15 Things That Perplex Me About the Temecula Valley
Let me start by saying that I love Temecula. I really do.
The town which we once considered a starter neighborhood, before somehow earning enough money to inevitably move back down to North San Diego County, has cultivated the ideal soil in which to plant our proverbial roots. My husband and I own a house here. We are raising two kids here. I even started an online magazine specializing in the area’s events. I love Temecula and I never want to leave.
But, like every community with a storied history such as ours, there exists what I call, for argument’s sake, a few “quirks” that have had me scratching my head for the past few years.
So, today I give you what I affectionately call “15 Things that Perplex Me About the Temecula Valley.” Please note that I emphasize the word “affectionately” as these eccentricities only add to Temecula’s distinctive character and undeniable charm.
- Why are we considered non-San Diego enough to NOT get Padres games, but San Diego enough to have Charger games blacked out?
- You see this sign after you exit on Temecula Parkway from the 15 North. I know I live to the right. Most of the neighborhoods in South Temecula are to the right. Yes, technically Old Town is to the left, but only after you have passed the Shell Station with the world’s last remaining Hungry Howie’s. So, if most of the development is to the right of the freeway exit, why does the sign say Temecula is a mile to the left?
- Why does Temecula Dance Company have their (totally awesome) recitals in North Lake Elsinore?
- I’m sure a lot of you have seen this building in Old Town, across the street from Pennypickle’s Workshop. Will somebody please tell me what it is? Considering the premiere location, shouldn’t someone buy this property and turn it into the Old Town Boutique Hotel and Spa?
- Do we really need so many nail salons and frozen yogurt places? (I know this was in my first column, but I think it bears repeating.)
- I’d love to hear the history of the pioneers who chose to build their settlement between Kohl’s and Famous Footwear.
- Why does Refuge Brewery have a giant painting of Dick Dale over the bar?
- Weren’t we supposed to get a water park at some point?
- Why are so many street names different, depending on if you go left or right off the main street? It makes it impossible to use Google Maps.
- On the same topic as #9, why is there a 79 North and a 79 South, but they don’t connect?
- Shouldn’t it be El Banco?
- Why does Walmart staff the photo department on weekday afternoons, when the place is empty, but have it closed on busy weekends? Those electronics guys are never thrilled to come help you find your prints.
- I know there are many horse owners in Temecula, but this button is on the corner of Meadows Parkway and De Portola in Paseo Del Sol. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I haven’t seen too many people taking their kids to Abby Reinke on horseback.
- Why does my Facebook page think I’m always posting “near Temecula Ranchos?”
- Don’t the traffic circles in wine country remind you of that scene from European Vacation? Look kids, Wilson Creek! Faulkner!
I know this is probably just the tip of the iceberg, so I want to hear from you! Is there anything about where you live that makes you think “what the…?” What about other cities in the Inland Empire? Leave a comment and let us know!
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