Stories for October 2007

Thursday, October 25

All That's Left

Lots of expensive land.

Israel and Lebanon were at war. England and Argentina were at war. In Hollywood, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were formed. Navy beat Army 24-7, the Chargers beat the Dolphins 41-38 to make it to ...

Starlite Lounge

Samurai Jim, so much "scenier" than I am, suggested that we check out the Starlite Lounge. Normally, I steer clear of lounges, sports bars, etc., leaving anything smacking of pub grub to Tin Fork -- ...

Heave-Ho Heifer

Hey, Matt: Three people from back East told me they had participated in cow-tipping episodes. When I said that I didn't believe them, they said that since I am not from back East, I wouldn't ...

Sucker for Donuts

John Hermsmeier, a.k.a. Josh Herms, is a local drummer for hire. "I came to San Diego in 1996 to begin my freshman year at Point Loma Nazarene University," he says. "I developed a number of ...

103.7 FM

DJ: jt Station: Sophie 103.7 FM Shift: 9:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. week days Well, I've been in radio for 27 years, so when it comes to Peter Frampton, I'm pretty much tired of all his ...

Design Trumps Function

"Weavers are more at ease, more laid back maybe, and very patient -- warping a loom can take four to six hours," says Palomar Handweavers' Guild member Lynn Ely. "Everyone is so hypered out now ...

Avalanche in O.B.

Name: Chuck Yearman Lives: O.B. Surfs: Avalanche in O.B. Chuck Yearman loves being able to surf close to home, but convenience isn't the only reason he loves surfing O.B. After having surfed all around San ...

American Dream Come True

"They say in Napa Valley, 'The best fertilizer for the vineyard is the owner's footsteps.'"

Feeding Gwen

Todd Weiler has worked backstage-catering jobs at concerts since the mid-'90s. He recalls what Gwen Stefani ate at Anaheim Stadium three years ago. "She ended up having a spinach, mandarin orange, candied walnuts, and cranberry ...

Chowderheads!

"We probably spent $400 promoting an event that never happened," says Agave drummer Chris Flores of the band's scheduled October 13 CD-release party at PB's Longboard Grill. "We were aware that they already had a ...

M.P.J. in Upstate New York

My Son Doesn't Eat My six-year-old son is autistic, and like many autistic people -- children and adults -- eating is difficult for him. My son has never eaten like a typical child. People who ...

Nice, but Not Naked

"We were the first band to play at Dreamgirls," says bass player Chuck Holiday. His band Two Word Name played at the Kearny Mesa topless bar last month. "We just were looking for sponsorships. We ...

Wild Guessing

Q: Who was asked to be Van Halen's lead singer before Sammy Hagar? If you know the answer, maybe you're already planning to do battle in Cover Me Badd's Music Trivia tonight at the Whistle ...

Administration Of Rubella Vaccine, 1970

In the years 1963 and '64, an outbreak of the disease affected 12 million people in the U.S. When the virus caught up with expectant mothers, 11,000 fetuses died; 20,000 babies were born with permanent ...

Bankrupt Tome

May 15 is the target date for release of a new book by best-selling financial writer Roger Lowenstein entitled Mortgaging the Future: How Pension Debts Ruined General Motors, Stopped the NYC Subways, Bankrupted San Diego, ...

Breaking Stories: Alan's Condo Stash

Now that the name of ex-schools superintendent Alan Bersin is being bandied for a possible challenge to City Attorney Mike Aguirre's reelection bid, many eyes are turning to his personal financial statement, on file with ...

Breaking Stories: Fire Press

Give the Union-Tribune credit for ingenuity in the face of disaster. During this week's county fire calamity, the paper's main website was sometimes slow, apparently unable to handle the high volume of users desperate for ...

The Lunch of Shame

The School Nutrition Association announced Monday that Biff Burger won the election. He beat Jesse Wrap, Yumi Rice Bowl, Pippa Potato, and Patty Mac 'n' Cheese in the Vote for School Lunch competition. On August ...

Jocks Talk Liberals Walk

San Diego's political progressives think Clear Channel Communications is flipping them the finger. It is. Clear Channel, owner of the liberal talk station KLSD-AM (1360), is ready to "flip" the station, in radio jargon, to ...

