The internet can be interesting and with the economy we seem to look for deals. So, I signed up with Half Price San Diego, hoping for some coupons. Instead ALL of their e-mails are unintelligible: "

<img src="http://www.halfpricesandiego.com/newsletter/images/header.gif" alt="Half Price San Diego"

I have sent several e-mails pointing out the error and hopeful of a change! Unfortunately, they must have a policy of not replying as I have had no response. Last week I sent a request to remove me from their mailing list. No response & I received their e-mail today. The above is a snippet. The e-mail is over 50 lines and ends with: "You are receiving this message because you have opted-in to our mailing list.
Click here to if you wish to unsubscribe.

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That Click to unsubscribe does not work. If anybody out there knows this organization, please ask them to send me an e-mail in English!!!

I received the Agenda for the next CCDC meeting. Included is an item for the El Dorado Bar located at Broadway & 11th. CCDC staff is recommending approval for live entertainment 7 nights/week. That is bad enough but, the attachments include: "the proposed use is appropriate at the proposed location" and then: "The establishment is located in a mixed use area that includes compatible commercial uses such as restaurants, bars and live entertainment venues. Although residential uses exist in the area where El Dorado is located (this is the good part) the Downtown Community Plan seeks to encourage a high density, mixed use, 24 hour community and live entertainment venues contribute to this goal."

Wow, I cannot believe that residents really want a high density community with live entertainment SEVEN nights a week. I would encourage all who live in the area to either attend the CCDC meeting on January 20 or send e-mails to: Lorena Cordova; cordova@CCDC.com.

I started writing this before the kick-off. I am depressed because I was working on a grocery list for the Chargers Super Bowl party. Even early on in the game the Chargers were not fired up. Either they thought it would be an easy win or they had visions of Super Bowl dancing in their heads. There were plenty of chances to put this game in the win column, but they were stumbling around and Mr. Rivers missed wide open receivers on several plays. Too much thinking, not enough performing!

Tonight was the start of Restaurant Week. I will be at Hexagone with a friend tomorrow night. I am looking forward to a nice night out. I also want to commend Cohn restaurants for their choice in making their menus as appetizing as usual and for the $30 price. There are 60 restaurants charging a $40 price which is doable in 'normal' times. A $40 meal is extravagant and maybe more than many consumers can pay. $30 is much more palatable. There is a small group who, once upon a time, went out during restaurant week to 3, 4, 5, dinners. Now it is difficult to get to more than 1.

This apartment complex has been under construction (paint, flooring, retrofitting the 2 catwalks) for more than a year with the end in sight, if you have perfect vision and can see into the future. Now, the construction will be halted because of rain. The residents living near the catwalk areas have listened to jackhammers, nail guns, hammering. And we had the pleasure of huge amounts of dust, & then there was the smell of paint, glue, etc. It has truly been a year to seriously consider other options (which are few and far between). A big issue here is the fact that some idiotic residents love to break the gate. One reason I chose this place was because it was a gated (locked) community. But, that has not been true for most of my time here. Fixing the gates is part of the construction project, but saved for last. Hoping it gets done soon. Safety of the residents seems not too much to ask of a big ole management company.

So long

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CuddleFish Jan. 18, 2010 @ 5:35 a.m.

Still not grasping the concept, are we?

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auntsandiegospeaks Jan. 19, 2010 @ 6:09 p.m.

What is your vision of "the concept"? Maybe you are right. Can you show me the error of my ways? Thanks for reading, CuddleFish

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CuddleFish Jan. 19, 2010 @ 6:40 p.m.

Very simple. People who live downtown want noise, excitement, 24/7. They know, or should know, that they will have events, clubs, parties, traffic, crowds, continually to deal with, and are even willing to pay more to live in that scene; all big cities have an urban center with interesting shops, restaurants, attractions, a vibrant nightlife. If someone doesn't like that lifestyle, it's pretty stupid to live there, futile to complain, and mean to try to ruin it for the rest of the people who came there precisely to live that experience.

