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Hot, Miserable, Amazing

“The first thing I learned was that the man who has water on the mountain is king,” says hiking enthusiast Dana Law. “Water is absolutely the most important thing you’ll have in Southern California, because ...

Fifty Miles of River

Thirty Years AgoI would not complain that Jeannette De Wyze’s story on nudists (“What You See,” February 2) was completely one-sided. But still, De Wyze never once treated any of the serious objections to nudism. ...

My Little Parasite

Every year, my husband and I look forward to Halloween. We plan for months in advance to make sure that we have cool (though sometimes obscure) costumes. One year we went as characters from children’s ...

Treacherous Bodies

Checking online listings for things I am missing out on (as I recuperate with a broken foot I’ve gone on about), especially Fridays, I happened upon “Bodies” for Friday, February 8. This exhibition (which closes ...

If Only Bankers Had Brains

By now you have memorized those three ugly words, “subprime mortgage mess.” Get ready for three more: “credit default swap,” called CDS on Wall Street but barely known on Main Street, where it may well ...

Greedy

With recession looming and tax revenues falling at an unprecedented rate, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the legislature are threatening draconian reductions in state spending, including closing state parks and releasing “low risk” prisoners. So far, ...

Jarhead Red

"First to Fight for Right and Freedom," reads the title of the big military print on the tasting room wall at Carlsbad Wine Merchants. The painting depicts a group of Marines moving along a ruined ...

Eat, Pray, Love

What are you reading? “Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert.” Tell me about it. “It’s about Gilbert’s journey. At the beginning of the book, she is in a really hard marriage. Her husband really wants ...

No Rehash

Vegitation is San Diego’s solution to keeping reggae fresh and green. They produce original reggae songs instead of rehashing those Marley tunes that most reggae acts perform at local bars and clubs. Vegitation played for ...

Crash, Cocoon, Funny Girl

Ilise Gersten BushCurator, San Diego Jewish Film Festival, sdcjc.lfjcc.org Tonight’s opening film, Sixty-Six, is a quirky coming-of-age comedy that reminds me in spirit of Hope and Glory. It’s the story of Billy, who holds on ...

Torrey Pines Christian Church

“The term ‘emergent worship’ doesn’t really provide a good definition,” said Pastor Michael Spitters when we spoke before Sunday’s service. “We don’t know what we’re emerging to become. We just know that we’re getting out ...

New Names

Thanks to an attractive cast, the creamy cinematography of John Bailey, and the light touch of writer and first-time director Jeff Lowell, Over Her Dead Body is an uncommonly pleasant romantic-comic fantasy, in the Blithe ...

College Cut-Up by Carrie Duffy

I was in my sophomore year of college, and I’d never had a boyfriend. Not because I wasn’t interested but because I’d been too busy with my own life to consider being a part of ...

Night Marchers, Organ Grinders, Steaming Noodles & Black Lips

Thursday 7Black Mountain casts its shadow over a crowded Casbah tonight. Leader Steven McBean is king of the hill with Pink Mountaintops and Black Mountain Army, Canadian collectives celebrating ‘70s rawk. In the Future, this ...

Astroturfers

‘I give it ten years before water costs as much as gas costs now,” said Patrick as he looked up from his morning Internet browse. “Maybe we should think about ripping out the grass in ...

Woodson Mountain

The boulder-frosted summit of Woodson Mountain (aka Mount Woodson) has many routes of approach, though none this particular winter/spring season is as interesting as the west-side approach from Lake Poway. The October 2007 Witch Creek ...

Nemesis Ad

My Personal Ad on an Internet Dating Site: This isn’t for dating. I’m not making this profile to get dates. This profile is to audition for a nemesis or nemesises (nemesi?). As it stands, I ...

Jane's Dream

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t. — Henry Ward Beecher I held the camera as steady as I could without ...

Painful Pirouette

When football season was in full swing, there was a surprise birthday party for Tony. He had just gotten back from Iraq. It was in Del Cerro, and I arrived after Tony showed up. Tony’s ...

Valentine's Day Column

This morning I mailed a Valentine’s Day card to a woman I haven’t seen or talked to in 40 years. I added a personalized inscription, “Do you remember where I put the car keys?” The ...

