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LIKE FATHER LIKE SON Generational Loyalty in Real Estate

ENCHANTED ROCK with Daytripper Chet Garner


Dr. Walter Root left a successful career in his 40s to follow his dream


GETTING FIT HEALTHY Lose weight, gain muscle and sculpt your abs


FEATURE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Like Father, Like Son — Three different father and son duos joined together in successful business partnerships MONEY & INVESTMENTS . . . . . . . . 26

Protecting your wealth - we show you how. SELF-MADE MAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Walter Root left a successful career in his 40s to go back to school FAST TRACK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Travis Bauer — 2nd generation developer HEALTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 PERSONAL TRAINER . . . . . . . . . . . 38 RUNNING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID. . . . . . . . . 44 HAPPY HOUR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 HOME IMPROVEMENT . . . . . . . . . . 54 SPORTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

San Antonio Spurs — Are the dynasty’s best days behind them? WHEELS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

The 2011 GMC Sierra HD Denali MEN ON THE MOVE . . . . . . . . . . . . 64


THE LAST WORD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

Jaime Garza,

plastic surgeon, degreed dentist, scientist, writer, teacher, former sports star, motivational speaker... and did we mention consultant to NBA Champions San Antonio Spurs AND the New Orleans Saints, as well as team physician for the Rampage? Story by Ernie Altgelt, Photography Oscar Williams.


Top 10 Apps for your iPhone/iPad p.50


with Chet Garner

Enchanted Rock p.58 EATING OUT

Texas BBQ Roadtrip Highlighting some of the best barbecue in the West, including Belmont, Driftwood, Lockhart, Lexington, Luling and Taylor.

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Like Father Like Son The real estate field attracts generational loyalty by ERNIE ALTGELT


Like father, like son. As a statement, it has many connotations. Similarities in appearance, personality, mannerisms and other traits can and do contribute when comparing and likening the two that comprise this biologically and emotionally linked pair. Beyond a shared taste for T-bones and tachometers, however, many fathers and sons also share a talent for tackling (in tandem) the challenges of the business world … hence the addition on so much company signage of those telltale words “and Son.” We will introduce you to three different land-savvy father and son duos joined together in successful business partnerships, each independent of the other twosomes, sowing and reaping within San Antonio’s prolific (and, at times, fickle) real estate field. 16



Dale and Landon Kane First American Commercial Property Group

You might say that Dale Kane married into the San Antonio land business while his son Landon was born into it. In 1975 the recently graduated Dale with his new bride, Debbie, relocated from Longview to the Alamo City (his wife’s hometown) with the intent of joining his father-in-law’s company, Guy Hughes Builder, Inc. Founded by Debbie’s grandfather (Guy Hughes) in 1960, then passed to her father (Guy W. Hughes), the operation was highly respected for its work in local home construction and subdivision development. After coming aboard the growing multi generational enterprise, an extremely focused Dale spent his first years learning about his new community and the related complexities of construction and land development within and around it. While gaining confidence, knowledge, ability and experience (as well as recognizing additional opportunities), during this time Dale began encouraging his father-in-law to broaden the business’ scope and offer more services in the areas of commercial brokerage and investments. Through his efforts, these expanded capabilities eventually came on line, and a decision was ultimately made to rename (and reposition) the newly empowered firm First American Realty. With its new moniker and new direction, Dale began focusing more on brokering and investing and less on actual home building. For clientele, he targeted larger production homebuilders because, “they bought the most land and needed the most lots developed.”

rects a listing portfolio of

The business took off with this reoriented philosophy, and soon First Amer-

more than $500 million in

ican Realty was handling deals for some of the largest developers in the

land and income properties.

area. As the company continued to grow in size and the number of serv-

Clients include such area no-

ices offered (now including property management, appraisals, research

tables as Pulte Homes, Con-

and analysis), a third name change was called for, and in 2005 the 45-year-

cord Development, D.R.

old firm was rechristened once again as First American Commercial Prop-

Horton and Great American.

erty Group — the name it operates under today.

An example of the depth of

In 2000, Landon Kane joined his father at First American after he grad-

First American Commercial’s

uated from college. While growing up, he remembers, “I would frequently

capabilities was handling the

drive onto tracts and ranches with Dad and see the passion he had for

complex sale of 2,500 resi-

putting land deals together. I realized early on that I wanted to do the

dential lots from Standard

same thing.” Learning the basics as a new employee under his father’s

Pacific to Forest City Cov-

watchful eye, Landon (the fourth generation to follow in his family’s foot-

ington in 2008.

steps) soon proved he too had the business in his blood. Enjoying suc-

“I would frequently drive onto tracts and ranches with Dad and see the passion he had for putting land deals together. I realized early on that I wanted to do the same thing.” Landon Kane

With so much personal

cess in his own right, the younger man was made a senior partner in

investment in a family busi-

2006. Currently, Landon wears a number of different hats within the firm

ness, one wonders if it’s all

but specializes in master-planned community, multi-family and hospitality

worth it. When queried,

development. Landon has been a participant in the Real Estate Council of

Dale and Landon were quick to agree that it is. As the senior Kane clari-

San Antonio Leadership Program.

fies, “There’s just a lot of satisfaction in putting a successful project to-

Today, First American Commercial Property Group (with Dale as presi-

gether that not only makes the developer and homebuilder a fair profit

dent and chief operating partner) boasts a total of four (including Landon)

but, of equal importance, provides an affordable, well-built home for the

senior partners, 15 agents and an additional office staff of four. The firm di-

buying family. And we believe in family!” SANANTONIOMAN.COM



Bob and Patrick Shearer Peloton Commercial Real Estate, San Antonio 18



“I love being able to work on projects that make San Antonio a better place to live.” Patrick Shearer

For Bob Shearer, getting into the local real estate business (and San Antonio, for that mat-

with its clients and properties largely intact.

Ultimately, Patrick’s unique professional

Under Bob’s leadership, Cambridge Realty

experiences brought an added dimension to

ter) was pure serendipity. The Seattle native

Group went on to become a leader across the

the business that not only helps him to more

and his wife, Maureen, originally from New

greater South Texas commercial real estate in-

creatively handle the leasing and sales of

York, were working in Santa Fe, N.M., when the

dustry. Reflecting a special affection for his

various office and retail properties, but also

1970s arrived. And while both loved the laid-

adopted city’s downtown, however, Bob

gives him a broader perspective of San An-

back lifestyle, their desire to start a family and

through his company soon became a leading

tonio’s international standing. In 2010,

find more lucrative employment dictated a

San Antonio proponent in the expanding field

Patrick, as an official San Antonio delegate,

move to a larger, more economically active en-

of urban redevelopment. As one example, in

traveled to Shanghai with the intention of

vironment. Based solely on the enthusiastic

1998 he orchestrated the start of a new era of

fostering business relationships between the

recommendation of a friend, the courageous

revitalization on Houston Street through the

two distant cities.

pair packed up and headed to San Antonio.

assemblage and sale of nearly three full down-

Once in San Antonio, Bob found employment within the city’s former financial services conglomerate Gill Companies in its real estate

The focus of Cambridge has grown far be-

town city blocks to Maryland-based Federal

yond downtown properties, but Patrick still

Realty Investment Trust.

shares his father’s interest in urban redevel-

Bob’s son, Patrick, although growing up

opment. “I love being able to work on proj-

property management department. Although

in a real estate family, initially embarked on a

ects that make San Antonio a better place to

the young man had no former experience

different career path. With both of his parents

live,” explains Patrick, citing his involvement

managing a portfolio that included apart-

in the business (his mother had her own very

with the sale of the Judson Candy building

ments, retail space and office buildings, once

successful residential real estate career), he

(now urban loft condominiums) and his role in

on board, he quickly discovered he liked it. As

grew up hearing about real estate deals

leasing retail and office space at the former

he recalls, “It was helping people while learn-

around the dinner table each night. Armed

Pearl Brewery.

ing about finance, valuation and the law —

with an M.B.A. in international business and

pretty heady stuff for a guy with a graduate

a desire to see the world, the younger

firm, the portfolio of properties managed or

degree in literature — and it was great.”

Shearer signed on with a global technology

leased by Cambridge Realty Group had

firm based in Miami, traveled abroad exten-

grown to include over 6 million square feet of

Austin-based Oxford Group, handling its San

sively on its behalf and left the property

commercial real estate throughout the city.

Antonio operations. However, with the onset of

transactions to others back home.

And coming off the most successful year in

In 1982 the now experienced Bob joined the

In 2010, 25 years after Bob founded the

the troubling statewide financial situation that

While in Miami, however, Patrick did be-

was brewing by the mid-‘80s, the firm decided

come involved in a real estate investment trust

bridge Realty Group merged with (and took

that a separate independent entity was needed

that eventually awakened his interest in com-

the name of) the respected Dallas-based firm

specifically for the San Antonio market. And in

mercial real estate. Working in finance and

Peloton Commercial Real Estate. The merger,

1985 Bob founded Cambridge Realty Group,

looking at commercial real estate from a macro-

according to Patrick, “will create an even

and, thanks to what he describes as its “singu-

economic perspective prepared him for a return

broader business platform that will benefit

lar San Antonio focus and diligence,” the new

in 2005 to his hometown, where he joined his

both firms, and most importantly, the clients

company survived the savings and loan crisis

father at Cambridge Realty Group.

we enjoy serving.”

the company’s history, earlier this year Cam-




Rick and J. Kuper Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty Not that many years ago it seemed like anyone in San Antonio with

Kuper Realty got its start as a commercial development and broker-

the last name of Kuper had to be in real estate. And taking a gander at

age firm when Charles and his son, Charlie, Jr. teamed up in 1972. By

the names listed on the family tree, it might just be true, because over

1976, with the addition of wife and mother Kathleen (bringing on board

the past 40 years various members of the Kuper clan have been suc-

her considerable skills and energy), the company ventured into residen-

cessfully brokering and marketing select properties across the city and

tial and farm and ranch sales. Shortly thereafter, in recognition of the

greater South Texas, making the name synonymous with the sales of

firm’s early success, Kuper Realty was selected as the exclusive affiliate

exquisite homes, boutique commercial spaces and trophy ranches.

for Sotheby’s International Realty for San Antonio and Central Texas —

Today, the Kuper at the helm of the well-established family business, Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty, is the very capable Rick, son of company co-founder Charles Kuper Sr. and his notable wife, Kathleen.

an honor indeed and what has since proved to be a strong business relationship providing the firm with a desirable international connection. After graduation from Texas Christian University (with a degree in

With such a pedigree, it’s surprising that it took Rick so many years be-

ranch management), then spending 10 years working and heading a

fore professionally joining his parents and siblings. For Rick’s son, J., in-

Houston-based wholesale distribution and manufacturing business

volvement in the family real estate game came a little quicker. Both are

while raising a family, Rick, at the insistence of his brother Charlie (and

just glad they finally got there.

to the delight of his parents) returned to San Antonio, got his real estate




“Working with people, solving problems and being creative is what I like, and that’s what it takes to be good in real estate.” J. Kuper

license and joined Kuper Sotheby’s. That was in 1988, and he’s never looked back. As he relates, “Being asked to join the firm is something I’ll always be grateful for. I soon realized I had a passion for real estate, and with an established business to come to, it was a wonderful opportunity.” Was it a good move? For the last 23 years, Rick has consistently been recognized as a top Realtor in San Antonio and, since 2003, has been responsible for over $120 million in sales. He is now the sole owner of the firm. J. Kuper (also a graduate of TCU) always harbored a deep respect for his grandparents’, uncle’s and dad’s successes in the real estate arena but admits that while growing up, he “never really considered it as a personal career.” Without any family pressure to “sign on,” the young man initially worked in the Fort Worth construction business as a project manager with a focus on multi story office development and residential building. He later spent time as a business development manager for a leading provider of software and content for mobile devices. In 2010 — like father, like son — J. was invited to join the firm and — like father, like son — he accepted. With his extensive construction and technology experience coupled with his outgoing personality, J. brings many talents and strengths to Kuper Sotheby’s that come into play professionally on a daily basis. As he relates, “Working with people, solving problems and being creative is what I like, and that’s what it takes to be good in real estate.” Today, Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty actively serves 72

LBJ/Marble Falls areas) and a support staff of 35. Sales figures for 2010

counties throughout the state. It has offices locally in Alamo Heights, at

exceeded $ 416,900,000, the second-largest sales volume in the com-

The Dominion, in Leon Springs and Boerne. The family company cur-

pany’s history. With numbers like those, it’s easy to see why Rick and

rently boasts 135 agents (including additional authorized agents repre-

J. are “bullish” about the local real estate business and look forward, as

senting, and located in, the Gulf Coast/Corpus Christi and Lake

a father and son team, to a bright future.




