Alamo Studies & 2010 HHD's Jan 6, 2010 22:13:26 GMT -5
Post by elcolorado on Jan 6, 2010 22:13:26 GMT -5
These debates may, at times, seem heated, especially to some of our newer members. I'd like to point out that, outside of this forum, many of us are friends and all of us are passionate about the Alamo. These testy debates are usually continued over rounds of drinks at various San Antonio watering holes over the March 6 holidays. I hope that everyone will continue to feel free to voice their opinions on this forum, and I hope even more that you'll join us some time in San Antonio. We'll even let you buy
I’d like to follow-up on what Jim posted in another thread because it is important to emphasize – we’re all friends, here. The drama that was acted out in the Alamo - almost 174 years ago – evokes passions the likes of which I’ve never seen or experienced. We, for whatever reason(s), find ourselves inexplicably drawn to the myths, legends, the tall tales, as well as the legitimate history that make up the Alamo story. It’s been said many times on this forum and I’ll repeat it once more – the meaning and the message of the Alamo is interpreted differently from person to person, its lessons are subjective. Diversity of opinion will be expressed, emotions may rise, and as Jim says, the discussions can become a little heated. It’s true. We may butt heads, scrape, scrap, bark, and even hiss. But when the smoke clears and the dust settles we always find ourselves right back where we started – as friends. And that’s the way it should be. We may have widely different viewpoints, but we’re still able to shake hands and revel in our commonality – a love for the Alamo. As Abraham Lincoln once said: “though passions may have strained, we must not let it break our bonds of affection.”
This is an outstanding forum…second to none in my opinion. One of the crowning achievements of Alamo Studies is the civility and respect we extend to each other; even when we’re short tempered and testy. The credit for this success must go to the moderators, Jim, Herb, and Tom, who do a superb job of keeping us all in line and never allowing things to spin out of control – no easy task.
As Jim mentioned in his post, High Holy Days (HHD’s) in San Antonio are fast approaching. If you’ve never been to the annual gathering in Bexar, you should weave whatever magic you can and attend the 2010 celebration. It’s a cross between a family reunion and a non-stop party. It’s just not possible to be bored, but exhaustion… ;D
So who can I expect to see in San Antonio this year?