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Frontier Hotel 1942-2007

Frontier Hotel 1942-2007

"This is the end result of all the bright lights... and the comp trips, of all the champagne... and free hotel suites,
and all the broads and all the booze. It's all been arranged just for us to get your money.
That's the truth about Las Vegas. We're the only winners. The players don't stand a chance. "

-- Sam "Ace" Rothstein, Casino, 1995

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Trip to San Diego

I took a trip to San Diego to visit family and friends for a few days -- hence why no recent blog posts.  I did however take a few photos as I drove to San Diego.  If you ever make the drive from Las Vegas to southern California you might find these pictures interesting or at least amusing.

My first question is why is the Nevada Landing sign still standing?  They tore down the Nevada Landing, but for some reason they left the sign.  This is the same situation just like the Frontier -- tear down the hotel, but leave up the old sign.  Now it's just an eyesore along the freeway. 

A while back I posted my viewpoint on the stupid agricultural checkpoint that the state of California operates right outside of Yermo on I-15.  This "checkpoint" frequently causes a huge traffic back up on the freeway -- inconveniencing millions of motorists each year driving from Las Vegas.  Here's a link to that post if you interested in reading it:

A reader saw my post and commented how to get around the checkpoint by exiting the freeway at Harvard Rd. or Minneola Rd, then taking Yermo Blvd.  Here's the photos to prove that it works.

I exited at Harvard Rd.  Traffic was very light so I could have driven to Minneola Rd.

I then drove down Yermo Blvd. for a few miles:

I drove past that stupid "checkpoint" while on Yermo Blvd:

Then I got back on the freeway.  So easy.  CA can kiss my ass.

Driving to San Diego I saw the usual assortment of ridiculous vehicles.  As usual, there's the "I'm a Raiders Fan" black Escalade -- homage to the worst team with the worst owner in the NFL.  The plate says "R8RS365" -- come on now.  To think someone actually paid extra for that personalized plate...

Here's a young lady text messaging as she passed me going over 90 mph -- downhill on the Cajon Pass.  That's not a safety hazard...

Typical CA rig -- a crappy old station with nice rims.  Just does not look right.  The junkers with nice rims are very common all over southern CA.  The question is why?

When I lived in Orange County I used to see these rigs all the time heading south on the I-5.  90% of them are pick ups from Mexico.  I guess these Mexicans come up here and buy old appliances, couches, etc., and bring them back down to Mexico to repair/sell?  What is amazing is how high they pile up the stuff and overload the vehicle.  I have seen these rigs with stuff even piled higher than this guy.  Notice how the rig is leaning to one side.  Total safety hazard -- but you know CHP never pulls these things over.  Imagine the hassle for the cop trying to deal with this situation?

Here's another Raider fan -- driving a silver truck.  What is up with these Raider fans and their silver or black vehicles?  And why would you put a sticker this big on your car?  Do really want to advertise that you support the worst team in the NFL?

Lastly, after almost 5 hours of driving from Las Vegas to San Diego here's the payoff -- Del Mar cliffs (about a mile south of the racetrack) in the late afternoon.

FYI -- All photos in this post were taken by and are the property of Jimmy Hoofa.


  1. Is photographing while driving the cajon pass that much safer than texting?

  2. I once made the grave mistake of driving home to the Bay Area from Vegas on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. A 7 hour drive turned to 14, and that included me skipping the bullshit CA ag checkpoint.

  3. It wouldn't take much to demolish the sign but if done under the original demolition permit it would add to the cost substantially since it greatly enlarges the perimeter of the demolition site.

  4. I knew someone would ask such a question or bitch at me about taking pics while driving.

    I have a DSLR, I set it on burst mode -- 10-20 fps. I don't look through the viewfinder. I just point the camera (with one hand) and shoot, the entire time I am keeping my eye on the road. I have no idea if I get a good shot until I stop and take a look at the pics.

    I don't think a comparison can be made. Based on what I did and what she was doing -- speeding and text messaging (using both hands). JH.