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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

    Joshua Rego Age: 21 Occupation: Student Lives: La Jolla My guy friends and I give each other a really hard time about how we act around the ladies. If I think one of my friends ...

    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

    Thirty Years Ago BOB CLARK: What are you up to? I'm cut off from civilization up here in hicktown with no Reader. "Charlie Mansoneer." YOU BETTER believe there are real women out here, but you ...

    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 ...

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