San Diego seems like the All-American city, with great weather, major sports teams, THE BEACH, good food, and a great vibe. After having been there so many times, it becomes rather difficult to write about something new or different. But, I shall try!
Can you believe that San Diego has a Lucha Libre Taco Shop? It is located at 1810 W. Washington Street near Old Town San Diego. It is possible to eat your tacos in the middle of their wrestling ring. It is decorated with lucha libre (you can Google lucha libre if you need to) paraphernalia, with food suited specially for the champion wrestler. You may recall that I went to a Lucha libre café in the Old Quarter of Mexico City.
The 25th Street Bridge doubles as a musical instrument. The railing on this bridge spanning the ML King Jr. Freeway, has a carillon, a series of chromatic bells that plays a tune when struck in sequence. It was created by Roman de Salvo, it plays a tune. But you must bring your own pipe or something to play the bridge. This is crazy!
So, this little city of 1.4 million is more than just a beach town. And to complicate matters, it sits across the border from Tijuana, Mexico. The international population straddling the border numbers about 5 million. It is the second largest bi-national conurbation (interesting word), after Detroit and Windsor, in the U.S. Of course, if Mr. Mop Hair Combover gets elected, this border will have a huge wall, paid for by Carlos Slim.
Currently, there are three border crossings between San Diego and Tijuana. I have crossed into Tijuana only twice, which was twice too many. As a young kid, I went with my Aunt and Uncle to buy firecrackers. About 50 million, mostly commuters they say, enter the U.S. through this port.
I am looking forward to the four day Over The Line Tournament, with over 1300 three person teams. Over the Line is a rough and tumble form of softball played on the sand. Huge crowds gather to watch and play loud music. Did I also say, drink some beer?
From their website: Over the Line (OTL) is a bat and ball game played with 2 teams of 3 players each. The court is approximately 55′ wide with foul lines that extend to infinity. Teammates pitch to their own players. Fly balls hit into fair territory without being caught are considered hits. The first three hits in any one inning scores a run with additional hits scoring additional runs for each hit. Games last 3-4 innings unless extra innings are needed for tie-breakers and after two extra innings, the team with the most hits wins. Also, if a team gets an 11 or more run lead, the game is over and they are declared the winner. Gloves for the most part are not used and only official wooden softball bats can be used.
I hear this event gets pretty wild. I have seen it on the old Art Mann tv show, that no longer seems to be on air. Too bad, as they had to bleep out most of it, along with the naked people! Where is Art Mann when I need him?
Mostly, during the summer, San Diego affords us the chance to get out of the heat of the Valley, enjoy the Giants, the great weather, some good food, and some dear, dear, long-time friends.