I mean, hello! It's the city. People who want quiet, live in the country!

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SDaniels Jan. 20, 2010 @ 1:29 a.m.

How was Hexagone, auntie? Haven't eaten there yet, but am hoping their provencale French cuisine is good. If you tried any fish soup or a bouillabaise, let us know.

Walked by there last night during the blackouts, and the diners were happy, relaxing in the usual candlelight that the rest of us were scurrying to procure at home. I watched the staff whisper discreetly at the door and gesticulate helplessly outside--possibly about faulty generators? Anyway, all's well that ends well, and the blackout didn't last long ;)

About downtown and noise pollution, in auntie's defense:

San Diego doesn't know how to be a big, noisy city, and the buildings are not fitted for the kind of growth we've experienced over the last ten years or so. We used to live at the Church lofts over on Tenth at B'way, and being on the second floor didn't help smother the street noises, a constant sharp stream of homeless expletive and the 24 hour baptist services next door, which included frequent programs of heavy bass, choir, and speaking in tongues. We couldn't take it, and the church wasn't going to tone it down, or even close their windows, inches from ours where our brick walls faced theirs.

We simply had to move. When San Diego works out the kinks, hopefully condos and apartments and residence hotels will be fitted with thick airport glass where necessary, to muffle the noise, but in the meantime, you may have to make the same choice...

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MsGrant Jan. 21, 2010 @ 1:09 p.m.

There's a terrific place for those that find downtown far too alive for their tastes. It's called Wesley Palms.

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PistolPete Jan. 21, 2010 @ 1:37 p.m.

LOL! There's another place too. It's called the graveyard. :-P

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auntsandiegospeaks Jan. 28, 2010 @ 2:03 a.m.

Whoa there, PistolPete, you want me to die? That's a strong & strange comment. If you find me offensive, don't read my blogs.

Cuddlefish, I have lived downtown for over 10 years, during which the skyline became inundated with very tall buildings, new events, etc. I actully love living here. I just think that the "clubs", rooftop bars, entertainment venues should make an effort to be good neighbors. Common sense would help.

"People who live downtown want noise, excitement, 24/7". I really disagree with you. SD is still going thru growing pains. The condos are empty, the ground floor commercial developments (per City Council?) are empty. Restaurants are closing their doors. FYI, I called The Ivy last Friday and the manager told me they had lots of noise complaints & she would try to fix it!! I am not alone.

SDaniels, thank you for your comments. No details, but it would be difficult for me to move AND I don't want to move.

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SDaniels Jan. 28, 2010 @ 5:43 a.m.

No, he doesn't want you to die, auntiesd. Just ignore it.

You people need to have a little respect for your elders--Pete, especially you--cool it!

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PistolPete Jan. 28, 2010 @ 11:01 a.m.

I didn't mean her specifically. I do however tend to agree with CF in this argument. 99% of the general public KNOW that if you live downtown, you're going to have trouble getting peace and quiet. I'm a city and a country boy. I can take or leave either one. I've lived in downtown Chicago where auntsandiego would have to lock her doors and never leave the house. It was such a rough area that if someone, like auntsandiego, were to call a rooftop club and complain about the noise, chances are that someone like auntsandiego would have such a call traced and such a caller like auntsandiego would end up "disappearing" into a vat of acid.

Bottom line? If you want quiet you have three choices:move to the suburbs(nice little bedroom community), live in a retirement home(Wesley Palms) or just give up the struggle and die already.

When I want my neighbors to know everything about me and quiet, I live in the suburbs. When I want my neighbors to go about their business when they hear the girl next door being raped and killed, I move downtown.

I'm 34 years old as of Saturday. I shouldn't have to be explaining the intracacies of life to the senior citizens...these are things they should know by now....

