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Charles Berdiansky
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Hot-Blooded Filly

I’ve known and followed Sabira’s musical talent for years (Music, March 25). She has a beautiful, clear, strong voice that doesn’t even need any music, but her music is awesome also! She writes and performs her own songs with beauty, harmony, and humor, plays so many instruments (including banjo), can take on any persona for any kind of party — whether country western (“She’s a hot-blooded filly and she’s been in the stall too long,” a song written by Sabira), reggae, jazz, renaissance, classic rock, pop, you name it, she and her band perform it with all the costumes and act that go with it! They love what they are doing and it shows. Please write more about Sabira so we can follow her career and promote her!

E. Clare Wallace-Clamme
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It’s Normal

Your City Heights article (“Changes in City Heights,” Cover Story, March 18) was a good story, but it mentioned Adams Elementary, which is not in City Heights. It’s in Normal Heights.

Name Withheld
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Damage On A Plate

It’s disappointing that Naomi Wise knows well enough to mention the endangered bluefin tuna population and yet eats it anyway (“Tapas on Tokyo Time,” Restaurant Review, March 18). Same with ankimo, as the bottom trawls used to catch monkfish often tear up the ocean floor and are known to snare sea turtles and marine mammals as well.

Eating even a little bit of bluefin requires the butchering of a whole fish, which creates the demand that fuels the market and pushes the species closer to the brink. This is the situation humans find ourselves in, wanting to put stuff in our mouths so badly that we ignore the consequences. We don’t even know what it takes to bring us most of the things we consume, and in the odd circumstance when we have that knowledge we don’t feel compelled to act.

The question I think we all need to ask ourselves is whether the desire to eat certain foods justifies things like environmental damage and the extinction of species when there’s an enormous variety of wonderful, ethically acceptable alternatives. I think if you are a conscious and considerate human, your answer will be no. All that’s left is to behave accordingly.

Please visit seafoodwatch.org for more info.

Josh Johnson
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The Real Deal

I enjoyed Dave Good’s music article “The Last Real DJ,” in your March 18 issue. Being a big fan of 88.3, it is good to learn a little more about any of their regular DJs.

San Diego is most fortunate to have such a musical resource with their devotion to real jazz. I was never a fan of the “light” jazz that seems to be so popular here. That reminds me of drinking light beer — no body or substance, so why bother? I’d rather drink lemonade. But variety is healthy, and this would be a pretty boring world if we all had the same taste.

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A Big Bowl Of Words

Re “From Disneyland to Ducasse” (Restaurant Review, March 11).

While it is great to see more positive reviews from Naomi Wise, someone needs to explain to her that experience writing restaurant reviews does not give her license to write novels listing every last detail of her dining experience. She could be equated to the Charles Dickens of restaurant reviewers. Her review was so lengthy that I would imagine her doing a disservice to Blanca, leaving potential diners unaware of the stunning menu because they simply didn’t care to finish reading about the restaurant.

The dishes at Blanca are creative, inspired, but, most importantly, reserved. Ms. Wise could take a hint from chef Neroni and try to be a little more understated. I was also disappointed to scroll through the entirety of the review that took an entire lunch hour to complete, to find no mention of the impressive desserts. While chef Neroni has done excellent work for Blanca, it should also be mentioned that he has made an excellent choice in his pastry chef. One could make a visit to Blanca based on cocktails and desserts alone.

I do agree that Blanca is a choice food lovers should make if they are in Solana Beach. However, something a little less wordy would make me more inclined to dine there again.

Name Withheld by Request
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I’ve Got Issues

Re “Home Owner Association Horror Stories” (Cover Story, February 18).

Issue 1. Sewers not built to code. The homeowners’ association sued the City of Escondido and the builder; then the HOA pocketed and spent the money. Now they say the HOA is not responsible for the sewers that run through everyone’s property, every which way. Many homes over the years flooded with sewage. The homeowners find their insurance won’t cover it, and the HOA says “not ours”; the City says “not ours.”

Issue 2. Gates always broken. Many, many years reported many, many times that someone ran into the gates, when the true story is the gates break and close on vehicles. Much reporting through the property management company twisted.

Issue 3. Birds in cages in yards. Now, this is a single-family-residence neighborhood. One owner was run out of the community because of birds in a yard cage making bird noises. Now, this is on the edge of an open wild canyon space with trees. Now we have another home that has a renter in it with a birdcage. Fines, fines, fines. People just hate to see anyone else have or enjoy anything. Talk of bird flu. What? They are in a cage — can it really be spread in/by caged animals?