Cooldown

In March, longtime DJ Mike Soul announced that he'd become general manager at Heat nightclub on Fifth Avenue. Soul promised to expand the Gaslamp's cultural reach by bringing Latin bands and dance music to the ...

House Rules

"The shitheads at the House of Blues in San Diego said they didn't know that [the Black Crowes] was going to record the show ourselves, he didn't read the contract," writes Boa at Crowesbase.com. Since ...

Play Ball

The count is 400 square miles as of Tuesday morning and 1000 homes destroyed. I've been following the fire of '07 by way of San Diego police scanner (http://scansandiego.net:7000/scanner3.ogg). Also, telephone, television, radio, and Channel ...

Making the Move

Singer/guitarist Matt Lamkin and guitarist Matty McLoughlin front the Muslims. They didn't think about playing music when they both went to Torrey Pines High School in the late '90s. "I didn't feel the need to ...

Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, Mother's Day

Pete TombsProducer, Hell's Ground and founder Mondo Macabro, www.mondomacabrodvd.com To fully enjoy our movie and appreciate all the references we're making, you need to see Texas Chainsaw Massacre; that's the seminal horror movie. It's the ...

Agave, Immovable Objects, Mike Press

Artist: Agave Song: "Drippin' Bitches" (from the CD Radiates Your Head) Heard By: David Martin, Golden Hill When it first started, I thought it was serious and I was, like, "wow, that's some pretty bad ...

The River of Doubt

Name: Randy Wilson Occupation: High School Counselor Neighborhood: Encinitas Where Interviewed: The Coffee Bean, Carlsbad What book are you currently reading? What page are you on? "It's called The River of Doubt. I'm about halfway ...

Workin' for the Man

Pandalike, I remain uninterested in much except rolling on my large furry back, grappling with my own feet, and gnawing on things. There existed a time when I modeled productivity by the American standard. Worked ...

Morality Mania

Oscar Wilde loved to spin platitudes on their ear. "Fathers should be neither seen nor heard," says Lord Goring in An Ideal Husband. "My Reginald is quite hopelessly faultless," says Mrs. Marchmont. "There is not ...

Alcoholism is a progressive, unstoppable disease that wants nothing more than to kill you.

It is certainly tiresome to me to keep writing of the same thing. Some have said they enjoy the hell out of my descriptions of affliction. I refer, of course, to alcoholism. But it is ...

Roxanne

Grown men should not be having sex with prostitutes unless they are married to them.-- Jerry Falwell Braced against the elements with newly acquired rubber-toed boots, bright red scarf, and a wooden-handled umbrella whose underside ...

Get in My Belly

I got a call about a belly-dance party in Spring Valley. I'm sure my neighbors heard my car tires burn rubber. When I arrived, the place was SRO. I found space in the kitchen with ...

Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara Quin have been playing music professionally long enough to have long since moved on from their folk-rock days (they played one of the Lilith Fair tours -- remember those?) and to develop ...

Popa Chubby

Ted Horowitz is Popa Chubby from the Bronx, a guitarist who once toured with Richard Hell and the Voidoids but who earned his fame during a long stand at Manny's Car Wash. Manny's is a ...

Let's Get Serious

There is no shadow of ambiguity in the characterization of the aghast suspect.

Men's Underwear

'I'm at the age and size when regular briefs -- or, as I call them, 'tighty whiteys' -- just aren't working for me anymore," my husband Patrick griped as he stood in front of his ...

Tiger Woods, Baby

"Comes down for paintball war games with his buddies at the military range. I cooked his burger."

From the top of the Angeles Crest, view an unmatched panorama of ocean, islands, and mountains.

Angeles Crest Highway (Highway 2) snakes along the crest of the San Gabriel Mountains, offering always impressive and sometimes stupendous views of thousands of square miles worth of Southern California real estate, mountain and desert ...

Sheriff John Duffy v. Mike Aguirre

Thirty Years Ago COUSINS MICHAEL and Andrea, met you 22 September Mission Playhouse, please contact Mickey, PO Box 1093, San Diego 92112. KEARNY HIGH is number 1 and we know it. We're the best! Eat ...

