Travel to San Diego and the Padres Game

Trip Start Apr 02, 2011
Trip End Sep 29, 2011

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Up early. Left the hotel by 7:00, returned my rental car and checked in at the PHX airport. As I went through the security line, I noticed something I had never encountered before...Full Body Scan. They want everything out of your pockets and off your and credit cards from my money clip, belt, handkerchief...everything amazing. I didn't feel particularly violated, and at least I didn't see the TSA Agent snicker when she looked at the image on the screen. But it was an interesting experience.

Sat next to a nice lady from Houston on my US Airways flight to San Diego. She has a son who had just received an appointment to West Point. She was very proud and I thought rightfully so.

Got off the uneventful flight and headed to Hertz. Jackpot! They threw me in another Cadillac DTS. What a great car. I know I'll enjoy driving up to Anaheim tomorrow in it. Minor Garmin quit on me. Very disconcerting. I actually had to find my way around the old fashioned way...via MAP!

I found a great place for breakfast (even though it was 11:15 by the time I got there), called The Broken Yolk. Had seen it on Tripple D or MVF, one or the other. Got seated right away...the place was busy. Asked the waiter what was his favorite for breakfast and he said, "Definitely the breakfast burrito." I don't want you to even think of those skinny little breakfast burritos you get at McDonalds. This was a huge burrito with beans, rice, chips and salsa. Very good and very filling.

I then headed up to my hotel. HI Express Airport in Old Town. Nice lady, Suzie checked me in, but said my room wasn't ready yet. Then she said, "Aw, what the heck, I'll just upgrade you to a suite." Sweet!!! Nicest room I've stayed in during all my travels. Two rooms, two tvs, walk in shower, whirlpool I said, sweet! Blogged some and planned out my route to Petco Park...without my Garmin! (More later.)

You know, you can find just about anything on the Internet. I was sitting there frustrated about my Garmin when I typed into Google "Garmin Nuvi 350 Quit." Sure enough, others have had the same problem and there was a simple fix of depressing the "reset" button on the back...who knew? And who even knew that little button was a reset button...not me. Had to use a pen, the button is so small, but my Garmin is back to normal now.

Headed to Petco Park. Just a ten minute drive. Parked about a block away in a garage...$10. Got a great seat for about $70 ten rows behind home plate. Walked around the park. Petco was built in 2004 and is a nice ballpark. I did find it a little difficult to get around, unlike most new ballpark, they have a lot of corridors that you don't find in other parks. And their large screen looks to be last generation, and not as flashy as many I've seen. Still a nice ballpark with a good view of downtown San Diego. They opened center field to make a nice green space where they placed the statue of Mr. Padre himself, Tony Gwinn. There's also a nice sandbox in center field for kids to play in. Again, nicely done.

Couple of things I forgot about yestereday's game at the Diamondbacks. They actually have a swimming pool in center field...very cool. And appropriately in Arizona, the folks who sang the National Anthem were a group of four singers called...are you ready, "The OK Choralle." You know, Tombstone, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, etc. They were as their name suggested, OK.

Still wasn't hungry after my brunch at the Broken Yolk, so I just had some peanuts and a beer at the park.

Lots of Mets fans, as there were yesterday in Phoenix. But these guys were louder than yesterday...several times chanting, "Let's go Mets!" in unison. The Mets broke on top with a couple of home runs in the third. But the Padres tied it in the 7th, only to lose 5-4 in 10 innings. This may have been my first extra inning game. Mets reliever, Jason Isringhausen got his 300th career save in the 10th inning...quite an accomplishment.

Saw a cute little Asian boy, maybe 4 years old walking with his dad. He looked like he needed a ball. When I handed it to him, he looked at his dad as if to ask, "Is it OK dad?" His father said, "Present. OK." It was a good moment. He thanked me profusely.

Tomorrow a drive to Anaheim to see the Angels play.

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Brian Schaefer on

Another great report Dave!

However, this wasn't your first extra inning game as they went extra innings in St. Louis as well (remember...the one where the lights went out just before the last out...;) Tthey also lost...hmmm...maybe your bad luck for the home team in extra innings...ha ha.

Very cool you got to see Izzy get his 300th win. Always liked Izzy until towards the end of his career where he just fell apart. Nice to see him get a little more success before hanging it up. I'm just glad he didn't do it against St. Louis!

Continued safe travels and keep up the great reports!

Debbie Bull on

I really enjoy reading your blog especially the nice comments about IHG properties!

dblegldave on

Thanks Debbie!! As you can tell, I enjoy writing tomorrow!

dblegldave on

You are right Brian, I forgot about the Cardinals game. You know they seem to hate McGuire out here in Oakland. But they still love Canseco...go figure! Looks like the Brewers are running away with it...take care my friend...Dave

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