Content for Thursday, July 20, 2006

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The Kids Are All Right

An introduction to the pygmy scene.

Dori Lowell, business manager for the National Pygmy Goat Association based in Snohomish, Washington, says, "People who love pygmy goats come from all walks of life, but they're usually animal lovers who've had some exposure ...

It's Beautiful

'You taste it, you like it, you can take it home for retail price.'

Unabashedly Ribald

'Our tagline is 'Three guys, 37 plays, 100 minutes.' But it's really three guys just brutalizing Shakespeare," says actor Bruce Blackwell. From July 21 through July 30, Blackwell, along with David Pinson and Jaysen Waller, ...

Alpine Anglican Church of the Blessed Trinity

Father Acker first addressed the congregation clad in a white cassock with an embroidered green stole knotted into his rope belt. His chasuble hung over a nearby chair. In contrast to these formal trappings, his ...

Sick of Sleep

Matt: Sometimes in the afternoon I take a nap to feel fresh for evening classes. However, when I wake up,. I'm often very nauseated and wish I'd just stayed awake. Other people have told me ...

National Matthew Alice Celebration Week

Dearest Matthew: I remember seeing a sign somewhere that said it was National Letter Writing Week. How would I go about designating a week of my own? Could I just as easily make National PMS ...

Tales of a Wag

Heymatt: Why do dogs wag their tails when they're happy? -- Dave, La Jolla Uh, Dave, dogs also wag their tails when they're pissed, so we'd better clear up this mystery before some Dobie takes ...

Cycle up the back route into the Laguna Mountains, and descend via Sunrise Highway.

The "back way" up Mount Laguna via the obscure Kitchen Creek Road offers bicyclists a challenge to their strength and endurance, and little chance of serious interference by passing automobiles. The gravity-assisted return, down along ...

Guam with the Wind

D'aah, is it Hawaiian? Is it Japanese? Is it Filipino? Is it Mexican? Hank and I are seeing items like kalua pig (definitely Hawaiian), chicken katsu (Japanese), lumpia (Filipino, of course), empanadas and ceviche, direct ...

Back When

Thirty Years Ago Just when the Padres get close to a pennant, just when Al Couppee looks like he might beat Assemblyman Larry Kapiloff, you have to print that nonsense by sore loser sportscaster Jerry ...

Obituaries

Lifelong Following a brief illness, Grant Barba passed away peacefully in his hometown of San Diego on July 7, 2086. He was 97 years old. Born on June 3, 1989, he attended college in the ...

The Reader's Eye on Television

When I was in high school, a woman walked into a local courthouse and shot a man in the back of the head. That's when I learned that everything in the news is reported in ...

Caught on Tape in Humboldt

Jensen Rufe joined the Zappa-esque punk band Puddletown Tom after he left Poway High. "I was ahead of the blink guys at Poway High by about two or three years." During his UCLA years ('91--'95), ...

Two Mondays

When Melissa invited me to a Fourth of July party, she said we'd be able to see fireworks shot from four different locations. She failed to mention, however, that her fiancé would be shooting some ...

Fire Up the Band-Name Generator

Meaty Diabetes keyboard player Chad Tomlinson says he and the other four guys in the band have had it with the image-conscious all-age scene. "They aren't going to shows for the music. They are going ...

Not About Drugs and Rims

Though he injured his knee in Iraq, Marine sergeant Gabriel DeJesus reenlisted for another four years last August. The Camp Pendleton--based motor-transport mechanic is on "light duty" due to his knee tear, but now he ...

Lemon Grove Avenue Brouhaha Begins Now

Despite allusions made by music reviewers suggesting otherwise, Minneapolis singer-songwriter Mason Jennings has never been a resident of Lemon Grove. In praising Jennings's 2004 album Use Your Voice, the All Music Guide website notes, "His ...

No More Crime at Scolari's

"They don't even let you load in from the back door," says Crime in America bassist Eric Marcrum about Scolari's. He says the band will no longer play the North Park bar because of inconvenience, ...

Happy Leads to Gnarly

Jason Mraz told a Canadian newspaper details behind his collaboration for the single "Geek in the Pink" with hip-hop honcho Scott Storch ("a guy on more rappers' speed dials than a weed-selling jeweler operating out ...

Does Steve West Count?

The Reaganomics are an '80s cover band, churning out the pop tunes that bring back glorious high school memories for many middle-aged clubgoers. "Our very first show was about two and a half years ago," ...

Home Sweet Home

What is more agreeable than one's home? -- Marcus Tullius I opened my eyes and turned my head to face David, my hair trailing across the white pillow beneath me. This time it took only ...

Gary Aguirre's Sacking Should Spur Probe

The federal Securities and Exchange Commission was established in 1934 with the mission to protect the public from Wall Street. Today, it's the other way around, say critics. Now there may be a national debate ...

Margarita Machines

'Last time, I burned out two blenders," sighed Bernice as she began plans for another summer margarita bash. "I guess I'll have to serve them on the rocks this year.""But the slushiness is 90 percent ...

Meg B. in San Quentin Village

Shopocalypse I went to see Reverend Billy in Petaluma. At the start of the day, I was going to go to an antiwar march in San Francisco, but then when I saw that Reverend Billy ...

Can't Blame Sin City

Paul Del Vacchio remembers the first time he gambled. "I was 12 years old," he says. "It was a $2 bet to show on a horse at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania. I remember this weird ...

Politics of Inflation

The fortunes of San Diego city taxpayers may be in free fall as city hall awaits long-delayed audits and possible indictments of city officials in the great retirement-fund scandal, but city-council staffers aren't feeling the ...

Airport In Hiding

While Union-Tribune editorial writers and the United States Marines gear up for a nasty electoral fight this fall over a Miramar airport, Leon Campbell has another idea. The La Jolla lawyer has long been peddling ...

Saigon Summer

“We never even thought about eating cows before the French.”