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Stories by Various Authors

How I live my life

Life on San Diego bungalow court, do we really want to buy a house, I'm fat, so what, those returning gifts at Horton Plaza after Christmas, the orphans of San Diego shopping malls

Houses and Homes He was on the verge of asking her to marry him, because she loved him more than anyone. He'd admitted that he was hooked on her loving, and then had extended the ...

San Diego's drug past

Meth, sherm, crack, heroin, ecstasy, glue, paint ... you name it

Your Mind Might Think It's Flyin' Stories from the Meth Capital “Most of the time when I was doing meth, we were always eating fast food, because you don’t want to cook. Your kitchen’s always ...

San Diego food chronicles

Karen Krasne's desserts, Mira Mesa's Donut Touch, and life of a banana at Apple Tree Market

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Donuts Crullers require very hot water in the mixing, 120 degrees. The mix is sensitive, and many shops do not carry these miniature snow tires. But Ben prides ...

Music of the 1970s

Tom Shaw, Tom Waits, San Diego reggae and disco, the Penetrators

What do Leroy Smart, Haile Selassie and Dave Allard Have In Common? Allard moved to Rainer's, on Broadway in downtown San Diego, and before long he created a store within the store. Mr. Ratncr had ...

San Diego gangs: Lomas, Red Steps, Crips, Oriental Killer Boys

Plus Danny Dean Wilson of North County, Vicente, Huero, and a meditation at Holy Cross Cemetery by Junior Garcia

Speedy Claims Lomas, the Law Claims Speedy “Me and my homeboys were hanging around the hood [neighborhood] when some of my homegirls came up and told us they wanted to jump out [the gang ritual ...

All about El Cajon's Lester Bangs

El Cajon classmates Robert Houghton, Roger Anderson, Andrew Hamlin on Lester; rock writer Richard Meltzer and fellow Creem writer on Lester; Altamont with Lester

My high school days with Lester Bangs Lest anyone think that I have a few bones to pick myself, let me make clear that I wish neither to trash Lester’s personal or literary reputation nor ...

A history of San Diego institutions: theaters and museums

The Rep, the Timken, MoPA, OMA, the Historical Society, Lamb's Players, and the Balboa Theatre

The Archive “During the war, film was rationed and there were many prohibitions placed on photographers for security reasons, so a general lack of photographic material from that time is to be expected. That’s when ...

Black in San Diego

Blacks imagine they are white, growing up Negro in San Diego, San Diego black barbers, 19th century San Diego for blacks, Black Power in San Diego

A Whole Different Story If I'd Been White "When I first lived on Logan, it was nice and then it turned bad. I lived right on the corner, and the cars would zoom on by, ...

Memorializing the Vietnam War

Refugees arrive at Pendleton, San Diegan deserts to Stockholm, Agent Orange victim, Brute Krulak on early war, Hilltop High grad meets classmate in war, Marine starts at MCRD, gets wounded in war

Camp without Joy Vietnamese have been brought to Camp Pendleton. The Camp Pendleton that sent Marines to Danang in the first place, just 10 years ago. With little imagination, you could think it's sort of ...

Original ideas

Houses next to San Diego freeways, how homeless keep warm at night, Reader writer goes to Coronado prom, alien workers at Encinitas Home Depot, homeless talk about Mom, roadside memorials

Grrrrrrrr Ennis says she enjoys where she lives and doesn't think about the freeway raging 50 yards from her front door. "My general thought about this neighborhood is I really like it because we do ...

Sports celebs

San Diego's own: Florence Chadwick, Ted Williams, Archie Moore, Maureen Connolly, Bobby Riggs,Pancho Segura, SEALS spy for Koch, and a peek inside Padres' lockers

For more celebrities, click here. For author celebrities, click here. For thinker and artist celebrities, click here. For public figure and fraud celebrities, click here. Against the current Florence Chadwick in and out of the ...

San Diego scandals are nothing new

J. David, Dick Silberman, Larry Luchino, John Moores, David Malcolm

Assault on Montserrat In hot pursuit of the J. David Dominelli story, San Diego reporters ran into crafty cabdrivers, ferocious dogs, paper-thin walls, and — worst of all — each other. By Thomas K. Arnold, ...

So Seventies

Pt. Loma's Body Shop. Strawberry Alarm Clock, encounter groups, ride-sharing, communes on 55th and in Spring Valley

Body Shop Nude dancers in Loma Portal. The place was crowded and smoky. As Heidi started to dance, wearing only a belt of gold coins low on her hips, some of the men at the ...

