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Stories by Siobhan Braun

He kept snaking me

Blatantly frisky dolphins...only at Black’s

NAME: Jackson Lettow AGE: 15 LOCATION: Scripps Pier FAVORITE SURF SPOT: Cardiff or Scripps on a big day with no wind I distinctly remember going out one day with my dad when I was about ...

Closed in this box of El Cajon

East County Middle Easterns

Speaking English is eighth on their priority list.

Trump is a farce, Bernie is a farce, Hillary is a farce

Still, it would be pretty s#!t not to vote.

When a presidential election season rolls around, my husband and I make an effort to avoid voicing our opinions. Our political views have been in contrast for the past 18 years. In the beginning of ...

I know when it’s my turn

Surfing Cardiff

Sixteen-year-old Julie Schuman, a Cardiff native, ranks among the top three spots in the lady longboarders 18-and-under-category. She has been surfing since she was six years old. “There were always a bunch of kids out ...

"I don't get people being vibey."

A special board, just for El Niño

Name: Bob Thomas Age: 57 Occupation: English as a second language, San Diego Community College District Lives in: Ocean Beach Surfing: O.B. Pier “This is my favorite spot. I live down the street. My buddies ...

We had no idea that our first pig was going to lead to all this

Slowly, the population of Grazin’ Pig Acres grew

If you make a right onto Dye Road off SR-67 north, past a sign advertising midget wrestling, tucked amidst dusty chaparral and dirt roads, you’ll find Grazin’ Pig Acres. A kitschy “Pig Lover” sign announces ...

Art in every corner of San Diego

There is so much more to San Diego than a good tan and 70 miles of coastline. We are a city overflowing with creators, dreamers, and breathtaking natural beauty. In San Diego, art is found ...

Donald Trump is the enemy

Miss USA vs. Miss America

“Miss USA girls want to grow up and become lingerie models. Miss America girls want to be doctors and lawyers.”

A mournful National Dog Day in Ocean Beach

Maltipoo shaken "like a chew toy," killed; attacker's owner splits scene

Regina Lovato liked to take her Maltipoo (Maltese-poodle mix), Aria, and her blue pit bull, Yates, to Ocean Beach’s Dog Beach nearly every afternoon. Since Aria was attacked and killed by a black Labrador-retriever mix ...

When you're guilty til proved innocent

The Innocence Project wants to help

The California Institution for Women in Chino is dusty and dilapidated. It looks like an abandoned high school outfitted with razor-wire-topped fencing and look-out towers with armed guards. At 8:00 a.m. on an overcast Saturday ...

Worst. Roommate. Ever.

Cohabitation frustration

No fun with mushroom girls and those on China time.

Guitars, Banjos, and the American Dream

Local luthiers.

At Sam Radding’s shop, the twang was destined to meet.

Combat boots storm campus

Docs, vintage style, and trendy takes on the durable classic

Fashion always recycles itself as evidenced by the proliferation of high-waisted pants and the return of stonewashed denim. It’s no surprise that the 90s grunge-girl staple — the combat boot — has resurfaced in a ...

The otherness that burdened my mother

My mother first stepped foot in America in 1957 at the age of six. She was porcelain-skinned and freckle-faced with a shock of curly red hair. My grandfather waited on the tarmac as his family ...

Is there anything to hate about San Diego?

America’s Finest bitch fest

A childhood friend of mine from Chicago recently admitted that she unfollowed my Facebook feed. “In February Chicago had its coldest month on record since 1875! We froze our asses off. Looking at pictures of ...

99% of what we catch we throw back

Accept the craziness of the lobster fisherman

Never name your boat after your wife.

Sneak peek for the Week

So Cal creators share their spring/summer designs in advance of fall venue change

Fashion Week San Diego hosted its spring showcase at Harrah’s Casino on Saturday, March 14. Attendees were given a sneak peek of styles from 25 different designers whose designs will walk the runway next fall ...

