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A Little Early For Halloween In La Jolla

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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.

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Day Of The Dead In a Real Cemetery!

Today November 1st, is the Mexican Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos. It’s a holiday  with a Halloweenish  flavor. Last week, I was invited by a friend who eats fire and walk on stilts for a living named J7 to go to a Day of the Dead ceremony in a real San Diego cemetery, La Vista Memorial Park in National City on her Facebook page.  It was amazing!

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J7 on the right and her friend

Here I am below with face paint on for the event as the clown of death. The face painter liked my autobiographical novel, “Naked Skydiving” so much, she traded me her work for a signed copy of my book. The face painting cost less than my books so she gave me $5 on top of that!

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The event had a carnival like atmosphere in the cemetery. There was a main stage

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where many people were in costumes wearing day of the Dead skeleton face paintings.

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The one in the middle represents the artist, Frida Kahlo.  Day of the Dead celebrates the passing of relatives in a fun party atmosphere. Food and drinks for the living were also available for purchase right in the cemetery.  Altars were created of the person’s favorite foods and drinks

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and personal items. Here are some altars that are homages to dead relatives:

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This is how we celebrate Day of the Dead, San Diego Style!

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This couple is dressed in traditional Aztec costume and is representative of the San Diego State University sports mascot, the Aztecs.  If you attend this event at a cemetery next year, make sure to tip toe around the graves!

Dreamed That I Became A Copyright Lawyer

I was in this aquarium store looking at the fish and for some reason, there were also bunny rabbits there.  A guy came up to me and said he wanted me to obtain the rights to the Kellogg’s rooster song.  I told my Hispanic associate to negotiate his fee and the guy who wanted the Kellogg’s song thought it was too expensive.  My Hispanic associate then went to another client  and then the dream ended.

The only explanation for this dream that I can think of is that at UCLA, in real life for my graduate work, I was an assistant to an entertainment lawyer and thought of that as a possible  profession for myself at the time, but it seemed to shut down my creativity.  Every fictional person or idea I came up with had to be researched to prevent a potential lawsuit so it was inhibiting.

I also saw a lawyer on the Colbert Report last night, which I watch often since I’m a big fan of his show and the Daily Show.  So that might have triggered this dream.  Also, since I live on a river, a crazy screaming bird and a bullfrog have been keeping me awake at night, so that might be seen as the rooster song and my unconscious has probably woven all of these elements together, so this could be the unusual aquarium  in the dream. I am also considering learning Spanish this year, hence the Hispanic assistant.

Chicano Park Near Coronado & Comic-Con

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Roots Factory Party Last Sunday In Barrio Logan, San Diego

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