Last week, I decided to take up the mayor and City Council and go downtown and see the sights — free parking meters on Tuesdays, they exclaimed!Erik read this to me, and I immediately knew the dude (dudette?) was full of shit, 'cause, well:
The thing is there are no parking meters close to the Alamo, so I had to pay $10 to park.
After I got ripped off at the gift shop, I headed over to the Tower restaurant. Hmm, no parking meters around there either, so I paid $8 to park and $5 to go up to the observation deck.
My affordable trip downtown not only cost me gas at $4 a gallon, it cost me over $35 just to say I visited a couple of places downtown.
Haven't been there in years and will probably be longer before I return.
— Chris Mitchell
See those things over to the right of the photo? Like the one right in front of the red truck? That thing that looks suspiciously like a parking meter? That's 'cause it is a parking meter. Been there for years. See that rock lookin' thing over to the left of the photo? That, my friends, is the wall of the Alamo. But there are no parking meters near the Alamo.
But wait, there's more! Our intrepid newspaper reader didn't just go to the Alamo, s/he went to Hemisfair Park as well and paid again to park! Now, a reasonable person may ask themselves "Self, I'm pretty sure the Alamo and Hemisfair Park aren't that far apart. I mean, they're both in downtown San Antonio, right?"
Well, Mr. Reasonable Person, you'd be absolutely correct. Check this out:
Also, I can't ignore the issue of the little twit paying TWICE to park downtown when visiting places only half a mile apart. Last picture, I promise:
In short, Chris Mitchell is a whiny little fucker without a clue as to what s/he's talking about.
We'll leave the relative intelligence of taking advantage of an offer that starts at 5pm to visit an attraction that closes at 5:30pm for another time, but let's just say I highly suspect the entire letter is BS.
(In case it's not obvious, all my "pictures" are in actuality screen shots courtesy of Google Maps and Google Street View and of course are copyright to my blogging overlords.)