Thursday, October 18

Perfect Drought

A view of the future from Descanso.

"It's catastrophic!" Duncan McFetridge flings his arms out. "Look, can't you see the change?" Several years ago, when I last came here to the Cleveland National Forest outside of Descanso, McFetridge's cabin nestled in a ...

Mainland Mexico

With the passing of Chilango's in Hillcrest, I've begun a quest for other authentic Mexican restaurants in the city. By "authentic," I mean restaurants serving the wonderful, varied cuisines of mainland Mexico, rather than bare-bones ...

The $180,000 Fender

"I was pretty shocked that [Tommy Lee] would call me at 10 a.m. on his birthday."

Bourbon Laws

"Before bourbon goes into the barrel, they char the inside by literally lighting the barrel on fire," says Sheri Haupt, Southern California area manager for bourbon distributor Future Brands. "They char it to a depth, ...

KPRI-102.1

DJ:Madison Station:KPRI/102.1 Shift:5:00-10:00 a.m., Monday-Friday; 6:00-10:00 a.m. on Saturdays I saw the Stray Cats for the first time, like everyone else, on MTV. I liked rockabilly. It wasn't a popular genre of music and was ...

Windansea

Name: Colin Foulke Lives: Clairemont Surfs: Windansea Colin Foulke grew up a few miles from the beach in San Clemente, and although he surfed and played in the water during his early childhood, he started ...

Great Palates

"Women are a bit more adventurous when it comes to trying different varietals."

Floydian Trip

Thirty-seven years ago today -- 10/18/70 -- Pink Floyd performed in San Diego for the first time at the Intercollegiate Baseball Facility (a.k.a. the Polo Field) at UCSD. Touring behind their Atom Heart Mother album, ...

Junk for the Trunk

When Jennifer Lopez appears at Cox Arena on Wednesday, October 24, expected munchies include chocolate chip cookies, brownies, an apple pie ("à la mode"), honey peanut Balance Bars, mango, and papaya. Her dressing room requires ...

Beautiful Mess

"San Diego to Tijuana... Arguably the most infamous border town of the Western World. The last hedonist haven. Crossing from a city that thrives on consumerism to a city that survives on debauchery, we were ...

Ready to Rock, Man

Ranchita Rocks took place September 28 through the 30th on Golightly Farms Ranch in Ranchita. The event was intended to raise money for lawyers to fight SDG&E's Sunrise Powerlink plan. "The turnout wasn't what we ...

No ASCAP Joke Here

Jason Nascimento, 31, knew other local Portuguese restaurants had come and gone when he opened Portugalia in Ocean Beach five years ago. "They only marketed to local Portuguese," says Nascimento. "We market to everyone." Yet, ...

Gangsta Rap Extinction?

Rapper Lunchmeat has been arrested six times on charges such as robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, and possession of a bulletproof vest. His longest stint lasted five and a half years in the California ...

Shocking!

On FM94/9 last Thursday, before his Satellite Party show, Perry Farrell said that he doesn't surf anymore because he lost his board. He mentioned that he might surf again if someone gave him a board. ...

Poor Flow

Ricasshay has been involved with hip-hop culture since 1983 and active locally since 1993. The MC/lyricist was a Best Hip-Hop nominee for a San Diego Music Award this year. He's cried foul over the selection ...

Mission Gathering, North Park

"Snow Patrol wrote the greatest worship song," proclaimed Pastor Rich McCullen. "'Open Your Eyes.' As a church, we've decided to open our eyes to the world and what's going on around us. And sometimes, that's ...

Lamerica, Sacred Silence, Hands Over the City

Pasquale VerdicchioProfessor, UCSD department of literature and board member, Cinema Sud Italian Film Festival The South of Italy figures prominently as a setting in Italian cinema. The Cinema Sud Festival is particularly important because it ...

M.P.J. in Upstate New York

I trust My husband, Mark, is a sex addict. Four years ago, before he came clean about his sex addiction and started his recovery, I would have told you that he never lied. I lied, ...

