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Ketch Dome @ Portside Pier

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Incredible Covid Safe architecture with Quickshot  aurora borealis sky replacement

The www.https://www.portofsandiego.org/projects/portside-pier just after it opened.


My newest Staycation place

I had been following the progress of this pier almost every week for over a year now. A few major restaurants like   http://ketchgrillandtaps.com/ http://www.brigantine.com/and https://www.miguels-cocina.com/ were supposed to open locations here on the pier. I read a sign that said it was supposed to open in March 2020. Then came the coronavirus. And a lot of delays. I kept checking back, taking a weekly pleasant walk around the San Diego Embarcadero on Mission Bay, hoping it would open. I remembered the old Anthony’s Restaurant and regretted what this historical landmark and beautiful view would become until I saw that they were building a dome here.


Since I met Buckminster Fuller when I was in college, more decades ago than I care to say, and as an experiment, I even lived in a plastic dome in the Santa Cruz mountains that are on fire now, to the chagrin of my late father who spent the night with me there, I was thrilled! The plan was for a few domes that became upscale restaurants, right near the ancient Star of India.

It finally opened, even during Covid 19, so we decided to drive down there. As you can see, it looks fantastically futuristic! They now call it Portside Pier. At the time, we got an easy waterfront parking space and there was no line to get in to Ketch so we walked right in. and I ordered the delicious Coctel DeMar, an incredible ceviche, with crab,shrimp, avocado,salsa, cilantro, etc. as seen on the left in the picture below. It’s supposed to be an appetizer but it was large enough to be a main course. The beer was good too. 

Quickshot  also helped me make the dome look like a spaceship here.

Here’s what it really looked like and below is with Quickshot fireworks special effects. They’re a little phoney but fun!

Me in the Ketch Dome

I went back to the Portside Pier a few weeks later on a Saturday night. The word has gotten out about the place now so it was a little harder to park but I still found a free spot right in front of the Star of India.  We got up to the restaurants and asked for a table at Miguel’s. The pretty hostess said it would be a 2 hour wait. We went back to Ketch and they said the same thing so we wandered around outside the building and inside where we saw some amazing sign art and a restroom, something that was needed on the Pier. My date was clever. She wandered upstairs to the top of Ketch, sat down at a table they said was reserved, and first asked for just a glass of water. Then when we were sitting down, she got a waiter to give us menus. I was ambivalent about the fairness of this because some people were waiting in line for a few hours, and I mentioned it to her, but I finally gave in and ordered. The menu upstairs where we were sitting was very different than what you can order downstairs in the dome. Downstairs they have great seafood. Upstairs you can only get bar food like sandwiches or just fried foods. Downstairs closed at 9pm so we had to eat upstairs. I had the blue fin tuna sandwich. I would say it’s very salty and just Okay. We each had a drink and the total for bar food and drinks was around $50.00. Certainly not a bargain, but incredible scenery! Besides, what do you expect from San Diego’s newest Saturday night hotspot?

Watch “Oingo Boingo- Private Life” on YouTube

Fun Song For Those In Self Quarantine:

Private Life By Oingo Boingo.

 

 

Electric Car Fantasy & Reality

These flashy electric cars are available to rent for kids and at the Bonita indoor Shopping Center.

Unfortunately, sometimes, real electric car drivers like myself are subject to abused public car chargers like the one below one in Ocean Beach, CA

This is unacceptable! What am I supposed to do when I drive up to this? I’ve called the charging company, OPConnect and after many months, it’s still broken. We need massive education for the public about the benefits of electric cars & better security in order to make electric car charging more attractive. The car charging companies must also take better care of their chargers! Do thqey even care about making a profit? If we are to reduce climate change, we need to convert to electric cars ASAP, especially if they are powered by solar electricity. This vandalism or neglect rarely happens at a gas station.

 

GOOD NEWS!

