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A Trip to San Diego, California, USA - 11th January 2005

It's the first trip to Qualcomm - the company that just bought start-up Trigenix - and its headquarters in San Diego, via Virgin Upper Class, stretch limos, champagne and massages on the plane. After a couple of days stuck mostly in windowless conference rooms, it's good to get out on a Saturday and explore outside for a bit. By handy coincidence of timing, we're there for both the Martin Luther King parade and the San Diego Multicultural day, and the weather had significantly picked up from the week before our visit, which had seen more rain in a few days than the usual monthly average, with some heavy landslides further up the coast.

next album: Martin Luther King Day and Gomez at the Belly Up, San Diego, California - 15th January 2005
previous album: Sausages at the Swan and Revs Gets Decorated, Diss and Brome, Norfolk and Suffolk - 7th January 2005

2005 Nosher in the home office

Nosher in the home office

2005 Fellow traveller John Scott in the back of a stretch limo

Fellow traveller John Scott in the back of a stretch limo

2005 The view from the hotel window

The view from the hotel window

2005 Rusty and John roam around

Rusty and John roam around

2005 We pack our bags for the first drive around the local area

We pack our bags for the first drive around the local area

2005 The Star of India restaurant

The Star of India restaurant

2005 Russell gets some orange juice for breakfast

Russell gets some orange juice for breakfast

2005 We find the entrance to head office

We find the entrance to head office

2005 Qualcomm's Building R

Qualcomm's Building R

2005 Building Q, across the parking lot

Building Q, across the parking lot

2005 The Qualcomm sign

The Qualcomm sign

2005 A banner dangling from an atrium

A banner dangling from an atrium

2005 A street in La Jolla

A street in La Jolla

2005 John, Brian Dunphy and Sang

John, Brian Dunphy and Sang

2005 The gang in George's at the Cove, La Jolla

The gang in George's at the Cove, La Jolla

2005 The red wine on the table was about $200 a bottle

The red wine on the table was about $200 a bottle

2005 We prepare for our first presentation

We prepare for our first presentation

2005 A massive screen awaits

A massive screen awaits

2005 Rusty and a local contact in a Thai restaurant, Del Mar

Rusty and a local contact in a Thai restaurant, Del Mar

2005 Russell points at his food

Russell points at his food

2005 The next day, there's a fancy Rolls-Royce outside the hotel

The next day, there's a fancy Rolls-Royce outside the hotel

2005 A funky flower

A funky flower

2005 The Marriott Del Mar's swimming pool

The Marriott Del Mar's swimming pool

2005 A line of pool chairs

A line of pool chairs

2005 Down the I-5, there's a bunch of Harley boys out for a ride

Down the I-5, there's a bunch of Harley boys out for a ride

2005 Russell points to something extreme on the menu

Russell points to something extreme on the menu

2005 The Broken Yoke on Garnet Avenue's claim is 'we've got huevos'

The Broken Yoke on Garnet Avenue's claim is 'we've got huevos'

2005 John orders something

John orders something

2005 This is the modest 4-egg omlette. There was a 12-egg on the menu

This is the modest 4-egg omlette. There was a 12-egg on the menu

2005 Russell and his pile of food

Russell and his pile of food

2005 US newspaper boxes

US newspaper boxes

2005 Garnet Avenue

Garnet Avenue

2005 A teeshirt seller

A teeshirt seller

2005 A San Diego fire department truck

A San Diego fire department truck

2005 John roams arouns

John roams arouns

2005 A kite flyer in Marina Park

A kite flyer in Marina Park

2005 We check the map out

We check the map out

2005 The quaint, but perhaps obviously-named Pier café

The quaint, but perhaps obviously-named Pier café

2005 A fishing boat and water taxi

A fishing boat and water taxi

2005 Russell scopes out some paintings

Russell scopes out some paintings

2005 A San Diego war memorial

A San Diego war memorial

2005 Some cyclists raise money for leukaemia research

Some cyclists raise money for leukaemia research

2005 The USS Midway, with the USS Nimitz in the background

The USS Midway, with the USS Nimitz in the background

2005 Some guy in the weapons control room fiddles with some radio knobs

Some guy in the weapons control room fiddles with some radio knobs

2005 A view of San Diego and the Manchester Grand Hyatt

A view of San Diego and the Manchester Grand Hyatt

2005 Russell has a break

Russell has a break

2005 A C-1 'Trader' aircraft, number 700, flown by Lt. Phil 'Cowboy' Napierskie

A C-1 'Trader' aircraft, number 700, flown by Lt. Phil 'Cowboy' Napierskie

2005 Old Glory and downtown San Diego

Old Glory and downtown San Diego

2005 Russell tests out a small missile

Russell tests out a small missile

2005 An F-4S Phantom II

An F-4S Phantom II

2005 The carrier's 'island' command-and-control centre

The carrier's 'island' command-and-control centre

2005 A group of Marines heads back up the runway after recounting stories of their time service on the Midway

A group of Marines heads back up the runway after recounting stories of their time service on the Midway

2005 A former crewman of the Midway, and now tour guide (or Docent)

A former crewman of the Midway, and now tour guide (or Docent)

2005 Another crew member shows us some stuff

Another crew member shows us some stuff

2005 The sailing ship Star of India

The sailing ship Star of India

2005 A giant ship's screw (propellor)

A giant ship's screw (propellor)

2005 A San Diego administrative building, from around 1930

A San Diego administrative building, from around 1930

2005 Paying for parking, as a plane comes in to land in the background

Paying for parking, as a plane comes in to land in the background

2005 The Pickwick Hotel, in the Gaslamp district

The Pickwick Hotel, in the Gaslamp district

2005 An unexpected ice rink

An unexpected ice rink

2005 Kids are ice skating in California

Kids are ice skating in California

2005 Down in the Gaslamp district

Down in the Gaslamp district

2005 We find a sports bar with its own brewery

We find a sports bar with its own brewery

2005 Sports bar life

Sports bar life

2005 A nice motorbike

A nice motorbike

2005 A clock on the wall

A clock on the wall

2005 The old Balboa cinema

The old Balboa cinema

2005 Some sort of fountain/sculpture down by the Convention Center

Some sort of fountain/sculpture down by the Convention Center

2005 Tall buildings

Tall buildings

2005 Russell gets a passing Mariachi troupe to stop for a photo

Russell gets a passing Mariachi troupe to stop for a photo

2005 There's a Maori hakka at the San Diego multicultural event

There's a Maori hakka at the San Diego multicultural event

2005 Dog in a bag

Dog in a bag

2005 A flame thrower

A flame thrower

2005 Some sort of Hawai'ian dancing

Some sort of Hawai'ian dancing

2005 A green-ringed building

A green-ringed building

2005 Streetlife near the Marriott

Streetlife near the Marriott

2005 A nice old car trundles down Pacific Coast Highway 101

A nice old car trundles down Pacific Coast Highway 101

2005 Rusty and John look over the cliff

Rusty and John look over the cliff

2005 A view of the sea near Torrey Pines

A view of the sea near Torrey Pines

2005 A lone walker on the beach

A lone walker on the beach

2005 John and Russell

John and Russell

2005 This prickly pear looks like a certain litigious mouse

This prickly pear looks like a certain litigious mouse

2005 John's on the phone

John's on the phone

2005 We cross a branch line railway track

We cross a branch line railway track

2005 A surfer on the beach

A surfer on the beach

2005 The sea laps at the shore

The sea laps at the shore

2005 Russell waves his arms around

Russell waves his arms around

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Nosher in the home office