"It's Super Bowl night," says Pearl. "We're going where the money is-the clubs."
Two hours after the Bucs claimed victory, Pearl, a prostitute, and five of her colleagues had decided to trade the streets of El Cajon Boulevard for the club scene downtown. It just isn't good business sense to work El Cajon Boulevard on Super Bowl Sunday night.
Even though the presence of the San Diego Police Department along the boulevard was noticeably less than the night before, making the prostitute's job a little less risky, Pearl says most girls are downtown.
"You've got to pay the pimp whether you get clients or not," Pearl says. "So we're heading downtown where the money's at."
Pearl says she has to watch her back while on the streets because she has been in trouble with the police and is on probation. "I have street conditions," she says. "I can't be out here. I can't stand on the street because I'll go to jail for 45 days."
She's been working the San Diego streets since her 18th birthday seven years ago. Like many prostitutes, she is a runaway from an abusive home. Her troubled past is something she skips over with seemingly cool indifference.
The streets were scarier when she first started, she recalls.
"It was scary at first working with pimps, police and sometimes violent clients," Pearl says. "But after a few years, it became routine, so it doesn't get scary anymore."
The trick of hooking, Pearl soon learned, is to go unnoticed by the cops while catching the eye of prospective clients. When her livelihood depends on your body and looks, how a hooker dresses determines her success and survival on the streets.
Pearl laughs at people's ideas about hookers that seem rooted in what they see on TV or what it was like in the past.
"Its not like TV or the 1970s when hookers wore g-strings and hooker boots on the streets," Pearl says. "Times change, we have to roll, pimps have to roll and police have to roll-have to go with the environment in order to survive."
Pearl points to her outfit as the traditional San Diego hooker look that police seem to let slide.
"It's the San Diego school-girl ho look-white skirt, scoop top, loose jacket and penny loafers with socks," Pearl said.
One of her friends calls out that it's after 9 and the party is waiting.Laughing, Pearl and her friends pile into a flashy red Honda parked along El Cajon Boulevard near 35th Street. In pursuit of sex and money, they set off.