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Look how children are being indoctrinated

Out & About

One of the things I noticed while teaching chess in elementary after-school enrichment programs is the beauty of the schools.

Sadly, though, they are fenced, locked, and secured after hours so one can’t just wander the school grounds to look at the beauty.

That’s where I come in!

I wandered and took pictures to share.

These really show just exactly how the students at this elementary school are being indoctrinated.

The following is Bird Rock Elementary School in La Jolla, an enclave of the rich in San Diego, California.

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I think it’s interesting that each graduating class, and sometimes other grades as well, present a gift to the school.

My elementary school, Charles H. Flato Elementary in Kingsville, Texas, was no beauty when I was there in 1965-1966, having been built in the 1930s or so, and we certainly didn’t give anything back to the school when we left….

Click on the pictures that are NOT stamps and you can get a bigger version.

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They make use of all their space. For example, the following two pictures are of the back of the wall that holds the basketball goal.

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No, I did not put these words on the steps using Photoshop…….

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In the third picture above, the text reads, “If we are to reach real peace in this world…. we shall have to begin with the children.”—Gandhi

How wonderful it would be if our children were indoctrinated first with things like logic, reasoning, and science before being indoctrinated with religion. That’s my opinion, and at the age of 60, I’m sticking with it.

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Pay someone a compliment

Out & About

A collection of pictures taken near the Crystal Pier Hotel in Ocean Beach and the neighborhoods nearby (map location at end).

Cat utility box

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Brick walkway with child's police car toy

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Walkway landscape

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Walkway stairs

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Ocean Beach near the Crystal Pier Hotel

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Pelican statue at Crystal Pier Hotel in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California

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Octopus art at Crystal Pier Hotel in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California

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Pay someone a compliment graffiti

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Crystal Pier Hotel in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California

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Crystal Pier Hotel in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California

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Never again

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It’s rare that people are in my pictures but sometimes it just can’t be helped.

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That giant pelican is located near the Crystal Pier Hotel in Ocean Beach:

Crystal Pier Hotel in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California

Crystal Pier Hotel in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California

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Ten Ocean Beach murals

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When you come to San Diego, make time to visit the neighborhood of Ocean Beach.

It’s an eclectic neighborhood that seems to be stuck in the late 1960s, but they love their murals, which are everywhere, from the sides of buildings to utility boxes on the street corners.

Following are ten Ocean Beach building murals. You can click on them to get a huger picture.

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Ocean Beach mural

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San Diego has more murals than any place I’ve ever been, and Ocean Beach is, by far, the most mural-friendly neighborhood of San Diego.

It’s a neighborhood that seems stuck, happily, in the late 1960s, so if you need to relive that time of your life, just come to San Diego, call me to be your docent for the day, and we’ll have some fun.

Here is one mural that I found recently:

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Newport Avenue Optometry occupies the building while that specific parking lot is for customers of USA Gasoline.

I guess if one can’t read the TOW AWAY sign, one can always walk right in to Newport Avenue Optometry and have the problem taken care of….

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Ocean Beach

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San Diego Historical Landmarks—#4: Presidio of San Diego site, part 1

San Diego Historical Landmarks

San Diego Historical Landmark #4 is the site of the Presidio of San Diego.

Presidio of San Diego site

San Diego Presidio Site
Soldiers, sailors, Indians, and Franciscan missionaries from New Spain occupied the land at Presidio Hill on May 17, 1769 as a military outpost. Two months later, Fr. Junipero Serra established the first San Diego mission on Presidio Hill. Officially proclaimed a Spanish Presidio on January 1, 1774, the fortress was later occupied by a succession of Mexican forces. The Presidio was abandoned in 1837 after San Diego became a pueblo.

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Only ruins of the Presidio remain, simple bumps in the ground:

Site of the Presidio of San Diego

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A walk around the surround grounds finds many items of interest, such as a statue of “The Indian” by Arthur Putnam (1873-1930)….

