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No automotive white zin

The bro has an iconic vehicle, the hipster does not.

Dear Hipster: Everyone associates hipsters with fixed-gear bicycles, albeit sometimes unfairly, but why isn’t there a strong association between hipsters and any particular kind of car? — Donny Urban hipsters admire the boxy lines of ...

Drainpipes 'n' winklepickers

Skinny, but not that skinny.

Who is this Elvis Presley character you speak of?

No internet naïveté

DJ doesn't need a stinking blog.

Dear Hipster: How come you don’t have a personal blog? I thought all hipsters had to have personal blogs, or at least Tumblrs. I might read it, if that’s any consolation to you. — Bernie ...

Heed old uncle Polonius

He borrowed, but maybe she shouldn't lend.

Dear Hipster: I don’t know why I’m writing you about this, but maybe you can advise. I’ve been dating the same guy for about two weeks, give or take. I like him a lot, but ...

Nary an elf

Distance yourself from the seething masses with artisan wrapping paper.

DJ: What should I do if my wife and I want to wrap gifts for friends and family but we don’t like the usual holiday motifs? Call me crazy, but corpulent Santas and stylized sugarplums ...

Borrego Badlands, here we come

Seeking out Fonts Point and Inspiration Point in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Hike along this cliff edge for a spectacular view of the western and southern badlands.

Artisanal, handcrafted bends

Stick-candy knowledge bomb.

Dear Hipster: How do they make the stripes on candy canes? And when was the candy cane invented? And why canes? — Angie If I may condense a lot of accessible information into one super ...

Hipsters don't ski

Even irony can't make a frozen mountainside more appealing.

Dear Hipster: I just got back from an early-season ski trip with my kids’ families. Let’s just say it’s been a long time since I hit the slopes. Ski fashion has changed...a lot. I don’t ...

Fear not the White Elephant

Guidelines for the perfect ungift.

Dear Hipster: My company’s holiday party will feature a White Elephant, and I want to put something cool into the gift pool. I’d rather give people a laugh than a crock pot, if you know ...

Decision at the Overlook

See rare “elephant trees” and a view into the desert wilderness.

You might want trekking poles for that descent into Indian Valley.

Desperate roommate, filthy liar

Sometimes a message in a bottle is not enough.

Dear Hipster: How do I get my roommate to wash more dishes? She always says she will do it “later,” but then the dishes pile up and pile up and she’s “too busy” to clean ...

Way, way before they were cool

CJ McMann is on his way to Polite Provisions, or the 1913 World's Fair. Whatever.

Dear Hipster: Is this man on his way to Polite Provisions (see attached picture)? — Dryw Keltz I recognize that guy! That only looks like an old-timey illustration. In fact, it’s a heavily filtered Instagram ...

Aw...Bill Cosby, too? Right in the childhood

Dear Hipster: You used the phrase, “right in the childhood” a little while back. What does that mean? I could probably Google it, but I want to hear your explanation. — Dave, Bonita The scandalous ...

Squeezed by tradition

One does not simply shed the uniform of the 21st Century hipster.

Dear Hipster: Can I be hip if I can’t get “into” skinny jeans? They lack the drape of classic denim, and are so tight fitting, one might as well be wearing Spandex. — James Let’s ...

Appeal to "illegal tax" every year

Hope lives to overturn Cal Fire's semi-rural "Fire Prevention Fee"

This month, property owners in the county’s semi-rural areas are receiving their annual $150 bill for the state’s “Fire Prevention Fee.” Since the per-parcel fee was enacted in 2011, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association has ...

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