November 11, 2015

Saytown Texts: 28 Puro Emojis That Describe Life In San Antonio

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The Emoji Issue
Though we’d never advocate completely scrapping a traditional alphabet in place of Unicode’s emoji keyboard, we can admit the shorthand smileys and the miscellaneous genres they come in help capture situations you can’t quite put into words.
But while a quick thumbs up, goofy ghost, or wink-y face can convey plenty of universally understood messages (eggplant emoji, anyone?), be it through text or Snapchat, it’s hard to communicate the intricacies and nuances of life in SA with the latest Unicode update. It needs a little Saytown flair — how else are you going to express Fiesta is but a few weeks away, or that the neighborhood pack of strays chased you on your way home? We’ve designed a new set of emojis to help describe San Antonio life with more ease. Don’t see something integral to the 210 experience? Feel free to let us know what we missed.

The Emoji Issue

Though we’d never advocate completely scrapping a traditional alphabet in place of Unicode’s emoji keyboard, we can admit the shorthand smileys and the miscellaneous genres they come in help capture situations you can’t quite put into words.

But while a quick thumbs up, goofy ghost, or wink-y face can convey plenty of universally understood messages (eggplant emoji, anyone?), be it through text or Snapchat, it’s hard to communicate the intricacies and nuances of life in SA with the latest Unicode update. It needs a little Saytown flair — how else are you going to express Fiesta is but a few weeks away, or that the neighborhood pack of strays chased you on your way home? We’ve designed a new set of emojis to help describe San Antonio life with more ease. Don’t see something integral to the 210 experience? Feel free to let us know what we missed.

Big Red and Barbacoa
When to use it: Anywhere! Anytime! ALL THE TIME!!! (Or, for the less puro reader, Saturday and/or Sunday morning when your head is splitting and you feel like you’re about to call the dinosaurs (ralph, upchuck, spew, vom-up, etc.). To combat said spewage, Friday or Saturday evening is also an opportune time for this emoji.

Big Red and Barbacoa

When to use it:
Anywhere! Anytime! ALL THE TIME!!! (Or, for the less puro reader, Saturday and/or Sunday morning when your head is splitting and you feel like you’re about to call the dinosaurs (ralph, upchuck, spew, vom-up, etc.). To combat said spewage, Friday or Saturday evening is also an opportune time for this emoji.

Stray Dog
When to use it: The San Antonio Humane Society estimates that 150,000 stray animals wander the streets of the Alamo City. Employ this emoji when one canine member of that army decides to chase you on your bike for a few streets, causing detours and delays. Or, when an orphan dog does something oddly human, like looks both ways before crossing the street. Or, when you see an adorable pup roaming around that you just have to take in.

Stray Dog

When to use it:
The San Antonio Humane Society estimates that 150,000 stray animals wander the streets of the Alamo City. Employ this emoji when one canine member of that army decides to chase you on your bike for a few streets, causing detours and delays. Or, when an orphan dog does something oddly human, like looks both ways before crossing the street. Or, when you see an adorable pup roaming around that you just have to take in.

Ram Ayala
When to use it: Punk icon, foul-mouth and Taco Land owner Ram Ayala is gone and, in some ways, so is the San Antonio he occupied. When complaining about double-digit drink prices in the Pearl, when you’re about to do some punk-rock shit, when you pour several different liquors in the same bottle and call it “The Baby”, when you absolutely have to call someone a pussy, give the Ram finger.

Ram Ayala

When to use it:
Punk icon, foul-mouth and Taco Land owner Ram Ayala is gone and, in some ways, so is the San Antonio he occupied. When complaining about double-digit drink prices in the Pearl, when you’re about to do some punk-rock shit, when you pour several different liquors in the same bottle and call it “The Baby”, when you absolutely have to call someone a pussy, give the Ram finger.

Topo Chico & Jarritos
When to use it: The CDC reported this year that binge-drinking and hangovers cost companies about $807 per employee. It’s no stretch to say that the entire San Anto economy would collapse if not for the bubbly kiss of Topo Chico, the ultimate resaca cure. In a rainbow of flavors, Jarritos makes for a lovely taco pairing. From guava to tamarind, drink it over plenty of ice. Use it when you’re hungover and need some Topo relief. Use it when you crave a too-sweet pineapple Jarritos with that al pastor. Use it when there’s a fresh pack in the fridge and all is right in the world.