Cover Story

Dr. Jaime R. Garza



To say that San Antonio’s Dr. Jaime R. Garza — respected plastic surgeon, degreed dentist, scientist, writer, teacher, former sports star and motivational speaker — is an extraordinary man is an understatement.


orn into an economically

stilling the values of hard work and get-

the earliest opportunities to benefit the

challenged and, at times,

ting an education. Especially, it was

future doctor. As a junior on the school

harsh environment where

Mrs. Garza who not only insisted on

team, and playing defense, he suffered

opportunities were more

school and study but also on the impor-

a serious head injury that sidelined him

often than not scarce, this

tance of proper speech and grammar

for the majority of that season. Return-

incredibly gifted individual, driven and

— whether Spanish or English. Good

ing his senior year and wishing desper-

guided by internal and external forces,

communication played (and continues

ately to play again, young Garza (with a

has been able to achieve one remark-

to play) a major part in the articulate Dr.

clean bill of health) appealed as an un-

able success after another over his

Garza’s life and career. His mother and

known to the school’s new offensive

amazingly productive 57 years.

father represent the first of many who,

coach for a spot.

By continually creating, healing, in-

through their good advice and positive

It was that coach, Ron Thompson,

structing, growing, and, perhaps most

actions, influenced the direction his

who not only put Garza back on the

importantly, giving, Dr. Garza, through

young life would ultimately follow.

varsity team but — making a large personal investment in time and effort —

his many selfless acts and accomplishments, easily represents the best that is worthy of emulation for anyone


retrained the soon-to-be star and cre-

Jaime Garza attended San Antonio’s

ated a record-setting wide receiver.

seeking guidance and inspiration. And

venerable Jefferson High School. While

Throughout his final year of high school,

in today’s ofttimes “me first” or “you

he was always an excellent student, it

Garza made headlines as he caught

do it” world, that’s nothing short of

was sports and, specifically, football

countless passes and scored more than


that would eventually provide some of

a dozen touchdowns for his cherished

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS Garza was raised on San Antonio’s West Side. His family consisted of his Mexican immigrant father, mother and five siblings, he being the oldest child. Despite La Familia Garza’s modest means, he remembers having a happy and “normal” childhood. His father, then a local butcher, was known for putting in long hours at work, while Mrs. Garza stayed home with the kids. As he recalls, “I was lucky to have both of my parents. We weren’t rich, but we were cared for.” Part of the caring that the senior Garzas lavished on their brood was inTouchdown! Jaime Garza scores for Tulane University.





Before he became Dr. Garza, Jaime Garza played varsity football for Tulane University in New Orleans. He was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Mustangs. In the end, his accomplishments on the field resulted in his selections in 1972 to the prestigious First Team All-District and All-City Football Squads. Coach Thompson was another in Dr. Garza’s life whose intervention, via football, caused the young man to aspire to higher things. Thanks to his success on the gridiron while at Jefferson, Garza was able to secure a full athletic scholarship to Tulane University in New Orleans. While starting on the varsity team for all four years and It was Garza’s ability to successfully

gaining additional accolades for his on-field

Coach Rutig about being accepted to den-

performances — he went on to break al-

tal school. He immediately responded by

practice dentistry that subsequently al-

most all of Tulane’s wide-receiving records

saying that ‘If it was his son, he’d tell him to

lowed him to put himself through med

and was inducted into the school’s Athletic

go back to school.’” And fortunately, that’s

school. Working full time as a dentist

Hall of Fame — he also excelled academi-

just what Garza did, thanks to Rutigliano’s

while also attending classes meant it

cally. In 1976, he graduated with a degree

sage counsel.

would require another four years of dedi-

in political science and, not surprisingly,

Garza earned his dental degree in 1983,

cation and commitment before he finally

because of his outstanding athletic record,

but before graduation experienced another

reached his goal of becoming an M.D. To

offers to try his hand at professional ball

change of heart. During his training, which

no one’s surprise, however, Garza gradu-

with invitations to attend the NFL’s Atlanta

ated from LSU with honors and as presi-

Falcons and later the New Orleans Saints

dent of his senior class.

training camps. With a nagging knee injury hindering his abilities, however, Garza was released from both camps and never made the pro roster. In his words, “I was always just training camp fodder.”

NEW DREAMS With the generous remuneration Garza received at both camps, the former star, optimistic rather than disappointed, was able to pursue a secondary dream — that of be-

“I use my life story as a positive example of what desire and effort, with a little bit of help along the way, can accomplish — on the sports field, in the operating room, anywhere.”

Over the course of the next seven years, Garza went on to pursue the specialized training required for becoming a plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He excelled in his surgical internship and was accepted for a head and neck cancer fellowship at the prestigious M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He completed his first residency in otolaryngology/head and neck surgery at the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans and then was accepted to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center,

coming a dentist. This was something of an

where he completed his training. Currently,

odd calling because, as he recollects, “no one in my immediate family ever went to the

included a brief stint at a local hospital, he

he is one of a handful of triple-board-certi-

dentist for checkups — it just wasn’t in our

observed as a surgeon operated on a child

fied surgeons in the nation.

family budget.” Already established in New

with a cleft lip. As he admits, “It was an ab-

Orleans, he applied to the Louisiana State

solute epiphany. This was the work I needed

University Dental School.

to do. I wanted to quit dental school and

ACADEMIA CALLS In 1994, a flattered Dr. Garza was hon-

apply to medical school right then.” Here

ored by being asked to come to the Uni-

ance to the school, he also received a call

again, he allowed himself to be guided by

versity of Texas Health Science Center at

from one of his former (and favorite) training

another when a trusted professor intervened

San Antonio and start a training program

camp coaches. Sam Rutigliano, at the time

and advised that he complete dental school

in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

the newly ensconced head coach for the

before moving on. Heeding the professor,

Under his leadership the program

Cleveland Browns, wanted the Tulane

after graduation from LSU’s dental school, a

achieved nationally recognized status and

standout to come play for him. While flat-

grateful (and eager) Garza was easily ac-

served as the hub of training for most of

tered, a conflicted Garza relates, “I told

cepted into its adjoining medical school.

the nation’s military plastic surgeons for

On the same day that he got his accept-




over a decade. He attained the rank of full professor of surgery, professor of otolaryngology and founder and chief of the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery. He resurrected and served as the director of the university’s cleft lip and craniofacial team. During his last two years he also served as associate vice president of the Health Science Center. While still officially associated with the university as a part-time dean of the medical school and extremely involved in his flourishing five-year-old San Antonio private practice, where he divides his energies between cosmetic and reconstructive work, he is still able to devote a considerable amount of pro bono time to “teaching.” Traveling repeatedly across the state of Texas and beyond each year, Dr. Garza — a natural communicator — enjoys addressing students young and old on the laudable pursuit of careers in health and medicine. Aside from his professional message, his personal story is what many come to hear. He explains, “I use my life story as a positive example of what desire and effort, with a little bit of help along the way, can accomplish — on the sports field, in the operating room, anywhere.” Dr. Garza has won many honors throughout his medical career, including the American Medical Association’s Emerging Leader Award, the presidency of the International Society of Plastic Sur-

cine physician, treating facial and jaw in-

his best friend), the answer is a resounding

geons and “Outstanding Physician of the

juries for athletes. He is considered one of

“Yes!” In earlier years, as Dr. Garza admits,

Year” by the San Antonio Business Jour-

the country’s pre-eminent authorities in the

“The demands I faced didn’t leave as much

nal. The president-elect of the Texas So-

management of sports-related facial in-

time for family as I would have liked. I’m re-

ciety of Plastic Surgeons, he is on several

juries. He is a consultant to the NBA

ally making up for it now.”

editorial boards for national medical jour-

Champion San Antonio Spurs and the

nals and has authored and/or coauthored

NFL’s New Orleans Saints and is team

met meals for family and friends, sipping

many medical journal articles as well as

physician for the American Hockey

fine wines and just hanging with the

book chapters. Dr. Garza was also re-

League’s San Antonio Rampage. He has

“home team” in their beautiful Northwest

cently named to the Board of Regents for

served as a tournament physician for sev-

San Antonio residence is every bit as im-

the Texas State University System. He

eral NCAA Final Four and regional basket-

portant as his day-to-day commitments to

holds a U.S. and a Canadian patent for a

ball tournaments and the U.S. Olympic

his patients, colleagues and community.

facial protective mask for athletes that

Trials and USA Boxing and as the team

So don’t be surprised if you bump into this

has been used in the NBA, the NCAA and

physician for the University of Texas at San

dynamic doc on the golf course, at the

the hockey leagues.

Antonio and several other universities and

music store buying strings for his electric

high schools.

guitar (he and his equally amped-up sons

STILL GOT GAME And while admittedly a “sports nut,” Dr.

With such a full professional life, one

Traveling, playing tennis, cooking gour-

are “into” the blues) or, for that matter, va-

wonders if he has time for anything else.

cationing in Europe. Dr. Jaime R. Garza

Garza maintains a professional connection

Happily, for his four children (three sons

seems to be able to do it all and then

through his involvement as a sports medi-

and a daughter) and lovely wife (who’s also

some, and that is extraordinary!





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issues too long to list within this article. Even minor children,

surance, disability insurance, long-term-care insurance and ade-

employees, business partners or spouses can give rise to finan-

quate insurance for business ventures. Review your policies with

cial exposure. And it takes just one unexpected landmine to sig-

your attorney or insurance agent and make sure that you are ade-

nificantly deplete unprotected wealth.

quately covered. Spending a few extra dollars to increase the pol-

The following are a few strategies that asset protection attorneys often discuss with clients. This list is by no means exhaus-

icy caps can make a big difference in protecting your wealth. Life insurance can also be an important vehicle to protect wealth

tive, but is intended to give an overview of some of the common

from creditors. If the policy is titled properly, your creditors can’t

strategies used to make it legally difficult for future creditors to

attack the cash value or the proceeds from the policy. Therefore,

reach your assets.

these vehicles can also be an important component of your overall wealth protection strategy.

