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Friday, February 3, 2006

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As is my habit this time of year, I'm blogging from an undisclosed location, where I am away on business. See if you can identify the city. Here are your hints:

1. It's sunny and fairly warm.

2. There are 1,050 tax lawyers in this hotel right now.

3. A red light-rail train goes by every so often -- completely empty most of the day.

4. The downtown is full of cold luxury condo towers.

5. The condition of the local roads was recently graded a D-plus.

6. Our cab driver on the way in told us the municipal government was bankrupt.

Comments (22)

LaLa Land in SoCal


Dallas, TX?

Would also guess Los Angeles

SAN DIEGO!!!!!!!!!! Nice ball park, don't you think? If you're staying at the OMNI during baseball season, you can even walk across a private skyway into the park.

A city over twice the size of Portland, but it's City Council-members get paid less than Randy, Erik, Dan, and Sam.

Do I get a prize?

sounds like Portland minus the sun and fairly warm part.

"There are 1,050 tax lawyers in this hotel right now."

Tax lawyers ... real party animals, no doubt.

San Diego (thanks Google): if you can make it to Point Loma Seafood Company, try the "Fish Market" crab sandwich. Cheap at twice the price.

Don't bother taking the red light rail to the border, unless you're prepared to take a taxi on into TJ. All they have at the border now are drug stores and liposuction parlors.

If there's time, stop by El Indio on India Street [freshly made corn and flour tortillas]. And yes, by all means, visit the Pt. Loma Seafood Company.

San Diego.

Tell your tax team good luck.

SanDiego, yep yep. Get out on the Bay with a few hundred of your fellow digitheads, and enjoy a Margarita. I bet you knew already that it would be tax deductable.

San Diego, land of my youth. I was born there and lived there for 18 years, 22 if you count semi-annual migrations home during college. Not a days goes by I don't thank my lucky stars that I'm here in PDX, not there. The city, for all the sun, is cold. Perhaps 3 or 4 "walkable" neighborhoods in the city--everywhere else is a get-in-the-car-and-drive kind of place. And I say this having lived in one of the top 3 neighborhoods in the center city. It looks great on a postcard, but living there? Ugh, no thanks.

An interesting scene we took in from close-up range during a break: an aircraft carrier heading out to sea. On its way to the war, no doubt.

I win: San Diego.

No way, Princess, I win. I got there first. One of the few cities in America where City Hall is more phuct than Portland, but at least they don't get paid as much as Mssrs Sten & Co.

Yeah, Pt. Loma seafood is good. Hotel Del Coronado is good. Mr. A's up on Fifth. Surf is best at Encinitas, but there's some good spots in PB and LJ. EB breaks well, but you're close to the raw sewage outflow from TJ. Foggy's Notion near the Arena. Dick's in the Gas Lamp. The Penant at Mission Beach.... Ocean Beach if you're willing to take a walk on the wild side. Old Town for the best taco salads. Best fish tacos are in MB... How do I know all this? I haven't even got started on La Mesa, Alpine, El Cajon, etc.

You lose, Princess. Surrender unto me.

Jack --

Good to see you this afternoon. Hope your team did well. I'm ignoring all the nasty comments about tax lawyers from these yahoos in PDX! :-)

I lived in SD for about a year and guessed wrong. Shame on me.

I lived in SD for about a year and guessed wrong. Shame on me.

Tax Lawyers. Conference. San Diego. I've seen this movie, it's called Old School.

Jack, if you take an early flight home, only to find your wife engaged in some twisted orgy, let me know. It'll be time to start up a fraternity.

"It tastes so good when it touches your lips."


Too Bad Weishapt, you're disqualified. Several of the places you mention in S.D. are either gone or misrepresented. Foggy's Notion? Long gone. Mr. A's sold out to another owner.

EB? It's IB as in Imperial Beach. Encinitas and north county are now part of one overcrowded suburb.

And, the City Council gets paid way too much for causing the current financial crisis. Reminds me of the tram project.

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