Summer Issue: Hot Joy! Plexus no. 26 #ALSIce BucketChallenge, Bats, Cicadas, Not as many TripDigit Days

Hi Everybody and Welcome!

Home in San Antone is a netzine and blog named for the Fred Rose song popularized by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys – video on our About Page.

My name is Karthik. I grew up on the Northwest side in the 1970’s and ’80’s: Locke-Hill Elementary (original and current); Hobby middle; Clark high (’85). I left to do my Bachelors at U.T. (’89), then went traveling, living outside of Texas for many years. I’ve returned to San Antonio at least once a year and often three or four times a year since I left.

I’ve dropped in and out of town, so I’ve observed the rampant development and growth like a skipping stone observes a lake.

This is massive change: people, places and things disappearing, some reappearing. Newness sprouting up everywhere.

Waste, violence, overcrowding and traffic are terrible byproducts of the era, but though San Antonio’s culture has been in tremendous flux, just a few years shy of her 300th birthday, she’s beginning to look pretty diverse, eclectic and vibrant.

Now I find a complex city bursting at the seams.

There are already a few excellent “hyper-local” blogs (Geekette, SAFlavor, Rivard, Dr. Denise Barkis-Richter’s)  in the blogroll. I will add links as I think of them (actually right now I’m going to go add Blue Star, which I witnessed born).

This blog’s just a slow-growing image of our town through my lens; a zine that reflects, documents, journals and archives with photographs and video from the present and past for the future.

I’ll be inviting others to provide content and setting themes for future issues, but for now, here’s Volume 1, Issue 1, of Home in San Antone.

See you ’round San Antone

Karthik aka MTK



Hills and Dales Regulars Take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Hills and Dales Ice House is one place that’s been in our neighborhood longer’n us. This spot is definitively #HomeinSanAntone:


I walked in yesterday at 101 (that’s degrees F, not hour of the day) planning to capture a little footage of this laid-back, easy-going watering hole on a Sunday. Come to find, a bunch of regulars were taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. So naturally, I filmed them instead!

Here’s Leroy Thompson, Dan Story, Ginger Toy, Brittney Barton and a reluctant Kenny Griffith doing their bit to raise awareness and money to fight the debilitating condition known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease:

If you don’t know about ALS – known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease because of what it did to one of our strongest athletes – do read up about it here: ALS Association and consider making a donation to fight this painful condition.

Tip o’ the hat to this old stand-by, Hills & Dales, an excellent place to hang out and enjoy refreshing cold beer from all over the world in a mellow, relaxed atmosphere, Home in San Antone, just off 1604 at Babcock, right by UTSA.


Hearty Congrats to Hot Joy! Bon Appétit! Top 10 Best New


(photo: OMM)

Heartiest congratulations to Hot Joy restaurant for being named by Bon Appétit one of the Ten Best New Restaurants of 2014.

Immediate Thoughts:

1. Wow! (PROUD)

2. cannot wait to come and dine!

3. assume reservations are going to be nutty for a while …

4. check site: yup.

(from Hot Joy’s site)

We stop taking same-day reservations at 3 p.m.

In an effort to keep things together, we only accept reservations via email:

For dinner reservations, we accept requests up until 3pm of that day, but we do save half of our restaurant for walk-in customers, and the bar is always first come first serve. For lunch reservations, we accept requests up until 7pm the day before. Menu link

(click the menu link for the current menu at one of the best new restaurants in the nation)

But, Hot Joy! wow! well done! I will look at calendar and book a seat sooooooooon. cannot wait!

Home In San Antone bows.

Our First Visit to Freetail Brewery

Our first visit to Freetail was awesome! The views are stellar – 360 degrees Hill Country all the way down to the city skyline to the South East. This is my old neighborhood and I can remember looking back that way from up here since I was a little kid, so … there was some nostalgia in it. But gotta say: great spot.

This brewery is Scott Metzger’s long-term work in progress. Hey Scott, our entries are going to be sort of like those, too.

The intern shot video for a feature for the first time and was just getting used to it all so, this, our first visit, is sorta shaky and dark and clunky – weren’t really focused on getting footage since we were busy learning how to use the camera … oh and enjoying ourselves! Great menus – food and beverage!

I will be back to reshoot soon, but anyway, here you go: