CPT Visits San Diego

CPT Visits San Diego

CPT recently traveled to San Diego, CA for a business meeting. While visiting, CPT’s Mark Spivak took a 9-mile run that doubled as a city tour for photographing what is often labeled “America’s finest city.” During free time Mark also visited the Midway Museum, ate outstanding seafood and authentic Mexican food, and had a terrific pasta dish in San Diego’s Little Italy.

San Diego, CA- Scenic San Diego Bay as observed from N. Harbor Drive.

Scenic San Diego Bay as observed from N. Harbor Drive.

San Diego is situated on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, about 2 hours south of Los Angeles and 40 minutes north of Tijuana, Mexico. As with many large western cities, San Diego has experienced a population explosion since World War II. San Diego has more than 6x the population it had in 1940. Whereas in 1940 San Diego had 230,000 residents and was the 43rd largest city in the USA (source: https://www.census.gov/population/www/documentation/twps0027/tab17.txt), San Diego now has close to 1.4 million citizens and is the 8th largest city by population. Per Wikipedia, San Diego is an attractive commercial and residential location due to its year-round mild weather, natural deep-water harbor, miles of beachfront coastline, large naval presence, and impact as a health care and high technology hub.

San Diego, CA- San Diego has plentiful marine activities.

San Diego has plentiful marine activities.

San Diego’s “modern” origin began when explorer Juan Cabrillo claimed the area for Spain in 1542. In 1821, present-day California became part of independent Mexico. In 1850, following the conclusion of the Mexican-American War (1846 – 1848) and the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, San Diego became part of the United States, coinciding with California’s admission as the 31st state and Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado becoming US territories.

The weather does not vary much by season, except from the standpoint of precipitation. The average high from December through January is approximately 65° and the average high in August, the hottest month of the year, is 76.4°. From May through September there is less than 1.4 days of rainfall per month. The rainy season occurs from November through April, when on average there are between 4 – 7 rainy days per month (source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data). However, the ocean proximity and topographical variation created by a collection of mesas, canyons, hills, and mountains spawns microclimates, which can create great differences in temperature and sunshine between shoreline and inland geographies. Thus, there is greater temperature variability inland than proximal to the coast.

San Diego, CA- Downtown San Diego and San Diego Bay as seen from N. Harbor Drive.

Downtown San Diego and San Diego Bay as seen from N. Harbor Drive.

Although the weather overall is a highly positive trait, the pleasant climate prompts some negative aspects. San Diego has the 4th largest homeless population in the United States and the largest percentage of homeless persons that are veterans (source: http://www.cheatsheet.com/culture/poverty-10-cities-with-the-most-homeless-people.html/?a=viewall).

Nevertheless, the city is conspicuously affluent. The median household income is $66,700 (source: San Diego Association of Governments). In contrast, the US Census Bureau reports a median countrywide household income of only $51,900. The presence of 2 significant universities, the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University, helps bolster the city’s attraction to high-paying employers.

The US Navy, universities, government, biotech, and computer and software technology provide significant employment. San Diego houses the world or national headquarters for Qualcomm, Nokia, LG, Kyocera, and Cricket Communications and provides offices for over 400 biotechnology companies.

San Diego, CA- There were yachts, clipper ships, and submarines available for boarding.

There were yachts, clipper ships, and submarines available for boarding.

On another good note, the city is known for a low crime rate. Forbes magazine has rated San Diego as one of the USA’s top-ten safest cities. Similarly, FBI data shows that San Diego has the lowest murder rate of the USA’s ten largest cities.

However, housing prices and traffic are major detriments. Zillow reports that the median home value in San Diego is over $539,000! Consequently, many persons have elected to reside in the suburbs. As a result, the morning commute can be more frustrating than in Atlanta, especially since there are fewer mass transportation alternatives connecting the suburbs to the city. Mark experienced the standstill traffic firsthand when traveling to the meeting, which was in a suburb. However, traffic within the city center itself was not nearly as bad as the suburban highway traffic.

Still, even with the traffic congestion, the trip was pleasant and productive and provided ample scenic photographic opportunities.

San Diego, CA- San Diego's Little Italy is not quite Mulberry Street in New York, but it is still worth a visit, as it contains many excellent Italian restaurants.

