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Street Urchins Calling Themselves “Urban Travelers” Is Utterly Ridiculous

LA Times – To him, it’s another day on the streets. Some call him an “urban traveler,” “a crust punk” or worse. He and others like him — mostly young, homeless people who often travel in groups — roam beach cities begging for money, sleeping under the stars and trying to survive. They’re vexing to tourist-dependent spots from San Francisco to San Diego, where officials complain their gritty edge and sometimes violent tendencies intimidate locals and turn visitors off. “They can be very aggressive and very disruptive,” said San Diego City Councilman Ed Harris, who represents Ocean Beach, where homeless youth congregate on the sea wall, sleep on the beach and light illegal campfires. They’re not drawn exclusively to the West Coast but to other cities perceived as “cool,” such as Minneapolis-St. Paul; Denver; Portland, Ore.; and Seattle.

“Urban Travelers”! Ha! Yo, fuck these street urchins directly in their stupid road-grimy homeless faces. They’re a fucking scourge on society. I live in Ocean Beach and I understand why a person would choose to come here but guess what? Nobody wants to have to wake up and have a job and go make fucking money but we do because that’s how society works.  If you have zero interest in really contributing to society that’s fine, just go do it in the woods in Montana or Alaska or somewhere like that. Don’t be doing it in a place full of people who actually work to live there and then have the goddamn audacity to get all huffy when I tell you to stop sleeping in my fucking driveway. I can tell you first hand that there is always, 100% of the time a fairly sizable group of all variety of miscreants, hobos, urchins and junkies congregating and aggressively begging for money, playing shitty music on their  guitars and attempting to sell nickle bags of shitty, shitty weed along the sea wall. Get the fuck outta my face with this shit.  Seriously these “people” aren’t much higher than the common street rats they sleep next to every night.

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The only time i do feel bad is when the vagrant has a dog but even then I only feel bad for the dog. The pup didnt choose to have a scumbag as an owner.

People I Hate: Pedicab Drivers

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I will be the first to readily admit that there are millions of amazing things about living in San Diego but there are a few select things in America’s Finest City that just send me through the fucking roof.  One of those things is the pedicab drivers downtown, mostly in the Gaslamp.  I fucking hate them, like the type of hate I can feel resonating deep down in my bowns.  They’re just so damn ignorant and entitled it drives me fucking nuts,  They’re just slow and always in the way, randomly cutting across lanes of traffic hoping their flimsy little sheetmetal rickshaw will protect them from the cars.  Then they congregate along the sidewalk taking up half a fucking block’s worth of on street parking in a metroplitan city center.  It’s fucking lunacy!  They smell like shit and may be some of the most inconsiderate asshgoles on the face of the planet and not a single one of them speaks fucking english.  They’re all Turks and Russians hauling fat midwestern tourists around a city built on a series of hills all while blarring shitty music on a boombox from 2002.  Fuck all that and especially fuck them.  GTFO of my city!

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I will say that the female pedicab drivers have phenomenal bodies and outstanding asses.  Just A-MAZING asses.  Now don’t get it twisted, I still hate them just them same, I just want to hate fuck some of them and then steal their work visas.  Is that how that would work? Like is a work visa a physical thing I can steal?  If it is would stealing it do what I would be intending it to do? I don’t know.  Either way, its happening.  I’m doing it.

Phil Rivers Bolo Tie Swag Goes to Eleven

philip-rivers-bolo-tie-bengals-win“Hey Phil we just went on the road and dick stomped  a tough Cincinnati defense in some pretty shitty weather, you ready to for your post game presser?”
“Yup, lemme just grab my finest bolo tie and we’re all good to go.”

I’m happy I’m not Denver right about now because let me tell you something, you DO NOT want to fuck with a man in a bolo tie. For proof look no further than yourself, have you gentle reader ever willingly crossed a man in a bolo tie? How about anyone you’ve ever known? No you havent and no they haven’t. You know how I know the answers to those questions? No one has ever trifled with a man in a bolo tie and lived to tell the tale.  The bolo tie is a look reserved for men that mean business. You know what Im trying to say, Im trying to say its time to get down to  business cause its business time.

its business, its business time

Good thing for Denver that Rivers doesnt also have a mustache to complete the look because then, ooh brother, then they’d be in a whole ‘nother world of hurt. Imagine how powerful and manly of a mustache Philip must grow.  Like a manlier Burt Reynolds.  Luckily enough we here aboard the OneLastLine have the latest in mustache adding technology on hand and we are not afraid to use it:

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Boom. Mustached. Ferocious. Get it #17! Alright Denver consider this your official notice.  Philip is coming and he’s bringing his bolo ties with him. You’ve been warned.

Biggest Day For San Diego Sports In A Long Time

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Yup, it was a great day to be in San Diego. As opposed to all of those other days, when its also great to be in San Diego.

Mark it down, Sunday 05 January 2014 was one of the best days in San Diego sports history.  That may be a sad statement but being sad doesn’t make it not true.  A Chargers road playoff win immediately follow by the San Diego State Men’s Basketball team going on the road to Lawrence, KS and picking up one of the biggest win in the program’s 93 year history.   Has to be the biggest day in this town sports-wise since either the Chargers making it to the Super Bowl in ’94 or the Padres clinching the National League in ’98. Oh ya and while we were watching the rest of the country freeze their balls off it was 70° outside of my front door.  Pretty sweet deal if you ask me.