Issue 4. Let neighbors tear out their drainage, which is required by the CC&Rs and building codes. Does not inspect work afterwards. Does not monitor that work is done by anyone who knows anything. I have an idiot neighbor who hired an idiot, built a fence twice without support or common building codes. Idiots don’t know that just because you don’t need a city permit does not mean you can build dangerous. Another problem with this neighbor is termites. And they use untreated wood and put in the ground. They use the wood fence on our hill as a retaining wall to hold the dirt up. And then they have a smear/slander/libel campaign against me. It is so ridiculous it is laughable. Unfortunately, what it causes the other neighbors to do is close their drapes, hide out, and move.

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magicsfive April 9, 2010 @ 10:24 a.m.

RE: "Quote, No Quote"

Christ, everybody has to have a lawsuit. get over yourselves.


SDaniels April 12, 2010 @ 2:22 a.m.

"I do agree that Blanca is a choice food lovers should make if they are in Solana Beach. However, something a little less wordy would make me more inclined to dine there again."

Huh? Really? Aside from your strange 'inclination' of eating only at restaurants briefly reviewed, you appear to have not yet developed a taste for the wonderful deliciousness and fun of Naomi's food metaphors. Try picking up some food writing, and see if you can whet your appetite with the wickedly wordy MFK Fisher...


Russ Lewis April 12, 2010 @ 10:25 a.m.

RE: "Quote, No Quote"

Vicky, how many state propositions have a decimal point in the number? That should have been your first indication that this was a put-on.


MsGrant April 12, 2010 @ 11:38 a.m.

So the next time someone puts one over on me I can sue them? COOL!! I wasn't aware that being made to feel foolish entitled you to financial compensation, otherwise I'd be rich.


David Dodd April 12, 2010 @ 12:07 p.m.

The suck is two-fold: First, the Reader marked a disclaimer in the on-line link for S.D. on the Q.T. Second, the columns are conspicuously gone.

The sad is obvious: The intellegence level of some readers seems to be whatever is equivalent to that of a small, gullible child.

I remember in high school I so thoroughly enjoyed National Lampoon (spun off originally from Harvard Lampoon). P.J. O'Rourke was the editor in its early years, John Hughes wrote for them as well as other talents.

Example of the brilliant covers: http://jerrysjuicebar.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/national-lampoon-73.jpg

Example of brilliant fake full-page advertisements: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/9c/TeddyVWad.jpg

By the late '70's the magazine was beginning to decline, but one mainstay, an perhaps my favorite feature, was their Letters From the Editors section. The magazine began to publish less and make more films until by the '90's it was no more (only National Lampoon, Inc. remains, ostensibly for film rights and name recognition).

Et tu, Reader?


SDaniels April 12, 2010 @ 1:15 p.m.

I am so pissed!

"The sad is obvious: The intell[i]gence level of some readers seems to be whatever is equivalent to that of a small, gullible child."

Exactly. With the exception that small gullible children are at least eager to learn.

I tried to help out by writing a blog that patiently brought to the surface the double nature of Mencken's figurative language, but looks like San Diegans just can't take anything more figurative than Dr. Seuss--

--oh wait--Dr. Seuss's metaphors were political in nature too! --and none too kind to figures in power of the last several decades. Were the Reader to reprint his work, even more a**holes would clamor for plain disclosure--because now we'd be dealing with an even more difficult set of translations of subtext--between image and word.

Instead, we encase these metaphorically rich images in prophylactic glass over at Geisel, where people can enjoy the cute drawings from a safe distance--protected from their subversive content on the stupidity of the American government and its military war machines...


David Dodd April 12, 2010 @ 4:01 p.m.

An aside, how in the hell did I misspell intelligence? ;)

I'm not sure if it's just San Diego, maybe it's everywhere. People are supposed to be smarter now than ever before, but it seems that they are - among other things - less tolerant; therefore less apt to appreciate good parody or satire. At least, this is apparently so.

After all, Green Eggs and Ham is obviously a contrived and pointed political story about the South and slavery ;)

A couple of years ago, right here in Tijuana, I attended an art exhibit at the Tijuana Cultural Center. It was wonderful, except for the adults. They had, outside in the hall behind glass cases, amazing drawings from school children posted proudly for all to observe.

I hope those kids have a chance to fix this mess we made for them. Judging by the drawings, humanity has a chance.


MsGrant April 12, 2010 @ 6:30 p.m.

Ahh!! That's so funny!! The absolute worst word you could misspell except for misspell, which I have "mispelled"!! ;D!!

Refried, I'm not so sure it is people being less tolerant, but that they do not recognize satire at first and are then embarrassed and not able to laugh at themselves after they've expressed their outrage. People take THEMSELVES too seriously and threaten to sue, which exposes them as being really, really dumb.


David Dodd April 12, 2010 @ 6:41 p.m.

Perhaps, Ms. Grant. Maybe it isn't tolerance, I guess I have a tendency to try to assign a reason to it, but I have to admit, I'm at a loss to explain it otherwise. What do we do? Where do we go from here?


MsGrant April 12, 2010 @ 7 p.m.