Right after I wrote this blog, the charging company, OPConnect came out and fixed these chargers! Coincidence or the power of the internet? You decide. Now all OPConnect has to do is lower their outrageous prices. They charge a $35.00 upfront deposit and subtract the amount you charged right away.You supposedly get the rest back in a few days.

I realize gas stations charge an even higher deposit but EVgo doesn’t charge deposits and you get a faster full charge, So  what’s up with that? Maybe they’ll change that too.

Doob: Mini You In 3D At Fashion Valley

Ever seen the Matt Damon movie, “Downsizing” where people shrink down to become 3D miniatures to save a lot money and live in tiny luxury homes?

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 Now you can spend your extra money at the local mall to get a 3D printed miniature of yourself and your family. The company is called Doob and no, it isn’t a joint like the name sounds. Although the Jefferson Airplane song is partly about shrinking yourself with hallucinogens.

So if your tired of flat family photos, then go down to the mall and get a 3D printed Doob of yourself. Prices range from $95.00 to $295.00, depending on how many family mmbers you want . I’m not sure if payment plans are available.   And you need to be 3D scanned in person so you can’t make any voodoo dolls.

Visit https://www.doob3d.com/ to learn more.

 

 

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San Diego Comic Festival

I had the privilege of being invited to attend the San Diego Comic Festival last weekend for Free by Photoshop impresario, Stephen Burns.

What a smorgasbord of creativity! First, Stephen taught a lesson on how to use Photoshop to create 3-D. Then I went to another suite called the Crescent Room where there was a participatory lecture about how the ancient Hawaiians navigated by direction. Then, back in the design studio, there was a class on 3D printing. The instructor said they couldn’t quite print organs yet for your body, but dentists do use a 3D printer to print replacement teeth. Whole houses have also been 3D printed for the fraction of what they usually cost, even though they don’t compare to most conventional homes. But mostly 3D is being used to print doodads and chachkes like these below.

3D Printed Doodads & Chachkas

Current Uses For 3D printing

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Then in the same room, a drone seminar started with Josh Freidman. He showed how his drones can showcase Laguna Beach real estate and told us that San Diego county restricts drones for similar purposes. I asked him if he would fly a drone in the room or outside and he said he wouldn’t. That was a real disappointment. But it was interesting to learn about drones and how they can be used with Adobe Lightroom to create panoramic photography.

 

Here, Josh shows us that drones are now becoming flying cars in Dubai.

Underground Women’s Comics

Some of the more classic women’s comics.

Pretty In Ink?

Fun Females and Super Heroines.

 

 

“Naked Skydiving” Now Available @ Verbatim Books!



Get a signed copy of my autobiographical novel, “Naked Skydiving,” based on the true story of the personal life of a dream interpreter, travelling through the west coast before 9-11, now available in the San Diego local author section at Verbatim Books, 3793 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104.

Verbatim is a great, open minded space to get zines, modern fiction and classics, in a cool, artistic area of San Diego without that Barnes and Noble Big Box corporate mall feeling. They even have a poetry night once a month. So you can read your work there too!

However, if you’re looking for a bookstore with Wi-Fi, as the cashier, Nick, who’s a great guy, agreed with me, they want you to read books here, like you did in your old college bookstore. Not be on the internet. Maybe even heaven forbid, buy a few. Authors can sell there books on consignment too and get 60%. Just ask their cool staff members. Not many chairs here to sit down, but it’s a great literary hangout!

Chassidic Pop Art

A few months ago,I went to an art exhibit at Chabad of University City and saw these magnificent artworks , some like this picture of hamantashens, which are Jewish cookies, resembling a Warhol painting.

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Most of his work is brightly colored like this, giving his religious subjects an ecstatic feeling.

 Here is dreidel, a Jewish top from a Hannukah game.

This is the Etz Chaim, The Tree of Life.

Two Chassids

Moses looks upon the promised land and a few other samples of Yitzach Moullie’s work, are featured in front of him. Yitzach Moullie is a fantastic artist, an ebullient rabbi, and also a real mensch.

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