Content for Thursday, April 12, 2007

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Classic San Diego

In corners and beneath our noses.

Most-Filmed Wild West Main Street Don't look yet. Turn off Woodside onto Maine and behold a li'l old Wild West street that'll knock your spurs off. It huddles beneath a perfect movie-set backdrop of towering ...

Back When

Thirty Years Ago I'm a Padre maniac! I think Ray Kroc (owner) has done a good job. I'm against the proposed ban on booze...if people are so inclined, they're going to get drunk anyway. They ...

Ocean Village Hotel In Ocean Beach, 1935

The hotel consisted of approximately 40 cottages that rested on pilings driven into the sand. The hotel's former site (where West Point Loma Boulevard meets Voltaire Street) is the present locale of the Ocean Villa ...

Old Soul

Brian Witkin, 21, started his Pacific Records label in 2003. He now has a roster of three local bands (Long Live Logos, Get Back Loretta, a Dead Giveaway) and Life's Only Lesson, from Virginia. Last ...

Epicentre South?

The City of San Diego helps pay rent on the Epicentre, the all-age venue in Mira Mesa that regularly hosts touring bands. David Prolux, youth program coordinator for the Epicentre, confirms that the City does ...

Record-Playin' School

Boden Suzuki cofounded Earthbound Radio last year with ten volunteers in a Mira Mesa business park. Earthbound now has about 20 on-air deejays who play reggae, hip-hop, jazz, and soul music over the Internet. To ...

Girls Derail Rap Careers

"I heard the sirens, but I had no idea that she'd just been [allegedly] murdered by her son," says Clay Colgin of Sagebomb and Clownsitterz. His Chula Vista neighbor, EastLake High Assistant Principal Diane Carpenter, ...

Last Maul

"All I heard is people complaining all night about how long it takes to get a drink," blogs Casbah bartender and Bunky singer/drummer Emily Joyce of one recent shift. "End of the night, this guy ...

Society Onstage

"You put ten personalities in one room, especially with more than one girl, and there's going to be some shit," says guitarist/keyboardist Joey Guevara, whose Afro-funk band ¡Society! includes go-go girls, dual percussionists with painted ...

Deejay Pride

"There are legal issues with mash-ups and bootleg remixes because of their unauthorized nature," says DJ Riko, a.k.a. Erik Battenberg, of M*A*S*H*up Unit 619. "When we do a live gig, I spin mash-ups on records ...

Absolut Truth

Strength of mind rests in sobriety; for this keeps your reason unclouded by passion. -- Pythagoras I melted into David's side and craned my neck to see his face. "Kiss me," I prodded. It sounded ...

Amber Times Two

'Music allows me to express myself, while acting allows me to get away from myself," says Amber Ojeda, who plays a recurring role in the TV show Veronica Mars, shot around San Diego. "I originally ...

Internet Savvy South of the Border

A year ago, Tijuana's daily papers, Frontera and El Mexicano, reported that Internet cafés were proliferating throughout Northern Baja in response to growing demand for Internet access. The stories predicted that the number of Internet ...

Downtown Dipping

Civic activist Mel Shapiro says that Centre City Development Corporation is "a sacred cow." Actually, it's more like a 500-pound gorilla that plops itself down anywhere it desires. Recently, Shapiro thought it odd that Centre ...

On the Road With Jessie

Thanks to a flurry of press releases from the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, a Santa Monica-based group that advocates legislative gift reforms, and major stories in the L.A. Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and ...

Cashing Out

Padres owner and chronic wheeler-dealer John Moores, who seems to have inherited the city's Daddy Warbucks role once played by late GOP financier C. Arnholt Smith, may be about to get even richer. The Wall ...

Darkside Week

A year ago last month, San Diego Union-Tribune editor Karin Winner was fiercely crusading for "Sunshine Week," an effort by the American Society of Newspaper Editors to focus attention on the problem of getting stubborn ...

Vacuum Cleaners

It's the end of an era here at the Kelly home. For over a decade, I've bragged to friends about my Electrolux vacuum cleaner, the one I inherited from my husband's grandmother. I called it ...

Blue Poetic

Title: Blue Poetic Address: http://bluepoetic.wordpress.com Author: Eric Williamson From: University Heights Blogging since: December 2006 Post Date: March 29, 2007 Post Title: 20 Worst Song Lyrics EVER! Being a poet, writer, artist, I ask, "Where ...

Entry-Level Feminists

Depending on who does the defining, Erika and Jessica are either semi-permanent or entry-level clerical workers at Solomon, Greenspan, Sachs. In their mid-twenties, they see themselves as semi-permanent and fast-tracking toward their chosen career, whatever ...

End of Pacific Beach Drive

Names: Brock Linder, Chris Mastrandrea Home: Portland, Oregon Vehicle: 2006 Subaru Forester Surfing at: End of Pacific Beach Drive, Pacific Beach Brock Linder, 19, and his friend, Chris Mastrandrea, 20, came down to San Diego ...

1-4-3, CM BAK 2 ME by Megan Tyler

It's funny how when you're young you think everything is forever and every guy you date is the one. That's the mistake I made with Josh. We met at work. He would have parties at ...

The Reader's Eye on Television

An Interview with the Easter Bunny Ollie: Thanks for sitting with me. Easter Bunny: Well, sure. It's my week off. I'm not doing anything until next Monday. O: What's next Monday? EB: That's when I ...

Mistress of the Foam

The Guild occupies an out-of-the-way location, but don't even think about sneaking there for a secret tryst. Not if you're a foodie, an academic, or any other sort of creative or intellectual type -- you'll ...

School of Rock

'A really beautiful point [triangular stone] made out of chert was found in Mission Gorge," says Cindy Stankowski, director for the San Diego Archaeological Center. "There isn't any of this kind of chert [hard sedimentary ...

Brian M. Palmer in Long Beach

Nukkles I would have never guessed that the massage of my life would be at the hands of an elderly entrepreneur suffering from a case of dandruff, but sometimes life surprises you. I was at ...

Conversion and Cocktails

Parking downtown is a pain. I was surprised to find a pay lot for $4. Even more surprised when, as we paid, my date and I overheard a couple having sex in a van. As ...

"They're very German" their whole mentality is, "We've been here for 600 years."

'You'll notice these labels don't look like German labels," says Damon Goldstein, walking me through his storeroom at Truly Fine Wine on Morena. What he means is that the labels are relatively simple -- no ...

Political Sports

Since we have a circus, we might as well treat it like a circus and put some money on the second clown from the left. I'm referring to the presidential campaign that began the day ...

University Christian Church, Hillcrest

A sort of cutout bas-relief depiction of Leonardo's Last Supper stood on an easel outside the Friendship Hall at University Christian Church. Inside, at the front of the hall, a long table stood empty, glowing ...

Making friends is often no more than the habit of listening to people.

I like to think of Barry Rovner as my personal driver. Last week I interviewed taxi driver Ellen Rae, whom I met through Barry, as it was his day off, and I will take the ...

Twofer

The three-hour-plus running time comes to seem increasingly inexcusable.

Banquet at the Oasis

"Don't let me down. Don't steal this from me. Don't be one of the 40 thieves."

Hike or bike through a long, spring-green valley in Escondido's Daley Ranch preserve.

The nearly flat ramble along Daley Ranch's Jack Creek Meadow is best in the springtime -- and also comfortably suitable during the summer, provided you travel in the cooler early morning or late afternoon. If ...