Divide and Conquer In the state of Texas, earnings accumulated during marriage are generally classified as “community property,” which can be attacked by creditors of either spouse. On the other hand, assets classified as “separate property” can generally be attacked only by the creditors of the spouse that owns the property. Therefore many attorneys use marital property partition agreements to divide “community property” into “separate property” for each spouse. This strategy may help ensure that creditors of a high-risk spouse can’t wipe out the wealth of the entire family. 26



“Trust” me Another common technique to protect assets from creditors is transferring the assets into an irrevocable spendthrift trust.

The next couple of years provide a unique opportunity to transfer significant wealth into trusts — tax free. In 2011 and 2012, each spouse’s lifetime gift and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax exemptions are $5 million.

However, unless Congress acts, the lifetime gift and GST tax exemptions are scheduled to decline to $1 million in 2013 (and each year thereafter). Therefore, there is currently a window of opportunity to transfer significant wealth into trusts tax free. If you want to transfer assets more slowly, you and your spouse can jointly gift up to $26,000 per year tax free to any individual/trust without tapping into your lifetime exemptions. You may say to yourself, “Wait a minute! I worked hard to accumulate wealth, and now you want me to give it away?” Hold on to your hat. This strategy is generally used to fund items that you’re going to pay for anyway, such as your children’s or grandchildren’s education, care for your aging parents or a handicapped relative or funding an inheritance. Transferring assets out of your name will help remove assets from the reach of your creditors. Rather than giving someone a sum of cash (and risk their blowing it on frivolous items), settlors can transfer assets to an irrevocable spendthrift trust for the beneficiary’s health, support, maintenance, education or for any other reason. Because the assets are no longer in your name (or under your control), creditors can’t reach them. Furthermore, the creditors of the beneficiaries can’t generally attack the assets either. The key here is to give up control and allow a third party (an independent trustee) to manage and disburse the assets, following the guidelines you provided in the trust document.

Create an entity Another way to protect assets is to transfer ownership to a limited liability entity – such as a Family Limited Partnership (FLP), Limited Liability Company (LLC) or Limited Liability Partnership (LLP). Here’s a common legal entity structure. Spouses create and contribute assets to an FLP and receive a 99-percent limited partnership interest and 1-percent general partnership interest. The 99-percent limited partnership interest is held by the spouses or gifted to other family members (or placed into a trust). The 1-percent general partnership interest is usually owned by an LLC, which was created to manage the assets of the FLP. The LLC also helps protect the 1-percent general partnership interest of the FLP. Although creditors may get a judgment to obtain the 99-percent limited partnership rights, they are usually unable to obtain a charging order to tap directly into the assets of the FLP. Therefore, creditors are left holding limited partnership interests that are unmarketable and may not distribute income. And to make matters worse, the creditor may receive a K-1 and have to pay income tax on its proportional share of the partnership’s income, which was not distributed. Therefore, many creditors avoid pursuing FLP interest.




Fund your qualified retirement plan Creating and funding a qualified retirement plan is also a strategy that helps provide limited wealth protection. Should you find yourself in bankruptcy, the courts and federal law permit you to make an election to protect your qualified plan(s)

Don’t be a victim. You’ve worked hard to accumulate wealth. Work just as hard to protect it.

from bankruptcy. So what’s a qualified plan? Essentially, it’s an employer-sponsored retirement



 Your home can also be utilized as an asset protection tool.  Texas has some of the most generous homestead laws in the country.  If you live in town, your house and yard (up to 10 acres) generally can’t be attacked by creditors.  One way to protect wealth is by building equity in your home.

plan that grows tax deferred — such as pension plans, profit-sharing plans, SEP IRAs, 401(k)s, etc.

Therefore, funding your retirement plan can provide an important investment vehicle that creditors can’t reach in bankruptcy.

Conclusion When a creditor’s attorney discovers that there are few attachable assets, the legal strategy often abruptly changes to procuring a settlement with the insurance company. There’s no

Although paying off your mortgage as an investment strategy is not recommended, it does provide a vehicle to protect significant wealth from creditors.

silver bullet for protecting your money. An asset protection plan is unique to each individual and should fit the client’s facts and circumstances. Although nothing can prevent a plaintiff from filing a lawsuit, you can structure your wealth to better protect your hard-earned money.

About the author: David D. White serves as vice president of the wealth management division of Broadway Bank. He earned a Master of Law in taxation from Georgetown Law School and a bachelor’s in business from the University of Texas at Austin. David is also accredited by the American Institute of C.P.A.s as a Personal Financial Specialist (PFS).








When Walter Root announced to his wife at the ripe age of 40 that he was quitting his successful six-figure job as vice president of marketing and sales development for Mission Foods to go to medical school, she thought he had taken


leave of his senses. And she wondered how they were going to pay tuition and expenses for their two teenage children.

Root, however, wasn’t worried at all. He had plenty in savings and

porate world, beginning in 1978 as a senior financial analyst for Ford Motor

just couldn’t see himself jetting around the country for countless com-

Co. in Michigan. “I introduced the first customer cash rebate program for

pany meetings for the next three decades, as he had already been doing

Lincoln-Mercury cars, and I even got to pick the Cougar model one year,

since the early ‘80s. (He has a Lifetime AAdvantage Platinum member-

working with the ad agency,” he says, adding that back then a Lincoln-

ship on American Airlines for accruing more than 2 million flight miles.)

Mercury sold for $7,500 — very affordable, at least by today’s standards.

So in 2001, at age 44, he was accepted into the University of Califor-

Root’s next major stop along the road to earning his M.D. was in 1982

nia, San Diego School of Medicine, where, in 2005, the former marketing

as a consultant and then marketing director for Frito-Lay, where he

executive received his medical degree and added Dr. to his name after

worked on developing Chester Cheetah for Cheetos and Ranch Doritos.

choosing to pursue psychiatry as a career.

But his pet project was repositioning the then flailing Rold Gold Pretzels,

But before Root set foot back into a university classroom after a 25year hiatus, the Maryland native made quite a name for himself in the cor-



which he and his team were able to resuscitate. They took it from $20 million to $600 million in sales.


Why did you decide to switch careers and go to medical school fairly late in life? When I was at Mission Foods, it got

What type of illnesses do you treat? Major depression, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia and addictions to

to the point where I was just flying so

opiates and alcohol. I also treat obses-

much, as I already had been doing for

sive compulsive disorder, adult atten-

years. The retirement age had

tion deficit disorder, plus generalized

changed, so I started thinking I had 30

anxiety disorder and post-traumatic

more years of sitting in meetings and

stress disorder.

flying on an airplane. I began to think about what I wanted to do. I had friends who were doctors. I would read their journals, and I would pick up science magazines even though I didn’t have a science background. I enjoyed working with people, so I thought maybe I should consider going to medical school. I started doing research and looking at statistics by age for those who go to medical school. I had to do post-baccalaureate work and needed a 4.0 on sciAlthough Root enjoyed having a hand in leading

ence courses and 30 or higher on my

brand development, his time at Frito-Lay was not

MCAT to get into medical school. I joined

destined to last.

the Student Health Association at Califor-

He and 1,800 other employees were handed their

nia State University, Fullerton, where I did

walking papers with the arrival in 1991 of Frito-Lay’s

my post-baccalaureate program. I told

new chief executive officer, Roger Enrico, best known

the adviser I wanted to accelerate and do

for his lengthy tenure as CEO of Pepsi.

it in a year and a half because of my age.

Is it hard not to take a patient’s problems home with you at the end of the day? God gave me a gift. When I was working in business, I could leave the office and leave work behind me. When I’m with my patients, I’m with them 110 percent, and I don’t take them home with me.

What do you enjoy about being a psychiatrist? There is no greater thrill than seeing someone who is on the ashes rise up and move forward.

What makes a good psychiatrist? You can’t just be a good listener.

My adviser was skeptical of my being

You also have to be able to ask the

Root was instrumental in leading corporate sales from

able to complete my coursework in 18

right questions and direct the conver-

$250 million to $800 million through innovative prod-

months with a 4.0 but agreed the pace

sation so you can understand what’s

ucts such as Reduced Fat Tortillas and Two-Pound

would be similar to med school.

going on with the patient. You have to

Next up was Mission Foods in Los Angeles, where

Brown Bag Tortilla Chips. It’s not too surprising, though, that Root has accomplished all that he has in his 54 years. He has

Why psychiatry? When I went to medical school, I

been a go-getter since his youth. He left high school at

thought I wanted to do neurology. I knew

16 for early college admission and graduated magna

I wanted to do something with the mind.

cum laude in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in political

When I got to neurology, I realized it was-

science from the University of Pittsburgh at age 20. He

n’t for me. I enjoyed emergency medicine

received his M.B.A. at 21.

during my rotations, but I noticed there

Root, who is president and treating physician of

were no guys my age in emergency med-

pay attention to feedback and be able to read the feelings from your patients. The biggest problem with psychiatric patients is if they don’t understand their disease or trust their doctor, then they’re not going to take their meds. If you don’t take your meds and then you have a mood event, you actually lose brain cells. Being on meds preserves

Stone Oak Mental Health Group — and recently named

icine so I asked why not. Someone said

president-elect of the Bexar County Psychiatric Society

because their knees go and they end up

— sat in his office with its grand southwestern-style

working in family clinics out in the coun-

desk and comfortable brown leather chairs and couch to

try. I already had had three knee surgeries

talk about his middle-age days at medical school, the

and was about to have another one.

joys of his job and his favorite fictional psychotherapist.

When I got to psychiatry, I thought, “My

A psychiatrist went to medical

God. This is where you can give some-

school and then did a four-year resi-

one’s life back.”

dency. A psychologist has a Ph.D., but

When I told my wife she said, “Are you crazy? What are we going to do for money?” But I knew I didn’t want to be 65 and wish I had gone to medical school. 32


You’ll have people 25 years old and

brain function.

What’s the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

no medical degree, and receives inten-

on Social Security Disability because

sive training in therapy and psychologi-

they cannot work because they are so

cal testing.

disabled from severe depression, for example. With what we have available in medical therapies and some psy-

Anyone whom you admire? (Laughs.) Bob Newhart from The

chotherapies, you can take a person

Bob Newhart Show. He was a

with a broken life and get them back

psychotherapist, and I loved his dry

on track.

sense of humor.




