Content for Thursday, December 28, 2006

News & Stories

No Bad Jobs, Just Bad Attitudes

These gurus of success.

If you've walked the concourse at Lindbergh Field, on the way to baggage claim you may have noticed the wall-mounted advertisement, "Welcome to San Diego — Home of 7 of the nation's top professional speakers": ...

"Hey, dog, you gotta move, homey. You're scratchin' yer head like you got lice or scabies or somethin'."

A few more revolutions of this ball of rock and all of us happy water molecule coincidences can introduce ethanol molecules into our organisms and party like it's 1999, or if you prefer, boogey oogey ...

Done

By rights, Stallone ought to have taken over the Burgess Meredith role.

AK-47: The Weapon That Changed the Face of War

AK-47: The Weapon that Changed the Face of War by Larry Kahaner John Wiley & Sons, 2006, 258 pages, $25.95 FROM THE DUST JACKET: You see it every day, in the media, in the hands ...

Hike the West Side Road near Ramona to view the "Devils Jumpoff."

With a little hyperbole added, you might think of the upper San Diego River area as being San Diego County's "Little Yosemite." A number of waterfalls 100 or so feet high exist either on the ...

Eat Your Broccoli

For a moment, I'm almost man enough to accept a couple of challenges from the lunch menu.

Total Wreck

It often happens that the real tragedies of life occur in such an inartistic manner that they hurt us by their crude violence, their absolute incoherence, their absurd want of meaning, their entire lack of ...

New Year's Traditions

M y friend Christine fears her two children are growing up without enough family traditions. As she, another friend Celia, and I power-walked through the neighborhood, Christine lamented, "I need to start some family traditions. ...

Amanda Rose

Title: Amanda Rose Address: http://blog.myspace.com/amanda_3_rose Author: Amanda Rose from: North Park Blogging since: January 2005 Post Date: November 1, 2006 Post Title: Ugg-lies Current mood: ranty and shallow. (This is a shallow, pointless rant. If ...

Elephant 4 Sale?

A music-industry insider alleges that Street Scene founder Rob Hagey has been in discussions with AEG Live, the L.A.-based concert-promotion company that owns the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. In 1984, Hagey held the ...

Mean Streets

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Jason Mayer, 23, plays his music regularly at North County venues such as Monterrey Bay Canners, the Coyote, and Squid Joe's. The events of this past August 19 are still impacting his life. "I ...

Gekkolick in Egypt: Ten Camels and Two Ferraris

Although I was inclined to frantic groin grabbing, inarticulate moaning, and random curling into balls, the last day of the holiday was a good one by any standards. The itinerary had me trying a body-conditioning ...

Tijuana-on-the-Schuylkill

Confusion is nothing new concerning the hometown of Robert Lopez, a.k.a. El Vez. Before starting his Mexican-American "Elvis translator" persona in the late '80s, Lopez co-fronted West Coast punk pioneers the Zeros in the mid-'70s ...

Downed Tower

I was at the La Jolla location of Tower Records on Tuesday, December 19, the day before the chain was set to shut down for good. About one quarter of the store was filled with ...

What's Good for the Chickens...

Bunky singer/guitarist Rafter Roberts releases his solo album Music for Total Chickens next month, and he'd like you to make a video for it. "There are mp3 links to four songs on YouTube, and pretty ...

Where's the Party?

"If it loses money, I'm prepared to do it again," said Chris Wepsic in 2005 when he launched the first Festival Del Mar. Wepsic produced and bore primary financial responsibility for the two-day event at ...

Gen X Grown Up

"When it's your goal to educate folks about wine, entry-level will take you only so far."

Around Town New Year's Day

O n the first day of the year, the roads are empty and most televisions are tuned to the Rose Parade -- some for the flowers, others in anticipation of the Rose Bowl (USC against ...

Skyline Church, La Mesa

The craft show was housed in the building right at the top of the entrance steps, so that's where I ended up first, my oldest son towing me along. He admired the $8 handmade, one-of-a-kind ...

Stuck on the Stick

'I saw Tony Levin playing a Stick at the 1997 NAMM trade show in Anaheim, and I bought one that year," says Tom Griesgraber. The 12-stringed Stick (popularized by Levin during stints with King Crimson ...

The Reader's Eye on Television

Aer Lingus was my new favorite airline. Mostly because its name sounded like a romantic euphemism for something dirty. But, also because my flight from Dublin, Ireland, to Edinburgh, Scotland, cost me only 30 pounds ...

2006 Sports

Close the drawer on 2006. On the yahoo side, we can mark up Jim Harbaugh and the University of San Diego Toreros football team. They went 11-1 this year and last. Harbaugh won two I-AA ...

Risky Mortgages Hurt Borrowers, Investors

'Ultimately, putting people in a home they cannot stay in is not a business we should be in." Daniel H. Mudd, head of Fannie Mae, the big government-sponsored buyer of home mortgages, made this utterance ...

I Own It

While delivering flyers in University Heights one day last spring, Mary Wendorf saw the tenants of an old home she admired moving out. They told her the house was to be torn down and a ...

Field of Suits

Alex Spanos, the megamillionaire developer from Stockton who is paying ex-Clinton aide Mark Fabiani to prospect around the county for a taxpayer subsidy for a new Chargers stadium, is also lobbying hard for federal government ...

Unhappy Holidays

A few exiting editorial employees of Copley Newspapers are being allowed by management to say their glum good-byes in print. Union-Tribune "readers' representative" Gina Lubrano bid her polite adieu last week, beginning with "It wouldn't ...

Arnold's Digs

The Sacramento Bee reported last week that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver took a tour of a new 15-story condo and hotel tower being built at 15th and L streets near the Capitol ...

Reindeer Games

Since I had several holiday parties to attend, I didn't always bring my camera and recorder. I went to a few Hanukkah parties where I wished I'd had a note pad. At the first one, ...

Fab Palace, No Clothes

Purity is the focus of all things pure. This is our belief and expression which I apply to the style of our cuisine and ambience. With this, we give you our new venture in the ...

Year End Quiz 2006

Two thousand six will go down as the year Grandma went on strike for Christmas. Usually she's all wound up planning festive meals, looking for new shiny things to hang on the tree, negotiating bulk ...