Also, one last thing, the ribs are not charred like you said; they are tender and fall off the bone. The barbecue sauces — house and spicy — are better than a lot of places’ out there now. (Won’t mention names.) We always ask for extra when we take home our leftovers. I like to end this with House of BBQ, five stars.
Tokeli is a truly great talent and now a bit of a visionary (“Free-For-All,” Blurt, June 11). Whether or not she is serious about offering her rather significant talents (I was at the show and blown away) for “free” or not, I can tell the readers that those of us in the entertainment business have been there and are doing that very same thing albeit kicking and screaming.
Not only did Napster and others eternally change the way prerecorded music has evolved as a business model a decade ago, VOD (video on demand) is now flirting with the very same concept of “free” with movies and favorite TV series. Check out the story in The Wrap on a new company, Zillion TV, that has just signed up a major studio and will offer their content free of charge. Putting aside the concept that if an artist is truly passionate about pursuing their craft, rewards will follow (with monetary hopes), this concept of “free” is here to stay and for those innovative enough to figure out a way to make that work, they will be the pioneers of the future.
All Tokeli needs is an audience to hear her music, and now there is no excuse for anyone to miss her amazing show. She will survive — go see for yourself!
Money No Object
Why in the world would you concern yourself with who paid for what for the Idol return (“Mad World,” Neighborhood News from Stringers, May 21)? That is ridiculous. Adam is a hometown guy and this is the article he gets for working so hard to make his town proud of him? You should be ashamed; it is a disgrace. Keep in mind the teachers salaries are ongoing — Adam was a one-time event. Big deal. If you had some positive articles running about this talented young man your hits on this site would be tremendous. I found this article to be very sad.
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Baloney Sighted Offshore
Regarding “Searching for San Diego’s Sea Turtles and a Job” cover story of April 30, I heartily laugh at all the letters of protest coming in on behalf of author Nasreen Atassi. I can spot a phony baloney a mile away! Last week’s letter from Misty bemoaning the deeper misunderstanding of Nasreen’s story and negative criticism of it was a crock. I bet that was Nasreen herself, writing the letter in defense of her questionable skills. Neil Allen of Normal Heights: Let’s call a spade a spade! Nasreen’s writing sucked — there were no layers of meaning or “unique view and style.” It was just plain bad. The Reader should know better than to publish shit like that when there are so many better authors out there (such as myself) with far better stories to tell. To add insult to injury, the Reader puts this dreck on the front page!
Now I am sure Neil Allen of Normal Heights and If do not wish to beat a dead horse or kick someone when they are down. Let’s suffice to say people are entitled to their opinions. But they should be sincere ones not hiding behind false names or friend’s emails. Nasreen, call off your dopey relatives and friends. Try and write something worthwhile next time. And no more letters that are obviously written, if not by you, then by your cousin!
In reading your article “Eyes on the Freeway” (Neighborhood News from Stringers, March 19), it’s apparent Caltrans may not be disclosing the entire story. I drive the stretch of the I-5 freeway from near the U.S. border to Carlsbad on a fairly regular basis, and these freeway solar-array–powered devices extend all the way to the border on both sides of the freeway, every few miles.
I hope the Reader will follow up on this story by contacting Caltrans and obtaining a list of venders (and their contact information) supplying the various components of these vehicle-detection devices. Perhaps then we will be able to ascertain for certain whether the information Caltrans is supplying the Reader is actually true. I have my doubts. I have photographed these devices numerous times and have noticed a company logo on some of what appears to be transmission units (as opposed to detector units): it is a stylized globe printed on a blue foil background of the earth outlined in white with white lines of latitude and longitude. Printed across what would be the equatorial region in bold white letters is “EIS” — maybe this information will be helpful in trying to identify what the actual purpose of these freeway devices are.
I would be pleased to supply any photos I have.
Normally, I love Naomi Wise’s well-written, thoughtful, and often entertaining reviews. However, this time I had to agree with her that “the state of local North African restaurants [in San Diego] came as a shock” (Restaurant Review, March 19). In fact, I am not surprised at all, since she seems to think that North Africa includes Ethiopia. I’d be shocked, too, having lived in Morocco, if I had gone to an Ethiopian restaurant expecting couscous bedaoui or chorba. North Africa is generally considered to include Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, and the Western Sahara, with Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya making up the Maghreb. While these countries have some dishes similar to those of Ethiopia, North African cuisine is quite distinct. If Ms. Wise is looking for a good local offering of Moroccan food, she need look no further than Kous Kous on Fourth in Hillcrest.