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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?

Covid Sight Seeing In San Diego

A sign of the times: A mask on the Star of India.

A funny sign on South Beach Cafe, in Ocean Beach, CA
Even in these times, there is still beauty at Pacific Isle. I took this picture of the bird when it was sitting on a railing on the pond. When I got closer, it took flight! A picture more beautiful and majestic than I ever imagined!

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.

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Last Day of the Dead,Old Town,San Diego, CA

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Saw This at a Michaels store. I love “Little Shop Of Horrors!” Happy Halloween!

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Mardi Gras @ the Gaslamp House of Blues Leftovers

As you might be able to tell, my phone was dying when I shot this so it’s reel short.

 

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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Mini You @ The

 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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Pepper Robot Now Dancing In Fashion Valley Microsoft Store

 

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.

 

Downtown San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade

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.

Went downtown early this New Year's Eve morning and was lucky enough to park where I shouldn't to get these great shots of our San Diego balloon parade.  It brings out the child in me and is a smaller version of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day. It was fun!

Is there a need to fear?

This was my favorite shot!

Now the only question is… are you old enough for…Granny Goose?

I thought the parade was over when this space shuttle balloon came by. This was the last float. Happy New Year!

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