Folk dance and smiles at House of Ukraine!

Balboa Park’s House of Ukraine had their lawn program today at the International Cottages.

I don’t know a whole lot about the culture and history of Ukraine, but I could see one thing very clearly. The Ukrainian love for food, uplifting song, bright colorful costumes and folk dance shows an enduring, passionate love of life.

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World-class sand masters smile for fun photos!

Cool sand artists rest for a bit near the foot of Broadway Pier as they create a welcoming sculpture for the 2019 U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge! A couple faces look familiar from past competitions!
Cool sand artists rest for a bit near the foot of Broadway Pier as they create a welcoming sculpture for the 2019 U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge! A couple faces look familiar from past competitions!

Some of the world’s greatest sand artists smiled for my camera late this afternoon! They’re now carving sand sculptures on Broadway Pier that will greet people as they arrive for the 2019 U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge.

During Labor Day weekend, these extraordinary artists will be working hard inside the Port Pavilion, where the public can watch them create spectacular pieces of fine art out of compacted sand!

If you’re in San Diego, it’s the big Labor Day weekend event you shouldn’t miss!

On the other side of the welcoming sand sculpture, a design is being carved that celebrates the 250th anniversary of the city of San Diego!
On the other side of the welcoming sand sculpture, a design is being carved that celebrates the 250th Anniversary of the City of San Diego!
One of the outdoor sand sculptures near the Port Pavilion is sponsored by MTS. It's a work still in progress.
One of the outdoor sand sculptures near the Port Pavilion is sponsored by San Diego’s public transit system, MTS. It’s a work still in progress.
Sand master and TV star Chris Guinto smiles for my camera! I met him briefly five years ago during this annual competition. This sculpture he's working on promotes Natural Light Seltzer.
Sand master and TV star Chris Guinto smiles for my camera! I met him briefly five years ago during the annual competition. This sculpture he’s working on for an event sponsor will promote Natural Light Seltzer.

UPDATE!

Here are some photos taken the following day…

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Final rays of sunlight and a smile in Balboa Park.

Late yesterday I entered Balboa Park to enjoy a summer organ concert. I arrived well before the music began, so I took a leisurely walk along El Prado.

I was touched by the final rays of sunlight and a smile…

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A place like heaven, and full of surprises.

Balboa Park to me is a place like heaven. A place overflowing with joy and sunshine and smiles and wonder. A carefree place that is full of surprises.

Today I enjoyed a few delightful surprises during my walk–as you’ll see.

The House of Peru hosted a lawn program today at Balboa Park's International Cottages.
A huge crowd had gathered at the International Cottages. The House of Peru hosted a colorful lawn program today.

Peruvian born Mario Torero, internationally famous muralist and activist, greets the audience before receiving an honor.
Peruvian born Mario Torero, internationally famous muralist and activist, greets the audience before receiving an honor.
The brass ring might appear any moment.
The brass ring might appear at any moment.

Balboa Park is one of the most wonderful places on Earth.

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Amusing photographs from Comic-Con!

He told me his name is Pickle Rick.
He told me his name is Pickle Rick.

Here’s a collection of amusing photos I took today while walking around San Diego Comic-Con.

At least, they are amusing to me.

