Monthly Archives: November 2016

20161120 – San Diego; A Spot of Culture; Visit Old Friends

Sunday – hot and sunny.

Mission Bay

Mission Bay

For all those whining cry babies who are throwing their toys out the pram because Trump won and now want to flee the country. Go. Abandon your country. We’ll gladly have your citizenship. Dual citizenship would suit us just right.

Our cultural overdose watching “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” by Billy Shakespoke. Wendy dragged along kicking and screaming. Not bad for a first attempt at writing a play.

The language is oh so rich but so fast that you don’t really have time to let it seep in and enjoy it. They should have to pause after each sentence so you can absorb it.

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George Carlin on political nonsense – plenty of it around here:

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Gas lamp district

Gas lamp district

I’ve started eating lots of carrots to cope with the dark roads. Here we are in the richest country and richest state, full of left wing do gooders, tree huggers and yet fewer street lights than there are at the North Pole on the summer equinox. Driving at night is daunting. Like a mole without a torch. As to reversing at night, just don’t go there. Every time you reverse in this country you can guarantee a brass band turns up to practice in the light from your reversing lights. Failing a brass band it will be a loony shopper with her trolley trying to check he shopping bill.

Monday – Rain and sun.

Wendy & Elvis at Coronado

Wendy & Elvis at Coronado

At last we get some rain here in the desert. Yes, apparently San Diego is classed as a desert.

Lazy morning. Pop down to see Ralph in the supermarket.

After lunch we take a stroll along the beach down to Belmont Park. It’s an old 60’s style amusement park complete with wooden rollercoaster that these days would be considered ideal for a tiny tots amusement park. That’s enough excitement for the day.

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Bilbao park

Bilbao park

WHY, Why, why would anyone in their right mind go to Dubai? Or any Islamic country for that matter. Dubai seems like it’s the “in place” to go but remember it’s an Islamic country. Laws based on 7th century tribal barbarism and Sharia.

Prison for sex outside marriage.

Prison or deportation for women not “covered up”.

Prison or deportation for women who are raped, unless of course they can find 4 men to testify to the fact. If you raped then best advice seems to be grin and bear it. Report it to the police and you’re guilty of sex outside of marriage or adultery.

Flogging and stoning are still allowed.

Why doesn’t the Foreign office just advise avoid any Islamic country.

Perhaps the UK should introduce similar laws, only conforming to our norms. No burkas and you’re obliged to show a bit of flesh etc.

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Don’t you just love American ingenuity. They finally get around to rolling out chip and pin, although it’s by no means complete yet. But I still don’t think they really understand it. Just put Wendy’s chip card in for $25 of petrol, but it can’t be bothered to ask for the pin – that’s why it’s called chip & pin. What is the point? No wonder my cards been abused.

Tuesday – hot and sunny.

Coronado

Coronado


Up and out down to the Old Town to pick up the Hop On and Off Tram tour. A tad expensive but a great way to see San Diego – again.

Coronado hotel

Coronado hotel

Hop off for a wander around the Gas Lamp district. What a waste that was.

Hop off for a wander around Coronado. Visit the hotel but decide lunch and even a coffee are just too ridiculously priced. Have a stroll around followed by a Panera lunch for Wendy and Starbucks for. Coronado is so up market and relaxing.

Hop off at Bilbao Park for a stroll around. Have tea at the Japanese Tea Hous. Interesting discussion there with 3 raving ranting raging democratic storm troopers, who think that anyone who voted Trump was an idiot and the sun shone out of poor Hilary’s vagina. Wow this country is so polarised. Is there no middle ground? To listen to them everything Trump does is crazy and evil, even breathing. Surely most Americans would agree that both candidates were awful and it was down to choosing the lesser of two evils.

Coronado beach

Coronado beach

We didn’t hop off at Little Italy, but it looks a great place for a stroll and some coffee.

Finish our tour back at the Old Town. More Mexican shops and restaurants than tacos on a Tuesday.

A great day out. What a lovely city San Diego is if you keep off the Freeways and don’t go out at night.

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The Bubble from Saturday Night Live:

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img_0559Here we go again:

Petition calls for Muslim festival of Eid to be made a British national holiday.

BRITISH Muslims are urging the Government to make the Islamic festival of Eid a national holiday in the UK.

More than 50,000 people have signed a petition saying that the religious day should be turned into a bank holiday, so that British Muslims do not have to use their annual leave to celebrate it. 

The 51,567 signatories to the government e-petition are also urging Ministers to change the law so that Britons can swap the statutory holiday day they currently have to take for Christmas to Eid instead. 

The government responded saying it “has no plans to create another public holiday, or to vary the existing arrangements”.

Where does it end? I’m sure there are plenty of countries in the World where they accommodate Eid.

Wednesday – hot and sunny.

Balbao fountain

Balbao fountain

Lazy morning cleaning up etc.

