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A Yearlong Trip Down Crack Street

The quick spiral down and out.

I was homeless exactly one year, from March 2001 to March 2002. I'd known it was coming, and I even sort of welcomed the impending challenge(s), but I had no idea how long it would ...

Cop Demonstrates Unsafe Riding, 1966

A cycle cop demonstrates unsafe riding in a parking lot, 1966. Same year, a columnist at our local daily observed that, "If you have a California license to drive a car, you are eligible to ...

Big Crooks and Little

Even if he knew any shortcuts, he wouldn't take them.

Gone Underground

Mike Stax moved from the U.K. to San Diego in 1981 to join his favorite band, the Crawdaddys. Two years later Stax launched Ugly Things magazine. "We cover underground garage bands, many of them obscure ...

Grooved Booty

"Our deal [with U.K.-based Inka Records] started out as a CD," says Greaser, guitarist for garage/surf-rock trio Thee Corsairs. "We said we wanted vinyl. They came back and suggested a picture disc. They only made ...

A Life of Vaginal Heroics

Title: A Life of Vaginal Heroics Address: http://trickeration.livejournal.com Author: Trickeration From: Paradise Hills Blogging since: 2001 Post Date: September 10, 2007 Post Title: A 99-cent Chicken Sandwich, Justin Now in an itinerant state of mind, ...

Punk Definition #569

"I knew I wanted to move to California since the fifth grade," says singer/guitarist Jared Andrews. "It's the promised land of music. There is no real scene in Indiana." Andrews says Sublime interested him in ...

Leaving San Diego

"We sold our house, all our furniture, and my wedding ring to make the move to Nashville," says San Diego singer/songwriter Erin McCarley. After three years of playing venues such as 'Canes, the Casbah, and ...

Cooked Jazz

Downtown's all-age jazz club at 344 Seventh Avenue, Dizzy's, was shut down in June for a city-mandated earthquake retrofit. Owner Chuck Perrin says the planned November reopening has been delayed until mid-2008. In the interim, ...

Save the Sea

"The main thing we have to worry about is how to get phosphorous out of the water coming in," says Sherrie Nuyen, special project coordinator for the Desert Shores Improvement Association. Desert Shores is a ...

Good Fit

Forty-three years ago today -- 11/1/64 -- the Rolling Stones played an evening show at Balboa Park Bowl after appearing that afternoon at Long Beach's Civic Auditorium. Tickets cost $3.50, and the show started at ...

Black's Beach

Name: Erik Meza Lives: La Jolla Surfs: Black's Erik Meza moved to San Diego two years ago to attend UCSD. He began surfing soon after and now rides his 7'8" Ebert board all over the ...

On the Line

"They've been fighting fires all day. What da heck have we done?"

Tool Kit

"I paired wine with mac-n-cheese, Tater Tots, PB&J, and gooey chocolate cake."

Breaking Stories: Always Grandiose, All the Time

Long a big financial backer of KPBS, the public broadcasting operation owned and operated by San Diego State University, the Union-Tribune seems to have switched horses. The newspaper currently has a push on to promote ...

Breaking Stories: On the Run

San Diego district attorney Bonnie Dumanis has been spending public money lobbying the legislature up in Sacramento. According to official filings with the secretary of state, her office spent a total of $35,680 during the ...

Citywalk Christian Church, Little Italy

October 28 marked Citywalk Church's entrance into the practice of weekly Sunday worship. Prior to that, communal worship events had been monthly; the weekly gatherings were smaller and held in people's homes downtown. Church member ...

Breaking Stories: Rummy's Money

Marine Captain Duncan D. Hunter, who's running in next year's GOP primary to replace his father Duncan L. Hunter in Congress, has picked up some heavyweight financial support from none other than Donald Rumsfeld, the ...

Door Closes on Hope

On September 28, the Salvation Army closed the doors to its Door of Hope Children's Learning Center day care in Kearny Mesa. The center had been in operation since 1983 and had cared for children ...

Rigged

Imagine what would have happened if our Founding Fathers had made the Casho-cracy concept a part of the U.S. Constitution. The number of ballots per voter would have been determined by wealth, and corporations would ...

A Set of Six

When I was six years old, my favorite sport was playing badminton with my mother. This was 1950s America, so she took care of her four kids, her husband, cooked the meals, cleaned the house, ...

Three to Get Deadly

Name: Crystal Occupation: Tourist/Former recruitment consultant Neighborhood: London, England Where Interviewed: Outside the San Diego Natural History Museum What book are you currently reading? What page are you on? "Three to Get Deadly by Janet ...

Thrift Shop Lady

There are few things as vile as a thrift-shop lady. They're drawn to the mothball air like a mummy to its crypt, and they exist only to offer people a glimpse of what an evil ...

Funny Face, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Alice Faye Collection

James Colt HarrisonFilm reviewer, The La Jolla Village News The sparkling Funny Face offers a Fred Astaire-Audrey Hepburn musical set in Paris. Nobody was as good as Astaire as a film dancer. Miss Hepburn proves ...

Bulimia, Talking Heads

Thirty Years Ago This is not a maƱana neighborhood. Its people are tillers of the soil, hard workers even unto the ripening of years. Grandpa Cruz worked in the fields until he was well into ...

"I am not rich! Maybe comfortable, but..."

A recent Friday night in San Marcos, at the Melrose apartment complex, indicated to me a whole new level of the living comatose. Toe tags should be issued by the score for those in these ...

Six Hundred Quarters

Is Quarter Kitchen the proverbial riddle wrapped in an enigma? The glam new high-end restaurant at the Ivy Hotel has been getting loads of "buzz" -- but the buzz-tones range from the happy murmur of ...

Swede Life

There is no such thing as a weird human being; it's just that some people require more understanding than others.-- Tom Robbins I gazed out the rain-streaked window and watched a colorful collection of birds ...

The Bankhead Press, Blaac Box, Married by Elvis

Artist: The Bankhead Press Song: "Shame" (from their self-titled EP) Heard By: Aaron Witherell, Golden Hill They've got the Ray Charles thing going on with the keyboards like that -- and the blues. It's got ...

Tiki Time

One sunny day a few months ago I went to a tiki party in Escondido.

Carolyn Hester

In the early 1960s SDSU Professor Emeritus Joel Henderson stayed for a while in Boston. "I was probably living the life," he says, "that Jack Kerouac wrote about." He took a room over the Golden ...

Robbers on High Street

New York band Robbers on High Street gets a lot of comparison to Spoon (for Robbers drummer-singer Benjamin Trokan's raspy voice and the band's taut rhythms) and the Kinks (for Trokan's smart, detail-rich lyrics) and ...

Blowin' Up

Richard Aguirre says he is serious about running for the 2010 gubernatorial seat. His new band is scheduled to play Humphrey's Backstage at his campaign kickoff on December 21. The singer/guitarist has disbanded the Karl ...

Enjoy a unique South Bay vista in Lower Otay County Park.

Formerly remote Lower Otay County Park, perched on a hillside above the dam of Lower Otay Reservoir, is now only a few minutes' drive from tens of thousands of new South Bay residents in communities ...

Reflexology

I got curious about reflexology after my sister-in-law convinced me to let a woman at a spa rub hot rocks against my feet for an hour. By the time she was finished, I felt more ...

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