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Early August 2010
Water conservation reminder; Always on Spotlight - Unclaimed property search; General Plan approved; Preservation Minute - Historical Downtown Buildings; Development Services Office now open; 5k for Clay and Recreation registration.
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  • That's the spirit

    This happened before Youtube and smartphones; otherwise the moment would have inevitably been shared: we're among a summertime gaggle of tourists entering the Alamo--pausing inside the threshold to consider worn, hand-fashioned walls scarred by history.  A visitor farther back in line surveys the first sign he sees, taking offense at the polite directive: "Are you kidding me?  Who says I have to take my hat off?  Whaddaya think this is--a shrine or something?"

    I wonder if the thermostat registered that chill in the atmosphere as eyes collectively narrowed and dozens of hatless heads swiveled in his direction. 

    On a lighter note, a non-Texan friend, respectful but whimsical, couldn't resist the observation that Travis missed a strategic opportunity--he could have posted a sentry on the roof of the Crockett Hotel....

    The Crockett did provide a (non-military) solution when my daughter's birthday came around this year. Having changed jobs in the past year, she'd had no chance of a vacation in many months; I proposed a micro-vacation/overnight getaway.  San Antonio's museums, Riverwalk, and a re-visit to the Alamo were her choice. 

    The ghost tour was a lucky last-minute add-on.  Shepherded by a young lady attired in a hoop skirt and equipped with an iPad (to display historic photos), about twenty ticketholders met in Alamo Plaza to stroll through downtown, pausing from time to time to admire facades and be regaled with tales imparting equal amounts of history and hauntings.  The phantom chambermaid at the Menger Hotel, the swimming pool constructed from old hospital operating tables at the Emily Morgan Hotel, gory hangings and interred ashes at the Holiday Inn Express (former Bexar County Jail), reported apparitions at San Fernando Cathedral and more--all were recounted charmingly as though they'd been just discovered by our guide, not rehearsed nightly.  Paper ghosts

    We didn't follow up on photo-snapping opportunities; somehow, pursuing digital capture of phantom images seemed unfair.   But the structured meander through the quiet streets, graced by illuminated horse-drawn carriages and the rapt attention of fellow tourists, was delightful.  Besides, ghost stories are a wonderful introduction to any city; they invite one to focus s exploration on sites and past events that promise a personal connection.

    Our library offers Haunted Texas Vacations: the Complete Ghostly Guide and similar books about the region's ghost legends.  I even momentarily wondered if we should borrow the ghost tour concept for the library.  (It would certainly address the ever-present Library Concern:  "How can we demonstrate the library's uniqueness--what we offer that sets us apart?")

    First drawback: no library ghosts (that we know of).  Sure, we could jazz up the unexplained phenomena:  "And now, ladies and gentlemen, did you know that library books sometimes leave the library and are never seen again?  And here--behold!-- a microfilm printer that (pause to widen eyes and gesture dramatically) sometimes switches off for no apparent reason!"

    I know.  The tour idea needs (a) paranormal activity and (b) professional help.   Who we gonna call?

    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Library) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-05-2014 | with no comments
  • Rain Barrel Sale Going on Now

    The City's Water Conservation Program is having a rain barrel sale! The barrels being sold are being supplied from a different company than the last sales. These barrels are made in Austin, so a little more local. Available for this event are three different sizes (capacity) of barrels and a rainspout... MORE»
  • Do I Have a Water Leak?

    During the hottest parts of the year the phone calls increase with concerns from people asking if they have a water leak, or maybe their neighbor is using their water to fill up their pool. There's just no way they had used that much water this past month. Or the meter reader must have read the meter... MORE»
  • Travel essentials: cheese, diamonds, someone to watch your back

    At the Reference Desk, fear of disappointing our customers should we not possess (or can't for some reason retrieve) the information they seek is ever present. But last Friday a library patron was let down when I did know something. Appreciating the wonderfully illustrated article received via email... MORE»
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Library) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-15-2014 | with no comments
  • Smart Irrigation Month, part 4

    While it's technically NOT Smart Irrigation Month any more, I wanted to make sure I got this last part of the series out to you, it's probably the most important of the bunch. I'm referring to efficient scheduling of the irrigation system, based on the amount of sunlight in your yard, the... MORE»
  • How to be a novel employee

    We're sometimes asked whether folks who apply for City of Round Rock jobs are required to live here. No--and that's a good thing. Employees who reside elsewhere can share insights from those municipalities experienced from the customer point of view. As one of the resident CORR employees who... MORE»
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Library) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-01-2014 | with no comments
  • Smart Irrigation Month, pt 3

    So we're still in July and still talking about automatic irrigation systems for Smart Irrigation Month. It's seems this week summer has hit (again), maybe "for real" this time, so an efficient irrigation system is more important than ever. I'm going to continue the same topic as... MORE»
  • July is Smart Irrigation Month, Pt 2

    The first thing I saw when I turned my computer on Friday morning was emails from co-workers and City residents voicing concern about the irrigation systems they saw running this morning-after receiving 3+ inches of rain! It's crazy, I know. I don't think anyone deliberately chooses to look silly... MORE»
  • Going up?

    Right now, our new library building exists in that ideal theoretical dimension in which all things are possible and nobody's dreamed-of architectural vision clashes with anyone else's (or with functionality, for that matter). Once the project takes shape in more concrete ways, decisions will... MORE»
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Library) by Linda Sappenfield on 07-18-2014 | with no comments
  • July is Smart Irrigation Month, pt. 1

    July has been deemed "Smart Irrigation Month" by the Irrigation Association since 2005, because that's typically when the hottest temperatures occur. With high and hot temperatures come higher water use, it's just a given. We still want our landscapes to look as good as they have the... MORE»
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