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SDaniels Jan. 28, 2010 @ 12:19 p.m.

Ok, looking back over Grant's comments, I see you were punning on the idea of "alive" as in lively, etc. However, it just isn't cool to joke about death to your elders--we'll all be there one day, right? And we hope the younger people will have a little respect for us. You may think that you shouldn't have to explain the intricacies to senior citizens, but that's just it--you don't know yet how confusing things can get when you get older. Physiologically, it becomes more difficult to follow all points of an argument. I'm not saying that auntsandiego is senile--I'm saying that you should cut her a break, and perhaps just leave her alone. There are plenty of people "your own size" to pick on.

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PistolPete Jan. 28, 2010 @ 1:26 p.m.

You're very right, SD. I will be old someday. However, if I ever get that senile, I hope someone close to me has the decency to take me out back ala Old Yeller because it's worse to leave a vegetable on death's doorstep alive then to shoot him and get him out of his misery once and for all.

As for picking on someone my own size, I'm not picking on anyone. I'm simply telling auntsandiego that if she doesn't like the noise of the city, she should get the f*** out.

I respect senior citizens who give me a reason to respect them. The Hanbook of Daily Living says nothing about giving respect for respect's sake or giving respect because of age. I don't play by kind society's rules, SD. I play by my rules because how I live my life affects my life. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRvCvs...

I walk these streets With a loaded six-gun on my side I play for keeps Because I might not make it back

I've been everywhere And still I'm standing tall I've seen million faces And I've told 'em all To f*** off

'Cause I'm a cowboy... On an asphalt street I walk I'm wanted(wanted)...dead or alive

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PistolPete Jan. 28, 2010 @ 1:31 p.m.

I wake up in the morning And I raise my weary head I got an old coat for a pillow And the earth was last night's bed I don't know where I'm going Only God knows where I've been I'm a devil on the run A six gun lover A candle in the wind When you're brought into this world They say you're born in sin Well at least they gave me something I didn't have to steal or have to win Well they tell me that I'm wanted Yeah I'm a wanted man I'm colt in your stable I'm what Cain was to Abel Mister catch me if you can I'm going down in a blaze of glory Take me now but know the truth I'm going down in a blaze of glory Lord I never drew first But I drew first blood I'm no one's son Call me young gun You ask about my conscience And I offer you my soul You ask If I'll grow to be a wise man Well I ask if I'll grow old You ask me if I known love And what it's like to sing songs in the rain Well,I've seen love come And I've seen it shot down I've seen it die in vain Shot down in a blaze of glory Take me now but know the truth 'Cause I'm going down in a blaze of glory Lord I never drew first But I drew first blood I'm the devil's son Call me young gun Each night I go to bed I pray the Lord my soul to keep No I ain't looking for forgiveness But before I'm six foot deep Lord,I got to ask a favor And I'll hope you'll understand 'Cause I've lived life to the fullest Let this boy die like a man Staring down the bullet Let me make my final stand Shot down in a blaze of glory Take me now but know the truth I'm going out in a blaze of glory Lord I never drew first But I drew first blood and I'm no one's son Call me young gun I'm a young gun

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SDaniels Jan. 28, 2010 @ 1:50 p.m.

Do you really think I am going to read all of those lame lyrics from a dumbass 80s song? HA!

"I play by my rules because how I live my life affects my life."

Spoken like a truly selfish, deluded person. It's called "society" for a reason, Pete.

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SDaniels Jan. 28, 2010 @ 1:50 p.m.

or was it a dumbass 90s song? Either way, you can't live your life according to a bunch of song lyrics, Pete--or can you? ;)

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PistolPete Jan. 28, 2010 @ 2:12 p.m.

Mama always said I could do what I wanted when I was an adult...

Selfish? Who isn't selfish in their "deluded" way? We're ALL selfish sometimes in life. As for society, f* society. I don't go out of my way to be an ahole but if I'm doing something that someone doesn't agree with, they MAY get a piece of my mind.

