Content for Wednesday, February 1, 2012

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Dr. Bill and GT Surf Hwy 101

A few words about my bike. I call him GT, but his real name is GT LTS 3. He is a brute. He was born in 1998 and listed for $4295. My wife Debra bought ...

Chris Leyva & Black Cherry

“I have a new covers album called 1957 that’s mixed and done,” says busy Blizzard frontman Chris Leyva, who plans to release a new solo CD on Valentine’s Day. His 2008 solo debut, Singled Out, ...

Hanging Up the Hide

“All Leather is no longer a band. No last show, no reunions, no final record,” decrees Nathan Joyner, guitarist of the now disbanded All Leather. With drummer Jung Sing living in Mexicali and synthesizer player ...

Queso Diego: Cheese Heads, Unite

Cheese-lover, cheese-maker, Jedi cheese-master — most of the world’s population falls into one of these categories. Few foods have such a broad range of appeal. I’m so smitten, I’ve considered lobbying to make cheese its ...

Wild Pile at Lion Coffee

“We’re not into coffeehouses like you. But you’d probably ask for a soup.”

Anastasia from Vladivostok brings my waffle. Melissa — her family is from Guam — hands me my coffee. The coffee’s Kona, from Hawaii. The waffle is from…heaven. Sigh. Love a surprise. Here I was, ambling ...

Rose Wine Pub

Rose Wine Pub in South Park caught my attention when it opened about 16 months ago. It was a holiday walkabout night and the cozy bar, which seats about 30, was standing-room only. Wanting to ...

I Say Psychopath, You Say Sociopath

Heymatt: I don’t understand the expression, “You can’t teach old dogs new tricks.” Why? Too lazy? — Man’s Best Friend, via email Dogs have gotten this bad rap since the 1530s. Really. This old-dogs-new-tricks stuff ...

Certain Girl Situations

“I think Hemingway and maybe Bukowski are the only writers who I’ve read all of their books,” says keyboard crooner Sean Davenport, whose new Hills Like Elephants (the name is a Hemingway reference) project is ...

Jolt ’N’ Joe’s Showcase Shame

“Jolt ’N’ Joe’s downtown canceled all entertainment, which included every band night and a comedy night,” says Lenny Morris of his now-defunct residency at that venue every other Wednesday. “It was a real surprise. I ...

Movies: The Grey, Declaration of War, and the Jewish Film Festival

Another buzz-kill week at the movies: wolves, cancer, thoughts of Oscar. Oy vey (yes, let us prepare for the Jewish film festival). Joe Carnahan’s The Grey, about men pursued by Alaskan wolves, will not be ...

Money for Sweetwater Union HS District Board Members Under Microscope

Approximately 500 parents, students, and teachers attended the Sweetwater Union High School District board meeting on the evening of January 30. A cacophony of angry voices filled the Hilltop High School gymnasium. Lauren McLennan, a ...

Let’s Build an Even Bigger Jack in the Box in North Park

Christi Nail has spent thousands of dollars on double-pane windows to keep out the noise and wooden shutters to block out the headlights. She is thinking of building a concrete retaining wall to ward off ...

John Cruz Rides Trade Winds into Anthology

"On the islands, we do it island style, from the mountain to the ocean, from the windward to the leeward side." About halfway through his set, Hawaii's Jimmy Buffet, John Cruz, started singing his signature ...

Eleanor Friedberger, Out of the Fiery Furnaces

Brother-sister act Fiery Furnaces has spent the past ten years earning a reputation as one of the most prolific and confounding acts in indie rock. Their songs, written mostly by Matthew Friedberger, pair classic-rock instrumentation ...

No Kings, by Doomtree

Keeping in stride with the ethos conveyed by recent releases from crew members P.O.S. and Sims, Doomtree brazenly scatter their forward momentum theses across the 12 tracks of No Kings. With five hyper-literate and boundary-testing ...

Buyouts Didn’t Help U-T and Petco

Go, Newt! In your donnybrook with Mitt, please keep informing the citizenry about the rapacity of private equity groups (essentially leveraged buyout firms). I’m neutral on the nomination but feel strongly about private equity groups: ...

The Old Globe’s Recommendation; A Behanding in Spokane at the Cygnet

“Baby, I ain’t chained to a radiator in a room full of chopped-off hands.”

Aaron Feldman’s so connected that when he sits by the pool and the beer runs out, he whines: “No one has texted me in, like, AN HOUR!” He lives in Brentwood, his father’s a big-time ...

Piedras Pintadas Trail

The aptly named Piedras Pintadas (“painted rocks”) trail in Escondido explores a small part of the rich San Diego County Kumeyaay Indian culture and habitat by following a well-marked trail with interpretive plaques. The trail ...

The Over/Under on Mid-Riff

Super Bowl Sunday is upon us. It’s the one time every year when gamblers come out of their closets, fling open their bedroom windows, and shout out, “Yes, neighbor. Yes, Mr. Policeman. Yes, Mr. Employer. ...

Joe Walsh, Analog Man

If you played electric guitar in high school during the 1970s, you probably had your Steppenwolf and Bad Company and Deep Purple and Neil Young licks down, but you also knew some James Gang. Their ...

Lice!

One (horrifying) word: lice. Claudia Alvarez, manager at Hair Fairies in La Jolla (858-459-5423; hairfairies.com) told me that the best treatment was careful removal by hand and comb. “Lice need the scalp to live. They ...

Say Everything and Nothing

Title: Say Everything and Nothing Address: sayeverythingandnothing.com Author: Sean Miron From: Ocean Beach Blogging since: 2012 Post Title: Diaper toss. Post Date: January 22, 2012 Events normally don’t work out like this: I have a ...

Biking in Laos

When I arrived in Laos, I was delighted to find that bicycles are cheap, easy to rent, and can ride anywhere. Finding a bike was as simple as saying to my guesthouse owner, "Bike?" The ...

Suburban Standards

While drilling holes into records, Colin Tappe talks about Standards, a record store he is preparing to open in Vista. “I just wanna do something for North County. That’s where I am, and I like ...

Letters

Short, Sweet Deanna Fridley is disgusting (“The Long and Dangerous Day,” Feature Story, January 26). That is all I have to say. Laurievia email Pagans Popular I felt that I must write in response to ...

Love Is Its Own Proof

A poem by Rumi

How long will you keep on crying, “Where’s my remedy? Where’s my cure?” Whoever it is that’s making you search for a remedy, go look for him. How long will you stay mired in sadness, ...

January 26 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Carl Baltrunas, Milpitas, 8. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 8. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 8. Michael Fabonan, Chula vista, 8. Richard Hutchings, Santee, 8. Ralph Levy, La Jolla, 8. John Markey, San Diego, 8. Hiroshi Miyazaki, ...

January 26 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 8. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 8. L. Barling, El Cajon, 8. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 8. Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 8. * Leslie Chase, Campo, 8. Why is it that our most brilliant ...

January 26 Brainstorm Contenders

Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 8. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 7. * Carl Baltrunas, Milpitas, 7. Help me- I am trapped in a glass factory. Conway Redding, La Mesa, 7. Flo Abena, Rancho Pensquitas, 5. L Barling, ...