Let us look at the suburb of
as an example of the modern
suburb. The easiest route to Mira Mesa from downtown
is freeway 15. Drive north in one of the middle lanes. The far left lane is
reserved for the fastest traffic. Slower vehicles and those which exit should
be in the far right lane. Behind a hill on the right is
Watch the large green freeway signs and take the Mira Mesa exit. Turn left at the crossroad,
called Mira Mesa Blvd. Notice a shopping center on a small hill to your right. Continue
driving under the freeway underpass. You will see many shopping centers on either side
of the road.
Follow Mira Mesa Blvd. Notice that drivers must obey all traffic laws. They must give the
right-of-way to pedestrians, even when someone jaywalks
or ignores traffic lights.
Let us suppose that we are riding with our
friends, Wes and Mel. They want to stop at Sunflower,
a grocery store. Later, they will have lunch at McDonald’s.
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Hey, Mel. We have to get some vegetables and other stuff
for Mom. Turn into Sunflower. It’s the closest store to home.
Besides, I want to eat at McDonald’s today.
OK, but we better eat first or
the food might spoil.
Right. I don’t feel like using the drive-in service.
How about eating inside?
[They receive their orders, take straws and napkins, and
move to a table.]
put onions on my hamburger.
Oh, stop complaining. At least the food is hot. With so many people in here now,
we’re lucky to get everything else done right. If you’re finished, let’s go to
Just a minute. I want to finish my pie.
[After eating, both Mel and Wes stop at
Sunflower. They take a shopping cart and use their
mother’s shopping list to select the items she wants. However, Wes decides to
go down one aisle while Mel looks in a different section of the store. Jeff,
Wes’s friend, sees Wes and yells to him.]
Whatcha doin’ [What are you doing]?
Hi, Jeff. Just getting some things
for Mom. She wants stuff
like green onions, cucumbers, carrots, potatoes, string beans, lettuce and garlic.
Good thing she didn’t ask for lima beans; they’re an abomination!
Know what ya [you] mean. I hate
‘em [them], too. Same with okra. But you’re not in the
right section. This is junk food--cookies, chips and candy.
Yeah, how ‘bout that. Just the kind of food I like
most. Better fill up the basket [shopping cart].
Oh, and I want some of that new fruit juice that I saw advertized on TV last night.
You mean Five Alive?
That’s not new. It’s been around for ages. I mean Whizz Mix.
It’s supposed to taste good. Hey, I’ll see ya [you]
[got to] find my sister and
playing some basketball around six?
Five O’clock is better for me. I have to do my homework later.
[Wes finds Mel at the dairy section.]
About time you came
back! I got the vegetables, along with some grapes, pears, raspberries, bananas
and Bing cherries. All we need is milk and cheese.
Don’t forget the sour cream and cottage cheese. I think mom wants both cheddar and
Gouda. We might as well throw in
some ice cream.
OK, but not vanilla. Dad likes
chocolate chip. Hey! He likes Rosie’s donuts, too. That means he can pay for them
instead of us.
[Mel drives them to a different shopping center. They get
a dozen big donuts and return home. Their house is located off a side street not
too far from the Mira Mesa elementary school and county park. In the park is a
library, children’s playground, recreation center, baseball fields and picnic
tables. The neighborhood is typical of southern
Most homes only have fences in the backyard. Landscaping is common, with various
trees and flowers being used. Click here to see the following story:
Inside the House.]