Content for Wednesday, November 24, 2004

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When Dinner Was 50 Cents

What we served.

Food's as old as we are. It's impossible to tell whether people have shaped foodstuffs more or food's done more to shape people. The Irish and potatoes, Mexicans and corn, Asians and rice, Norwegians and ...

Penne a la Vodka

We created this recipe here in the restaurant a long time ago and it is our most popular dish. We get calls from people who want this recipe to serve at parties. I really love ...

Geek Thrill

“I am not, repeat, NOT fortysomething,” I shot back.

Believe It or Don't

The recognizable face of Tom Hanks is something of a distraction.

Yesterday's Lemons

'All of my music is in playlists - the album format is out, as far as I am concerned.'

Twist of Fate

This restaurant is closed.I have a love-hate relationship with Trattoria Acqua. I love the chef's creativity and the staff's generally competent cooking. I hate the evil twist of fate that compels the kitchen to serve ...

Spirit and Flesh: Life in a Fundamentalist Baptist Church

Spirit and Flesh: Life in a Fundamentalist Baptist Church. Alfred A. Knopf, 2004; 435 pages; $27.95. FROM THE DUST JACKET: In an attempt to understand the growing influence of the Christian Right, sociologist and documentary ...

Hike and step your way up Ladder Canyon in the Mecca Hills of Riverside County.

Ladder Canyon is the informal name given to a slotlike ravine incised into the sedimentary strata of the Mecca Hills near Indio. Several wooden or aluminum ladders have been placed at strategic spots within the ...

The Vertex

"We've tried a number of ways to reach out to people in the community. We've tried TV, parades, door-knocking; all of this didn't work. Creating the additional service is the best outreach we've ever done," ...

Putting It Off

"One thing that's good about procrastination is that you always have something planned for tomorrow." -- G.B. Stern With the active social life I lead, it's difficult to choose only one aspect of an entire ...

Immigrant Dagger

"Some people obsess on Mexican immigrants and are virulently against them," says North County Times columnist and former KOGO radio talk show host Raoul Lowery Contreras. "They cite the problems illegal aliens cause -- and ...

Sweet 50?

I always liked that old technique of starting a story with a famous quote or song lyric that fits the subject. When I got the invite to go to a girl's Sweet 16 party, my ...

"It's Only Open to the Campus"

"It's only open to the campus," says Judy at UCSD's University Events Office about the Unwritten Law show Friday, December 3. The show is free, but Judy maintains that you can only get in if ...

The Sky Is Falling

RE: Pistons/Pacers Hoedown. What they didn't tell you after broadcasting the riot video 10,000 times. It was black players and white fans. And it was an ongoing fight. When Pacers Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson ...

"I Got This the Day I Got Fired"

"I got this the day I got fired." In a packed sushi restaurant, former Unwritten Law drummer Wade Youman pulls up his shirt to show a huge "FOR THE KIDS" tattoo that spans his chest. ...

For Local Kids to Get to Soma

"For local kids to get to Soma, it's a good 45-minute drive." Accident Experiment drummer Ernie Longoria said he and his business partner came up with a new business plan for music-starved Alpine kids: instead ...

It Wasn't Advertised at All

"It wasn't advertised at all. We only e-mailed a few friends about 48 hours ahead," says Tell-Tale Hearts bassist Mike Stax of the group's surprise reunion performance, their first in over ten years. About 30 ...

"Peter Fonda is One of My Uncle's Best Friends"

"Peter Fonda is one of my uncle's best friends, so I've known him all my life," says Bridget Brigette when asked about the photos of her and the famous actor on her website, "and I ...

Slightly Stoopid's

Slightly Stoopid's third album, Everything You Need, came out last year on the deceased Sublime singer Brad Nowell's Skunk Records, but it was just released in October in the U.K. on Encinitas's Surfdog label. One ...

Ironing Fragrances

My mother was a crack ironer. My mother-in-law could have a man's dress shirt pressed in four minutes. She ironed sheets, undershirts, even underwear, watching cooking shows as she pressed away. My friend Shawn, always ...

They Tried to Cut The Roof with an Ax

Colombia was the world's foremost vehicle-armoring country until about ten years ago when Mexico rose to prominence in the field. That's how Luis Cano Salazar, owner of a Mexico City-based armoring outfit called Total Shield, ...

The Game Was Rigged

One misguided belief today is that if we lower tax rates of corporations and the rich, there will be less tax avoidance and evasion. Money stashed in offshore havens will float back to the U.S. ...

Paper airplanes

The election isn't until 2006, but the campaigning, at public expense, seems to have already begun. Late last week, a slick, full-color brochure, headlined "Fly into the Future," showed up as an insert in the ...

Resurrection

“I can afford it every day because I’m not married. Most of the guys have families. They can’t come as often as me.”