4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

A Few Observations Over the Weekend

I was driving thru Mission Valley and noticed two Hooter's girls standing on the corner working. By working, I mean, for the restaurant.

One had a hoola hoop, but on her arm. Another had a sign. I couldn't read what it said. NOT because I wasn't looking at the sign. I was just driving by too fast.

The first bad marketing move here was having the women standing outside. Isn't the point to get the goofy guys to buy the overpriced wings and things, and checking out the waitresses in the orange shorts? If you put them outside, they don't have to spend money to oggle the gals.

Second...why use the pregnant waitress? It was a very odd looking. Don't get me wrong, and don't write letters. But a pregnant woman trying to look sexy, just doesn't work for me. Sure, Demi was beautiful on that magazine cover. But not sexy.

Then, I was at an AM/PM getting my crunchy ice fix, and filling up with gas. The line had five people and one guy was taking a long time. I finally heard what he was trying to tell the cashier. He said "It's that white van out there. I don't know what pump number." The cashier was looking out the window, trying to figure it out and couldn't. The guy had to finally walk out and check again.

People...gas stations aren't like they were in the 70s. We all know how they work now. You either use your credit card and never come into the store. And if you are, you look at what pump number you're at. It's really not that hard.

And lastly...I was listening to some of the Giants/Chargers game on the radio when I was driving to my destination. And the announcers mentioned the "New York Football Giants."

Come on, announcers. You've been doing this for years, and it just sounds silly.

If we're listening to a football game (or watching it), we don't need the destinction between the Giants baseball team and the Giants football team. For one, the "baseball" Giants left New York an awful long time ago. And they're now called the San Francisco Giants.

That's all.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Escondido's hidden gems of influence

Paul McNamara seeks advice regarding unnamed YouTube video givers

I was driving thru Mission Valley and noticed two Hooter's girls standing on the corner working. By working, I mean, for the restaurant.

One had a hoola hoop, but on her arm. Another had a sign. I couldn't read what it said. NOT because I wasn't looking at the sign. I was just driving by too fast.

The first bad marketing move here was having the women standing outside. Isn't the point to get the goofy guys to buy the overpriced wings and things, and checking out the waitresses in the orange shorts? If you put them outside, they don't have to spend money to oggle the gals.

Second...why use the pregnant waitress? It was a very odd looking. Don't get me wrong, and don't write letters. But a pregnant woman trying to look sexy, just doesn't work for me. Sure, Demi was beautiful on that magazine cover. But not sexy.

Then, I was at an AM/PM getting my crunchy ice fix, and filling up with gas. The line had five people and one guy was taking a long time. I finally heard what he was trying to tell the cashier. He said "It's that white van out there. I don't know what pump number." The cashier was looking out the window, trying to figure it out and couldn't. The guy had to finally walk out and check again.

People...gas stations aren't like they were in the 70s. We all know how they work now. You either use your credit card and never come into the store. And if you are, you look at what pump number you're at. It's really not that hard.

And lastly...I was listening to some of the Giants/Chargers game on the radio when I was driving to my destination. And the announcers mentioned the "New York Football Giants."

Come on, announcers. You've been doing this for years, and it just sounds silly.

If we're listening to a football game (or watching it), we don't need the destinction between the Giants baseball team and the Giants football team. For one, the "baseball" Giants left New York an awful long time ago. And they're now called the San Francisco Giants.

That's all.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Comments
34

Geez US, i meant TIM Lincecum... stooped moi.

PistolPete, i loved WFLD Channel 32! There was one show, i can't recall its name, that i watched religiously, was hosted by a Soupy Sales-kind of guy and there was a character on it called "Weirdly" or something of that sort... Was it "Svengoolie" ? i am reading online that it was later hosted by current San Diegan Jerry G. Bishop... who, like that weatherman for KUUUUUUUSI, was once a Chicagoan...

i liked 44 for the White Sox games tho i was tuned to WGN Channel 9 for the Cubs about 99 percent of the time.

Nov. 9, 2009

Svengoolie was Jerry G. Son of Svengoolie was Rich Koz(BERWYN!!!!) The owner of FM.tv is actually in a bit of a war with WGN over letting the MBC have exclusive rights to WGN material. That's why you can't currently see any WGN material on FM.tv

Not sure about Weirdly though. Sven & Son of Sven were kind of before my time. I remember being pretty small and watching both with my father on Saturday night or Sunday morning before Burrs games.

