A Puzzle, A Dog, And A Smoke

I just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed reading the article entitled “I Never Inhale” (Cover Story, September 25) as I was sitting on my balcony watching the golfers on the 18th hole while smoking a Hoyo de Monterrey, which I purchased from an Internet company. Nothing better than a good cigar, the Reader puzzle, and your dog by your side. Life is good.

Glen D. Cournoyer
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Moving Targets

Reading the article “Road’s End” (“City Lights,” September 25), I had to laugh. Of course participation in the Rosarito Ensenada Fun Bicycle Ride is down. Who wants to get shot at, raped, kidnapped, or worse while riding your bike? City officials and business leaders in Rosarito think they have received bad and unfair media coverage??? I guess in their mind, the truth hurts — business that is.

To blame you and the rest of the media for hurting Mexican tourism is a joke. They need to take a step back and look at themselves in the mirror. There’s so much crime and corruption down there, they should only be blaming themselves. The public relations director for Rosarito, Ron Raposa, better start looking at all the crime in his city as reason for the demise of the bike ride instead of the so-called biased, unbalanced, and unfair reporting. Who the hell wants to go to Mexico???

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Seven-Year Survivors

My husband and I (both in our 60s) have lived in Mexico for several years. We have a cliffside beach home that would cost several million in the U.S. (cost us $385,000) and are surrounded by beautiful mountains and ocean bays, see dolphins and whales from our balcony. We are 250 miles south of the Arizona border in San Carlos, very close to Guaymas (state of Sonora). We travel by car on the toll road from here to the border on a monthly basis to visit family, and I have traveled it alone several times.

Last year we visited 25 states of Mexico, covered 7000 miles, for a period of five weeks, sleeping about half the time in the back of our converted van. We never once felt in danger and had the time of our lives. The crime here is minimal, although I have to admit there have been some recent news articles regarding capture of drug dealers. However, we feel very safe, and as my husband says, “even feel safer here than in Phoenix.” At least no school shootings!

Crime happens everywhere. Yes, one must be careful. The police here are very helpful — no bad dealings with them at all. I’ve been stopped for speeding but usually get off with a warning. I think I will stay out of Tijuana, however, and the Texas border seems to be experiencing problems as well. I ask myself why the Arizona border seems relatively safe (although there have been drug-related killings there as well). But again, there are weekly drug-related killings in Phoenix also, as well as, I am sure, in all major metropolitan areas of the U.S.

All I can say is, we love Mexico and will be here probably the rest of our lives. We live at a much higher level on less money and love the warm, friendly people, the beauty, the fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, lobsters, crab, shrimp, etc., etc., etc. Must say also the youth as a whole are wonderful kids. We teach country dancing to them and find them delightful! Recently had a dance festival in Hermosillo with an attendance of 800 kids from the northern region of Mexico. Find the youth very kind to one another and respectful!

Pamela Lopez
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We’re Cornball Rednecks

What was the point of this article (“Foreign Tourists Invade,” Cover Story, September 18)? Was it ghostwritten by the San Diego visitors’ bureau? You picked four or five tourists who enjoyed San Diego, with the typical comments about the weather, beaches, etc. But how about the other side of the story? When I have visitors or relatives over, within a day or two I hear the same complaints about the sweltering heat, lack of things to do, the inadequate “downtown,” mediocre restaurants, and lack of significant culture. My Asian relatives from Hawaii say they feel “uncomfortable in this redneck town.” (Now, there is an angle worth investigating, don’t you think? )

As you know, a basic rule of good journalism is to present both sides of the story. Otherwise you end up with a biased and probably boring article. The article was bland pap; tell us the dirt on San Diego, what people really think; then you have a story with edge and interest. To blather on about the so-called weather and the beaches is preaching to the converted. We have all heard this propaganda countless times; who cares?

The truth of the matter is that anyone who has lived in a real city knows what a cornball place this town is. If you are a jock, like to work out, follow the silly sports teams, think beer and burritos are gourmet dining, then you will love San Diego. The rest of us just suffer in silence.

