Tuesday, August 6, 2013


I was forced to use this balcony at the Hacienda Hotel in Old Town that looked out over SPAWAR and San Diego Bay and Point Loma and the Pacific Ocean for my office. It was outside but with an umbrella there was shade. There were convenient ashtrays. There was an ice machine and sodas and a damned good Mexican restaurant right there. There was free parking and free wi-fi. It was 5 minutes door-to-door to the other poor bastards slaving away in an aircraft hanger built in the 1930s for Consolidated Vultee.

 The office as it is today above and as it was in 1947 below, taken from roughly the same spot.
Convair XC-99 flying over the office in 1947
Cell phones!! Wi-fi!! Laptop computers!! Two months of the best working conditions of my life!


Buck said...

Dang. Life is HARD, innit, Curtis? ;-)

virgil xenophon said...


HMS Defiant said...

Some of us are born to suffer.......Not me. It was great while it lasted but all good things come to an end. I ended up in 0T3 on the 3rd floor above United Launch's missile production facility. At the time it was the Global Command and Control PMW 157 offices which also featured little winners like the non-program of record, RADIANT MERCURY. We were a program of record. The stealthiest one you ever saw.

What a great summer that was.

Anne Bonney said...

However did you find that old photo - great stuff.