Parks and art and recreation

Among the barrel cactus and desert agave of Borrego Springs you’ll find a peculiar site: a herd of Gomphotheres and a 350-foot sea serpent slithering out of the sand. These, and 138 other larger than ...

Thank you, Matthew McConaughey

Watch your burn rate.

When Jon Carder became a multimillionaire at the age of 26, his mother thought he was a drug dealer. “For a good four years, she thought for sure I was selling drugs. I bought a ...

Local gift guide: Lady edition

San Diego spots provide great options when shopping for her.

Christmas shopping can be such a hassle. I have the tendency to avoid malls during the entire month of December. Parking is a nightmare and sales people are overworked and grumpy. Luckily for San Diegans ...

Local gift guide: Dude edition

Skip the mall and shop local.

Gift giving for the dudes on my Christmas list is a challenge. My husband is a minimalist, so anytime I ask him what he wants for Christmas he shrugs and says, "Nothing." While he acts ...

Thrift pros and scores

Dedicated thrifters know how to take advantage of the deals in SD's many vintage and discount shops.

San Diego is known for its great weather, beaches, and craft beer. I think we need to add another item to that list — thrift stores. From the row of resale shops in Hillcrest on ...

Pulling off that Monday Morning look

What casual collegiates wore at SDSU.

SDSU on a Monday morning is a sea of fashion mediocrity. The campus is sprinkled with students wearing sneakers, joggers, yoga pants, tees and top knots. I get it; I do. No one likes Mondays, ...

Cute, not crass

A very Street Style Halloween costume guide

Every fall, the costume industry rolls out a fresh crop of sexified costumes for the ladies that range from the unintentionally hysterical to the downright absurd. Skimpy is fine, but a lack of creativity is ...

Festival style on Adams Avenue

“I made them from my dead cat’s bones.”

Ever notice how groups of friends often share similar tastes in style? I ran into several groups of ladies who wore complementary frocks at the Adams Avenue Street festival. Lein Gage, Lora Mathis and Daliah ...

Spotted: Dapper, trendy, casual-cool

Get ready to feel some cute-couple envy.

If it were up to me, my husband would dress like he stepped out of a J.Crew catalogue. However he prefers to wear tees that say, Fact: Clowns Eat People paired with cargo shorts and ...

Pint-sized to lady-like

Report from day two of SD Fashion Week.

Here’s what you should know about Fashion Week San Diego — Allison Andrews, the show’s founder/producer, is not attempting to replicate New York Fashion Week. FWSD is the laid-back, unpretentious version. You will not find ...

Beach Blanket Banter

Teens talk about drugs, sex, and college.

At 17, she could pass for 21. Her wild brown curly hair is streaked with turquoise highlights. A cluster of freckles sprinkle the bridge of her pierced nose. Abby wears a 1920s-inspired emerald-green tropical-print bikini. ...

A special significance

San Diegans show off their tattoos.

Tattoos are so mainstream. Gone are the days when the rebels and counter-culture characters among us were the only ones sporting ink. In San Diego, trendy tattoo parlors like Remington in North Park and Full ...

Put a lid on it

A photographer, an artist, and a musician talk about the hats that complete their looks.

Hats can make a creative man. Pharrell's Vivienne Westwood vintage hat worn to the Grammys has since become a Halloween costume option. Slash’ has been wearing his iconic top hat, that he famously shoplifted prior ...

I never wear the same thing twice

What they wore in Little Italy.

In Little Italy, Lien Nguyen held her fluffy Maltipoo, Kali, close as she made her way through the crowded Saturday morning Mercato on Cedar Street. Nguyen was on her way to brunch with her husband. ...

A world of style in City Heights

Fanny packs, Somalian dresses, and hijabs

Mother/daughter pair, Madina Mah and Khadija Musame, infused some serious style into the City Heights farmer’s market with their beautiful and vividly colored traditional Somali Bantu dresses. 21-year-old Mah told me that she always dresses ...