Topo Chico & Jarritos

When to use it:
The CDC reported this year that binge-drinking and hangovers cost companies about $807 per employee. It’s no stretch to say that the entire San Anto economy would collapse if not for the bubbly kiss of Topo Chico, the ultimate resaca cure. In a rainbow of flavors, Jarritos makes for a lovely taco pairing. From guava to tamarind, drink it over plenty of ice. Use it when you’re hungover and need some Topo relief. Use it when you crave a too-sweet pineapple Jarritos with that al pastor. Use it when there’s a fresh pack in the fridge and all is right in the world.

Selena
When to use it: Every fucking day. We know the tejano queen is from Corpus Christi. But Selena is woven into San Antonio’s cultural fabric so intricately that if we took her out, the whole civic operation might fall apart. Get Selena into the text chain for those annual viewings of the biopic, which launched J. Lo’s career. Or, when you’re rolling through the neighborhood with the windows down flexing to “Amor Prohibido.” Ultimately, the catchphrase from the movie applies to the emoji’s use: “Anything for Selenas.”

Selena

When to use it:
Every fucking day. We know the tejano queen is from Corpus Christi. But Selena is woven into San Antonio’s cultural fabric so intricately that if we took her out, the whole civic operation might fall apart. Get Selena into the text chain for those annual viewings of the biopic, which launched J. Lo’s career. Or, when you’re rolling through the neighborhood with the windows down flexing to “Amor Prohibido.” Ultimately, the catchphrase from the movie applies to the emoji’s use: “Anything for Selenas.”

Lone Star Can
When to use it: A staple of happy hours all over town, the 16-ounce can of cheap beer is ubiquitous in the Alamo City. From backyard barbecues to watching the Spurs (hopefully) steamroll their way through the season, this emoji will come in handy for all those parties, concerts and sporting events that San Antonians hold dear.

Lone Star Can

When to use it:
A staple of happy hours all over town, the 16-ounce can of cheap beer is ubiquitous in the Alamo City. From backyard barbecues to watching the Spurs (hopefully) steamroll their way through the season, this emoji will come in handy for all those parties, concerts and sporting events that San Antonians hold dear.

River Barge
When to use it: With the additions of the Mission Reach and Museum Reach, locals can play on the river while avoiding a tourist-saturated River Walk. However, when family or friends who have never enjoyed the San Antonio River as it snakes through downtown visit, a ride on a barge manned by Rio San Antonio Cruises is typically on the to-do list. Use this emoji for anything River Walk-related.

River Barge

When to use it:
With the additions of the Mission Reach and Museum Reach, locals can play on the river while avoiding a tourist-saturated River Walk. However, when family or friends who have never enjoyed the San Antonio River as it snakes through downtown visit, a ride on a barge manned by Rio San Antonio Cruises is typically on the to-do list. Use this emoji for anything River Walk-related.

Spurs "Fiesta" Logo
When to use it: Used by the San Antonio Spurs from 1990 to 2002, the tricolored logo bid farewell to superstar David “The Admiral” Robinson and ushered in the era of the phenomenal Virgin Islander Tim Duncan. Its usage is a natural one, anytime there is anything Spurs-related use this throwback logo to show how true your love for one of the NBA’s greatest-ever teams is.

Spurs "Fiesta" Logo

When to use it:
Used by the San Antonio Spurs from 1990 to 2002, the tricolored logo bid farewell to superstar David “The Admiral” Robinson and ushered in the era of the phenomenal Virgin Islander Tim Duncan. Its usage is a natural one, anytime there is anything Spurs-related use this throwback logo to show how true your love for one of the NBA’s greatest-ever teams is.

Cedar
When to use it: You know exactly when to use this one — nearly every damn day during cedar season. Central Texas’ “cedar fever” is as regular as heat is normal. Nearly everyone suffers, from itchy and scratchy eyes to an ever-flowing amount of nose-goo that costs you an exorbitant amount in tissue expenses each year. There is no escape from this fine yellow pollen, so anytime you need to communicate how much allergies suck via an emoji (because you can’t talk through the sneezing), this one’s for you.

Cedar

When to use it:
You know exactly when to use this one — nearly every damn day during cedar season. Central Texas’ “cedar fever” is as regular as heat is normal. Nearly everyone suffers, from itchy and scratchy eyes to an ever-flowing amount of nose-goo that costs you an exorbitant amount in tissue expenses each year. There is no escape from this fine yellow pollen, so anytime you need to communicate how much allergies suck via an emoji (because you can’t talk through the sneezing), this one’s for you.