You know you're an old-timer from San Diego when...

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Submitted by UCGal on January 5, 2011 - 9:24am

I got this in an email. Normally stuff like this just dies in my inbox... but this had some interesting factoids. Especially to a native Sandy Eggan like myself.

You know you're an old-timer from San Diego when...

1. You can correctly pronounce Tierrasanta, La Jolla, Rancho Penasquitos, San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, Jamul, Jacumba and El Cajon - and know where they are.
2. There are four distinct seasons: Summer, Not Quite Summer, Almost Summer, and "Oh, hey look, it's Summer again."
3. Your high school had a surf team.
4. Insane Diego and Chulajuana are real towns. So are San Yskidrow, Venereal Beach, and International City.
5. Your house is worth more than some small countries.
6. You know what IB, MB, OB, and PB stand for.
7. Every street name is either in Spanish or Spanish related, and you're surprised when other areas don't have this.
8. You can determine the accuracy of someone's "I'm ghetto" claim by knowing their high school. For example: El Camino High School or Crawford High.
9. You see weather forecasts for four different climate zones in the same county – and aren't remotely surprised.
10. You've gone to Mt. Helix in July and know you still need a jacket (60 degrees is COLD!).
11. You remember going to "The Cross" on Mt. Helix for Easter services.
12. You've tailgated at Qualcomm Stadium, and for bonus points, also tailgated when it was Jack Murphy Stadium. [Extra bonus points for Balboa Park/Chargers and/or Westgate Park/AAA Padres!]
13. You know that "Charge!" doesn't refer to a credit card.
14. You remember going downtown via Federal Blvd. before Hwy 94 was built.
15. You remember when Hwy 94 was two lanes in each direction and Bonita Road was one lane in each direction.
16. You've been on a field trip to see an Imax movie at the Rueben H. Fleet Space Center.
17. You still call it the Del Mar Fair. [They call it something else?]
18. You say "I'm going to the track!" and people know what you are talking about.
19. You say "I'm going to the park!" and people know what you mean.
20. You remember when Lemon Grove, La Mesa, Spring Valley and El Cajon were "out in the sticks."
21. You remember the El Cortez as the city’s tallest building.
22. You understand what "May-gray" and "June-gloom" means.
23. A famous skateboarder/surfer lives in your town.
24. There's "North County," "South County," and "East County" but no "Central County."
25. You know what it means when a girl in a short skirt is walking on El Cajon Blvd.
26. You know what "the merge" is, and you'll plan your entire day around not being on it during rush hour.
27. You know the difference between Clairmont Mesa, Kearny Mesa and Mira Mesa.
28. You've stayed home from school or work, because "It's raining!"
29. You've gone to Sea World on a warm day and sat in the first few rows at the Shamu show to get cooled off.
30. You've been delayed at the border checkpoints at Tijuana and/or Tecate.
31. Your house doesn't have or need air conditioning – unless you live in East County.
32. No matter what the weather is, there is always someone walking around in a t-shirt, shorts and flip flops.
33. You've been to the desert, the mountains, and the beach all in one day.
34. You know that Santee and Lakeside are where the 'cowboys' live.
35. You know why Hillcrest is known as 'The Swish Alps.'
36. You hate tourists and their bad driving (but you don't know how to drive in the rain).
37. You've gone to the Zoo just to hang out.
38. You know someone who doesn't own long pants.
39. You know what a 'Santa Ana’ is, and you know it has nothing to do with the city of Santa Ana.
40. You know what 'real Mexican food' tastes like.
41. You remember when 'Mission Valley' was cow pastures, carrot farms, and dairies (oh...to have bought some of that land then!). Ditto with Coronado.
42. You remember when Lemon Grove had "the cows."
43. You remember when Chula Vista was a small town and all that was east of it was miles of Otay Ranch before Otay Lakes.
44. You remember the Big Sky, College, Harbor and South Bay drive-ins.
45. You remember when real sport teams played at the Sports Arena.
46. Escondido was a long way off and there wasn't anything in between.
47. There wasn't an I-805, I-8, I-15 or I-5. You went on Highway 80, Highway 395 and the Pacific Coast Highway (especially to get to Disneyland).
48. National City stunk.
49. The Navy and the tuna fleet were THE big employers.
50. Getting to Coronado [or away] was a boat ride or a long trip in the car.

Submitted by Blogstar on January 5, 2011 - 9:29am.

25. You know what it means when a girl in a short skirt is walking on El Cajon Blvd.

And you know immediately what it means when (s)he is is thin enough to actually fit the skirt.

Submitted by UCGal on January 5, 2011 - 9:57am.

#38... my boss fits this.

#47... I rode my bike from Governor Dr to University the day before 805 was opened. I remember 52 going in from 5-805... then extended to Mast years later.

#44 - they forgot the Midway, the Pacific and the Campus drive ins. The campus had a neon cheerleader with spinning baton. We went regularly to drive ins as kids.

