El Camino (The Road)


Photo by Bruce Fayman, Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0 US)

The official name for the Water Treatment plant the border patrolman refers to is the South Bay Water Reclamation Plant. It’s about a mile inland from Smuggler’s Gulch at the intersection of Dairy Mart Road and Monument Road.

According to the City of San Diego’s webpage:

The plant relieves the South Metro Sewer Interceptor System and provides local wastewater treatment services and reclaimed water to the South Bay. The plant opened in May 2002 and has a wastewater treatment capacity of 15 million gallons a day. The plant design incorporates the newest technologies and meets strict odor control standards.

Rolly’s memory of playing new wave rock at a Country-and-Western Bar is based on my own memory of playing Soul and Motown covers at a Country-and-Western Bar. I’m not sure how many white American bands have played black American liberation songs (“Respect”,”Respect Yourself”,”Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”) in front of a very large Confederate flag, but we did. I don’t remember the name of the club, either, but it was sour peanuts all around.



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