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At approximately 1:15 a.m. on September 22, residents of the 5000 block of Long Branch Avenue noticed a couch on fire in the middle of the street.

Several neighbors gathered and the fire department was called. The flames billowed thick black smoke as the fabric and foam melted onto the street.

Firefighters arrived within minutes to extinguish the fully engulfed couch. No damage beyond the couch occurred.

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clockerbob Sept. 23, 2011 @ 9:06 a.m.

Ocean Beach is just a drive by for commercial airlines and the San Diego police. Baghdad car patrol.

The cops don't even stop to eat in OB. Coffee and donuts while steering and peering at the freaks. "Taxi driver" in black and whites.. No visual police street presents in OB, except, perhaps presents for that same group of “taxi drivers" constantly congregating outside two local stores laden with bottled beer and liquor for sale.

Street present are the crusty winos. Cardboard mats, cardboard colored beer bags, cardboard colored clothing, cardboard colored hair, skin, sand and lovers. Fashion by ‘ beersun&wind’. Toothless mouths squirt saliva and alcoholic juiced slang when probing for spare change and romance.

The OB library always has more people working behind the counter then public available 1hr computers.

Two bus lines the #35 and

923 with brake happy chauffeurs tram the noisy sailors, reading students, silent workers, seniors with their bus pass hanging around their neck and smelly circus freaks in and out of town.

The corner of Cable and Newport Ave looks like the greyhounded public transit center of OB.

Peoples market is the spiritual center of OB. The juice there is a $1 cup of organic COFFEE made with filtered water, sweetened with amber avocado honey and chalky soymilk.

The pier is the wild habitat center of OB. Pelicans perching on the railings for discarded fish heads, whales and dolphins for sightings and the surfers tubing through the pier’s concrete pilings for danger.

There are more liquor stores owned by Arabs in Ocean Beach then African Americans.

The lone New York Jewish woman rides her 1958 bike with big tires around town, the fenders rattle.

The gentile women have trucks or SUVs, arms tattooed from wrist to shoulder, wear flip-flops, wool caps and totes big dogs on chains. If as you kneel and pet; the dog sniffs and likes you, well the gentile ladies pick out and buy themselves flowers at OB's farmer market every Wednesday.

The gods blessed Ocean Beach with good air quality, a Mediterranean climate, a wicked riptide and no senior center.

The beach has more trash left on it then any in the states. If the Surfrider’s foundation didn't volunteer to clean up the beach the morning after July 4th Ocean Beach would be closed. Yet, millions are spent by the city on earthmovers shifting piles of seaweed and sand around the beach. Disrupting the morning calm while eschewing the trash bobbing on the edge of our world.

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Gail Powell Sept. 23, 2011 @ 12:36 p.m.

AWESOME OB DIATRIBE, clockerbob! I love it. Thank you.

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David Dodd Sept. 24, 2011 @ 4:05 a.m.

The burning question (pun intended) that needs to be asked here is this: Did some nearby residents notice that their couch was on fire, saying, "Oh, holy crap, let's get it out of the house, quick, let's take it out into the street!" Or rather, did someone driving by notice the couch in the street and say to themselves, "Hey, look, there's a couch in the street. I know, I'll light it on fire!" Really, this is what needs to be answered here.

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MsGrant Sept. 25, 2011 @ 12:42 p.m.

RFG, there are some questions that can never be answered, especially when it concerns OB. We torched a coffee table once, just because it was there.

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