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Crystal Pier Clarity

A story, “No Room at the Pier” (“Stringers”), was published on January 7 (the online publication date was December 26) regarding a situation that occurred here at Crystal Pier, which we would like to clear up. The story was posted after two angry individuals got caught doing something they know they shouldn’t have been doing.

This situation was, in fact, brought to our attention by a guest staying with us who was surprised by these particular individuals trying to let themselves in the guest’s unit. The couple was confronted by our guest and then proceeded to leave the guest’s private patio. This is when the guest notified the front desk that “someone was trying to GET IN to my unit and I watched them then walk to the next cottage and I believe they are in that cottage now.” This is when we called on the radio for maintenance, which the trespasser called a “crazy-looking guy” in the story, to please go check out what was going on. As our maintenance reached the patio in which the guest said the couple had entered, he found that the private gate had been locked. He then had to climb over the PRIVATE gate and proceeded to try to open the sliding glass door to the unit, that in fact had been locked too. Blinds were also pulled shut. Once maintenance finally got in, he confronted the couple that were indeed in the cottage and asked, “What are you doing in here?” As they started to try to explain, he told them, “Don’t tell me, you’ll have to explain yourself to the office.”

That’s when I, the owner of Crystal Pier, confronted the couple. I did, in fact, ask the couple, “What do you think you are doing?” At that point the man involved did not say a single word, as the woman proceeded to be extremely argumentative stating, “I’ve done the same thing at other places” and referenced Pismo Beach as one in particular.

No apology was made, and the couple also felt there was no wrong in what had just transpired. Yes, words were exchanged after that, and then the police were called. Not only did this couple scare the guest in one unit into thinking someone was breaking into their unit but then proceeded to go into another private unit and lock the gate, lock the door, shut the blinds, use the bathroom, and sat on the bed. Needless to say, the police were told by Crystal Pier Hotel to go ahead and charge them with trespassing, and whether that was followed through, we are still in the midst of trying to figure out.

Please note that here at Crystal Pier, we believe our guests are entitled to their privacy and should also feel safe when staying with us. We leave this now to you, the reader, to determine who was in the wrong and thought it was only fair to post the FACTS relating to this incident.

Jim Bostian

The Shrieking Sergeant

Re your piece on Carey Driscoll and AMSD (“The Frustrated Hobbyist,” “Blurt,” January 7), one of the reasons he does it all alone is that he pisses off nearly every volunteer who works for him by being short, mean, angry, and ungrateful.

These are folks who work for no money. They work for the love of the music. But when the atmosphere begins to resemble boot camp with a shrieking sergeant in your face, the luster fades quickly. I’ve been there and seen it firsthand and been on the receiving end of it as well, and I can tell you, it’s no fun.

That all being said, no one is trying harder to bring good music to San Diego at reasonable prices in a great venue, and for that, he deserves a lot of credit. Unfortunately, it’s not enough to overcome the prickly personality and the tirades. San Diego is littered with people this guy has gotten in arguments with, and in a lot of cases, it costs him concertgoers and good publicity, both of which he sorely needs.

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Race, Not Religion

Gerald A. Shepherd writes regarding “Jewish atheists” in “Sorry, Atheist Offspring” (Letters, January 7) that “if your folks were atheists, they no longer belonged to any religion.”

Gerald, in many cases, to be Jewish is to be of a race called “the Jews,” in which inheritance comes through the mother’s line (matrilineal). You may remember that a certain German dictator had a problem with the Jewish race last century. He didn’t so much murder people for going to temple as he did for their being of Jewish descent. So yes, unlike Christians and Muslims, one can be both “Jewish” and atheist at the same time. Yes, they can.

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Being Normal Takes Work

As someone who has been (and still is) fighting mental illness for over 30 years, I read the December 31 cover story, “The Little Pills That Sent Me on My Journey,” with a bit of skepticism. It seems that Ms. Restaino wants to blame Big Pharma for her supposed lack of normalcy. Case in point: the family pharmacy filled with good-for-what-ails-you medications as a contributing factor.

If only we could chuck the offerings of Big Pharma and be normal. Sorry, kiddo, but there is no real blame for Big Pharma in this case. There is not a one-size-fits-all treatment regimen that will cure all mental illness and return the former patient to normalcy.

In fact, there is no real cure for mental illness to be had. Mental-health treatment is based on stabilizing the symptoms and working toward returning the patient in question to being able to function in the real world. This is why a treatment plan is drawn up for each individual when they are in therapy (or when they are hospitalized).

Sometimes said treatment plan will require medications. This is why you need to keep your psychiatrist in the loop regarding medication side effects and effectiveness. Also, your plan will require talk therapy (including cognitive therapy, if required).

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