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Streets of Central Tijuana Replaced

After months of digging and upheaval, the streets of El Centro de Tijuana (the downtown center) are accepting maiden voyages. All the primary downtown traffic conduits have undergone radical reconstruction and improvement. Dug-up streets where ...

Now You Know: The Last Years

“I joined the band to become a bartender,” says singer John “Moon Boots” Thompson of ’77-style punk band the Last Years. “I think that’s how it works.” Moon Boots once tended his dream bar, Tower, ...

Sludge Scene Rising in San Diego

“We wrote a sludge opera and called it Blind Dead,” says guitarist-drummer Sam Lopez. “Mandy sings.” She also plays bass. “Esteban sings. It’s got six acts. We recorded it, but we don’t know what we’ll ...

Nifty Ninety

When it comes to staying young, a mind-lift beats a face-lift any day. — Marty Bucella My laptop sat atop the piano, two windows open: one displayed sheet music for an advanced, chord-heavy version of ...

Here's the Deal: Til-Two Club

A good friend of mine has this theory that In-N-Out Burger employees are actually reanimated dead kids from the ‘50s. Think about it. They’re hardworking, way too nice, and have names like Bucky, Peggy Sue, ...

Letters

Straighten Those Facts It’s always good to get media attention for the plight of 50,000 seniors that live in poverty in San Diego County and the Angel’s Depot mission to feed them. However, Matt Potter ...

La Jolla Shores Has It All — Surf, Sand, and Sea Creatures

For beachcombing, tidepool exploration, and all-over suntanning, the coastal stretch north of La Jolla Shores can’t be beat. This coming winter’s extreme low tides (typically a tide of -1 foot or lower) are especially conducive ...

Old Spice Is New Again: Deodorants

My son walked into the room, and I nearly passed out. The aroma from his Speed Stick deodorant was overpowering ($2.99 for 3.25 ounces at Walgreens). I’d prefer body odor to that heavy, cheap-cologne smell. ...

Go Stuff Yourself

Thursday 25Go stuff yourself. Friday 26It’s Black Friday, that vortex of consumerism that sucks us into the holiday shopping season. Go easy, you don’t want to throw out your credit-card sliding arm this early on, ...

Harry Potter: Anything Goes

Movies invade us, and we invade them. It’s a personal transaction. When the Harry Potter film series launched, my children were close to the ages of kid Harry and his new chums at the Hogwarts ...

How a Trip to Tijuana Changed My Heart

Your Dad Has Lost His Mind

Last November Conrad, my father-in-law, sent me an email, a long one, stating that he was in love. Considering that his studio apartment was situated in Point Loma, a short 15-minute drive from our home, ...

Thanksgiving Edition

Thanksgiving is thought of as family time. But, we all know Thanksgiving is more than family, bigger than family. Thanksgiving means the NFL is coming at you with three rock-’em sock-’em football games running from ...

One Thousand Ways to Die

Dead of night. Dead of the week. Dead of November. At 1:15 a.m. I am looking north at the unhurried, shimmering serpent of Highway 163, up from Mission Valley to a borderland of gaudy neon ...

Red Lights, Slow Time: Storyville at the Lyceum

‘What is our town coming to?” asks Mama Cecelyn. “We got whores, pimps, drug addicts, murderers, and liars in Storyville. But now we even have horn thieves amongst us. Mmm. Mmm. Mmm.” She just put ...

Roy Ruiz Clayton vs. Leonard Cohen

Folk troubadour Roy Ruiz Clayton was raised in the steel-mill town of Fontana, California, before moving on his own to San Diego at age 16. “I started writing songs while playing guitar at an early ...

"I Like My Own Poems," by Jack Grapes

I like my own poems best. I quote from them from time to time saying, “A poet once said,” and then follow up with a line or two from one of my own poems appropriate ...

Pedways to Tomorrow

Thirty Years AgoToday, the casual visitor to the north part of University City remarks two major features: the University Towne Centre and the vast open spaces surrounding it. Tomorrow — or so it will seem ...

