Thursday, December 21, 2017

Ballet

Day 22

The Nutcracker

7:18am:
This evening, I am going to view San Diego Ballet's performance of
"The Nutcracker." This is a special treat for me!

The ballet is being held at UC San Diego in the City of La Jolla. I plan to get there to check out the parking situation during the afternoon.

Last year [2016] I went to see The Nutcracker at Granite High School in Apple Valley. There were a ton of children at that high school performance. So adorable to see those children all caught up in the Nutcracker story!

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8:14am:
Heater change
This morning, Scampy's Wave-3 Catalytic Heater is to be remounted on the wall very close to the toilet/shower door [A few inches from its present mounting location]. There will be a plumbing change as well.

The propane line will be connected directly to the heater [No quick-disconnect valve]. The propane line will run along the corner of the floor. Out of the way and safer there.



9:22am:
FasTrak
....,..is the electronic toll collection system used in the state of California. The system is used statewide on all of the toll roads, toll bridges, and high-occupancy toll lanes along the California Freeway and Expressway System.

Here is the thing about these tolls. You get a violation notice by NOT being signed up for FasTrak. You are not in violation by simply going thru a toll place without paying a toll.

This means, that a driver who does not understand FasTrak and waits for a toll collection letter to arrive in the mail will be surprised by a violation letter which carries a cost much larger than the toll!

Government! Yuk!


11:25am:
City of La Jolla
After  completing the plumbing and remounting changes for Scampy's
Wave-3 Catalytic Heater, we took a run up to the City of La Jolla. We wanted to learn if Mandeville Auditorium [Nut Cracker performance location] on the University of California campus had parking that we might edge into.

What we learned is, that the entire City if La Jolla is a No Parking lot! I kid you not! And we wandered all over and around La Jolla to make sure.


2:44pm:
South Shore Boat Ramp
We returned to more hospitable surroundings and headed out of La Jolla to the lovely and peaceful South Shore Boat Ramp.

Our plan is to remain here until around 5pm. Then go to a very safe parking area and use Uber to go to go to Mandeville Auditorium for the 7:30pm Nutcracker performance!


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22 comments:

  1. I agree wholeheartedly with your "government" comment. Have a great time at The Nutcracker!

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    1. Hi Jules,

      Our government is crap. Get rid of it. Have a revolution and begin at the beginning!

      The Nutcracker is a very sweet ballet. Gotta love it! 😎

      George


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  2. George, The US Postage Service costs a lot of money nowadays. By doing it this way, California saves a ton of money by NOT having to bill its residents for specific toll collection, hence the reason for asking them to sign up for FASTRAK. The costs for sending people a citation for not signing up are worth the state's efforts because the fines are high. If a tourist say, like me, bypassed the toll booth and didn't pay, sooner or later it would catch up to me because a camera takes a picture of my license plate.

    Happy Holidays, George.

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    1. Dee,

      A lot of money?? Your talking about 46 cents? You made a comment defending a 46 cent postage stamp?

      You have GOT to be royally kidding!!

      I paid $48.25 fine. And I had no clue what FasTrak is!

      How about some sympathy and pity for a person who truly deserves sympathy and pity? Me! $48.25 worth of sympathy and pity!

      Do you actually know what are you doing, Dee? Or is your comment some kind of a "pull George's leg" kind of joke?

      George

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    2. Hold on their big boy you got on the toll road you didn't pay the toll fee you didn't pay the $24 to get a transponder you probably took your trailer across there too,
      so that would've been $48 that you didn't pay the wonderful state of California that you love so much
      I chalked it up as a learning $$$ curve and the cost of living in The Shakey state
      Lord only knows how many other fines or violations you've run up. Go ahead tell them you're fed up with all the federal government Bureaucratic BS tell tham you're not going to pay the fine
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      I love it when George rattle his cage

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    3. There are warning signs if you don't have FASTRAK, and checking their website would have saved you $'s. . . . .
      "Did you recently drive The Toll Roads (State Routes 73, 133, 241, 261) and you don’t have FasTrak® or an ExpressAccount®? You can easily pay your toll(s) here within 5 days before or 5 days after your drive."

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    4. Ed and Barb,

      Nonsense!

      I got the feeling that you both are commenting here just to be disagreeing with me!

      Otherwise, both your comments make no sense.

      George

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  3. My brother did his doctorate research at Scripps in La Jolla back in the 70s. That´s when I moved to California. I loved the coastal area from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. I hope to rv there soon. Very nice area where you are at. Enjoy.

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    1. LBM,

      I agree with you. This Southern California Coastal area is a really nice place!