Helping San Antonio

GROW Travis Bauer is a second-generation developer

After a boyhood spent in Austin, Travis Bauer is now helping to shape the San Antonio real estate landscape. As vice president of Drake Commercial Group, Bauer is engaged in developing and marketing some of the city’s most prominent real estate tracts. Cresta Bella, a 413-acre mixed-use development offering a commercial and residential blend at Interstate 10 and Camp Bullis, is one of the marketed sites. Among the newest projects he is helping to develop and market is Stevens Ranch located off Potranco Road, a 1,400-acre master-planned community featuring 4,000 residential lots. “A big part of our business involves master planning of communities,” the 39-year-old developer says. “We’ve been involved in the design, development and sale of thousands of lots across the state.” Even a cursory glance at the company website,, attests to Bauer’s testimony. Throughout the city, the company founded by his mother, Deborah Bauer, has left its mark. “She’s been in the business for a long time,” Bauer says of his dynamo mom. “She’s an amazing woman with one of the strongest work ethics I’ve ever seen.” Early on, Bauer was on his way to entering the family business after earning a business management degree at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He worked at his mother’s firm throughout his college years, eventually joining the company full time in 1996. Bauer credits the company’s diversified portfolio, with its balance of commercial and residential projects, in helping the firm to weather the harsher effects of economic recession. As the economy slumped, many firms heavily




““I think we’re unique because we are more of a boutique commercial real estate firm that relies on a loyal customer base and referral network.”

invested in residential properties succumbed to

mixed-use development in the heart of the

market pressures. After that initial shock wave in

growth corridor at the Interstate 10 and Loop

the housing market, the commercial sector took a

1604 intersection, is another prominent project

hit as the financial markets all but dried up.

in which the company is actively marketing.

Rather than panicking, the company and its clients went on something of a buying spree in a recession-fueled buyers’ market. With landowners

with friends and family on the lake or at their

eager to unload depreciating properties during the

place in Port Aransas. While he wouldn’t reveal

real estate crash, Drake Commercial was able to

his handicap, he says golfing at such sites as

secure some bargains to further its holdings.

the La Cantera or Quarry courses also offers a

“We have been blessed to have a portfolio of well-funded clients and partners from across the U.S. and Mexico who saw great opportunity in

the recreational attributes. Bauer credits his mother for having served as a mentor during his younger years, an essential

We used it as an opportunity to pick up some of

role for any upstart intent on pursuing a busi-

the city’s best properties at great values,” he

ness career. After his parents’ divorce when he

says of the company’s savvy approach.

was 12, he was able to witness his mother’s

ing, San Antonio remains a great spot for real

drive and ambition firsthand. “A mentor is a big part of learning the ropes

estate investment. “The influx of wealthy Mexi-

in this business, and I was lucky to have my

can nationals who are investing in San Antonio

mom,” he says in attributing a great part of his

continues to drive our local economy,” he adds,

success to her. “It takes hard work and dedica-

referring to a population growth from Mexico as

tion to succeed, but it’s very rewarding to drive

people travel to Texas to escape violence rooted

by and see projects that you’ve worked on for

in the drug trade.

years come to fruition. I truly feel blessed to

“I think we’re unique because we are more of


unique opportunity for deal making, aside from

acquiring properties during the recent downturn.

While much of the country is slowly rebound-


It’s not all work for Bauer. On his days off, he enjoys golfing, working out and spending time

work in this industry.”

a boutique commercial real estate firm that re-

Given the success of Drake Commercial

lies on a loyal customer base and referral net-

Group, it is clear Bauer has already reaped the

work” he says. District North, a 300-acre

dividends of his innate work ethic.



The Danger of Pulmonary Embolism This little-known condition can cause death if undetected In San Antonio, a 51-year-old business executive, whom I recently interviewed by phone, suffered from a pulmonary embolism. He recounted that as he was helping his wife carry in groceries from the car on a Sunday afternoon in February, suddenly, without warning, he “went out like a light.” Dismissing the episode as nothing too serious, he went about his day. Later, however, while standing up after eating dinner, he fainted again. “The scary part was waking up and hearing my wife call 911, telling them that I was having a heart attack,” the area resident says. “The third time I fainted it was in my bedroom when EMS was working on me, and then I passed out again in the ER.”

His diagnosis: pulmonary embolism.

When Grand Slam tennis champ Serena Williams underwent emergency surgery in Los Angeles to remove a blood clot in her lung, the incident made international headlines and also brought to light a condition known as pulmonary embolism.

“They did a CAT scan and said my lungs looked like a shotgun blast full of blood clots,” he says. “They gave me blood thinners in the hospital and sent me home a week later with another drug, Coumadin, which I have to be on for nine months. It came without any warning signs, pain or dizziness.” According to, a pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that travels to the lungs from another part of the body, usually the legs. It occurs when one or more arteries in the lungs become blocked. About one-third of people with undiagnosed and untreated pulmonary embolism die. However, when the condition is diagnosed and treated promptly, the risk greatly decreases. Although symptoms vary for each person, they may include sudden, and severe chest pain. “My doctor attributed (the pulmonary embolism) to sitting behind my computer screen all day without getting up,” the patient says. “I had also been on a long trip the weekend before. I was never aware of it nor predisposed to it, either.” Although anyone can develop blood clots and pulmonary embolism, certain




factors can increase one’s risk. These include: Prolonged immobility: Blood clots are more likely to form in your legs during periods of inactivity, such as being confined to bed for an extended period after surgery or a heart attack. Long journeys: Sitting in a cramped position during lengthy plane or car trips slows the flow of blood traveling through the veins, which contributes to the formation of clots in your legs. Age: Older people are at higher risk of developing clots because of valve malfunction or chronic dehydration. Surgery: This is one of the leading causes of blood clots. Heart disease: High blood pressure and cardiovascular disease greatly contribute to clot formation. Overweight: Excess weight also increases the risk of blood clots. Pulmonary embolism can also lead to pulmonary hypertension, a condition in which the blood pressure in the lungs is too high. When you have obstructions in the arteries inside your lungs, your heart must work harder to push blood through those vessels. This increases the blood pressure within these vessels and can wear out a section of your heart. Pulmonary embolism can be difficult to diagnose, especially in people who have underlying heart or lung disease. A doctor, therefore, may order a series of tests to help find the cause of symptoms. Some of these tests include chest X-ray, lung scan, ultrasound, pulmonary angiogram and MRI. Treatment of pulmonary embolism involves a variety of measures to prevent further complications or death: Anticoagulants: Heparin and Warfarin (Coumadin) both prevent clots from forming. Clot dissolvers: While clots usually dissolve on their own, there are medications that can dissolve clots quickly. Because these clotbusting drugs can cause sudden and severe bleeding, they usually are reserved for life-threatening situations. Clot removal: If a large clot is present in the lung, it might require removal through a catheter. Avoiding clots in the veins in your legs helps prevent pulmonary embolism. Some prevention measures are used in hospitals. Here are some precautions you can take yourself, especially when traveling in an airplane or car: 1. Move around the airplane cabin once an hour or so. If you're driving, stop every hour and walk around the car a couple of times. 2. Exercise while sitting. Flex, extend and rotate your ankles or press your feet against the seat in front of you, or try rising up and down on your toes. 3. Drink plenty of water. It prevents dehydration, which can contribute to the formation of blood clots. Today, the patient has taken his health scare as a wake-up call and now walks 2 miles every day, one mile in the morning and one mile in the evening. “It’s changed my life and made me realize all the medical advice is not just words but things you need to listen to,” he says, adding that his weight has dropped 46 pounds. “I’m using it as a way to take better care of myself.”





Getting Fit & Healthy Steps to help you lose weight, gain muscle and sculpt your abs Starting a fitness program and a healthy lifestyle is a daunting and confusing task for most. e thought of getting up early, eating less and giving up on a social life seems more risk then reward. But what if I told you that you could turn back the clock 10 years, maybe even more — would that be a motivating factor? How about more energy and sex drive? What if I told you your risk of disease could be lowered by as much as 50 percent? What if I said you could have six-pack abs into your 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond?

The truth

Avoiding injury

Fitness is not found in a supplement bottle, and it’s not discovered on the latest late night infomercial. It’s neither a gimmick, a fad, a class nor a health club, and it’s not in the shoes, no matter what they cost. Simply put, fitness is a lifestyle.

The most dangerous time for your body is within the first few weeks of training. Motivation is at an all-time high (which is great), but remember, it’s a lifestyle, and you need to be motivated every day, not all at once.

Finish with more stretching of muscles worked.

Perform smooth, controlled repetitions.

Finding a fitness program

Perform one set with a very light load to learn the movement.

Stretch the muscles that will be worked that day.

SET A REASONABLE GOAL: You didn’t get out of shape in a week, and you’re not going to get in shape in a week. Remember, it’s a lifestyle, not a program. On average, you will want to lose 1.5 pounds per week. Set your goals accordingly.

Warm up 5 to 10 minutes.

STEPS TO A NEW FITNESS LIFESTYLE: If you haven’t had a checkup in the last year, it’s time. You don’t want to be surprised by high blood pressure at the gym. Get a complete physical, and tell your doctor your plans to start working out.

Everyone is different, but there are commonalities when it comes to men’s fitness. A weight training program is a must for men of all ages. Weight training builds not only muscle, but metabolism. For every extra pound of muscle you add, you will burn an extra 50 calories a day. Muscle is your most valued asset for longevity, anti-aging and metabolism. The more you have, the easier it will be to lose weight and maintain weight. Plan to strength-train at least three times a week for 30 to 45 minutes.

Do 20 to 45 minutes of cardiovascular training first thing in the morning before breakfast. It’s the best time to burn fat. Start off at your fitness level; walking is perfectly fine for a beginner.

If you have never lifted weights, I recommend finding and working with a certified personal trainer with adequate experience and knowledge.

Out of time, or stuck at a hotel with no equipment? Try this 15minute body weight circuit: push-ups, lunges, squats, sit-ups, jumping jacks. Do four to five rounds of 15 repetitions.



Training tips

When it comes to weights, include these staples: pull-ups, dips, squats, dead lifts and bench press.


Nutrition for body fat reduction EATING OUT CAN BE A MAJOR DIETARY BUST. If you are like most people, one chip or one piece of bread is not enough, so the best thing to do is avoid temptation by not having the first one.

ELIMINATE SUGAR, JUICES, HIGH-FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SODA, CHIPS AND COOKIES FROM YOUR DIET COMPLETELY. Have no more than two pieces of fruit per day. Your body fat is your energy source now.

TRY TO INGEST 35 GRAMS OF FIBER DAILY. This leads to a full feeling and is also essential for digestive health.

Simple carbohydrates will halt the process of burning fat. EAT FIVE TO SIX SMALL MEALS PER DAY, SPACED 3 TO 3.5 HOURS APART. Protein shakes can comprise two of your meals — preferably pre- and post-workout for maximum recovery. FIGURE ON 1 GRAM OF PROTEIN PER POUND OF LEAN MASS. For example, if your lean mass is 180 pounds, divide that into five small meals, which will equal 36 grams of protein per meal.



“EAT GREEN TO GET LEAN.” Become a vegetable lover. The best nutrients and lowest-calorie vegetables are spinach, broccoli, kale and asparagus. Any of these combined with a lean protein source is a great way to feed muscle and starve fat.