La Jolla Cove, December of 1969

Our local daily used a helicopter to photograph the waves pounding our shores. "No one rode [the waves because they were so big]," says surfer/shaper Steve Scatolini, who was in his early teens. "I heard ...

Raul, Randy, Canadian

Tim Fair Age: 21 Occupation: Electrical Engineer Lives: Clairemont I have a couple good examples of aliases me and my friends give random people we see in public situations. For example, my go-to name for ...

Breaking Stories: My MTV

Wealthy La Jolla socialite Lisa Barkett has agreed to pay a $2340 fine for failing to report in a timely fashion a $10,000 contribution to the unsuccessful June 2006 Democratic gubernatorial primary campaign of Phil ...

Breaking Stories: Poli-manna

San Diego city attorney Mike Aguirre hasn't been much of a friend to realtors and development interests during his controversy-filled tenure, so it's probably not that much of a surprise that the local Republican Party ...

Breaking Stories: Great Pumpkins

So-called behesting, in which an elected official asks special interests to make contributions to the officeholder's favorite charities, has become a frequent practice for San Diego city councilman Jim Madaffer. Under the City's ethics ordinance, ...

Mission Valley Motion Mixup

If you ever suffer insomnia, you might play the streaming video of a San Diego City Council meeting. While you're at it, check whether the minutes of the council meeting are accurate. The video of ...

Tattooed Tears, Box Office Baloney

Dear Matthew Alice: What is the symbolism of a teardrop tattoo at the outside corner of an eye? -- Anonymous, somewhere Bigger subject than it might seem. What the teardrop means depends on who's wearing ...

Push When You're Hot

October 1 seems like a long time ago. Two and one half weeks is one way of calculating. Or, you could say it's a previous season using baseball time. Or, maybe it's no time at ...

It’s Fairly Easy to Get Bored Around Here

Bonita lies in the Sweetwater Valley, nestled inside three freeways--I-805 to the west, 54 to the north, and 125 to the east. To the south lies the city of Chula Vista. Small though Bonita may ...

Dune Messiah

Name: Diana Snyder Age: 22 Occupation: Starbucks barista/student Neighborhood: Clairemont Mesa Where Interviewed: San Diego City College What are you currently reading? "Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert." Tell me about the book. "It's the second ...

Retrolust, Blue Sky Blonde, Roxy Jones

Artist: Retrolust Song: "Japanese Hot Rod" (from the CD Pump It) Heard By: Nature, Downtown I really liked the song; I thought it had a lot of good energy. I really liked the progression of ...

Time and Space Manipulated

Humble Boy, by Charlotte Jones New Village Arts Theatre, 2787 State Street, Carlsbad Directed by Kristianne Kurner; cast: Rosina Reynolds, Daren Scott, Jessica John, Jim Chovick, Dana Case, Tom Deak; scenic design, Francis Gercke; costumes, ...

Veiny Blue Cheese

There's a type of person who likes veiny blue cheese. Hunks of it, with raucous funky ribbons that smell like abandoned gym socks and taste like postage stamps, dish soap, and couch. That type of ...

Helen Copley and Vince Miranda

Thirty Years Ago Vince Miranda, king of the Pussycat Theaters, had blown into town and was visiting his new venture, the Backstage. It was past 9:30 p.m., time for the show, and Miranda was watching ...

French Fashionista

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. Mark Twain She looked amused. Or terrified. It was hard to tell. I had only spent three, maybe four hours with her, ...

Fantasy Trash Talk

Before football season started, Dan invited me to his fantasy football draft party. I'm in a fantasy league and was curious to see how others ran theirs. I checked out their website -- "Williams World ...

Ernie Halter

I finally got Ernie Halter figured out late one insomnia-plagued night. As I lay sleepless with one of his songs spinning around in my head, it occurred to me that Halter's stuff would be just ...

Thrillers Three

Clooney has firmly suppressed the head-waggling smugness that so often chills his charm.

Dictionary

They dined on mince, and slices of quince, Which they ate with a runcible spoon... -- from "The Owl and the Pussycat," by Edward Lear I know that line because my fifth-grader came bouncing through ...