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MsGrant Jan. 28, 2010 @ 4:37 p.m.

Auntie's cool, I have no beef with her. Only the NIMBY mentality, especially when your back yard is shared with thousands of others. I'm just saying.

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auntsandiegospeaks Feb. 3, 2010 @ 12:51 p.m.

All right, enough. I did not think I would engender 'punching bag' status. PP & CF, You seem to skim over the part where I say I love living downtown. I was here long before the tall buildings, rooftop bars, etc. I also have occasion to actually go to those places. I definitely am aging, as we all are, and I am not the least bit senile. Just set in my ways.
MsGrant, NIMBY is a very common reaction. So, picture this: a LOT of strangers decide to move into your backyard, just to get some sleep every night. There are arguments, fights, a broken window in your "house". You really cannot do anything about it and a bad experience colors your feelings. Homelessness is an issue across the nation. I do not have the answers. It is a very difficult, many sided problem. PP, I plan to be around for a long time yet.

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MsGrant Feb. 3, 2010 @ 1:12 p.m.

No, Auntie, I was not referring to the homeless, which this blog had nothing to do with. Living in the OB area, I have encountered severe homeless situations and realize what a terrible problem it is. This is to what I was referring:

"I received the Agenda for the next CCDC meeting. Included is an item for the El Dorado Bar located at Broadway & 11th. CCDC staff is recommending approval for live entertainment 7 nights/week. That is bad enough but, the attachments include: "the proposed use is appropriate at the proposed location" and then: "The establishment is located in a mixed use area that includes compatible commercial uses such as restaurants, bars and live entertainment venues. Although residential uses exist in the area where El Dorado is located (this is the good part) the Downtown Community Plan seeks to encourage a high density, mixed use, 24 hour community and live entertainment venues contribute to this goal."

Wow, I cannot believe that residents really want a high density community with live entertainment SEVEN nights a week. I would encourage all who live in the area to either attend the CCDC meeting on January 20 or send e-mails to: Lorena Cordova; ">cordova@CCDC.com."

You were presuming that all downtown residents think as you do regarding these plans, which is not well, and the point was that many move downtown precisely for the excitement and nightlife. Other than that, again, no beef.

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PistolPete Feb. 3, 2010 @ 1:47 p.m.

I can totally respect YOUR POV, auntsandiego, however it differs from mine. I wasn't refering to YOU specifically when talking about senile people. I don't think YOU'RE senile nor that old. When I refer to someone specifically, I'll include that person's name. I don't talk in semantics(most of the time when not joking around)or in code.

YOU make it sound as if the downtown area can't grow because YOU decided YOU wanted to live in a sleepy part of that particular downtown. That's not how life works. I've lived downtown and although it was too small and too quiet for my tastes, I realized that it was nice living in a place where I had to lock my doors and tell the homeless to f*** off.

YOU made YOUR bed when you moved in. Now you don't like the view from YOUR window. Again, real life isn't going to stop because YOU don't like the view.

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SDaniels Feb. 3, 2010 @ 3:11 p.m.

Uh, Pete,'semantics' isn't something you can escape, unless you are planning to start speaking "dog" or "seal." ;)

When you tell auntsd "YOU made YOUR bed, now lie in it" it seems like useless ire--and she already told you that none of that stuff was there decades ago when she moved in. Plus, you've said it. What's with the repetition?

So she is active against zoning certain things in her area? So what. Listen, folks, at least she isn't JUST complaining; she goes to meetings, she looks up zoning laws, and generally just gets involved--right?

This is the impression I get, auntsd, so correct me if I am wrong.

Anyway, that's also life in the city--people fighting zoning laws, and fighting to get or revoke licenses of all kinds, for different reasons. It is just the way it goes--everyone angling to have a say in it, and affect what happens.

Putting someone down for getting into all that--again--just makes no sense.

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