The OB Plague Walkabout, Part 2

by on April 3, 2020 · 4 comments

in Ocean Beach

Damaged, abandoned board expresses a common plea. All photos by Joaquin Antique.

By Joaquin Antique

Things continue to get weirder in Ocean Beach as the Covid 19 virus ramps up and the response becomes more serious.

It sounds like the new normal is going to be required masks for people who are outside of their homes. Police officers and traffic control officers continue to block access to beach parking lots, parks, trails, and the shoreline.

Most businesses are shuttered but a few restaurants continue to offer food and brew to go. Count Poma’s, Bar 1502, OB Kabob, Hungry Lu’s, Culture, Hess, and the Third Corner among them.

This reporter went on walkabout on 4/2/20 and took the accompanying pictures.  Strict social distancing was maintained at all times. Other people walking around were almost all keeping a distance from each other and most had a smile and kind word for their fellow community members.

The pier parking lot is now completely empty, on total lock down except for occasional police cruiser.

A kind person on Bacon Street has been sewing face masks and offering them up for free to other locals. He or she kept replenishing the masks throughout the day.

The James Gang, as always, has an interesting topical shirt hanging in their window.

The down time for non-essential businesses is allowing shop owners to repaint their store’s signs, catch up on deferred maintenance, and in the case of the new CBD store that will be in the old Electric Chair space, prepare for an eventual opening.

Over on Sunset Cliffs, the space that housed Pepe’s Italian restaurant is up for lease.  Hard to imagine anyone wanting to start a new restaurant in this climate.

Someone cut the yellow caution tape at the Orchard Street stairs and this couple took advantage of it to walk on down.

The taped off stairs at Santa Cruz cove didn’t stop these people from violating the rules and sitting on the sand.

Our feathered friends are maintaining social distancing on the wall near the pier parking lot, or are they? See the red circle enlarged below and you’ll find some scofflaws breaking the rules.

Uncooperative bird brains.

If you know where to look, there are still a few places that are empty of people where you can enjoy an ocean view.


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Kathy Blavatt April 4, 2020 at 5:05 am

Great photos… shows OB is still OB even in during a Covid 19! Thanks to the kindhearted person making the cool face masks, love the James Gang shirt, and thanks to the restaurants with to go food.


unwashedWalmartThong April 5, 2020 at 1:22 pm

Thank you, Joaquin.
Funny, we have a couple of bird brains in D.C. They’re called Trumpence, and they can’t read!
A good & scary read (I read it twice.) is The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett. Written about 95/96. Very well-researched.
I think we all have time for reading. I think I may start it again. Or I can just watch Altered Carbon for the fourth time. Or I could re-watch Mr. Robot. Or maybe watch Derry Girls again. Or I could clean the entire house.
So much time, so many duties!


retired botanist April 5, 2020 at 5:34 pm

yep, thx Joaquin, for giving us a bead on the local recognition of the national problem. if only Washington could be so attuned…
Can’t imagine what the wildlife must be thinking at the moment – it begs for a Gary Larson cartoon right now…


Jacob Clark May 8, 2020 at 3:55 am

Thanks, Joaquin. I agree with you. Now is very old and difficult time. For my 35 years of life, I could not even imagine such a statement. On this basis, I have developed depression and muscular insufficiency. Funds from the pharmacy did not help me. A friend of mine advised me to use CBD salve. I am always careful. belonged to such products, but this time I decided and helped me. By the way, since all the shops in our city are closed, I ordered CBD salve online here – In general, I heard that quarantine will last until June, although this is not official information. I really hope that this is true because sitting without work is very boring. I wish you good luck and good health. Thank you!


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