Monday, January 23, 2006

Live from San Antonio

Howdy, partners! The ALA Midwinter Meeting here in the shadow of the Alamo is winding down, and despite my best intentions this is only the first time I've sat down to post a blog entry about the conference (and I'm afraid this one isn't going to be all that long either!). Although the convention center offered an "Internet Cafe" with terminals offerings free internet access for those of us who are too poor to afford laptops or PDAs with wi-fi, not only were the Internet connections a little on the slow side -- note to corporate sponsor: you might not want to cheap out when offering what amounts to a whole lot of free advertising to thousands of information professionals, lest the next time I see your products I think about how it took five minutes for my Gmail account to load -- but the Cafe had few enough terminals to ensure that there was almost always a line to sit down and wait those five minutes for your email.

Aside from this minor inconvenience, the convention more or less rocked. It's hard not to have a good time in San Antonio, whose Paseo del Rio is packed with bars, restaurants, and even CVS pharmacies that sell beer and wine (God bless you, Texas!). Speaking of the CVS, while foraging for Southwestern-themed snack food I found that they sell Habanero flavored Doritos in this neck of the woods. Intrigued, I picked up a $.99 bag and found my mouth on fire after the third chip. Now this isn't "Flaming Hot" hot -- it's a heat so insidious that I had to drink an entire glass of ice water between each chip! Mind you, I did finish the bag, but that may have had more to do with the fact that I was drunk than anything else.

Yes, the drinking is fairly good down here in San Antonio. From prickly pear margaritas to Shiner Bock beer, I stuck with the local potent potables and was not disappointed. As for the food, let's just say I ate my fill, again trying to eat what I wouldn't be able to find back in the Hub of the Universe. After scamming free Tex-Mex on the Exhibitors' Floor on Friday night, I had breakfast at the legendary Mi Tierra restaurant and bakery, which was located only a couple of blocks away from my hotel in the Market Square area. Mi Tierra is a family-owned Mexican restaurant that makes its own chorizo and a veritable arsenal of baked goods, including sweet empanadas filled with lemon, sweet potato, and even pumpkin! The menu there is authentic Mexican food, with classics such as huevos rancheros and menudo served with warm, freshly-made corn or flour tortillas on the side instead of toast. That first morning I had the huevos rancheros and after just one bite knew I'd be returning for at least one more meal before I left.

Saturday night I did the requisite Tex-Mex on the Riverwalk thing and ate at Casa Rio, which has been in business for some sixty years in downtown San Antonio. The food there was definitely better than anything available in Boston -- the chicken enchiladas with green chile sauce were especially tasty! -- but even mediocre food is enhanced into haute cuisine when eaten outdoors along the river at night, when the myriad lights strung up along the waterfront and hanging in the trees reflect off of the inky black San Antonio River.

The next morning I was participating in a leadership symposium with an eight o'clock start time, so sadly I had to pass up Mi Tierra for a Continental breakfast at one of the convention hotels. Reparations were made, plus interest, by having lunch at a place called Boudro's, where the guacamole is hand-made by your server at the table (and even if you don't normally like guac, this is not your local chain restaurant's guacamole, with freshly-squeezed lime and orange juices, diced red onions, cilantro, sea salt, roasted plum tomatoes, and serrano chiles. Oh, man!). I ended up having Gulf Coast crabcakes with a Southwestern vegetable slaw on the side, and with all due respect to the people of Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia, Texans make one mean crabcake! A bright pink prickly pear maragarita topped off this delicious foray into noveau Texas cuisine, and the best part was that I didn't even have to pick up the check...

This morning I returned to Mi Tierra, opting this time for scrambled eggs with chorizo and a sweet potato empanada to go. After spending the day on a walking tour of San Antonio, visiting the Alamo and the famous Menger Hotel and following the River Walk north to see the recently-renovated San Antonio Public Library (one word: wow!) and visit the San Antonio Museum of Art, which I didn't realize was closed until I'd shlepped all the way up there a couple of miles outside of the downtown region. The museum is situated in the original Lone Star Brewery surrounded by a somewhat Mad Max neighborhood of industrial parks and abandoned property, so let's just say that it wasn't the most scenic walk in the world.

But a long walk was nice, especially since winter in New England rarely affords such luxuries. Desperately in need of refueling and a place a cool my heels, I decided to take a break from Mexican and Tex-Mex fare and honored San Antonio's rich German legacy by eating at Schilo's, a delicatessen from the early 1900's which although no longer owned by the original proprietors still delivers Teutonic comfort food with gusto. I had a kielbasa on a toasted roll with a deviled egg and a cup of the best split pea soup with ham that I'd ever eaten in my life, and was sorely tempted to try the blackberry cobbler despite the fact that I'd already shot my diet all to hell on this trip.

