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Stories by Various Authors

If everybody had an ocean

Surfer Girls Female wave-addiction pioneers. Some women have always surfed. Three hundred years ago, Hawaiians of both sexes rode the waves, and when the sport moved beyond the islands, when the Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku in ...

2016 San Diego Guide to the Arts

Saving our souls

Relevancy for the less-than-rabid — Ian Pike The Cali-Baja art scene — Chad Deal Art spaces that cultivate communities — Barbarella Fokos Beyond selfie curation — Deirdre Lickona The theater scene has rhythms — Jeff ...

I like to be in America

The Guest is Like God One Sunday in November 1989, Barry Lall, an Indian-American doctor, was driving over the Coronado Bridge with his wife Hema, their four-year-old son Arjun, Lall's father and mother, and a ...

To be Mexican

Reina's Story North County's sex slaves. In April 2001, 15-year-old Reina was leaving her home in Tenancingo, a high-plateau town west of Mexico City. She was happier than she’d been in a while, traveling north ...

Home, sweet home

Site 151’s Four Million Dollar Mansion Wealth has nothing to do with luck. Ralph Genovese doesn't use the word "mansion" to describe the three dwellings he will construct on a mountaintop in Rancho Santa Fe. ...

Sports

Crash, Crash, Crash A handsome rookie roars around Cajon Speedway. Like two dancers executing half a pirouette, the two 3000-pound late-model Sportsman-class stock cars spun out side by side, squealing their tires, as their rear ...

The violent life

The Death of Judy Huscher The body lies in a position of repose, a 12-year-old girl in pajamas, on her bed, in Fallbrook, California. Her blue eyes, though open, see nothing, and for ten more ...

Top music stories of 2015

Out with the old and in with the new — from venues to radio stations

John Lennon's guitar found in San Diego Julien’s Auction House in Beverly Hills calls it “one of biggest finds in music history.” Intravaia and McCaw found video of Lennon playing the guitar and noted several ...

Top 15 Reader stories of 2015

Tiny houses and AirBnB rule the day

Barber-slash-slasher gets ten years in jail Vaughn didn't know the barber, Daniel Roberto Flores, who was the only other person in the shop. When Flores insisted on trimming Vaughn's beard with a straight razor, the ...

Relationships

Women Think That Men Are Hairy Women Who cares if the hunter leaves home hungry? I was about to participate in a seminar where women spend two days learning about men. I mentioned my upcoming ...

Top food & drink stories of 2015

San Diegans care about beer just as much as food

Maine lobster in North Park Pete’s Seafood and Sandwich brings the crustacean. The lobster roll had good-sized pieces of knuckle and claw meat from a Maine lobster, served chilled on a griddled New England style, ...

History of San Diego

My Highschool Days With Lester Bangs When Lester Bangs moved to Detroit to join the staff of Creem magazine, we kept in touch with letters and phone calls that came less and less often. The ...

Relationships

If I'd Been Born a Woman “Don’t be such a girl.” I hear the boys taunt each other at the playground near my house. “Don’t be such a girl.” Nothing could be worse. Most men ...

Mexico: Five or so years ago

Smugglersville “The cops mess with us. The thieves mess with us. Everybody messes with us.” I was hobbling back from the store with a liter of milk, when I saw three young men sitting on ...

The look of the city

Who's in Charge Here? SDSU’s Paseo project is in a tangle. It was touted as an urban village, akin to a combination of Horton Plaza and Point Loma's Liberty Station, at the doorstep of San ...

From the music archives

A Pit Stop on the FM Band The San Diego radio blues. 6:00: Our listening session kicks off about a third of the way into "Take Me Out" by Franz Ferdinand. You know, past the ...

The bars of El Cajon Boulevard

Look for the pink glow and smoke

The wild west end: Park Boulevard to 805 — Chad Deal They sure do cuss American: 805 to 15 — Ian Anderson Shots are a dollar when an ambulance drives by : 15 through 56th ...

Food history

Cornucopia: Stephen Pacciola's Edible World “You’re eating bug excrement.” Stephen Facciola and I are standing in the parking lot of a Middle Eastern grocery in disheartening Anaheim. The streets are eight lanes wide. The blocks, ...

It's a job

Candy Man Stephen Traino’s life is sweet. "I was crossing the street in my old hometown of Fairport, New York, to get some candy," Stephen Traino admits, "and the next thing I knew, this car ...

Crime in the new millenium

Crazy About You A former UCSD psychiatric resident with questionable habits. The date was September 27, 1991, and Dr. Stephen Gould, a La Jolla psychiatrist in private practice, wrote a memo regarding an unpaid assignment ...

San Diego sports: a look back

Foul Ball: The local mood of our national pastime It’s six o’clock in the evening on July 21, and the brilliant blue of the late-afternoon sky over San Diego is bleaching at the edges as ...

Relationships

What is Beauty to the Blind? They were being murdered by the light. I watched and said nothing. When we began our lunch, the sun was just burnishing the windowsill. It was a hot day ...

A culinary history

Food we had

Tacos Are a Tiny Taste of Temptation Eat up, little burros. Fancy wimmen are okay, but there's nuttin' like the real thing: a nice warm adobada taco on a nice cold night beside a nice ...

Mexico over the years

Greetings from Tijuana A mile east of the Tijuana International Airport is an area police call El Fin del Mundo, the End of the World, where drug-cartel assassins dump their victims. Both Mexican and American ...

A brief history of the San Diego music scene

The Hardback Lester Bangs Somewhere between life and literature. I think it’d really be groovy to give the readers an idea of what it was like growing up in El Cajon and reading Burroughs and ...