After lunch we head down to Carrillo National Monument. Free admission with our NP pass, awesome views over San Diego and the Coronado and some pleasant strolls. Watch an interesting film on the Grey Whale. Wow it travels 4,000 miles a year to feed, have sex and give birth.

Pack in the evening and we’re all ready for the last leg of our grand trip.
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Awesome, watch this blind professional skier.

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Balbao park

Balbao park

Is this some sort of Alice in Wonderland or Kafka joke.

Ed Balls has urged the US president-elect Donald Trump to tune in on a Saturday night and join the millions of viewers watching him take to the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ dance-floor, saying he “could learn a thing or two – not just about dance, but about what really makes a country great”.
Ed, the former shadow chancellor turned housewives’ choice for his untiring stint on the competition, tells next week’s Radio Times that the show properly reflects our society.

Why would we want anyone to know how mind numbing our Saturday night TV is and what we consider to be good entertainment. Bring back Tutti Fruiti.

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This place is just teeming with psychic and tarot card readers. Is this why the state’s so blue and infested with democrats?

Thursday – hot and sunny.

Thanksgiving at Moby Dicks in Santa Barbara

Thanksgiving at Moby Dicks in Santa Barbara

Happy Thanksgiving America. You can now give thanks that the 18 month pantomime that was your Presidential election is over. Hopefully now is the time to come together and work together. Sadly, like BREXIT, reading the entrails, it’s not looking too favourable.

Santa Barbara sunset.

Santa Barbara sunset.

Set off to Santa Barbara. Involves a drive through Los Angalas, 7 lanes of potential hell, but it turns out that everyone’s tucking into turkey so it’s not too bad.
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Understanding the American Electoral college:

Friday – hot and sunny.

Black Friday – are they really allowed to call it that?

Our new Hertzmobile. I wish.

Our new Hertzmobile. I wish.

Drive up to Atascadero to visit Nat and Paul. They were our first home exchangers, in Sedona, and were responsible for puting us onto the home exchange path. Have a lovely afternoon with them, with a trip in Paul’s 1960’s Cadillac. Can you believe this car, only 37,000 miles on the clock, in mint condition, enough steel in it to keep the American steel industry going for a year, a 8.2 litre engine (just drive down the drive and you need a refill) and roomy enough for 2 families to live in. It’s awesome. They certainly don’t make cars like that anymore. A car from an era of big cars. Have a drive around town and practice my royal wave.

Old Town San Diego

Old Town San Diego

Have afternoon tea and then in the evening it’s dinner. A great time meeting old friends, great food, great company. It’s years since we saw them but we pick up just as if it was yesterday.

I see the Obamas have had their Christmas tree delivered. I’m surprised they’ve got the gonads to call it a Christmas tree. I’d have thought holiday tree would have been their mealy mouthed PC response.

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Computer sayings

Santa Barbara pier

Santa Barbara pier

Database: the information you lose when your memory crashes. ~Dave Barry, Claw Your Way to the Top

A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history – with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila. ~Mitch Ratcliffe

Back up my hard drive? How do I put it in reverse? ~Author Unknown

Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don’t need to be done. ~Andy Rooney

Don’t anthropomorphize computers – they hate it. ~Author Unknown

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The trouble with the Electoral College:

20161113 – San Diego

Sunday – hot and sunny.

Oceanside pier

Oceanside pier

Thanks to the scrots from our Coronado home exchange we have been let down at the last minute. But all is not lost, thanks to Chris and De-Shaun, we spend 3 nights with them up at San Marcos. Then another home exchanger has stepped into the breach with a two bedroom condo down on Mission Beach.

After 5 years of droughts Californians have come up with a great idea. I'm doing my bit.

After 5 years of droughts Californians have come up with a great idea. I’m doing my bit.

Lazy morning in the hotel after the worst breakfast ever served in the garage of a Comfort Inn. Choice hotels really are loosing the plot. There’s always some sort of screw up with them.

After lunch we drive up to Chris’s lovely new home in San Marco. Get settled in there and meet the dog pack. Wendy wants to take the cute little poodle cross home with here.

In the evening we go out for dinner in the Mall. Good choice on the menu, I even get to have Tappas, which only in America includes pizza. Love the home made Jalepeno sauce. Cant believe the wine prices, why they even make NCL cruise prices look cheap.

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The Truth About Republicans by George Carlin:

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Unbelievable. Even makes American TV look intelligent and intellectual.

Unbelievable. Make American TV look intelligent and intellectual.

And then people ask why we escape so often. Can you credit this is the best Saturday night TV has to offer. Makes being in post Trump America and even American TV seem sane. Thank the FSM we’re out of there, and hopefully my VPN for BBC iPlayer will filter such tripe.

Monday – hot and sunny.

Bubbles on the beach.

Bubbles on the beach.

We both slept like a black bear in hibernation. I think we’ll be trying to sneak this mattress out in our luggage when we leave.

Set off to Carlsbad for a wander around and lunch. Carlsbad village is all very up market and pleasant.

