Content for Tuesday, November 24, 2009

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Annual Dysfunctional Family Thanksgiving Dinner

Many ways of giving thanks

To Be Thankful Requires Humility To be thankful for anything much at all requires humility, I believe. I have little enough of it; in fact, I have a dichotomy common to alcoholics, and that is ...

November 19 Sudoku Contenders

EVIL Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 8. "Sarah Palin's Extended 15 Minutes of Fame is America's Shame !" Jean Bradley, Spring Valley, 8. Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy, but don't enjoy too much Robert Bradley, Spring Valley, 8. ...

November 19 Crossword Contenders

Sheila Agahan-Price, Oceanside, 8. Be thankful, forgive, forget and love one another * Woody Anderson, Carmel Valley, 8. I want on a Cabo cruise just for the food! Mary Arana, Encinitas, 8. Happy Thanksgiving Martha ...

Riding the Storm Out

During the November 23 city council meeting, representatives from the mayor's office and the office of the Independent Budget Analyst presented the city's fiscal year 2010 First Quarter Budget Monitoring Report to city councilmembers. The ...

Yankee Punkers

Since Bumbklaatt formed in 2001, two of the members have lived in Chula Vista and two in Tijuana. To play punk rock in TJ, they rented an empty building to put on shows. But there ...

Posted Property, Brackets, Place Stamp Here, Fuzzy Dice

Hey Matt: And the sign said “Posted, no trespassing.” I could see that it was posted, why does it say that? 2 parter: Talking about parens, what about [ ]? I have seen brackets in ...

Blessings Few

On the Thanksgiving menu: Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, which I was horrified to see is the verbatim title on screen and not just promotional overkill, would qualify as the year’s worst ...

War as They Knew It

What are you reading? “War As They Knew It: Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler, and America in a Time of Unrest, by Michael Rosenberg. It’s about the Ohio State–Michigan football rivalry during the era of those ...

The Spontaneous Quartet

The origins of Quartetto Sorrento date back to the latter half of 2008, when Paula Simmons — violist, concert conductor, and co-owner of the Violin Shop in Sorrento Valley — received an email from Warren ...

Ed Does Lunch

“The Island in the Sky,” reads the Tierrasanta sign. Great. But how come this end of the Island don’t have no buses? Okay, a mile back, I got off a buslet, a bumpety-bump van that ...

Letters

A Reader For The White House I want to commend you for a marvelous, marvelous article on Mr. Bersin and his pattern of operations over the years (“Obama Taps Alan Bersin to Oversee the Border,” ...

As Seen on TV

When Fox TV airs tonight’s episode of its new hit Glee (over two million songs sold online), you may recognize some local ladies in the tough-looking Jane Adams School for Delinquent Girls band, including Emily ...

Fresh Crop

Architecture is a social act and the material theater of human activity. — Spiro Kostof If you told me five months ago that one day in the near future I’d be standing before 500 people ...

Punta Mesa Loop

Clear, late-autumn skies and cool temperatures inland beckon you to visit southwest Riverside County’s premier ecological showplace: Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. The leisurely half-day Punta Mesa loop hike will introduce you to virtually every ...

Who You Callin' Chicken?

I headed to La Mesa for a 40th birthday party. The first thing I noticed was the cake in the backyard: it was shaped like a huge Patrón tequila bottle. A woman named Juana told ...

Barnyard Brew

At Bernardo Winery, 50 large redwood vats have resided in the warehouse for more than a century. Until the 1960s they were used as fermenters, but today winemaker Ross Rizzo keeps the vats as decor ...

Deeper and deeper

San Diego City Council president Ben Hueso has been feathering more than just his assembly campaign’s nest of late. A recently filed disclosure statement shows that he’s been getting big money for his legal defense ...

Operation hat giveaway

“Our Border” (ourborder.ning.com), an online social networking website set up by Obama administration border czar Alan Bersin, is having a contest to recruit new members: “We just want to remind you about the Membership Challenge ...

Cell Phone Serenade

“I am the author of The Source and one of Father Yod’s 14 wives,” announced Isis Aquarian in an email to me last year. She was inquiring about a “Blurt” concerning High Mountain Tempel, whose ...

Meg’s Blue green money

Former eBay executive Meg Whitman, currently running first in at least one poll of voter sentiment in her race for the GOP’s gubernatorial nomination, gave $1.15 million to Valley Floor Preservation Partners. That’s the group ...

Mike Wofford

Jazz pianist Mike Wofford once performed with Michael Jackson. Sort of. “This was when it was the Jackson Five,” says Wofford. “It was a summer TV show. I’m thinking it was about 1969 or 1970…I’m ...

Boughs of Folly

And now for something (almost completely) different: for decades, the San Diego Rep staged A Christmas Carol during the holiday season. On the surface, this year’s yuletide production, The Seafarer, by Conor McPherson, couldn’t be ...

Butternut Squash Soup

Recipe by Chef Martin Woesle, executive chef, Mille Fleurs. I grew up on a dairy farm, and my mom cooked every day for our family of six. We only went out to eat for very ...

Sweet, Wet, Ugly, and Tough

Thirty Years AgoSome people say that the only other thing a lobster fisherman does besides fish is drink. This image of the hard-drinking, hard-working, hardheaded fisherman is traditional, and it might even be true. At ...

Resistance Is Futile

One looks heavenward and cries out, “What have I ever done that deserves having the Detroit Lions thrust upon me every Thanksgiving?” No answer. Has Detroit ever fielded a watchable team? If so, has that ...

Gifts for Teachers

“According to Plato, ‘The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life,’” observed my pal Bernice. “So, you need to reward these heroic teachers who put up with your little rascals ...

Nailbighter (sic)

The Nervous Wreckords — founded by former Louis XIV front man Brian Karscig and Anthony Saffery of the U.K. band Cornershop — have just returned from their first U.S. tour opening for the Killers and ...

Cha-Cha-Cha, It's the Supersuckers

The Supersuckers took the stage just after 11 p.m. for a Sunday-night set at the Casbah. The band began with their signature barrage of near-deafening tunes “Bad Bad Bad” and “I Want the Drugs,” to ...

Only Life

Only Life, the Feelies' third album from 1988, finds Bill Million wandering away from the songwriting, and Glenn Mercer, possibly to fill that gap, pondering more on concrete matters. "Got a ways to go/and so ...