San Diego’s Little Italy is not quite Mulberry Street in New York, but it is still worth a visit, as it contains many excellent Italian restaurants.

San Diego, CA- The gate to San Diego's Little Italy. Mangia!

The gate to San Diego’s Little Italy. Mangia!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Diego, CA- A World War 2 prop fighter that fought during the Battle of Midway. The USS Midway was America's longest serving aircraft carrier. Over 200,000 sailors worked on the Midway from 1945 until the ship's retirement in 1992.

A World War 2 prop fighter that fought during the Battle of Midway. The USS Midway was America’s longest serving aircraft carrier. Over 200,000 sailors worked on the Midway from 1945 until the ship’s retirement in 1992.

San Diego, CA- We highly recommend visiting the Midway Museum, located on the Navy Pier in San Diego. The Museum provides a lifelike experience that allows persons to receive full-access throughout the carrier. No wonder over 1 million people from around the world visit annually.

We highly recommend visiting the Midway Museum, located on the Navy Pier in San Diego. The Museum provides a lifelike experience that allows persons to receive full-access throughout the carrier. No wonder over 1 million people from around the world visit annually.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Diego, CA- The Midway's first computer took up an entire room. This is only one section of the computer, which ws great in its day, but has less computing power than a modern cellphone.

The Midway’s first computer took up an entire room. This is only one section of the computer, which ws great in its day, but has less computing power than a modern cellphone.

San Diego, CA- A World War 2 prop dive bomber that fought during the Battle of Midway.

A World War 2 prop dive bomber that fought during the Battle of Midway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Diego, CA- The Univac system that was the ship's first on-board computer. Nowadays, our tiny cellphones have significantly more computing power.

The Univac system that was the ship’s first on-board computer. Nowadays, our tiny cellphones have significantly more computing power.

San Diego, CA- The display summarizes advancements in the size and density of memory storage chips used during the ship's lifetime.

The display summarizes advancements in the size and density of memory storage chips used during the ship’s lifetime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Diego, CA- A tear away view of a propeller engine.

A tear away view of a propeller engine.

San Diego, CA- After starlight and before the age of satellites, this Sperry system provided navigation for the carrier.

After starlight and before the age of satellites, this Sperry system provided navigation for the carrier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Diego, CA- An F-9 Panther fighter jet.

An F-9 Panther fighter jet.

San Diego, CA- A modern fighter jet that is a sharp comparison to the World War 2 fighters on the lower level.

A modern fighter jet that is a sharp comparison to the World War 2 fighters on the lower level.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Diego, CA- Modern Navy helicopters.

Modern Navy helicopters.

San Diego, CA- I imagine the G-forces and speed take some getting used to when flying an F-4 at Mach 2- 1552 mph.

I imagine the G-forces and speed take some getting used to when flying an F-4 at Mach 2- 1552 mph.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Diego, CA- A contemporary AWACS aircraft.

A contemporary AWACS aircraft.

San Diego, CA- 'Nuff said. Working on an aircraft carrier is a dangerous job.

‘Nuff said. Working on an aircraft carrier is a dangerous job.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Diego, CA- The carrier's major communication room.

The carrier’s major communication room.

San Diego, CA- A radar screen.

A radar screen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bunks for the enlisted sailors. Could you sleep in quarters so tightly spaced?

The bunks for the enlisted sailors. Could you sleep in quarters so tightly spaced?

The radio room enabled radio and intelligence offers to listen to transmissions from throughout the world.

The radio room enabled radio and intelligence offers to listen to transmissions from throughout the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you know how to tie all these knots?

Do you know how to tie all these knots?

The anchor chains of the USS Midway.

The anchor chains of the USS Midway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The enlisted meeting area.

The enlisted meeting area.

Nobody can tie a knot like a sailor.

Nobody can tie a knot like a sailor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Diego, CA- Rank has its privileges. The pilot's meeting area was more plush, with much nicer chairs, than those for lower ranked men.

Rank has its privileges. The pilot’s meeting area was more plush, with much nicer chairs, than those for lower ranked men.

San Diego, CA- The officer's quarters were notably more spacious than those given the enlisted sailors.

The officer’s quarters were notably more spacious than those given the enlisted sailors.

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