Content for Thursday, August 17, 2006

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A Pit Stop On The FM Band

The San Diego radio blues.

LISTENING SESSION: 94.9fm 6:00: Our listening session kicks off about a third of the way into "Take Me Out" by Franz Ferdinand. You know, past the intro gearshift. Ah, FM radio. It's like hanging out ...

A Contest for Gnarly Pooches

'Our only real requirement is that the dog enjoys the water," says surfing instructor Teevan McManus. "If your dog does not enjoy being in the water, there's zero chance [it will enjoy surfing]." On Sunday, ...

Community Bible Church, Miramar

"As we sing 'Empty Me' together, just make it a prayer in your heart," said the music leader before the penultimate song. "Say, 'God, empty me of everything I am.'" It was his second such ...

Thoughts of death and dentists banished, I began to focus on my nascent sunburn.

Last Friday I went to the beach for the first time in a year. Why didn't I think of this through the endless, mind-numbing heat wave all summer? I went to Coronado and spread my ...

Up Your Nose

Dear Matthew: I can understand how the odor molecules get to our odor sensors, and I can understand that these sensors send the signals directly to our brain. But I cannot understand what are the ...

I turn to the man with the experimental TV phone.

It's been a long time since I did this: polling random folks on the street about their Friday nights. One reason is that I've become less and less likely to go out among the public ...

The Reader's Eye on Television

Every year I got a different shaped cake for my birthday. One year it was Bugs Bunny. The pan gave it away. I saw my mother bring it in with the groceries and stash it ...

Birdmen, Batmen and Skyflyers: Wingsuits and the Pioneers Who Flew in Them, Fell in Them, and Perfected Them

Birdmen, Batmen, and Skyflyers: Wingsuits and the Pioneers Who Flew in Them, Fell in Them, and Perfected Them by Michael Abrams. Harmony Books, 2006, $23.95, 304 pages. FROM THE DUST JACKET: Theirs is the world's ...

Catch a panoramic view of south Orange County's coastline from Seaview Park in Laguna Niguel.

Starting from Seaview Park in the city of Laguna Niguel, a brief walk on a popular trail will take you past several interpretive panels annotating the common species of coastal vegetation found throughout coastal Southern ...

Back When

Thirty Years Ago WANTED: Names and addresses of persons or groups who have been harmed or threatened by Interpol, the private French-based police organization. Contact immediately National Commission on Law Enforcement and Social Justice, 926 ...

First Bicycle

Golden Seat 'I want to ride my bicycle/ I want to ride my bike/ I want to ride my bicycle/ I want to ride it where I like." Queen expressed the joy and freedom that ...

Shadow Boxer

I was invited to a gay pride party on July 29, when the Pride parade would pass through Joseph's neighborhood. Getting to the party was difficult, however, as University Avenue was closed, and 100,000 people ...

Getting to Know You

I always feel like somebody's watching me. -- Rockwell I played it off as a joke when David gave me binoculars for my birthday last year, something that would have been easier to do had ...

Musical Space

"There are so many bands named, like, 'the Razor Light Symphonic Turtle Doves.'"

San Diego three-piece "bill" prefers to have their name spelled with a lowercase b. "Happens to be two of our dads' names and can be spelled on your right hand," says bass and sax player ...

Jam

The shortbread tasting was a success. Now I needed jam for the tea party shower I was throwing for my pregnant friend. Tasty strawberry jams I had covered, but I wanted to find a fruity ...

Sunny Somani in Bangalore, India

Cannon's Mouth Julius Caesar said, "In war, events of importance are the result of trivial causes." I guess in life, too, the biggest of events could result from the most innocuous of incidents. You wouldn't ...

Broken Machine

An insider connected with Street Scene says the injuries that occurred during Tool's August 5 performance could have been prevented. "They were dragging [injured] people out by the end of the first song," says the ...

With Rebel Yells?

At Billy Idol's August 12 Del Mar Fairgrounds show... "The stage perimeter was blocked off by a seven-foot metal fence that was covered to prevent viewing," says an attendee. "It was a V.I.P. area only. ...

"First Gangs -- Now Cults!"

"First Gangs -- Now Cults!" reads a flyer circulating at El Cajon locales near the Crystal Ballroom. Neighbors of the for-rent hall at 414 North Magnolia Avenue complain that the venue has attracted gangs and ...

Nightmare Before Splitsmas

On August 7, 30-year-old former blink drummer Travis Barker filed for divorce from Shanna Moakler, a former Miss USA (1996) and Playboy's December 2001 Playmate of the Month. The filing comes soon after pagesix.com alleged ...

Where Is Roc Now?

For six years, Rodney Garcia played bass in Dukkha, one of about 20 roc en español bands based in the San Diego--Tijuana region. "When the big labels saw the success of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs and ...

Beached Out

Mike Pierce, 21, has been playing on the streets of P.B., I.B., O.B., and downtown for two and a half years. For the past six months, he and his buddy Tex Gibbons, 20, have been ...

Local Media Fall For Kroll Heist

Imperiously, Arthur Levitt Jr. says that San Diego suffers from a "prevailing culture of political expedience" and employs "artful manipulation" in its financial reports. Levitt should know. The $20.3 million report that his company, Kroll ...

Otay Water District's Pump Problem

The prodigious thirst of EastLake and other new communities in eastern Chula Vista has prompted the Otay Water District to build a $6 million pump station. According to the district's website, the new EastLake Greens ...

Might Be Mazatlán

It may be the best-kept secret on Broadway. Chula Vista, that is. The patio of La Costa Azul ("the Blue Coast") feels like any beach café on the Mexican coast. Except the family that runs ...

Anti-Gaslamp Experience

“We’re going to transform it into an up-market place. But still affordable.”

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