It’s not Christmas lights. It’s a new shopping center a block from my place in downtown San Diego. They rehabbed the old abandoned police headquarters. The grand opening was the past weekend. The big draw is Cheesecake Factory (which does nothing for me). However, the red neon light points to a space once occupied by Starbucks which is being stripped and rebuilt as one of the first Dunkin Donuts in California!
Went by Burger Lounge Gaslamp today for the grass-fed Bison Burger. That’s organic fed ground bison with Gorgonzola, pickled onion and roasted garlic aioli. Extraordinarily yummy!
It’s the peak of summer in San Diego. The hottest part of the year is always the last of August and the first three weeks of September. That’s when the temperatures are in the high 70s to the mid 80s (24-29 C). We San Diegans are not used to such high temperatures, and we experience them as very hot. We live most of the year in a narrow, temperate range that usually lends itself to a light jacket or sweater. If it gets down to 50 (10 C), people break out their Sherpa hats and mittens.
When the heat ends, it’s always abrupt. One day it’s hot, and the next day it’s over until next year. I’m ready. I had to retire my beloved REI One jacket. It gave its all, which means it’s kind of ragged. REI no longer makes this jacket, so I couldn’t get an exact replacement. I settled on the closest thing I could find, The North Face Apex Bionic jacket. It’s fit is slightly looser than the REI One, and it lacks inner pockets. But otherwise it’s a worthy replacement.
I’m looking forward to wearing it as soon as the heat subsides. Maybe next week.
It seemed like every satellite truck on the west coast was parked outside San Diego City Hall waiting for the Mayor to resign over allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Here’s a view of a few of the trucks. There were about 30 more.