PROCESSED FOODS ARE NOT A PART OF THE FAT-BURNING PROCESS. You can’t improve on nature. Try to avoid meals in a box that include sugar, trans-fats, vegetable oils, starch and artificial sweeteners. Eat natural organic foods as much as possible. WHAT ABOUT EATING SNACKS? If you’re eating five to six small meals per day, chances are you’re going to come up short once in a while. A handful or two of almonds makes a great snack when you’re short on time. ALCOHOL IS NOT ONLY FULL OF EMPTY CALORIES, IT SHUTS DOWN FAT METABOLISM COMPLETELY.

It also lowers testosterone and increases estrogen. If you really want to be lean and healthy, avoid drinking more than once a week.

The longer I spend in the gym, the better.

All of my muscle has turned to fat.

If I do 1,000 sit-ups a day, I will have ripped abs.

FALSE. Your workouts should be no more than 45 minutes in length. Go for intensity over volume.

FALSE. Fat and muscle cells will either get larger or smaller.

FALSE. Abdominal training has no effect on body fat in the stomach area. It only trains the abdominal wall. Fat loss is through diet and cardiovascular training, hence the saying “Abs are made in the kitchen.”

I don’t need to train legs because I run and cycle so much.

I ate good food all week and worked out every day. I can eat whatever I want all weekend!

FALSE. Legs are the foundation for athleticism and an incredible way to boost your metabolic rate.

FALSE. Your body doesn’t know it’s the weekend. Plan a cheat meal — a meal, not an entire weekend.


About the author: James Olsen is a certified personal trainer and professional martial arts instructor and owner of FIT studio.



Man Down! SAN ANTONIO MAN wants you up and running According to statistics from the


Locally, the gender numbers are

fit, you’ll be surprised how much run-

even more dramatic. Since the inaugu-

ning can improve the quality of your life.

ral San Antonio Rock’n’Roll Marathon

The benefits of running fall into two cat-

in 2008, women far outnumber men in

egories: mental and physical. Surpris-

half marathon participation by a ratio of

ingly, the psychological advantages of

sent 53 percent of cumulative U.S.

65 percent to 35 percent. Number-wise,

running outweigh the physical benefits

finishers in races from 5K through

in 2010 there were 12,998 women fin-

of the sport. Since all of running’s bene-

the marathon.

ishers compared to 7,543 men.

fits go hand-in-hand, here’s a review of

Running USA website, women have surpassed men in road race participation. Women now repre-

Men 77 %

The men of San Antonio need to

This trend started back in 1989, when women represented only 23 percent of road race finishers compared to 77 percent for men. From 1989 onward, women have surged past men in participation. What’s going on? Why have men slacked off the pace?



out for 5,000 able-bodied men to sign up for this fall’s Rock‘n’Roll Marathon,

Men 47 %

the top three in each category:

step up. SAN ANTONIO MAN is calling

finish the 13.1 mile distance and make things right. If you’re not running presently, this is a good time to start. We will help you every step of the way. As a fringe bene-

Psychological benefits Running is a great stress reliever. Tension and stress will melt away from your being after as little as 10 minutes of running. Since stress tends to build continually throughout the day, running provides an effective release point to maintain a calm demeanor.

What about barefoot running? Barefoot or minimalist running has become popular with the introduction of Christopher McDougall’s

Your apparel choices during the summer should be lightweight and made of a breathable synthetic material. Avoid cotton! Hydrate properly and run in the cooler morning or evening, at least for the next few months.


asics Velostretch Short Sleeve suggested retail $38

book Born to Run in 2009. The premise is that running shoes make our feet weak and lead to an assortment of injuries. Since the introduction of the Nike Free running shoe and the Vibram Five-Finger shoe, proponents of barefoot running say that being closer to the ground is a natural position and helps strengthen our feet.


Vibram Five-Finger price range $75-100




Psychological benefits continued Running boosts your confidence and self-esteem. Once your stress is gone, the endorphins turn your negative thoughts to positive ones. Your focus changes from negativity to a more positive mindset.

Running gives you a good night’s sleep. Sleep is important for our recuperative powers, and running

About the author:

gives you that deep and restful sleep. Millions of

Paul Baltutis has been running since 1971 and has a marathon personal best of 2:37. He is a marathon coach for Team in Training and works at Fleet Feet Sports in Alamo Heights.

people suffer from insomnia, sleep apnea and sleep anxiety, and studies have shown there’s a direct link between running and getting a good night’s sleep.

Studies have shown that running is a form of treatment for depression because of its ability to reduce depression symptoms. The classic runner’s high. It was been de-

The finish line Running is a simple activity that requires minimal equipment. A good

scribed as a “second wind,” “running on air” and

pair of shoes, dry-release socks, shirts, shorts, hat and sunglasses,

being “light as a feather.” Time and space are sus-

and you are out the door. Since shoes are technical and designed for

pended, and you are totally living in the present.

certain foot types, I recommend that you go to a running specialty store

It’s the ultimate mind-body experience.

to get fitted. These stores offer a “gait analysis” and describe what category of foot type you have. They will

Physical benefits Running is a great way to lose weight. Running boosts your metabolism and is one of the best calorie-burning exercises. Weight loss is most ef-

give recommendations for brands and styles of shoes. These stores also offer training programs and race information on the local running scene. My opinion is that each person needs to experiment

fectively achieved by combining diet and exer-

with his or her running form. Soft trails and grass surfaces are

cise. Since running burns 100 calories per mile,

more suited for barefoot running, while traditional running

it’s the most efficient calorie burner after cross-

shoes help absorb shock on concrete or asphalt pavement. For some

country skiing.

of us, properly designed shoes work perfectly and allow us to run long

Running is healthy. From cardiovascular health to

distances on hard surfaces. For others, barefoot running is a better

increased bone density to slowing down the aging

option. Cory Torkelson has started a group in San Antonio to help any-

process to boosting your sex drive and preventing

one interested in barefoot running. To learn more, go to

diabetes, the list seems endless. Running is just

plain healthy.






Photography ©Liz Garza Williams



PDA or public displays of affection for the acronym illiterate, may have been cool in middle school, but wear out their welcome quick as adults. Diane Gottsman answers readers questions on the do’s and don’ts of social protocol and in this issue, PDAs.




Keep any public display of affection G-rated. Hand holding? Sure. A quick kiss? Maybe. Back rub while waiting in line to buy tickets to the movies, no way.

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If you are making other's squirm or grimace, shut it down. There’s a difference between snuggling up on the couch in the privacy of your own home and doing the same thing in an airplane or theatre performance. How many times can you call your paramour "Babe" before sounding comedic? "What do you think Babe?" "Are you ordering the pasta, Babe?" "Would you like some more wine, Babe?" "Let me get the door for you, Babe."

Note to self: Excessive terms of endearment are off putting, and while you may notice people smiling, rest assured that it is not with you but at you!

Q. My family is very affectionate and has always greeted each other and other family and friends with a kiss on the lips. My new wife has a problem with it. Who is right? A. It's not a matter of right or wrong but more a matter of what is comfortable and works for your immediate family. In this case, that would be your wife. While it may be the norm for your family to greet everyone with a kiss on the lips, in the United States it's not universally acceptable to greet acquaintances with extended arms and a big pucker to the chops.

QUICK TIP If you are making others squirm or grimace, shut it down.

Ask yourself, would you greet your client with a kiss, your barber with a kiss or the dry cleaning attendant with a kiss on the lips? Why? The difference is that you have "socialized" your kisses to your inner circle. If your wife takes issue with your generous and affectionate kisses, you may explain that while you can't suddenly change your family greeting for fear of shocking Grandma Norma, you will make an effort to curtail smooching your neighbors, your wife's friends and all of her family members on the lips (I assume the cheek is still fair game). In this particular matter, it's all about compromise.

Q. How much is too much PDA in public? I am an affectionate kind of guy and my wife thinks I'm too forward in front of other people. What's the barometer?

A. Your wife's feelings are the biggest barometer. If she feels uncomfortable with your public display of affection, you can most certainly consider that as your temperature gauge. Where you show affection is another factor to consider. Giving her a bear hug or lightly rubbing her back may be fine at your cousin’s birthday bash but the same behavior at a business or social event is over the top. If you feel prone to pucker or paw, create an alternative, low-key sign of endearment that only you and your wife understand as "code" for a hug or kiss. In business, as with everything else, less is always best.

Got a question on social protocol? Diane Gottsman is a nationally recognized etiquette expert and the owner of The Protocol School of Texas, a company specializing in corporate etiquette training. A sought-after industry expert, Dianne is regularly featured on several morning television shows and has been quoted in national publications such as The New York Times, Forbes, CNN and the Chicago Tribune, to name a few. Contact her at 44





Learning About

Tech geek turned wine geek tells how to get started It's been almost three years since I made a decision that would change my life forever. I had been working for the same technology company for 14 years and was chugging along just fine when I received a call the morning of December 18, 2008, from my boss that my department was now going to be run from our Asia office. I had two options – try to transfer to a different department within 90 days or take the severance package and attempt a life redo during the start of what was to become one of the worst recessions in American history. Luckily, I had a few weeks to make this momentous decision, and one night while sitting on the back porch enjoying my favorite Pinot Noir from Oregon, I had what I assume was a slightly intoxicated epiphany. "Jeff," I thought in my head, "if you love wine and everyone says that you should do what you love, why not get into the wine business?" It actually seemed fairly simple, and as I went to sleep that night, I had an ever growing feeling of satisfaction that I was on the right track. For the next 10 months I hunkered down, studied hard and began testing for my wine certifications. I purchased every book that was recommended to me and joined a wine group that met once a week. I was determined to make the transition from tech geek to wine geek. Looking back, it was a little bit of a crazy idea, but all great ideas have a little bit of crazy at their core. A few months after passing my last certification I began working for the biggest wholesale company in the Southern U.S. and was finally able to take a huge sigh of relief. Here are a few basic things that I have learned along the way. I hope they will help you not only to navigate through the world of wine but also to absorb as much knowledge as possible while sipping away. What is this wine? It's very easy for people to pick out wines that are labeled with the grape varietal (i.e., Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, etc.) These are generally from what is referred to as the New World, which includes North and South America, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. But



what about Spain's Riojas, Italy's Soaves or France's Beaujolais? My guess is, if you don't know what they taste like or even what grapes are used to make those wines, you will probably tend to avoid them. Always ask questions and taste everything. Either surf the Net or ask around, and you will see that just about every store that sells wines will have a few hours dedicated to tasting some of their selection. These are usually free and are a great way to taste Cabernets from around the world or to finally taste a Chianti and see if you are ready to try wines from the Old World. I also suggest joining a wine group. This is a fun way to drink and talk about wines with others of varying wine knowledge. You may be the newcomer, but over time you will start to use terms like stone fruit, silky and flinty. Why do I like or dislike this wine? Try this little experiment with your next bottle of wine. While you are drinking, ask yourself why you like or dislike the wine. Start thinking about why you tend to drink big Napa Cabernets or New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs. Do you like wines that are full-bodied and have warm vanilla flavors, or do you like a wine that is super fruity and crisp on the tongue? Is the sweet




Drinking wine can be as complicated or as simple as you want it to be.