      George

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  4. Hey George ,, do you know due to the cost of inflation that's government inflation. to run the wonderful Postal Service throughout the United States and California, postage stamps have gone up to $.49 now
    Sleep tight big government is watching over you

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    1. Ed,

      I would answer your comment.

      However, your comment makes not one bit of sense. It's as if you are replying to something that you don't comprehend.

      George

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  5. When I was living and working in Southern California, I got a toll violation notice from the Golden Gate Bridge, claiming my car ran through one of the automated collection lanes without a valid transponder.

    I hadn't been in Northern CA for several months, so I contested the violation. It took over 3 months along with several letters and phone calls to set things right.

    Their automated license plate reader misread the last digit on the plate of the car that ran the toll. On my second phone call (after a couple of letters) the operator said she was looking at a clear picture of my car with the license plate clearly displayed. I asked her to send me a copy, and when she did the last digit of the plate was a 2 instead of a 3.

    I called back once again, and said I had the picture, and would they please compare the last digit of the license plate on the photo to the number on the violation.

    Then and only then did the violation get dismissed.

    If this had happened while I was trying to renew my car's registration on my car, it would have been denied unless I paid the fine on the spot.

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    1. Lou,

      Here is my take on FasTrak and every bogus toll road idea in California:
      1. First they change a road into a toll road.
      2. Then they make drivers jump thru hoops to comply with bogus toll rules.
      3. Then they assign huge fines if a driver does not follow those bogus rules.

      I say:
      1. Get rid if every toll road.
      2. Send a letter of apology to every driver who paid a toll violation.
      3. Refund the toll violation paid.
      4. Send a check to all these drivers for 100x the amount of the violation.
      5. Put these government jerks in prison at hard labor for 20 years to life.

      George

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  6. Ed,

    You are sticking up for the State of California and their bogus toll road crud?

    What the devil has gone wrong with you?

    George

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  7. And he said you rattled your cage, what about THAT!

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  8. George I enjoy your RV adventures so much that I try to ignore your political anti-authority rants. I know it is my choice to continue reading or not. I'm not going to try and counter what I consider a uniformed, irrational point of view or point out how well your interaction with a police officer went.

    I followed you since your early days in Mexico and always shook my head when you commented how better Mexico was than the U.S. But here you are George, back in the U.S., enjoying the liberties of this country that others have died to secure.

    I know my point of view is not and should not be the only point of view in a free country. But please don't berate others for understanding why someone has to pay for roads and the infrastructure that you use and enjoy, including the very expensive medical treatments that you’ve received over the years for your bout with cancer and cardiac issues. And that laws and rules are necessary for our safety and that there is no better country in the world to live in.

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    1. Hi Bob,

      Anti-authority? Yes. I am a person, who is anti-authority. However, am I in good company in this regard?

      “I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical....It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.”— Thomas Jefferson to James Madison (Jan. 30, 1787).

      George


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  9. pasadenaray112/22/17, 7:39 AM

    the state needs to extort money from you working stiffs to pay for the WELFARE pukes. now scurry off to work all you peasants, politicians and moochers are relying on YOU

    Ray

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    1. Hi Ray,

      Your comment is a kinda different view.

      But maybe you have a line on the reality of it all?

      George

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    2. Perhaps George you world like To return To the good cold days of Davy Crockek.
      Geromio

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  10. Yes I was pulling your chain big time but you made the quote comment to
    Dee,
    A lot of money?? Your talking about 46 cents? You made a comment defending a 46 cent postage stamp?

    But why chastise Dee for your mistake
    But Barb,,, was just telling you the truth.
    If for some reason you got on the toll road by mistake there are ways of correcting it. Also if you are towing a trailer on a toll road they charge you for that to. keep that part in mind.
    And your quote back to me
    Ed,
    I would answer your comment.
    However, your comment makes not one bit of sense. It's as if you are replying to something that you don't comprehend.
    George

    .My reply back to you was also a joke about the postage stamp now is $.49 not $.46 as you referred to in Dee,s post. although I have to admit I've never sent a letter in the last three years so I had to look it up.

    Now let's take your comment that I'm sticking up for California,,,, my opinion it sucks big time.however that's YOUR chosen state not mine
    Now Bob,s post comment on the other hand kind of sums it up perfectly

    So yes there were some attempted jokes made there. however I don't think they were in your favor but it was fun anyways
    Maybe you could have a sidebar on your website called Mad George, pet peeve's
    If you did I for one would like to read it. Oh heck I might even agree with you.


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    1. Ed,

      Sorry, I do not wish to comment/reply here.

      George

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