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Tolerating Zona Norte

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/oct/15/54861/ The gritty streets of Zona Norte provide clear boundaries when you enter and exit, you don't need street names. ...

On Crossing and Crossing

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/oct/05/54323/ The other side of the street feels more like a motel is supposed to feel, or a hotel, which ...

Ted, Please Beat Your Wife More Quietly

This could have been any day here in Baja, really, but it wasn’t. It was on a Friday night. My ...

Curse Of The Gypsies

We have a dog now, this is such an American thing to do; to have a dog in the house, ...

Powis Castle

It was nineteen hundred and ninety four, when dinosaurs apparently still roamed the planet Earth and my Spanish wasn't all ...

Either Side Of The River

It starts slowly here in Baja. The sky, normally blue with an occasional puff of a cloud, fills with more ...

Dirty Old Town

I met my love by the gas works wall Dreamed a dream by the old canal I Kissed my girl ...

In Case Of Continued Irritation, Discontinue Use

Junior High School was a zoo. I hated it. I remember gym class, it was the first time I met ...

Savior

The rumor was that I wanted to kill my ex-wife, as I am certain that many in such a position ...

Engineering

The days seemed simple a couple of weeks ago but they ground like shifting gears, with the morning gray casting ...

Gimmick

"There it was. The unbearable thing was not the fear that the Great Spirit had forsaken man, nor even that ...

Notes From A Second-Story Window

The kids that roam this neighborhood are terrorists. Of course, we were all such terrorists when we were kids, at ...

Of Soil And Blood

Call me Prometheus. That brilliant, hot, burning orb in the sky was trying to kill me one week ago, but ...

Requiem For A Fellow Cynic

"A cynic is just a disgruntled idealist." ~ Ian Orteza, 2006 * * I was born in San Diego, California, ...

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