Things to do in San Diego with my son Dan: 1) go straight to La Jolla Cove for an ocean swim, 2) view the spectacular ocean photography of Peter Lik at his gallery on Prospect Street in LJ, 3) meet up with my radio station buddies Frank and Dave at Ballast Point Brewing Company on India Street in the booming Little Italy district.
Dave (the Snifferman) introduced me to San Diego’s nightlife when I moved to town in 1982 to be the newsman on Larry Himmel’s B-100 FM morning show. We once chaperoned a bus full of women who won radio station tickets to an Air Supply concert at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. Halfway to the show, Dave and I took the driver’s microphone and graciously offered to hijack the bus to Las Vegas in order to spare ourselves (and the listeners) from a night of wimpy Air Supply music. The contest winners politely declined.
Frankie (Francis Albert Catalfo) is more than my radio brother. The funniest and most musically talented broadcast partner I ever worked with, he co-wrote, arranged, directed and produced all of the smash hit tunes performed by the B-100 Rich Brothers from 1984-89, as well as our B Morning Zoo Funny Songs Album.
On Saturday the Ballast Point bar and patio were packed with runners and staffers pre-gaming for the 2016 San Diego RocknRoll Marathon on Sunday. The four of us did some carbo loading with Big Eye and Sculpin IPAs, but the impending 2016 Jucy Marathon prevented me from quaffing any grapefruit, mango, watermelon, pineapple or habanero ales. Ballast Point was recently bought out by Constellation Brands for a cool billion USD. Methinks they’ll be around for future sessions.