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Heartbreak? That's Fishing. Frustration? That's Fishing. The Good Life? That's Fishing.

A play in multiple acts. Cast, in order of appearance: Chorus, infrequent fisher and loather of boat travel Bill Poole, 85, local fishing legend, past part-owner of Poole-Chaffee Boatyard Buck Everingham, 51, heir and part-owner ...

The Reader's Eye on Television

"Fine! Do whatever you want! I'm sick of it!" She's screaming, sitting at my counter, and touching her temples. I reach for the bottle of bourbon on top of the refrigerator, unscrew the cap, and ...

Writing about writing is like rock and roll about rock and roll.

Halloween, Day of the Dead, and Thanksgiving have passed. Because you are reading this, you have survived. I am writing this between All Souls and Thanksgiving, so I cannot speak for Thanksgiving and myself, but ...

Before It’s Too Late

Even the few orthodox interviews sound informal.

The One From the Other: A Bernie Gunther Novel

The One from the Other: A Bernie Gunther Novel FROM THE DUST JACKET: Fifteen years ago author Philip Kerr created the character of Bernie Gunther, a German detective in Nazi Germany. In quick succession, he ...

Back When

Thirty Years Ago On Third Street in Encinitas, just up the hill from Moonlight Beach, there's a pair of low-rent triplexes facing each other. Somehow, over the years the two triplexes fell into the hands ...

Waterfalls grace the upper reaches of the San Diego River, where only the most competent hikers tread.

A trip down the San Diego River canyon during the rainy season is a true adventure. (Mind you, we are not referring to the river at its lower Mission Valley segment, or even at Mission ...

First the Feds, Now the Neighbors

Michael Ellis, cofounder of the bankrupt Metabolife International, has battled drug enforcers, the Food and Drug Administration, the Justice Department, the Internal Revenue Service, personal injury lawyers, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, bankruptcy probers ...

From Rural Retreat To Suburbia

On September 19, the unincorporated community of Campo threw a once-in-a-century party. It featured a parade, cavalry reenactors, former buffalo soldiers stationed in Campo pre-World War II, and home-baked goodies. But it wasn't the attractions ...

Reading the Tea Leaves

One of San Diego's richest and most powerful players is also one of its most enigmatic. John Jay Moores -- Padres owner, downtown development magnate, University of California regent, confidante and patron of ex-president Jimmy ...

MyPlatform4Violence.com

In a recent report, SD police chief William Lansdowne said around 87 gangs with approximately 3500 members operate within San Diego. Many are referred to -- if not represented -- on MySpace pages. 2-11 Nayb4hood ...

Hard Knocks

Today is judgment day for John D'Intino, the last remaining defendant in the long-running Cheetahs city hall bribery scandal, who on September 2, 2003, pled guilty to felony gun possession and wire fraud conspiracy charges ...

Long Live a King

Former 91X DJ Bryan Jones was found in his Fresno apartment on November 16. He had died two days earlier from a heart attack at age 49. Jones and other early-'80s 91X DJs made the ...

Ska Soon Extinct?

"You have to be good to play this music," says Chris Wise of the Hi-Lites, a North County--based ska band. "Anytime you have more than five members, it's hard to get people to practice. And ...

Relevant Raps

Iraqi-American rapper Timz is riding the anti-Bush wave with "Iraq," the first single off his new CD Open for Business. At this writing, the song is the number four most-added track on CMJ's College Pop ...

Welcome to the Big Time

Josh Steely played guitar for 13 years in Sandjacket, a Carlsbad trio. His last show with the band was in September at the 49-capacity Mas Fina Cantina. Now with a new band, Steely jokes that ...

Of SoftLightes and Limelight

"Ah, NME and their hyperbole..." says a not ungrateful Kristian Dunn, bassist in the SoftLightes. The San Diego band (formerly known as the Incredible Moses Leroy) was reviewed in England's New Musical Express for their ...

Game Playa

When Ludacris appears at the Z-90 Jingle Jam at ipayOne Center on Saturday, December 2, "at no time shall Ludacris be without his assigned ground transportation and driver." His dressing room requirements include a large-screen ...

La Mesa Church of Christ, La Mesa

Denomination: Church of Christ Address: 5150 Jackson Drive, La Mesa, 619-465-5157 Founded locally: 1941; in current location since 1962 Senior pastor: Jim Hinton Congregation size: 150--175 Staff size: 3 Sunday school enrollment: about 80 Annual ...

The Old Is All New

The U.S. Grant Hotel, under new ownership by the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, has finally reopened after its $52 million renovation, and it's looking magnificent. The lobby is bright and dramatic, with multicolored ...

Common Courtesy

No one is more insufferable than he who lacks basic courtesy. -- Bryant H. McGill People are bothering me. I realize their antagonisms are unintentional for the most part but, nevertheless, I continue to be ...

Back to School

I had a laid back, uneventful summer. No big vacations or any of that, just a nice time around San Diego. I enjoyed this, although a little change of pace might have been nice. Activity-wise, ...

Scoobie Davis Online

Title: Scoobie Davis Online Address: http://scoobiedavis.blogspot.com Author: Scoobie Davis Blogging from: College Area Blogging since: February 2002 Post Date: October 31, 2006 Post Title: The Jack T. Chick Documentary [Editor's note: Jack Chick publishes tracts ...

Out-of-the-Ordinary Christmas Dish

For as long as I can remember, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners have been identical: the oven-roasted turkey in the center of the table, surrounded by mashed potatoes, creamed onions, cranberries, and Mom's yams topped with ...

David Young in Botswana: Clowns of the Plains

Does the wilderness call your name? I often hear my name. Today I am answering the call and feeling fortunate to be looking at a packed safari vehicle with open air seats and a canvas ...

Hell on Wheels

'Two women skaters got on a roller derby chat line and were fighting back and forth," says Dan Ferrari, owner of American Roller Skating Derby. "One was saying she was the queen of roller derby, ...

Who’s on First

“I’d rather be unfocused than play the same song ten times in a row.”

'Rockaltcountryindiepopcatchycore" is the word singer/guitarist Adam Gimbel has coined to describe the music of Rookie Card. "I'd rather be unfocused than play the same song ten times in a row," he says. Despite their name, ...

Wine and the Novel

I think there's this kind of Puritan streak in wine writing.

New Team On The Runway

I'm flipping back and forth between the Boise/Nevada game on ESPN2 and San Diego State's self-immolation in Albuquerque, which, thankfully, is only available on radio. Still, it feels like an unnatural act of media consumption, ...

Crunch Crunch Crunch

“Any arguments about the French roll being French?”

Porn for Acrobats

When I went to see the Zombies at the Belly Up Tavern, I hadn't planned on crashing a party there. But when I saw that a section of the venue was set up for a ...

Where Does the Info Go?

Heymatt: I went to a show recently, and the club had this device to check my ID. They swiped my driver's license, and my age and name were displayed. I told them I didn't want ...

The Great La Costa Bumper Car Mystery Solved

The Great La Costa Bumper Car Mystery Solved The research elves are out in the solarium toweling off from this marathon caper. They're beat. Grandma Alice is making a batch of Gatorade-tofu-Red Bull smoothies to ...

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