Who Cares? I Don’t

There are so many problems with your latest issue that I don’t know where to start.

“Remote Control” keeps changing locations. Why? Enough with that. Keep it in one place already.

Two people are missing from “Off the Cuff.” That is four people shy of what it should be missing. Drop that feature already. We don’t care what six people have to say about some subject. Use the space more creatively (although, I’m not sure “Say What?” works either — who cares about some slang word?).

A pop quiz? Now, your typo thing is fun. If we notice something, we win money. But a pop quiz? What is that? We aren’t in school. And when I glanced at it, I realized I knew the answer to a “Crasher” question. Then I knew another answer. I figured I’d send it in. And I see you want page numbers. Why? Why the extra work? I have to go back and see what page “Crasher” is on, just to prove I read it. You guys are nuts.

The beach booze ban stories. Who cares. These have been done to death.

Cover story on parties was great. Why not more of that?

“Club Crawler” is a nice feature. I like it better than CityBeat’s music listings for each day of the week, but why is this writer always saying things like “Steely Dan is reelin’ in the years and stowing away the time at Pala.” Okay, you know the song lyrics. We’re impressed. It doesn’t work for the piece.

On the subject of music items, why is there a “Blurt” on Cheech and Chong? They aren’t musicians.

Why is there a “Blurt” on Peter Gabriel, from a concert in the 1980s? And this Sanford, he did a great cover story about living on the street and being on drugs. Yet all these old concerts, he seemed to attend. A Cheap Trick one from a few weeks ago had him selling blood to pay for a ticket. This makes no sense. A guy with no money on the street, seeing every concert he writes about. Is it to make him the story? Or to make the story seem more relevant? Maybe an “Off the Cuff” should be done, asking six homeless people how often they go to concerts. I’m guessing they never do, but if any are like Jay, they’re begging for money — not for food or cheap wine — but for a ticket to see Cheap Trick at Canes.

Stephen Root

Talk To The Good Apples

Next time you do a column like this (“Beach Booze Banter,” Feature Story, August 14), you might interview a few beachgoers who have come back because of the ban and don’t need a drink to enjoy the beach. You know, the ones with families? Instead of interviewing bar owners, try a few lifeguards, cops, or paramedics. And maybe a few motel proprietors and property managers who will tell you how their problems have decreased and how their renters really like the ban. Oh, and don’t forget the Park and Rec employees who have to clean up the trash.

Is San Diego the only city in SoCal that thinks it needs booze on the beach to attract visitors? Apparently so, from your article, because all but a couple of the rest have been alcohol free for a long time, and they aren’t suffering. Did you notice how fast Del Mar and Solana Beach wised up as soon as we got the booze off the sand? Go talk to the people at Silver Strand about a “few bad apples ruining it for everyone.” What nonsense.

Bill Bradshaw
Mission Beach

The Cop Gang

Re “Greetings from Tijuana,” cover story, August 7. Thank you for exposing the corruption of the Tijuana police. I myself have experienced numerous shakedown attempts by Tijuana police, who are a criminal gang in their own right. I have traveled down there for 20 years. It is worse than ever. Americans minding their own business walking in tourists areas can expect to be searched and harassed by TJ cops. My advice to Americans, there is nothing down there worth losing your constitutional rights.

Dan Tanna
via email

Our Addicts’ Demands

This article is sensationalist and in bad taste (“Greetings from Tijuana,” Cover Story, August 7). It misleads people about Mexico. Is it possible that 19 Latin American countries (south of your border) produce drugs to satisfy the demand of your millions of addicts and “Americans” share no blame? Come on! You are the biggest drug consumers in the world, and your government has its hands deep in it. It is not fair. The end of the world is the USA. We will see it, soon! I am nothing but a normal “drug free” citizen.

Was the Reader meant for sensationalist articles?

Guillermo Rodriguez
via email

We’re Outta Here

After having a house for 22 years down in Mexico, in between Rosarito and Ensenada, I was really appreciative of that article on Tijuana (“Greetings from Tijuana,” Cover Story, August 7). I sold my house a year and a half ago, and the reason I did was because I got hassled by the cops constantly. I’ve never been in a Mexican jail or prison or anything like that; I’m 50 years old. But between the cops and the thieving when you’re not there at your house, I’d had it. I really appreciate the story.

