Did you know that this is the time of year the City drains the River Walk, to clean it up?
It is. If you have friends who are thinking of visiting San Antonio in the winter, tell them not to bother in early January. Tell them not to bother, that is, if they are the type to like the River Walk and all its beauty.
Because it's not that pretty this time of year.
On the other hand, if your friends are the type to enjoy knowing how things work, to want to see what lurks behind the scenes that makes all the magic happen, then perhaps this is the perfect time of year. You can spy such things when the water is pulled away.
Of course, if they do come, tell them to be careful. It's awfully muddy on the bottom of the drained river, and we wouldn't want them to fall in and get dirty. And for Pete's sake don't drop your credit card. Even with the low water it's hard to get those things back.
But there are so many neat things to see. Such as old, sawed-down supports under the Crockett Street bridge, which I think -- though by no means am I sure -- might have once held up a lower bridge that was replaced. Now they are forever forgotten, except for a few days in January.
Then tell your friends, Don't worry. Come anytime, really. The water will be back soon, and so will the fine weather. And all the tourists, and all the ducks, and all the reasons to drink up and have a good time.
Just make sure you drink one for me.