Jeff Smith 2 p.m., Dec. 9
If you ever find yourself at the intersection of Broadway and 11th, where the City College bus/trolley stop is, and you need to use a restroom then oh boy, you got some serious problems. I had business in Rancho Penasquitos area today and as it was a gorgeous day outside I decided to “save the planet” and bike/take the bus to my destination. Rode my bike to the bus stop and discovered that the bus trip would be about an hour long. I figured that I better use the restroom now. While locking my bike in front of the 7-eleven store my bareless legs received so many compliments from the homeless guys sitting around, more then I ever remember (it was 80 degrees outside and I was on my bike, of course I would wear shorts, what else could I do). I walked into the 7-eleven and I thought that buying a bottle of water would also buy me a ticket to the restroom just so the nice cashier could bring to my knowledge that they don’t have a public restroom. “Maybe Subway” but his face expression told me “You are screwed man!” I decided to try my chances at Subway and of course the restroom was for costumers only, but I already had my water and it wasn’t lunch time yet. Left Subway and I see a guy running towards me yelling that my bike is being stolen (thanks a lot Guy but how did you know it was mine?). I didn’t have time for second thoughts then, I sprint to where “the Beast” was locked, I already got 2 bikes stolen this year. I found it intact and shiny where I left it. I don’t trust my luck anymore and keep it in my sight for the rest of the day. The urge of using a restroom is getting bigger but my bus must arrive soon and I can’t miss it. I see a Jack in the Box. Finding the dreaded sign “For customers only” on Jack’s restroom I decide to wait in line, I have no choice. Me: “Can I have a key to the restroom, PLEASE” big smile. Cashier girl: “Bathroom for customers only”. Darn it, she didn’t buy my charm. Me: “What’s the cheapest you have”. Cashier girl: “Burger for 1$”. Me:”I’m vegetarian today, I only want to use the restroom. Can I just give you one dollar?” Cashier girl: “Burger it is.” She was getting pretty annoyed but I received my toilet pass! Hope somebody ate that Burger! Sitting here now, happy, on a bench, waiting for my number 20 bus to arrive, I look towards downtown, to the big buildings where all those hot shots attorneys hang out and just a couple of blocks away at the intersection of Broadway and 11th it’s a complete different world and the toilets here are luxury.