By now most of Laredo has heard about the gentleman who won a cool $20 million (15 after taxes) playing the Texas lotto. His phone has been ringing off the hook ever since. But the Conoco gas station - where the ticket was sold - was also awarded $200,000 for their part in making a Laredoan much richer.
This weekend I noticed that a landscaping makeover has occurred at the corner of Saunders and San Dario Ave., the site of the Conoco. It just might be a coincidence that it happened after the jackpot winnings, but it's a good change nonetheless. Before, the space was covered with a native grass; I don't remember if there were any plants in place besides the yuccas you see to the left. Now they went with a hardscape design that features several drought-tolerant plants. Bravo!
I'd like to see more of this throughout the city.
In more serious news, the terror alert warning has been raised to