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SOAP BOX

Welcome to the 5&A Dime soap box. 

Sunday Funday or was it Saturday?

Jason Huggins

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This past Saturday evening the homies and I made our way to the San Diego Fair for our annual "stuff your face cause I'm fat and have given up on caring" extravaganza. For those of you living under a rock, the county fair is the place to eat some of the most ridiculous, over-fried foods on the planet. I guess a few years back some asshole figured out that he could deep fry a Snickers bar and now every year the fair tries to out do previous years by figuring out how to deep fry stuff like a chocolate shake or something like that. Not sure if thats a thing, but if not, that might be my entry into next years fair. Don't steal my idea, I'll know it was you. 

So after about an hour of gluttony we made our way to the games and ride section. This just so happens to be my favorite section and not because of the reasons you may think. I will never ride any of those crazy death traps. Matter of fact here's a quote from our friend Bert regarding the rides, "I love roller coasters and rides but I ain't riding anything that has been taken apart and put back together that many times". As far as the games are concerned, I might as well walk up to the sketchy fair worker at the booth and just hand over all my cash so he could then make his way to a Western Dental to replace is missing teeth with a gold grill. No, I actually like this area for many other reasons. First off, for the same reason I hate the idea of riding the rides, I love to check out what weird ass crazy contraptions they have nowadays. Even though some of the rides are brand new they manage to give off the vibe that they were built 40 years ago. When you make your way to this section of the park its like you got time warped to a scene from the movie "The Funhouse" or "Ghoulies 2". Sorry for the obscure 80's horror film references but that's what its like to me. I'm excitedly waiting for some sorta weird monster to come out of the earth, have a crazy killer waiting in all the fun houses or for it to be ground zero for a zombie attack. I feel like the fair is the perfect storm for something like that to happen. 

Aside from my weird horror fantasies, I do appreciate a good carnival ride/game paint job. Have you ever really looked at them before? Below are some prime examples of what I'm talking about. Again, you find all the design elements are trapped in the 80's but then you'll notice that ride owners tried to update them sometime around the late 90s - early 2000s. 

Although there were no Zombies present, I had great night at the fair with my friends. I could go on and on about how strange and amazing the fair is but I will save that for another post. We may end up going back this weekend too! Stay tuned...

All pics shot with my iPhone, btw.

- Jay 

This is where Killer Klowns live... In my mind anyways.

This is where Killer Klowns live... In my mind anyways.

Best paint job goes to Fun Factory. It's a factory that produces fun as well as conflicting comic book heroes. 

Best paint job goes to Fun Factory. It's a factory that produces fun as well as conflicting comic book heroes. 

Actually might ride this... Probably not though.

Actually might ride this... Probably not though.

Bert fought the carnival gods and a lopsided table as he cleared all the balls to win a medium prize he probably wouldn't have taken for free had someone given it to him.  

Bert fought the carnival gods and a lopsided table as he cleared all the balls to win a medium prize he probably wouldn't have taken for free had someone given it to him.  

Said prizes...

Said prizes...

There's just something to be said for how awesome they make these rides look. Maybe one day I will be blessed to design one.

There's just something to be said for how awesome they make these rides look. Maybe one day I will be blessed to design one.

Hard at work. Were all on to you and your bent rim. You can't get my money you cheaters. 

Hard at work. Were all on to you and your bent rim. You can't get my money you cheaters. 

Oh shit, you got Josh's money though... Josh didn't miss that bad I just caught the shot on the bounce.

Oh shit, you got Josh's money though... Josh didn't miss that bad I just caught the shot on the bounce.

Perfect example of what I'm talking about. Magnum used to have the great Tom Selleck aka Magnum PI painted right below the beautifully lit Magnum sign and now it has some sorta Miami theme that includes waves, beaches, half naked girls and what I believe to be Paul Wall. Not sure what he's doing on there, but it's tight.

Perfect example of what I'm talking about. Magnum used to have the great Tom Selleck aka Magnum PI painted right below the beautifully lit Magnum sign and now it has some sorta Miami theme that includes waves, beaches, half naked girls and what I believe to be Paul Wall. Not sure what he's doing on there, but it's tight.

Pretty sure someone died here. Twice.

Pretty sure someone died here. Twice.

I'll never ride this!

I'll never ride this!

Again, the paint job upgrade. I think this was Prince at one point, but with some nice air brush magic we now have Nelly. 

Again, the paint job upgrade. I think this was Prince at one point, but with some nice air brush magic we now have Nelly. 

Of course we had to finish off with this pic of the crew. I mostly posted cause I wanted you all see how nice my side kick balance is for being so fat. Maybe I have the perfect counter weight to stay in this pose all day. 

Of course we had to finish off with this pic of the crew. I mostly posted cause I wanted you all see how nice my side kick balance is for being so fat. Maybe I have the perfect counter weight to stay in this pose all day.