Poised to burst into flame

1970 Palomar fire, firefighters who commit arson, 2002 Pines fire, 2003 Cedar Fire, 2004 Campo fire, deadly Hauser Canyon fire

Red Sky The 1970 Palomar Mountain Fire. In the chaparral-covered hills east of San Diego, Saturday, September 26, dawned a burnt orange. At 6:15 that morning, the first day of deer-hunting season, two hunters reported ...

What it's like to come to America

Guatemalan gardeners, San Diego's French ex-pats, Sudanese Lost Boys in Coronado, African entrepreneurs in central San Diego,

Guatemalan Dreams of American Green Every day at 7:00 a.m., Mateo (names in this article have been changed to protect the immigrants) wakes up next to Maria, his longtime girlfriend. Most mornings, he hops out ...

Tacos

Good-mood food

Asada days and adobada nights — A little taste of Loreto in San Diego. by Mary Beth Abate Tacos where you least expect them — Looking beyond standard tacolandia. By Ed Bedford Taco mecca — ...

Best of Blog World, 2005

Rachel Pink, Manhattan; Allen Boudreaux, New Orleans; Sam, Mississippi; Elisabeth La CoQuette, Paris; Landismom, New Jersey; Phil Corless, Idaho

Rachel Pink in Manhattan My blog, Rachelpink Rides the Bus, started as a lark over a long weekend. At first it was an exercise in self-restraint. I thought I was talking too much, talking all ...

The best of What the Chef Eats

Vodka penne from Coronado's Rhinoceros, spicy chicken from Fifth and Hawthorn, tortilla soup from Johnny Mac's, jambalaya from Jamroc, orrecchiette from Arrividerci, cilantro tuna from Onami

Penne a la Vodka We created this recipe here in the restaurant a long time ago and it is our most popular dish. We get calls from people who want this recipe to serve at ...

How we handled 9/11

9/11 perps party in San Diego, local draft-age men not ready to fight, Bin-Laden brother in San Diego, Al Qaeda effect on travel, San Diego Muslims and non-Muslims on 9/11

Terror party The Sunday People, a London tabloid, is out with what it says is a true account of the local strip-club revels of Khalid al-Midhar, Nawaf Alhamzi, and Hani Hanjour, the three terrorist hijackers ...

Believers

PC Christmas at the San Diego IRS, Salvation Army, the Resolved in Pacific Beach, Temple Beth Shalom, Chula Vista, Vajrarupini Buddhists on Bankers Hill, Bound4Life, Ramona

"We want to go where people are. We don't expect people to come to us. In [Pacific Beach], people are at the bars, parties, and drinking beer, so this is where we go."

Animal friends, domesticated

The cost of dogs, life with cats, poodles are not dogs, what chickens teach, D., the duck, secretive cockfighting in North County

Love Bites Sam and I drive back to the dog room in El Cajon. By now, Sam has racked up a total bill (vets, food, clothes, general destruction, trainer, vaccination shots, equipment) in excess of ...

The Baja that you never knew

Attempt to escape bribe, wax museum, missing poet, motorcycles for common man, an angry PANista

Big Bite Gary Sehnert works as the United States representative and distributor for several wineries in the Guadalupe Valley ten miles inland from Ensenada. Though he operates from his home in Little Italy, his job ...

Authors speak

Truman Capote letters, Jack Kerouac journals, Amy Lowell poems, Swimming with Scapulars

Too Brief a Treat: The Letters of Truman Capote "Why did Capote dislike Gore Vidal so much?" "He didn't dislike Vidal so much. He didn't hate Vidal the way Vidal hated him. They rubbed each ...

San Diego's natural side

Hilliker's Egg Ranch in Lakeside, Julian apple survivors, David Faulkner on West Nile, Bear Valley ostriches, how to kill squirrels, how to eat cactus and other wild food

In Lakeside, Chickens Make Good Neighbors You can't use your nose to find the ranch because the sharp ammonia odor you may associate with chicken farms is absent. Harold Hilliker, second-generation owner of Hilliker's Egg ...

Remember the San Diego Union-Tribune?

Histories of the Copley family, ailments of Helen and David Copley, the Palestinian Tom Gores who bought the U-T, end of the Neil Morgan era, new U-T headquarters downtown

All in the Family This story begins in 1951, with a brief liaison between Margaret Helen Kinney and John Hunt. She was a stenographer and he was a clerk at Borden dairy company in Cedar ...

