On 1 December 1995 The University of California at San Diego, (UCSD) renamed their University Library Building, "The Geisel Library," in honor of Audrey and Theodor Seuss Geisel, (Dr. Seuss,) for their generous contributions to the library and their life long efforts to improve literacy. Theodor Geisel lived his last years in San Diego, and through dontations, of his wife, Audrey, many of his collections are on display at the UCSD Geisel Library, which is open to the public. The Geisel Library is located nearly in the center of this huge campus and not too far from the bookstore, which sells much more than books. Also next to the bookstore is a nice little food court where students gather between classes and is a good place to, "meet the locals," if that is what a visitor is interested in.
There are three major university campuses in San Diego, University of San Diego-(USD,) San Diego State University--(SDSU) and University of California at San Diego--(UCSD) and many more not so major. The point being, these campuses are lovely to tour, they have great bookstores and each offer seasonal sports that can be watched while visiting. Also, there are plenty of opportunities to meet young people--and some not so young--without feeling awkward or out of place.
The first quarter released in 2005 honors California, and is the 31st in the United States Mint's 50 State Quarters® Program. California was admitted into the Union on September 9, 1850, becoming our Nation’s 31st State. Nicknamed the "Golden State," California’s quarter depicts naturalist and conservationist John Muir admiring Yosemite Valley’s monolithic granite headwall known as "Half Dome" and also contains a soaring California condor. The coin bears the inscriptions "California," "John Muir," "Yosemite Valley" and "1850."
In 1849, the year before California gained statehood, the family of 11-year-old John Muir emigrated from Scotland to the United States, settling in Wisconsin. In 1868, at the age of 30, Muir sailed up the West Coast and landed in San Francisco. He made his home in the Yosemite Valley, describing the Sierra Nevada Mountains as "the Range of Light… the most divinely beautiful of all the mountain chains I have seen." He devoted the rest of his life to the conservation of natural beauty, publishing more than 300 articles and 10 books that expanded his naturalist philosophy.
The 20-member California State Quarter Commission was formed to solicit design concepts from California citizens and to review all submissions. The Commission forwarded 20 design concepts to Governor Gray Davis’s office for further consideration. From these, five were chosen as finalists and sent for final review to the United States Mint. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger chose the final selection from this group of five. The four other design concepts considered included "Waves and Sun," "Gold Miner," "Golden Gate Bridge," and the "Giant Sequoia" design. The Department of Treasury approved the "John Muir/Yosemite Valley" design on April 15, 2004.
Ralphs is downtown San Diego's local grocery store. It has a wide variety of salads (including a salad bar), fresh soups, fruits, health drinks, cakes, etc. All at fairly reasonable prices. This is the only grocery store that I've come across in the downtown area and it's really handy if you don't want to pay the earth for lunch, run out of diapers, need a disposable camera.
It's located behind the back of Horton Plaza and close to Gaslamp. Will get an address and post it!!
Look at my picture: there is the logo of United States Post Office. Whenever you need post marks to send postcards look for this sign.
US Post Offices are often located just by supermarkets - this picture was taken just by VONS supermarket in San Diego.
Hehe, look at The US Post Office Fan Page:
More serious link below :-)
Do you like to watch flying planes?
Go to Pan American Plaza at Balboa Park where San Diego Aerospace Museum is located (is it a coincidence?) and look up - every 3-5 min. I saw an airplane flying lower and lower towards Lindbergh Field International Airport located at the Pacific coast.
Airplanes go from the inland to land, they take off towards the Pacific Ocean.
They often put not 1 but 2 trolley ticket vending machines on trolley stops/stations. What for?
As I noticed both machines have the same functions (they can consume your coins, your notes or your virtual money from a credit/debit card :-). Hmm... never mind - better to have 2 than just 1 :-)).