You never get to see these things in Hawaii and I thought they were neat-o.





















Steak Night on Wednesday at the Waring General Store, in the country setting of Texas was awesome. $25 got you all you can eat steak, veggies, fajitas, dessert, and soft drinks. The entertainment was great and the ambiance? Well, I could have just sat there all night, listened to some good 'ol country music, taken in the crisp Texas country air, stared into the wilderness in anticipation of the intermittent spark of the fireflies, and wandered through the Waring General Store that displayed many antiques and a rustic dance hall. If you're in the area, make it a point to check out the Waring General Store on a Wednesday night. You won't be disappointed.










































Of course everyone needs cash so why not use the same ATM that's been there since the 1800's! (And if you believe that, I have salt water to sell yah.)





















I didn't exactly get used to peeing in the trough next to someone else but, the restrooms were definitely amusing.





















So the next time you are in outskirts of San Antonio, swing on by Luckenback, order yourself a cold one, kick your heels up, and enjoy the music. You'll find that it's a pretty neighborly place.



















With a population of 2, I guess everyone is someone in Luckenbach. After driving for a good 45 minutes amidst farmland, fences, and the sparsely populated cattle, we pulled up to what was originally the post office of Luckenbach. Now a souvenir shop, the back of the building touts what has always been the local bar. I thought, "Imagine that, a post office and a bar, all in the same 20 X 40 building; all with live music."


I've been researching some simple bar stool plans to utilize the scrap wood from my girlfriend's house renovation/rejuvenation and found this nifty bar stool top. If anyone has some simple plans (and crafty pictures) feel free to forward them over to me. I'd love to see what you've done! Please note, I have very simple tools (aka: hammer, screw gun, table saw).

Prior to my recent trip to San Antonio, Texas, I was told, "Who the hell would want to go to Texas? There's nothing there." Awww man, not true. It was fun. I had the pleasure of attending an American Telemedicine Association conference in San Antonio, Texas and on days after, checked out Gruene, Fredericksburg, Waring, Luckenbach, and New Braunsfel. On the first day, my good friend Ed took me on an adventure hunt and suggested we check out some live bands in a town called Gruene.

Historic Gruene is a quaint little place with structures dating back to the 1800s including the Grist Mill and the Gruene dance hall. You can visit a cozy little biker bar snuggled right next to the Guadelupe River, ask for a cold can of Shiner Bock, sit on the deck, and watch the locals tube all day. The water was pretty cold for my taste so I opted to sit there, listen to the calm roar of the river, take in the scents of the river and cedar trees, and talk story with the locals.

Ed and I hung around and checked out Gruene Hall and the live bands. I've never been in a old school Texas dance hall before and it was awesome - floorboards creaking as you make your way to the bar, the same floorboards flexing up and down once the band started playing, people wearing aloha print cowboy shirts and Neu Era hats, and kids just having a ball. It was insane!





























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