Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year !!

Happy New Year and best wishes for you in the coming New Year!!
From Deinna & Lou

Saturday, December 21, 2013

South Park,South Bark & Donna Walker

Our visit to South Park.

Lou, Donna and Deinna outside the "South Bark" Dog Wash.

Donna Walker, my former shipmate at Fleet Imaging Command Pacific, excellent videographer and now retired PHC, tells us about the Saturday Night Walkabout, sponsored by the South Park Business Association. The business' stay open one Saturday night a month for pedestrian traffic to cruise the neighborhood. Donna's dog washing business is doing very well, so much that there is often a waiting line.  Behind the sign, she has a very large, comfortable outdoor waiting area which doubles for those waiting in line and also the drying area for the freshly washed dogs.

Inside "South Bark" are the four large dog washing stations. Donna explaned the layout promotes comradery with the customers and easy access to their dogs in the wash tubs.

  All necessary items are at the ready: shampoo, towels and well trained assistants to help with
 your questions. Donna and her partner developed a 
"Blueberry Shampoo" that is 
patented and now being sold nationwide.
"South Bark" also offers many training events and discount coupon offers.
For pricing and washing options, check out their website.

Located at:
2037 30th Street, San Diego CA 92104
Here are links for "South Bark" 

What started our trip to South Park was 
seeing the Christmas Tree Donna Walker posted on her FaceBook page. 
 I showed it to my wife Deinna and she said "we need to go see that."  
So, getting the directions from Donna, we set off for South Park.
If you live in San Diego and don't know where South Park is,
well, it is a friendly little neighborhood located
east of Balboa Park, West of I-15,
 and as you guessed,
it is south of North Park.

The tree is located at the corner of Grape St. and 30th St.,
and is almost directly in front of "The Big Kitchen" restaurant.

In her youth, Whoopie Goldberg lived close-by 
and actually worked at The Big Kitchen.
Covering it's wall are hundreds of pictures  - - of the famous,  
not-so-famous, and infamous people who have visited throughout the years.
There are pictures of Bob Dylan,  President Bill and Hillary Clinton, 
a life-size cutout of Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, 
lots of different San Diego personalities and the list goes on and on.
You'll just have to see for yourself!

We understand this restaurant was constructed in the early '60's, and the
wooden front counter was made even earlier than that.

There are as many nooks and crannies within the confines of the Big Kitchen
as there are nooks and crannies in an English Muffin!

So, if you're ever in the mood to reminisce, or just check out
some of the early San Diego neighborhoods,
make sure you put South Park at the top of your list.
Maybe you could even have a bite at The Big Kitchen.
The atmosphere, along with great breakfasts, are quite a treat.

Go ahead, get out there - there are plenty of places 
right here in San Diego you never knew existed.
It's fun to find them!


Thursday, November 28, 2013

The salad platter

Here is Deinna's Centerpiece for Thanksgiving Dinner

We had to take this picture early, for our dear, darling, children will soon arrive, and devour it!  Hope you and yours have a MOST wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, we hope you will enjoy the day with friends and family.

Here's the Bird. We smoked this for five hours today, the day before.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Great Day at Great Lakes IL
My grandson, Tony John Adzima, graduated from Boot Camp
on August 9th 2013.
Once again, America can sleep well.  For the third time in history,
an ADZIMA has assumed the watch.

The last time I was there was February 1966. Quite a bit has changed, but the Mission is still the same,
creating the greatest sailors in the world.

The drill hall ready for graduation. 

Tony's ship was the USS Marvin Shields, Division 296
The marker was for family members to find seats in front 
of their sailor's division.

State flag bearers waiting for the ceremony to begin.

Ditto for the Drill Team.
Hurry-up and wait.
Some things never change.
Finally, Tony's Division arrives. The black things they are carring are their raincoats.

The drill team ready to perform.

The events in front of the reviewing stand were projected on screen. 

The State flags on parade.  A state flag was present for each state which had a sailor graduating.

Reviewing the troops.

It's hard to pick out one person when they are all dressed the same, and with bad hair cuts.
Tony is circled. 

Then finally "Liberty Call"

Mom (Nicole) greets her new Sailor.

Boot Camp Buddies.

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Yellow Deli, Vista California

After looking at the cars at the Vista Rod Run, we came across the "Yellow Deli" restaurant, located at 315 East Broadway. Drawn in by the rustic look of the outside, we wanted to check out the inside also. Much to our amazement we found it difficult to absorb the interior all at once. To say that we were both overwhelmed by the decor is an understatement.  We loved it, it's just our cup of tea.

Here is a link to their website.   www.yellowdeli.com   
Here's a link to more photos.

From the sidewalk, this is the arbor that greets you.

At the top of the spiral staircase, you look across to the dumbwaiter that brings the orders up from the kitchen, located on the first floor.  

Notice the three shelves of the dumbwaiter containing customer food orders.  

This is the view from the other side showing the rope and pulley system.
By the bar is another dumbwaiter that lowers the dirty dishes to be cleaned.

This is the "Whatever You Are" room, aka the Unisex bathroom.

Here is the 'next in line' waiting area.

Deinna admires the upstairs lounge next to the bar.

The indoor lounge looks out to the outdoor lounge area with waterfall, staircase and barstools.

Little nooks and crannies all over.

We ate here, and can recommend both the food and the service.