Content for Thursday, November 18, 2004

News & Stories

We Won!

Out-of-towners meddle in school-board politics.

History was repeating itself. What happened in 2002, and before that, in 2000, was happening again. Big bucks began to show up in San Diego. Much of this money came from wealthy out-of-towners. Where this ...

51 Flavors

“It’s really fun for us to be able to play with them.”

A Reoccurring Nightmare

'The record is ending and you go to your crate and it's the "weird crate" you leave at home with the Frank Sinatra records.'

Descend on the Jasper Trail from Anza-Borrego's cool, western margins to the warm desert floor.

The 11-mile-long Jasper Trail-Grapevine Canyon route takes hikers and all sorts of wheeled travelers -- on mountain bikes and motorcycles, or in off-road-capable vehicles -- down a series of inclines from Anza-Borrego's cooler western margins ...

Too Brief a Treat: The Letters of Truman Capote

FROM THE DUST JACKET: Truman Capote was hailed as one of the most meticulous writers in American letters — a part of the Capote mystique is that his precise writing seemed to exist apart from ...

Sour Pickle Soup

In the aftermath of World War II, small Jewish communities came to life again in Eastern Europe. The Jews who rebuilt them had survived the Holocaust by using aliases, escaping concentration camps, or fleeing to ...

Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington

"Each year 3500 churches die. Most of these churches are liberal churches or from traditional denominations," remarked Pastor Mark Driscoll. Mark Driscoll is the pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington, where the congregation ...

Piano Passion

It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself." -- J.S. Bach It was all so dingy ...

"We Put Two 18-foot Slip N' Slides Together"

"We put two 18-foot Slip N' Slides together, so it ended up being 36 feet long. Then we poured 25 bottles of rubbing alcohol on it. We lit it on fire, and our friend Pinner ...

Blink-182 Drummer Travis Barker, 29, Married Former Miss USA

blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, 29, married former Miss USA Shanna Moakler, 29, on Halloween eve, in a ceremony inspired by Tim Burton's cult film The Nightmare Before Christmas. The gothic theme is in step with ...

"If You Notice, We Don't Have Much Local Music Right Now..."

"If you notice, we don't have much local music right now.... Jesse got married." Belly Up Tavern owner Steve Goldberg says his Solana Beach showcase is actively looking to hire someone to replace Jesse Gilholm, ...

Dragon’s Blood and Ballistic Missiles

I went to two different parties on the Saturday before Halloween. The first one was in Imperial Beach. Lea, who invited me, told me most of the people attending were employees of the UCSD Medical ...

Local Acts Recently Reviewed in Other Cities

Local acts recently reviewed in other cities: When the Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower played the Talking Head near Washington, D.C., they "took the stage in their pseudo-fascist uniform of black, button-down shirts ...

Madame Zora

Madame Zora, a 40ish mother of four, usually works behind a card table in Balboa Park. "I had to get a license downtown," she tells me, "which I did not know at first. I just ...

House of Blues

House of Blues executive vice president Kevin Morrow oversees the booking at all eight HoB nightclubs nationwide. He recently announced the launch of the HoB Club Network, which would hook up a national sponsor for ...

When Metallica Plays the Sports Arena

When Metallica plays the Sports Arena next Wednesday, their 14-page backstage rider assures they'll put aside widely chronicled differences long enough to play a full set, barring "sickness, inability to perform, accident, fire, failure of ...

Midseason

'You are bidding on an early-1980s San Diego Chargers Huddles pin. Features the throwback Chargers mascot in a rare pin. Pin measures approximately 1.5 inches tall and condition is very good, no scratches or marks." ...

Son of Siam

“The Thai believe that in a time of weather, seasonal changes make a person vulnerable.”

Sanitary Bathroom 101

Call me strange, but the holidays make me think of germs. Every year, we have our Thanksgiving feast with husband Patrick's side of the family. The patriarch's home, where the dinner is usually held, crawls ...

How Dumb Do They Think We Are?

San Diego is in meltdown, but don't expect the backers of that alpha-male measure, the strong-mayor initiative passed by the voters, to hammer out a rescue plan. The corporate- welfare parasites behind Proposition F are ...

I Felt a Fear In My Gut

Late in 2003, Hawkeye Management Company, hired by the city of San Diego, began calling residents of De Anza Cove mobile-home park on Mission Bay. They wanted residents to sign contracts specifying terms of departure. ...

Titanic flack

When Susan Golding was mayor of San Diego back in the '90s, she developed a reputation for having a revolving-door staff. One of those who bucked the trend was Ric Grenell, a GOP operative and ...

People soup

Hey Matt! When I'm in the hot tub, my head perspires�. Does the bod do the same under the water? Eewwwwwww! -- Bobby T, Hillcrest Yo, Bobby. Wake up and smell the chlorine. You're sweatin' ...

Who lives in the Second World?

Matthew: I think we live in the First World, and I'm pretty sure places like Haiti are in the Third World. That must mean there's a second world, so what's the deal with that? -- ...

Putting the lava in your lamp

Mr. Alice: They're back. Lava lamps. I thought we were rid of them 30 years ago, but a friend of mine just bought one. I have no idea why. After trying my best to ignore ...