Content for Thursday, October 27, 2005

News & Stories

Underground With the Celebrity Dead

Some would prefer no visitors.

Whether you're goth or you just dig celebrity graves (that's "dig" as in "enjoy"), you might be interested to know of these famous former neighbors entombed at a gravesite near you. BOBBY DRISCOLL (1937-1968) starred ...

The Reader's Eye on Television

By Sunday morning I had been up for 24 hours. The attempt to sleep would prove to be futile. Instead of trying to fight the sun with clamped eyelids and pillows piled over my head, ...

Veronica

Veronica by Mary Gaitskill. Pantheon Books, 2005; $23; 227 pages. FROM THE DUST JACKET: The new novel from the author of Bad Behavior and Two Girls Fat and Thin, Veronica is about flesh and spirit, ...

Respect Yourself

Practically all the relationships I know are based on a foundation of lies and mutually accepted delusion. -- Samantha Jones (as played by Kim Cattrall on Sex and the City ) I take a sip ...

Salvation Gate Ministry

"Fundamentalist Muslims are manifesting what they believe today. Their mission is to change the world so that it is under their control. If you don't agree with them, they will kill you. They don't value ...

The Beast

'The upright bass is the most organic instrument you could get your hands on," said Cecil Bowman at Guitar Trader on El Cajon Boulevard. This was three years ago. "You'll have fun," he continued, taking ...

Epitaphs

Last week, lawyers for ex-San Diego city councilman Michael Zucchet, convicted last summer in the Cheetahs strip club trial, submitted 76 letters written on his behalf by family and friends requesting leniency from a federal ...

Hills for Everyone Trail darts up one of most attractively wooded ravines of Chino Hills State Park.

The Hills for Everyone Trail (actually reserved for hikers only -- no mountain bikes or equestrian allowed), commemorates "Hills for Everyone," a conservation organization that was instrumental in the establishment of the 13,000-acre Chino Hills ...

Signs

"I've worked for the bees long enough," said my buddy Bernice. "Now, it's time for the bees to work for me. It's time for me to capitalize on my status as The Bee Lady." Bernice ...

Dress For Success

I know some of you were in the Sports Arena for Sunday's Lakers/Bobcats exhibition game just to check out the pre-mandatory NBA dress code. Indeed, fans everywhere are wringing their hands and crying, "What will ...

Easy-Riding RUBs

What do ape-hangers, springers, canucks, pans, and evos have in common? They are a few of the possible components of a V-twin motorcycle. The V-twin, an internal combustion engine that earned its name from the ...

Much Ado About Muufo

DAY ONE: LUNCH Abdul signals me to take off my shoes. It feels oddly personal, entering a strange new space in only your socks. We troop into this large room. Abdul and I stand in ...

David and Goliath

“It’s worse than plastic surgery…it’s more evil.”

Back When

Thirty Years Ago I, a beaten, dejected, frustrated cross-country bicycle rider was calling it quits. What had begun as a five-week, 2300-mile solo bicycle trip from Pacific Beach to Milwaukee, Wisconsin was ending after only ...

Ain't We Got Fun?

"We knew something went wrong when we heard them announce 'bright star' on the ship's P.A.; that's ship jargon for medical emergency," says an insider connected with the Xingolati Groove Cruise that took off from ...

Little Girl Power

The pre-pubescent gals in Smoosh made history October 19 when they became the youngest band ever to play the Casbah. After their set, they were probably the first band to play hide and seek and ...

Contagious Rap

Yung Tage says he has a couple of ways to make sure his Saturday show goes off. First: only wear dressy white or cream-colored clothes. "We got it from Puff Daddy. It's an elegant thing. ...

Dirty Politicians, Old Whores

"Dirty politicians, old whores, and ugly buildings all get respect if they last long enough." Deadbolt singer/guitarist Harley Davidson says John Huston's line in Chinatown applies to his band. Formed in 1990, Deadbolt is the ...

Hacker Pride

Norwegian hacker DVD Jon has taken up residence in San Diego to work for MP3tunes founder Michael Robertson. The 21-year-old (real name, Jon Lech Johansen) made headlines during the past few years for writing and ...

Warning: Anthrax

"We've played every place there is to play in San Diego," says Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante. "The arena, that outdoor place at the college, and...what's that place, hotter than hell with the walls melting...Soma, we ...

Terrestrial Talk

Classic rock hits of Steve Miller and Journey were snuffed off the air at the Planet (KPLN 103.7-FM) on Tuesday. Industry magazines had said Infinity/CBS, which owns the Planet, would create a nationwide network of ...

Stephanie Who?

I went to a CD release party this summer for a group called Four Eyes. I had seen them play at Humphrey's, and they reminded me of the Beatles, Squeeze, and Elvis Costello. The party ...

Michael Barry, University of Limerick, Ireland

Joe's Salient Points Nev has a quote that "the best occasions to observe the human heart are weddings, funerals, and duels." I have been to two out of three in the past couple weeks. So ...

Lunch and the Law

“Witness has tampered with exhibit A, the dip for his sandwich.”

San Diego's CEO or King?

Mayoral candidates Donna Frye and Jerry Sanders were each asked to sit down for on-the-record interviews. Sanders's campaign press secretary, Scott Maloni, initially agreed to the interview, then called back to say that Sanders would ...