Tuesday, May 22, 2007

At least 7.5 random things about California.

I challenged Bezzie and now I shall have to make good on my deal.

1) The Center of the World is in Felicity, California. I have never been there durring hours when it's open but Edina and I have climbed to the top of it and also pulled open the double doors to get inside after hours. They made those things lock into each other but not bolt into the ground, if you yank hard enough they just come open. Of course, they may have fixed that by now and it's not like there's anything inside it to take or anything so maybe they weren't worried about it. Eh, here's a photo from a postcard that some guy got on his trip. I have no idea if that girl got the duck at The Center of the World or if they just have a random duck walker or something. It's a weird place, who knows.

2) The largest and oldest wooden building in California is the Hotel Del Coronado on the island of Coronado here in San Diego county. It is also the second oldest remaining Victorian resort in the world. One time my buddy Dan and I wandered around the Del for several hours while he pretended to be a tourist of undefined Eastern European or Germanic origin. He kept shouting about shoddy American beer ("I have been in your country three weeks and have not yet been drunk! What is this piss you call beer!?") and asking people if they knew where they sold hot nuts (The Del used to sell hot roasted peanuts but must have stopped sometime before that particular trip). Also, most locals refer to it as The Del as opposed to The Coronado, which make no linguistiacal sense really.

3) This is a real street sign that is used on numerous freeways around San Diego. A huge deal was made of these things when they first went up and people from other states have told me they don't believe that these are really up on I-5. I see three of them on my way to drop off my husband at work every morning. In the 27 years I've been alive I have never actually seen anyone running across the freeway. Ever.

3.5) If California's economic size were measured by itself to other countries, it would rank the 7th largest economy in the world.

4.5) The U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition is held annualy in my hometown of Imperial Beach, California. Imperial Beach is considered to have some of the best sand in the counrty. I find this amusing since the beach has been eroding like crazy for the past 10 years. There's like half as much beach now as there was when I was a kid. If I owned a beach front home I'd be pretty worried. Anyway, after the competition the sand on the beach is totally displaced and for two days while it washes back out to normal it creates two sets of breakers in the water with a big, calm area in between like a swimming pool. The picture at right is actually from the amature division of last year's contest. The winning team for the main contest sculpted a giant hand holding a royal flush that was way detailed. Those people are nuts!

5.5) No one seems to know where the word California actually originated but everyone seems to have an opinion about it. (Wikipedia has a fairly good article about it.) Personally, I like the idea that it was a slam on Hernan Cortes. I find it amusing.

6.5) The only one of California's 21 Missions I have ever been to is Mission San Francisco Solano, the final mission built by the Spanish and the one farthest away from where I live. The first mission was Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala it's right here in town and though I've been by it a number of times I'm pretty sure I've never gone in. Churches wig me out and they still actually use the mission as a church. It is beautiful though, check out the picture over there. They also have a legend that if you hear the mission bells in the middle of the night you shouldn't follow them because you'll never return. You know, good old follow the bells to your death stories. Which will take me to the last fact...

7.5) According to the Travel Channel's show America's Most Haunted the U.S. government actually keeps a list of the most haunted places in our country. The number one house on that list is Whaley House in San Diego's Old Town area. If you stop through town, I'll take you there. Afterward we can go over to the Haunted Coldstone down the street. Okay, so Coldstone isn't haunted but we say it is since it's located in between Whaley House and the graveyard where Yankee Jim is burried. Although there's plenty of skepticism to go around, I have to admit there are many weird things that go on in that locale. Not the least of which being that if you park your car over the grave markers in the road (the cemetary line was moved back ages ago and some of the graves are under the paved road, there are small brass plaques simply stating "Grave Site" where graves have been paved over) your car won't start. It doesn't always happen and it doesn't happen to everyone but it happens just enough to be really odd. The photo below is of my sister Shaniqua and my cousins Irie and Hawkeye at Yankee Jim's grave.

And thus ends my 7.5 facts about California that are mostly about San Diego since that's where I'm from. Since I mostly talked about SoCal, I think CPurl17 should tell us about NorCal.

On the knitting front, I'm working on a pair of socks for Entrelac that I will show you just as soon as I'm sure they're looking right.

Lastly, my baby girl is THREE years old today. Yikes!

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Comments on "At least 7.5 random things about California."


Blogger Bezzie said ... (5/23/2007 3:15 AM) : 

I think my fave was the border crossing sign. I don't think that sillouette little girl is too happy to be in America. Look at her hesitating!
Now I've got a hankering for haunted Coldstone.


Blogger Rebel said ... (5/23/2007 11:48 AM) : 

A new post!!! Yay!!! I've totally seen those signs in San Diego, in fact in one place there's a giant billboard across the freeway that says something about watch out for people crossing the road. I'm not sure exactly how I feel about the signs. I guess if a lot of people did run across the freeway it would be important to warn people not to hit them. But still...
- zuma


Blogger Batty said ... (5/23/2007 4:26 PM) : 

That sign looks like it's cautioning us against child abductors! The little girl looks like she's being dragged off against her will. Creepy.


Blogger Tactless Wonder said ... (5/24/2007 5:38 AM) : 

Hmmm #2 I know a the Hotel Del...the rhyming thing...my X was from Sand Dog.

#3 Now the freeway sign...I have a twisted rememory of the little girl holding a teddy bear at one point...but I was young and impressionable when I think I saw it.

And Happy B-day to your baby girl!


Blogger Magatha said ... (5/24/2007 9:22 AM) : 

In all my years living in SoCal, I've never once seen anyone walking or running on the freeway, but then, I didn't get out in the middle of the night much either, except in 'downtown' LA to the clubs. Not much crossing action down there either. Excellent post.

Happy Birthday Lola Bean!


Blogger cpurl17 said ... (5/24/2007 11:19 AM) : 

Yikes! Conan O'Brien recently said San Francisco was like L.A....but with books.

Ok since you threw down, I'll start thinking.


Blogger Rain said ... (5/26/2007 9:42 AM) : 

Happy Birthday to Miss Beans!

Ha ha, your friend Dan sounds like a riot. My brother does stuff like that. He once sat on a beach in Greece dressed as Santa telling little kids that approached him to get lost because he was on holiday.


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