A crazy, daunting maze of caution!

A maze of yellow tape. That's what you call an abundance of caution.
A maze of yellow tape. That’s what you call an abundance of caution.

Here’s something funny I saw this morning as I walked through downtown. There was so much yellow caution tape wrapped around this building, it looked like a crazy web or a funhouse maze . . . or some sort of daunting, unsolvable puzzle!

A terribly tangled web. Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here!
A terribly tangled web. Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here!

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Bits of humor glimpsed downtown!

Geeks who drink.
Geeks who drink.

Walking around downtown San Diego, you never quite know what you’ll find. Some sights merit a quick chuckle, or a roll of the eyes.  Sometimes laughter erupts!

Guy in suit with briefcase seems desperate to escape from this building.
Guy in suit with briefcase seems desperate to escape from this building.
I hate tacos said no Juan ever.
I hate tacos said no Juan ever.
Pirate Pac-Man! Arrrr!
Pirate Pac-Man! Arrrr!
Beer . . . ask your doctor if it's right for you.
Beer . . . ask your doctor if it’s right for you. (Be mindful of possible side effects.)
More espresso, less depresso.
More espresso, less depresso.
STD Construction - We're Contagious
STD Construction – We’re Contagious
All of me loves all of you (when you do the dishes).
All of me loves all of you (when you do the dishes).
Fried, my second favorite f-word.
Fried, my second favorite F-word.
Reggae Dog!
Reggae Dog!
Behind every successful person is a substantial amount of coffee.
Behind every successful person is a substantial amount of coffee.

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Opinionated radio announcer Ted Leitner left wordless!

It’s true! I have indisputable proof of what many in San Diego will never believe. I took the shocking photograph a couple days ago at Petco Park.

For the first time ever in recorded history, that outspoken, highly opinionated San Diego Padres and SDSU Aztecs play-by-play radio announcer Ted Leitner aka Uncle Teddy . . . was left . . . wordless!

For the first time ever in San Diego history, Padres and Aztecs play-by-play announcer Ted Leitner is left wordless!
For the first time ever in San Diego history, Padres and Aztecs play-by-play announcer Ted Leitner is left wordless!

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Dots, squares, cubes, and a crazy tangle.

Colorful dots on the side of a building in downtown San Diego.
Colorful dots on the side of a building in downtown San Diego.

Every walk through the city is a voyage of discovery. Everywhere you turn there are sudden surprises of color, form and depth. An inquisitive scientist might see geometric order; an artist might discern shades, intimations, emotion.

This morning, during a walk through downtown, I photographed dots, squares, cubes and a rather crazy tangle.

Six blue squares on the north side of the Columbia Place building.
Six blue squares on the north side of the Columbia Place building.
Steel cubes on west side of Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, which is housed in the Santa Fe Depot's old baggage terminal. Art by Richard Serra, 2005.
Steel cubes on west side of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, which is housed in the Santa Fe Depot’s old baggage terminal. Art by Richard Serra, 2005.  Litter atop cube 1 by Anonymous.  Idealized (though rusty) art meets messy (real) life.
A crazy tangle of electrical lines in the entrance of the David C. Copley Building in downtown San Diego.
A crazy tangle of electrical lines in the entrance of the David C. Copley Building in downtown San Diego.

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Weird, funny aquariums at a fishy fish show.

People enjoy unusual aquarium displays at the San Diego Tropical Fish Society Annual Show in Balboa Park.
People enjoy unusual aquarium displays at the San Diego Tropical Fish Society Annual Show in Balboa Park.

Time for a laugh! Here are some weird, funny, and wonderfully creative fish aquariums!

Today I photographed some of the most humorous aquariums on display at the San Diego Tropical Fish Society Annual Show in Balboa Park. I was delighted to see so much unleashed craziness and imagination. Looks like this fishy hobby can be a lot of fun. Check these out!

