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The Nothing That Is Not There And The Nothing That Is

The beauty of the Carrizo Badlands.

We're going into that?" I said. It was deep, and dark, and after five steps, you couldn't see a thing. I used my hands and shuffled at a turtle's pace. The walls were uneven in ...

Back When

Thirty Years Ago The taste and price -- and the romance -- of kiwis have generated one of the biggest agricultural fads to strike California in years, with San Diego County moving into the forefront. ...

Up For Air

When 16-year-old guitarist Ted Friedman founded the Gravedigger V in his parents' garage in the early '80s, little did he know it would become one of San Diego's most influential bands. "We didn't feel too ...

Unsolicited Advice

"Do-so" is more important than "say-so." -- Pete Seeger After introducing myself to a few people at a recent event, one guy said, "I know you -- you write that diary advice column for the ...

Unrestrained

In Amy Freed's Restoration Comedy, Amanda's married to a philanderer named, appropriately, Loveless. He ran off to the Continent and, for a decade, celebrated "the diversity of God's creation." Hearing she died, Loveless returns to ...

Orthotics

I hadn't heard from my high school chum Laura in years, but it didn't take more than 20 minutes of catching up on the phone to discover that we still had a lot in common. ...

Dating Is Warfare

Title: Dating Is Warfare Address: http://datingiswarfare.blogspot.com Author: Dating Trooper From: Hillcrest Blogging since: February 2007 Post Date: February 21, 2007 Post Title: "Based on my tarot card reading..." I think you will agree... That's not ...

Chasing Game

A certain mystique developed around the Tractor Room from the day it opened. Perhaps it arose from the black velvet curtains inside the entry door, shielding the interior from prying eyes, or maybe it was ...

Piercing Party

Have you ever seen a party in a movie and wondered why the parties you go to are never as cool? Well, I went to a bash in Clairemont that was as cool as one ...

The Honest Guy by Sally Hall

Within five minutes of meeting Stan (not his real name), I was head over heels for him. He was ten years my senior and had that confidence that can come with an age advantage and, ...

Contentment-by-the-sea

“You can’t pick the newcomers out of the herd anymore. There’s almost more of them than locals.”

A Farmhouse in Qualcommland

"You walked all the way from the Coaster? Try the Ironman sandwich."

Helen Leggatt In Canterbury, New Zealand: There's no place like home

I remember pressing my nose against the window as we flew over the Southern Alps of the South Island of New Zealand for the first time. "Ah, yes, this is just as I imagined it ...

Words and Music

'Iolanthe is pulled together last minute," says J. Sherwood Montgomery, artistic director for Lyric Opera San Diego. "I had to find a stage set and a set of costumes and cast it, partially using people ...

Deliciously Divine Downfall

With a shortage of money and time, fast food is popular with people my age. Now that I can drive and am a senior, I find myself spending less and less time at home. When ...

Up with Rose

"Lancers was developed to appeal to American military servicemen toward the end of World War II."

Kaleo Church, Mission Valley

Instead of preshow trivia, the onscreen slideshow at the movie theater showed Kaleo Church's announcements. (Like the preshow trivia, they proved difficult to ignore.) "We partner with Abandoned But Precious ministries, which serves orphans in ...

English History Made Brief, Irreverent, and Pleasurable

English History Made Brief, Irreverent, and Pleasurable by Lacey Baldwin Smith. Academy Chicago Publishers, 2006, 275 pages, $17.95 ABOUT THE BOOK: No people have engendered quite so much acclaim or earned so much censure as ...

March Madness Preview

It's NCAA Tournament time again, a three-week basketball pageant that comes around every March to remind us what a national playoff looks like. The NCAA lists 326 colleges as playing Division I basketball. Sixty-five teams ...

It's Not Easy Being Romak

"This is not an act," says Romak, 19. "I wear full makeup every day." As the androgynous lead singer of Romak and the Space Pirates, Romak says he is more about action-hero fantasy than cross-dressing. ...

Kiss Him, He's Irish (and White)

Local rapper Brendan B tried to set up a show a couple of weeks ago. "I call up one [San Diego] venue, and the guy goes, 'You know, we really don't do rap music.' I'm ...

Indier Than Thou

The San Diego Indie Music Fest was held March 3 on seven stages located in North Park. Seventy artists played, but guitarist/singer/drummer Jordan Thomas says he isn't so sure about the "indie" label. "It is ...

Female Trouble

After Candye Kane recorded a version of the theme song to John Waters's 1974 trash-classic film Female Trouble, she sent the famed director an advance copy, hoping he might enjoy it. He didn't. "When inquired ...

They Never Had the Good Hair

Playground Slap didn't sound like the other local bands during their 1982--'88 run. "We had punk and jazz and psychedelic and funk, but back then everything was called new wave," says guitarist Marcelo Radulovich, one ...

Chick Tunes Big in PB

"The Longboard Grill wanted to introduce live-band karaoke to San Diego," says bassist Rob Renovales, whose group Pickford's Party plays the PB venue's "Rock Out Karaoke" each Wednesday. "We knew a bunch of covers already, ...

All He Is Saying...

"The tour is about inspiring people to make space in their own hearts for peace," says Carlsbad musician Jerry Leggett, who is touring the U.S. in a yellow teardrop-shaped trailer he calls the Peace Bubble. ...

I think I was angry with my friend for getting old.

A friend from Los Angeles visited the other day. We hadn't seen each other for nearly ten years. Now, any ten years are significant in a human life, but the ten years I missed with ...

Paris in the Springtime

The level of culture in the film offers the American moviegoer a rare refuge and respite.

Speak No Evil?

Forgive us our debts? For more than three years, William (Bill) Newsome, a member of San Diego's widely publicized Community Bible Church, has peppered the pastors and elders with questions about the church's debt and ...

Don't Park in Our Park

Where do you suppose San Diego Mesa College, which lies in Clairemont on its southern edge, will build a huge garage to solve its student parking problems? Why, largely on Linda Vista canyon land, of ...

Ring Around the Truth

For decades, legions of executives, editors, and reporters of once-mighty Copley Newspapers have trooped out to the firm's posh Casa del Zorro resort near Borrego Springs for the annual "Ring of Truth" awards honoring employees ...

Regency Row

Padres owner John Moores is a member of the board of regents of the University of California. So is fellow Rancho Santa Fe denizen Gerry Parsky. Moores contributed heavily to Democratic governor Gray Davis before ...

Discover Riverside County's Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve at its springtime best.

The Los Santos-Trans Preserve loop hike on the Santa Rosa Plateau near Temecula traverses open meadows, grassy hillsides, and shady glens presided over by oversized specimens of Engelmann oaks. You'll enjoy superb views throughout, plus ...