20240226 – San Diego Again


A grey day and not so warm.

Take a drive up to Mission Beach for a stroll along the sea front. It’s definitely one of the more salubrious areas of San Diego. Walk down as far as the home exchange we stayed in a few year ago, wow it’s a tad decrepit.

Drive around a few supermarkets in the hope of finding some of that soft Australian liquorice. No luck.







Australian Prime Minister does it again!! This woman should be appointed Queen of the World.. Truer words have never been spoken.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard- Australia:

Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia , as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks..

Separately, Gillard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying she supported spy agencies monitoring the nation’s mosques. Quote:

I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali , we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians. ‘

‘This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom’

‘We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society …. Learn the language!’

‘Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.’

‘We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.’

‘This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, ‘THE RIGHT TO LEAVE’.’ ‘If you aren’t happy here then LEAVE. We didn’t force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.’

Maybe if we circulate this amongst ourselves in UK , SA, Canada & USA, WE will find the courage to start speaking and voicing the same truths.


Appropriately warm and sunny for our last day of our California Road trip.

Take a drive up to the famous La Jolla Cove for a pleasant stroll around and watch the seals. Try to find somewhere for coffee, but no luck other than rip off Starbucks. What the hells going on this Is America or have we been transported to some 3rd World ghetto.

Drive down to explore La Jolla Shores. Sit down on the beach front for coffee while Wendy goes indoors to order. A stroppy waiter confronts me. Oh I need to take your order. Well you weren’t here so my wife had to go inside to order. “Look I don’t give a rats who takes my order, it can be Donald Trump for all I care. All I want is a coffee, black, no pollutants. Simple.” Wendy encounters shit service indoors so we vote with our feet.






Apple what is wrong with you? You claim to be the best in ease of use yet so many inconsistencies between IPhone, iPad, MacBook and Mac it makes me want to throw the whole lot out and go back to the evil Empire.

Complete lack of common sense and consideration. Just two classics Time on Mac on top right, time on iPhone top left; email swipe to delete on iPhone wanders from swipe left or swipe right with no obvious pattern. Sack the 10 year olds – incapable of tying their own shoelaces – and employ some adults with some common sense, For gods sake get a grip and before launching anymore trivia, get an Ease of Use / Standardisation project under way. I’ll gladly give you a burgeoning list of the senseless.


Up even before the crack of sparrows – 0315. Then drive to airport, drop off Hertz mobile, it may be a boring Chevy Malibu but it’s very comfy and served us well.

Usual queues at TSA – see rants below.

Into lounge with Dragon pass, not exactly one of the most luxurious, but it sufficed.

First flights Delta to Atlanta. Usual Delta staff, officious bitch at boarding had all the charm of a menopausal grizzly, obviously on a power kick. Flight crew weren’t too bad, lazy as usual but at least some of them smiled.

Dragon Pass has no lounges at Atlanta so we have to stump up $100 for a 4 hour layover. Tried to drink and eat our moneys worth but didn’t quite make it.

Virgin flight to Atalanta was the usual great Premium flight, although sadly they had no Baron Otard Cognac – will it be Aer Lingus next?

Home at last. Dog tired.


Well what an awesome road trip. Yes, we’ve been to many of them places before but discovered new attractions, 17 mile drive; Point Lobos; Monterey Aquarium; not to forget three days in Joshua Tree NP, one of my favorites.

Met some new friends. Had some great dinners with old and new friends. Stayed with Nat & Paul, our oldest Home Exchange friends; stayed at Bob & Marilyns lovely home twice – thank you all. I think we might take friends advice, get our feet wet and come across the border (will the mobile they give us be an iPhone?) and then squat at B&M’s home – it so comfortable and relaxing.

Thanks to everyone.






Good thing about the TSA queue of 20 minutes, as it gives you time to contemplate the evil of the religion responsible for it.

To encourage contemplation and as a reminder of that dreadful event, and to help pass the time the walls could be decorated with excerpts from the Quran extolling the virtues of violence.

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