Stories for May 2004

Thursday, May 27

Friends with Duncan Hunter

Golfing, hunting, fishing, cocktails...

From January 2003, when he took control of the House Armed Services Committee, Duncan Hunter seemed like a man in the right place at the perfect time. "This century is going to be a very ...

Ragin' with Rednecks

Taking out the Trash

When I heard another guy talking about smacking his girl around if she "don't listen to what I say," it made me wonder if theme parties have problems with guys who "stay in character" too long.

Freeway freq-out

Heymatt: How come there is so much FM radio interference on the 94 freeway between Lemon Grove and the 805? It sounds like overlapping Mexican stations. -- Nameless, on the road Short answer? The terrain, ...

Nothing's been the same since the Great Vowel Shift

Dear Matt: Why is the English language so jacked up? Why do sometimes we pronounce "i" as "i" and other times as "e"? I'm thinking of starting a language where no "i" can be pronounced ...

Golfing for masochists

Matt: Have any Xtreme sports been invented in our own sunny San Diego? If not, a friend of mine has a suggestion for Xtreme Golf with 1000-yard holes. What do you think? -- Phil Mickelson ...

Will Bazaar del Mundo Become Squibob Square?

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. And if you yourself are broke, only fix things that are draining you financially -- not things that are filling your coffers. It seems basic. But the State ...

Find solitude atop conifer-dotted Buckhorn Peak on the crest of the San Gabriel Mountains.

In the high country of the San Gabriel Mountains, a lightly timbered promontory rises to a peak elevation of 7283 feet. Some call it "Buckhorn Peak," a name given to the mountain summit by a ...

Terrorized with A Tire Iron

If a San Diego County jury had not acquitted Beau John Maloney of terrorizing his father and younger half-brother in July 1998, a renowned Texas artist might still be alive today. Until her murder, Helen ...

Juicy Shamu

Critics of all that development activity over at SeaWorld, the burgeoning amusement park on Mission Bay, have long bemoaned the cozy financial connections between owner Anheuser-Busch and many of San Diego's elected officials. Last week, ...

Psychotic Waltz Revisited

“At a Fourth of July party, the band was playing in the back yard. The police showed up and said we were too loud. The cops busted into the house. I said, ‘Do you have a warrant?’“

Thursday, May 20

Caged

Where few slow learners survive.

Finding yourself in jail or prison for the first time unlatches a simple conundrum: you can’t know what you’re about to face because, had you known, you might have avoided the crime, or at least ...

Parked in a red zone

Hold the Cinco de Mayo

I told Mike that when I saw him out front, I couldn't decide if he looked more like Kevin Bacon or Bart Simpson. He said, "Damn, I was going for the Ryan Seacrest look.”

Old dogs, no tricks

MA: What's the longest recorded life span of a dog? -- Mr. B, the net The yap-yapping in the Guinness record book offices must be deafening. But they had to know, when they started keeping ...

Homegrown harvest

Matt:> I have tried, unsuccessfully, to get information on the roster of the Home Grown LPs that were issued by KGB. I'm POSITIVE that you and your elves remember these records, but just in case ...

Baseball for the Rich, Potholes for the Poor

It's a juggling act worthy of vaudeville. The city is perched near the bankruptcy abyss. But its proposed 2005 budget is up almost 10 percent. This fat budget carves the heart out of critical services ...

Bullets for the Bully

"You and your family are as good as dead."

Eight of the 13 shots Palm fired traveled through Harper's body. Palm hid the gun in a nearby canyon, then returned home. Two hours and 40 minutes later, sheriff's deputies arrested Palm at his house. 

Wagering the future

News that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is trying to shoehorn legalized gambling into every corner of the state doesn't come as a surprise to ex-San Diego city councilman Bruce Henderson. For years he's been predicting to ...

Climber's Loop and Kumeyaay Lake trails in MTRP

The Climber's Loop and Kumeyaay Lake trails in Mission Trails Regional Park are a pleasant diversion on a spring or summer's eve.

Thursday, May 13

The Secret Lives of News Anchors

On air they are like organized tornadoes.

Michael Tuck threads his bathroom tissue over the roll, “definitely over.” For Carol LeBeau’s last meal, she’d eat peanut butter and jelly on fluffy white bread. And Paul Bloom wouldn’t tell me how old he ...

