Sometimes we get over think gifts.  I know I do.  I like to think that I’m pretty damn good at gifts but I often times get too caught up in finding the perfect thing for someone and forget that the best kind of gifts are the kind you can keep forever.  Memories.  The memories you make with someone you love are yours always.  No one can take them from you and for the most part you don’t have to worry about losing them or breaking them.  This year Doc took me on a trip for my birthday to stay at a haunted hotel in San Antonio and it was so much fun! That place is always a good time, birthday or not.  We saw a show at a bar called Bonds 007 and I have to say at first I was not looking forward to it but by the end of the night I had so many good videos of Doc dancing around in the mosh pit it was awesome! It was a tribute band show, there was an AC/DC tribute band, Pantera tribute band and I think the other one was a Slayer tribute band.  It was a good time and a really cool bar.  The only thing that was disappointing was the place we at on the River Walk.  We were both really looking forward to some good Mexican food but the place we found was no good at all.  If you want to know the name of the restraunt so that you know to steer clean let me know, I don’t want to post it here out of respect.

The hotel wasn’t haunted by the way but it was amazingly beautiful.  It looked and smelled exactly how it should.  Everything about the Menger Hotel in San Antonio was perfect…we aside from the water in the shower drastically changing temperatures every 15 seconds.  The Menger was built in 1859 by William Menger, a man whose brewery was doing so well that he thought his patrons might appreciate a place to say after getting all snockered. Turns out, they did and the hotel was a huge hit.  The haunted part comes partially from the story of a chambermaid that worked there in the late 1800’s.  Sallie White, a hotel worker, is said to have gotten into a fight one night with her husband the results in her staying the night at the hotel.  The next day the husband threatens to killer and then on March 28th, 1876, he attacks her inside the hotel.  She held on for two days after the assault but eventually succumbs to her injuries.  According to the hotel’s ledgers, it paid for her funeral at a cost of $32.  Nowadays Sallie can still be found performing her duties in the Victorian wing of the hotel.  She’s been seen numerous times in a long gray skirt and a bandana around her forehead.  The hotel is lovely but we didn’t see any apparitions, however she’s not the only ghost the hotel is said to have and there have been many reports of sightings so you just never know.


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