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What Kind Of Bird Is This?

I went down to Humphrey’s By the Bay here on San Diego’s Shelter Island,  and this funny looking bird was on the restroom roof. It was hanging out with the pelicans. So what’s the name of this birdie?

Jetpack @ Point Loma

     

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I wrote and filmed this screenplay and since I know Adobe Premiere Pro, I can edit it too.

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It’s really great to have an editing workstation on my big screen TV.  You
can see all the details in a shot so you can edit more precisely. 

My thanks to all who worked on this trailer in progress including actor Paul Landrum, videographer, Dan Dorschel, actress, Tenesee and others. Special thanks to Computerbears.net for setting me up with this big screen Windows 10 workstation.

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Lazy Labor Day Cruise

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Relaxing Coronado Labor Day Cruise

After working all week marketing solar electricity for SunRun, I was invited to a great Labor Day party in Coronado, which included a ride on an electric boat across the bay. Being an owner of an all electric Nissan Leaf car, I decided to jump on even though I was still eating my froyo from the party.
Here’s a few more photos taken from the boat:

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There was even a gondola guy rowing by.

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My new electric car looks like an elephant when I plug the “trunk”  in to one of the San Diego’s many charging stations!

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Here’s my new some more shots of my all electric Nissan Leaf!

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It took quite a lot to get it so here’s the story: I had been searching for a car for several months since I was sharing one with my girlfriend  who faithfully took me to work everyday and complained that it felt like she had to go to work too.

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I knew I didn’t want an infernal combustion engine this time, with all the pollution it creates, oil making America more vulnerable to terrorist threats, not to mention that gas prices may be going through the roof again, even with all the destructive fracking that was supposed to keep them low.

I first rented a Nissan Leaf from Relay Rides just to try it before buying.  It was owned by a local military guy who has a few electric cars.

I was in for a shock. The range of the car, which is roughly 84 miles, kept going down even though I hardly drove anywhere. I just didn’t understand why this happened.  I felt that there was something wrong with the car and asked for half of my money back after driving it for a week.  Luckily, my refund was granted. But  it put a sour taste in my mouth for the Leaf.  Later, I figured out what he was doing.  His  battery wouldn’t be replaced according to the warranty for a certain number of miles so he rented the car out to people till it reached the warranted amount. Then he could get a new battery without suffering.
While all of his renters drove in panic,fearing they’ll run out of juice on the freeway.  But I was still intrigued by LEAFs.  The ride is so smooth and quiet it feels like you’re driving a rocket! You can also legally drive in the carpool lane alone.  They’re called HOV lanes these days.  So despite what I thought about it, I kept looking for a better one of my own.  I checked all the dealers. I test drove several LEAFS and most of them did just a little better on range than the rental.  This gave me hope, and I knew that since my commute was short, it might be OKay. Then I just had to find one I could afford with the features I wanted.  My credit was shaky from  ghost debt so getting approved  was tough.  Luckily, my girlfriend helped me qualify.  But I had to go to several dealers to find a LEAF that had a backup camera and navigation system. My coworker encouraged me to look at a dealer who might be out of town and that’s how I found the best one with all the features I wanted.  However, my interest rate is terrible since only one company would finance me, so even though I charge up for practically nothing, I’m looking forward to refinancing. The car is an experiment for me and I’m sure the range will get better, be solar-powered, and self driving in the  future, I like being a silent driving pioneer in my $17,000 poor man’s Tesla.

 

Memorial Day Travels

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These are floating cabins at one of the 7 Santee Lakes. Nice and simple. But they are all booked up till September so we couldn’t stay there.

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Here’s another beautiful view of one of the Santee Lakes. 

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This is a map of the Lake locations. We had to pay 5 dollars for parking since it’s privately owned.  Though they are pretty, I’ve seen cleaner lakes at Lake Murray and Lake Miramar. Supposedly they stock the lakes with fish since the lakes are manmade, but when I asked a fisherman, if he saw anything, he said all he saw a dead bass  floating upsidedown in the water. Still, the lakes make a nice San Diego staycation escape, even though I’ve seen better.

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Here’s my newest sample for my portfolio of my Photoshop skills, designed to brighten up my office where I currently market solar energy for Sunrun. I’ve got another one coming out for Passover in my next blog post.

ignoble2My book “Naked Skydiving” was banned from the Mira Mesa Barnes & IgNoble tonight.  Ironically, the book was  published by Barnes & Noble but they won’t hold a book signing for books published by iuniverse, Barnes & Noble’s brand of print on demand publishing, that I signed with.

Some of you may disagree with what I did, but I unintentionally walked into the store during another author’s  book signing that asked people in the audience to tell stories about their dating life. So I raised my hand and was called upon. I started tell people about my dating life and my book, “Naked Skydiving” that has dating scenes in it from a male perspective. My girlfriend encouraged me to tell people about the book, so  I asked permission from the authors to see if they wanted me to get  a few copies out of the car and show it to them and they said “Yes” in front of their audience. So I brought the books in to show it to them.  I said I didn’t want to steal their thunder but can I show you a copy? One of the authors looked at me like she wanted me to leave the book on the table so she could read it later, which I did.

After the storytelling and question and answer period was over, I realized that photographers  were taking pictures of the authors during their book signing and my book was still on the table.  So much the better, I thought.  But after a while, I noticed the book was missing. I wondered where it went so I asked the community manager in charge of book signings where my book was.  She indicated that perhaps they kept it as a gift.  I thought about the fact that this might promote it in some way, and decided to let them keep it.  Then I offered the manager  a free copy. She said they were having an author’s night soon and she’d read it to see if she wanted to include it.  I exchanged contact information with her and started writing my contact information to leave for the authors too.

Apparently, all of their encouragement, like much in life was phony. While I was jotting it down,  a man came up and rudely said he was the store manager. He said that he took my book and put it in his briefcase.  He wondered why I was writing notes and he was very angry about it. I told him I was just leaving my info to the authors so they could get in touch with me if they wanted to.  He said  I was bothering several people making them uncomfortable because this was their event and not mine.  I told him I understood where he was coming from, and that I asked permission every step of the way and they said “Yes.”  He said he would give the book to the authors with my contact info, but he wanted me to leave.  I said if you’re going to throw the book out, I want it back.  He agreed to give “Naked Skydiving” and my contact info to the authors. I didn’t want any trouble but he was very agitated so I started to leave and  I nervously left one of my books on a shelf by accident. He accused me of trying to further promote my book because a copy was still on the shelf and told me to “get the fuck out of here before it gets worse.”  He gave me all of the copies of my book back with my contact info.  I had to find my girlfriend and leave. She was somewhere in the store so after being escorted out by the community manager, I called her and only got her voicemail.  I had her paged so we could go. I told her the story since she wasn’t present when he accosted me. For these reasons and the fact that Barnes and Noble overcharges iuniverse authors for their own books when they buy them in the store, I strongly urge you to BOYCOTT BARNES & NOBLE and get you’re copy of “Naked Skydiving” from my @square online store now, or if you see me around town in San Diego, I’ll sign a copy for you. Shop online or at an independent bookstore instead. You’ll be treated better.

I didn’t mean to upstage the authors or horn in on their action. I asked for consent every step of the way. Apparently, their consent was insincere. And they are so afraid of sharing the spotlight, that they had to throw me out. Perhaps they feared my book would sell more than the one being signed.

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