I've heard of pitching with extra mustard on it, but this is ridiculous.
I’ve heard of pitching with extra mustard on it, but this is ridiculous.
A little girl who hates clowns couldn't wait to see Pennywise munched to pieces by Sharkzilla.
A little girl who hates clowns couldn’t wait to see Pennywise munched to pieces by Sharkzilla.
The black Symbiote Costume is making Spider-Man act a bit erratically.
The black Symbiote Costume is making Spider-Man act a bit erratically.
It's Bullwinkle!
It’s Bullwinkle!
An odd pair.
A rather odd pair.
Waiting for the next moon walk.
Waiting patiently for the next moon walk.
That cosplay photo won't fit in one frame.
That cosplay photo won’t fit in one frame.
Joker tells reporter this town needs an enema.
Joker tells reporter this town needs an enema.
Fortunately, this guy doesn't need any sunscreen.
Fortunately, this guy doesn’t need any sunscreen.
Spaceballs cosplay! I gotta watch that great movie again.
A great Spaceballs cosplay! Woohoo! I gotta watch that movie again.
Captain Marvel in a police lineup.
Captain Marvel somehow ended up in a police lineup.
Forgive me, but I laughed.
Forgive me, but I laughed.
Absurd. But that's the wonder of Comic-Con!
Completely absurd. But that’s one wonderful aspect Comic-Con!
I think that's Lumière. Or a guy who missed a payment on his electric bill.
I think that’s Lumière from Beauty and the Beast. Or a guy who missed a payment on his electric bill.
Try to be more gruesome next time.
I’m not convinced. Try to be more gruesome next time.
A smiling Ebenezer Scrooge can't be too far behind.
A smiling Ebenezer Scrooge can’t be too far behind.
It appears these stormtroopers just got back from a vacation in Hawaii.
Looks like these stormtroopers just got back from a vacation in Hawaii.

Six blog posts in one day is a record for me. I suppose I’m having too much fun.

Perhaps I should take a nap.

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A fun, easy walk outside 2019 Comic-Con!

Come with me on an easy walk outside San Diego Comic-Con! It’s Thursday, and I’ve selected a bunch of fun photos.

So take a seat, get comfortable and come along!

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More fun (and funny) stuff for 2019 Comic-Con!

You don't really eat these pancakes, it's more like they eat you. A funny The Good Place quote at the door of Maryjane's restaurant during 2019 Comic-Con.
You don’t really eat these pancakes, it’s more like they eat you. A funny The Good Place quote at the door of Maryjane’s restaurant during 2019 Comic-Con.

I spotted even more fun (and funny) stuff outside 2019 Comic-Con during my walk this morning!

There are some building wraps I hadn’t previously seen, and I found a couple new ones that are now being applied. I saw that the lobby of the Hard Rock Hotel is being converted into the Superstore. I also noted the Warner Brothers offsite on the grass south of the Omni hotel, which will feature Detective Pikachu and Shazam, is starting to take shape…

Two days until the start of Comic-Con!

Wraps are being placed on the Hard Rock Hotel promoting NBC's The Good Place and Superstore for Comic-Con.
Wraps are being placed on the Hard Rock Hotel promoting NBC’s The Good Place and Superstore for Comic-Con.
A wrap on the building's south side shows characters from Superstore.
A wrap on the building’s south side shows characters from NBC’s Superstore. Comedy Starts Here.
Putting on the fun building wrap, with two days until the start of Comic-Con.
Putting on the fun building wrap, with two days until the start of Comic-Con.
Superstore graphics now decorate the lobby of the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego.
Superstore graphics now decorate the lobby of the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego.
Across Fifth Avenue, the Amazon wraps are done. This one promotes The Boys. That's one hero I'd prefer to avoid.
Across Fifth Avenue, the Amazon wraps are done. This one promotes The Boys. That’s one smiling superhero I’d prefer to avoid.
Other stuff is springing up around downtown, like this big banner on a building advertising Tik Tok.
Other stuff is springing up around downtown, like this somewhat goofy-looking banner on a building advertising Tik Tok.
Businesses in the Gaslamp are jumping on the bandwagon.
Businesses in the Gaslamp Quarter are jumping on the Comic-Con bandwagon. Game of Thrones and Stan Lee inspired cocktails?
Syfy has moved to Seventh and J Street for 2019 Comic-Con. I believe you can catch their karaoke bus and trivia trolleys here.
Syfy has moved to Seventh and J Street for 2019 Comic-Con. I believe you can catch their fun karaoke bus and trivia trolleys here.
A cool wrap is being applied to the north side of the Omni Hotel. I'm afraid I don't recognize this show. If you do, leave a comment!
A cool Star Trek: Discovery wrap is being applied to the north side of the Omni Hotel.
The Warner Brothers offsite has erected an archway that says Chilladelphia Winter Carnival. You might remember the scene in Shazam.
The Warner Brothers offsite has erected an archway that says Chilladelphia Winter Carnival. You might remember the big, climactic scene in Shazam!
Freddy Freeman and his pal Shazam are perched atop another arch!
Freddy Freeman and his pal Shazam are perched atop another arch!

