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Take Me To THE SHOW

It is no secret I love my Aztecs.  When I was a student at San Diego State, school pride was average at best.  At that time, amongst my friends, I was one of the more dedicated SDSU student fans as I worked for the  Alumni Association, wrote for The Daily Aztec and read the news on KCR. Though in retrospect, donning an SDSU hoodie now and then, and partipating in extra curriculars didn’t hold a candle to what SDSU now knows as THE SHOW.

THE SHOW is SDSU’s most dedicated and loyal student section that garners attention from national news and is feared by Aztec rivals alike.

These days, the entire city of San Diego has Aztec Fever. As it should as one in seven San Diegans with a college degree attended SDSU.  We have a #6 ranked men’s basketball team and a bowl-winning football team. And more importantly, we are a rising hot bed of academic excellence in California.

Regardless of 401K contributions, stock investments or the like, my husband and I are convinced that in 2010 our best investment (if for nothing more than for pure psychological pleasure) was our 2010-2011 SDSU Men’s Basketball season tickets.

Every game we attend is a priceless experience.  In fact, I can say with full conviction that the game v. UNLV this past Wednesday night was hands-down the most rockin’ I’ve ever seen that arena.  (And I’ve been to Aerosmith, Prince and Marilyn Manson concerts, not to mention graduation, there).  The minute I left, I wanted to do it all over again.

Why?  Well, the team ROCKS. The fans are die-hard.  But really … THE SHOW!

We have THE BEST student section, THE SHOW,  in the nation.  It has been spawning for at least the last six-to-ten years, but this year, as SDSU men’s basketball team is set to reign in all its glory, THE SHOW has come into its own and then some.  They make the stadium, the game and the viewing experience complete.  Team aside, opponents hardly have a chance in the face of this raucous and amazingly executed fan base.

If you havnen’t seen THE SHOW, I encourage you to buck up and buy some tickets to any SDSU men’s bball game you can find. If they are sold out for the season, then check out their 10 commandments to get a feel for just how fun they are:

Long ago, on the top of Mt. Montezuma, the Aztec God of Basketball gave 10 commandments to His followers. He named his minions The Show, and He told them if they lived by these 10 rules, a legacy of epic fandom would be birthed. Interestingly enough, the God of Aztec Basketball is not as demanding as some other Aztec Gods you might have heard about. The best thing about The Show is its freedom to be unique, wild and original. These are more like guidelines.

Do you want to be in The Show?!? Just follow The Show’s 10 Commandments:

10.) Thou shalt love the Aztecs and sit in the student section. If you do this, you’re in The Show, whether or not you know it yet.

9.) Thou shalt wear two types of attire to games: red and black, or whatever the heck you want. “Show” clothing is designed to be as funny, ludicrous and intimidating as possible. Costumes, outfits, and any accessories you can dream up are definitely encouraged.

8.) Thou shalt stand in your seats whenever the game is being played.

7.) Thou shalt cheer as loud as you can. There are many cheers and chants in The Show so try to yell in unity.

6.) Thou shalt not use excessive profanity or throw things on the court. The Show has always been clever enough to overcome these obstacles.

5.) Thou shalt know your team and your opponent, to have greater love and hate for both. (And verbal ammunition.)

4.) Thou shalt show up early if you want to be close to the action.

3.) Thou shalt wave the giant heads during free throws. You can even ask for your favorite face, or make your own.

2.) Thou shalt take pride in the home court advantage. Our goal, in the end, is to do whatever we can as fans, to atmospherically and psychologically help the Aztecs get a victory at every home game. We encourage, inspire and energize the team, and you have an impact, and the players and coaches can feel it.

1.) Thou shalt love everyone in The Show. The Show is already well known as one of the craziest, loudest and most fun student sections in college basketball. That’s why the final rule is just do your part to make The Show world famous for having the most insane, rowdy and epic fans college basketball has ever seen.

The Show 10 Commandments Source: The Union-Tribune

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Fifteen Reasons to Donate Blood

I went in for my bi-monthly blood donation appointment today.  No matter how many times I donate, I still get a little nervous and queasy if I think about it too much.

