Archive for the ‘San Diego’ Category
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!
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.
Most of his work is brightly colored like this, giving his religious subjects an ecstatic feeling.
This is the Etz Chaim, The Tree of Life.
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.
After closing the sale of my parents home in Oceanside, unfortunately, my Dad fell down and ended up in the La Jolla VA hospital at the escrow office. A beautiful sweet woman in the parking lot saw it happen, helped me lift him up and gave him some bandages. She really reaffirmed my faith in human nature.
Afterwards, we went to visit him at the hospital. Then, my date & I went to La Jolla shores for dinner. We saw this restaurant called Barbarella that was decorated thoroughly with these scary animated Halloween characters. In fact, it was so scary that my date didn’t want to eat there because of the giant fake spiders, even if they were near a romantic fireplace.
Since my “Day of the Dead” pictures from a few years ago became my most popular blog, I figured that I should share some of these fun early resHalloween images as well. My Dad is feeling better now too.
I went to a seedy AM/PM in Point Loma, a seaside area of San Diego that has both rich & poor people. The cellphone photo is not the best because it was taken at night but I saw this poster for some kind of weird wax toy that has a straw coming out of colored noses. Apparently, the child who plays with this toy is supposed to pick which color nose he/she wants to suck their drink out of. Lovely.
Here’s my new some more shots of my all electric Nissan Leaf!
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.
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.
Since I’m Jewish, when I was a child, my parents told me Santa was fake. I went to school and told all the other kids he was fake too! Boy was I on the naughty list after that! I had to go to the principal’s office and he met with my parents. The principal told me that even if he wasn’t real, it’s not nice to tell the other kids. I cried and apologized, but now I can’t help telling the truth and these pictures of multiple Santas in an Ocean Beach bar prove it.