Stay tuned for more photos of Comic-Con preparation when I walk about this afternoon. I’ll post an update here!

UPDATE!

I did indeed walk about in the afternoon, and I found more fun stuff!

Batwoman banners now adorn the fences along the trolley tracks.
Batwoman banners now adorn the fences along the trolley tracks.
I'm Mad. You're Mad.
I’m Mad. You’re Mad.
The Stranger Things trolley station is returning for 2019 San Diego Comic-Con!
The Stranger Things trolley station is returning for 2019 San Diego Comic-Con!
Comedy Central's South Park offsite features mini golf this year.
Comedy Central’s South Park offsite features mini golf this year.
Play golf with South Park characters!
Play golf with South Park characters!
Amazon Prime Video was setting up displays along MLK Promenade.
Amazon Prime Video was setting up displays along MLK Promenade.
Flags at one end of Childrens Park, where the FOX Fan Fair will be.
Flags at one end of Childrens Park, where the FOX Fan Fair will be.
Another small glimpse of the FOX Fun Fair from the sidewalk.
Another small glimpse of the FOX Fun Fair from the sidewalk.
Check out the characters on the Ferris wheel!
Check out the characters on the Ferris wheel!
Bandai is staging their Dragon Ball Z offsite in the Marriott's Marina Terrace this year again.
Bandai is staging their Dragon Ball Z offsite in the Marriott’s Marina Terrace this year again.
Check out this The Boys wrap on the Marriott Marquis!
Check out this The Boys wrap on the Marriott Marquis!
Today exhibitors were moving their stuff into the San Diego Convention Center for Comic-Con.
Today exhibitors were moving their stuff into the San Diego Convention Center for Comic-Con.
The cool FX Devs wrap on the Hilton is looking good.
The cool FX Devs wrap on the Hilton is looking good.
Adult Swim is getting their offsite ready behind the San Diego Convention Center.
Adult Swim is getting their offsite ready behind the San Diego Convention Center.
Rick's balloon head isn't inflated yet.
Rick’s balloon head isn’t inflated yet.
FX has colorful graphics on the fence around part of their Fearless Forum.
FX has colorful graphics on the fence around part of their Fearless Forum.
A super cool FX event space is being prepared!
A super cool FX event space is being prepared!
More Comic-Con street art on windows of Sweet Things Frozen Yogurt.
More Comic-Con street art on windows of Sweet Things Frozen Yogurt.
A wrap is being applied to a corner of Petco Park. I'm clueless.
A wrap is being applied to a corner of Petco Park. I’m clueless.
The first activation is being built at the Interactive Zone at Petco Park. Not sure what it is, either.
The first activation is being built at the Interactive Zone at Petco Park. Not sure what it is, either.
Another new wrap appearing on a corner of Petco Park. Resembles the Stumptown trolley wrap.
Another new wrap appearing on a corner of Petco Park. Resembles the Stumptown trolley wrap.
History has a wrap on Petco Park promoting Project Blue Book, like last year.
History has a wrap on Petco Park promoting Project Blue Book, like last year.
The Tin Fish is getting decorated with NBC Comedy graphics.
The Tin Fish is getting decorated with NBC Comedy graphics.
Hot Damn!
Hot Damn!
Sweeping the back steps of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Sweeping the back steps of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
The Statue of Liberty has found a new home in San Diego!
The Statue of Liberty has found a new home in San Diego!
I detect Detective Pikachu at the Warner Brothers offsite!
I detect Detective Pikachu at the Warner Brothers offsite!

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