It's San Diego. Not exactly a melting pot of sophisticated satire or the ability to recognize it. We are a backwater, NIMBY, small town metropolis with really great weather.

And what do we do? Why, we soldier on, self-deprecating forces to be reckoned with, senses of humor intact, tongues planted firmly in cheeks.


antigeekess April 12, 2010 @ 10:43 p.m.

"After all, Green Eggs and Ham is obviously a contrived and pointed political story about the South and slavery ;)"

I trust you've seen this?




CuddleFish April 12, 2010 @ 11:09 p.m.

Oh please. The world isn't coming to an end because only eggheads get SD on the QT.

The rest of us will laugh with Sarah Palin, not at her. :)


David Dodd April 13, 2010 @ 6:24 a.m.

AG, I saw that SNL bit when it came out, epic performance. And that documentary looks great! I have no idea if I can find it here in Tijuana (you would be surprised at what actually CAN be found here!), but I'm looking for it. I imagine it would even appeal to eggheads like myself, presuming that Sarah Palin hasn't led a movement to get it yanked off of the store shelves.


SDaniels April 13, 2010 @ 11:37 a.m.

re: #10: Perfectly expressed. I promise to soldier on, too ;)


"Oh please. The world isn't coming to an end because only eggheads get SD on the QT."

Cuddle, I trust you understand that we are angsting about the much larger phenomenon, the problem of education in this country. It's a hackneyed example but so handy--go to Europe and jump in a cab. Your average cabbie will be able to argue about the literature of his country's most appreciated authors. Sorry to go all quasi-post-Marxist on ya, but...

In other words, said cabbie will demonstrate that he has had a better primary education, and a better education in all of the humanities, than most CEOs in this country. We are apparently proud of our cultural starvation and illiteracy, and have extended the farce to online "universities" run just like businesses, in which "students" purchase "degrees." Nowhere is the act of learning emphasized in the marketing rhetoric of these schools, just the profits you'll make with degree in fist.

Such marketing strategies and the formula of skills = degree = $$$ are symptomatic of the state of the current economy. Education has to adapt to the needs of the economy, but we must be careful not to lose a sense of a complete education. Not an education in the "useless" stuff like the general humanities, which is not useless at all when you consider how often it is wielded as a powerful tool of intimidation, to sort people based on perception of class, and basically, opportunity and exposure to privileged, "useless" education. Yet another topic, but just to say that obviously this should not be the sole function of education. :)

AG: Did I not ask you this already? Is Avital Ronell interviewed in this docu, about her book "Stupidity?" I think I mentioned that she goes back to the origins of "stupid" in "stupor" and "stuporous," as a nonverbal state of intense concentration, and also as a kind of space of openness, and constructive emptiness. Sounds wierd, but it is one of the coolest f'ing books she's written, besides "The Telephone Book." Oh yes she did, and it rocks. :)


CuddleFish April 13, 2010 @ 1:34 p.m.

Daniels, you are intelligent and well-educated. Surely you know that your angst is not justified by the state of education in this country. One must keep a sense of (historical) perspective. A hundred years ago how many children even went to school? How many graduated? How many went to college? By almost any metric, children's education has improved, and it continues to improve. There are factors that are not easily overcome and that will hold some children back from getting everything they can out of the education they are offered. It has occurred to me that the reason many teenagers and adults act so idiotic nowadays is not because they lack for anything, but because life has gotten too complicated; at least they can excel in refusing to think: being stupider as a refuge. Anyway, this discussion is way above my paygrade. Y'all fight it out while I take a little snooze elsewheres.


David Dodd April 13, 2010 @ 7:25 p.m.

"Daniels, you are intelligent and well-educated. Surely you know that your angst is not justified by the state of education in this country."

I almost blew Fresca all over my monitor when I read this. The completely ignorant screwball attempting to inform a very intelligent educator about education? Daniels, you'll have to go serve on a committee somewhere I reckon, you know, get involved or something, otherwise your opinion is just plain wrong.

CF, you can insult me all you want because I think you're an idiot and have mental issues and I mostly ignore everything you comment on here, but you insult my pals and I'll rub that in your face every time you do it.


CuddleFish April 13, 2010 @ 8:52 p.m.

I said, and as everyone has noted I have been a woman of my word, that I would ignore your posts, refried. But this calls for a clarification: Exactly where in that sentence did I insult SDaniels?

And BTW, if as I suspect this is just a strategy of divide and conquer by brown-nosing, frankly, my dear refried, I don't give a hoot for such shabby tactics. I don't wish to buy anyone's good opinion by that means, and I don't respect anyone who plays those games.

But, please, do go on and show me how I am wrong and not wrong.


CuddleFish April 13, 2010 @ 8:58 p.m.