All that said, there is never a doubt in my mind before, during or after the donation that it is the right thing to do.  I saw firsthand the importance of blood donation when my stepfather went through a grueling treatment for leukemia a year ago.  His blood transfusions were vital to his recovery.

If you’re on the fence about donating, here are some reasons (some selfish and some selfless) to do it:

  1. Whether you know it or not, you likely know someone who is alive today because of a blood transfusion they received.
  2. It is free to donate.
  3. There are a number of reasons that someone may need a blood transfusion, such as surgery (hip replacement), cancer treatment (chemo), burn victim, or a bad car accident.
  4. People of all ages can accept blood transfusions, including babies and children.
  5. You get to eat as many treats as you want after you are done donating.
  6. If you are a blood-type match with a loved one, your donation can be designated for a specific person in need.
  7. Most of the time there are major deficits in blood banks.
  8. You’ve got plenty of blood to spare.  The average adult has 10-12 pints of blood in his or her body.  Your body replenishes the blood deficit within 24 hours.
  9. It doesn’t hurt.
  10. Geography doesn’t matter.  There are blood banks and mobile donation centers every where.  If you can’t find one, most hospitals take donations directly on site.
  11. At any time you may need blood to help you survive.  You better bet at the time you need blood you’ll be grateful to those people who donated to you.
  12. While donating, you’re surrounded by nurses and health care professionals. If you faint or something goes wrong, you’re in good hands.
  13. You get a free health screening.  After donating you get information on your cholesterol, blood pressure, pulse and more.
  14. Some organizations, like the San Diego Blood Bank, offer incentive points for each donation made that can be redeemed for cool prizes like jackets, beach chairs and gift certificates.
  15. The people at the blood banks are so kind, cheerful and very grateful that you came.  From the time I arrive until the time I leave, I am told “thank you for donating” at least 10 times.

If you are in San Diego County, here are a few places you can go to donate:

If you’re on the fence, I’d be happy to answer questions for you or even schedule my next appointment with you so we can donate together.

Give blood.  Give life.

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The Ground is Shaking. What to Do?

I’m not gonna lie, my disaster preparedness plan is flacid to say the least.  But the earth has been moving more than usual as of late, so it is high time to get a plan in place.

This article from the North County Times, offers an excellent refresher on proper earthquake safety protocol.

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Drop, cover and hold on. Do not run outside. And forget about standing in a doorway.

The region’s been jiggling a lot recently —- including a 4.0 magnitude temblor on the Imperial County line Thursday morning, just one of hundreds of aftershocks from the large Easter quake centered near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Confused and potentially risky reactions to the recent quakes, especially the bigger ones, reveal that plenty of people still need to brush up on earthquake safety, said emergency services personnel and quake experts recently.

Full story here.

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Gas Station Gourmet: Tabe BBQ

For the record, I never thought I was one to head to a gas station or a roach coach to pick up dinner.  However, it is fair to say that I am one of those people now.

Tabe BBQ's Only Physical Location: In a Gas Station Mini-Mart

My friend and food journalist extraordinaire Caron Golden of San Diego Food Stuff told me a few months back about an excellent PR pitch she got from the folks at Tabe (pronounced Tah-Bey) BBQ.  And then she went on to tell how it was different than most other food reviews she does because this “restaurant” was mobile in a truck.

Since then I’ve been watching the locals buzz about Tabe BBQ all over the internet and on San Diego morning news shows.  It is fair to say that I was intrigued.   

With geography on my side and a few spare minutes on my watch, last night I hit up Tabe’s only physical restaurant location (which happens to be at a gas station).

Tabe literally means “to eat” in Japanese.  The Tabe BBQ principles are Asian-inspired dishes with a classic Mexican flair … think TJ street tacos filled with teriyaki ginger chicken. 

Gas station schmas station, the food speaks for itself.  I ordered two chicken tacos and less than 24 hours later I am considering going back for two more.

Nothing Fancy; the Food Speaks for Itself.

The food is like something you’d get at a five-star, linen-table-cloth-lined, maitre’d-manned establishment.  I paid $6 (including tax) for my tacos, but anywhere else that meal could have easily gone for $30. 