Borrego Springs and Julian

Dessert in the Desert

McCaffrey grabbed a camcorder and asked me to state that, if anything happened to me, he wasn't liable. "Do you want the one-day waiver, or the life-time?" I made some joke about my calling my lawyer first.

Bowling off a bridge

MA of Reader: You know how they say that when someone jumps off a high bridge that when they hit the water it is the same as hitting the cement, I guess because of the ...

Bluebloods

Heymatt: What color is blood that is running through our veins? Why does it look blue under our skin? Why is it red when it comes out and not blue? Answer settles a respectable bet. ...

I'll take a quart, please

Heymatt: Could you briefly outline the human mother's milk manufacturing process? -- Jerry Dixon, Santee Before pregnancy, breasts are just muscle and fat pads, with the mammary glands (alveolar cells and ducts) just sitting there, ...

Is It 32 or 3 Cents A Share?

After two calamitous years, San Diego's Wireless Facilities boasted to its shareholders that it earned 32 cents a share in 2003. But look at the footnotes in the telecom company's annual report to the Securities ...

Rack 'Em, Dan-O

Blacks bank it, Asians one-pocket it

Morse and I sit down with Manaole and Netter, who are discussing one-pocket pool. "It's the chess of pool," Manaole says, "because you have to put your opponent in trouble to gain an advantage."

Stadium's roost

Despite the reputedly hot market in downtown condos, sales of those pricey units atop the Omni Hotel next to the new downtown baseball stadium are coming in at a trickle. As of early this week, ...

Hike to Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park for a comprehensive view of the L.A. metropolis.

L.A.'s quintessential urban trail -- the trail to Mount Hollywood -- takes you to the point of highest elevation in Griffith Park, the sprawling patch of open space on the easternmost end of the Hollywood ...

Thursday, May 6

The Natural Blonde Puts Lipstick On Her Forehead When She Wants to Make Up Her Mind

Life in towhead land.

I’m allowed to write this article only because I’m a 7. I don’t mean that I’m a 7 the way Bo Derek was supposedly a 10. I mean that I’m a 7 on the Natural ...

Ladies ridicule hairpieces

Prepare-anoid

Sure enough, there were two parties going on. I walked into 214, and it was a room that looked to be only 12' by 12' with about 50 people in it. And they were playing volleyball.

Unethical, Immoral, And Unconscionable

'The hogs are at the trough." On February 17, 2000, David Farley, chief financial officer of Peregrine Systems, e-mailed those words to the company's attorney, Richard T. Nelson. Farley (now deceased) was perturbed that company ...

Troubled Teen Soaks Hospital

Two years ago Mary Schenk received notification that her daughter Donna was self-mutilating. (Family members' names have been changed to protect the child's privacy.) "The school nurse called," says Schenk, "and it was the day ...

Good gravy

With draconian staff cuts in the San Diego Unified School District, how much mad money could be floating around? Just two weeks ago, 616 jobs were axed and hours cut for another 2000 workers. Before ...

Biker noise

Hey Matt: How come motorcycles can be as loud as they want, rattling windows and setting off car alarms? If my car was that loud, I couldn't go a block. Is it because all of ...

Help is just a phone call away

Hey Matt!! At the top of the Coronado bridge are the (in)famous "Need Help?" signs with a phone number for counseling. Why aren't there any phones up there? These signs have been up way before ...

Seeing things in the bedroom

Hey Matt: My husband thinks I'm wacko for this. We recently had a ceiling fan installed in our bedroom. I've noticed that, as I lie in bed, staring at the blades spinning round and round ...

Rise through the morning mist to bag Sycuan Peak, near Alpine and Jamul.

Sycuan Peak, midway between the inland communities of Alpine and Jamul, rises 2801 feet above sea level and overlooks miles of thinly populated valleys and hills. As part of a countywide effort to preserve native ...

Amy Gerstler's Ghost Girl

Interview by Geoff Bouvier

There’s three dogs and a cat here, so there’s a zoo-like quality. On most days, Benjamin gets up earlier than I do because he has this farm-boy physiology and I don’t. I’m kind of a sleepaholic.

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