Oceanside pier.

Oceanside pier.

Then drive up to Oceanside. Lovely beach resort. Typical California beach town complete with pier. Full of healthy people enjoying plenty of fresh air, exercise and the beach – no excess adipose tissue blobbies around here. Have a stroll down the pier and afternoon tea at a traditional American diner at the end of the pier, complete with typical American diner waitresses.

Pick up a Mexican takeaway for tea on the way back to Chris’s.

Tuesday – hot and sunny.

Feeding time at the zoo.

Feeding time at the zoo.

Off down to San Diego Safari park for the day – well afternoon. Walk the whole zoo and do the safari tram tour. Neat zoo, I enjoy it but Wendy’s not so impressed, apart from the Gorilla with baby in arms. Knackered by kicking out time.

Having a nap.

Having a nap.

Take away tonight is a Quesiddila and Taco – it is Taco Tuesday after all, half price everywhere. Both were awesome. Taco had like pork kebab in it. Really must start to have Quesidillas at home.

Wednesday – hot and sunny.

Is this bird real?

Is this bird real?

Leisurely day at Chris’s as we can’t get into our home exchange until 16:00. Supermarket and bank for some cash to pay for our Park City stay in February – can’t wait – first snow has fallen today, somewhat belatedly this year.

Drive down to our new home, on Mission Beach, for the next 8 days. It’s clean and comfortable, only 50 yards from the beach. Thanks to Martha for stepping up at such short notice, saved us from Hotels or VRBO.

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Bill Maher Explains the Real Reason Donald Trump is Popular (HBO)

Thursday – hot and sunny.

Torrey Pines but no picnic.

Torrey Pines but no picnic.

Lazy morning with the excitement of a trip to Ralph’s for Wendy and I while away an hour at Starbucks. There’s a crazy geezer sat outside. Can’t tell what sex. Every time someone comes in he begs them, louder than a constipated opera star, for coffee, not money just a coffee. Eventually it gets rewarded for all the excruitiating whining. There really should be a sign saying “don’t feed the wildlife” it only encourages them. Apparently yesterday he was lay down in the middle of a 4 lane road, outside Starbucks, whining and raving for coffee. Is this what happens to you if you drink too much Starbucks.

After lunch we set off down to Torrey Pines State park on our way to Janelle’s for dinner. Drive up the coast. Traffic is like an exodus of arthritic tortoises, nose to arse tail all the way. By the time we arrive at the state park it’s time to leave for dinner so we give it a miss.

What's for lunch?

What’s for lunch?

Drive on up through even worse Interstate traffic to Janelle’s.

California traffic is dire. I’all not rant about traffic at home after this trip. Well, not for at least a week.

Lovely dinner with Janelle and Mike, along with their friends Bob and marilyn who will also be up at PC when we are there, so good to meet them. Good company, great food and an enjoyable evening putting the World to rights. They were all keen Trump supporters. Amazing how similar the problems and views are the World over.

Friday – hot and sunny.

Roller coaster at Mission Beach. Starbucks just across the road.

Roller coaster at Mission Beach. Starbucks just across the road.

2nd attempt to visit Torrey Pines State Park. This time we made it.

A pirate at the entrance robs you of $15 to enter. Nice visitors center and we do a few of the easy walks around the cliffs and woods. All very pleasant, but Wendy’s incensed that after putting down a sizeable deposit on the park, just to enter, she cannot eat her lunch on any of the walks.

What a load of perverts.  Who would pollute even  American nats urine posing as beer - criminal.

What a load of perverts. Who would pollute even American nats urine posing as beer – criminal.

Then we drive down to La Jolla. Have a pleasant stroll around the beach front and then onto the cove for a starbucks and stroll around. With all the birds and seals around the sea caves it stinks worse than a knackers yard on a summers day. Of course there are warnings not to approach the seal but it’s amazing the level of illiteracy or stupidity in this country. One young blobbie, very akin to the seals in the amount of blubber she’s toting around, just can’t resist trying to get a selfie with a lazing seal.

La Jolla is very up market and you couldn’t mistake it for anywhere other than California.

Saturday – hot and sunny.

Have a stroll down Mission beach.

Chris and DeShaun come for lunch.

Chris and DeShaun come for lunch.

Stop for an Italian espresso by the beach. People watching, the healthy lythe young eye candy roller blading, volley balling, cycling, jogging or just walking. Typical California beach life.

Chris and DeShaun come over for lunch.

Then in the evening we catch up on some BBC.

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As I stroll down the beach I’m offered free bottled water and hotdogs. How nice is that. Although how sad is it that I’m suspicious. Perhaps it’s my lack of haircut that makes them think I’m a vagrant or a budding paleo Bob Dylan fan, desperately trying to grow a pony tail to compensate for my bald pate, and in dire need of a good haircut.

Anyway turns out it’s a Christin group just doing the nice thing. No strings attached.