The King Williams Fair

Created Wednesday, 22 April 2009 00:00

San Antonio has a lengthy history as everyone probably already knows. However, the King William’s Fair is held within Texas’ first residential historic district. It is a fair which entails food, a parade, and plenty of vendors displaying their arts and crafts.

When: The 2009 King William Fair is April 25, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Where: 1032 S. Alamo Street; San Antonio, TX 78210

History

The fair was established in 1967 but held its first fair in 1968. Since, this fair has become an annual event for the area. It was chartered as corporation with non-profit motives to protect the oldest historic district in Texas. It has grown from a small one-block exhibit of arts to a major event. Efforts of hundreds of volunteers have raised funds for education, arts, and improvements to the community.

Fun for the whole family!

While arts and crafts may not seem appealing to some kids there is still lots of other things to do. This includes the popular parade that is held every year and is an astounding 1.5 mile long route.

As well, they have a Kids Kingdom. The kids are admitted free to the event itself and are allowed ride hoses, shoot a bow and arrow, spend time on the large inflatable toys with the purchase of individual tickets. Parents are encouraged to be safe and bring plenty of water, sunblock and/or hats for the children. The Kids Kingdom is held in Mills Park. This is at the intersection of Beauregard and Washington, south of downtown San Antonio.

Come to Eat!

What kind of Texan does not like to eat? I do not think there is such a thing. Each year, the King William’s Fair has the classic great vendors. You will find the large variety of food and beverages. You will hopefully find your favorites! Vendors are located throughout the neighborhood to provide easy access regardless of where you are at within the event. We look forward to seeing you there!

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San Antonio Fiesta 2009

Created Monday, 20 April 2009 17:44

San Antonio Texas Fiesta 2009

One of San Antonio’s most recognized and unique events is underway, and waiting for you to take part.  Fiesta is San Antonio’s answer to Mardi Gras, complete with music, food, art exhibitions, parades, and much more.

Originally started as a celebration for the heroes of the Alamo in 1891, the celebration has become a part of the fabric of life in San Antonio.  Certainly the most important event is the Battle of Flowers in which decorated figures wage war with flowers as their only arms.  Each year around 3.5 million people take part in the festivities, making Fiesta one of the largest celebrations in the country.

Another important event is ‘A Night in Old San Antonio‘, which is the largest historical preservation festival in the US, drawing over 80,000 visitors.  This festival features food booths, drinks, music and other entertainment, all for the noble cause of raising money and awareness of the city’s unique and special heritage.

Another can’t-miss event is the St. Mary’s Oyster Bake, featuring 100,000 oysters being served, along with live music and a fantastic fireworks finale.

Finally, no Fiesta would be complete without a visit to the Alamodome for the sights, sounds, and excitement of Carnival.  Adults visiting will be reminded of their childhood trips to the state fair, and children will be amazed by the different rides offered, along with circus acts, food, and music with a distinctive Tex-Mex flavor.  Wristbands are available for weekdays offering unlimited rides for $18, and weekend passes are $20.  Kids of all ages will find something to fit their desires, from water rides, to inflated bouncy rides, to roller coasters and fun houses.  A little bit circus, a little bit state fair, Carnival is a can’t miss extravaganza!

Fiesta is underway, and whatever your idea of fun is, there is something available.  San Antonio Fiesta is the one time of the year when San Antonio is in full bloom, so check the schedule and support this fantastic city!

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Spurs Drop Game One to Mavs

Created Sunday, 19 April 2009 14:48

Spurs Drop Game One to Mavs

Game one went to the Mavs.  Now, the Spurs have their work cut out for them.  San Antonio dropped the first game to their in-state, division rivals from Dallas, 105-97.  What should be even more disturbing for San Antonio, is that Dallas is not a particularly good road team.  In fact, they are just 18-23 this season away from home.

San Antonio played well, and shot the three probably the best they have all season, making 11 of 14 for a torrid 78% rate.  Their perimeter defense was strong also, holding the Mavs to just 5-17, for a 29% rate.

Tony Parker and Tim Duncan were as good as ever.  Duncan led the team with 27 points and 9 rebounds, while Parker scored 24 and handed out 8 assists.  Parker did have 5 turnovers, however.  Michal Finley was tremendous too, adding 19 points, and going 5-5 from behind the arc.  Unfortunately, no one else was really able to step up and fill the void left by Manu Ginobili.

