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CAN'T BURST HIS BUBBLE: Eric Elam conceals sad secret with soapy smiles in La Jolla

CAN'T BURST HIS BUBBLE: Eric Elam conceals sad secret with soapy smiles in La Jolla

Eric Elam walks from his 2006 Hyundai Sonata to Scripps Park, as he has almost every morning for the past two-and-a-half years — carrying a five-gallon jug of soapy water and two fishing rods attached by a rope.

As usual, nobody notices he’s there until the first bubble forms. It’s giant — about six feet long and a foot wide — and reflects the bright sunlight back with a changing rainbow color pattern. It floats across Coast Boulevard and up to the second floor of La Jolla Cove Hotel & Suites, where it pops on a balcony railing.

Within three minutes, five elementary-age kids seem to emerge from nowhere, some apparently before their parents know where they are. They...

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