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On my daily walks along the Embarcadero, I love running into my favorite character standing in front of Anthony's Fish Grotto on Harbor Drive and Ash Street.

The original San Diego Silverman, an independent artist, has been doing the same act for 13 years. As tourists and locals walk along the boardwalk, the illusion of a statue comes to life, surprising young and old. Crowds gather and children gaze as they drop tips into his tin can to make him do break-dancing moves. A modern day tin man, with a (loud) dub-step twist always puts a smile on my face when I walk around my neighborhood.

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