flavor that you love actually sugar sweet, or are the fruit flavors so present that you are actually tasting the sweetness of the fruit? When I was trying to train my brain on flavor profiles, I would walk around the produce department of the nearest grocery store and smell everything that I could get my hands on. Pillaging the kitchen cabinet looking for spices and even smelling candles were part of my training regimen. You can then go to a wine store and better describe the characteristics that you like in a wine, and the employee can guide you to other wines that you may never have tried but share those flavors that you just described. Are scores necessary and do I care about them? There are those who buy wines strictly by the score that was awarded, and there are those that have no idea that wines get scores and ratings. The key thing to think about here is that everyone’s taste is different, and even if a wine received a 99 out of 100 score, you may absolutely hate everything about it. A few months ago I was helping someone pick out a wine that he was going to have with dinner, and I was suggesting a wine that was in the $20 price range that happened to have a 90 score card attached to it. The customer then saw a similar wine that was $35 but had received a 91 rating. He felt that the one point was worth the extra $15 and chose that one to take home. My guess is that he would not taste the one-point increment at the end of the day, but $35 was within his price range, and I am sure that he was very happy with his selection and so was I. So if you are a “big score hunter” or even someone who is happy when their favorite wine gets an 85 from an obscure wine magazine based in the Ukraine, you will never be judged in my eyes. Just as long as you pour me a wee taste if I am sitting next to you at a restaurant. How do I find this wine again? The greatest invention for people that work at wine shops is the camera phone. It is nearly impossible to help customers when the only thing they remember is that they drank this wine that had a blue label with maybe a flower or a castle or it was a lady's name. If you are at a friend’s house, restaurant or a wine event, it is perfectly acceptable to snap a photo with your cell phone. This makes it so much easier for people to help you find that wine again. The final point I want to stress is that About the drinking wine can be as complicated or as author: simple as you want it to be. Whether you Jeff Degner was born are pairing a $200 Bordeaux with a and raised in Portland, cheese hamburger or drinking a $5 Oregon, and has lived in San Antonio since Chardonnay on your 10th wedding an2007. He is a certified niversary, as long as you enjoy it, that is sommelier and certiall that matters. fied specialist of wine.





Top 10 Apps for

iPhone/iPad Enliven your travel or staycation Going out-of-town? Maybe even abroad? Don’t be stuck not knowing what to do, what to see or what to eat. The App gods have given gifts that should be tried, tested and abused.

Download these before heading out:


LOCAL EATS: Avoid all chain food restaurants with this app. Get some suggestions for the best restaurants the locals visit. Narrow down your results by type of cuisine, neighborhood, price range and more. Even offers coupons and discounts for most restaurants. [More common app? Yelp!] $.99.


TEXAS MONTHLY: So you decided to do a little staycation. Don’t fall behind on the places to be and see (as well as some amazing BBQ joints) with the Texas Monthly app for iPad. If you’ve only got an iPhone, no worries. Texas Monthly has a Texas Monthly BBQ app and a Texas Monthly Outdoors app. Price varies.


URBANDADDY: UrbanDaddy plugs in the day and time, you tell it where you are (major U.S. cities only), what you want to do (dinner, dancing, “I’m game for anything”) and who you’re with (parents, friends, boss, mistress), and it’ll tell you some great spots around town. [Headed to London? Barchick does the exact same thing.] FREE.




THEODOLITE: While working as a compass, GPS, zoom scope and two-axis inclinometer, Theodolite — free, basic or pro — allows you to determine everything about your surroundings. The camera image is like a viewfinder and will project all the information you need to know, including position, altitude, bearing and inclination. Great for hiking, boating, hunting, golf and sightseeing. Price varies.


STARWALK: Aim that camera toward the night sky, and watch as Starwalk identifies the constellations you’re staring at. You can also head “back in time” to see what the sky looked like in the past. $2.99.


AUDIOBOOKS/BOOKS: You forgot to stop by the local bookstore or library before leaving town? Stimulate your brain with some quality reading. Free books are always a plus, even if they are classics you “read” in school. (Prefer short magazine articles sure to make you think and laugh? Download Art of Manliness for free. Has everything a good man should know.) FREE.


LANGUAGE: Don’t be stuck somewhere knowing only how to ask where the bathroom is or how to say stinky cheese. Download these multiple apps to help navigate your linguistics. Anything from “Free Italian Tutor” to “iStart Japanese” to “Pocket Spanish.” Price varies.


HIPSTAMATIC: Hands down, best picture modifier. Different lenses, flashes and films for hundreds of effects. Can easily upload to different social networking sites. Makes every picture frame worthy. $1.99.


GASBAG: Running out of gas is a terrible feeling. Running out of gas in a foreign city can be terrifying. Gasbag will locate where you are, where the closest gas station is and will also give you gas prices. (Want to know how clean their toilets are? Check with Sit or Squat. Most of the toilets even have picture proof.) FREE.


ROAD TRIP FUN: Tired of hearing “Are we there yet”? Distract the kids with old school games like Slug-a-Bug or Name that Tune. Road Trip Fun reminds you how to play the games back from when you were a kid. $.99.

These 10 apps will be sure to ease the tension of your next vacation, whether with family, friends or flying solo. But if you’re stuck at home with nothing to do, there’s always Sporcle ($1.99).

Comparable Apps for

Android Local Eats (FREE) UrbanDaddy (FREE) GeoCam Free (FREE) Star Chart ($2.99) Kindle (price varies) SANANTONIOMAN.COM




Map out Your Big Texas

Barbecue Road Trip In search of some of the best barbecue joints in the Lone Star State Craving great Texas barbecue? Hungry enough to make a day of it and have a Texas-sized adventure? Why not take a barbecue road trip this weekend? Just look for an old storefront building with a squeaky screen door, a water-cooler air conditioner hanging from the ceiling, dusty deer-head mounts on the walls (maybe even a jack-a-lope!) and a fire pit in the floor. These little diamond-in-therough Texas gems are scattered across the Lone Star State.




Belmont Social Club (830) 424-3026. Big, barn-like family place with live music and good eats in a real ghost town.

The Salt Lick Bar-B-Que (512) 858-4959. Open daily, 11-10. BYOB, Smoking meat here since 1967. This place is laid-back and family friendly. Set in the country outside Austin, the Salt Lick boasts great barbecue served in big portions, family style. Their smoked turkey and chicken are always a hit. Big rings of sausage and generous sides of potato salad add to the delight, and the sauce is mustard-based, zesty and sweet. Sit outside in the shade of enormous oak trees and bring your own beer and wine — Driftwood is dry, so the Salt Lick encourages folks to bring their own coolers if they don’t want iced tea and sodas. 52




Black’s Barbecue (888) 632-8225 toll-free, Their slogan? Great barbecue “8 Days A Week.” Open since 1932. They claim to be Texas’ oldest restaurant

Kreuz Market

continuously owned by

(The “new” Kruez Market lo-

the same family.

cation). (512) 398-2361. Open

They’ve been smoking

Mon-Sat 10:30-8. Closed Sun.

meat in this building since

1999; at “Smitty’s” location since 1900. Try the barbe-

cue brisket, chicken, beans, sauerkraut and more. And don’t forget to taste their hot jalapeño cheese sausage. No barbecue sauce may be found on this property; they refuse to serve it — don’t want it to interfere with the subtle flavors of the barbecue. Closed Sundays.

Smitty’s Market (The original Kruez Market building — pronounced Krites). (512) 398-9344. Open Mon–Fri 7–6, Sat 7–6:30, Sun 9–3. Smoking meat on this spot since 1900. The atmosphere here is classic: the long room of smoke-stained walls still has little chains nailed to them where butcher knives were once attached “so people wouldn’t walk off with them or get stabbed in a fight,” says the owner. A local post oak fire blazes in the ground, enveloping you in smoke while you stand in line for meat. The parking lot is a sea of chopped wood. A family squabble forced a name change (Kruez Market to Smitty’s) when a sibling opened a new barbecue joint under the old name. The name changed, but the quality here didn’t. Locals took sides in the split, and many refuse to patronize the new Kruez Market. Some folks still call Smitty’s by its former name, only to sigh and say, “I mean, you know, the Old Kreuz’s.” Open on Sundays.




Snow’s BBQ

City Market

Louie Mueller Barbecue

(979) 542-8189 for pre-ordering on

(830) 875-9019. Open Mon–Sat 7–6.

(512) 352-6206. Open Mon–Sat 10–

weekdays, (979) 773-4640 on Satur-

Closed Sun.

7:30 or until sold out. Closed Sun.

days. Open only on Sat, 8-noonish.

Closed Sun-Fri.

The atmosphere is small-town

Smoking meats at this location

Texas, a slice of Americana, and the

since 1959 and since 1949 at the

barbecue is tender, marbled, but not

original location nearby, this place

People start lining up around 7 a.m.,

too fatty. Enjoy their great potato

almost always makes the maga-

and Snow’s can sell out as early as 10

salad, beans, cheese, pickles, white

zines’ “Top 10” lists for great barbe-

a.m. Since 2008, when Texas Monthly

bread, Big Red and root beer in bot-

cue. They feature heavily seasoned

named it the best barbecue in Texas,

tles. Their sauce is zesty and sweet

brisket caked with a powerful

Snow’s has worked to keep up with

— spices float to the top. It’s my fa-

cracked pepper rub. Try the 100-

demand. Sweet “Miss Tootsie”

vorite. Long lines, busy at

percent beef jalapeño sausage in its

Tomanetz, who turned 76 last month,

lunchtime; well worth the wait;

pork casing for a Texas-sized kick.

has worked as a barbecue pit master

closed Sundays.

Smoking meats here since 2003.

for 45 years and is there every day. SANANTONIOMAN.COM




Dare to Repair

For 50 years, Johnnie Chouke has been providing do-it-yourselfers tips and advice on home improvement and repairs. He owns Johnnie Chouke's Home & Hardware and can be found online at and is on the radio Saturday mornings on KKYX from 11 to 12.

SounD ADvIcE, IDEAS, TIpS, ToolS & MoRE smelly

This Old

House Question:

I am in desperate need of ad-

vice for an ongoing and embarrassing problem in our home. For the last few years we have been experiencing the smell of sewage in our home. It permeates throughout the whole house. There is no rhyme or reason to when it will occur. We had one a/c person tell us sometimes you will have an odor if your drain pan is dry, not the issue. We also had a plumber tell us that it could be coming from the tub drain. We plug the drain when not in use but it still occurs. This problem could

Using ceiling fans to cool your home and cut down energy cost Now we are living with temperatures in the 100’s, and we are cranking up the A/C trying to stay cool. So I thought I would talk to you about ceiling fans. There is one thing that is most important about purchasing a ceiling fan, and that’s “wind chill.” You know what that is — when you go outside during the fall and winter and the temperature is “40 degrees,” but with the wind chill it feels like “32 degrees.” Not so good in the winter but when you are talking about ceiling fans, and 95-degree weather — wind chill is important. When shopping for a ceiling fan, how do you know which ceiling fan provides the “wind chill” that makes you feel “72 degrees” cool instead of “80 degrees” warm? It’s the one with the most tilt of the blade, which pushes more air. The ceiling fans that I always buy for my customers are Regency Ceiling Fans. The most economical fan that they have sells for under $50 and has a 12-degree pitch on the blade. They have some fans that have a 16-degree pitch on the blade with a 60-inch spread to keep even the biggest rooms cool. And are they quiet? Yes. They have triple capacitors. What is that? It’s what keeps a fan from making that annoying click, click, click sound that can keep you from sleeping. Most fans have just two capacitors and in the long run make noise. But Regency takes it a step further and provides three, therefore being the quietest fan you will ever own. They have a lifetime warranty on the motor. And they need an excellent motor when pushing those big blades with the extra tilt that provides the wind chill that keeps you cool. And they have beautiful fans, all colors and blade types. So whether you want a ceiling fan for just the laundry room, or a double fan for a big living room, Regency Ceiling Fans will have the fan for you.



happen one to two times a week and then there is nothing for months. We very rarely can have people over because we don’t know when it will start up again.


