Ocean Beach and Elsewhere Walkabout: The Plague Year, Part 3

by on April 16, 2020 · 21 comments

in Ocean Beach, San Diego

“Surf-check alley”. The beaches, parks, the OB pier, and the river trail remain closed except for enforcement personnel.

by Joaquin Antique

So it drags on. Isolation and fear. Crazy rumors and fake news being dispensed by the bushel. Ignorant fools with “internet degrees in Infectious Disease” spreading their wackadoodle theories and/or not paying attention to efforts to break the chain of contagion.

But even while you see some “covidiots” not observing physical distancing or other common sense precautions, you also still see evidence of people working hard at great sacrifice to keep our communities safe: Healthcare workers, food preparers and market employees, cops and fire fighters, delivery people, neighbors helping neighbors by doing shopping for at risk people and sewing masks.

As in previous Plague articles, these OB Walkabout pictures were taken while maintaining strict physical distancing and other precautions per CDC guidelines to prevent disease transmission.

We’ve also included some  pictures from outside of Ocean Beach as well as a couple photos shared by family and friends in LA.

(all photos by Joaquin Antique except those by Frank Gormlie, and the Easter Egg, ICU nurse pictures which are by anonymous.)

Who needs to maintain physical distance when you can eat a sandwich, and drink a beer on the street?  Probably shouldn’t judge though. Maybe these people all live together.
Even this dog was masking up, but I think he was stoned.
When all the days seem to run together it’s good to have a neighbor who will help you stay oriented.
Seems like lots of tree trimming going on all over OB.  These were “just” palm and other trees on private property on Greene Street but there’s some questionable work being done around town while the authorities are otherwise occupied.
This short-term vacation rental at Abbott and Brighton appears to be shut down, and perhaps a risky venture.
UCSD is like a ghost town and the student center is not so welcoming these days.
Closer to home, OB elementary is also locked up tight.
This ocotillo doesn’t care about no stinking virus. Picture was taken two weeks ago before Anza Borrego was closed by the state park system.
Old Town was almost completely empty the other day, though handmade tortillas were still being cranked out by a masked worker at Cafe Coyote.
Can you imagine how sad and difficult it is for Point Loma High School 2020 grads, their families, and friends right about now? We are so sorry kids, but at least you’ll have one hell of a story some day.
San Diego Harbor looks like a lake with hardly a ripple. From this spot there was not a single moving boat spotted over a half hour period.
Even the Easter Bunny went with a Covid-19 theme this year.
Speaking of masks, Seams to Me on Bacon looks like it’s ready to provide you one in a jiffy. (Photo by Frank Gormlie)
Think your bandana or mask is uncomfortable?  Check out what one of our Southern California nursing heroes has to wear as she continues to save lives every 12 hour shift.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Not Dr. Shiva April 16, 2020 at 11:14 am

Why did this feel so angry?
Why did it sound so regurgitated?
Why does it feel so pointless?

A man named Dr. Shiva who may be running for congress has more than an “internet degrees in Infectious Disease” and speaks with a healthy demeanor that has become so rare in this world. He doesn’t need to regurgitate the narative to make a living. That’s why he is different. He’s easy to find. Find him.

We as human Americans do not need any education or crudentials to express what we believe. I want to know what EVERYONE is perceiving.

My friends who work with the masks on, outside of hospitols feel like their hyperventilating and it is not being spoken about anywhere.

They are not Breathing

Posting pictures of people, without communicating with them…….I always found that rude. (Mothers)

We as human Americans do not need any education or crudentials to express what we believe. I want to know what EVERYONE is perceiving.

Most importantly………..now
As the whole world is on house arrest
Dr. Shiva is on to something good

As this article does nothing


Geoff Page April 16, 2020 at 1:18 pm

If you think the article does nothing, then your incomprehensible comment does negative nothing, if that is even possible.


retired botanist April 17, 2020 at 6:12 am

yeah, the double negative does not make a positive :-). Hard to tell just what Not Shiva is upset about- didn’t seem regurgitated or angry to me-


Not Dr shiva April 17, 2020 at 10:03 am

You can’t see what I was upset about because I was not upset.


