A piggy back to the last post.
Apparently the guys I’m out here with were hellbent on seeing San Diego, and I got caught up in the undertow and dragged out city-side with them. We toured the USS Midway, a decommissioned aircraft carrier in the waters of San Diego. From there, I found out that the bar with the piano/jukebox scenes in Top Gun was just around the corner:
Kansas City BBQ. Back in 1985, one of the producers was scouting San Diego for filming locations for Top Gun and stopped in for a drink. I guess he liked the bar and worked a deal with the owner to shoot part of the movie there. You would think with all the fame now that someone (especially a graphic-artist type of person) would be able to QC the imagery to make sure it’s in-line with Top Gun. Not so: see anything wrong with the sign out front? (hint: look at the airplane) They’ve just butchered the military aircraft to the point that “if it’s got wings and goes fast, it must be some derivation of the F-14!” In fact, on the inside there was a “Request to Buzz the Tower” caption and picture with an F-16.
Anyway, the food there was good enough… but the themed atmosphere reminded me of a good fighter pilot bar (which it is). To round out the motif, I attempted to give my best fighter pilot impersonation:
With the lack of a Hawaiian T-shirt, the kid on the piano, and Pam sitting on my lap, I thought I did a pretty shithot job…