Walter Mencken 7 p.m., Dec. 10
Over the weekend: Parking lot, Petco Park. Place was like a smoke alarm's paradise. BBQs everywhere. But at the eastern end, it was tent canopies and full-on DJ and guys at tents handing out beers, sodas, snacks, and raffle tickets and their families horsing around, dads playing hacky-sack bowls with their kids…like tossing the little sacks into holes.
"We're Border Patrol, Chula Vista Station," says Dan, the guy selling the raffle tix with prizes like free stuff from Tactical Supply outlets. Dan’s been in the Border Patrol for 4-1/2 years. "We throw these parties every now and then just to get together and let off steam."
Of course they were headed for the ballpark afterwards to watch the Padres lose. But really, it didn't matter. “We need a bit of down-time together," says Dan. "All the money we get from the raffle will finance the next one.”