I didn’t know what this Asian-Mexican fusion would be like, but it is what you’d image and then some. The ingredients were fresh, the flavors were complex and it is fair to say that the addictive side of my personality has been triggered. The menu is simple, but there is something for every taste.

Tabe BBQ’s physical location is in Kearny Mesa, but they send trucks daily all around the county to La Jolla, Hillcrest, Downtown, North Park, the College Area, Sorrento Valley and more. To find out exactly when they will be in your part of town, bookmark this site.

Believe you me, you’re gonna wanna check this out.  It is a gourmet food revolution on a poor man’s (or woman’s) dime.

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Model Call!

Luck has been on my side lately.  At a networking event raffle I won a gift certificate for a mini-facial from Mari Symington of Model Call Salon and Spa in Hillcrest.

Friday was my day to beautify so off to see Mari I went.  Model Call Salon and Spa is a very hip, upscale place on Park Blvd. that offers treatments on everything from hair, to nails to massage.  And of course, facials.

Mari is the sweetest thing you’ve ever met.  She made me feel very comfortable and we chatted like we were old friends.  The facial was one of the best I’ve had.  She used products that were not harsh on the skin and had hands that worked magic.  It was a very relaxing experience.

If you are looking for a good aesthetician, it seems like you’d be hard pressed to go wrong with Mari.  Give her a call at 619-296-8021 or e-mail her at mari.symington@yahoo.com to set up an appointment.  She specializes in waxing, peels, facials, brow and lash tinting and body treatments.

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Wine Steals Cardiff

Over the past five years, Wine Steals has revolutionized the local wine bar scene.  I’ve been to the original in Hillcrest and the one at Liberty Station in Point Loma. Just this past week, we happened to drive past the one in Cardiff and had to stop the car and go in.

Unlike the coffee shop-esque Hillcrest location and the golf-course-view Point Loma location, this Cardiff Wine Steals is a cut above the rest.  The shopping center is beautiful and modern and this Wine Steals is much of the same.  It has an ocean view and a beautiful stone-laden modern space with plenty of room indoor and out.  It seemed like the place to be on a Friday night.

The principles of the Cardiff Wine Steals are the same as the others – affordable wines, a vast selection and a comfortable environment.  Seeing that I find the Wine Steals Margherita pizza to be the best pizza I’ve ever had – hands down – I had to try the pizza in Cardiff to be sure it didn’t waiver.  I’m happy to report it is just as good as the other two locations.

If you’re a North County dweller or happen to be in the area like we were, stop by.

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A Trip to the Doggie ER

No one ever wants to have to go to the emergency room, whether for a human or an animal.  Last night we had to go.

When I got home my elderly wiener dog Gary had a terrible limp and was whimpering in severe pain.  We checked his paw for glass or a splinter and his leg for a tender area, but couldn’t find a thing. 

 Being new to the 15 corridor area, our primary vet is still in Bay Park and we have never gone to an ER by our new house.  On the Internet we relied. 

Gary resting at home on his new orthopedic aero bed for dogs.

The first place that popped up when we did a search was the Poway Animal Emergency Clinic.  So off we went.

It turns out that Gary has a bulging or ruptured disk in his neck; I’ll get the full details after we visit our primary vet for radiology this afternoon. 

But I am writing this post to tell you about the Poway Animal Emergency Clinic as it was a wonderful place and one I would recommend if you ever have a situation arise like we did. 

They are located on Poway Road near Carriage Drive.  The office is clean and the staff is friendly and attentive.  They are opened from 5 p.m. through the night.  Our vet communicated with Gary better than any other vet I’ve seen.  She sat down on the floor with him and let him get comfortable with her before she began treating him.  She spent the entire appointment sitting on the floor.  Gary was very receptive to her because of it.

She took plenty of time with us explaining what was going on, our options, the costs associated with treatment and the next steps.  The staff gave us an estimate of fees so we knew what to expect.  The prices were very reasonable. When I called our primary vet this morning they had already received a full report from the ER clinic before 8 a.m.

I hope we don’t ever have to visit the animal ER again, but if we do I will trust the Poway Animal Emergency Clinic with my dogs’ care in a heartbeat … and you should too.

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