2011 Triangle Tour travel blog

"Frank the Trainman" at night

"Frank the Trainman"

Tioli's Crazeeburger

Cheeseburger, Crazee fries, and Caprese salad

Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial

Bill Mauldin plaque

General Patton plaque

Bob Hope plaque


I went to the Winnebago dealer yesterday to pick up some parts for minor Winnie repairs. On the way I stopped at another DDD joint called Tioli's Carzeeburger. It was featured in DDD episode "Grabbin' a Sandwich". Its got 27 different sandwiches, mostly burgers. There are some wild burgers like wild boar, venison, buffalo, ostrich, etc. I kept it simple with the Monday combo special, an Angus cheeseburger and Crazee fries with a Caprese salad. The burger was okay, but the Caprese was great. I should have gone more exotic.

After I left Crazeeburger, I passed a place called "Frank the Trainman". The neon sign caught my eye the other night when I passed it so I thought I'd stop for a daytime picture. When I walked aroung the back of the building, I saw the train mural. I wish I had gone inside. A write up in the San Diego City Beat said one side is a museum featuring old automobiles, phonographs and clocks, and the other side is stacked to the ceiling with bright orange cardboard boxes containing brand new model trains. Apparently its been operating for some 68 year, the last 23 by a husband and wife team, James and Carmen Cooley. Frank Cox was the former owner, hence "Frank the Trainman".

After driving the parts man crazy and looking at some Winnies at the dealer, I went to visit the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial. It was built in 1954 and consists of six concentric walls with plaques honoring more than 2,800 veterans and a cross. You may know that the cross has been the target of litigation for the past 22 years because it sits upon government property. The case will be going to the Supreme Court this session.

I spent alot of time looking at the plaques and there were some interesting ones. For those of you that are part of the 87th IDLA, there were two of interest memorializing Bill Mauldin and George S. Patton, oil and water during WWII. There was also one commemorating Bob Hope's service.

Today was R&R (repair and relaxation) day. I'll be heading north to Anaheim in the morning. Looking at the weather across the country, I'm not looking forward to leaving Southern California, but all good things must come to an end.

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