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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.
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?
A sign of the times: A mask on the Star of India.
Even though Coronavirus is still raging without a vaccine available, it’s legal again so I have to escape once in awhile around my San Diego neighborhood. Here’s a huge snake at Pet Kingdom, a nearby pet store with a stardust Android photo filter that makes it look like the snake is in a disco.
Here’s some floating hammocks near Paradise Point.
Here’s an upstairs view of boats from Point Loma Seafoods.
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?
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.
I had to stop to charge up my electric car at the Fashion Valley Mall after waiting an hour and a half in terrible rainy traffic coming from the Mission Valley Mall. I finally got there and plugged in. I decided to shop for a new computer at the Microsoft Store and was greeted by this friendly, funny robot.
I got up early New Years eve Morning to see the balloon parade. I’ve always wanted to see it so this year I didn’t miss it. It took me awhile but I finally found a place to park, in a tight spot, but unknowingly it became a fantastic view where the balloons all went to deflate!
Here’s my imaginary San Diego family.
Here’s a piggy.
Thought I was dreaming when I saw this T-Rex floating down the street.
This must have been that worm in my tequila.
San Diego Zoo Panda
I want to be the wizard of WordPress.
Is there a need to fear?
This was my favorite shot!
I thought the parade was over when this space shuttle balloon came by. This was the last float. Happy New Year!
We’ve all seen it. You’re at a public place, usually enjoying an entertainment event when a parent walks by with a child on a leash. It’s a little shocking to see at first, but then you reason that the child could get away and the parents would be liable, not to mention missing them. The “leash” in the picture above isn’t too bad. I’ve seen others that look like they belong on a precious pooch instead. I don’t have children, but how do you feel about unruly children on leashes? What would you do if you had one or saw one?
For my job promoting 180 Solar Power, I set appointments at the Reptile Super Show. Here’s a blue camillion, one of my favorite animals there at the San Diego Civic Center.
This is my favorite chameleon photo. The colors are exquisite!
This iguana is such a cool bad boy!
These are some pretty brave kids.
So… what kind of insurance do you need?
Personally, I believe that most reptiles should be left in the wild, but lizards, chameleons, and turtles might make good pets. I’m not a snake fan though. I also like to occasionally eat fried frogs legs at the Seaside Buffet in Mira Mesa. They’re so tasty. I can’t help myself!