Dallas was by far the deeper team this night, getting double digit scoring from six players,  Josh Howard led the Mavs with 25 points.  One small difference for the Mavs was the play of the smallest player on the court, 6-foot tall Jose Barea.  Barea played Parker tough all night, and especially in the fourth quarter, held Parker to just 2-6 shooting, while scoring 13 points of his own.

The Spurs opened the game with a double digit lead, and entered the fourth quarter tied.  The fourth quarter, though, was where the Spurs really missed Ginobili.  San Antonio fans know that the final period is Manu’s time to shine, and where his energy helps wear the other team down.  His drives in the lane and defensive pressure were sorely missed.  In the final period, the Mavs outscored the Spurs 31-23.

Some history is on the Spurs’ side, however.  In 2007, the Spurs lost the first game at home to Denver in that series.  The Spurs then went on to win the next four games and the series.  Let’s hope history repeats itself again this year.

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Spus NBA Playoffs Underway

Created Sunday, 19 April 2009 14:34

Playoffs Underway: Spurs/Mavs First Round Match Up

The playoffs are underway, and the Spurs have locked themselves into the third seed in the Western Conference.  Unfortunately for San Antonio, they will have to do battle for the rest of the year without Manu Ginobili.  The Argentine star injured his ankle again, relegating him to the bench for the course of the playoffs, and perhaps longer.  The Spurs will take on a familiar foe in the first round as they are matched up against the Dallas Mavs.  The Spurs will have home court advantage for the series, and will likely need it against their in-state, division rival.

The Spurs almost dropped to the fifth seed, but a last second shot by Michal Finley against the Hornets, preserved their third seed slot.  Had that shot not gone down, San Antonio would have had to start the playoffs on the road against Denver.

San Antonio was without Ginobili’s services for the last couple of weeks of the regular season, but still managed to put together a four game winning streak to top off a good overall regular season, and a 54-28 record.  In what was a tight, year-long division battle, the Spurs managed to win the Southwest by one game over the Houston Rockets.  The Dallas Mavericks were only four games out of first, finishing in third.

The first seed in the West went to the LA Lakers, who finished the season with a 65-17 record.  The Nuggets got the second seed in the West, even though they matched the Spurs’ record.

The Spurs and Mavs are old rivals, and there shouldn’t be any surprises for either team in this series.  In 2006, both teams were 60 win clubs, and played a 7 game series in the semifinals.  The Mavs won, and ended up losing to Miami in the finals.  Since then, the Mavs haven’t made it out of the first round, while the Spurs won the title in 2007.

Many sportswriters and commentators are writing off the Spurs due to Ginobili’s injury, but if astrology and time have anything to do with it, this season could be the Spurs’.  San Antonio has won each of its championships in odd-numbered years, and fans hope that luck and chance are on their side again this time.

Even without Ginobili, the Spurs are a tough out for any team, but it goes without saying that the Argentine superstar will be missed.  The Spurs were 32-12 with him, and 22-16 without him in the lineup.  However, San Antonio’s defense is as good as anyone’s in the league, and Duncan and Parker are as good a tandem as anyone has.

Duncan has slowed a bit from his peak, but he’s still capable of scoring as many points as needed and grabbing double digit rebounds.  Parker is in his prime, or possibly has yet to reach it, and can score 30 a night, and dish out double digit rebounds.  The Spurs have added more depth this year than they have had in past seasons with Drew Gooden able to give quality minutes.  Kurt Thomas is a big body with lots of playoff savvy.

In short, the Spurs certainly have their work cut out for them in this year’s post-season, and it will certainly be an uphill climb without Ginobili.  His scoring, energy, and defensive prowess will sorely be missed.  Still, the team has played through adversity many times before, and should almost be used to playing without one of their stars.  For large stretches during the last two seasons, either Ginobili, Duncan, or Parker missed a good amount of time, forcing other players to step up and pick up the slack.  During these times, the team didn’t fold, and managed to come up with several big wins.

In order to make a similar run in this year’s post-season, the team will have to find the same kind of inner strength, and some role players will need to perform at a high level.


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Weeknight Chicken Enchiladas

Created Wednesday, 15 April 2009 22:06

Recipe: Weeknight Chicken Enchiladas


Serves 5

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 3/4 pounds grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 pound processed cheese sauce such as Cheeze Whiz
  • 10 white flour tortillas
  • 1 jar mild tomato salsa

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl combine the shredded chicken, cheddar cheese and sour cream.

Place about 2 tablespoons of the chicken mixture down the center of each tortilla and roll.

