Helpless Dancer

The Endless Note

San Diego


I have family in San Diego and have had the privelage of visiting there on more than one occassion, it is without doubt one of my my favourite places.

The San Diego-Coronado Bridge, as pictured above, locally referred to as the Coronado Bridge, is a “prestressed concrete/steel” girder bridge, crossing over San Diego Bay in the United States, linking San Diego, California with Coronado, California. The bridge is signed as part of State Route 75.

coronado hotel exterior

The Hotel del Coronado (also known as the The Del to local residents) is a beachfront luxury hotel in the city of Coronado, just across the San Diego Bay from San Diego, California. It is one of the few surviving examples of an American architectural genre: the wooden Victorian beach resort. It is one of the oldest and largest all-wooden buildings in California and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977.

When it opened in 1888, it was the largest resort hotel in the world and the first to use electrical lighting. It has hosted presidents, royalty, and celebrities throughout the years. The hotel has been featured in numerous movies and books.

The hotel first was featured in a film during 1927 when it was used as a backdrop for the film The Flying Fleet. Since then, it has been featured in at least twelve other films, including: Some Like It Hot (which starred Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, and Tony Curtis), The Stunt Man (which starred Peter O’Toole), the 1973 film Wicked, Wicked (which was completely filmed on location there), and the 1990 version of My Blue Heaven (which starred Steve Martin).

I have experienced the famous Sunday Lunch served up in the room below.

coronado hotel interior

Anyway back to the bridge!

The 11,179-foot-long (3,407 m or 2.1 mi) bridge ascends from Coronado at a 4.67 percent grade before curving 80 degrees toward San Diego.

The span reaches a maximum height of 200 feet (61m), allowing the U.S. Navy ships which operate out of the nearby Naval Station San Diego to pass underneath it. The five-lane bridge featured the longest box girder in the world until it was surpassed by a bridge in Chonqing, China in 2008.

The Coronado Bridge construction started in February 1967, and the bridge was opened to traffic on August 3, 1969, during the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the founding of San Diego.

Originally, the toll was $0.60 in each direction and the curve was said to have been required to ensure the length of crossing was long enough to be tolled.

Several years later, this was changed to a $1 toll collected for traffic going westbound to Coronado only. Although the bridge was supposed to become “toll-free” once the original bridge bond was paid (which occurred in 1986), the tolls continued for sixteen additional years. In 2002, it became the last toll bridge in Southern California to discontinue tolls. The original toll booths remained intact for a short while, and were temporarily replaced with newer, more modern-looking toll booths for the filming of a car commercial in April 2007.

The islands upon which the toll booths sat, as well as the canopy over the toll plaza area, are still intact, located at the western end of the bridge in the westbound lanes. Though tolls are no longer collected, beginning February 19th, 2009 there was talk of resuming westbound toll collection.

All of which is really just an excuse to post this film of Tom Waits performing “San Diego Serenade”. 

I never saw the morning ’til I stayed up all night
I never saw the sunshine ’til you turned out the light
I never saw my hometown until I stayed away too long
I never heard the melody, until I needed a song.

I never saw the white line, ’til I was leaving you behind
I never knew I needed you ’til I was caught up in a bind
I never spoke ‘I love you’ ’til I cursed you in vain,
I never felt my heartstrings until I nearly went insane.

I never saw the east coast ’til I move to the west
I never saw the moonlight until it shone off your breast
I never saw your heart ’til someone tried to steal,
Tried to steal it away
I never saw your tears until they rolled down your face.

November 8, 2009 Posted by | Family, Video | , | 6 Comments

Paddy McGinty’s Goat

“Paddy McGinty’s Goat” – Val Doonican


Now Patrick McGinty, an Irishman of note
Fell in for a fortune and he bought himself a goat
Says he, sure of goat’s milk I’m goin’ to have me fill
But when he brought a Nanny home, he found
it was a Bill

All the young ladies who live in Killaloo
They’re all wearing bustles like their mothers used to do
They each wear a bolster beneath their petticoat
And leave the rest to Providence and Paddy McGinty’s goat

Mrs Burke to her daughter said, listen Mary Jane
Who was the lad you were cuddlin’ in the lane
He’d long wiry whiskers a-hangin’ from his chin
‘Twas only Pat McGinty’s goat, she answered with a grin

Then she went away from the village in disgrace
She came back with powder and paint upon her face
She’d rings on her fingers, and she wore a sable coat
You bet your life she didn’t get those from Paddy McGinty’s goat

Now Norah McCarthy, the knot was goin’ to tie
She washed out her trousseau and she hung it out to dry
Along came the goat and he saw the bits of white
And chewed up all her falderals, upon her wedding night

Oh turn out the light, quick, she shouted out to Pat
For though I’m your bride, sure I’m not worth lookin’ at
I had two of everything, I told you when I wrote
But now I’ve one of nothin’, all through Paddy McGinty’s goat

Mickey Riley, he went to the races t’other day
He won twenty dollars and he shouted hip hooray
He held up the note, shoutin’ look at what I’ve got
The goat came up and grabbed it and he swallowed up the lot

He’s eaten my banknote, says Mickey with a hump
They went for the doctor and they got a stomach pump
They pumped and they pumped for the twenty dollar note
But all the


Can’t believe I’m writing this but……….

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November 8, 2009 Posted by | Humour, Old Music, Video | , | Leave a comment

Elvis and his All Star Band

Here is the lovely Ann-Margret with a cover of an Elvis standard

“Heartbreak Hotel – Ann-Margret


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