The Uphill Salad

"There's a Milan style of living. Quick. We want everything yesterday."

Explore the near or the far reaches of Sandstone Canyon, one of Anza-Borrego's most dramatically sheer landforms.

Sandstone Canyon has been called the most spectacular small wash in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Like a hidden jewel, this particular natural feature requires time and effort to find -- and it is often necessary ...

Thursday, October 11

Angel in the Rubble

After the wildfire.

On October 25, 2003, I go outside to touch base with the night sky and feel the air before retiring to bed. Tonight feels different. A Santa Ana is brewing and I smell smoke. I ...

Lowery's Still In

We erred here last week when we said that the San Diego State University Research Foundation was replacing ex-GOP congressman Bill Lowery as its lobbyist. Lowery is still in the running to keep that job, ...

Not Far From the Tree

Franklin Gatlin IV has been in a little trouble lately. Last year, the 26-year-old allegedly smashed a beer bottle in the face of a fellow partygoer at his mother's Rancho Santa Fe house and ten ...

Big Bay Small Fry

San Diego city councilman Ben Hueso is doing some reverse bundling in connection with his scheduled Tuesday swim across San Diego Bay this week. According to a recent news release by his office, Hueso is ...

Disneyland for Grown Men

We Mexican kids growing up in the '80s in the South Bay of San Diego heard stories of Tijuana's red-light district, known as the cahuila (pronounced ca-HWE-la). We had never been there to see it, ...

No Snowbird Heaven

It's an ill wind that blows no one any good, so will the weak dollar help San Diego? For example, the Canadian dollar, which as recently as early 2002 was worth 62 cents, is now ...

Beyond Our Means

It was succor for Wall Street and "Sucker!" to the overall economy, including San Diego and other cities with housing-related economic woes. On September 18, the Federal Reserve prescribed a double dose of sharply lower ...

Thais That Bind

She's holding on to his little tusks with both hands. She nuzzles her face right into his trunk, between his eyes. You can tell they're in love. The picture of the shaved-head girl monk and ...

Good and Plenty

Bay Area-based chef Bradley Ogden is still the official guiding spirit at Arterra, but ever since executive chef Carl Schroeder left to open his own Market about 18 months ago, the top toque working actively ...

Invisible Man

'I play for a myriad of artists in a variety of venues," says Brandon "the Sideman" Walters. Walters can be seen all over San Diego -- and up and down the West Coast -- performing ...

Look Inside

Harvey Fierstein's musical remake of A Catered Affair begins like a pebble tossed in a pond. Janey and Ralph are getting married. They don't want a big wedding, just a ten-dollar/ten-minute affair at City Hall, ...

The G Manifesto: The Guide to Getting More out of Life

Title: The G Manifesto: The Guide to Getting More out of Life Address: www.thegmanifesto.com Author: Michael Porfirio Mason From: Little Italy/Miami Beach Blogging since: September 2005 Post Date: August 9, 2007 Post Title: The Making ...

Arts without Agenda

'The Salvation Army insisted on seeing a purely cultural event with political eyes and then complained that the event was political," says Manal Swairjo, co-organizer of the concert featuring Lebanese oud (Arabic lute) composer Marcel ...

Marco Collins

DJ: Marco Collins Station: 91X Shift: 2:00-7:00 p.m. Saturday; 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Sunday I've seen Jane's Addiction probably 15 times, and I definitely remember the early shows as being completely out of control. That was ...

If This Bar Was a Guitar...

Some excerpts from online venue reviews written by patrons: The Aero Club: "The owner, Bill, is meticulous about his beer lines. He uses a mix of nitrogen and CO2. He uses a special dishwashing detergent ...

Undercover Cover Band Blues

When I joined the Fading Captains as their bassist, a strange year in my life began. We played Guided By Voices songs exclusively. The band is pretty well known in the underground indie-rock circuit but ...

Loud European Party Intended

For over a year, DJ Olivier Dalle has hosted a monthly dance event called Trans-Europe Express (named after the Kraftwerk album). "When I started it, I had people screaming at me because I wasn't playing ...

My Kingdom for a Drummer!

