) you consider Santana’s Europa the unofficial national anthem of San Antonio (at least of the ’70s and ’80s), a.k.a."The dollar dance" you consider Jesse Treviño a greater artist than Pablo Picasso you’ll be calling César E. "Durango" for many years to come (no offense to Mr.Valdespino you grew up going to Port Aransas for vacation you remember the midget farm and you actually got scared but went anyway you visited the train tracks and saw the invisible children’s hand prints on the back of your car as they pushed it over the tracks you use Fiesta spices Bev Bolner if you call a convenience store an “ice house” Pat Howell if you were born in the Nix Hospital during the Battle of Flowers Parade!Molly Houck a 90-degree August day is considered a cold front you water your lawn with an eye dropper you consider cactus decorative lawn flora you know the Alamo was not built downtown to attract tourists you know the Rodeo Road Trip isn’t a traveling Western show there’s been road work on you street since 1998 you’re clueless on how to yield or merge into traffic you believe using a turn signal is a sign of weakness you believe the largest vehicle has the right-of-way you wear cowboy boots but have never been on a horse you know the Battle of Flowers is a parade you know Fiesta kings, queens, duchesses, etc.” you think 95 degrees in the middle of summer is a chilly day you call the main library downtown the “Big Enchilada” you give directions with the terms “inside/outside the loop,” “North Side,” “South Side,” “Stone Oak,” and “downtown” the Spurs and the rodeo are related experiences and you love them both you don’t mind wearing flip-flops most of the year and have maybe one heavy jacket you still call Cesar Chavez Street Durango you have been to the Alamo more times than you can count but will jump at the chance to take a visitor you prepare for allergy season by stocking up on over-the-counter meds, cough drops, and tissues you are aware of how much water the Aquifer has and when it is close to hitting a higher stage level you have a family member in the military, retired, or planning to join your neighborhood often smells like BBQ on Sundays, especially during football season you have a favorite H-E-B even if it isn’t the one closest to you you make day trips to Austin and stop at the outlets in San Marcos on the way you read the Express News for local news and remember the San Antonio Light you have cruised Military and Commerce as a teenager you have braved the train tracks ghosts and used baby powered to prove the kids pushed your car to safety you have been to several birthday parties/BBQs at Brackenridge Park and might even have camped out for Easter Monica Garza Bustillo you find yourself eating the Rodeo’s grand champion steer, Rabbit, for dinner!Barbara you say "you’re going to ice house..." Frank E.are part of your everyday language Lanier, Memorial, Edgewood, Brackenridge and Fox Tech bring a good feeling you know Rene and Rene you know Swingtime you like Big Red soda barbacoa and the works is always your Sunday breakfast a slight breeze sends you to the bakery you remember when KSAT ran as 12 Star Final you love Chris Marrou and the news is not the same without him you still refer to University Hospital System as The Robert B Green and Bexar County Hospital any city park bring happy holiday memories you refer to Sonny, Emilio, Ramiro like you know them you remember Bruce Hathaway and Henry Pena as celebrities you know Henry opened the door for Julian you remember the Kiddie Park at Roosevelt and Southcross you remember Centenos, Levis Strauss and Kallison’s you remember Lone Star Ice House you know the name of Harlandale High School band song (Horses) you miss Sonny Melendrez you know who Vikki Carr is and wonder why "Carr?" you refer to the Express New and The Light as one in the same you refer to Military Drive as Loop 13 you know Whataburger’s headquarters are now in San Antonio Maria Reyes you like Via Metropolitan Richard Escobedo when at the rodeo, they ask you to clap your hands if you are from Texas and you do it even though you’re from Florida!
Rhonda Faith Lewinson you know that the bowl of pickles on the table at a restaurant isn’t pickles but jalapenos Alyce Robbins your idea of health food is a few cheese and bean breakfast tacos David Wright you know the best time to go to the Riverwalk is on Sunday morning, when everything is quiet and calm Antonio M.
Valdespino your primary language is Tex-Mex your dress slacks are jeans Rolando Garza you have four NBA Championships Jay-Dee you remember the Monte Vista Missouri Pacific train station between Rosewood and Hollywood Avenues Carrie Perez you call the corner convenience store an "ice house." Barbara Yates your childhood highlights included watching the locally produced “Johnny Lane Show,” burgers at Mr.
Joe’s on Blanco, walking to the Olmos Theater every Saturday, and seeing Roy Rogers and Trigger at Joe Freeman Karen Hill the hair on the back of your neck stands up when someone calls our city "San Antone" Claire Rhodes Stevenson you ever drank a beer with 20 or more friends at an Ice House that doesn’t sell ice Manuel P.
you know the words to Marty Robbins "Ballad of The Alamo" song.
you turn your nose up at any Mexican food that is not from Mexico or San Antonio you visited the midget farm.