Fun art outside The New Children’s Museum!

During my walk around downtown yesterday morning, I wandered past The New Children’s Museum. My camera immediately took aim at the 1950s Dodge pickup Flower Truck out on the Paint Patio. Kids have applied so many coats of paint to the museum’s current Painted Object that the vintage truck appears to be covered with dripped candle wax!

I also enjoyed looking at the long, rainbow-like SMILE mural on the museum’s entrance bridge, painted by street artist Paola VillaseƱor, who signs her work PANCA. Her urban artwork, which is usually more “adult” and grotesque, can be found in both Tijuana and San Diego.

Those words on a low wall bordering the museum’s playground and The Garden Project are part of FOLLOWING THE WORDS, poetry by Quincy Troupe, professor emeritus at the University of California, San Diego.

In late 2014 I posted photos of the small garden and other lines of the linguistically lip-lively poem here.

Perhaps one day I’ll photograph the entire long poem!

Section of SMILE, by artist PANCA. The fun 48-foot-long mural decorates the bridge leading to the entrance of The New Children's Museum.
Section of SMILE, by artist PANCA. The fun 48-foot-long mural decorates the bridge leading to the entrance of The New Children’s Museum.
YOU ARE YOUR OWN SONG
YOU ARE YOUR OWN SONG
HIP AS FLIP-FLOPS KIDS HAVE ON
HIP AS FLIP-FLOPS KIDS HAVE ON

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New turf and big dreams at Petco Park!

In late February, trucks haul in rolls of turf to resod the grass playing field at Petco Park!
In late February, trucks haul in rolls of turf to resod the grass playing field at Petco Park!

I was walking past Petco Park this morning when I noticed a long line of trucks waiting next to the ballpark. Each of the trucks was transporting rolls of sod.

It must be that time of year–about a month before the start of the season–when the field receives its brand new turf!

Beautiful new grass fits perfectly with the promise of a brand new season. Not only do the Padres have a team full of talented, hungry young players, but they recently signed baseball phenom Eric Hosmer.

Many of the people I speak to are dreaming of a much improved year ahead. Is it possible that the Padres will contend in 2018?

I can’t wait to find out!

Rolls of sod are lifted up and brought into Petco Park. Spring can't be far away now!
Rolls of sod are lifted up and brought into Petco Park. Spring can’t be far away now!
I took this photo a couple weeks ago from the Park at the Park. Workers were busy preparing the ball field for the Padres' 2018 season.
I took this photo a couple weeks ago from the Park at the Park. Workers were busy preparing the baseball field for the Padres’ 2018 season.
Numerous trucks were lined up all around Petco Park this morning. A promising new season is around the corner, and the outfield is getting a lot of fresh new turf!
Numerous trucks were lined up all around Petco Park this morning. A promising new season is around the corner, and the ball field is getting some fresh new turf!

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Trash collection day in downtown San Diego.

Early Wednesday morning in downtown San Diego, and men are hard at work collecting the city's trash.
Early Wednesday morning in downtown San Diego, and men are hard at work collecting the city’s trash.

It’s very early Wednesday morning. That means a small fleet of garbage trucks will soon be rumbling throughout downtown San Diego. Dumpsters will be hauled, pushed, lifted and emptied. Clank! Crash! Bang! It’s trash collection day!

I took some photos last Wednesday of all the activity. I delayed posting these pictures, however, because stinky, messy trash collection didn’t seem to convey the proper Christmas spirit. (Some would probably say that it does!) Now that New Year’s Day is approaching, these photographs seem more fitting. What’s old vanishes, making way for the new!

A building's dumpsters are ready to be hauled out and emptied.
A building’s dumpsters are ready to be hauled out and emptied.
Plastic garbage cans overflow near the House of Blues. Life in the big city.
Plastic garbage cans overflow near the House of Blues. Life in the big city.
Few people are about this early in the morning. One gentleman was slowly walking down Broadway.
Few people are about this early in the morning. One gentleman was slowly walking down Broadway.
Rows of garbage receptacles in the Gaslamp. The remnants of good times.
Rows of garbage receptacles in the Gaslamp. The remnants of good times.
While garbage is collected, early morning deliveries are also being made, including kegs of beer on pallets.
While garbage is collected, early morning deliveries are also being made, including kegs of beer on pallets.
Several garbage trucks converged at once on this block and I paused to watch for a moment.
Several garbage trucks converged at once on this block and I paused to watch for a moment.
Collecting garbage in downtown San Diego while many still sleep.
Collecting garbage in downtown San Diego while many still sleep.
Blue recycle bins are lifted, banging and clattering, and contents are dumped.
Blue recycle bins are lifted, banging and clattering, and contents are dumped.
A truck heads up to Cortez Hill. Perhaps my own trash will soon be transported away.
A truck heads up to Cortez Hill. Perhaps my own trash will soon be transported away.

