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Today November 1st, is the Mexican Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos. It’s a holiday  with a Halloweenish  flavor. Last week, I was invited by a friend who eats fire and walk on stilts for a living named J7 to go to a Day of the Dead ceremony in a real San Diego cemetery, La Vista Memorial Park in National City on her Facebook page.  It was amazing!

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J7 on the right and her friend

Here I am below with face paint on for the event as the clown of death. The face painter liked my autobiographical novel, “Naked Skydiving” so much, she traded me her work for a signed copy of my book. The face painting cost less than my books so she gave me $5 on top of that!

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The event had a carnival like atmosphere in the cemetery. There was a main stage

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where many people were in costumes wearing day of the Dead skeleton face paintings.

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The one in the middle represents the artist, Frida Kahlo.  Day of the Dead celebrates the passing of relatives in a fun party atmosphere. Food and drinks for the living were also available for purchase right in the cemetery.  Altars were created of the person’s favorite foods and drinks

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and personal items. Here are some altars that are homages to dead relatives:

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This is how we celebrate Day of the Dead, San Diego Style!

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This couple is dressed in traditional Aztec costume and is representative of the San Diego State University sports mascot, the Aztecs.  If you attend this event at a cemetery next year, make sure to tip toe around the graves!

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Sir Paul At Petco Park

Paul Mc CartneyCouldn’t face the outrageous ticket prices so I hung outside Petco Park with about a hundred people or so, listening to Sir Paul.  It sounds just like the record turned up at full volume with a crowd! Outside the stadium, you can understand every word of his lyrics, not like a lot of groups today.  I hope he donates some of the ticket revenues to worthy charities. That is his style after all!  He may never give a concert here again in San Diego, so I just had to see, err I mean hear it!

Ocean Beach Fun!

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I caught this gal’s cosplay while I was struggling  to find a parking spot at Ocean Beach.

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Naked Skydiving @ Comicon.  Here I am at the Intel Booth of the Geek exhibit, sponsored by Intel.  This is where I posed with an animated dog against a green screen, with copies of my novel, “Naked Skydiving.”
They had many other CGI green screen designs, you could pose with for free, but this dog was so cute, I had to choose it. 

“Naked Skydiving” is the autobiographical novel, about the personal life of a dream interpreter, traveling through the Californias,before 9-11. Copies of “Naked Skydiving” are available by emailing Jordan Schaffner, the author at youtopiamedia@gmail.com or in person by appointment in San Diego.

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Had a great time at the “Fab Fair” on July 3!   This was an exhibit featured at the fair that included an Abbey Road you can actually walk down to pose for pictures, and a Paul McCartney imitator on piano leading a sing along.  Also saw one of my favorite groups live from the past, the Tubes!

 

 

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CRITICISM GROWS OVER ISSA “WATCHDOG” ROLE.

Volcanic Terrarium Dream

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I dreamed that my old Adobe Premiere Pro video editing teacher created a terrarium with plants, and water and perhaps a lizard in it. But it was different than other terrarium with glass domes over them, because it had volcanic flames shooting up from craters inside it. Then they threw this guy who was accused of terrorism in there too. It was weird, and that was the end of the dream.

Since the unconscious likes to play with words, I thought about this and made a parallel between terrarium and terrorism. The words are spelled very similar, but it felt like a frightening dream at the time I experienced it, because of the terrorist being burned up and tortured in the volcanic terrarium.

Bikini Atoll Dream

 

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A SURREAL FANTASY ABOUT THE ISLAND OF BIKINI ATOLL

Dreamed a few nights ago that I was telemarketing again like I used to for the Welk Resort, and then they needed somebody to write articles.  I thought they picked me to do it but I was in a school like UCLA that had rabbis studying and I had my friend’s phone.  It rang so I tried to call her but she of course couldn’t answer cause I had her phone. I wanted her and her friends to know that I had gone and seen the beautiful blue waters of Bikini Atoll, with smoke coming out of its crater.  I called again and finally got ahold of them and asked them to meet me there. They agreed

This dream mirrors the phases in my life from telemarketer to reporter to student to relationships to explorer of a beautiful but deadly paradise, Bikini Atoll, where the first atomic bomb was tested, which made the whole island so radioactive, that all the natives had to be relocated. Yet, it is still reported to be a beautiful place for scuba diving and finding hidden sunken treasures.  It also reminds me of the cover of my book,” Naked Skydiving,” with its blue and green island on the front of the book. Maybe this dream explains the explosive improvement in sales of my “Naked Skydiving novel that I’m experiencing lately. Creating and living just from your writing or art can be dangerous but beautiful, and with God’s help and my friends, that’s what I’m experiencing now. The book’s price has also gone up, on Amazon. It originally sells for $18.95, yet I saw one Amazon retailer reselling an autograph copy I signed, for $50.00!  Pretty cool and exciting!  You can still order your copy for $18.95 on www.iuniverse.com or if you meet me somewhere in San Diego, I’ll be happy to autograph it for you in person and it’ll still be only $18.95.

 

 

 

 

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