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Night is My Day

Often drunk, often lonely, and sometimes crazy.

Though flanked by Jack in the Box and, farther up the street, a Denny's, the diner stands out as being a good after-party, post-drinking weekend hangout...or, at the very least, a place to park yourself ...

After the Storm

RTX, an Orange County grindcore/speed-metal band, had a little trouble after they played Scolari's Office November 23. "We had just gotten off a tour," says RTX bassist Kurt Midness, "and our agent told us about ...

The Hi-Lites

Album: Hi-Altitude (2007) Artist: The Hi-Lites Label: self-released Where available/price: Online at hilitesgoska.comfor $10. Songs: 1) Time Has Come 2) Best of Your Abilities 3) Where I'm Coming From 4) Folk Tune 5) Nefertiti 6) ...

A Place in the Shade

If their powers are fully on display, it's only because, paradoxically, their powers are held partly in reserve.

Jesus Don't Mind

"I had to empty the honey buckets twice a day. That job was worth five bad jobs."

Feisty As Ever

Sweet 15 (Quinceañera), by Rick Najera San Diego Repertory Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown Directed by Sam Woodhouse; cast: Rick Najera, Alma Martinez, Nina Brissey, Yvonne Delarosa, Jose Yenque, Carlo D'Amore, Fernando Vega; scenic design, ...

Had I not been drugged, I doubt I would have been as fearless.

This past 90 days or so have been the worst of my life. Even 14 months of cancer treatment in '86 and '87 weren't worse. Since late August, I've been either hospitalized or drunk in ...

Ocean Beach pier

Name: Cliff Crenshaw Lives: Santee Surfing: Ocean Beach pier The winter surf season is here. More boots and hoods appear on the beach and bob in the rolling waters. Only dedicated beginners and lifelong enthusiasts ...

Didn't Missa Thing

Here's the setup... I played duplicate bridge in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1966. Games were played in the Tiki Cove, otherwise known as the basement of the Mecca Bar. There were 20 to 30 regulars seething, ...

A Dry White Season, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Black Orpheus

Lynn WhitehouseSupervisor history/information/interlibrary loan-it, San Diego Public Library I'd like to suggest a DVD that ties with our One Book One San Diego campaign for Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One ...

Plurr, Candy Kids, Jungle-ist

Jenna Age: 17 Occupation: Barista Lives: Normal Heights Jenna I try not to speak with slang. I know raver slang; I used to be one. There's " plurr ": "Peace, love, unity, respect and responsibility." ...

Hike to the rock house in Rockhouse Canyon, near Anza-Borrego's Bow Willow Campground.

A simple shack fashioned of rock, cement, and corrugated metal might be unremarkable anywhere else, but in the midst of thousands of acres of wild desert, it becomes a significant point of interest. The semi-rugged ...

Christmas Colors

At ten years old I was in a serious Lawrence of Arabia phase. For Christmas I drew out what I wanted in crayon and left the illustrations around the house: me, in long flowing robes ...

Retrolust, Solarminds, Kashious

Artist: Retrolust Song: "Superstarrr" (from the CD Wired) Heard By: Thorin Tobiassen, College Area I was excited about the intro; It sort of reminded me of older Nine Inch Nails. The content of the lyrics ...

Presidential Trivia

What's your latest book? Presidential Trivia: The Feats, Fates, Families, Foibles, and Firsts of Our American Presidents." Why did you write it? "The fun for me is knocking on the door of my biblical threescore ...

Lucky Waller Park, 1974

Shnops and Sheriff Don Amos at Lucky Waller Park in National City, 1974. San Diego County sheriffs have employed dogs for 40 years. The San Diego Police Department's K-9 unit -- the largest in the ...

Letters

Whoa, Kenny! Look! The last cover story, "He Should Have Known Better" (November 29), highlights Larry Harmon's utter lack of professional and courteous journalism. Larry has disregarded the duty of ethics in his field. Larry ...