Place the rolls into a rectangular baking dish and pour the melted cheese on top. Cover with foil and bake until hot, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Warm the salsa and pour on top of the enchiladas or serve on the side.

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Ask the Agent

Created Wednesday, 15 April 2009 22:05

Ask the Agent: This Month’s Question

I have a loveable but quite noisy dog. Can I show my home to potential buyers while my dog is there?

Selling a home with a pet in residence can be a difficult undertaking.  Many home buyers – even those with pets of their own at home – can be put off by yours. An unexpected reaction could frighten potential buyers away before they’ve even looked at your home.

The safest course of action is to remove a pet while your home is listed for sale. Ask friends or family members to care for the pet, or board it at a nearby facility.

If this is not possible, put your pet into a carrier during showings and alert visitors not to disturb it.

Buyers also frequently take issue with a pet’s impact on the cleanliness and condition of the home.

To help your home bring the highest possible price, remove stains and repair any damage your pet may have caused.

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Cool Ways to Use Your iPhone

Created Wednesday, 15 April 2009 22:04

Cool Ways to Use Your iPhone

Feeling a little behind the times? Nothing says “hip” like adding applications to your iPhone. Learn how to make the most of your phone for business, pleasure and just showing off a little technological savvy by implementing these cool tricks for your Apple cell phone.

Reminders: Implement reminders to keep your day running smoothly and avoid procrastination. Available as a paid application, Milk Pro allows users to establish alerts, tasks, reminders and even geo-location features.

Weigh In: Weightbot is a big help for those wanting to track their weight. Whether you made a New Year’s resolution to shed a few pounds or simply need to train a little harder for your revised work-out, Weightbot tracks Body Mass Index (BMI), weight and other goals down to 1/10 of a pound.

Money Manager: Today it seems everyone needs to watch their money so bring your budget with you with Mint.com’s money manager. It’s free, easy and keeps track of your hard-earned cash.

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Home Buyers Blunders

Created Wednesday, 15 April 2009 22:02

Don’t Make These 4 Home Buyers Blunders

 

Buying a home needn’t be a high-risk venture. With a little planning, preparation and the use of a knowledgeable real estate agent, you can avoid these common buying blunders.

Procrastination

How many times have you called on a property only to learn it was already under contract? It happens more often than you might realize, especially for the biggest bargains or areas in high demand.

 

Working with a real estate agent allows you to make your buying preferences clearly defined and then be automatically notified once a property that meets your expectations is listed.

 

Budgeting

Find out how much home you can afford by getting pre-qualified and pre-approved by the bank. Not only does it send the message that you are a serious buyer who is willing and able to close on the right property, it can also help the broker negotiate other terms, such closing costs, on your behalf to make the deal work.

Assumptions

Never assume that the taxes and insurance quotes for a property will remain the same after purchasing.

Property or homeowners insurance also involves your independent credit score as well as the history of the home and its condition.

Likewise, property taxes are often years behind or may have a cap placed upon them if the property was eligible for homestead exemption or other special limitations placed on tax increases.Always obtain at least three independent insurance quotes on a property and obtain a newly revised estimate for property taxes before making a final offer.

Skipping Inspections

A complete, independent inspection is one of the best investments you might ever make, especially when it comes to purchasing a home.

Whether the home is brand new or 100 years old, always invest in an inspection to prevent costly repairs and other hazards.

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How to Make Sure Your Home Is Priced to Sell

Created Wednesday, 15 April 2009 21:50

How to Make Sure Your Home Is Priced to Sell


Pricing right is one of the most important aspects to selling a home.

Price too low, and you are leaving hard-earned money on the table or worse…you can actually create a reverse incentive for buyers to view the home since they may assume the property is in need of extensive repairs. Price too high, and the listing will languish on the market until everyone grows bored of seeing it.

Use these simple steps to obtain a ballpark figure on finding the right price for your home.
Obtain current comparable estimates. If you live in a neighborhood with similar-sized homes, try to find a recent sales example and then extrapolate the price per square foot to derive a rough rule of thumb. Increase or decrease the estimate based upon condition, age, upgrades and other amenities.

Include income potential. If the property is capable of generating an income via rental or other ventures, then use the profit potential of the property to estimate the return on investment or ROI. Most investors expect an ROI at or above the safe, headache-free option of investing in Treasury bonds.

Get a second opinion. Work with a real estate agent who specializes in that location to provide valuable feedback and a second opinion. Remember, if you expect a fast sale then search for all available properties and then plan to price your home near the bottom range of the properties currently listed and sold in the area.

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