Content for Thursday, March 29, 2007

News & Stories

A Jew and and the California Dream

On the tennis court, there is only today.

Dear Dad, Do you remember the first time we walked along the Pacific Ocean? It was in Carmel in the summer of 1965, our first vacation in California. That was during your two-year stint as ...

Back When

Thirty Years Ago ONLY TWO FREE classifieds per week, please. Some of you are cheating on this and other important rules. See last page for rules which help us handle a large volume of classifieds. ...

Road Notes

Some excerpts from Simeon Flick's tour diary... St. George, Utah, the One and Only Bar: "The towns [in Utah] are only allowed so many bars per capita, and for the longest time St. George only ...

Remains Of An Abandoned 1920s Hotel Project, c 1950

The photo was taken in 1950, "near Rolando Hill, south of University Avenue and east of 54th Street," according to info on the Historical Society print. To order this photo please contact the San Diego ...

Waring Nets Bundle, Partner Destroyed

Okay, so California Government Code section 1090 bans government officials from developing, negotiating, or executing a contract in which they have a financial interest. It's an obvious conflict; someone violating 1090 deserves to be punished. ...

Snowballs in Hell

San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders may have his Charter Revision Commission stacked with big-money establishment favorites, like ex-city schools superintendent Alan Bersin and GOP lawyer and political insider John Davies, but local libertarians are happy ...

Ball Four

Steve Peace, the ex-legislator now working for Padres owner John Moores, has been doing more than just making the rounds of legislative offices in Sacramento and working the rubber chicken circuit on behalf of Moores's ...

Enchanted Evening

Friends are generally of the same sex, for when men and women agree, it is only in the conclusions; their reasons are always different. -- George Santayana I knew they'd say yes. No woman in ...

Let It Fall

Who cares for the caregiver? Adriana Sevan assumed that when her best friend Rhonda was seriously injured, Sevan would stay by her side, see to her every need, and all would quickly heal on love ...

Jet Ski Rentals

My first memories of California are of salt air, sun, and speed: the wind whipping past my face as I rode with my brother Bill on his motorcycle. I had come to visit him at ...

Cerebral Itch Scratch Pad

Title: Cerebral Itch Scratch Pad Address: http://cerebralitch.blogspot.com Author: Cerebral Itch From: South Park Blogging since: February 2007 Post Date: March 18, 2007 Post Title: Hi, Boomers, We'll Take It from Here Many things have been ...

Should Have Seen This Coming by Cynthia Mason

When I was 19, I had a friend who worked as a bartender. On certain nights the bar was without a bouncer, so off my friends and I went for a night of underage drinking. ...

Engineering a Party

I received several invitations for St. Patrick's Day parties this year. The first party I attended, however, was the day before St. Patrick's, at the offices of Walsh Engineers on Kearny Villa Road. I had ...

The Reader's Eye on Television

Yes, sir, the mind is an amazing thing. The other day I was walking, enjoying the warm sun, and counting bits of litter, listening to cars, birds, and people on my street. As I got ...

Helen Leggatt In Canterbury, New Zealand: Style on a lifestyle block?

I got told off last week...by a chicken. I'd had a particularly late night and hadn't climbed out from under the bed blankets until 10 a.m. My ears tuned in to the new day and ...

The Gospel of Hip-Hop

'Culture Shock [a San Diego--based hip-hop organization] is not Christian, but a kind of youth organization," says Tommy Moseley, associate pastor at Rock Church. "Ours has a purpose, and that's to be a gospel." Moseley's ...

Fun Junk

I am one of the lucky few. I do not study, have never studied much, and do not need to study. Currently, my GPA is a 4.0, and I have never dropped below a 3.83. ...

Wine Geeks with Flash Cards

"I would get all crazy about how beautiful the vineyards are in fall or about how the air smells like wine during crush."

Seoul Food

"So where do you go now for good Korean food since Boo Choo changed hands?" I asked my buddy Sang, whose parents are from Korea. "Buga is the place," he said. "It's in a weird ...

The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Scholastic, 2007, 533 pages (300 illustrated), for ages 9 and up, $22.95 FROM THE JACKET COPY: A young orphaned boy lives secretly in the main railroad station ...

5 Star and Level 4

I wanted to know, so I asked, "Was there something about it that grabbed you? That made you say, 'This is fun!'" Jennifer Kleck, owner of Aqua Adventures, a kayak emporium on Mission Bay that ...

Faith Presbyterian Church, College Area

From the outset, a mix of old and new marked the service in Faith Presbyterian's mid-century- modern church. The old standby "What Wondrous Love Is This" served as the prelude, but the organ arrangement mixed ...

"Crysakes, I'd pay to be left alone sometimes."

People often ask me, "John," they'll say, "What's wrong with you?" Well, no one seems to know in any general sense. That is, if we're not settling for some facile cleverness like, "I'm an idiot!" ...

Build a Swamp

Matt: The wetlands intersected by I-5 just south of Via de la Valle, looks like a major construction project is underway. Isn't that environmentally protected real estate? -- Keith W. Turner, Encinitas Hey, Matt: Settle ...

Better Acquainted

It ought not to be esoteric. It ought to be known far and wide.

Success's Latest Victim

Hot Monkey Love Café owner Alma Felan allowed Funny Farm Productions to stage a series of Saturday hip-hop events called the Candy Shop, which featured a rotating group of DJs and MCs. "We had 500 ...

Fall Out, Indeed

Some Girls lead singer Wes Eisold is credited as a cowriter of three songs on Fall Out Boy's new CD, Infinity on High. However, he didn't help write any of the songs on that album. ...

New Turf for Street Scene?

Insiders say Street Scene is headed for the Del Mar Fairgrounds. A representative for Paul Blaney (who handles the booking for outside events at the Fairgrounds) confirms that there have been discussions with Street Scene ...

Locked Out of the House

Diana Martinez booked shows at the Belly Up for ten years; she moved on to work at downtown's House of Blues two years ago. Last week, Martinez, who has 19 years of nightclub experience, was ...

Zine Scene Update

"The age of the printed fanzine has passed," says Mike Stax, publisher of '60s garage-rock-influenced zine Ugly Things. While Stax continues to print new editions of his 200-plus-page glossy covered publication, he acknowledges that the ...

Turtle Radio

"We must resist this attempt to smash free speech and allow our community to have our own media," reads a newly circulated announcement from unlicensed radio station 106.9 FM. "The FCC is trying to shut ...

Death before TV

Thirty-eight years ago today (3-29-69), Janis Joplin appeared at the Sports Arena for one of the first West Coast concerts with her new group, the Kozmic Blues Band. "Janis was flirting with a lethal combination ...

I Vote "Aye" For My Raise

The City is going to sell a slug of land. What's to keep a councilmember from buying some at a cheap price and later dumping it at a fat profit? Well, there's California Government Code ...

Castaways' Fishy Tale

Some writers are so suspicious. In the January issue of Men's Journal, writer Mike Guy raised new doubts about a story several Mexican fishermen told last summer of being lost in the Pacific Ocean for ...

Naked Politics

When Jay Goldby announced back in January 2004 he had decided not to seek a third term on the Poway City Council, the then-63-year-old grandfather said that he and his second wife, Sherrie Anne Bagley, ...

Arroyo Sequit Park in the Santa Monica Mountains offers verdant meadows and a trickling stream.

Diminutive Arroyo Sequit Park, a 155-acre former ranch that is now a unit of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, is a bit hidden in one of the more remote parts of the mountains ...

Like a Dinette That Grew

"The sausage patties were so big, my date brought one home and we made a pizza from it."