#50 - as kids we went to the Hotel Del for Christmas dinner... ferry boat across the harbor. We stopped when they built the bridge.

Submitted by jpinpb on January 5, 2011 - 10:10am.

I don't consider myself an old-timer of San Diego. However, I've been here a while and since we are reminiscing, can I add a couple of bars to the list?

You remember when In Cahoots used to be Confetti's (as an added bonus, you remember Sunday nights was Piranha room)

You remember when Rich's used to be The Metro (as an added bonus, you remember one night a week it was Shards of Glass)

I had to look up what it is today. They've changed so many times, but you remember Johnny V used to be Emerald City and before that Mannikin's.

You remember The Tavern used to be the Daily Planet.

You remember there was a Red Onion in Mission Beach.

I'm sure there's way more on that list. The way people drink, I'm surprised at the changes. How can you fail if you're a bar? Maybe they were drinking the profits.

Submitted by enron_by_the_sea on January 5, 2011 - 10:26am.

UCGal wrote:

20. You remember when Lemon Grove, La Mesa, Spring Valley and El Cajon were "out in the sticks."

They are not now?

Submitted by Hobie on January 5, 2011 - 10:43am.

You remember when full size real gliders flew every spring at the Glider Port next to Salk Institute.

Submitted by Hobie on January 5, 2011 - 10:48am.

You considered the Shores, "My Beach" and referred to people from out of town with no tans as, "El Cajoners".

You remember when the yellow rafts at the beaches and everyone who rented them were "tourists".

Submitted by SD Realtor on January 5, 2011 - 11:32am.

How about when Mission Bay was swampland and we used to go hang out at Belmont Park?

Submitted by UCGal on January 5, 2011 - 12:07pm.

Hobie wrote:
You considered the Shores, "My Beach" and referred to people from out of town with no tans as, "El Cajoners".

You remember when the yellow rafts at the beaches and everyone who rented them were "tourists".


YES!!!

Except we'd talk mom into renting one for us about once a summer.

Submitted by UCGal on January 5, 2011 - 12:21pm.

jpinpb wrote:
I don't consider myself an old-timer of San Diego. However, I've been here a while and since we are reminiscing, can I add a couple of bars to the list?

You remember when In Cahoots used to be Confetti's (as an added bonus, you remember Sunday nights was Piranha room)

You remember when Rich's used to be The Metro (as an added bonus, you remember one night a week it was Shards of Glass)

I had to look up what it is today. They've changed so many times, but you remember Johnny V used to be Emerald City and before that Mannikin's.

You remember The Tavern used to be the Daily Planet.

You remember there was a Red Onion in Mission Beach.

I'm sure there's way more on that list. The way people drink, I'm surprised at the changes. How can you fail if you're a bar? Maybe they were drinking the profits.

You remember when the Casbah was even smaller on the other side of the street...

And when the Spirit club was one of the few places to see original music (vs cover bands). Now it's brick by brick.

Metro... that brings back memories from the 80's.

Remember Mother's in PB? (I think Trader Joes is there now... could be wrong about the exact location on Garnet). How about Jose Murphy's... where you could see members of almost any band jamming together on Sunday afternoons.

Submitted by UCGal on January 5, 2011 - 12:22pm.

SD Realtor wrote:
How about when Mission Bay was swampland and we used to go hang out at Belmont Park?

Yep. I remember the all you can ride wrist bands... I went on the roller coaster 14 times in a row once when I was 14.

Submitted by jpinpb on January 5, 2011 - 12:26pm.

How about Foggy's Notion on Sports Arena?

Submitted by sdrealtor on January 5, 2011 - 12:29pm.

Not a native either but have been in and out of SD a few times in the last 25 years. Very nostalgic JP. I remember partying at Confetti's in 1985. Loved the Planet in the early 90's. Of course there were more than a few forgetable nights at the Red Onion. Had one of the funniest days of my life at Jose Murphy's in 91 and have the whole thing on video. My best friend and I still watch it once a year to laugh.

Submitted by desmond on January 5, 2011 - 6:06pm.

Hauling cargo around the world on the "Star of India"

Submitted by SD Realtor on January 5, 2011 - 6:19pm.

UCGAL how bout going to see the Beat Farmers at the Bachanal?

Submitted by SD Realtor on January 5, 2011 - 7:06pm.

Brekeritos at tugs?

Submitted by Bristol Chicken on January 5, 2011 - 9:27pm.

SD Realtor wrote:
UCGAL how bout going to see the Beat Farmers at the Bachanal?

New Years Eve 1985 - My liver still hasn't recovered. RIP Country Dick

Submitted by SD Realtor on January 5, 2011 - 9:37pm.

Yep the good ones die young don't they Bristol?

Those were some damn fun shows to go to.

Submitted by Bristol Chicken on January 5, 2011 - 10:09pm.

