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Chassidic Pop Art

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.

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Most of his work is brightly colored like this, giving his religious subjects an ecstatic feeling.

 Here is dreidel, a Jewish top from a Hannukah game.

This is the Etz Chaim, The Tree of Life.

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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.

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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.

More Stunning Casa Mira Views

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Incredible sunsets from Casa Mira View’s Rooftop Jacuzzi

Below, you can stroll or drive by the side of the apartment complex and see fantastic modern sculptures by San Francisco artist, Damon Hyldreth.

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Other modern art is featured though out the complex and there are quite a lot of solar panels on the roof and electric car chargers. Some of the chargers are open to the public for a fee and others are private. They also have a party room for karaoke, an indoor fluorescent bowling alley, and food trucks stop by frequently.

At the beautiful pool,  they  show movies at night that are mostly family oriented. There’s even a merry go round and a choo choo train for little kiddies, and for big kiddies a massive gym called the high voltage fitness center.

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Wonder Woman @ Comic-Con

After attending Comic-Con this year, we walked in on this crowd pleasing Super Hero, juggling & shaking her “thang” after dark in the closed off streets of San Diego’s Gaslamp District.

 

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Nose Candy @ Point Loma AM/PM

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.   20160619_220940

Jetpack @ Point Loma

My New Elephant Electric Car!

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My new electric car looks like an elephant when I plug the “trunk”  in to one of the San Diego’s many charging stations!

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Here’s my new some more shots of my all electric Nissan Leaf!

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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.

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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.

 

Santa Clones

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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.

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Sunset At Shelter Island, San Diego,CA

 

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Here’s A Smiling Pelican At The Wharf

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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!

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