"Our last drummer disappeared and [went to] jail for art theft," says Tim Malley, guitarist and singer for Tim and the 23s. "After our second practice with him, we couldn't get ahold of him. It ...

Major Duel Ahead?

Insiders say L.A.-based AEG -- the country's second-largest concert firm that opened an office here this summer -- will soon announce plans to build a 12,000-capacity outdoor venue. Now, AEG's venue options are extremely limited. ...

No Kids Who Like Punk?

Local four-man band Pierce the Veil finished their third U.S. tour last week opening for Chiodos, the Michigan band that last month had the number-one record on Billboard's Top Rock Album and Top Alternative Album ...

The Joy of Aging

"We go back to '59 on Burgundy, '61 on Bordeaux, '74 on California."

The Resolved Church, Bay Park

Resolved Church (Bay Park) Denomination: Acts 29Address: 1717 Morena Boulevard, Bay Park, 619-393-1990Founded locally: 2005Senior pastor: Duane SmetsCongregation size: 50>Staff size: 1Sunday school enrollment: 4Annual budget: n/aWeekly giving: about $500/weekSingles program: noDress: casualDiversity: mostly CaucasianSunday ...

Nomad, Days of Being Wild, Ashes of Time

George LinAssociate Festival Director, San Diego Asian Film Festival, www.sdaff.org To anyone familiar with the Hong Kong New Wave cinema of the '80s, Patrick Tam needs no introduction. His 1982 classic Nomad confronted realistic topics ...

Food Authority George Mardikian, 1958

Local Rotary Club member Mrs. Homer Peabody talks steak thickness with food authority George Mardikian (1958). As a teen, Armenian-born Mardikian escaped from a Turkish prison camp and made his way to the U.S. He ...

Noob

Chris Lonner Age: 21 Occupation: Student researcher Lives: La Jolla My friends and I love playing Halo and we're getting ready for Halo 3 by breaking out our video-game slang. A word that gets thrown ...

USD Football Coach Makes Good

Watching the USC/Stanford game on Versus. The spread is 40 1/2 in most of Vegas, 41 at Stations. Over/under is 57 1/2 in Nevada, 58 on the Internet. It appears Stanford is not intimidated by ...

Baby Eyeballs, Irate on Gar-NET, Roman Numerals

Hey, Matt: Here's another argument for you to settle. I say we're born with full-size eyeballs. They don't grow as we get older. The person who's wrong says that can't be possible because babies are ...

Turning Viennese

Austria is not Mexico. That's the slogan Ron and I devised after our third day in Vienna. The whole slogan goes, "Hey, settle down, man. This isn't Mexico," which means: There are rules you aren't ...

Cañon Zapata Soccer Field

Thirty Years Ago The phone is answered, and the voice I hear is Mort Sahl's. "In an article in the Los Angeles Times [August 8, 1977], you were quoted as saying that there should be ...

Cop Breaks Speedo Limit

I got an invite to a party in Santee. I was told there'd be a band called Mudwolf playing in the back yard. I figured, hey, I love Steppenwolf...and Wolfmother. Odds are I'll like this ...

French Food

To the sober person, adventurous conduct seems insanity.-- Aristotle I awoke to the same rhythmic rocking that had lulled me to sleep seven hours earlier. I could hear David stirring on the bunk above, an ...

Jenn Grinels, Hesh One, Critical Me

Artist: Jenn Grinels Song: "No Better" (from the CD Little Words) Heard By: Matt Valdivia, University Heights To be honest, I wasn't really too into it. The vocal style turned me off. It seemed flat ...

Brothers at Odds

The rich, saturated, radiantly warmed color does full justice to the local palette.

Horse-riding Boots

My daughter is obsessed with horses. Her room is decorated with equine photos, her bookshelf stocked with classic horse books, and her dream is to raise horses. For her birthday this year, we gave her ...

Hike to Orange County's micro Grand Canyon in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains.

In 1991 Orange County opened the 1500-acre Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, which sprawls across the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains just east of the communities of Lake Forest and El Toro. One surprise can ...