[quote=UCGal]

#44 - they forgot the Midway, the Pacific and the Campus drive ins. The campus had a neon cheerleader with spinning baton. We went regularly to drive ins as kids.

quote]

Don't forget the Frontier or the classic Tu-Vu, (Screw View). Only $3.50 per car load.

Fed Mart, Difalco's,

Oasis, Spring Valley, Home Ave, Del Mar

Fine Arts in PB - attempted to see the midnight showing of 'The Song Remains The Same' several times in the 70's.........or maybe that was in the 50's?

Submitted by Bristol Chicken on January 5, 2011 - 10:32pm.

SD Realtor wrote:
Yep the good ones die young don't they Bristol?

Those were some damn fun shows to go to.

Still have the vinyl 'Tales of the New West' and my kids have their Ipods loaded up with all the favorites. Had a surreal moment when me and a friend ran into the band at a Denny's, 1am outside of Bakersfield. We had been listening to their music in the car coming back from Yosemite. They were out touring the central CA bar circuit. Fitting we met them in a greasy spoon. Great band.

Submitted by TexasLine on January 6, 2011 - 12:03am.

I remember the vast "open spaces" between the city and North County along 101/I-5. I though back then that I wanted to live in Coastal North County when I grow up. I loved the space and the proximity to the beach...and no one around. Not only can I not afford it now, but way to crowded. I miss the surf trips though.

Hey, speaking of bars...what about the Stage Door on Crystal Pier? I think it was there more than 50 years, before it closed down the the '90's(?). Been there, done that.

Submitted by desmond on January 6, 2011 - 8:34am.

Going to "Wingo" as a kid, an indoor shooting facility that launched "Iceballs" straight at you using a real .22 loaded with birdshot.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wingo

Submitted by UCGal on January 6, 2011 - 10:26am.

SD Realtor wrote:
UCGAL how bout going to see the Beat Farmers at the Bachanal?

Yep.
Country Dick actually came to a party at my house in college (mid 80's). A friend was dating him.

When I moved to Bellingham in 1990 I was pleasantly surprised to discover they played Vancouver a LOT.

I agree, RIP Dan McClain

Actually the Bachanal was a great place to see music... X, Blasters, Nina Hagen, Los Lobos, Bad Radio (Eddy Vedder's band before Pearl Jam)...

Submitted by patb on January 6, 2011 - 10:40am.

Rustico wrote:
25. You know what it means when a girl in a short skirt is walking on El Cajon Blvd.

And you know immediately what it means when (s)he is is thin enough to actually fit the skirt.

1) she's working

2) She has Aids?

Submitted by SD Realtor on January 6, 2011 - 10:44am.

I think anyone familiar with the farmers has a country dick story. My buddy and I used to go to the farmers shows alot as well. We were at the Bach hanging out in the car in the parking lot after the warm up bands but before the farmers. We were uh... warming up before the band and who comes ambling out into the lot... He walked past our car to take a piss. Turned around and walked by and we rolled down the window to say hi. He was friendly and we offered for him to come in the car and join us and he did.

Submitted by moneymaker on January 6, 2011 - 10:45am.

I remember going to a tuna cannery when I was a kid and watching the tuna getting prepped for canning. I think it was Bubble Bee Tuna but I was little so I'm not really sure. How about White Front it was where Ralph's is now near Grossmont center.

Submitted by Blogstar on January 6, 2011 - 11:07am.

patb wrote:
Rustico wrote:
25. You know what it means when a girl in a short skirt is walking on El Cajon Blvd.

And you know immediately what it means when (s)he is is thin enough to actually fit the skirt.

1) she's working

2) She has Aids?

One more clue;
(s)he has a large adams apple.

Submitted by Bristol Chicken on January 6, 2011 - 8:43pm.

desmond wrote:
Going to "Wingo" as a kid, an indoor shooting facility that launched "Iceballs" straight at you using a real .22 loaded with birdshot.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wingo

Great time with my father there. Not to many remember the place. Thanks for the link.

Submitted by jamsvet on January 9, 2011 - 4:42pm.

"That Place Across The Street From The Sports Arena"

Submitted by SK in CV on January 9, 2011 - 5:17pm.

and you know you're an old timer when you remember when the following didn't even exist!

Rancho Bernardo (or it's high school)
San Carlos (or it's high school)
Penasquitos
Tierra Santa
Scripps Ranch
Fashion Valley (there was a ball park there, and bison next door)
The Community Concourse (NOT the convention center)
Sea World
The Wild Animal Park

in comparison, you're practically a newcomer if all you can remember is when the following didn't exist:

Carmel Valley
La Costa (the community, not the country club. The country club belongs in the category above.)
anything called East Lake
The first EVER Price Club (now Costco) on Morena
Horton Plaza

Submitted by jpinpb on January 9, 2011 - 5:38pm.

Technically, wasn't Carmel Valley previously known as North City West? That's what I remember way back when.

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