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Content for Thursday, November 9, 2006

News & Stories

The justice of gratuities in San Diego

Groucho Marx in A Night at the Opera: Do they allow tipping on the boat? Steward: Oh, yes sir! Groucho: Have you got two fives?Steward: Yes, sir. Groucho: Well then, you won't need the ten ...

November 9, 2006
My subsequent career at the Piggly Wiggly as frozen-food manager is still under investigation.

What really puts the God in TGIF? Crappy jobs, of course. The Lowardaah...works in the shadow of sufferngaah...and the kingdom and the glory that is Far-Ry-Dayaah...would verily be cast down among those weepingaah and them ...

November 9, 2006
The Reader's Eye on Television

It's Halloween night, and I live in a residential area. I'm sitting here in the dark. I can hear the little bastards outside, clamoring for candy. I've got a party to attend, and while I ...

November 9, 2006
Man on a Mission

Has his sexism perhaps crossed over from fiction into reality?

November 9, 2006
I.B. Is O.K.

Singer/guitarist Allen Camp says Misguided Children "spent a lot of time in a van eating peanut butter" in the late '80s, early '90s. The high point for his hardcore punk band was when Eddie Vedder ...

November 9, 2006
Stirring the Pot

"Kids spend a lot of time listening to the radio and DJs are considered role models, so it's a major issue when DJs flat-out promote marijuana use," says Dannah Hosford of the Youth Advocacy Coalition. ...

November 9, 2006
Where Beer Is Cheaper

Five years ago, Camp Pendleton "E" clubs (the E stands for enlisted) hosted civilian bands for the entertainment of U.S. Marines. The manager of one of those clubs, Tracer's, would book three punk bands on ...

November 9, 2006
If Not Gravel, What About the Sand?

After four decades and 20 albums, Tom Waits, a 1968 graduate of Chula Vista's Hilltop High, is arguably the most substantial music figure to emerge from the San Diego area. Ever since the Eagles made ...

November 9, 2006
Yeah, I Perform in Diapers and Pajamas

"Some people tell me, 'No way I'm hanging out in a fag bar to see a punk rock show,' " says Davit Buck of the Homeless Sexuals, who appear at Hillcrest's Brass Rail tonight. "I ...

November 9, 2006
Disenfranchisement of the Rabbit-Eared

The FCC ruled last week that KSDS/"Jazz 88" can increase its signal from 3,000 to 22,000 watts of power. KSDS general manager Mark DeBoskey says that by March his straight-ahead jazz station will be heard ...

November 9, 2006
Ain't Seen Nothin' Like a Fresh-Baked Muffin

When Aerosmith appears at Coors Amphitheatre tonight, "under no circumstances will the purchase of alcoholic beverages be allowed as a show expense." They want the hospitality room stocked with chicken tikka pieces with yogurt and ...

November 9, 2006
American Vulgar: The Politics of Manipulation Versus the Culture of Awareness

American Vulgar: The Politics of Manipulation Versus the Culture of Awareness WHAT THE PUBLISHER SAYS: Robert Grudin is what might be called a lyrical philosopher. From Time and the Art of Living (1982) to The ...

November 9, 2006
Back When

Thirty Years Ago PERSONS WITH very large or very small heads needed for alpha wave study. Contact Basic Science Building, 3045, UCSD, La Jolla, 92093. State name, phone, head size. WERE YOU IN the Mayfair ...

November 9, 2006
Explore the wilds of Cougar Canyon, tucked into a remote, northern corner of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

Anza-Borrego's Cougar Canyon is a place where new worlds open up at every turn. There are more gorgeous sights to see along a half-mile of this canyon than in a full day's hiking in most ...

Running on Empty

“No questions. No sermons. Always spaghetti and meatballs.”

November 9, 2006
All Saints Episcopal Church, Hillcrest

It wasn't so much the 22 candles being lit for the High Mass celebrating All Saints' Day at All Saints' Episcopal Church; it was the guys lighting them: two strapping young Polynesians in floor-length black ...

November 9, 2006
Racism

I have no recollection of the following incident, but my mom enjoys telling me about it often: When I was about two years old, my mother's African American friend Larry came into town to visit. ...

November 9, 2006
T Minus 14

As more of us work longer hours, increasing numbers of restaurants are ready to rescue us from our T-Day time-crunch by serving Thanksgiving Day dinner, either to eat-in or take home. To snag a table, ...

Three Dog Night

There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in. -- Deepak Chopra Five bucks an hour was big money. It was couples' Bunco night -- I stood to ...

November 9, 2006
Hot Chocolate

"Oh, and pumpkin pie is out. This year, I want chocolate. Nothing but chocolate." Uncle Max is at it again, ruffling feathers throughout the Kelly family chicken coop. He does love to see the older ...

November 9, 2006
David Young in Botswana: Into the Bush, Part 1

Maun is in the north of Botswana and is the capital of Ngamiland. The last 500 kilometers of tarred road arrived in the early 1990s. It has a reputation of a frontier town and a ...

November 9, 2006
Helen Copley's Legacy

In 2003 and 2004, as Helen Copley lay gravely ill, Copley Press hired the Washington, D.C., firm of Capitol Tax Partners to lobby for lower estate taxes. According to U.S. Senate disclosure records, the newspaper ...

November 9, 2006
This Dog Was Fixed

For two years, the stock of retailer Petco Animal Supplies has been a dog because management has been screwing the pooch. Since 2000, it has piled up debt so insiders could make fat and fast ...

November 9, 2006
The Right of Way Is the Wrong Place

Every election season, my father sinks a wire-framed campaign sign into the strip of grass between his sidewalk and the street. Every election season, an unseen enemy steals it. Dad replaces the sign. The enemy ...

November 9, 2006
Survivor’s Song

Reno wrote his newest song, “I Still Love You, Pluto,” with his six-year-old daughter Mandy.

November 9, 2006
Everyone Gets into the Spirit

'When I listen to music, I pray about it and ask the Lord, 'Is this something You want me to do? Give me the steps to go along with it,'" says Steve Beard, director of ...

November 9, 2006
Banana Man

The Saturday before Halloween, I had over 50 party invitations. Folks in Murrieta said they'd prepare a guest room for me. Another invite enticed me with strippers on stripper poles. I chose five parties to ...

November 9, 2006
From Zero to Stunning

'The trick is to get the wines before they're trophies.'

November 9, 2006
Good Jobs

Spot quiz. How many of the following names do you recognize? Suzy Kolber, Michele Tafoya, Andrea Kramer, Lisa Guerrero, Armen Keteyian, Colleen Dominguez, Jill Arrington, and Jeanne Zelasko. If you said "zero," you're a normal, ...

November 9, 2006
The Hardworking Nose

Hey Matt: Why does it seem that my left nostril churns out more products (boogers) than my right? I know that people can be left or right handed, and some people are right-/left-eye dominant. Is ...

November 9, 2006
Lawn and Short of It

Hey Matt: I got to do something to postpone my least favorite chore: mowing the damn lawn. And weeding, trimming, watering. And everything else that has to do with all that miserable vegetation around my ...

November 9, 2006
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