Bees! of Jim Wells County

Bees! The Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Office locked down Ben Bolt Middle School in early October after a yard worker disturbed a large nest of bees across the street from the school. Ben Bolt Fire ...

Flight to Athena Rerouted

For San Diego pop-rock band Flight to Athena, most of the summer was spent alternating its course. In June, guitarists Pat Alcoke and Stephen Colbertson disembarked to stay closer to home. In July, the remaining ...

3D Rock, Featuring Slash

“We converted the original video into 3D for Slash and did the deal with him,” says Steve Glum of PassmoreLab on Morena Boulevard. The Bay Park–based company, founded here in 2003 by Greg Passmore, produced ...

Steve Poltz’s Dream House

Ask Steve Poltz how he would like to be remembered, and he doesn’t hesitate: He says he’d like to be thought of as a guy who brought people together. He explains that his audiences are ...

Highland Avenue Baptist Church

Membership: 300 Pastor: Emilio Meza Age: 55 Born: Coahuila, Mexico Formation: Golden State University, California Years Ordained: 15 San Diego Reader: How long do you spend writing your sermon? Pastor Emilio Meza: I spend all ...

Gold, Newspaper Ink

Heymatt: How did gold become the “metal of choice”? Even back in the ancient days it was revered. Why not lead, tin, copper or...? Who or what made gold the precious metal? — Doug Blackstock, ...

Freeway-Side Revelations

Author: Charles Arsenault Neighborhood: Spring Valley Age: 30 Occupation: Electronics technician (seasonally at McMurdo Station, Antarctica) The judge had sentenced me to many hours of hard labor. He hadn’t mentioned the complete lack of intelligence ...

If I Could Have, I Would Have Lived at the Ballet Studio

I still live for the holiday season. I love hearing The Nutcracker Suite. But it’s a different feeling now. I am not jolted by adrenaline but filled with sadness because something is missing. People still ...

No Cigar for Craft and Commerce

Craft and Commerce occupies the spot in Little Italy where a wannabe trendy restaurant named Illume briefly bloomed and died, trying to be a magnet for the hip young crowd moving into the nearby condos. ...

An Anthology by George MacDonald

In such evil case I believe the man would be glad to come in contact with the worst loathed insect: it would be a shape of life, something beyond and beside his own huge, void, ...

Taharat al-Qulub by Izzadin Abu Mohammad Abdal-aziz

My God and my Lord, eyes are at rest, stars are setting, hushed are the movements of birds in their nests, of monsters in the deep. And Thou art the Just who knoweth no change, ...

Mental Illness Meets a Bullet in Normal Heights

Anné Josefson walks toward a table outside the Starbucks in La Mesa’s Grossmont Center, carrying a black three-ring binder. Clasped inside are two 11-by-24-inch pictures of her son, Nathan Manning. She opens the binder, displaying ...

Don’t Lien on Me: The Pala Band Tries to Return to Warner Springs

In 1903, Native Americans who had occupied Warner Hot Springs and surrounding land for many generations were forced by the United States to evacuate in a three-day trek called the Trail of Tears. But a ...

Party Time for Darrell Issa

The nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation’s “Party Time” website, which tracks fund-raising celebrations by members of Congress and their sponsors, is out with a list of invitations to events held by House Republicans vying for the power ...

Chamber of Commerce Wages

It hasn’t been the greatest of political years for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. Its last-minute, closed-door deal with Mayor Jerry Sanders to pass the sales-tax-raising Proposition D backfired when proponents failed to ...

November 18 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 7. Draw line in the sand- tax cuts 4 rich- absurd! Peter Bartkiewicz, Chula Vista, 7. Elections in November, it's the best time to pick a turkey! Loren Boyer, El ...

November 18 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 7. Thomas Baggot, Carlsbad, 7. Chargers can beat the Broncos! Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 7. I'm angry whenever I find someone more apathetic than myself. Betsy Cory, Chula Vista, 7. My ...

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