And by the way, it would be interesting to know what motivated you to imply that I insulted Daniels. I doubt however that the truth on that subject will be told. And to be honest, since I won't know, then I don't care, and will move on. Fish are good at moving on. :)


David Dodd April 13, 2010 @ 9:08 p.m.

CF, you're an idiot, everyone here knows it and they are very nice to you because they are very good people. But they know you're an idiot. If someone disagrees with your opinion you insult them. You insulted Daniels. I can't afford the time to teach you to read, but obviously you can't because the comment I made speaks for itself. Basically, you're attempting to tell Daniels she's smart, but only if she agrees with you. Idiotic.

You are not my dear friend, I think you are basically evil and a liar. Manipulative, completely so.

"I don't wish to buy anyone's good opinion by that means, and I don't respect anyone who plays those games."

Liar. Do you think I'm not friends with those you've emailed or otherwise contacted in here? Do you think we don't email each other?

"And BTW, if as I suspect this is just a strategy of divide and conquer by brown-nosing..."

Hey, that's your department, not mine. You are not a woman of your word, you are a liar and spend your entire day dreaming up ways to run this website, the comments, the ideology. You need help. I lose any friends in here for calling you what you are, so be it, but you're an idiot - you've run some pretty good people out of here that didn't want to deal with your crap and I'm sick of it.


CuddleFish April 13, 2010 @ 9:27 p.m.

I repeat my question: Where in that sentence did I insult Daniels?


thestoryteller April 13, 2010 @ 9:34 p.m.

Well said, Refried. All this goes to show what a poor businessman a journalist can be. Mr. H. would rather keep Cuddlefish on the site to support her freedom of speech rather than support the people who care about the Reader.

I, for one, have drastically reduced my presence on this site, largely because of her "crap."

For anyone to think that letting a manic-depressive run wild on the site in the name of free speech is ludicrous. I'd take Pistol Pete over her any day and he once called me a f*' K.

You go, Refried.


David Dodd April 13, 2010 @ 9:36 p.m.

I already answered that question, it isn't my job to educate you. People don't agree with you all of the time, it doesn't mean they are stupid. Calling them smart and then insulting them by insisting that they can't be smart because they don't agree with you is insulting, and idiotic.

"Daniels, you are intelligent and well-educated."

Is she? Then why do you follow it up with this:

"Surely you know that your angst is not justified by the state of education in this country."

She sure as hell knows more about that than you do! The crap you type is so contrived, so playground-like, a sociology prof could teach a course on it.


CuddleFish April 13, 2010 @ 10:08 p.m.

I can hardly keep myself from laughing at your dishonesty. So I insulted Daniels by stating the obvious, that she is intelligent and well-educated. Had I merely stated, "Daniels, surely you know that your angst is not justified by the state of education in this country," would that have not insulted her? Of course not because what you are really saying is that the insult lies in my even daring to engage SDaniels in this discussion.

In that case, I do apologize for responding to her question, which I believed she meant honestly, and to which I responded honestly. I stand by what I said: When one considers the state of education from the time this country was founded until now, it seems hardly in doubt that our children, and more of our children, are better educated. I remember reading somewhere that a hundred years ago, less than one percent of the American population graduated from college. The last census data that I recall reading found that 75% of students graduating from high school attain at least some college education, and approximately 25% graduate with a degree.

Those are the facts. If they insult anyone, then I apologize for stating them. In fact, I retract my original answer, and prefer from now on to keep mum on the subject I apparently am too ignorant to discussion with my betters.


David Dodd April 13, 2010 @ 10:22 p.m.

CF, why are you guessing what I meant? What part of what I wrote don't you understand? You act like an idiot, tell everyone what they need to believe, and berate them and call them names when they don't agree with you. You follow my comments around, attempt to gather support for your stupid ideologically diametrically opposed point of view, and win some sort of a prize. It isn't happening. No prize. No win. Just a lot of people who don't want to put up with your crap, and they leave. I don't care about your census data, I don't care about your convoluted notion of how the U.S. should be run, and my lips will never touch that kool-aid you drank. It's a little too late to turn this, or any other thing you have to say, into a meaningful discussion, because you've proven time and time again that you aren't interested in discussion.


SurfPuppy619 April 13, 2010 @ 10:34 p.m.

We all need to sit down, have a good will pow wow and sing "kumbaya" around the campfire to get rid of this tension!


David Dodd April 13, 2010 @ 10:39 p.m.

You can sing campfire songs if you want, SP, but I've had enough BS from her, and I'm not going to put up with her crap anymore. She slings it, it'll go right back in her pie hole.


SurfPuppy619 April 15, 2010 @ 4:30 p.m.

LOLOL!!!! You first, SurfPuppy! ;)

If you ever heard my voice you wouild regret makign that comment for the rest of your life........

To be honest-if I could have a wish to be anything in life-I would wish to be a singer!

I see all the competitors on American Idol and dream!


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