This is my local tiendita and my first job that I got when I was 14. This store is a cornerstone of the Mexican and Central American community in Mira Mesa. Despite its size, Mira Mesa being more Filipino & Vietnamese than Latinx has led to there not being many places that stock traditionally Mexican and Central American goods. The owner helps out his customers in any way he can, he lets people come back and pay later for their goods (they always do pay), he stocks what the people request and actually need, and he keeps an updated remittance service line for people to use to send money back home to (usually Guatemala and Mexico). Hopefully this store will be anchored here for years to come.
This alley was the way we walked to get to one of my homies apartments after high school due to it being about a block or two from the school. Although we only walked there a handful of times compared to the other locations we went to at the time, this image captures the feeling I'd have of being with the homies after school just kickin it or walking around Mira Mesa before any of us could drive.
Another spot my homies and I would come across a lot back in the day was this wall. Back in the day, we'd be at the rec a lot and we'd almost always end up craving some Carls Jr as depressing as it was (it was the closest spot), so instead of walking around the long way we'd just hop this wall from the field of the park into the many parking lots that now a days are slowly being filled up by new buildings.
This shot is actually not of a location in Mira Mesa. One huge part of my childhood that no one that I've been around since that time period really knows about is my elementary school. As a Spanish immersion K-8 school, we were taught exclusively in Spanish until they started to phase in English lessons in the 2nd or 3rd grade. Due to this, I couldn't read or write in English until I was about 8 years old. I only stayed until after 5th grade, however I made many friends that impacted my life in big ways. The campus of this school has been slowly evolving over the years and now looks very little like it did when I went there, but the memories are still there.