SDSU international students discuss American fashion

Aussie invasion on campus.

While enjoying brunch in San Diego, I found Australian (and one Brit) SDSU students Alice Himelstein, Bridie Davey, Sarah Astrada, Becky Oaks, and Sierra Callaway enjoying a break from studying. The five friends had some ...

He sees dead people

A local psychic explains his work

Clients and friends of David Roesch describe him as male version of the Long Island Medium. According to him, He has seen dead people since childhood. “After having scarlet fever as a child, and being ...

Meetup

Groupthink.

If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good. — Dr. Seuss

Flying in style

Red Hat ladies, a paintballer, and a writer

"I have missed four flights already today," Oliver Lang tells me with a heavy sigh as he adjusts the straps on his canvas backpack. He is on his way to Frankurt, Germany to play in ...

Stay weird, Ocean Beach

Eclectic style found on young visitors to the quirkiest beach neighborhood.

While most coastal communities have a defined beachy-boho coastal style, Ocean Beach has always been one-of-a-kind. Known mostly for its peace-and-love, hippie vibe, OB is one of the few San Diego communities where you will ...

You’re totally coming to our housewarming party

The life of a home inspector

Upon meeting Steve Lettow at his El Cajon home, I immediately notice two pink flowers and a small green leaf tangled in his hair. When I point them out, he says, “Sometimes it’s worse. When ...

Short shorts in La Jolla

What the tourists and locals wore

I love La Jolla in early August. The weather has yet to reach the sweltering early-September temperatures and the heavy crowds of June and July have thinned out a bit. There is some terrific shopping ...

Pacific Beach skate style is timeless

Locals and visitors show the beach 'hood isn't just for surfers

Pacific Beach isn’t only for surfers. Drive down Garnet and you’ll find groups of skaters. Head down to the boardwalk and they are sprinkled amongst the beach cruisers, joggers, and Segway-riding tourists. According to Izzy ...

Allowable radiation

Life in nuclear medicine

As a high school student, Tina Ash wanted to be a nurse. “Our local hospital sponsored a nursing shadowing day for area high school students. I was assigned to shadow the oncology ward. In-patient oncology ...

Comic-Con after hours

Many of the Comic-Con attendees I have spoken to this year have said that their favorite aspect of the four-day event, apart from cosplaying, is hanging out at the clubs and on the streets of ...

Bikinis everywhere

All, apparently, from Victoria’s Secret.

Mission Beach is one of the few cities were you can get away with wearing a bikini to the grocery store, out to lunch, or on a leisurely bike ride. It’s the go-to wardrobe staple ...

The characters of Comic-Con

Comic-Con is here and the streets of the Gaslamp are overrun with zombies, Assassin Creed junkies, comic book lovers, Pokémon characters, and various superheroes. It is, hands down, the very best opportunity for some amazing ...

Nice smile, nice job

After spending nearly a decade as a stay at home mom, Kelly Grosse decided to jump back into the work force. Only, she had no idea what she wanted to do with her life. After ...

Music is all I do

You don’t need a Top 40 hit to make a living in music

The pay grade of a professional musician may be one of the most varied out there. A musician’s income can range from millions to getting paid in beer to perform at a pub. The Bureau ...

A good place to be a model

Competition is fierce, but the pay is good in California

California is a good place to live if you are considering pursuing a career in modeling,. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2013 California is the third highest paying state for models. ...

When two closets become one

Ocean Beach pair join forces for the perfect looks

There is nothing better than a best friend that has similar dimensions and the same style sense, because inevitably two closets become one. Jamie Trumper’s and Coral Treamer’s wardrobes are interchangeable. The best friends meet ...

Things to do

What do you mean you’re bored?! An anti-ho-hum compendium.

Jetpack America Want to feel like Superman? After a training video and in-office instruction, strap on a jetpack and take to the air. During the 15- to 60-minute ride, the water-jetting pack can go as ...

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