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More Stunning Casa Mira Views

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Incredible sunsets from Casa Mira View’s Rooftop Jacuzzi

Below, you can stroll or drive by the side of the apartment complex and see fantastic modern sculptures by San Francisco artist, Damon Hyldreth.

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Other modern art is featured though out the complex and there are quite a lot of solar panels on the roof and electric car chargers. Some of the chargers are open to the public for a fee and others are private. They also have a party room for karaoke, an indoor fluorescent bowling alley, and food trucks stop by frequently.

At the beautiful pool,  they  show movies at night that are mostly family oriented. There’s even a merry go round and a choo choo train for little kiddies, and for big kiddies a massive gym called the high voltage fitness center.

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Day Off @Stone Brewery

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I had a day off on Tuesday  so we went to world famous Stone Brewery in Escondido, CA which is located at Citracado Parkway, a beautiful citrusy avocado street name.  It’s a very unique place where they not only brew many different kinds of beer, but have a Stone Brewery Restaurant, and a beautiful place to walk where you can see many synthetic natural scenes like the ones shown below. It’s kind of like Busch Gardens here in San Diego or a beer Disneyland.   It’s a tad on the odd side though because everywhere you look you see their company symbol of the devil.  I asked one of the waiters if the place was cursed. He said “No, but the symbol is there to put a curse on their competitor’s bad beer.  I tried a dark beer sampler, and it was really geither, except for the icky mint curry on the side and most of the food was organic. The apple cheese platter was amazing! I’ve never had a tastier apple, probably because it was organic too.   The prices were kind of high though.

Actually, the devil like symbol may not be evil after all. Perhaps the owners of this billion dollar facility were pagans.   It seemed that they worshipped the beautiful nature all around them and Pan, a pagan symbol of a man with wings and a tail, was a nature god who was worshipped before he was demonized by Christianity. Lots of stone symbols here too. My advice to you, “Everybody Must Get Stoned.”at the Stone Brewery.

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Koi Pond outside the restaurant

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Fountain in the Restaurant

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Bamboo Forest On the Nature Trail

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Grotto Tunnel

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Trees Above The Parking Lot

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My New Elephant Electric Car!

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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.

 

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