Not Dr shiva April 17, 2020 at 10:01 am

I do not understand what you are implying.


retired botanist April 17, 2020 at 5:39 pm

Then, I guess I don’t understand what you’re implying? Your comment said, “Why did this feel so angry? Why did it sound so regurgitated? Why does it feel so pointless?” I could only assume you were referring to Joaquin’s comments? Is there something special we should know about Dr. Shiva? That as you say, being uncredentialed, (actually like so many in the Govt’s task force), we should be paying close attention to?

Your comment, “My friends who work with the masks on, outside of hospitals feel like they’re hyperventilating and it is not being spoken about anywhere.” Its not true- many, many of us feel great compassion for those working, with masks on, working outside of the hospital environment. Food deliveries, post people, amazon and UPS drivers, grocery clerks- all these folks who are willing to pitch up and go to work in hazardous environments. They are heroes. And we do write and speak about them. :-)


Not Dr shiva April 19, 2020 at 11:32 am

I didn’t understand what Geoff page was implying, not you.

With the original post, labeling people idiots……there has always been anger and disgust whenever I have heard or seen people use that language in real life. Is online world different? It seems to be. Which is so strange to me. I asked those questions because online is so dry. Its so easy to take things the wrong way. They were real questions. People make statements online with question marks. Its like people text in riddles. I was asking REAL questions.

We need to pay close attention to Anyone connected to a financial benefit of vaccinations or the economy shuttered. We clearly see the loss. Who will gain and is there something fishy going on?

Dr Shiva may not be financially backed by people who desire certain results. Most are. I find it interesting. That doesn’t mean I believe him.
It just means I’m listening. I’m also listening to people I absolutely will never believe. All of it is relevant.

I havnt seen anyone write or speak of how extremely unhealthy it is to do physical labor behind a disposable mask that you are not allowed to adjust untill specified break time. Its ok that you have. I have not. Yes thier is endless speak of compassion and applause. Its officially an American trend.I have not seen or heard any speak of how its harming thier health other then the conversations I have had with them.

Most say great job!!!! Applaud applaud…..I say, oh my god are you okay? Your eyes look so different! No I’m not ok is what they all tell me. The exchange is so deep……im like shit, am I the only one asking?

And here is a real question….
Are you a retired botanist?
What was the raddest thing you learned?

Im Getting so much from plants right now.
Its awesome.


Geoff Page April 20, 2020 at 9:46 am

I wasn’t implying anything, I said your comment was incomprehensible meaning it made no sense.


Not Dr shiva April 21, 2020 at 1:18 pm

Yeah I’m weird.
Its ok though.
It got you to respond.
It did something.


retired botanist April 20, 2020 at 2:25 pm

Not Doc Shiva-
Well, perhaps its a ‘reveal’ but, yes, among other things I am actually a retired botanist :-). In an earlier career, I specialized in marine plant research- tropical algae and marine agronomy to be specific, but later swam onto land and practiced CA terrestrial botany for a few decades. Although my passion has always remained with the “lower plants”- mosses, algae, lichens, mushrooms and such, I more recently had the good fortune to get involved with SD’s urban tree canopy efforts- the Torrey pines being the driving force in that. :-)
Thx for asking. I’m so glad you are ‘getting so much from plants’ right now- plants are everything! Our food, oxygen, shelter, medicine, well being! We simply can’t exist without them :-)


Geoff Page April 16, 2020 at 12:51 pm

The Greene Street picture is at the end of my street and has infuriated me. The owner of the apartment building had five 100-year-old palms cut down, three of which belonged to the city that the city had just trimmed a few months ago. I got there too late for three of these but was able to get a reprieve on two trees that, unfortunately, were far enough back that they were probably on the private property. Those disappeared two days later. This kind of shit will be happening everywhere because of this shutdown of life. This is a warning to everyone, watch what is happening in your neighborhood and do what you can because the city is no help now. I’m going to make that building owner my personal project when things get back to normal and see to it they pay for what they have done by paying for those trees. I can’t even express how depressing it is to see those tall, sinewy beauties gone by one selfish entity with no concern for this neighborhood.


