One of the things I remember about Carlos is that he always wore really big shoes. During the last couple of years, the shoes just seemed to keep getting bigger and bigger. Perhaps he needed a firm anchor as his steps began to falter.
Of the many times that he accompanied me to the sites of various disasters around the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, (and to sites of potential disasters that he helped to avert), I recall most vividly Carlos stepping his way through raw sewage at a spill at 281 and Evans Road. He had on these really nice loafers, which I suspect had to be discarded after that foray into a particularly smelly instance of aquifer abuse. But, the resulting column was priceless.
I am so grateful to Carlos for the many stories he initiated on our behalf. He was often the first on the scene, and the first to show that someone “important” cared about the various issues that our water and hill country activists are so passionate about. Folks were thrilled have their stories featured in his columns in the San Antonio Express News. Carlos was always able to hit just the right note, and the remedies he recommended reflected keen common sense underlined delectably with wit and irony.
As wonderful as they were to read, the best thing about Carlos’ columns is that they got things done. Because of his many years of pointing out the stupid things being done in our region, our water and our world are less sullied.
It is my sincere hope that, out of the many young people who Carlos mentored over the course of his career, someone will step up who can fill his shoes.
Thank you, Carlos. You will be greatly missed.