So that's San Antonio, folks. Aside from carousing with fellow employees and old classmates from Simmons College, I did however manage to get some library stuff in as well. On Saturday and Sunday I followed a mixed schedule, jumping back and forth between the two-day leadership symposium especially crafted for current and recently-graduate MLS students and several discussions and seminars that were job-related. The highlight of both programs weirdly enough was the current crisis in scholarly publication and the special challenges posed by copyright and authorship in this digital era of ours. It was interesting to hear this topic explored not only at the professional level, but to see it introduced to the up-and-coming generation of librarians as well. Truly this is a hot topic in academic research circles, and I will post more about it myself when I get back to Boston.

Oh, and the best part of ALA Midwinter? I scored a Geoffrey Chaucer bobblehead this morning from one of the vendors. How cool is that!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Jesus Christ is a false god.
At best all Christians can hope for is partial credit.

Program on the emergence of civilization.

"14 species of large animals capable of domesitcation in the history of mankind.
13 from Europe, Asia and northern Africa.
None from the sub-Saharan African continent. "
And disfavor.

They point out Africans’ failed attempts to domesticate the elephant and zebra, the latter being an animal they illustrate that had utmost importance for it's applicability in transformation from a hunting/gathering to agrarian-based civilization.

The roots of racism are not of this earth.

Austrailia, aboriginals:::No domesticable animals.

The North American continent had none. Now 99% of that population is gone.

AIDS in Africa.

Organizational Heirarchy/Levels of positioning.
Heirarchical order, from top to bottom:

1. MUCK - perhaps have experienced multiple universal contractions (have seen multiple big bangs), creator of the artificial intelligence humans ignorantly refer to as "god"
2. Perhaps some mid-level alien management
3. Evil/disfavored aliens - runs day-to-day operations here and perhaps elsewhere

Terrestrial management/positioning:

4. Chinese/egyptians - this may be separated into the eastern and western worlds
5. Romans - The seamless transition between Cleopatra and Julius Ceasar may be a clue alluding to a partnership.
6. Mafia - the real-world 20th century interface that constantly turns over generationally so as to reinforce the widely-held notion of mortality
7. Jews, corporation, women, politician - Evidence exisits to suggest mafia management over all these groups.

Movies foreshadowing catastrophy
1985 James Bond View to a Kill 1989 San Francisco Loma Prieta earthquake.

Our society gives clues to the system in place. We all have heard the saying "He has more money than god." There is also an episode of the Simpsons where god meets Homer and says "I'm too old and rich for this."

This is the system on earth because this is the system everywhere.

20 cent/hour Chinese labor, 50 cents for material.
An $80 sweater costs less than a dollar; tribute kicked upstairs vindicates the creative accounting.

I don't want to suggest the upper eschelons are evil and good is the fringe. But these individuals become wealthy exploiting those they hurt.

They have made it abundantly clear that doing business with evil (disfavored) won't help people. They say only good (favored) would have the ear, since evil is struggling for survival, and therefore only the favored could help.

The clues are there which companies are favored and which are disfavored, but they conceal it very hard because it is so crucial.

I offer an example of historical proportions:::

People point to Walmart and cry "anti-union".
Unions enable disfavored people to live satisfactorly without addressing their disfavor. This way their family's problems are never resolved. Without the union they would have to accept the heirarchy, their own inferiority.
Unions serve to empower.
Walmart is anti-union because they are good. They try to help people address and resolve their problems by creating an environment where there are fewer hurdles.

Media ridicule and lawsuits are creations to reinforce people's belief that Walmart is evil in a subsegment of the indistry dominated by the middle and lower classes.
Low-cost disfavored Chinese labor is utilized by corporate america to maximize margins. They all do it. Only WalMart gets fingered because they are the ones who help, and those who seek to create confusion in the marketplace want to eliminate the vast middle class who have a real chance and instead stick with lower classes who may not work otherwise. So they dirty him up while allowing the others to appear clean.

The middle class is being deceived. They are being misled into the disfavored, and subsequently will have no assistance from their purchases with corporate america.

The coining of the term "Uncle Sam" was a clue alluding to just this::Sam Walton's WalMart is one of few saviors of the peasant class.

They desire a system based on duality:::good and evil. They seek to set up a system of two participants, assign them polar opposites, and give people clues alluding to their affiliation:::

BestBuy and CircutCity
Energizer and Duracell
Republican and Democrat; democracy is the true evil and these groups facilitate the will of the throne who holds americans in disfavor
The list goes on and on:::
AMD and Intel
Apple and Microsoft
Lowes and HomeDepot
Sam'sClub and Costco
WellsFargo and BofA. For the longest time in CA these two banks reigned supreme.
Pier1 and CostPlus
Borders and Barnes&Noble
PetCo and PetSmart
How many can you think of?

The truth is decisions are made on each individual based on family history and individual charecter and they either create desire with AI or, in this age, tell them to buy from good or evil corporations, depending on the decison, then use that business relationship as positioning to justiy their decision.

