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1st Draft Posted: April 6, 2016 - 2113 PT
Motivation: One of my favorite bands Chvrches is coming to San Diego next week (April 14, 2015 - SOLD OUT) and this is a gift to them. If they have time and have a good experience doing any of these, then I've paid them back just a little bit for the joy I've gotten from their music and how they treat their fans. If you have other suggestions, questions, thoughts, etc. ... then leave a comment or let me know on Twitter @ sholden.
Burger & Fries*
Walk On The Beach
Pizza & Beer
Really Good Mexican Food + View To Die For + Great Place To Camp
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Over the last couple of years, slowly and surely there has been an air leak into our pool pumping system. Everything seem to point to the old metal pipes underground with the line pulling water out of the pool to the pump more probable than line pumping the water back in the pool.
This last month things got significantly worse and we'd need to do something. There was just too much air in the line to pull water through the system to keep the pool clean.
We got a couple of quotes to dig up the old pipes and replace them. You know you are in trouble when both quotes came back in the same large ballpark called "Unaffordable."
I was curious of what type of portable pumping options there might be out there to keep things going until we could decide what to do. So I started Googling. And then it hit me as I'm looking at these portable pumps -- I had all the pieces they had. I just needed to run the pipping where the leak was over ground. It couldn't be that easy could it? Well, it turn out to be significantly easier and less expensive that expected.
My friend Gary listened to my plan and agreed to help. I got all the parts and pieces at Home Depot for under $40; and Gary was able to take my plan and make it work in just under 2 hours. We capped off the old pipe, hooked up a new line from the pump into the pool, tested it for any leaks, and even created a DIY safety lid out of spare wood.
The "re-mastered" system is working great, and I believe it will work long enough for us to figure out what we really want to do in the pool area and budget accordingly. Thanks Gary!
I was able to successfully upgrade to Apple iOS 6 (Apple's What's New Page) on my iPad without any issues. Here are the "new" things I enabled:
- No Not Disturb: 9 pm to 6 am
- Limit Ad Tracking
- Reviewed all my Privacy Settings
- Clock (setup a bunch of cities)
I also had no problems updating Conrad's iPad 2. Conrad is very happy with the new iOS 6, but when I asked him what specifically made him happy he wasn't able to pin any one thing down. ;-)
I am kinda bummed that Passbook isn't for the iPad yet. And the Panorama feature for the Camera that is in the iPhone/iPod isn't available on the iPad.
I also agree that Maps are in the need of work. Here is a picture of downtown San Diego where the Star of India is at: just an outline of the Star of India (ghost ship?) and there is a monster of some sort coming out of the water at the pier to the north of where the Start of India is at.
UPDATE (3/23/2012): I was also able to update Christy's iPhone without any problems.
Recently on a KPBS These Days podcast there was a segment on the state of fire preparedness in San Diego County. It got me thinking that I needed to update my "near real-time local news" Twitter feeds.
This is my first pass (2010-09-10):
Any other suggestions?
A recent question on the Getting Things Done (GTD) Virtual Study Group mailing list related to tracking travel related task & project items, reminded me that since this past summer I've been tracking geographical items of interest, reference, and someday/maybe items using Google Maps:
The My Maps feature with Google Maps lets you create your own pins and references. You can also make your maps public or private. If you make a map private you can still send the private map as a link to someone else via email.
I like this option because the next time I'm in Atlanta I'll know the options that are available to me. And the data is available with any Internet access plus browser.
I've also used this feature to build a Visiting San Diego Map for friends and family:
This has been very handy in helping visitors figure out what is available to do in San Diego County and how far away items are.
There were recently several interesting music related podcasts from San Diego's KPBS These Days:
- The Bird and The Bee
- West Indian Girl
- Oxford American's Southern Music Issue
- Earl Thomas Performs In Studio (Video)
- In Studio Presentation Of A Stradivarius Violin
When I'm in the mood for the blues I always turn to The Roadhouse podcast.
The Magnatune "great pianist" podcast is very good if you want something 'lite' playing in the background.
The Alternative Classix Podcast is a well produced and researched 80s 'new wave' radio show you will not be disappointed with.
- SomaFM's Grove Salad
- DJ Amber's iamthedj podcast
- DJ Steve Boy's podrunner
- Radio 538: Tiesto's Club Life
If you want something more mellow but still pretty electronic then check out the Ultima Thule Ambient Music podcast.
This Memorial Holiday weekend in San Diego looks very busy for us. When things start to look like they might get potentially out of control with the family schedule, I've found I like to have a 'low-tech paper' calendar for the family to look at in the kitchen.
I usually print out a couple of pages for each day of the weekend using a 'day keeper' template from DIY Planner. But since today is an off day from work, it is really a four day weekend, and a four-up Hipster DIY Planner page can get all the information I need on sheet.
I just printed a single page, and add all the stuff I know is suppose to happen. Now when Christy gets back from volunteering at the kids' school, she can get her items on there, and in theory, we should be pretty well scheduled.
Have a great weekend! You can follow mine via twitter if you want.
Our church - Christ Lutheran - is hosting the Easter 2008 Sunrise Service at the top of Mt. Helix starting at 6:30 a.m. on March, 23 2008. If you are an early riser, then please feel invited to join us. It should be a beautiful morning given the current weather in Southern California.
This is the 91st Sunrise Easter Service held at Mt. Helix, La Mesa, California.
There are complimentary shuttles starting at 5:30 a.m. from Grossmont Center Mall, Brigantine Seafood Restaurant, and Mt. Helix parking lots on Vivera Drive.
In addition, we are hosting Easter services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m at Christ Lutheran Church (619-462-5211), 7929 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, California.
Unfortunately, this review is coming after "In This Corner" written by Steven Drukman has finished playing at the San Diego's The Old Globe theater. But it is such a very good play, that I believe it will produced in other locations, so if you get a chance to see it, you should.
The play was extremely well done, and production was in the Cassius Carter Centre Stage (aka theater-in-the-round) so it was very interactive.
The story is about boxers Joe Louis played by Dion Graham and Max Schmeling played by Rufus Collins. Both actor's are extremely talented and give outstanding performances. The time frame for the story is from 1930 - 1970, and the boxing ring stage is supported by several great roles: Announcer, Trainer, Reporter, Nurse, and other Boxers.
As someone who knew very little details about Joe Lewis and Max Schmeling it was great to learn more via the engaging theater experience.
So, if this show comes to your area or back to San Diego, I highly recommend you attend.