El Fantasma (The Ghost)


The Laurel Street Bridge is one of the more distinctive and well known architectures in San Diego. It was built for the Panama-California Exposition of 1915 and provides a spectacular entrance to Balboa Park. The official name of the bridge is the “Cabrillo Bridge”, but if you ask any San Diegan where the “Cabrillo Bridge” is, you’ll just get a blank look. Technically it’s not even Laurel Street that you’re on, as Laurel Street officially ends at Sixth Avenue and becomes El Prado as you enter the park.

Based on image from Wikimedia Commons Visitor7 Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Based on image by Michael in San Diego, California Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Rolly and Bonnie are driving on Highway 163, also known as the Cabrillo Highway. There used to be a lake that ran along the road, until they widened the highway in the late 1940s.

Instead of “Royal Tingler, I originally created a different two word phrase that Jimmy, Moogus and Rolly used to describe the hottest girls in the club. After an early reading, my wife said it sounded too dirty and made her dislike the boys in the band. She was right. I changed the phrase. Now it’s “Royal Tingler”. I’m not telling you what the original phrase was. Unless you email me and ask. Then I might tell you.

Lucius – the colorful pharmacist’s was originally named Luscious. This was a bit much, so I changed it to Lucius, after trumpet-player Chet Baker’s song “Lucius Lu”.




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