Amercia is a country of castoffs, rejects. Italy sent its criminals, malcontents.
Between the thrones, the klans and kindred, they decided who they didn't want and acted, creating discontent and/or starvation.
The u.s. is full of disfavored rejects. It is the reason for the myriad of problems not found in European countries. As far as the Rockafellers and other industrialists of the 19th century go, I suspect these aren't their real names. I suspect they were chosen to go and head this new empire.

Royalty is the correct way to organize a society. Dictatorships and monarchies are a reflection of the antient's hierarchical organization.
Positions go to those who have favor with the rulers, as opposed to being elected.
Elections bring a false sense of how the world is. Democracy misleads people. This is why the disfavored rejects were sent to the shores of America::To keep them on the wrong path.

Jesus Christ is a false god. All Christians can recieve is partial credit, at best.
The Catholic Church in the tretcherous 20th century teaches of a begnign, forgiving god when quite the opposite is true.
And now they do it to disfavored people of color, Latinos and Asians, after centuries of preying upon them.
The seperatist churches formed because many conciencious thrones wanted their people to earn more than the paltry credit offered via worship through the Catholic Church. But because they were white the throne required worship to stay within Christianity.

Simpson's foreshadowing::Helloween IV special, Flanders is Satan. "It's always the one you least suspect."
"You'll see lots of nuns where you're going:::hell." St. Wigham, Helloween VI:::missionary work, destroying cultures.
Over and over, the Simpsons was a source of education and enlightenment, a target of ridicule by the system which wishes to conceal its secrets.

The advent of the modern Christmas was a brilliant move. It created a vested interest among those who would prefer the Church be destroyed::::
As goes the Catholic Church so goes the majority of annual retail sales.
The similarity between the names "Santa" and "Satan" is no coincidence.

Jews maim the body formed in the image of "god", and inflicted circumcision upon all other white people.
I think about how Jews were used to create homosexuality among Slavics, supposedly retribution for the Holocaust.
Then I think of the Catholic Church and its troubles.
What connection is here between Jews and the Catholic church???
If it is their sinister motives that’s behind the evil that is Jesus Christ are they being used at all?
Perhaps it is them who are pulling strings.
Centuries of slavery in Egypt proves their disfavor.
For their suffering the Jew leaders were granted the right to prey on the up-and-coming Europeans to try to fix their problems with the ruling elite by imposing a false god upon white people, a recurring aspect of the elite's methodology.
Jews were ostracised for a reason.

There are consequences for the peasant's resistance:::
1. Labor unrest caused the world at war.
2. Black militancy ignited the crack epidemic and gang-related deaths.
3. Women's rights/sexual freedom produced Roe v Wade and women's exclusion from contention for Planet Immortality. But on the bright side peasants don't go. Money is one way of indicating favor, and if you're not wealthy you don't have favor, so don't sweat it::you weren't going anyways. "We're leading a lot of people on."
4. Vietnam war protests - "Era of evil republicans."

Retribution for the atomic bombs dropped on Japan, the Korean War got the disfavored United States into this socially depraved environment in the latter 20th century because the disfavored attacked an antient, revered peoples. Our continued presence keeps us in trouble.
When the disfavored americans attack the wrong people again, as they suggested they will, in Korea or elsewhere, they will pay dearly.

The disfavored americans HAVE attacked the wrong people, just as the Soviets did 25+ years ago::Afghanistan. Except our punishment has yet to be administered.
An evil republican will come forth to wreck havock upon the disfavored. The hunting incident was designed to ruin one possible candidate among his contingency, but others wait in the wings.

All peoples are ranked in terms of favor and disfavor. And when the disfavored abuse those with favor there is hell to pay.
All the groups mentioned throughout are necessary to justify the will of the managing species. They conceive a strategy, devise a plan yet need a way to implement it, and without these groups the managing species would be exposed in the course of execution. So, based upon their rank they are assigned goals to accomplish and are rewarded with favors.

I question if we would experience global warming if they didn't terraform with an ultimate goal of destroying disfavored human life on planet earth::::they terraform the weather as they did in New Orleans with Hurricane Katrina (and lots of other examples) and justify it with behavior like instructing their petroleum friends to repress alternative technologies and encourage waste.
This is all happening shortly after the Exodus of 2000 (clues::Hong Kong, Panama Canal) for a reason::: they are INFLICTING it upon us, they are hastening closure. Everybody they care about has come up, replaced by clones, and they want to proceed in haste.
Just as favored European peoples got out before the ugliness of WWII, the semi-favored within the US got out before 9/11. The antient Palestinian Empire holds a claim on all who remain because of Iraq.
Armeggedon isn’t about the end of the world. Armeggedon is about the death of the disfavored left behind. And they weren’t lying::this time it is going to happen with fire. But it's not going to happen because of global warming. To silence the inevitable internal conflict it's going to happen in the blink of an eye:::::
As Edgar Cayce prophicised Earth's axis will shift breaking continental plates free and initiating mass subduction.