very contented-looking cows munching on grass now succulent from the recent rains. Now that brisket plate seemed even less appetizing.

But I persisted and found the famous City Market, rated by Texas Monthly as having the best barbeque in the state:
Texas Monthly, where they take barbeque seriously.
They even have an app for it.

City Market is in the quaint main historic business district, which seems to have been virtually unchanged for the past hundred years or so.

But today is Sunday, and it turns out City Market was closed.

Alas, that last meal of barbeque was not meant to be. And, to be honest, it was not a disappointment.

Once home, a dinner of brie and crackers with a glass of good red wine affirmed that yes, life is indeed good.

-bjd