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Dèjá Vu On Tenth Street

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Posted: Monday, February 10, 2020 11:41 am

June 1948: Back home in Coronado on the day of my UCLA graduation ceremony, my father had a Chevrolet convertible waiting as a surprise in the Alameda house garage. World War II was still on, cars and gas almost impossible, but my parent had pulled it off. My own wheels, at last!! I was beyond thrilled. Backed her out, and with the top down drove off on my first joy ride, which ended barely minutes later. Ticked for speeding, 48 MPH on Tenth Street.

I managed to come up with the $45 fine, never told my father it happened, and ever since, any time I am on Tenth Street I still recall the incident in living color, watch my speed, and never go a tick above 25 MPH--which worked well for almost 72 years. 

Until this Thursday, 8 a.m. on Tenth, headed for tennis when a lit-up police car pulled me over. What, again? Indeed! Making a left turn out of the Alameda Boulevard/J Street alley onto Tenth I failed to see an approaching car. The Cop on patrol happened to be right there to observe the all-too-near miss.

Of course I told the officer in great little-old-lady detail how his was my second stop on that very street. He could not have been nicer, lectured some about taking more care driving in the blinding early morning sun (my excuse), and wrote out a warning. For those who’ve not seen one of those, it is a very polite note saying don’t do this again.

You gotta love the Coronado cops. Memo to me: Avoid Tenth Street.

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