Nov. 9, 2009

Gigglesnort Hotel, PistolPete!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEUl127RspM

Nov. 9, 2009

To be honest, I don't remember Gigglesnort Hotel. I was born in '76 so it was halfway done by the time I was born. I remember Sesame Street,The Electric Company and Romper Room. I'll ask my mother tomorrow if I ever watched Gigglesnort Hotel. I'm sure I have but I don't remember doing so.

Nov. 9, 2009

WHAT! You don't remember it?! Well, no wonder, you're 10 years my junior! i'm just an old lady, fretting oh well.

Let me know what your Mom says. Bet she remembers it.

Also "New Zoo Revue"...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CFNAuVYc78&feature=related

Nov. 9, 2009

Take the K-UUUUUUU-SI guy, back to the windy city!

Nov. 9, 2009

LMAO Josh!!!! I met him when I worked at Shell. VERY, VERY nice guy in person.

I watched that clip and nothin' came to my mind. I think I missed that show as well by a few years. By the time I was three, I was too busy listening to my parents LPs. Maybe I was more of a radio baby then a television baby....

Nov. 9, 2009

k UUUUUUUUUUUU si

John Coleman's beloved in Chicago...

Damn, PistolPete, i'm feelin' freakin' OLD now.

Time to get out the GERITOL...

i'm sure no one remembers the GERITOL commercials that were tied in with The Lawrence Welk Show.

sigh

Nov. 9, 2009

HA! :-D LOVE that song and the comment by blowmeliberal...lol!

Nov. 9, 2009

HEH :/

Nov. 9, 2009

Pete good to know you'd be a good samaratan as long as the person was a regular. If not, F 'em. Correct me if I'm misinterpreting.

One of my favorite sayings goes something like "your character is defined by what you do if no one's watching".

Nov. 9, 2009

BTW what's people's problem with sign spinners? I'm entertained by them. Better than sitting there trying to read the bumper sticker on the car ahead of you. I'd like 'em even better if they we're dressed in short shorts and tight tops-here's hoping that catches on.

Nov. 9, 2009

Rickey-My character is NUNYA! As for the sign spinners, I've NEVER bought anything from any store that employs sign spinners. They're a waste of time and money and highly distracting.

Nov. 9, 2009

I wanna know two things.

First, who is Matt Lincecum?

Second, if bars weren't allowed to have smokers, and the big argument was "it's not a safe working environment for bartenders"....well, sign spinners are standing out in UV rays, and that could cause skin cancer.

Is there going to be some insane class-action lawsuit in a few years? All the sign spinners with skin cancer on their arms or foreheads.

Nov. 9, 2009

You can wear skin protection, Josh. What's the bartender supposed to do? Wear a gas mask?

Nov. 9, 2009

The bartender could get another job OR work in a non-smoking bar. The PC police tend to forget that life is all about choices...

Nov. 9, 2009

And Matt Lincecum is the owner of Freemont Brewing Company of Seattle, Warshington.

Nov. 9, 2009

(#18) Well, then, any defendant in a lawsuit related to unsafe working conditions can say, "Hey, the plaintiff had a choice. He coulda worked somewhere else."

Nov. 9, 2009

You have to remember, russl....the truth and common sense have effectively been outlawed by the lawyers here in America. When I worked at Shell, I had a choice. I could work there and risk either getting robbed or having the underground tanks explode in a very large fireball thereby incinerating me or I could find a safer job. Since I know the truth and use my common sense, I picked working there only because I knew that I could be hit by a car crossing Stoney Peak Drive while walking to work.

Nov. 9, 2009

Russl, it's one thing if you're talking about miners getting black lung in 1918, in horrible working conditions.

But, all the casinos in Vegas, have black jack dealers that have to deal with cigarette smoke. If they don't like it, they can request the non-smoking area to work in, or find a different profession.

Aside from the UV rays, what about the sign twirlers breathing in exhaust fumes. Isn't that like second hand smoke? Or worse.

Nov. 9, 2009

I guess those sign twirlers can just get another job.

Nov. 9, 2009

crunchy ice fix? was there flavoring involved, or just ice.....

Nov. 8, 2009

I hate sign spinners. That is a totally California thing and it looks so hokey.

Pregnant women are sexy because you know they put out.

I too hated people who didn't know their pump numbers when I worked at Shell. Lucky for the retards around here, I'm smarter than the average bear and learned to memorize the pumps. All they had to do was say the car and with one look out the window, I knew.

The New York Football Giants harken back to an era when football was REAL. Not the fake game it's become. I still refer to Lambeau Field as The Frozen Tundra even though it's lost ALOT of it's mystique. I'm not a baseball fan but it reminds me of this: http://www.fuzzymemories.tv/screen.php?c=2241&m=white sox&p=1

Nov. 8, 2009

lmao pete...

