Radiohead in Chula Vista

Radiohead 8-27-08 @ Chula Vista

.............................................................................8-27-08 "Street Spirit(Fade Out)"- Radiohead in Chula Vista, CA.

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....................................................................................................................8-27-09 "All I Need" - Radiohead in Chula Vista, CA

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I just got back from San Diego with my wife celebrating our third anniversary.  We got stuck in sand, got to see Radiohead, got to see two-and-a half great museums at Balboa Park, and got to eat a $5 large pizza in our car before heading back home through a huge storm around Yuma. It was a very event filled 2.5 days that will be well remembered.

To elaborate, we pulled off an exit because Muriel wanted to get a picture of the sand dunes. We got to a legitimate parking area, but when we noticed that there were no good picture opportunities, we decided to turn around and in doing so, hit a soft shoulder. The more we spun our wheels, the deeper the wheel would get into the sand. In the end, our front tires were 2/3 deep into the sand.  With just 2-wheel drive, we were officially stuck.  With the help of two border patrol officers, with the car in reverse, they pushed us to safety. It was a 10-minute problem that could've easily been a 3-hour derailment of our plans.

After checking in at our hotel, we went to the Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre in Chula Vista. What a show Radiohead puts on.  You think they would just be a studio band, with the complexity of their albums, but live, they are picture perfect. Simply amazing! Two hours and twenty minutes of pure heaven.  Thank you, Radiohead,  for breaking the mold and being the future of music. Also note that all of their lighting was solar-powered LEDs to reduce their tour's carbon footprint. Pretty amazing.

After a parking exit nightmare and countless detours from the main San Diego Freeway, and a good nights sleep, we proceeded to Balboa Park. We went to the San Diego Museum of Art, and saw a very good exhibit  from Eleanor Antin, called Historical Takes. Which is what they were...a digital exposition of modern/updated tongue-in-cheek, metaphorical takes on Greek and Roman history and mythology presented in the style of 19th-century French and English academic paintings. The second museum we saw was the San Diego Air & Space Museum, which houses many full size planes, from WW1 to today, as well as a Mercury Capsule, and Apollo Capsule. Very interesting. The third and least interesting museum was the Mingei International Museum. It was just your average museum with traditional flatwork as well as sculpture.

By 8pm we were ready to leave. On the way out of the city and after filling our gas tank, we spotted a place call Pizza Xpress. Home of a $5 take-out pizza. We ate ours out of the box in our car. Not bad for an anniversary dinner! 

Proceeding past Yuma, AZ., we drove straight through a monster storm, that had left Phoenix with 90mph winds in some areas. Strong lightning and heavy rains kept us going at about 35 mph for a good  forty-five minutes or so.

An excellent event filled third anniversary.

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