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Balboa Park: The War Years comes to Auto Museum.

International M-2-4 Rocket Truck used in the Pacific during World War II.
International M-2-4 Rocket Truck used in the Pacific during World War II.

An interesting new exhibit will open this coming Friday, April 3 at the San Diego Automotive Museum. Part of this year’s Centennial Celebration, the new exhibit is called Balboa Park: The War Years. According to one website: “The (auto museum) floor will be transformed into a USO show venue to tell the story of the impact that war had on San Diego and the entire West Coast.” As part of the museum’s general admission, visitors will be able to check out a dozen-or-so 1940s period vehicles used by the American military during the Second World War.

I was lucky to experience a small taste of the exhibit this afternoon. A rocket launching truck and anti-tank gun were waiting to be rolled from the outside parking lot into the museum during my Sunday walk through Balboa Park.

Here are several pics…

This historical military vehicle comes from the Marine Corps Mechanized Museum at Camp Pendleton north of San Diego.
This historical military vehicle comes from the Marine Corps Mechanized Museum at Camp Pendleton north of San Diego.
One of many interesting vehicles arriving for the upcoming Balboa Park The War Years exhibit at the San Diego Automotive Museum.
One of many interesting vehicles arriving for the upcoming Balboa Park: The War Years exhibit at the San Diego Automotive Museum.
US WW2 37mm M3 Anti-Tank Gun backing up to the museum's big side door!
US WW2 37mm M3 Anti-Tank Gun backing up to the museum’s big side door!

(After doing some searching on the internet, I’m pretty sure I have the above caption correct. If I don’t, leave a comment!)

Cool guy from San Diego Automotive Museum smiles for the camera!
Cool guy from San Diego Automotive Museum smiles for the camera!

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San Diego Padres load up, head to Spring Training!

San Diego Padres baseball mascot Swinging Friar near truck about to leave for Peoria.
San Diego Padres baseball mascot Swinging Friar near a big truck about to leave for Spring Training in Peoria.

Early this morning the Padres began their move to Peoria, Arizona for 2015 Spring Training. An absolutely huge amount of baseball equipment was loaded onto several trucks, and fans, the Pad Squad and television reporters gathered to witness the send-off.

Petco Park, where the Padres play and are headquartered, is not far from where I live, so I walked by to take some photos before catching the trolley to work! Glad I did!

The Padres have loaded up on talent this year, and the coming season looks extremely promising!

Television news people, the Pad Squad and fans watch Padres begin move to Spring Training.
Television news people, the Pad Squad and some very devoted fans watch the Padres begin their move to Spring Training.
Diehard fans enjoy morning donuts and other goodies courtesy of the Padres.
Hungry fans enjoy morning donuts and other goodies courtesy of the Padres.
The final crates full of baseball equipment are loaded into one of the big trucks.
The final crates full of baseball equipment are loaded into one of the big trucks.
The truck pulls away from Petco Park, heading for the Peoria, Arizona Sports Complex.
The truck pulls away from Petco Park, heading for the Peoria, Arizona Sports Complex.
Guy in truck cab waves for the cameras and first stage of a promising season begins!
Guy in cab waves for cameras and the first stage of a promising season begins!

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Cool peek at Monster Jam’s Party in the Pits.

People gaze down at Monster Jam's Party in the Pits in the Petco stadium parking lot.
People gaze at Monster Jam’s Party in the Pits in the Petco stadium parking lot.

I was heading back home today after walking for a couple hours along San Diego Bay. Crossing the bridge over Harbor Drive, I suddenly heard some sort of loud event over by Petco Park. I turned my head, and a big crowd of people came into view…

Crossing over Harbor Drive bridge, I heard and spied something big going on!
Crossing over Harbor Drive bridge, I heard and spied something big going on!
Look at all the monster truck enthusiasts checking out cool stuff.
Look at all the monster truck enthusiasts checking out cool stuff.
Guys on bikes and motorcycles were performing huge jumps for the crowd.
Guys on bikes and motorcycles perform huge jumps for crowd.

After descending from the bridge, I walked around the monster truck event and took a few pics over the fence!

I don't know the name of this monster truck, but it was definitely large!
I don’t know the name of this monster truck, but it was definitely large!
Mechanic guy near a couple of gigantic spare tires.
Mechanic guy near a couple of gigantic spare tires.
I guess this is a driver. He was signing autographs for lots of fans.
I guess this is a driver. He was signing autographs for lots of fans.
A display I could barely glimpse over the surrounding fence.
A display I could barely glimpse over the surrounding fence.
A couple of vendors head from Petco Park to the Monster Jam Party in the Pits.
A couple of vendors head from Petco Park to the Monster Jam Party in the Pits.

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