...and sign spinning is not restricted to california. they have them here in washington, too. i hate it.

Nov. 8, 2009

Really? I first started seeing them about 5 years ago when I moved here. I had never seen a sign spinner per se as a human but I had seen a few signs that spun in the wind as a way to get your attention in some of the bigger cities in Wisconsin and Illinois. I wrecked my first car because of a Marlboro sign next to an Amoco station I had worked at a couple of years earlier.

Nov. 8, 2009

I too hated people who didn't know their pump numbers when I worked at Shell.

Gas tank toppers are the worst. They have to top their tanks with every last ounce of gas possible. They hand the cashier $60 in cash, pump $50 worth of gas into their tanks, and then walk back in and stand in line again to get their change. It should be illegal for a cashier to give a gas station patron change after the patron has pumped the gas.

Nov. 8, 2009

Gas tank toppers are the worst.

=================================

totally...

yeah there is one guy here who has to be on something. he is out on the corner spinning his little sign, yelling and screaming - or maybe he is singing, idk. he is the only one i have seen here, but i live in the tiny town (somebody help me) of issaquah, so it's not like they are everywhere. i have seen a few in the seattle area too.

Nov. 8, 2009

I always liked the toppers because sometimes they were so stoned, they'd take off leaving money. Mostly $1 to $2 but sometimes up to $7 or $8. I had one regular who was so wasted, he came in and prepaid $25 on a pump. I watched him make a phone call for about 15 minutes, get in his car and drive off. Lucky for him, I'm a nice guy and he was a regular. As soon as he drove off, I refunded his money and put it to the side knowing he'd be back. Sure enough, half an hour later he was back explaining the situation. I put it back on his pump. Had he not come back or been a regular, I'd be $25 richer. I was already scammin' the car wash and sellin' cigarettes and beer under the table so it wasn't a greed issue for me.

I've found money,weed and wallets while working gas stations. Both times I found wallets while at the Shell here, they were regular customers so I just gave 'em back.

Nov. 8, 2009

This was the best thing about baseball in Chicago in the 80's:

http://www.fuzzymemories.tv/screen.php?c=546&m=white sox&p=6

I'd be surprised if the Madres even came close to doing this song with the flair old Harry had.

Nov. 9, 2009

She wasn't a sign spinner. I think she was just twirling the sign a little, because that probably felt a little less awkward than merely standing there holding a sign that said "50% off hamburgers" or whatever.

What's weird about the gas tank toppers, or whatever you're calling them...is that lines suck. We can all agree on that, right? So, why give a cashier $60 knowing that your tank will hold about $56, and that you'll need change? It makes absolutely no sense, as to why you wouldn't just give the cashier $45 or $50, knowing your tank could probably hold a few more dollars, but now you don't have to go back in and deal with idiots (the idiots could either be the cashier or others in line; one time I borrowed a friends truck to help someone move and had to top it off like that, and it seemed to confuse the c ashier when I asked for the $4.38 change on pump #3)

Nov. 9, 2009

Dear Editor,

Why is Josh so hard on pregnant women? ha ha

Nov. 9, 2009

Josh, i can not believe, other than the fact that you reported it so it MUST be true, HOOTERS girls were busy outside the "restaurant" and not shakin' their orange bOOties and bOObies inside. What a waste of their time, especially over there in that area of Mission Valley, where there is way too much other stuff - traffic, lights, stores, people - to concentrate on as you're rolling through that area.

Pistol Pete, that was a great line: "Pregnant women are sexy because you know they put out." You never know with the rest of us non preggers. Also GREAT link to Chicago TV there. As an ex-Skokiean, i will be back to that site. Thank you.

DK had a great post on ol' FB a couple of weeks ago about forgetting his pump number at the gas station. Give yourself another couple of years, Joah, you might start forgetting, too.

New York FOOTBALL Giants. So glad they let us know. Thank you, radio people. i thought maybe Matt Lincecum was out there lighting up with Eli Manning & Co.

Nov. 9, 2009

No problem, Karen. I found Fuzzy Memories almost a year ago. Great site for the best of Chicago television. Growing up as a kid, I knew there was something special in our TV stations. WFLD-32 was my personal favorite and WGBO-66 was a close second.

Nov. 9, 2009

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Outdoors — Weekly changes in flora and fauna Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Street Style — San Diego streets have style Surf Diego — Real stories from those braving the waves Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close