Showing posts from 2015


Back around this time of year in 2011 (Wasn't that, like, yesterday?), Mr. Beers and I were planning our annual pilgrimage to New York City. We've been going to the city for Christmas for quite a while, so this wasn't anything new. What was new was that the state of New York, earlier in the year, had decided that it was okay for people to marry whomever they loved. Mr. Beers and I started talking about the possibility of getting married on this particular trip. We shared our feelings about this with a few people. Those feelings were mostly feelings of uncertainty since getting married had never seemed like anything that would really be feasible for us. We thought about it and talked about it and researched it and found out enough to think that we might actually be able to do it. Still there were rather loud voices in our heads telling us that it might not happen - that somebody would say, "Wait a minute. You can't do that." You see, since it had never been p…

The Shift

Somewhere along life's long road up to where we are right now, we shifted gears. Our feelings about Christmas have changed quite a bit. We've moved on from first gear, I guess, when we used to take the catalog and circle all the things that we wished for Santa to bring for Christmas. We stopped making lists of what we hoped to see under our tree on the 25th of December. It was a long and gradual change.

These days we don't anticipate the arrival of Malibu Barbie in a shiny plastic Corvette nearly as much. Instead we look forward to things like Christmas cards with pictures of friends and family (Can you believe how he/she has grown?!). We get excited about having the opportunity to visit with dear friends at holiday parties (where, incidentally there has also been a gradual change as the years have gone by - more about the food, less about the cocktails).

The gifts are still there, and they're plentiful. But they aren't necessarily in a wrapped box with a ribbon. …

Nobody looked at a cell phone.

You can't tell it from this photo, but last night this table on our patio at home was full. It was full of people and delicious food and drinks and lively conversation and unbridled laughter. There was music playing in the background. There were nine of us at the table and not one had a cell phone out during the whole evening.

I lie. There was that one moment when Del snapped a cell phone photo with Putsy, but that was it.

We talked about everything - pop culture, music, theatre, movies, books, food, travel, family. We even talked about the things that you're not supposed to talk about: politics. religion. Even the Kardashian family came up in conversation - but just long enough for almost everyone to admit that none of us have seen an episode of their TV show. We didn't all agree completely on everything, but we had a great time.

There were a good number of Catholics at the table. There were a good number of Southern Baptists at the table. There were lots of great storie…

That Good Old Green Salsa & Really Nice People

Last week someone went on the W.D.Deli facebook page and left a negative review. You know if you're a business owner with a facebook page, anytime there's any activity on your page you get a notification. This particular time this particular person said something like, "This place used to be good. It's really gone downhill." We were concerned and perplexed. We're always concerned when someone is unhappy with their "deli experience." We want to figure out why and make things better. We were perplexed because when we looked at the review, and at who the reviewer was, we saw that it was someone who had been a regular customer at one time. We were also puzzled because there was no explanation of exactly what the reviewer thought has gone downhill. The food? The service? Our fashion choices? We responded to the reviewer, thanked them for the review, and asked if there was anything they thought we might do better. So far there's been no answer. We al…

A cup of coffee and a donut.

I can't help it. It happens every year about this time. Late September. Something happens. Maybe it's that first cool breeze, or the first few leaves that fall, but it happens. It happened this morning while I was walking dear Putsy in our neighborhood. It probably helps that our walking route includes a little stretch through the Trinity University campus here in San Antonio. And suddenly my mind and my heart briefly go back to a place and a time about thirty (or forty?) years ago.

I am back at Hendrix College. It is my junior or senior year. It's early in the morning. I am walking across that beautiful Conway, Arkansas, campus. I am walking alone, probably trying to figure out whether I am going to pass Dr. Fitch's Abnormal Psych class...

And then a smiling young woman appears at my side. It's Louie Mann. Always happy, chipper, perky as hell. She is wearing her uniform: A flannel shirt tucked into Levi's, her hair tied back in a bandana, and the Vasque boots …


Look at our deli manager. Isn't she gorgeous? You may or may not have met this lovely woman. But even if you have, there may be a few things you don't know about our Brandy.
1. She was born in San Antonio.
2. She spent her early childhood in Hawaii.
3. Her favorite place to visit (so far) is Las Vegas.

4. Her favorite color is purple.
5. Her favorite food is Mexican - specifically, menudo. "It's not just for breakfast!"
6. In high school, she was known to be an athlete - specifically, a basketball player.
7. One of her favorite people is a TURTLE. (You'll have to ask her.)

8. She has an extensive novelty sock collection.

The title of the post says ALL ABOUT BRANDY.  And, well, you know there are many layers to a person. And it's the same with Brandy. We are always learning things from and things about each other. What's not included in the 8 points about Brandy above are a few things like these:
Brandy is a caring, giving person. If you've known her for …


I know I already told you about Mr. Beers and I getting ordained to perform the wedding of our nephew in Tulsa, Oklahoma. And, of course, we were excited (honored) to be asked to do something like this. To officiate on such a special, important occasion. Yep, we were very excited to be asked. But we were even more excited on the day of the wedding. It was a day (a whole weekend, really) filled with LOVE.