Leica Spirit

During off hours while working as a clerk at the Budapest stock exchange before the outbreak of the Great War, the young André Kertész took photographs and began to nurse ambitions about making it his ...

Manscaping, Murse, Hestring

The slang I use is mostly terms for metrosexual guys. I’m a hairstylist, so a large amount of my clients are men. I like “manscaping” for guys who are picky about grooming their body hair, ...

Sacred and Profane

The great boxer Joe Louis and baseball immortal Josh Gibson were contemporaries who thrived in the 1930s. The Old Globe Theatre’s In This Corner tells of Louis’s exploited life in the spotlight, during the Age ...

Boa Constrictor Flex-Gut

Guys asleep on the sidewalk. Guys shuffling past with walking sticks. Guys pushing shopping carts filled with their belongings. Guys rolling by in electric scooters with whiplash aerials and a faded Old Glory flicking at ...

Tryst Sweetly, Discreetly

Sally’s has a long-standing reputation as one of San Diego’s most romantic destinations for lovers. It’s an outbuilding behind the Manchester Grand Hyatt at the edge of Seaport Village (so, fans of antique rock, you’ll ...

Black Mountain

A couple of weeks ago I went to a party for an indie rock listserv I’ve belonged to for a long time and found myself listening to DJs spinning ’70s hard rock bands like Starz ...

Rodrigo y Gabriella

If the acoustic duo Rodrigo y Gabriella sounds more like a trio, it is because Gabriella Quintero’s right hand does the work of two guitarists. It flutters and snaps and swivels in the air above ...

Unnecessary roughness

Jostling in the race for San Diego city attorney is becoming more pronounced as the major candidates lining up against incumbent Mike Aguirre seek to gain advantage. Likely to play a role in the campaign ...

Good for Car Rotation

Artist: The Frantic Romantic Song: “Why Do We Punish the Ones We Love” (from the CD Say What You Wanted to Say) Heard By: Harrod Suarez, North Park I thought it was good. I thought ...

Bittersweet Dreams

Album: 40 oz. Dreams on a Champagne Budget (2007) Artist: Hesh One Label: self-released Where available/price: Available as a download from heshone.com Songs: 1) Put ’em Up 2) L.A. Narcocorrido 3) Bleed, Spit & Shit ...

Greener Pastures for Coors

Coors Amphitheatre, owned by Live Nation, will soon lose its name. Effective March 1, the Coors Brewing Company will end its connection with the area’s largest outdoor venue (10,000 reserved seats and a capacity for ...

Dulzura Deception

The Spanish word dulzura means sweetness. And public artist Robin Brailsford found the sweet life when she moved to the hamlet of Dulzura, 30 miles east of San Diego along State Route 94. She lives ...

Letters

Ron Paul’s Gang I found your article on the Ron Paul lemmings to be very informative (“The Ron Paul Posse,” “City Lights,” January 31). Until now, my only impression of these people has been the ...

Hil raising

When one Democratic presidential candidate swung through town last Friday, the business of the San Diego State University Research Foundation’s investment committee was put on hold. “Tomorrow’s meeting has been postponed to allow committee members ...

Name This Place

Clue: Play cup with Dennis? Describe this location, name the nearest cross-streets, and win a Reader T-shirt. Click here to e-mail us your answer — include your name and address. (Deadline, Tuesday, February 12, 2008, ...

Some Brazilian Dude

Name: Antonio Azambuja Lives: Bahia, Brazil Surfing: Thomas Street, Pacific Beach For ten years, Antonio Azambuja has traveled from Brazil to San Diego each winter to surf. “I like the people of San Diego very ...

Morale Savior

Matthew Alice: Who invented the yellow smiley face logo? Is he a millionaire now? — Smilingly Curious, via email Some lucky people choose to make a living thinking up goofy, useless stuff to amuse the ...

Ollie's Big Bike Ride

Furious ball of sweat, elbows, and arse

There’s no outfit so fantastically ridiculous as the too-tight, brazenly colored, and obnoxiously patterned ensemble for riding a long distance on a bicycle. It’s too much. Ostensibly the outfits are colored and patterned wildly to ...

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