OB Walkabout No. 5

by on November 20, 2017 · 6 comments

in Ocean Beach

Distances from Lotus Street, center of the universe.

By Joaquin Antique

Being an occasional column featuring sights and sounds from Ocean Beach and Point Loma.

Lifeguard towers began their annual migration inland away from the chilly “shadow of the berm”. Here a trio of towers are observed trudging East on Brighton Avenue.

Only OB VIPs are allowed beyond the velvet rope.

A dead tree that someone erected by the flood control channel, festooned with decorative litter. Don’t Holiday decorations seem to go up earlier every year?

Locals showed a lot of love for Noodles at a memorial paddle out two Sundays ago. He will be missed by friends and family.

OB skate punks are active again, painting their gang symbols around town. Now they’re even tagging the streets! Let’s organize a committee to paint over these signs of anarchy.


When the bars close at 2 AM and the locals stagger home, about half the out of town partiers drive past my old home on the 4900 block of West Point Loma, headed back to where ever.

Over the years many of these impaired drivers have had difficulty negotiating the curve in the road and end up in my neighbors’ yards, side swiping parked cars, or upside down in the street.

A few years ago, after awakening in the wee hours to a huge BANG!!, we ran outside to find that a car had rolled and ended up on its side, driver’s side down.

The front window was smashed out and oil and water were leaking into the street.  We asked the sideways driver if he was okay and he slurred, “Yeah, but I can’t get the door open” as he struggled with the handle of a door that was resting face down against the pavement.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Jonathan Riley November 20, 2017 at 5:21 pm

The spray paint is dig alert marking the underground utilities.


Peter B from South O November 21, 2017 at 3:27 am

(long, tolerant sigh)


Joaquin Antique November 21, 2017 at 1:02 pm

Did Jonathan Swift have this problem? It was only a modest proposal.


Christo November 21, 2017 at 7:58 am

Skate punks dig underground utilities?

I learn something new everyday!!!


Joaquin Antique November 21, 2017 at 1:04 pm

Maybe if I use a winking emoticon…


Peter B from South O November 22, 2017 at 7:34 am

Just lower your expectations ;-)


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