Chuck Cadena

Older, Wiser

I wanted to thank you and the writer of this article for getting the news out about the dangers in Mexico (“Greetings from Tijuana,” Cover Story, August 7). You hear bits and pieces of this on the lame stream media outlets, but definitely not all that should be reported. I know it’s all about one thing, money. Money from advertisers that say come to Baja, explore the museums, and enjoy the culture, etc. Thank you, thank you, thank you for revealing the ugly truth. Hopefully some tourists will have read this article and changed their plan to go down south for some cheap crap. You probably have saved some lives. Would you like 80 rounds of AK-47 with your smelly leather goods, sir? I used to go down there when I was young and stupid; now I’m so glad I wised up. Keep on reporting on things that really matter.

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Michael Hemmingson Aug. 23, 2008 @ 1:16 p.m.

"..." -- David Foster Wallace, The Broom of the System


msanthropist Aug. 23, 2008 @ 6:17 a.m.

Reply to Bryan Varela (The Language of Politics): It is a common misconception that the Clinton administration was responsible for NAFTA. It was actually proposed and put in the works by Shrub's daddy George H.W. Bush in 1991. He just couldn't get it passed in a single term. (Not to defend the Dems - just more proof that there's not that much difference between them and the repugnicans...)


Barbarella Fokos Aug. 20, 2008 @ 5:46 p.m.

So says Mr. Changer of Locations.


Miss Contradiction. ;)


Ollie Aug. 22, 2008 @ 7:16 a.m.

Somebody go wake Shepard, Potter, and Brizzolera's asses up and get them in here. I want to know what MORE Reader writers think of my skipping around and Barb's quotes.


Ollie Aug. 21, 2008 @ 8:23 a.m.

I'm nothing but a dirty skipper-around-er, it's true.

Since you're a fan of quotes here's one: "Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes)." - Walt Whitman


MsGrant Aug. 21, 2008 @ 8:50 a.m.

My goodness, you Reader writers are on a slippery slope, what with Ollie moving around like a hobo, Jay fabricating up a storm, not to mention Barbarella, you contradicting little minx, you. Steve, Dean and Susan woke up on the wrong side of the bed together.


Barbarella Fokos Aug. 21, 2008 @ 9:33 a.m.

You are right, my friend, I love a good quote. Here's another along the same lines:

"The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them."
-George Bernard Shaw


Jay Allen Sanford Aug. 21, 2008 @ 9:47 a.m.

I did indeed see a lot of concerts during my various homeless periods, a few of them notable enough to now be story-worthy -- check out my recent blog "How I Snuck Into Around 100 Local Concerts" for a tutorial ---


Ponzi Aug. 21, 2008 @ 11:12 a.m.

I saw many free concerts, comedy shows, plays and other events by working as an usher. No pay was involved, sometimes some free drinks and snacks. But I really enjoyed those times, helping people and being able to see sold out acts for free.


Josh Board Aug. 21, 2008 @ 11:59 a.m.

Stephen: You're an idiot. Why do you even care? I was just at a party in National City where a guy said that Off the Cuff was the only thing he reads. Off the Cuff recently had The Mole in it. It had Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue, Michelle Shocked, and other celebs. Not to mention, it was shown a few times on The Tonight Show. And so many newspapers and weeklies have this type of "man on the street" feature.

Cheech & Chong may be more known for comedy but they do songs, too. And Blurt has radio station news, celebrity news, etc.

Bill: I would've interviewed them if I saw them. I had quotes and things that were edited for space. If families felt they couldn't go to the beach because people there drank alcohol, that is about as stupid as the logic of people that felt they couldn't drive because a few bad drivers were on their cell phones instead of driving.

Barb & Ollie: Do you guys have a book of quotes by your computer or do you just pull them out of your head? If that's the case, you need to go on Jeopardy!


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