Editor's choice

Udo was gone German cyclist killed at Camp Pendleton by North County Transit bus Udo and his new cyclist companions were riding on a shoulderless stretch of a two-lane road, between two low-lying heavy guardrails. ...

Mother Nature

Everybody's Got a Favorite Bug "I asked Bob Parks to name his favorite wasp. Ammophila: after all these years. Perhaps it was her (the wasp Parks was observing was a female) shape that first drew ...

Feast: San Diego Restaurant Guide

Strap on the feed bag!

Food and Drink County, U.S.A Beach Towns Downtown Little Italy & Old Town The Mesas North County Coastal North County Inland Uptown Best of the rest

Feast! The Mesas

Culinary explorations in the land between freeways

Adventurous eaters know to dig deep into Kearny Mesa, Clairemont Mesa, Mira Mesa, Linda Vista, and Miramar for hidden joys and authentic Asian restaurants. And while some are launching more convenient outposts closer to a ...

Feast! North County Inland

Growing foodie movement in the county's northwest corner

Food chains and family restaurants once dominated the dining hours of Escondido, Rancho Bernardo, and Poway, and the rest. But a growing foodie movement looks to change this. They've added some quality midrange fare to ...

Feast! Beach Towns

Ocean-side eateries are stepping up their game

If BEACH TOWNS never offered better than fish tacos and carne asada fries, we'd all be fat and happy. But gentrification always brings a taste for something more, and even the Beaches Ocean and Pacific ...

Feast! Uptown

Best restaurants from the Heights to the Parks

From Mission Hills to Kensington, in Heights both Normal and University, and in Parks North and South, UPTOWN residents don't rest on good looks or thick pocketbooks. They thrive on personality and artful presentation. So, ...

Feast! Downtown

Best restaurants in the Gaslamp and East Village

The ultracompetitive restaurant landscape around the DOWNTOWN neighborhoods of Marina, Gaslamp, and East Village leaves little room for error in what's already a risky enterprise. The mere fact these restaurants survive recommends them. That they ...

Feast! Little Italy-Old Town

Middletown's best restaurants

These days Little Italy offers some of the best food in town, or at least the most photographed. The neighborhood keeps serving up hits, almost eclipsing the tried-and-true eateries that sit between its shiny new ...

Feast! North County Coastal

Restaurant scene blossoming along the county's northern coast

Along 20 miles of coastline between Del Mar and Oceanside you can find food aimed at surfers, yogis, young families, and millionaires. Del Mar and Solana Beach give fine dining spectacular views, Carlsbad embraces the ...

Feast! Best of the rest

Worthy restaurant spots from East County to South Bay

Foodies living close to the city's center are waking up to the fact that there are excellent reasons to drive all over this county. Reader feasters have caught on to worthy spots in East County, ...

Our clothes, our bodies

When Shirts Talk Clothes make a statement. I have this shirt because my husband says that I'm the slowest mountain biker in the world. [The shirt] says, "Behold the Turtle." By Cruz Medina, June 30, ...

World history pawns

For Whom the Bell Tolled A Spanish Civil War story Dave Chriss balances a Scotch and water on the arm of a crushed-velvet chair in his Mira Mesa living room. He awaits the arrival of ...

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Reader stories that trended back in the day

Apple Knows Who Stole Your iPod Anti-Big Brother attitude runs through technological community "Apple could go so far as to mess up an iPod internally, making it useless." By Cruz Medina, Aug. 31, 2006 | ...

Editor's picks

Stay Away From Pinto Canyon Surreal signs of life in the desert. The drawings were stick figures of men, rectangular grids, and most notably, a tall sailing ship, complete with a mast and furled sail. ...

Investigative reports

What You Do To Get Ahead Juan Vargas’s lobbyist love-fest Vargas has continually hit up industry lobbyists for campaign cash, although he runs virtually unopposed in a safe Democratic district. State disclosure records show Vargas ...

Staff-written issues

Blubbo's World Reader writers and other friends remember Steve Esmedina. "Blubbo, oh Blubbo, where do I begin? You’re dead, gone, laid out rotting in a casket somewhere in the ground; and if that’s just your ...

Neighborhoods

Block Party In 8 years, home prices went from $320,000 to $750,000 and back. How to build an old-fashioned neighborhood. By Matthew Lickona, Nov. 10, 2010 | Read full article North Park vs South Park ...

Nature

The World Is a Cactus The dramatic evolution of evolution. “A cactus will take a bullet just like a person, because of the thickness of their skins and all the water in them.” By Geoff ...

Craft cocktails

Understand the spirit

If San Diego had an official drink, it would almost certainly be a beer. Something hoppy. (How is there not an America’s Finest Brewery in town yet?) Which leaves San Diego cocktails free to represent ...

Religion

There Is One God We’re not Arabs or Hindus or Muslims, we’re Sikhs. "The equality of all people and all religions is central to our faith. We didn't want to seem as though we were ...

Our bodies, our clothes

More Than Support Breasts and bras. “I first started to notice breasts when I was ten years old. Not my own, because I didn’t have any yet, but my mother’s. I had seen my mother ...

The Reader's funniest stories

The Smell of the Crowd Who goes to theater and classical music concerts, broken into types. "Her pierced earlobes hold up elaborate, finely wrought mobile sculptures with the most cunning miniature Japanese temple bells in ...

San Diego history

American Primitive A Julian shoot-out Memorial Day is the anniversary of a gold fields shootout [in 1989] known in the Julian back country as "The Chariot Canyon Massacre." Five men opened fire with assault rifle, ...

Editor's picks

Follow Me What’s going on in City Heights’ Waldorf School? On a hilltop playground in City Heights, a woman in a pink wraparound apron and straw hat is walking. She looks like an American mother ...