The chief news of the month’s first half was the premier visit to South Texas of Arish & Kurush Dubash, accompanied by Miss Roshni Panday, and announced by a white-headed skunk crossing the road as I pulled out of the driveway to collect them at 5:30am at the train station. We went immediately for breakfast at the conveniently always-open Mi Tierra = http://www.mitierracafe.com/
then home to rest. On the morow we paid the obligatory visit to the Alamo = http://www.thealamo.org/
and the San Antonio Museum of Art = https://www.samuseum.org/
lunching at La Gloria = http://www.lagloriaicehouse.com/
and strolling along the Riverwalk, where we enjoyed authentic Italian gelato, prepared by an authentic Pisan at Rio de Gelato =http://www.riodegelato.com/.
The next day to Austin, where after enjoying food & music at Threadgill’s = http://www.threadgills.com/
we walked down to the Congress Street Bridge at dusk to watch some of the (currently estimated) 1.5 million bats who roost there emerge to feed =http://austin.about.com/od/
Next morning, a dip in Barton Springs Pool = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barton_Springs_Pool
before driving to Natural Bridge Caverns = http://www.naturalbridgecaverns.com/
Just a mile or so up the road up from Natural Bridge Caverns is the Bracken Cave, which we didn’t get to this time (and which I haven’t yet seen myself) = http://www.batcon.org/index.php/get-involved
The Bracken Cave is home to the world’s largest bat colony, which numbers approximately 40 million (yes, FORTY MILLION) individuals. It is believed to represent the largest concentration of mammals on Earth. Heavy traffic on our way back to San Antonio caused us to stop (fortuitously) to dine at Aw Dang Asian Cuisine:
On returning home we found that a mother cat had snuck her four kittens into the garage (presumably the day before, when the garage door had been open for several hours). The kittens, whose eyes were open and whose gait unsteady, could thus be estimated at 3 to 4 weeks of age; and after making multiple unsuccessful calls to potential feline saviors, and then dithering overnight, we finally took the advice of the local cat rescue organization (which declined however to rescue these particular kittens) the next morning and, while the mom was out hunting, picked up the kits (with gloves) and put them outside the garage in a box. That night I kept my fingers tightly crossed, and happily the next morning they were gone; and since the water & food that had been put out (and that the kittens had tried unsuccessfully to themselves consume) were gone, and since there was no blood (to suggest that local dogs or coyotes had dined on them), I was able to breathe multiple sighs of relief.
The Texan excitement having receded, I proceeded to the East Coast, where I lunched in Manhattan at Rawlicious = www.rawlicioususa.com
before enjoying the new look at Ashtanga Yoga New York = http://ayny.org
in Newburgh, NY: The Intouchables
in Ridgewood, NJ: Paranorman
in Charlottetown, PE: Beasts of the Southern Wild
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ – #11, They’re Made Out Of Meat
and more good food at Cafe La Gaffe [www.cafelagaffe.com], which offers outstanding creme brulee in an agreeable atmosphere, open late.
Now, two thought-provoking quotations, the first from famed (and highly quotable) Canadian physician Sir William Osler:
The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.
and the second from Sir Winston Churchill:
A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
The last word goes to Sir Winnie:
Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.