Frederick Simson

Benevolent Dictator

My fist shot straight out from my side, crossing in front of David’s chest, and released an index finger, aimed at the driver of the car to my right. It held the pose for half ...

Barbarella Fokos Nov. 15, 2012 @ 10:01 a.m.

Ha! Good point, on both sides. I guess I'm not used to receiving calls from organizations, I usually ignore the landline. Only reason I still have one is because I live on the side of a hill and cell reception can be spotty. Thanks for your amusing and spot-on comments! :)

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Barbarella Fokos Dec. 13, 2012 @ 9:38 a.m.

It was tricky at first, but with consistency, it has worked (going on 4 years!). I explain to my family and friends (and repeat myself each year) that there is nothing I need or want, that I'm not getting anything for anyone, including David, so if they want to make me happy, please save time and money that is hard enough to come by during the holidays (I also mention that if they want to get me something for the sole reason that they want to get me something, do so at some fun unexpected time of the year, when the gift is not laden with social obligations).

Thank you so much for the invitation! But we're going to stick to our new tradition of having a quiet day, just the two of us. :)

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Twister Sept. 1, 2013 @ 1:15 p.m.

And one more thing. Regarding political strategy, forget the hard-core right and left. Concentrate on the unifying (and divisive) principles--issues that will appeal to the Great Middle. For example, the power structure will point to all the "jobs" the convention center will provide. They will be few, temporary, without benefits, and low-paid. The power-brokers will give a bunch of inflated contracts to a few locals--WINDOW-DRESSING! But the big stuff will go to the carpetbagger companies (local, perhaps, but owned by Wall Street tearorists who have second-mansions here, but extract pounds and pounds of flesh from us) which will export out money to offshore accounts. FAT CATS!

Agitate, agitate, AGITATE!

NOW!

Not just musing here amongst ourselves, but OUT THERE, vigorously, ON THE STREET, in the cafes, the buses (and in every place, every mountain-top, hillside and valley), SHOUT IT OUT! Go . . . CHARGE!

OUT with the lap-dogs, and IN with the guard-dogs--even if they are Prima Donnas.

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jelula Sept. 1, 2013 @ 1:53 p.m.

And they still don't understand that we the taxpayers are still paying for the expanded football stadium (unless I missed news that the bonds are paid off), the baseball stadium and, I suspect, the initial convention center expansion, as well as repaying the pension system for the money borrowed to put on a Republic National Convention 16+ years ago! Plus, don't forget the money lost to the Chargers because of the idiotic ticket guarantee!

All of these have a lot to do with the cuts to city services like library hours, public safety employees, park maintenance..... The recent recession just exacerbated the losses.

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Twister Sept. 1, 2013 @ 12:58 p.m.

Don Bauder Aug. 31, 2013 @ 5:52 p.m.

McLovin: Anybody who argues in favor of the convention center expansion either doesn't understand supply/demand principles or doesn't care because the project is taking taxpayer money. Best, Don Bauder

Look--Listen--The devil really is in the details. Or, as Meis van der Rohe said, "God is in the details." Most of "the public" doesn't understand supply/demand principles--they really believe that they won't have to pay for a stadium or convention center, they really believe that "somebody else" will pay those huge sums. They need to be told--again and again and again and again just how much is going to come out of their pockets. They need to be told that government is going to raise (sales) taxes ("temporarily" but actually permanently) and how that's going to raise prices FOR THEM and how their food and everything else (cars, TV's, computers--everything they buy) will cost them more and more and more.

Get out of those ivory towers, y'all!

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Don Bauder Sept. 2, 2013 @ 6:56 a.m.

Frederick Simson: It would be tragic if San Diegans simply caved to the downtown oligarchs and effectively forfeited taxpayer money to scams. Best, Don Bauder

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Yankeedoodle Sept. 7, 2013 @ 5:07 p.m.

Shirley: Not fair, not right, but that appears to be how it is here. Who knows, some day civilization may arrive in San Diego. I thought I saw that day break unexpectedly in November, 2012, but have since been disabused of that notion. They just couldn't stand to lose. So we keep keep voting until we choose they one they want.

As the saying goes, The beatings will continue until morale improves.

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Fancy feast

An upscale dining adventure at Addison Del Mar

Though my man and I dine out frequently, we tend to save the super-high-end foodie adventures for special occasions, such as David’s birthday. Last year, we splurged for what ultimately turned out to be a ...