The day did end on a sad note as we found out that WWII and Korean War Veteran, long time Padres broadcaster and overall terrific human Jerry Coleman died at the age of 89.  We should all absolutely take a moment and salute this great American who squeezed more out of life than many of us could ever dream of.  Jerry Coleman loved life and San Diego and I’m sure he would want us to enjoy what was a great day in America’s Finest City.

Lets walk through this day chronologically:

Chargers 27 Bengals 10

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In the only contest of Wildcard Weekend to be decided by more than one score the Chargers went into the Queen City and not only easily covered the +7 spread but also won going away. Too bad nobody saw that coming.

-This game was fairly ugly and marred by penalties and reviews but Andy “The Ginger Rifle” Dalton took ugly to the next level.

-All the credit in the world to the Bolts for capitalizing on those mistakes.  It’s exactly the kind of thing that championship-caliber teams do.

-Losing Hardwick on the opening drive disjointed the offense and it seemed fairly apparent that Phillip had zero faith in his pass protection early and kept quickly getting to his checkdown backs.

-Luckily enough for the Chargers they actually made a prudent offseason move and signed Little Danny Woodhead away from the Patriots.  He may be the best non-rookie FA signing in team history.

-He’s exactly what this (and every offense) needs: a spark plug that can keep and offense churning when things arent coming easy, a sneaky red zone option, a 3rd down back with a nose for the sticks.

-Even with all that it seemed like Mike McCoy forgot that he was allowed to throw the ball. They finished the 1st half with only 1 reception by a WR and zero for Antonio Gates.  That probably isnt going to work again next week,

-This team actually made the proper adjustments at halftime, as opposed to whatever it was that Norv and Marty did at halftime of playoff games (played Hungry Hungry Hippos?) and came out throwing the ball with some success.

-The Ginger Rifle and the Bengals  came out throwing in the 2nd half as well, fortunately he was also finding plenty of open Chargers to throw to.

-The Chargers actually looked well coached and head into Denver knowing that they’re the only team to defeat Peyton Manning in Mile High this year.

Aztecs 61 Jayhawks 57

sdsu5San Diego State, where when you lose at least you’re still in San Diego.  And when you win you get to be in San D-fucking-eggo!

Without even having to change the channel after the Chargers purchased their tickets to Denver the Aztecs began one of the biggest regular season wins in program history.  SDSU came out of the gates confident and quickly staked themselves to a lead they would never relinquish.  This was the first time Kansas has lost a non-conference home game since 2006 and is a huge win for San Diego State. A few notes from the game:

-Make no mistake about it San Diego State came out and beat Kansas and the number back bear that out: SDSU_KU

-Thats not luck when you hold Andrew Wiggins to 14 points on 4-14 shooting and Kansas as a team to 17-57 on the floor. No, thats not luck. That is just plain good old fashioned team defense

-The most encouraging of these numbers is the 12-18 on FT’s.  Bad shooting from the charity stripe has long been a weak spot on Fisher’s Aztecs and that kind of thing kills in March.

-Also very encouraging was SDSU’s 51-39 rebounding advantage.  The Aztec’s have had an awfully hard time trying to replace Kawhi Leonard’s production in the paint (for good reason) since he left for the NBA but it seems this year they have something of a solution in the form of Tulane transfer Josh Davis.  Davis’ game is like that of a poor man’s Leonard and I do not mean that as an insult in any way

-These are the kinds of wins that help out in the recruiting battle, although with a Top 10 Incoming Recruiting Class for 2014 it’s not like Fisher and his staff really needed the help

– At the 11min mark SDSU had the ball and a 38-31 lead and all I could think was “thank god Jamaal Franklin isn’t here anymore”. And its true.  Sad, but true.  Franklin probably would have blown that game.

-This team came in and, most importantly remained calm, cool and collected the entire game.  Coach Fish used his time outs prudently when he could see his team begining to look a little frantic on the offensive end.

-Even when Fogg Allen Field House turned into the most hostile crowd any Aztecs had seen since Cortez landed on the Gulf Coast they stayed under control

-Their composure and ability to perform in the moment in the face an angry mob was never more evident than at the 3:50 mark of the second half up 2 Xavier Thames snaked his way to the rack, kissed the ball off of the glass to the trailing Skylar Spencer.  A beautifully executed play to silence a raucous crowd

-Xavier Thames is finally healthy and is a certified Prime Time Player.  He elevates his game when it matters most and can create his own offense when the Aztecs get stagnant.  In other words the perfect kind of player for March success.

-This may be the best team of the Fisher Era and I do not say that lightly.  This incarnation of the Aztecs can rebound (Davis, O’Brien, Shepherd), has a true scorer that can create their own offense (Thames), some very solid options off a deep bench (Polee, Shrigley, Johnston, Quinn), they shoot free throws better than any past team and now we know they are battle tested and fearless.