It’s the vent pipes on the roof

that are stopped up. That in combination with a strong wind will divert a lot of the sewer gas into the house. All you will need to do is get someone to get on the roof and take your garden hose and run water down each roof vent.

Silicone Implants Question:

I have silicone caulking around

my tub that is so ugly — it’s always mildewed. So how can I remove it?


Remove it with a product called

DeSolvIt (dissolve it). Just spray it around the caulking and then it will just lift off. Then use a caulking called Poly Seam Seal. It won’t mildew and it’s an adhesive also. So if one of the tiles came off — put it back on the Poly Seam Seal.





Whither Spurs? Some Say the beSt DayS oF the DynaSty aRe behinD them

After the San Antonio Spurs finished first in

Father Time is working against the Spurs.

many expected more of the same excellence

This season, Tim Duncan is 35, and Manu Gino-

that has become San Antonio’s calling card.

bili is 33. Even Tony Parker, at age 29, isn’t get-

After all, since Tim Duncan’s arrival in 1997, the Spurs have not missed the playoffs and

In the sport of basketball, when a team can put only five players on the floor at once, the team

times. During that stretch, the team has won at

with the best player is going to win more often

least 50 games every year, an impressive feat.

than not. We saw that when Tim Duncan was

The Spurs franchise is a real-life “Energizer

staking his claim as one of the greatest power for-

Bunny” — the boys in silver just kept winning

wards of all time to the tune of four rings, and

and winning, year in and year out. And with the

we’re seeing it now that Duncan’s odometer has

No. 1 seed in the 2011 playoffs, there was rea-

surpassed over 1,000 career games.

son to hope that the Spurs could secure a fifth championship.

That’s a lot of bumps and bruises over the years, and Duncan, while still the paragon of consistency, cannot produce at the same level

and the upstart Memphis Grizzlies stepped in

he once did. The Spurs’ superstar isn’t playing

and shocked San Antonio in six games. The first

like a superstar anymore, and no one appears

round exit gave the Spurs plenty of time to sit at

capable of shouldering the load.

home and ponder the question that begs asking: Is San Antonio’s dynasty ending? On the one hand, it’s hard not to look at the

And yet, the fact of the matter is that critics have been predicting the demise of the Spurs for years now. Search for “Spurs dynasty over”

writing on the wall. In its last three seasons, the

on Google, and you will find that Internet pun-

team hasn’t made it past the second round. And

dits have been asking that question since

despite another dominant regular season, it

2008, one year after the Spurs won the NBA

would be inaccurate to call Memphis’ playoff


victory a true upset. Yes, it was a top seed get-


ting any younger.

have hoisted the Larry O’Brien Trophy four

Of course, that was all before Zach Randolph


simply can’t contend with anymore.

the Western Conference with a 61-21 record,

In every season since, people have pre-

ting knocked off, but the Grizzlies played with

dicted that the Spurs’ age will catch up, and

the type of speed and athleticism that the Spurs

they will fail to withstand the rigors of the


league’s 82-game season. And yet, every year the team wins 50 games and secures one of the top seeds in the Western Conference. And

What aboUt neXt SeaSon?

maybe Duncan can’t elevate like he used to, but there might not be a better leader or more intelligent player in the game right now. The big three of Duncan, Ginobili and Parker have played together under coach Gregg Popovich for so long that they operate as a well-oiled machine. The front office consistently finds bargain role players to support the franchise. To an extent, winning is in San Antonio’s DNA. They’ve done it so many times that they know exactly what it takes to contend for championships. Is the Spurs dynasty over, or can one of the winningest franchises of the 21st century continue to pile on victories and trophies? As the NBA enters a new era featuring talented young teams in Miami, Oklahoma City and Chicago, the Spurs may be relegated to the back seat. However, don’t call the coroner just yet, because there are still signs of life in San Antonio.

The NBA season is in danger of being canceled, and neither the owners nor the Players Association seems close to being satisfied with the current ongoing negotiations. At 12:01 on July 1, the owners locked out the players for the foreseeable future. The ownership groups are rightfully concerned about the $340 million in losses that the league sustained last year — 22 of the league’s 30 teams lost money last sea-

carious position because, surprisingly, many players live paycheck to paycheck. The league will continue to pay the players until November, and after that the players’ union will begin to feel the squeeze. Deron Williams, an elite point guard with the Nets, is playing in Turkey as a way to stay in shape while also continuing to make money. While European teams certainly pay less than the NBA, many fans abroad sali-

son, while many players received bloated contracts. Any league in which Baron Davis and Carlos Boozer make more than Kevin Durant and Steve Nash is a broken league indeed. While the league claims to be overpaying players and losing money, the players feel like too much control is being wrested away. In addition to slashing salaries, the owners want shorter guaranteed contracts and a greater revenue share. With the two sides seemingly at a stalemate, several experts have predicted that the lockout will last much if not all of the 20112012 season. This puts many players in a pre-

vate over the prospect of watching Americans play ball. Because of the degree to which the league’s financial system is broken, the ownership groups have deemed the lockout necessary. The current system is hemorrhaging money at a rate that is alarming, given that the league just finished one of its most successful seasons in years. It really is a shame. In an era when the NBA has never had more marketable stars, compelling storylines and television viewers, the league might be killing off the goose that has been laying golden eggs by canceling an entire season.






DAYTRIPPER Enchanted Rock State Natural Area Growing up, I had a faint and distant memory of a hike. If you had asked me where I was exactly,

day and night in the Hill Country. As

dome exposed by erosion). It’s

for the dancing lights … your guess

have been no help. But what I did

part of a peculiar geological region

is as good as mine. But I can attest

know with crystal clarity was that I

in Texas known as the Llano Uplift,

firsthand as to being somewhat en-

had hiked up a rock with my family,

formed millions of years ago when

chanted by the rock.

the rock was BIG, and the rock

rock that should be thousands of

was PINK. That’s all I remembered.

feet below the surface pushed its

Had I dreamed it up? I wasn’t

way up through the Texas lime-

Recently I journeyed back to

sure. After all, big pink rocks aren’t

stone. Enchanted Rock is by far

the park with a couple of friends

exactly something folks encounter

the Uplift’s most impressive work,

and one purpose — to hike to the

in their day-to-day lives.

although smaller granite forma-

summit. Before we hit the park

tions lie all over the area.

gate, I could feel the presence of


People often ask me my fa-

The summit

the rock in the distance beckoning

day trip to Enchanted Rock. As

vorite spot in Texas, and En-

me like an old friend and calling

soon as I laid eyes on the massive

chanted Rock always comes up.

me skyward. By the time we had

granite dome in all of its BIG PINK

The only way I can describe it to

paid the park fee, parked the car,

glory, it all came rushing back in

folks who haven’t seen it is to say

packed our packs and filled our

one giant “I’ve-been-here-before”

it’s like a Martian planet, chopped

water bottles (yes, plural), I was

moment. Climbing up the rock that

in half and plopped down in the

downright giddy with excitement.

day made it obvious why En-

Texas Hill Country. It’s that unique

chanted Rock made such an im-

and stands 425 feet above its sur-

started on a trail that is part of a

pression on me as a young child. It

roundings — a 425-foot rise that I

loose network of trails and dry

is unlike anything else I’ve ever

could climb again and again.

creek beds marked Summit Trail.

it makes for the perfect day trip.


of temperature differences between

asked me how old I was, I would

seen, which is one of the reasons

Bring sunscreen — it’s hot.

panding and contracting because

Enchanted Rock is officially a “batholith” (translated: a rock

of friends and I headed out on a

Drink water — lots of it.

likely the different layers of rock ex-

you can get to stay in your lane.

I couldn’t have told you. If you had

Years later in college, a couple

Start early (beat the heat, and get a spot as the park can hit max capacity before noon).

the horizon, you’ll need all the help

But besides its natural history,

Our trip, like all trips to the top,

Regardless of which one you

Enchanted Rock has an incredible

travel, it will lead to a point where

human history reaching back an

the dusty Texas ground stops and

estimated 11,000 years, when hu-

the giant granite slope begins.

mans first encountered the rock.

The first half of the climb is

Enchanted Rock State Natural

Legend says that the Native Ameri-

sparsely decorated with boulders

Area about 18 miles north of Fred-

cans in the area first attributed “en-

and scrubby cedars growing out of

ericksburg, or a total of about 90

chanting” powers to Enchanted

the granite. As we continued the

miles from downtown San Antonio.

Rock as they recorded seeing

climb, the trail transitioned into

As you make your way up F.M.

dancing lights atop the rock at

one smooth pink incline that

965, make sure you are holding

night and heard unexplainable

seemingly never ends and simply

the wheel with both hands be-

noises. Modern science has ex-

goes on and on as it curves into

cause when the dome appears on

plained that the noises were most

the blue Texas sky.

The rock The rock itself sits inside of the

Reaching the top was — and always is — exhilarating. No matter how many times I climb the rock, it leaves me breathless. In truth, it’s probably because I just climbed 425 feet of elevation, but it’s also that the sweeping Hill Country views are incredible. As a word of advice, don’t just climb the rock to climb back down again. Take a moment, and take it all in. The cave On this day, once we had officially summitted the rock, caught our

selves near the bottom of

down the backside to an adventure just as exciting as the summit but to-

the backside, with little

tally different — the Enchanted Rock Cave (insert legal disclaimer about

choice but to hike up again,

folks with heart conditions, pregnant women, anyone scared of the dark

and then go down the way

and lap dogs).

we came up.

On a previous trip, I made the mistake of blindly taking my wife


the cave, we found our-

breaths and taken in the view, we kept walking, right over the top and

On a previous trip, I made the mistake of blindly taking my wife through the cave

By the time we got back

without a flashlight.

through the cave without a flashlight. NOT A GOOD IDEA. As with most

to the car, we were ex-

caves, it is dark inside, as in can’t-see-your-hand-an-inch-from-your-face

hausted. We closed the car,

dark. So make sure you have some sort of light, any light, because the

cranked the AC and

cave is no jungle gym, although it does take the same sort of body con-

slouched deep into our seats — each of us with that undeniable smirk of

tortions and gymnastic acrobatics.

accomplishment as we looked out at the rock through the windows.