LOVE. Love was ("literally," as the kids say) in the air. The love between the bride and groom, naturally. But also the LOVE that surrounded them. The love that surrounded all of us. There was something so special about that weekend. Mr. Beers and I got to Tulsa in time to attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, and it was evident from the moment we got there that everything was going to be not necessarily perfect, but very necessarily  wonderful.

Every part of the wedding weekend was special, and there were special moments within the moments. We enjoyed being with family…

It's only words.

The phone rang and Linda answered appropriately, "W. D. Deli. How may I help you?"

"I have a rather unusual request," the voice on the other end said.

"Uh, okay," Linda replied. "What can I help you with?"

"I live in Houston, but I was visiting San Antonio last week. While I was there I had lunch at W. D. Deli, and while I was at W. D. Deli I used the bathroom."


"And while I was in the bathroom, I saw a magnetic board with little word magnets on it."


"And while I was in the bathroom, I wrote a poem using those word magnets."

"How can I help you?"

"I was wondering if you could see if my poem is still on the magnetic board. If it is, would you please take a picture of it and text it to me."

"I'll see what I can do."

"Well, in case someone has changed it, let me tell you what it said. Maybe, if someone has changed it already, you can recreate it f…

Kayla's Breakfast Casserole

We just spent a wonderful weekend in LA. Lower Arkansas. We were there for a Lauterbach Family Reunion. My mom comes from a good size family - four brothers and three sisters. And everybody had some kids and those kids had some kids.  This weekend there were just over fifty of us at the Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center.

Being there with my mom and siblings was pretty great. Being there with aunts and uncles and cousins was icing on the cake - scrumptious cream cheese icing on a very sweet, rich, delicious cake. Somebody said family is like really good fudge - sweet with a few nuts. I have to agree. (I'm looking at you, Aunt Gail.) That's family. This group is pretty wonderful. I'm pretty sure that everybody had their stuff they're dealing with back home. And I'm pretty sure that we don't all agree on matters political. I know that we're all very different people who live very different lives. But anytime we get together, we all feel the same…

I married someone.

A couple months ago, our nephew in Tulsa contacted us about some upcoming nuptials. You see, Lauren Beers and Madison Tittle are getting married this Memorial Day weekend.  Lauren and Madison called to ask Mr. Beers and Mr. Bobo if we might consider officiating at their wedding.  Consider it?!  We were thrilled and honored to be asked.  We got busy checking out things online regarding what we might have to do to be able to marry someone. And you know what? It's surprisingly easy. All you have to do is find one of these online "churches" or services and sign up. In fact, the one we signed up on, Universal Life Church, has been used by tons of people, including more than a few celebrities. It cost us nothing to be "ordained." But if you want all the paperwork and stickers and an ID card, etc., it's about forty dollars. We were both more than a little surprised at how easy it was to become a minister in the Universal Life Church.

There's been so much said…


This April W.D.DELI will have been in operation for 25 years. How did that happen?! Where did the time go? It seems like not so long ago that Wayne Beers opened this sweet San Antonio eatery over on McCullough in Olmos Park. Seems like yesterday! But if you're anything like us, you can't believe how quickly time really flies, especially when you're having fun. And we've had lots and lots of fun.

We've had the most wonderful times at W.D.DELI - and only because of all the great people we've gotten to know along the way. Great - wonderful, talented, smart, beautiful - people who have worked with us, as well as the folks who were and are our customers. But not just those people. There are tons more that we've gotten to know along the way. People that worked in the businesses near the deli, people who were and are our vendors, the plumbers and electricians - all those people whom we have come in contact with in one way or another - People are what have made th…

Mr. Barry and My Very First Job

Earlier this week I learned that Mr. Barry Brown passed away. I read that he died at his home in Hope, Arkansas, at the age of 89.
Mr. Brown was my very first employer. When I was in the tenth grade, I got a job - with the help of the music director at our church - at Barry's Grocery. I wasn't quite sixteen, but Mr. Veatch told me it'd be okay, so I started working. At first, I was a bag boy and stocker. I did mostly grunt work, and I was happy to do it. I was making my own money that I could use toward buying a car, buying cheeseburgers at The Bobcat Drive-In, and all kinds of cool things.
Barry's Grocery was a great way to be introduced to the world of work. Previously, my only interactions with people had been through family, school, and church. Work was something altogether different. Though I was the new kid, and quite naive, I was treated kindly and with respect by all the people I worked with at Barry's. I have nothing but great memories of that experience. I …