Love where you live!
By Chris Lavin
La Mesa Today Editor
LA MESA -- The young men working the Meat Department at Vons in La Mesa were running non-stop to keep up. The $2.99 a pound pork ribs were marching out of the store and customers were waiting.
The market had the kind of buzz usually associated with Thanksgiving or Christmas as tomorrow's holiest of secular holidays started taking shape.
Super Bowl Sunday in La Mesa, like the rest of America, has become a sort of winter festival-- a secular high holy day for family and friends with avocados, wings, ribs and beer playing the role turkey, ham and Champaign claim at this culture's more formal holidays.
As with Christmas and Thanksgiving, the gatherings we all attend on Sunday will be strong on ritual, regardless of the details of this particular game. In fact, virtually all La Mesa shoppers queried on Saturday were focusing more on the food than the game. The Chargers, as is virtually always the case, are attending the parties like the ones we all will be at and so team preference is more intellectual than spiritual in the Jewel of the Hills.
"I can't wait for the halftime show,'' was a frequent comment. "And the commercials."
Still, with the Super Bowl drawing us together -- one people, one country -- it is worth reviewing a few dos and don'ts for this annual ritual:
And above all, Do: Think about a designated driver. We asked Police Chief Ed Aceves if his patrol officers are sensitive to the alcohol intake at Super Bowl parties.
"Yes,'' he explained.