On the move again; this time to California to visit family and friends VI

Fred’s Mexican Cafe-Historic Old Town San Diego

Today started off with cool temperatures and sunny skies.  Our plans for the day were to kick-back and relax and make a trip over to Old Town San Diego for happy hour.

We started with a lovely breakfast on the patio.  We had the best time looking back on our long-time friendship and all the lovely people we met along the way.

Randy met Vilma and Jim in the early nineties when he joined the divorce support group, New Beginnings.  The organization offered seminars on coping with the divorce process and moving beyond divorce.  The group also organized social opportunities like outings and dances.  Vilma was a very active member of the social committee and eventually we all worked on or for this fun committee.

I met Randy in 1994 in another setting and eventually joined New Beginnings in December of that year.  Shortly after I joined Randy was asked to be a substitute DJ for an event and I went along.  He dealt with the electronics while I chose the songs to be played.  I also ran onto the dance floor and led several line dances.

Before we knew it, the social committee was inviting us to play at many of their events.  From that beginning, Randy and I started our own DJ business playing for weddings and special events.  We continued with the business for the next 10 years.

Jim and Vilma’s wedding day.

Over time Randy and I became a couple and so did Jim and Vilma.  We attended each other’s weddings and have stayed connected even after we all retired and moved away from the Washington, D.C. area.

The morning seemed to just drift by and we finally decided to prepare for the rest of the day.  Vilma found an article in the paper that she thought Jim and Randy would like advertising the El Camino Memorial Park Classic Car & Bike Show and we decided to add it to our day’s activities.

1934 Packard 4-door convertible


By the time we started our journey to the car show we noticed that skies had become overcast and there was a hint of rain in the air.  We arrived at the Memorial Park and noticed that some of the classic cars and bikes were already leaving.  But we continued hoping to see at least a few.

Harley-Davidson trike trailing a hearse. Very cool!


And, we did.  The most interesting bike on display was a Harley Davidson trike trailing a hearse.  I asked Randy what he thought.   “It’s kind of unique,” he replied.  I thought he would have had more to say.  I thought it was very cool indeed.

1936 Chevy 2-door “Flatback” streetrod

Randy’s 1956 Ford Thunderbird

We walked around looking at the few cars that were on display reading all the literature and taking pictures.  We all agreed that we were not surprised that many of the cars and bikes left early with the forecast of rain later in the afternoon.  Trust me, Randy owns a 1956 Ford Thunderbird and would never take it out if there was a hint of rain. He has been working on the restoration of this beautiful car for several years.  The first time he took it to a car show won a prize.  Very cool!

1957 Chevy Bel-Air


We milled around for a bit and then started our journey over to Old Town.  Vilma was interested in the Saturday Market, looking for a pair of earrings and stopping by the Barra Barra Saloon to see what they had on the menu for happy hour.

Historic Old Town San Diego is a wonderful place to visit.  There are many historic buildings to tour, museums to visit, specialty shops to browse, restaurants to enjoy a variety of foods, and a variety of entertainment.


We enjoyed our walk around the grounds but were not successful in finding Vilma’s earrings and after checking the Barra Barra Saloon’s menu we would walk around and find another restaurant.

We walked a while and came across a very festive looking restaurant called Fred’s Mexican Café.  What a great decision to stop here.  The atmosphere was lively and festive.  the service was great and the food delicious.

There were five food offerings on their happy hour menu and a variety of drinks at reduced prices.  Randy and I ordered Fred’s Fiesta Nachos (Frijoles negros, pepper jack quesa, roma, jack & cheddar cheese, tomatoes and pickled jalapenos), Rolled Chicken Tacos (three of Fred’s delicious homemade Chicken Rolled Tacos) and the Quesadilla De La Casa (Four cheese flour quesadillas).  The appetizers were only $2.95 each.  Everything was delicious!!

Over the next two-hours we drank, ate, talked and laughed.

We finally made our way back home to spend a relaxed evening watching a little TV.

Tomorrow we are off to the San Diego Zoo.

Old Town State Historic Park. Love this beautiful tree.




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2 Responses to On the move again; this time to California to visit family and friends VI

  1. Genny says:

    Cool cars!!

  2. Randy Chartier says:

    What a fun day. I enjoyed the car show with the limited number of cars. I always enjoy Old Town. Being originally from San Diego, it is always a treat to come back and visit Old Town and the memories this place holds for me!!

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