On To San Antonio

Hank – We left Austin and drove to San Antonio to visit our friend, Father George George. He was the priest at Fairchild AFB 10-11 years ago. Kathy helped nurse him through his surgery and treatment after being diagnosed with bladder cancer back then. He was medically discharged from the Air Force and he moved to San Antonio. We’ve kept in touch over the years and have been looking forward to seeing him.

Since it was Sunday and he wouldn’t be home until late as he had a number of Mass services to preside over, we took our time and visited a couple of places in town. One was ArtPace. This is a cool idea. It’s a residency art program where they bring in nine (three in each category) local, national, and international artists to live here and create art. Then they display what they’ve created. The current exhibition is called Word On The Street.

After ArtPace we did the obligatory visit to the Alamo. Downtown wasn’t very crowded at all, probably because most people were somewhere ready to watch the Super Bowl.

We met Father George at his house and then went out to dinner with him and his niece, She’s living with her uncle while attending school here.

Kathy – The drive to San Antonio was pretty uneventful, and pretty fast – compared to riding here on our bikes. Really loved ArtPace’s concept of supporting nine artists (3 from Texas, 3 from other states in the U.S., and 3 international students). They live at the studio for three months while creating works of art to show and sell. What a great program.

The Alamo looked the same as before…but, it was nice to read and refresh our minds again with all the detailed information related to this historical site.

Best part of the day was having dinner and visiting with Father George George and his niece, Rinnu. We are staying at Father George’s house for two nights while in San Antonio, Texas. He is looking and doing fantastic – considering just eleven years ago we were very concerned his extremely serious bout with cancer could possibly take his life. Very thankful that he is doing so well now, and no signs of the cancer has return. After wonderful conversations this evening we called it a night knowing we can catch up more in the morning.

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