Content for Thursday, July 21, 2005

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Life's Too Short To Be Small

Dopers’ discipline.

"At the time it was cross tops and black beauties. Not yet the methamphetamine." "I was caught up in the first DUI sweep in San Diego. I had my picture on the front page of ...

Bound4Life, Ramona

"One-third of my generation is dead because of abortion. Forty-five million babies have been murdered," said Edgar Savage Brown III, 25-year-old founder of the local Bound4Life chapter. Bound4Life's website claims they are "a nonviolent revolutionary ...

First-Person Shooter

'GameRiot is what you get when you cross a video game with a rave," says Matt Ringel, executive producer of GameRiot, which, according to its website, is "the largest traveling video-game festival and competition in ...

Back When

Thirty Years Ago The men at Spanky's stand around sipping drinks, talking about their Porsches, and sizing up the "prospects." At times there's a pretty intense meat-market atmosphere, understandable in a place where most men ...

Elisabeth La Coquette in Paris, France

The Cat Came Back Over quiche and strawberries at a recent Parisian blogger picnic, the questions fired at me reflect an eerie insight, considering that most of these people I have never met (virtual relations ...

Gem Arsenal

“My nerves were all over the place.”

Duke

What is it with local pols and their affinity for baseball? First it was Bonnie Dumanis, who called her April fund-raiser "Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and...Bonnie Dumanis for District Attorney." Now comes county treasurer ...

Tiny Velvet Box

Know Thyself. -- Socrates As a girl, all I ever wanted in life was for my dream man to ride up on a horse or BMW, get on one knee, and profess his love for ...

The Reader's Eye on Television

Scrawled in my notebook during Comic-Con Wednesday July 13, 2005 1:21 p.m. Eating lunch downtown with Kip and Renee before walking to the convention center. On the street outside the restaurant are two men waiting ...

Enjoy an easy-going trek along south Orange County's secluded Crystal Cove coastline.

Hemmed in by hundred-foot cliffs on one side and the restless surf on the other, Crystal Cove State Park's three miles of sandy beachfront seem strangely detached from the busy Orange County world above. Aside ...

The Good Priest’s Son

The Good Priest's Son by Reynolds Price. Scribner, 2005; 288 pages; $26. FROM THE DUST JACKET On September 11, 2001, Mabry Kincaid -- a fiftyish art conservator -- is flying home after a much-needed rest ...

Microscopes

Are there worlds all around me that I can't see?" asked my nine-year-old son. He had just finished reading Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who, in which the big-eared elephant Horton hears the cries of ...

10-4, Pig for BBQ

I was invited to a pig roast that has a website devoted to the event. Bruce Dahl's website has stories posted from past parties, which he has been hosting each year for the past 14 ...

Bicycles Ain't For Sissies

Continuing with Michael Bogey, who spends his time in the company of things that go fast. Bogey competes or has competed in luge, go-karts, motorcycles, and race cars. Boats, airplanes, skis, skates, bicycles, and rent-a-cars ...

Hang Time

“It’s better to just let the chicken do it’s job, and then bring the egg inside and cook it.”

Wrong Room, Wrong Room Raider

Andrew Bernhardt, 23-year-old guitarist of OB band Cape May, will be featured on an episode of MTV's Room Raiders. Bernhardt was selected for the program after Dusty Paul, Cape May's drummer, submitted an application at ...

Ramonastock Drops

"We started two years ago as a tiny little thing with, like, four bands. We drew about 20 people." Gage Herrmann, 19, plays in Ramona indie-rock band Ersatz Dime. His band organized the 2003 and ...

Rock 'n' Roll Robberies

"You hope you'd have a little indemnity. You give so much to the public in one night for just $50." Josh Steely, singer/songwriter of local band Sandjackets, learned the hard way that thieves don't care ...

On the Dark Side

Movies reviewed this week: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Cronicas, Happy Endings, Hustle and Flow, The Island, and Wedding Crashers

The Middle Passage

The faded name on the sign at the front of the strip mall says Aswan, but the restaurant's door says Monroe's. Under either name, Monroe's Café serves foods from Louisiana, Jamaica, and East Africa. If ...

Great Wall Acid Drop?

"We could have played China. Danny gets calls to play gigs all the time. But he's so humble. He won't take advantage of the situation." Trevor Christ, an ex-pro surfer, plays bass in two bands ...

Backstage

When Eminem plays Coors Amphitheatre tomorrow, Friday, July 22, he wants his dressing room stocked with a half case of Heineken, six cans of V-8 juice, 12 cans of Myoplex Low Carb Drink ("assorted flavors"), ...

Hollywood Whiff

“Get that wrong and you could land your people in big trouble.”

Genuine Chinese Irish Lace

Heymatt: I was recently given some lovely lace handkerchiefs from my grandmother. Several of them have a gold sticker on them that proclaims "Genuine Irish Lace Made In China." How can it be "Genuine Irish ...

Mr. Irony

June was nirvana for both lovers and haters of securities-fraud attorney Bill Lerach. Admirers exulted that super-banks J.P. Morgan and Citigroup agreed to shell out a combined $4.2 billion for their roles in the Enron ...

Trot Law

It's clear that Catarino Valdéz, chief of the Tijuana Police Department's newly formed mounted police, is a bigwig by the way he arrives at the stables: in an off-road pickup driven by a bodyguard, while ...

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