2012 Time to Work, Time to Play, & Time to Serve travel blog

A beautiful Tiffin Phaeton at the "Battle of the RV Dealers"

Scenes from the Corvette Diner

DDD Poster at Corvette Diner

Sue channeling Steve Martin

Two Jacks from Jack in the Box at the Corvette Diner

USS Recruit - Dry land ship used to train sailors from WWII...

On Saturday Sue went here,

while I went here a few minutes late

'56 Chevy BelAire wagon

Entertainment at Seaport Village by a trumpeter

One of the more unusual kites flying along the bay shore

Sunset behind the sails of the Star of India

Rex Sole

Scallops on spinach with garlic butter sauce

San Diego skyline

Movie Clips - Playback Requirements - Problems?

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Spontaneous Dance at Corvette Diner


This post is a wrap up of the week end’s activities in the San Diego area. We started Friday by visiting an RV show at Qualcomm Stadium. It was billed as the “Battle of the RV Dealers”. We were just passing the afternoon before meeting Don and Maggie for dinner, but before long we found a 33ft. 2007 Winnebago Adventurer with only 14,000 miles on it that was almost perfect. No king bed, but it had a computer desk in the bedroom. It was priced great and the longer we sat there the more they were offering for Winnie on a trade in (Don’t tell Winnie we were looking). I came within this much (holding my fingers in the air about 1 inch apart) of trading Winnie on the newer Winnie. The sales guys were nice and finally let us go without meeting the sales manager, but they did call me back on Saturday morning offering more on a trade in value. No sale.

After extricating ourselves from the RV salesmen, we met Don and Maggie and headed to the Corvette Diner. The best way to describe it is that it’s a cross between Chuck e. Cheese and Happy Days. The wait staff was all attired in retro-50’s clothes and was wearing bouffant hairdo’s and Fonzi wigs. They would spontaneously erupt into a choreographed dance to a hit from the 50’s or 60’s and more often than not invite kids and any willing adults to join in (No Sue didn’t get up and dance with them). We sat in the black light room for dinner where the walls were decorated in 60’s style fluorescent paint that glowed under the black lights. I had the Fonzarrelli Cacciatore sandwich, Sue had the Dee Dee burger, Maggie had Peggy Sue's Pastrami. The food was okay as the reason for going to the Corvette Diner is for the spectacle. If you want someplace to go for a quiet meal with conversation, this is not the place. We had a good time. On the way out we saw a Guy Fieri autographed DDD poster and I thought we had found a DDD not listed in my app. Upon further review, Guy must have visited the Corvette Diner, but not as part of the show.

We didn’t do much on Saturday, because we got a late start. We decided to head into San Diego. The plan was for me to drop Sue at the Seaport Village shopping center on the bay and I would go to the USS Midway aircraft carrier museum. I walked over to the Midway and got there a little after 4:00 PM and as poor planning would have it the last tickets are sold at 4:00. So with no car and nothing to do I went to a raw bar for a beer and half a dozen raw oysters while waiting for Sue to finish shopping and bring the car over to pick me up. I had left her the car keys, but forgot to leave the ticket for the parking lot. Since she was buying stuff (a new flamingo lawn ornament, some Christmas ornaments, Christmas gifts, etc.) and needed the ticket to get it validated as well as to get out of the parking lot, I had to walk back and bring it to her. We headed down the harbor to Anthony’s Seafood Grotto for dinner. Nice place with a great view of San Diego Bay and the setting sun. The food was very good. I had Rex sole and Sue had a scallop dish.

Sunday was hot in San Diego with the temperature reaching the mid-90’s, unusual for this area especially this time of the year. We invited Don & Maggie for dinner at Winnie’s. I had planned to buy some fresh tuna to cook on the grill, but couldn’t find a fish market in any of the near-by seashore communities. I went to a Vons supermarket figuring I could buy tuna there and no luck. Wally’s Supermarket didn’t have tuna either. It seems the closest fish market was in San Diego where I had the oysters yesterday. Plan B was to buy chicken to grill. So I marinated the chicken in Italian dressing. I made Honey Gold Potato and Red Pepper Salad along with broccoli. Don and Maggie brought cheesecake for dessert. It cooled off so we ate on the patio. We watched the Eagles beat the Giants again in what was a pretty good game compared to how the Birds played the last 3 weeks.

Tomorrow is our last day in San Diego as we start our trip east. We need to be in Albuquerque by October 10 for the Balloon Fiesta. It should be a relaxed trip to New Mexico with some time on the Western end of Route 66.

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