March 29, 2010

Central campus dinner show, 2010

Collection of photos from the production of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” presented as a dinner show by San Jacinto College Central’s theatre and film department, Spring 2010. All photos by Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College Communications Coordinator.


March 19, 2010

Recent Floral Photos

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Hope you enjoy this random collection of floral pix I have taken recently.

March 17, 2010


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My everyday knock-about SAS shoes that are about 5 years old and have served me well over many a rugged hike.

57 Chevy at the SAS store

A sign inside the San Antonio Shoe factory states: “Our shoes are 60 years behind the times.” Browse around their website at SAS Shoes and you will see why they take pride in being “behind the times.” I recently took the tour of their main factory in San Antonio. The factory is a fascinating place. You get a guided tour and learn about every step of the shoe-making process.

SAS does not make their shoes like most other shoe-making firms. Machines are used in the process, but much of the work — especially the stitching — is done by hand. So, in a very real sense, the company is about 60 years behind the times.

But, because the employees do not rush through the process and put a lot of time and pride in their work, the finished product is a well-crafted work of skill and craftsmanship. You probably can tell that I really like SAS shoes. I have 5 pairs of SAS shoes. Got my first pair about 12 years ago. Still wear them, and they are still very comfortable (even if they are not what many would consider stylish or attractive).

So, if you’re ever in San Antonio, I recommend a visit to the original SAS factory store, which is located adjacent to the factory where their shoes and handbags are manufactured. And if you have the time, be sure to take a tour of the factory (the tour lasts about 45 minutes).

Vintage Buick located in the store

The factory store is an amazing place and well worth the trip even if you do not buy anything. In keeping with the company’s core value of old-fashioned craftsmanship, the store (and grounds around the store) have a definite nostalgic theme and motif.

I cannot share any photos of the SAS factory because photography is not allowed during the factory tours. However, photography is allowed in the nostalgic store located next to the factory. So, here’s a link to some of the pix of the store and grounds around the store that I took during my recent visit —

SAS Store Pix