retired botanist April 17, 2020 at 6:16 am

ugh. Five parrot habitats gone, among other functions and services those trees provided.
Can only hope the Torrey Pine watchdogs are staying vigilant-


Geoff Page April 27, 2020 at 1:38 pm

Hey retired, do you know anyone who can assess the value of a tree? I’d like to see if I can get a dollar value for the three large palms that were cut down. Thanks.


retired botanist April 17, 2020 at 6:19 am

Great photos, Mr. Antique. Its heartening to see people trying to keep their sense of humor. Loved the masked dog and the political pin poster :-)
Thanks for the smile!


thequeenisalizard April 17, 2020 at 11:09 am

Dr. Shiva the guy that claims he invented email, rabid anti-vaxer, thinks Dr. Fauci is part of the “Deep State conspiracy” and supports the QAnon idiots, that Dr. Shiva? Hilarious!


not dr shiva April 17, 2020 at 4:13 pm

whats your point?


thequeenisalizard April 17, 2020 at 6:48 pm

My point is Dr. Shiva is an opportunist hack. If you are attempting to give Dr. Shiva credibility as someone that should be listened to for any reason regarding the spread or seriousness of Corona 19 why don’t you go out and let someone sneeze on you.


Not Dr shiva April 19, 2020 at 10:48 am

I have given no one credibility.
Thats my point.
I don’t trust in anything outside myself.

Experts make mistakes.

And even though you want me to be sneezed on, I still want to know what you think. And what you have experienced mostly.

And if you would like someone to sneeze on me, ok. That’s fine. Its really weird though.

What’s even weirder, is that if we had met on the street using words with sound other then text with type…..would you have structured your sentences differently?
I don’t know much of this blog type world but the way people communicate is so different than real life.
I dont understand why that would happen. Its just so different then in person communication.


retired botanist April 20, 2020 at 3:07 pm

Queen, I don’t think you’d really wish that on anyone. I get some of Not Doc’s points. I don’t know who in hell Doc Shiva is, and have a feeling, intuitively, that I disagree with wherever he/she is coming from- to wit, I am definitely not an anti-vaxxer. And seemingly, Not Doc doesn’t follow Doc Shiva, either.
I think the point is about listening and knowing.
Sort of like, my daughter said “Mom, you’ll HATE it, but you have to watch Tiger King, so you understand what the spin and reaction are all about”. So I watched Tiger King. I was appalled, hated it, but I learned that there actually are people in our country who hold big cats hostage and abuse them for money, who legitimately run for Gov of Oklahoma, who manipulate the masses under the auspices of “animal welfare”. Thankfully, I don’t personally know people like that. But therein is the education. Horrifying, but illuminating. So, just sayin’, its more important to learn and inquire than to just react.
And to Doc Shiva, wherever you are and whatever you represent, doesn’t sound like you’re gonna get much quarter from our group here :-)


Jon April 17, 2020 at 1:27 pm

I live near that 4-unit apartment complex which was converted to a mini hotel by a resident of Los Angeles. The 4-unit complex behind it was converted to an illegal hotel a year prior, and the 2br, 2ba north of it was also converted earlier. That entire block represents at least 10 bedrooms/units that long-term residents were kicked out of for the short-sighted greed and animus toward our community displayed by these property owners. People could be living and sheltering there during this pandemic and instead they’re empty and I sense about to become overrun with squatters. The owner of the most prominent unit just removed a large old tree for no good reason (perhaps to get a view for Airbnb carpetbaggers) so now there’s just a giant hole in the ground with ripped up concrete that the skaters have started using to do tricks (I don’t mind that so much, they need something to do). It just makes me sick that the mayor allowed this to go on for so long and here we are in the midst of a crisis with unavailable housing. Shame on all of these STVR owners. I know some of you are reading this. Shame on you. I hope you were able to pad your pockets enough on the backs of OB residents that you can buy some Kleenex to wipe those crocodile tears away. We need to make sure they don’t receive any bailouts for their scofflaw properties. You reap what you sow.


Val April 17, 2020 at 3:40 pm

Brilliantly said.


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