Thursday, October 4

A Marine in Iraq Remembers La Jolla

My neighborhood is a memory. I’ve been gone so long I can’t remember what’s real and what’s invented. It doesn’t matter much, I’m in a very Forrest Gump state of mind, fighting a war most ...

City Heights Hell

On July15th, 1991, we moved into this house. After the last of the boxes had been delivered, we went to sleep with the windows open to let some air in on what had been one ...

Intuition Led Her to Encinitas

The 100-degree days and the half-hour minimum commute to anywhere was beginning to suck the life out of me. I’ve always said, “Life’s too short to be unhappy,” and although I’d never considered selling my ...

Borrego Springs, 92004

Sure it was 117 degrees a few days ago and we have to drive more than an hour to buy organic vegetables or underwear. We don’t have a movie theater or a Thai restaurant and ...

Everyone Plays in Pacific Beach

People here see how it all fits together — earth, sea and sun; spirit touching flesh. Where I grew up, they just hope they can make it through the suffocating summers and the character-testing ferocity ...

Valley Center Name-Dropping

Eleanor Roosevelt. Betty Crocker. Wyatt Earp. Those are some of the famous names associated with my neighborhood. And then there are the celebrities: Fred Astaire, Gary Cooper, June Allyson, Dick Powell, and John Wayne come ...

A Name Change for Santee?

In my neighborhood, each driveway is pretty much a snapshot of the next on Halloween. Snapping fires rise from washtubs turned firepits or new Target-purchased varieties. Smiling folks in sweatshirts stand or sit around the ...

Don't Bet on Sissies

Two guys sloshing it up in a bar decide they will never be real men until they kill a bear. They mortgage their homes, buy the most expensive bear-killing equipment and, with their wives and ...

America's Smartest City

After numerous San Diego Union-Tribune hit pieces, a brand on the city attorney's head now reads "frivolous and futile litigator." No need to heed this guy's advice. Could that be what the city council was ...

So long, Bill

Thanks in part to a Washington scandal, the San Diego State University Research Foundation, a major function of which is to come up with federal money for various projects at the school, is looking for ...

College pols

The state's community college lobby is pushing hard for passage next year of the California Community College Initiative, a ballot measure that would channel more state taxpayer money to the two-year institutions and place a ...

So long, Bill, too

San Diego's Bill Lerach, who cut a plea bargain deal with federal prosecutors two weeks ago that would send him to prison for at least a year for his role in a client kickback scandal, ...

    Fred Is the Bomb

    "About one in 15 actually chomp their way through the whole thing."

    Singin' the Bleus

    Bleu Bohème, the new hot spot in Kensington, opened this summer on the former site of Green Tomato, which apparently rotted on the vine and landed in the compost heap. Bleu's owner, Philippe Beltran, is ...

    General Lee, G.I. Joe, Transformers

    The girl, whom I had never met before, shoved a black, oblong box at me, hard into my stomach, and I wheezed when it crammed my breadbasket halfway up my throat. "Listen, you," she said, ...

    Best San Diego Jams

    Both shows at the San Diego Arena on Eighth and Harbor Drive (aka Glacier Garden skating rink) for Presley's first full-length California concerts were sold out and police presence was heavy. "Some girls broke into ...

    Get Out of Here!

    When Deep Purple played 4th&B on August 16, I hoped they wouldn't play "Smoke on the Water," which I consider one of the worst songs of all time. How could they not, though? That riff ...

    Trimming the Rat -- er, Mouse

    About 700 people saw Eek-A-Mouse play on Saturday, September 22, at the Peter Tosh Day concert in Rosarito Beach; no one saw the reggae star perform the next day at Street Scene even though his ...

    i-i-i

    Grand Ole Party, now on the road, has available for download on iTunes their debut full-length CD Humanimals. But the disc won't be sent to record stores until January. By the time the CD reaches ...

    No Pops or Scratches

    Eight local artists -- including Alfred Howard and Wise Monkey Orchestra -- contributed music to Skid Marks, Karl Kozak's comedy about two ambulance companies trying to put each other out of business. What's in it ...

    Backstage Confidential

    Brian Lewis is the former venue manager for Humphrey's. "I liked the backstage responsibilities best of all," he says, "because of the interaction with performers.... "Dana Carvey would come into the inside stage and just ...

