The ribbon of life, five years later…

A photo of the mural Our River was the first thing I ever posted to Cool San Diego Sights. I had paused during a walk in Mission Valley, and had felt inspired take a few pictures. That was five years ago.

Today I returned to the same mural.

The beautifully painted artwork, depicting the San Diego River as a blue ribbon, has faded a little. Time is inexorable. But the message of unity and care has touched many.

Perhaps life unspools like a river. Sources along the way expand our being. We deepen and grow. Until we finally become a part of that great ocean.

Let us sparkle along the way.

Funny photographs from the past five years!

A humorous sign on the sidewalk. Head into this barber shop and come out a completely different person!
A humorous sign on the sidewalk. Head into this barber shop and come out a completely different person!

This morning I was riding the trolley to work when I had a silly idea.

To celebrate five years of Cool San Diego Sights, why not post some funny photos from a variety of old blog posts? Because I’m lazy, or perhaps because it adds to the element of random craziness, I haven’t changed the original captions.

Enjoy a bit of humor on a Monday!

A deer dressed in a polo shirt. Humorous street art in Golden Hill.
A deer dressed in a polo shirt. Humorous street art in Golden Hill.
This side of the fun Bart Club utility box has the funny cartoon character's face in need of a shave!
This side of the fun Bart Club utility box has the funny cartoon character’s face in need of a shave!
Funny Star Wars street art in San Diego. Jar Jar Binks says Meesa Lova Comic Con.
Funny Star Wars street art in San Diego. Jar Jar Binks says Meesa Lova Comic Con.
Smile! It's Friday!
Smile! It’s Friday!
Like the mythical Atlas holding up the Earth, an incredibly strong person single-handedly shoulders the moon.
Like the mythical Atlas holding up the Earth, an incredibly strong person single-handedly shoulders the moon.
Just a funny sign on the grass I thought I'd share.
Just a funny sign on the grass I thought I’d share.
Is that a digital Sheldon Cooper on the screen? No! It's a fun remote-control parade float created by the Balboa Park Online Collaborative.
Is that a digital Sheldon Cooper on the screen? No! It’s a funny remote-control parade “float” created by the Balboa Park Online Collaborative.
A well-dressed gorilla on a plate in a funny San Diego shop window. I also see some wind-up chattering teeth.
A well-dressed gorilla on a plate in a funny San Diego shop window. I also see some wind-up chattering teeth.
Jack in the Box's Crave Van smashed through a wall of comic books in the Interactive Zone! Too much fun!
Jack in the Box’s Crave Van smashed through a wall of comic books in the Interactive Zone! Too much fun!
This funny fellow was carrying the Morning Paper down Sixth Avenue.
This funny fellow was carrying the Morning Paper down Sixth Avenue.
Why is this silly guy acting like a jellyfish.
Why is this silly guy acting like a jellyfish.
A bench shaped like a mustache. A fun sight in front of a barber shop.
A bench shaped like a mustache. A fun sight in front of a barber shop.
And here's something scary! It's probably an old disgruntled lighthouse keeper in a yellow slicker cleverly disguised as a monster. Just my wild guess.
And here’s something scary! It’s probably an old disgruntled lighthouse keeper in a yellow slicker cleverly disguised as a monster. Just my wild guess.
Before the official start of the 2016 MLB All-Star Game Red Carpet Parade, team mascots begin down the route through downtown San Diego.
Before the official start of the 2016 MLB All-Star Game Red Carpet Parade, team mascots begin down the route through downtown San Diego.
A wonderfully bizarre downtown San Diego poster. Fear the power of Sushi Burrito. Finish off your evil hunger!
A wonderfully bizarre downtown San Diego poster. Fear the power of Sushi Burrito. Finish off your evil hunger!
Perhaps this chili was the winner. Looks tasty, if you don't mind that it's served from a toilet!
Perhaps this chili was the winner. Looks tasty, if you don’t mind that it’s served from a toilet!
A guy in a crazy cow costume gets a photograph of the cattle drive.
A guy in a crazy cow costume gets a photograph of the cattle drive.
Crazy people wearing shark heads were promoting Sharknado 2.
Crazy people wearing shark heads were promoting Sharknado 2.
A very funny utility box. This side shows a woman at the beach covering the eyes of a small boy.
A very funny utility box. This side shows a woman at the beach covering the eyes of a small boy.
A funny sign on the sidewalk near Cooper's Market and Cafe. Look Morty, they have carbs and caffeine!
A funny sign on the sidewalk near Cooper’s Market and Cafe. Look Morty, they have carbs and caffeine!
A funny inflatable in a shop window. The holidays are over! Time for The Scream!
A funny inflatable in a shop window. The holidays are over! Time for The Scream!

