I wish we could show that to the rest of the country, too.
On the way in from the airport we decided to stop for groceries at a place called HEB Plus in Bulverde, TX about half an hour outside of San Antonio. I could not believe how busy and huge that place was. And talk about capitalist excess! You would not have believed it. There we're dozens of staff offering free samples of everything from exotic beer to gourmet cheeses and guacamole dip. Ss But the amazing thing to see were the thousands of shoppers with shopping carts filled to the brim and seemingly not a care in the world about cost. I haven't seen so much consumer exhuberrance in quite a while. Coming from the northeast, it was startling, really.
As we drove out from San Antonio, we discovered quite a few new housing developments and upscale shopping centers. It looks like California an the early 90's. And well it should. A lot of this growth is being fed by exiled Californians.