Rico Gardiner
Mission Hills

“Sporting Box” Surprise

Kudos for Patrick Daugherty’s very funny article, “A Word About Electrical Safety” (“Sporting Box,” September 18). I’m cutting it out to use as a sort of model of just how funny good writing can be, in hopes that I’ll eventually have a potential author to show it to and say, "Read this and understand, (you heathen)!”

You deserve a medal, for starters, for coming up with such a witty title. (For precise reasons that elude me now, it really cracks me up.)

Then, the winding, roundabout pace of your article is somehow exactly right, as is your use of repetition, which seems to me is probably hard to do (i.e., “before that we were college students, travelers, pipeline laborers, college students, and travelers”).

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Goatskull Oct. 4, 2008 @ 12:49 p.m.

Dude, you have series issues. Quite honestly I think half the stuff you wrote is not really your feelings of San Diego. There is no way you have visitors who complain there is nothing to do in San Diego. If they really do complain about that then they are serious loses (as are you). If they don’t really say that (and I suspect they don’t, that is if you really get visitors) then you are just simply a troll. True our downtown is no Chicago, Boston, or New York but then again who cares? There are so many better things to do then hang out downtown anyway. I’ll admit our arts/cultural scene leaves much to be desired but that alone does not make this a bad place to live. We have some good live music venues though not as much as other cities I’ll admit. The Casbah, The Ken Club, Brick by Brick, House of Blues and I could go on and on. Yeah we do have the beaches, and with that surfing, kiteboarding, swimming, diving, great weather, tons and tons of other outdoor activities. What’s wrong with that? I also think you full of BS when you day your Asian relatives from Hawaii consider that a redneck town. Yeah are some rednecks here. There are rednecks everywhere and a much higher percent in other towns. I you really have rednecks that say that then they need to travel a bit more. Hell I’ve seen full fledged white trash rednecks even in Hawaii. Your comments about jocks, working out, following silly sports teams drinking beer and eating burritos was pretty funny. I guess I didn’t now being an athlete and working out was considered a bad thing. Beer and burritos? No that’s not high end dining but so what? Are you so high class that you only eat gourmet food all three meals a day? Lets face the fact here. If you hate San Diego so much you can always leave. You’re here so you must not hate it that much. Don’t give me some BS about how you have to be here because of your job. You’re here by choice and guess what? Most people who live in San Diego are transplants from somewhere else. Most people like it here. That just a simple fact. When you say the rest of us will just suffer in silence that cracked me up also. There is no “rest of us”. If you are really suffering I hope to meet you in person so I can laugh in your face at your misery. You twit.


Fred Williams Oct. 4, 2008 @ 3:11 p.m.


Goatskull's comment #1 above is regarding "Cornball Rednecks".

Comment writers, please identify your "Dude" when commenting.

Thank you


colleenkratz Aug. 27, 2009 @ 1:06 a.m.

What a variety... I was begining to be scared of the generally literate public as I read through the multiple attacks and anger spewing out of the letters section. Reading through the letters posted I began to feel friegtened. Scared to be stuck in a community filled with so many intolerant people lacking a sense of humor. Especially the negative comments about the riding the bus article. Grab a hold of yourself people. EXHALE!! You are OD'ing on your own self rightousness. Expression, if it causes you to think, whether it be anger or laughter that follow. It is healthy and damn necessary! Imagine if you finished the Reader and got nothing but monotoned information from it. You'd be even more enraged. What part of town do these perfect people come from? So I can stay away from it! Thank goodness to the ridiculous stretch of Wally Greenleaf's commentary titled "How Rich We Are"... so that I remembered the reasons and people that make San Diego what it is. Go Editor "taste the rainbow" Colleen Kratz (and if you can't submit your name along with the dribble then quit your whining! If you won't own your statement then why should my mind and eyes be polluted by it?)


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