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Cool San Diego Sights turns five years old!

This coming Friday, Cool San Diego Sights will celebrate its five year anniversary!

Huh? Seriously? How is that possible?

Apparently I’m having fun, because time is flying!

I keep telling myself that I’m going to slow down this blogging thing, but it doesn’t seem to happen. I keep on walking like crazy, and I keep seeing more “cool” stuff. And so the trusty old camera keeps rising up to snap photographs.

I suppose as long as my legs continue to move, Cool San Diego Sights will expand!

Thanks to all who visit this blog. Some of you I know personally, thousands of you I will never meet. Thank you for coming along on my semi-random walks around San Diego.

During the past five years, too many amazing things have happened to mention. Starting this blog has allowed me to see things I would never have seen, meet people I would never have met. It has completely changed my life.

When I hit the publish button for my first modest post, Ribbon of life mural by the San Diego River, I had no idea how this thing would grow. Cool San Diego Sights now features 1784 blog posts and nearly twenty thousand photographs. It’s approaching half a million page views.

Cool San Diego Sights has also been the successful launching pad for Short Stories by Richard. Writing fiction is my true passion. I still can’t believe that my short story One Thousand Likes has been read by a bunch of tenth grade students. That’s utterly amazing. What an honor.

So, here we are, moving through time, and I have no idea where my next walk will be. Probably from Cortez Hill to a downtown trolley station as I head off to my job this morning. And then I’ll just keep pushing forward.

As of this moment, the only material waiting in my computer are photos of cool street art along El Cajon Boulevard, which I’ll post in the next few days. Beyond that, who knows? Anything is possible!

Have a great week!

Richard

How you can help USO San Diego fight hunger!

The USO is collecting food at Grocery Outlet Bargain Markets around San Diego. Buy a five dollar bag of food for a hungry neighbor, receive a five dollar coupon for the store!
The USO is collecting food at Grocery Outlet Bargain Markets around San Diego. Buy a five dollar bag of food for those who are hungry, receive a five dollar coupon from the store!

Before I post more photos of Comic-Con, let me alert my local readers to a great opportunity to help others. I just discovered an easy and essentially free way to help fight hunger in San Diego!

Walking back home from Comic-Con, I realized I needed groceries, so I swung by the downtown Grocery Outlet Bargain Market. As I stepped inside, I was greeted by two friendly volunteers from the USO. They’re working to fight hunger in San Diego!

I learned that during the month of July, shoppers who purchase a $5 bag of food from their table to help feed the hungry receive a $5 coupon from the store!

Kudos to the USO and their efforts. Kudos to Grocery Outlet Bargain Market for their generosity!

I also learned the USO collects food twice a month from a mobile food pantry in partnership with Feeding San Diego. Check out the USO San Diego Facebook page for times and locations!

USO San Diego collects food twice a month in partnership with Feeding San Diego. Check the USO Facebook page for their Mobile Food Pantry locations!
USO San Diego collects food twice a month in partnership with Feeding San Diego. Check the USO Facebook page for their Mobile Food Pantry locations!

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Fans converge for SDCC 2018 Preview Night!

A line of Comic-Con volunteers passes by the afternoon of Preview Night.
A line of Comic-Con volunteers passes by my camera the afternoon of Preview Night.

Here we go!

I didn’t have a pass for Comic-Con Preview Night this year, but there was still lots of cool stuff to see just walking around the convention center late Wednesday afternoon!

Pop culture fans from around the world are converging on San Diego!