Inside East County

Developers eye sleepy Descanso, Volcan Mountain logged, Lakeside Rodeo's cowboys, San Vincente fish shocked, Boulder Creek water fight, Cameron Corners for sale

Developers Eye Sleepy Descanso It's only 35 or 40 minutes from downtown San Diego to the junction of Interstate 8 and State Route 79. And just a couple of minutes north of there lies the ...

North County tales

Dangerous Wildcat Canyon, creamy Fallbrook avocados, Torrey Pines Rd. bridge, west Ramona's grasslands, how is the Coaster doing?

Grisly Grinders in Wildcat Canyon Goodwin acknowledges that Wildcat Canyon has developed a reputation for being a dangerous drive and offers this explanation. "It's a two-lane roadway, it's very windy, it's up and down. Maybe ...

Editor's choice: 2002-2004

San Diegans talk about their tans, smuggled aliens who die in crossing, Balboa Ave. dragsters, James Hartline's campaign against gay baths, our foreign cabbies

I'd Never Marry a Pale Girl On a sunny afternoon in June, Mark Davis is peeling off the top of his wetsuit after taking a swim at La Jolla Shores. Davis, 23, just returned to ...

San Diego's music makers and shakers

Sometimes organic, sometimes orchestrated

This city is brutal — Booking = Gambling. By Dryw Keltz You could learn to be a rock star — From seminars to jazz camps to rock-n-roll schools. By Dave Good Haydeé Jiménez was born ...

Unusual Baja

Tijuana monuments, the changes in the past 20 years, sewage problems, cadaver dissection, the flower sellers of Revolucion, Tecate train station

Tijuana Dream Tracker "Just like Florence, just like Rome, Tijuana, too, has its monuments." Professor Julio Rodríguez steers his blue Ford through Zona Rio, gesturing at one statue after another. "And what are monuments? What ...

To be African American

Black nostalgia market, Black Power history, black style, Afro puffs

Generations My mother was a jazz fan. Her mother, Florence Hawkins, sang onstage (her signature piece was "My Man Bill"), and her showgirl aunt, Caroline Snowden, was a name star in the earliest moments of ...

Hi-Tech

San Diego hackers, Craig Venter, amputees feel missing limbs, UCSD body hacking, Arduino (the tinkerer's friend), app for finding gun carriers

H is for Hacker Like many hackers, David Nakamura Hulton goes by more than one name. His other one, his handle, is h1kari. Some people say you shouldn’t ask a hacker what his handle means. ...

If everybody had an ocean

Girl surfers, San Diego's first surfers, New York surfers, UCSD surf camp, obsessive surfers

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

Indian motel owner, Vietnamese boat-person novelist, SDSU devout Moslem, those who leave water for migrants in the canyons

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

Sex slaves in North County, Tijuana bodybuilders, cool TJ spots, Club Campestre abduction, violence uptick, a love letter to Tijuana

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

Del Dios highway custom home, living with my son, San Diego County coastal lots left, four years after Cedar fire, La Jolla liberal in Clairemont

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

Cajon Speedway, B-ball at PB Rec Center, NFL tragedies, Lakeside's Jarrod Boswell, 1969 Padres look back, SDSU football scandal

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

Fallbrook teacher poisons daughter, skateboarder Neil Heddings and his son, stabbing of Voice & Viewpoint editor, women killing mates, abortionist Bertha Bugarin hid body

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

What women think of men, June-December romance, divorce the second time, Mom's cancer, when your love is in prison, San Diego twins

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

Lester Bangs, Vince Miranda, San Diego 100 years ago, race in 19th century San Diego, shooting of Some Like It Hot, San Diego drive-in theaters

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 a woman, San Diego lovers on love, teen romance, internet romance, San Diego African-American family, single mom fights for her child

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

Smugglers seen from Tijuana, partiers take back TJ, hip and delicious Baja, Mexican cartel stages kidnapping in Chula Vista

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

SDSU Paseo project, building of Rancho Santa Fe, how Otay changed, Tijuana's beautiful gardens, downtown San Diego highrises, future of Mission Valley

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

San Diego FM radio, local jazz greats, Lennon memorial, Reader writers' faves, Tijuana's Ginny Silva, San Diego 90s music

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

Stephen Facciola's Cornucopia, dumpster diving, San Diego's top chefs, what restaurant workers eat, RIP Eleanor Widmer, where local produce comes from

Cornucopia: Stephen Facciola'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, ...

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