Strange Revival

"The Salton City 500 began in 1961 and ran for ten years," says Scott B. Davis. The 500-mile boat race was held on a triangular course in the Salton Sea, a 35-mile-by-15-mile saltwater lake located ...

Turkey Tempest

Turkey, n. A large bird whose flesh when eaten on certain religious anniversaries has the peculiar property of attesting piety and gratitude. Incidentally, it is pretty good eating. -- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary An ...

Can't Nobody Lick Us

"Say hi to Mr. Frog. I'm a self-taught cabdriver and puppeteer and Clown."

Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala, Mission Valley

"I don't know if you're a visitor," said the woman who approached me, "but I saw you taking pictures and I thought you might like to know the story of the crucifix at the front ...

Good Jazz Beats All Food

For author Marcel Proust, the taste of a madeleine, a beloved pastry of childhood, evoked nostalgic memories that subsequently unleashed thousands of pages of prose upon the literary public. Most of us don't get quite ...

Crush

'I was in bed this morning, thinking about chocolate," said Foppiano Vineyards representative Susan Valera. "Back in the '60s, when it came to wine, you had Burgundy, Rosé, and White Sauternes. And back then, my ...

Just Pakoras

My stepdad was at a meeting and my mom called to ask what I was doing. I told her I was going to crash the reception of an Indian wedding. My mom loves weddings -- ...

Mortgaged Limbs

After 14 years and approximately 130 releases by bands such as the Locust, GoGoGo Airheart, and the Rapture, GSL Records founder Sonny Kay and his partner Omar Rodriguez announced in October that they were calling ...

Battle-Tempered Record Exec

"My boyfriend, Marine captain David T. Russell, just got sent to Iraq for the third time," says singer/songwriter Jenn Grinels. "There are a couple of songs on the new album that deal with his past ...

Drummer on the Sax

"Our shows include a band, vaudeville, black-light puppets, aerialists, flame-handlers, jugglers, magic, sideshow performers, and just about anything else you can think of," says Glenn Allen, music director for the Technomania Circus. While putting together ...

Material Progression

San Diego's most publicized band at the moment admits it doesn't have much of a hometown buzz. "We're still building our name," says guitarist John Moreaux of the Material, an emo band often compared to ...

Outside Help

The Stereotypes are down to a trio, but the loss of three members hasn't slowed them down. Built around singer John Finkbiner, multi-instrumentalist/producer Mike Kamoo, and bassist Tim Hines, the group recently lost guitarist Dante ...

Club Crawler

Thursday 6 Natural born killer Juliette Lewis will slay a Casbah crowd tonight as Juliette & the Licks tout new Militia Group disc Four on the Floor . On this, her second full-length, the movie ...

Married...without Children

Title: Married...Without Children Address: lifeafterbiola.com Author: Becka From: Santee Blogging since: February 2004 Post Date: October 26, 2007 Post Title: Discovering Ensenada Sooo...Mexico. We took a shuttle out of San Diego. Mexico is a laid-back ...

Calligraphy

A couple of years ago I took up lettering. Once a week I would spend a few hours copying letters, mainly the italic form. I became fairly proficient, but life interfered with learning any other ...

Father Joe and Kevin Faulconer

Thirty Years Ago While San Diego County has grown sharply, this desert community of 1200 people has stood still. Today Borrego Springs has one auto mechanic, one air-conditioning expert, one plumber, one electrician. If a ...

Ahmad Jamal

The music that Ahmad Jamal was making in the early 1970s spoke of kinder days ahead. Jamal's jazz at that time was more cushion than intellect. Things were looking up: a bloody decade of civil ...

Scissors For Lefty

San Francisco has been a big town for Britpop since before they called it Britpop. I don't know why; my guess is that it has something to do with the fog. Ordinarily, this simply means ...

Hybrid Hell

Back in June, a team of San Diego State mechanical engineering students and their professor placed 6th out of 17 universities in the exclusive Challenge X vehicle design competition, cosponsored by General Motors and the ...

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