We found the opening hidden between a couple of bus-sized boulders and marked only with a single spray-painted arrow, which we blindly trusted as we squeezed through an opening in the rock. The park rangers

The park A hike to the summit will undoubtedly leave you drained. But if you

can give you a cave map full of squiggly lines and arrows, but it makes

are a super hero or have more days, there’s much more to do within the

no sense until you are fully involved and past the point of no return.

park’s 1643.5-acre chunk of Hill Country heaven, including hiking,

The cave ranged from moderately spacey to just wide enough for one

overnight camping and rock climbing. I highly recommend the climbs at

human body to pinch through. And just when we were convinced we

Turkey Peak, a smaller formation just east of the rock. If you are really in-

were lost, a faint crack of daylight appeared. The small beam of hope

terested in climbing, there are dozens of routes mapped out for climbers

slowly grew until we found ourselves free from the depths of the cave. I

of all skill levels and styles.

had never been so happy to be back in the Texas sunshine. As we exited

Since my first trip as a child, I’ve had visions of Enchanted Rock in my head, and every time I go back, they become more vivid and more engrained in my memory. It truly is an incredible place, and if you live within a day’s reach, you need to make plans to visit ... like tomorrow.

Food There is no food inside the park, so I recommend bringing a sack lunch, but after try Fredericksburg Brewing Co., a great restaurant and Photo by Fredericksburg Brewing Company

brewpub offering German classics and brews to celebrate a successful summit expedition of Enchanted Rock.

Tune into The Daytripper on your local PBS station, or visit







2011 GMC SIERRA HD DENALI 2500 4WD CREW CAB Every time I think GM has hit the top with their trucks, they prove me wrong. The 2011 Sierra HD is designed from the

The 2011 GMC Sierra HD Denali is part work truck and part corner office. It gives you all the power and performance of a 2500HD, plus the ultimate in premium materials and technology. It’s a smooth ride for a 2500 truck and has more power than the average person will ever need.

ground up to provide beefed-up towing and payload capacities without compromising the outstanding ride and handling. In addition, noise, vibration and harshness are reduced significantly. This is the first time GMC has offered a luxury loaded Denali version of its Sierra Heavy Duty. The Denali package is all appearance with a chrome grille, chrome aluminum trim, body-col-

cab standard box configuration, which allows

ored bumpers, chrome accents and door handles

payloads of up to 2,959 pounds and a maxi-

and your choice of 18- or 20-inch polished alu-

mum tow rating of 15,600 pounds with a fifth-

minum wheels.

wheel hitch. It comes in three colors — white, stealth gray and black.

The interior offers standard power-ad-



The test truck I drove was black-on-black

justable pedals and seats, a Bose sound system

with lots of chrome. It also had the Duramax

and brushed aluminum trim. For options you

6.6 liter engine with the horsepower for 2011 in-

can get heated and cooled seats and a heated

creased to an industry-high 397. The Duramax

steering wheel. The Denali package is available

comes with a 100,000-mile warranty, but the

only on the four-wheel-drive 2500 series crew

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BOY moves! This year’s engine has been modified enough to squeeze out 11-percent better fuel economy. It’s also capable of running on B20 biodiesel. Amazingly, this truck will go from 0 to 60 in less than 9 seconds. Car and Driver magazine tested the truck and concluded that the 7,560-pound truck is quicker than the first Chevy Camaro they ever tested and capable of hauling most of a Camaro in the bed or towing four behind it on a trailer. All of this is achieved through the 6-speed Allison Automatic Transmission, which keeps the Duramax spinning at the absolute peak of its power band while shifting with relative smoothness. Most of the Sierra driving experience is pleasant. The steering is comfortable so as not to cause concerns about stability with a trailer in tow, and the brake pedal feels firm and communicative for actuating a system responsible for hauling 10 tons. The smart exhaust is integrated with the cruise control, and it will hold the truck to the desired speed without having to ride the brake pedal.

Another great feature on the new Sierras is Autonet Mobile, which turns the HD pickup into a mobile hotspot and provides multiple users with secure Internet access inside and up to a 150-foot radius around the truck. It’s also cheaper and easier to use than the Ford Work Solutions since you use your own laptop. Now if your crew is spending too much time in or near the truck, you might check to see what they’re downloading off the Internet. If your life doesn’t have enough technology yet, check out the Bluetooth for your phone, which is wired into the sound system, allowing hands-free calling; a Bose audio system with premium speakers and a subwoofer; On Star Directions & Connections plan; XM Navtraffic; XM Radio; and rear seat entertainment package with DVD player and two sets of wireless headphones. If you are over 50, just turn on the AM radio and keep your OnStar paid up, and they’ll tell you everything you need to know. Safety features are getting to be pretty standard on all makes today. The Sierra includes air bags with front driver and passenger single stage; head curtain side-impact; front outboard seating positions with rollover sensor; seat-mounted, side-impact for thorax and pelvic protection; plus daytime running lights and tire pressure monitoring system. 62



MEN ON THE MOVE 1. KIP COFIELD has joined the team at TexStar National Bank as executive vice president and branch president of the McAllister Plaza location. With 25 years of banking experience in San Antonio as a top producer, Cofield’s expertise in business banking and lending, along with his customer relationship-building skills, make him a great fit for TexStar. 2. LEWIS GREENBERG, MD, MHA, has joined Baptist Health System as vice president of physician integration. He brings a valuable combination of medical experience as an internal medicine physician and proven administrative leadership. He will lead the development of policies and services that will allow Baptist Health System to provide the necessary continuum of care to patients. 3. HARVEY HARTENSTINE has been named Broadway Bank Group executive vice president and will continue to lead the Private Banking Division. Additionally, he will manage bank-wide business development initiatives across all lines of business. He joined in 1992 as a commercial loan officer and has held various positions, including middle market lender, small business manager and EVP-private client services. 4. KEN HERRING has been promoted to Broadway Bank senior vice president III, Private Banking Division. Herring joined the bank in 2006 as senior vice president with over 32 years of banking experience.

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5. JIMMY JUNKIN has been named executive vice president of Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union. Junkin began his career there in 1993 and most recently has served the credit union as senior vice president of finance. In his new position, Junkin will supervise both finance and information systems.

6. JORGE RODRIGUEZ has joined the Grubb & Ellis San Antonio office as an associate. His focus is on international/ Latin American investment transactions. Previously, he served as a sports director/anchor for the Spanish language television network Univision, covering some of the most important soccer leagues in Mexico and the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Rodriguez has also served as a country director for Global Works. 7. JOHN KELLY RandolphBrooks Federal Credit Union has named John Kelly executive vice president. Kelly will supervise planning, market development and branch operations, continuing the cohesive integration of technology into the credit union's member service efforts. Kelly, a 16-year member of the RBFCU team, currently leads the construction efforts on the credit union's administrative service center. 8. MARK SEKULA has been named Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union executive vice president/chief lending officer. For 10 years, Sekula has supervised several lending functions within RBFCU, including business services and consumer lending. In his new position, he will lead these departments, as well as overseeing collections and mortgage lending. 9. ART VEGA Broadway Bank has named Art Vega senior vice president, Private Banking Division. Vega was hired in 2003 as vice president and came with extensive banking experience. 10. ROBERT ZEARFOSS As newly named executive vice president with Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union, Robert Zearfoss will now oversee all credit union service operations, including Randolph-Brooks Services Group, the credit union's investment and financial planning team. Zearfoss, who has been with RBFCU since 1991, previously led the mortgage team.



In Distill of the Night A drink (and drinking game) for San Antonio

Despite what the league of Absolutely Restrictive Dietitians (lARD) says, there are really only two basic food groups: things I like and things I don’t. The “things I like” group includes just about anything other than beets.

One of the primary subgroups of “things I like,” along with “things that are chocolate” and “things that are fried,” is “things that are liquor.” And now, like everyone else in San Antonio, I have three local distilleries to which I hereby pledge allegiance. Ranger Creek is making bourbon and beer. Rebecca Creek is making whiskey and vodka. And Azar Distilling is making vodka and nothing. I’m on board even though Azar may be breaking some ancient distiller’s code by not having the word Creek in its name or making a secondary spirit. Flavor nuances are pretty much wasted on me. I can’t tell bourbon from whiskey, gin from dishwater or vodka from whatever it is vodka’s supposed to taste like. Someone once actually tried to make me understand the difference between hickory-smoked and mesquitesmoked barbecue. That’s 5 minutes of my life I’ll never get back. It’s meat, it’s smoky, and it comes with beans. What more do I need to know? But the point is I like liquor. And while the local booze-apalooza puts San Antonio squarely among the country’s leading liquor-producing cities (take that, Lynchburg, Tenn., and Clermont, Ky.), it leaves us with an embarrassing lack of Texas-themed cocktails. And the clock is ticking. The Bexarbased (it’s amazing how impor66


tant an “x” can be) beer and vodka are available now. And it’s only a matter of time before the casks of bourbon and whiskey are ready to be tapped. We’re running with the big dogs now. Walnut Shade, Mo., isn’t going to dial back its distilling behemoth just because we can’t keep up. The situation clearly calls for a trendysounding beverage that reflects San Antonio’s unique culture, its Western roots, its romantic charm. And it needs to look good stenciled on a cheap plastic mug. are we to be humiliated at garage sales throughout Wadmalaw, S.C., filled with ill-advised souvenirs emblazoned “i went all the way to San antonio to drink something i could have gotten within blocks of my house”? Can’t you just picture the mayor of Maxwelton, W.Va., snickering through his tooth? It’s a sobering thought, which is just the sort of disaster we’re trying to avoid. There are some distinctive, albeit deceptive, drinks out there such as the Dirty Martini (which, surprisingly, contains no actual dirt), the Purple Squirrel (no squirrel) and the Peach Melba (no melba). OK, that last one may not technically be a drink, but you get the idea. San Antonio needs a signature cocktail. Obvious options include:

The Alamojito — Jalapenoinfused bourbon and lime juice poured over chilled limestone chips with a sprig of mesquite garnishing. The Bull Buster — Mellow rawhide-aged whiskey served in a hollow Hereford horn. Sprinkle with white-tailed deer hairs (optional). The Sopapilla Shooter — Bite-sized fried dough nuggets filled with equal parts honey and vodka. An apéritif. Then there’s the question of an official San Antonio drinking game. Again, there are a few classics, none of which accurately portrays the Alamo City. Beer pong? What is this, college? Liar’s poker? How is that different from regular poker? Death by monkey? Fun but lethal. (Hard on the monkey too.) No. This is San Antonio, gateway to Helotes, diabetes capital of North America. We deserve our own mindless, alcohol-related method of public humiliation. Something that shouts, or at least slurs, “I’ve been to San Antonio … probably.” Clearly, the only logical choice is “Honk the Javelina.” Admittedly, this is a derivation. The original version was “Honk the Hyena,” which, depending on

capitalization, was either a desert culture rite of passage or a children’s book. “Honk” is a solo sport. Each player takes a turn in which he or she is blindfolded, given a pair of salad tongs and encouraged by the other participants to “honk the javelina.” Points (drinks) are awarded (imposed) based on the everchanging definitions of both “honk” and “javelina.” There are non-contact, self-contact and litigious-contact versions.

this is it, San antonio. it’s time to step up, to take our partying to the next level. With enough commitment and aspirin, we can be the Rehoboth beach, Del., of the South. no one ever said it was going to be easy to be queasy. the first round’s on me.

San Antonio Man August/September 2011  

Men's Magazine

San Antonio Man August/September 2011  

Men's Magazine