Are we actually lame?
Depends on who you ask, and what their definition is, but if a city that celebrates its own history, supports its creative community, and embraces modesty is lame, then definitely. San Antonians have always made it a priority to preserve what keeps our city special -- and lameness is part of it all. It's supporting artists, musicians, local businesses, and the venues that back them. If this is lame, the lameness is worth celebrating. If the city is deemed lame by an SA critic and their attack is based on a lack of entertainment options or some other common, overused trope then the answer is probably no. How can a rapidly growing city with a blossoming art scene, and strong local bar and restaurant scenes be labeled lame?
Steps you can take to keep San Antonio lame
According to Forland, keeping San Antonio Lame is about supporting our local businesses, artists, and community. "Continuing education and civic engagement are also big themes that are never far from my mind. Staying well-informed, being able to think critically about the past, present and future of our city, and a willingness to acknowledge and discuss both the good and the bad are, to my mind, the keys to keeping things lame."
So San Antonians, wave your lame flag proudly. Support the San Antonio Missions. Shop at HEB. Love and/or hate the River Walk (just make sure your opinion is strong). Attend City Council meetings. Go Spurs Go. Proudly wear your Tim Duncan jersey. Eat at Datapoint, Paloma Blanca, Taco Cabana, and Bill Miller's. Support local music (D.T. Buffkin, Girl in a Coma, Lonely Horse). Avoid 410 like the plague. Keep making tacos that are better than Austin's. Party on the strip. Take a picture with Spurs Jesus. Collect as many Fiesta pins as humanly possible. Ask for an entire week off for Fiesta… every year.