    Chips and Beer for the Midnight Toker

    When the Steve Miller Band appears at Pala Casino's Palomar Starlight Theater on Friday, October 5, their hospitality room requires tortilla chips ("one bag unsalted, two bags salted"), a pint of guacamole ("no supermarket prepackaged"), ...

    The G Manifesto: The Guide to Getting More out of Life

    Title: The G Manifesto: The Guide to Getting More out of Life Address: www.thegmanifesto.com Author: Michael Porfirio Mason From: Little Italy/Miami Beach Blogging since: September 2005 Post Date: August 22, 2007 Post Title: Rooftop Bar ...

    Ssssssssssss

    'There are so many people that seem to fear snakes. They think they're all venomous or dangerous," says Shawn Silva, president of the San Diego Herpetological Society. "A large part of that is that most ...

    KGB 101.5 FM

    I remember my friend had the album Grand Illusion when I was around 17. I hadn't been a Styx fan before that. I heard that song and a few of the intros on the other ...

    The Moon Makes the Earth Breathe

    "If you're filling the vines with chemicals they become lazy. They don't explore the soil."

    Bonita Church of Religious Science

    "I am loved," crooned singer Tiamo, standing on the tiny stage at the front of the church, strumming his guitar over keyboard accompaniment. "I am strong. I am peace. I am healed. I am strength. ...

    Come Early Morning, The Righteous Babes, Sleepless in Seattle

    Renee HerrellFounder, San Diego Women's Film Festival To prepare for the fifth annual San Diego Women's Film Festival, I recommend the movie that kicked off last year's festival, Come Early Morning, directed by actress-turned-director Joey ...

    Balboa Park Carousel, 1957

    The ride arrived in the West from New York in 1910. The operator of Coronado's seasonal Tent City bought it from an L.A. owner soon after. Some say the carousel was moved between the Tent ...

    Homosensual, Chad

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    Who Would You Fire?

    'Kill them all, God will know his own." There are several versions of this quote -- I like this one. It was spoken in 1209, during the Albigensian Crusade and subsequent land grab (Catholic French ...

    Let's Stop at the Mall

    Heymatt: I have a habit -- no, compulsion -- to run stop signs in mall parking lots, strip malls, and other private property locations. When it's safe, of course. Could I be ticketed by the ...

    Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done

    Name: Michael Yates Occupation: I.T./Comms for the navy & drummer Neighborhood: Kensington Where Interviewed: San Diego Coffee, Tea & Spice IN Kensington What book are you currently reading?What page are you on? "Execution: The Discipline ...

    Tijuana is a Wonderland

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    South Park Eden

    Behind my back garden, my ex-boyfriend with the golden eyes perches like a buzzard in the house my brother-in-law built for him. I avoid my garden, despite the plum tree, the towering aloe, and honeysuckle, ...

    Bartenders' Ball

    I overheard a bartender at the Ould Sod talking about a party at Hotel Solamar downtown. I jotted the date on a napkin, and the following Monday, drove down to crash it. I knew there ...

    Stairway to Hell

    When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.-- Susan Heller The ridiculousness of my situation did not occur to me until ...

    Sleeping People, SDIB, Rob Crow

    Artist: Sleeping People Song: "Yellow Guy/Pink Eye" (from the CD Growing) Heard By: Patricia Saylor, Poway The transitions were really good. It's definitely something that I could listen to over and over. I wouldn't compare ...

    Bloat

    He is oftentimes prone to flog his troupe into emotional boil-over.

    Peanut Butter

    'You ever wonder about the 'high fructose' in 'high fructose corn syrup'?" asked Patrick as he scanned the ingredients of his Rice Krispies. "It sounds like 'high octane.' I mean, what does corn syrup lack ...

    Catch a comprehensive view from the top of Oakzanita Peak in the Cuyamaca Mountains.

    Oakzanita Peak is one of only a handful of named peaks in the Cuyamaca Mountains, yet its humble appearance -- at least on approach -- wouldn't inspire most hikers to climb it. Actually, the view ...