The Indian, by Arthur Puinam, in San Diego California

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….a statue of “The Padre,” also by Arthur Putnam….

"The Padre" by Arthur Putnam in San Diego California

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….and a hugemonstergiganticreallyreallybig cross made out of bricks:

The Cross in Presidio Park in San Diego California

The Cross in Presidio Park in San Diego California

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Wouldn’t it be neat if we discovered that the bricks are from an old building in the area? Sadly, I could find nothing about the cross other than what is told on a plaque at the base:

In this ancient Indian village of Cosoy
Discovered and named San Miguel by Cabrillo in 1549
Visited and christened San Diego de Alcala by Vizcaino in 1602
Here the first citizen
Fray Junipero Serra
Planted civilization in California
Here he first raised the cross. Here began the first mission.
Here founded the first town, San Diego, July 16, 1769
In memory of him and his works. The Order of Panama 1913.

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Just across the street from the ruins of the Presidio is the Junípero Serra Museum, one of the most familiar landmarks in San Diego.

Junipero Serra Museum in San Diego California

Junipero Serra Museum in San Diego California

Junipero Serra Museum in San Diego California

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The Junípero Serra Museum is often mistaken for Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá—indeed, for many years, I counted myself among the mistaken.

The Serra Museum was built in 1928-1929 for the purpose of housing the collection of the San Diego Historical Society (now named the San Diego History Center), which was founded in 1928. William Templeton Johnson was the architect and used Spanish Revival architecture to resemble the early missions that once dominated the Southern California landscape.

Following are three pictures from the Museum’s collection of the Museum in 1929:

Architect’s elevation drawingElevation of the Junipero Serra Museum in San Diego California

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Project completedJunipero Serra Museum in San Diego California

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Dedication DayDedication day of the Junipero Serra Museum in San Diego California

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Prior to the Great Recession, the Museum was open seven days a week. Now, sadly, it is open only on weekends.

There are other markers from the past, and I’m sure I missed some because they are located in strange places, places which probably weren’t so strange many decades ago. An example is this tree, possibly as old as the ruins:

Presidio Hill in San Diego California

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See the crooked gravestone-like marker at the right of the trunk? Obviously I had to go see what it said:

Presidio Hill in San Diego California

Dedicated in memory of
Father Francisco Palou
Biographer of Fr. Serra

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I also discovered a huge statue of a man on a horse:

Presidio Hill in San Diego California

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The plaque on the base is in Spanish:

DONADO A LA CIUDAD DE SAN DIEGO
POR EL SEÑOR LICENSIADO
GUSTAVO DIAZ ORDAZ
PRESIDENTE DE LA REPUBLICA MEXICANA
NOVIEMBRE DE 1970

Wikipedia tells me that Gustavo Diaz Ordaz (1911-1979) was president of Mexico from 1964 to 1970. That, however, doesn’t explain anything about this statue and why it is there. Research for another day….

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As I said earlier, the Junípero Serra Museum is open only on Saturdays and Sundays. I went a couple of weeks ago, and in my next posting about San Diego Historical Landmarks, I’ll take you inside the Museum. It’s quite beautiful and should not be missed if you make a trip to Presidio Hill.

The San Diego Presidio Site is also California Registered Historic Landmark #59. Considering that this is where California was founded, what 58 sites could be more important?

Junipero Sera Museum in San Diego California

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For the introductory blog post
to San Diego’s historical landmarks,
click on San Diego’s Historical Landmarks.

For previous posts in the
San Diego Historical Landmarks series,
go here.

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I won’t walk on it

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As I continue to create works of Photographic Art, I find myself gaining a great appreciation of art of all kinds, even art that previously I didn’t particularly care for—Yoko Ono comes immediately to mind.

One thing I know, though, is that I could never walk on art, so when I find walkway art, I tend to walk around it and take pictures while everyone else is walking on it.

Such as these two pieces, found in the walkway at the Scripps Ranch branch of the San Diego Library:

Sidewalk snake art

Sidewalk lizard art

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