-This team could make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament and if they can keep playing this way through the MWC schedule could be looking at 2 or possibly a 1 seed come Selection Sunday

-That was the last of the non-con schedule for this season so its all Mountain West all the time until we get to the NCAA Tournament.

-Next game is this Wednesday at home vs MWC foe Boise State coming off of an NCAA Tourney appearance last year. Game tips at 8:05pm PST at Viejas Arena on campus at SDSU. 1st home game back after the winter break so you know The Show should be rocking.

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it’s harder than you might think to find pictures of girls wearing SDSU gear since they spend so much of their time wearing not clothes.  you’ll just have to trust me that these are (or were) SDSU girls.  Have I mentioned how much I love this city?

USMC WWII & Korean War Bomber Pilot Turned Longtime Padres Broadcaster Jerry Coleman Has Died

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San Diego Union-Tribune – Jerry Coleman, a two-time war hero who became one of the most endearing figures in Padres history, passed away Sunday afternoon at the age of 89.  Coleman died at Scripps Hospital from complications of head injuries he’d suffered in a fall last month.  In 33 years as broadcaster of Padres games, Coleman became the link between the major league team and San Diego, and to many he became its very identity.  Coleman’s humility and self-effacing ways belied the fact that he was a Marine Corps aviator — in both World War II and the Korean War — and an All-Star second baseman who once was Most Valuable Player of a World Series. That he won over so many people in the relatively unseen realm of a radio booth hid the fact he was an unfailingly dapper gentleman.  “Memorial Day was tough on him,” said former Padres play-by-play man Mel Proctor. “On Memorial Day, he’d get a tear in his eye. Jerry volunteered great baseball stories, but very few war stories. It was too hard for him.” Conversely, Coleman’s military experience and appreciation for those in the service made him special in the eyes and ears of San Diego baseball fans, so many of them either active duty or retired.  “To him, the Marine Corps was No. 1 after family,” Leitner said. “This is a guy who wore the pinstripes at Yankee Stadium, who roomed with Mickey Mantle, who had his picture taken with Joe DiMaggio, who played in World Series and was MVP of one of them. Yet he’d tell you that his time with the Marines was more important to him. Nobody shot at him at Yankee Stadium.”

Above is just a quick excerpt from a much longer article from the San Diego U-T.  I don’t do this often but this is just me paying my respects to a great man and there is no way myself or anyone else is going to be able to do this man’s life justice but Chris Jenkins’ article does as good a job as anyone could ask for.  I suggest giving it a read.

Decorated WWII and Korean War Bomber pilot and longtime Padres announcer Jerry Coleman passed away on Sunday afternoon at the age of 89.  This is a big, big loss for San Diego and for America really. I didn’t want to be the harbinger of bad news to rain on everyone’s parade after what has been a banner day for sports here in America’s Finest City but I would be remissed not to make any mention of the passing of a San Diego Icon and a true American Hero. He only spent one season in a Padre uniform (McDonald’s Founder and then Padres Owner (as well as noted crazy person) Ray Kroc hired Coleman to manage the club for the 1980 season despite Coleman’s complete lack of coaching experience)  but his is one of the five numbers the franchise has retired in Center Field.  Coleman’s radio presence had diminished quite a bit in the last few years but his presence with the Padres organization and indeed with the city of San Diego as whole will never be diminished.

Semper Fidelis and God Speed Marine, You Are Relieved of the Watch

Below is a great interview with Jerry Coleman from 2012.  Just a fantastic conversation that truly shows the personality and kindness that the world has lost

Hey Rest Of ‘Murica! Pick Your Teeth Up Because San Deigo Is DOMINATING XMas

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Hey rest of the country, eat your hearts out.  America’s Finest City just living up to it’s namesake and putting an absolute fucking beatdown on the rest of the country.  Especially my hometown of Peabody, MA.  You see those Temperature splits up there? SD’s low for the next week is higher than Peabody’s highs by an astounding 20 degrees.  This ladies and gents is how you Christmas,  Now if I could only set up a Penguin XMas parade we would be on top of the world.  The writing schedule is going to be fairly erratic this week but I promise we’ll be back to a full on bloggin schedule right after the New Year.  Until then I’m just going to post things that catch my eye, in addition to the final two days of the 12 Days Of Christmas Countdown.

 

San Diego Is A Ghost Town Right Now & It Is Awesome

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This is one of the best 2 week stretches in SanDiego (and probably any transplant-centric city) . Everyone leaves and goes back from whence they came for the hollidays. I dont like being cold or having the threat of snow hanging over my head so I stay out on the West Coast and I get to have the city to myself. Its kind of nice being in a major American city (we can debate whether SD is a major or a mid-major some other time) when its essentially populated by a skeleton crew. Downtown was whisper quiet yesterday, Ocean Beach is like a high school on senior skip day today. I love it, its great, like I can stretch out a little bit. Theres always a seat open at the bar, there arent any lines at the grocery store or post office or DMV or wherever and the traffic lightens up pretty dramatically. Not to mention that orphan holidays are the best holidays. Overall just a downright enjoyable time to be in America’s Finest City.

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This is doesnt hurt my argument for staying at the beach for the hollidays:
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