Shipwreck Pants sitcom serial by Sandy Bliss Clocktower Books


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3. Robin and Tom: A Harbor Walk (Continued)

The photo can only capture a small part of the grand view all around. One of the key feelings you get is of a wonderful, delicious, amazing emptiness that is filled with beauty and joy. It is so peaceful… even now, in the 21st Century, San Diego still conveys a feeling of quiet, or a place that isn't yet crowded and overrun with people. It's a bit of an illusion, because we get over 33 million visitors a year, and the San Diego-Tijuana conurbation (combined international metropolis) is home to about five million people. Tom and Robin, being locals, know exactly where to go for the best of everything, from a margarita to a cappuccino, from a walk in Balboa Park to an afternoon at the San Diego Zoo, from a stroll along Orange Avenue in Coronado, to a thousand other delights. And there are scenic neighborhoods where tourists never go, like Talmadge and Kensington and the 30th/University area. If you stay long enough, you'll find a wealth of art galleries, museums, symphonies, operas, concerts in various parks, a new world-class public library, and grand sports venues. The list goes on and on, or off and off with the giant cruise ships that come and go through San Diego Bay like silent clouds.

Our two love birds actually sometimes also rent a little fourteen foot sailboat (smaller than the boat in the picture) and spend a few leisurely hours prowling up and down one of the finest natural harbors on the west coast of either North or South America. The portion you see here is only a fraction of the sheltered harbor, which is (according to Wikipedia) 1 to 3 miles (1.6 to 4.8 km) wide at various points. It stretches north-south some 12 miles (19 km) from nearly the Mexican border to the south to the harbor mouth bounded by Point Loma and Cabrillo Point to the north.

That gives you a quick snapshot of Tom Melchior's and Robin Caruso's delightful home city. Life has its ups and downs everywhere. San Diego is no exception. But it's a very special place. It enjoys a Mediterranean climate that even places in the Mediterranean don't necessarily have. It snows more often in Rome, Italy than (virtually never) in San Diego. There is a secret to why San Diego has such an amazing, balanced, moderate climate. We'll talk about that later.