Syfy has a bunch of bus wraps again for 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
Syfy has a bunch of bus wraps again for 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
A fun photo booth puts visitors into a comic book at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.
A fun photo booth puts visitors into a comic book at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.
Most everyone is converging on the San Diego Convention Center. It's Preview Night!
Most everyone is converging on the San Diego Convention Center. It’s Preview Night!
I spied a few instances of cosplay, but not much yet. Wait for tomorrow!
I spied a few instances of cosplay, but not much yet. Wait for tomorrow!
People wait for a Green Line trolley at the Stranger Things station by the convention center.
People wait for a Green Line trolley at the Stranger Things station by the convention center.
Walking down MLK Promenade past Dead Quarters.
Walking with vigor down MLK Promenade near the Walking Dead.
Fifth Avenue will be absolutely jammed tomorrow! Stay tuned! You'll see loads of pics on this blog!
Fifth Avenue will be absolutely jammed tomorrow! Stay tuned! You’ll see loads of pics on Cool San Diego Sights!
If you tweet this blog a whole bunch, maybe you'll move that needle. Maybe not.
If you tweet this blog a whole bunch, maybe you’ll move that needle. Maybe not.
Uh, oh! Somebody forgot to put up these big yellow letters!
Uh, oh! Somebody forgot to put up these big yellow letters!
Wow! Wonder Woman isn't the only one offering ice cream at The Experience! Batman has a Dark Knight brownie bite!
Wow! Wonder Woman isn’t the only one offering ice cream at The Experience! Batman has a Dark Knight brownie bite!
A line has already begun for Ready Player One. Where's the Start Play button?
A line has already begun for Ready Player One. Where’s the Start Play button?
Oh, man! It's Hot Wheels!
Oh, man! It’s a life-size Hot Wheels!
I got my Entertainment Weekly free Comic-Con issue! I'm going to read it as soon as I hit publish for this blog post! See you tomorrow!
I got my Entertainment Weekly free Comic-Con issue! I’m going to read it as soon as I hit the publish button for this blog post! See you tomorrow!

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Help sick kids and their families in San Diego!

Donate today to help sick kids and their families in San Diego!
Donate online today to help seriously ill kids and their families!

Would you like to do something positive today? Would you like to help others who find themselves in an unspeakably difficult situation?

Please consider making an online donation to the Ronald McDonald House Charities San Diego. Their mission is to help families that have a child receiving critical treatment at a San Diego hospital.

These kids have a very serious, often life-threatening disease or condition. And parents need to be at the bedside of sick children. Ronald McDonald House provides a place nearby where these families can stay.

Today was Ronald McDonald House Charities San Diego’s 9th annual Red Shoe Day. I took these photos during my morning walk to work!

If you weren’t able to slip a few dollars into a red shoe, and you find it in your heart to help, please visit the online donation page here.

Thank you!

If you support Ronald McDonald House, you'll smile just like these generous people!
If you support Ronald McDonald House, you’ll smile just like these generous people!
Your gift will sponsor a meal, provide supplies for a student, or help a family stay near a hospital where their child is receiving critical treatment.
Your gift will sponsor a meal, provide supplies for a student, or help a family stay near a hospital where their child is receiving medical treatment.
More happy people on the streets of San Diego! Have I convinced you yet?
More good people on the streets of San Diego!
Even if 2018 Red Shoe Day is over, you can still donate online today!
Even if 2018 Red Shoe Day is over, you can still donate online today!

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Bob’s Burgers served on a Comic-Con trolley!

Linda Belcher of Bob's Burgers is having a good time among lots of hamburgers.
Linda Belcher of Bob’s Burgers is having a good time among lots of hamburgers.

Here’s another tasty helping of 2018 Comic-Con goodness!

I finally got close-up photos of the Bob’s Burgers wrap on a San Diego trolley. It’s been out there for a few days now, but I was lucky today and encountered it at a Green Line station on my way home!

That makes four different FOX television shows promoted on trolleys this year. At this point, it doesn’t appear to me that ABC will be represented, as they have been in years past.

According to the San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog, there’s an eighth trolley wrap out there as of today waiting to be photographed–one that promotes Conan O’Brien on TBS. He’s bringing his talk show to Comic-Con once again for 2018! I believe he’ll be at the Spreckels Theatre.

I’ll have to go search for that new Conan wrap tomorrow. Fingers crossed!

(For my blog followers who aren’t really into Comic-Con: fear not! I’ll endeavor to photograph some other fun things around San Diego in the days ahead!)

A colorful Bob's Burgers trolley wrap during 2018 San Diego Comic-Con promotes the funny animated show on FOX.
A colorful Bob’s Burgers trolley wrap during 2018 San Diego Comic-Con promotes the funny animated show on FOX.
Bob Belcher seems a bit overwhelmed by the avalanche of burgers, however.
Bob Belcher seems a bit overwhelmed by the avalanche of burgers, however.

UPDATE!

Here’s another Bob’s Burgers trolley wrap that I spotted!

Teddy chomps on a hamburger.
Teddy chomps on a hamburger.
Louise Belcher and Kuchi Kopi on a San Diego Comic-Con trolley wrap.
Louise Belcher and Kuchi Kopi on a San Diego Comic-Con trolley wrap.

UPDATE!

And here’s a third!

Tina Belcher on her back in hamburgers.
Tina Belcher on her back in hamburgers.
Gene Belcher on his stomach in hamburgers.
Gene Belcher on his stomach in hamburgers.

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