A very unique aquarium contains two upside down glass goblets and one upside down glass fish bowl. The latter acts as a sort of sky observatory for the finny inhabitants.
A very unique aquarium contains two upside down goblets and one upside down glass fish bowl. The latter acts as a sort of sky observatory for the finny inhabitants.
Star Wars characters stand atop an aquarium from a galaxy far, far away. The space-like interior features a duel between a TIE fighter and X-Wing.
Star Wars characters stand atop an aquarium from a galaxy far, far away. The space-like interior features a duel between a randomly drifting TIE fighter and X-Wing, while darting red fish appear to be laser blasts.
Dr. Who and a companion have traveled by TARDIS into the strange unearthly interior of this humorous aquarium.
Doctor Who and a companion have traveled by TARDIS into the strange, unearthly interior of this humorous aquarium.
An old blender or coffee maker make for fine tropical fish aquariums, I suppose. Just don't turn them on.
An old blender or coffee maker makes  a fine tropical fish aquarium, I suppose. Just don’t turn them on.
I'm sure a fish was hiding somewhere in the ruins of the lost city of Atlantis.
I’m sure a fish was hiding somewhere in the ruins of the lost city of Atlantis.
Who said bonsai plants couldn't be submerged? Makes for a lovely but rather fishy garden.
Who said bonsai plants couldn’t be submerged? Makes for a lovely but rather fishy garden.
And an underwater Buddha, too! These fish must be on the path to nirvana.
And an underwater Buddha, too! These fish must be on the watery path to nirvana.
An aquarium alive with silly Minions and Lego creations and color. Oh, and some shy yellow fish, too.
An aquarium alive with silly Minions and Lego creations and jumbled color. Oh, and some shy fish, too.
A yellow submarine in a Beatles-themed tropical fish aquarium. Photo taken in Balboa Park during the San Diego Tropical Fish Society Annual Show!
A yellow submarine in a Beatles-themed tropical fish aquarium. Another fun photo taken in Balboa Park during the San Diego Tropical Fish Society Annual Show!

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Wile E. Coyote watches secretly from a window.

Wile E. Coyote in a business suit disguise. He secretly peers out of a window at the Chuck Jones Gallery. He's hoping The Road Runner might zoom on by.
Wile E. Coyote in a business suit disguise. He secretly peers out of a window at the Chuck Jones Gallery. He’s hoping The Road Runner might zoom on by.

Wile E. Coyote was spotted this morning peering secretly from a window in downtown San Diego. Dressed in business attire, which was almost certainly a clever disguise, the patient cartoon character seemed to be waiting for his breakfast: The Road Runner.

As I walked down Fifth Avenue by the window in question Wile E. Coyote remained perfectly still. Like a cat. He appeared ready to activate another of his diabolical schemes. For a moment I hesitated with vague fear, searching the sidewalk and building above for a dangling anvil, a rocket or a large spring. Nothing.

And so, breathing a sigh of relief, I safely walked past the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter.

Was The Road Runner just as lucky? Probably.

Alice pops out of rabbit hole at San Diego County Fair!

Just inside the O'Brien Gate at the 2016 San Diego County Fair. This year's theme is Alice in Wonderland.
Just inside the O’Brien Gate at the 2016 San Diego County Fair. This year’s theme is Alice in Wonderland.

I have photographic proof that Alice has popped back out of the rabbit hole. In fact, she has emerged from Wonderland only to find herself smack dab in the middle of the San Diego County Fair!

Yes, the slogan this year is “Mad About the Fair.” And should you head up to Del Mar and purchase a ticket, you’ll find yourself among thousands of San Diegans enjoying scenes and characters from the classic children’s book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by the immortal author Lewis Carroll.

The San Diego County Fair is a wonderful place to enjoy a lazy summer’s day no matter what the theme. You can eat deep fried Twinkies, take a ride in the Fun Zone, toss a ring at a bottle, and see all sorts of cool performances, craft exhibits and livestock. But this year it might be better than ever. Alice in Wonderland is just too much fun.

