Another Section of Cliff Collapses in Del Mar

Another section of cliff between the train tracks and the Pacific Ocean has collapsed into the sea.  It slowed down train service throughout the morning (we noticed that as the trains passed much more slowly through Del Mar) and took out a portion of a trail used by surfers to get to the beach.

Del Mar Cliff Collapse December 10, 2018

This is at least the 4th partial collapse in recent months.  One has to wonder how much longer the Amtrack and Coaster trains will be able to operate safely on the same tracks …

White Bike Memorial in Del Mar for LA Detective Brian R Villa

White Bike Memorial on Torrey Pines for LA Detective Brian R Villa

This morning while walking home from a nice long beach walk between Del Mar and Torrey Pines State Beach, Ava Kalea and I came across a white bicycle chained to a pole on the side of the bike lane heading south on Camino Del Mar towards Torrey Pines.  I think I noticed this bike because it was painted all white – including the wheels, tires and chain – so we went to examine it.  On the white bike was strapped this flyer:

LA Detective Brian R Villa

When I got home I did some investigating and found this article in Biking in LA about LA County Sheriff’s Detective Brian R Villa getting into an accident while riding in a bicycle race called Orange County Wheelmen’s Amtrak Century.  It is readily apparent that Brian R Villa was a good man who was loved by many.  This really hit home for me, as he was almost a year younger than I – and probably in a lot better condition.  I would like to thank him and his family for his service to our country while in the Marines – and keep his family in my thoughts and prayers.

Breeders’ Cup World Championships to Return to Del Mar in 2021

Del Mar Breeder's Cup

Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred horse racing’s most prestigious international events, has announced that Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar, California will be the host site for the 2021 Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6. This will be the second time that Del Mar – where the Turf meets the Surf – will serve as the event’s host site – after last year’s successful debut as host of the Breeder’s Cup. Continue reading “Breeders’ Cup World Championships to Return to Del Mar in 2021”

Opening Day at Del Mar is Wednesday July 18th

Horse Racing Starts Wednesday in Opening Day at Del Mar Where the Turf Meets the Surf

Big Hat Opening Day at Del MarWhether you love horse racing or not, Opening Day at Del Mar is something that everyone should experience.  The excitement of a new season of racing, the fancy clothes the over the top hats – the hat contest alone makes the trip to Opening Day at Del Mar well worth the time and effort.  Some of the hats get CRAZY – I mean CRAAAAAAAZY ….  The women get all dressed and primed (and a few of the dudes too).  It’s super hard to accurately describe all the fun – you just have to experience it yourself.

Many people travel from afar to attend Opening Day at Del Mar, but especially for locals, it is an event I would not want to miss.  I hope to see you on Wednesday, where the Turf Meets the Surf.

Everyone knows that the real kickoff to the summer season is Opening Day at Del Mar. And that means it’s time to pick out the perfect outfit and join us for the biggest summer party on the West coast, Wednesday, July 18 – complete with a special appearance by David Hasselhoff. Opening Day brings together the perfect mix of gorgeous people, stunning fashion, and magnificent Thoroughbreds where the turf meets the surf at Del Mar.

Publisher’s Note:  For 1/2 price admission every day of the racing season, download the Del Mar Mobile App and join the Diamond Club (it’s free).

Del Mar Investment Firm Cazador Acquires More Multifamily Properties in San Diego

Cazador Investments San Diego aerialAccording to a post at SanDiegoRealEstate.re, Del Mar – based Cazador Investments, LLC has closed on five separate acquisitions across San Diego County in the last nine months, totaling 44 multifamily units and 4 commercial spaces in several desirable submarkets. Hunter Beaumont, President of Cazador, comments, “These acquisitions were each situational opportunities where we could get into strong value-add candidates in attractive areas and at a great basis. Discount to replacement cost is one of our most important metrics, and these assets were all acquired at a substantial discount to what it would cost to build them today.”

The five assets range between 3 and 22 units 

Continue reading “Del Mar Investment Firm Cazador Acquires More Multifamily Properties in San Diego”

Stay At Home Dad Day #2 (Video)

Apologies for the terrible sound quality and boring video. I really want to document this transition to being a Stay at Home Dad. Today was my 2nd day of being a Stay at Home Dad with our Monkey Baby, Ava Kalea – who is 14 months old today.

The funny thing is that my commitment as a Stay at Home Dad, is to NOT stay at home – at least most of the time.

This morning we did some exercise, flashcards, educational YouTube videos (in Spanish and English), new music discovery, Ava’s mid morning nap and ate lunch. Then we went to the Carmel Valley Library where I picked up some books I had on reserve and bought some books and DVDs for Ava from the Friends of the Library. Next we went running on the beach in Del Mar and stopped to play on the beach in front of “our house” (more on that in a different post).

After playing on the beach Ava Kalea had to push the stroller all the way back to the lifeguard station (no small feat for a toddler). After the beach we went to Whole Foods for their salad bar and then to Yogurtland for a sample of froyo for the little midget.

Then we went home to grill up some chicken for dinner for Stacia and Makaya. Quite a day – and looking forward to tomorrow!

Very happy with the way things are going – but as we continue to transition, I want to start being able to check off more things on my very long to-do list. BTW – a car load of kids drove by Ava and I the other day as we ran to the beach (with her beach stroller). One of them leaned out the window and yelled “Where’s the Three Bears?!?” At first I was kind of offended, but I soon realized it was pretty funny …. and maybe appropriate …

 

Ava Kalea Kennedy’s First Time in Ocean

This is a short video of Ava Kalea Kennedy’s first time in the Pacific Ocean – or in any water outside of the bathtub and a little rain …

Video taken January 29, 2017 – Ava was just short of 5 month old.

Do you think she liked the water? Think she’ll grow up liking the beach?

10x Speed Sunset Del Mar California April 4 2016

Just love living on the edge of the world!  So much to do and so many sunsets to experience.  Here’s a 10x speed 2 minute 2 second video of an epic sunset in Del Mar California on April 4 2016.

If you want to see the full length real time version, check out http://awesomelifestyledesign.com/index.php/2016/04/04/video-del-mar-california-sunset-april-4-2016-with-subliminal-messaging/

Video: Del Mar California Sunset April 4 2016 with Subliminal Messaging

One of the many benefits of living in San Diego is being close to the beach and being able to see some epic sunsets.  Here’s one from April 4, 2016 in Del Mar California (complete with subliminal messaging).  I will be posting a much shorter (and faster) version very soon.