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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?

Now Casting For Qur’an Tina!

Which acting couple will be the Next Zoom Superstars?

Now casting for San Diego Filmmakers Zoom Screenplay of “Qur’an Tina,” written by YOUtopiamedia’s founder, Jordan Schaffner!

Qur’an Tina a Zoom Screenplay

Summary: Tinder relationship interrupted by Covid-19

Qur’an Tina Script by Jordan Schaffner

Synopsis:

Before the US Covid-19 lock down, a couple chat on Tinder, who are physically very attracted to each other but when they actually meet, they really can’t stand each other. TINA, a Jewish Brazilian hottie flies to San Diego to attend a business conference and to meet BUZZ, the blonde not so religious Muslim surfer from Tinder. After they have a drunken one night stand, the President declares a nationwide lockdown so she and BUZZ must stay together until the quarantine is over.

Characters
TINA is a young late 20’s Jewish Brazilian hottie with a Portuguese accent who flies to meet BUZZ at a bar in his condo in San Diego.
BUZZ is a blonde somewhat religious liberal Muslim San Diego surfer.
A BARTENDER serves drinks to them at a local bar.

Note: Because of Covid 19, the male and female actors must already be living together.

Copyright 2020 Jordan Schaffner. All rights reserved.

Providing filmmaking education for the San Diego community.

San Diego Filmmakers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. We appreciate your support.

The winning couple will receive a recording of their performance for their acting resumes and if they are in San Diego, CA, a free lunch at Rubio’s Restaurant with the writer/producer or an Amazon Gift Card of an equivalent amount if they live out of town. For more info: please Email Jordan at dreamfeeder@yahoo.com.

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!

We’re Unleashed!

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.

Lastly, here’s an unfortunate wounded seagull who lost his foot at the harbor.

Watch “Oingo Boingo- Private Life” on YouTube

Fun Song For Those In Self Quarantine:

Private Life By Oingo Boingo.

 

 

My favorite restaurant at Seaport Village


What a great feeling restaurant! Good food at high prices. But what a view!

@ San Diego Pier Cafe. piercafe.com

Here’s a thoughtful poet with an actual notebook possibly composing an ode to the mighty sea.

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.

 

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