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Philosophy Majors Sit Around and Think About Things

Big questions, elusive answers.

Sentence one: Lois Lane believes that Superman can fly. Sentence two: Lois Lane believes that Clark Kent can fly. Sentence one is true. Sentence two is false, because Lois Lane doesn't know that Superman and ...

Party Down the Lawn

I moved to San Marcos about six months ago, and since these aren't exactly Rockwellian times, I've made no effort to meet my neighbors. Most of them I never see. The old geezer across the ...

Roger Daltrey In A Mission Beach Hotel Room, 1970

The Who's Roger Daltrey in a Mission Beach hotel room, June 13, 1970. The band's Sports Arena show was their fifth on this U.S. tour; in about a month's time, they'd done 24 and were ...

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Hillcrest

Shafts of gold radiated from the nexus of the crucifix hanging above the tabernacle at St. John the Evangelist. A tall wooden frame, carved with images of grapes and wheat, surrounded both and also served ...

Family Matters

The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them. ...

Frozen Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Nine p.m., Thursday. All I want to do is download a couple of episodes of The Office and relax with my husband while he rubs my feet. But just as I'm sending the nine-year-old off ...

Grow This

Title: Grow This Address: http://growthis.blogspot.com Author: Weeping Sore From: El Cajon Blogging since: September 2006 Post Date: May 22, 2007 Post Title: Slave to a Springtime Passion for the Earth ...become like me, Slave to ...

The Reader's Eye on Television

Diary of a Television-Infected Existence 5:22 a.m. Dick Cheney and George W. Bush are doing it. I know it. That old, chapped man's hand is down that other old, chapped man's pants. They lean in. ...

Stripe My Ride

'Pinstriping is like a tattoo for a vehicle," says Mark Whitney Mehran, founder of local lifestyle company Hot Rod Surf. "You have to follow the contours of the lines of what you're dealing with, and ...

A Great Place to Stop, Settle, and Hide Out

With its rolling hills, undisturbed land, grazing cattle, and old men in overalls, Flinn Springs seems worlds away from downtown San Diego. Yet it’s only 20 miles to the east. Tumbleweeds lie in stacks by ...

David's Dilemma

Harold (Hal) Fuson Jr., senior vice president and chief legal officer of Copley Press, has always called himself "the house liberal" -- out of step with the militaristically conservative hierarchy. Aboooouuuut faaaaaace! At the end ...

Playback

Few bands reunite, especially two decades later. The Playground Slap, originally from Jamul, is now based in Cardiff-by-the-Sea and back in the game. When they first played together, from 1982 to 1988, the Playground Slap ...

Tourmaline Surfing Park

Name: Onika Miyashiro Home: Pacific Beach Vehicle: 1992 Dodge Dakota Surfing: Tourmaline Surfing Park Onika Miyashiro surfs competitively -- a couple years ago she took second place in the Junior Women's category of the PB ...

Transition Girlfriend by Jennifer Cooke

The first time I ran a personal ad, this is what it said: "21, Cal Berkeley student, brown/brown, seeks tattooed proletarian man age 21-31. Ideally, a cross between Chet Baker and Mike Ness. Bonus points ...

Revolution Fades Away

Your mental picture of Tijuana's Avenida Revolución probably looks like this: hordes of American tourists wearing shorts, T-shirts, and fanny packs tromp up and down the sloping street. Some wait in line to don sombreros, ...

Houses and Homie

Ex-National City mayor Nick Inzunza, whose wheeling and dealing in the ramshackle residential properties of Barrio Logan was first revealed on these pages a little over four years ago, is continuing to expand his inner-city ...

Hearing No Evil

Fighting a two-front war with the Federal Aviation Administration over the too-tall high-rise he is building near Kearny Mesa's Montgomery Field and two towers he's proposing for Harbor Island near Lindbergh Field, Sunroad Enterprises' Aaron ...

King of the Mound

Padres owner and nominal Democrat John Moores is hedging his bets in the presidential race. On March 30 and 31, he is listed as giving a total of $4600 to Hillary Clinton's "exploratory committee." On ...

Claire Litton in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Art makes me uncomfortable So, a guy -- let's call him Mr. Teacher -- at the school where I often pose nude for figure-drawing classes asked if I would be willing to work with him ...

Rabelais in Rio

"Let the feast begin!" pretty much describes the spirit of a Brazilian rodizio -- a Rabelaisian orgy of all-you-can-eat carnivorous gourmandizing, leavened by a vast array of side dishes. Never read Rabelais? Here's an abbreviated ...

True Grit

"We didn't want to be crass or crude, but we were trying to be a bit clever."

That's What She Said

Cy Maronage Age: 26 Occupation: Law Student Lives: Mission Bay Park I say "That's what she said" a lot. It's a contest with my girlfriend to see who can say it the quickest. Like, if ...

Big Game Guide

Regard, I have happened upon our Department of Fish and Game Licensed Big Game Guides Web page. I envision a Great Hunter, right boot placed on a dead beast's ribs, Italian shooter shirt opened at ...

Magic Moments

When I first shook her hand, the blood raced to my heart and my head.

The Blues, Indeed

"I get, like, five or six new band-promo packs every week," says Mario Metranga, who with his father runs Patrick's II in the Gaslamp Quarter. "And since Hurricane Katrina, a lot of the New Orleans ...

No Encore = Heresy?

Within hours of Morrissey's June 3 Viejas Bayside appearance, fans at Morrissey-solo.com were ripping the former Smiths singer a new one for cutting his set short. He left the stage without a word to the ...

Many of these columns have simply been bad essays.

A column of this size is perfect for the brief essay, and I have done this, in a sense, several times. Never have they been formal and rarely have they been entirely serious; the more ...

Bag That Card

Hey, Matt: I work in a convenience store. About half of the transactions are paid for using a credit card. Sometimes the cards are not recognized by the card reader. If this happens, I put ...

Marbles -- Gone

Matthew Alice: How about "lose one's marbles"? Where is that from? -- Ken, M.A. comments board Ken was browsing through some archived info from our stable of word nerds when he came up with this. ...

Feel the Pain

Ryan Brink, lead singer of Individual, an all-original Tool/Mudvayne-like band, says it's hard to convince local clubs to allow him to be skewered and suspended by hooks. "All they think about is insurance and blood ...

In a Barby World

Singer-songwriter Victoria Robertson, a former Miss USO and Miss San Diego with three albums to her credit, says she "...was at a wedding when a little girl came up and invited me to come and ...

Demand for CDs Spikes in Poway

"I was asked to fill in at the Poway Music Trader," says "Steve," a regular employee of the Sports Arena Music Trader. "I had never worked there before. I went back to use the bathroom, ...

Great, Danny

The biggest box-office flop in Sports Arena history may have occurred on June 1. Radio station 103.7 Free FM had announced for weeks that its morning-show cohost and former Partridge Family member Danny Bonaduce would ...

Back When

Thirty Years Ago Ruby Yamada was born in Omu, a village of northernmost Japan, in May of 1903, and then came to the United States when she was 20 years old. A short time later ...

Bright Brit Bites

A "gastropub" sounds a lot like a gastropod (e.g., snail), which literally means a creature whose stomach (gastro) is in its foot (pod). (It must be a very diplomatic animal, as one hates to think ...

Get rim-of-the-world views from the Pacific Crest Trail overlooking Palmdale and the Mojave Desert.

Tucked amid a lovely grove of pines on the remote north ridge of the San Gabriel Mountains you can find tiny Messenger Flats Campground, an Angeles National Forest facility available on a first-come, first-served basis. ...

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