Feb 22, 2024 - News

5 things San Antonians should give up for Lent

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Lent, a solemn time of prayer and fasting, is here, and with it comes what many view as a requirement to sacrifice a habit, favorite food or pastime for 40 days.

Driving the news: According to the Archdiocese of San Antonio, more than 800,000 residents are Catholic. That's a lot of Lenten sacrifice deliberation going on.

Yes, but: Not everyone gives up something traditional like drinking or social media use. Some use the time for self-improvement. Can't think of anything? We've rounded up a list of San Antonio-specific ideas.

Taking the infamous Finesilver curve too fast

The tricky highway stretch that connects Interstate 35 southbound to Interstate 10 westbound has been a high-risk area for accidents and 18-wheeler rollovers for years, but drivers continue to disregard the 25mph speed limit.

Driving with unsecured large equipment and furniture in the truck bed

Raise your hand if you or your vehicle have ever been personally victimized by a ladder, mattress or other large object lying in the middle of a highway because someone didn't bother to properly tie it down.

Blocking H-E-B aisle traffic

We know it's hard to resist catching up in the dairy aisle with your friend from high school you haven't seen in 20 years, but for the sake of everyone else, please at least move the chisme session to a less popular aisle.

Being an irresponsible pet owner

Spay and neuter. Pick up the poop.

Forgetting to support local

Things have been tough for small businesses. Keep them in mind when you're deciding where to spend your dollars.

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