Walking down the good old midway. Once known as the Del Mar Fair, the county fair is a wildly popular summer attraction in Southern California.
Walking down the good old midway. Once known as the Del Mar Fair, the county fair is a wildly popular summer attraction in Southern California.
There's a White Rabbit walking along! Don't follow him! You don't know where he might lead!
There’s a White Rabbit walking along! Don’t follow him! You don’t know where he might lead!
Alice falls down the rabbit hole. One of many outstanding works of art by high school students displayed at the San Diego County Fair.
Alice falls down the rabbit hole. One of many outstanding works of art by high school students displayed at the San Diego County Fair.
A high school pencil drawing of an imaginative Wonderland.
A high school pencil drawing of an imaginative Wonderland.
A first place winner at the San Diego County Fair. This student created a very nice visual composition.
A first place winner at the San Diego County Fair. This student created a very nice visual composition.
More great art. Alice tries to make her way through endless weirdness and absurdity.
More fantastic art. Alice tries to make her way through endless weirdness and absurdity.
One of many fun displays outside at the Paul Ecke Jr. Garden Show. I see the grinning Cheshire Cat and all sorts of other Alice and Wonderland stuff.
One of many fun displays outside at the Paul Ecke Jr. Garden Show. I see the grinning Cheshire Cat and all sorts of other Alice in Wonderland stuff.
Some steampunk contraptions at the outdoor garden show. I see a cool steampunk washing machine and a weird metal Mad Hatter taking a shower.
Some steampunk contraptions at the outdoor garden show. I see a cool steampunk washing machine and a weird metal Mad Hatter taking a shower.
Another fun entry at the garden show. These gardens seem to contain many teacups and mushrooms.
Another fun entry at the garden show. These gardens seem to contain many teacups and mushrooms.
Flowers, butterflies and trees shaped like hearts, diamonds, spades and clubs.
Flowers, butterflies and trees shaped like hearts, diamonds, spades and clubs.
The Queen of Hearts wants people to have their photo taken here. Or it's off with their heads, I suppose.
The Queen of Hearts wants people to have their photo taken here. Or it’s off with their heads, I suppose.
It's Tweedledum and Tweedledee. They're from the sequel to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the equally classic Through the Looking-Glass.
It’s Tweedledum and Tweedledee. They’re from the sequel to Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the equally classic Through the Looking-Glass.
Some more fun Alice in Wonderland pottery characters created by The Madd Potter.
Some more fun Alice in Wonderland pottery characters created by The Madd Potter.
A long colorful mural above some fair vendors depicts beloved characters created by Lewis Carroll. Their appearance has evolved due to popular culture and now incorporate steampunk elements like goggles.
A long colorful mural above some fair vendors depicts beloved characters created by Lewis Carroll. Their appearance has evolved due to popular culture and now incorporate steampunk elements like goggles.
Alice plays flamingo croquet in a fantasy world full of rampant irrationality and nonsense.
Alice plays flamingo croquet in a fantasy world full of rampant irrationality and nonsense.
Even the Cheshire Cat has gone steampunk!
Even the Cheshire Cat has gone steampunk!
Get ready to enter the Mad About the Fair exhibit. It's dark inside, so many photos didn't turn out so good.
Get ready to enter the Mad About the Fair exhibit. It’s dark inside, so many photos didn’t turn out so good.
I've spotted Alice! She's passing a huge hat possibly worn by The Hatter.
I’ve spotted Alice! She’s passing a huge hat possibly worn by The Hatter. He must have one huge head.
One display highlights differently illustrated Alice's Adventures in Wonderland books over the years. Some are imaginative adaptions or interpretations.
One display highlights differently illustrated Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland books over the years. Some are imaginative adaptations or interpretations.
A super long table in the exhibit was set for an epic tea party!
A super long table in the exhibit was set for an epic tea party!
A whole variety of displays paid homage to the Steampunk genre. Here are some Victorian ladies in cool steampunk top hats.
A whole variety of displays paid homage to the Steampunk genre. Here are some Victorian ladies in cool steampunk top hats.
A very cool steampunk mechanical man made of brass gears, with a glass globe for its head.
A very cool steampunk mechanical man made of brass gears, with a glass globe for its head.
Clocks seem to be a common Wonderland motif. All sorts of fun old clocks were displayed on this wall. I didn't see the White Rabbit's pocket watch.
Clocks seem to be a common Wonderland motif. All sorts of fun old clocks were displayed on this wall. I didn’t see the White Rabbit’s pocket watch.
The cool artwork of singing legend Grace Slick was on display! You might remember the Jefferson Airplane smash hit White Rabbit.
The cool artwork of singing legend Grace Slick was on display! You might remember the Jefferson Airplane smash hit White Rabbit.
The White Rabbit represents curiosity--always in a hurry and just out of reach. He is a moving mystery.
The White Rabbit represents curiosity–always in a hurry and just out of reach. He is a moving mystery.
Alice awaits at the 2016 San Diego County Fair. Follow her back down into the rabbit hole, if you dare!
Alice awaits at the 2016 San Diego County Fair. Follow her back down into the rabbit hole, if you dare!

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