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Merciless Sun

After a few words of “Is There Anything to Hate about San Diego?," my blood pressure went up. The perfect city?

Like Julie, I'm a person who calls Chicago her home, and I’d rather have a cold winter than this merciless sun all year-round. What is the myth and mania with calling this the perfect weather? You have no water! That just may become your slogan soon.

I concede, I'm biased. I moved here for two years with my husband and our little twins because of his job. I’m homesick every single day. I'm not the apparent majority of people who gravitate towards a hot climate. I love four seasons. I love our unparalleled skyline in Chicago, our clean lake free of sharks, cuisine from almost everywhere in the world, great public transportation. The list is endless, but I won’t jab. I shouldn’t make this a competition between two cities.

It’s good that San Diego residents love their city as I love mine. Your friend, Julie, should take a second and proper look at Chicago. Right now.

  • Daisy Levi
  • Rancho Bernardo


Some I Liked

Just wanted to let you know that I really enjoy your magazine. I’m an avid reader. I’m really glad it’s free, but you really ought to charge something for it.

I read “Is There Anything to Hate about San Diego?." I gotta tell you, I’m an old bugger; born in ’29. I’m 86 years old. I didn’t really like what a lot of those people said. They’re all from different places. I resented a lot of their remarks. Some I liked.

  • Jim
  • Clairemont


Biggest Problem

This is about your article about people complaining about San Diego. In response to what Katherine Lopez said — and, of course, she didn’t give her age, occupation, or what neighborhood she lives in — she was talking about how things would be better if we had real leadership. She said, “Bob Filner was definitely on track to be the greatest mayor this city ever had, by virtue of his actions and decisions, and look what they did to him.”

I cannot believe some people are that ignorant, that they don’t know exactly what was going on with Bob Filner. I don’t know what “what they did to him” means, but he did it to himself. It’s ignorance like this, especially by someone who is old enough to vote, that is the biggest problem with this city.

  • Erik Brantly
  • via voicemail


Far from Surf Nazis

San Diego has the best surf in the United States. That’s why I was surprised to read the piece "Douchey Surfers” in the April 30 Reader.

The South Mission jetty locals are some of the nicest, friendliest guys in the water. When someone they don’t know paddles into their spot they are always supercool, and are happy to let the new guy catch a wave in. They would never drop in behind a guy that caught a wave from the outside and yell at him to get out.

Why, just the other day I was surfing the jetty and caught a few lefts and rights. Next thing you know, a big guy on a longboard said, “OK, you’re going in on the next wave.” He then helped me by saying, “No, not that one,” and “No, not that one,” and then, finally, “OK, that’s your wave.” Thanks to his help, I caught a wave in from the outside, but some other local decided to drop in behind me, and started yelling, “Hey, you’re going in!” I explained to him that the other guy already helped me to catch a wave in, and thanked him for his help.

Thanks to their help, I was able to catch a wave in and not rely on my years of surfing experience to guide me. So, calling these friendly guys “douchey” is way off-base. They're actually helping people to catch waves into the beach by telling them where they can surf, and when they can surf. Far from being surf Nazis, they are more like surf traffic policemen.

Everyone knows the rules of surf etiquette, except for the guys at the South Mission jetty — they have their own set of rules. Karma is king, and the South Mission jetty locals have a lot of karma — and they know which kind.

  • Ron P.
  • Oceanside


Bros of the Douche Variety

I'm not surprised to hear the account of the 16-year-old “grom” and his experience with the 30-year-old “bro” at South Mission jetty in the article, “Is There Anything to Hate about San Diego?” I, too, have had encounters with bros of the douche variety at that very same locale.

You have to know that no matter where you place a douche, it is still sour like vinegar. He probably just wanted to intimidate you, knowing you were only 16, and all his fellow douche bros were out there to back him up, he felt secure in his masculinity.

I wonder what great things this fine human being has contributed to our society? Oh yeah, he knows how to ride a wave. Wow, bro, you are really special! Hopefully, the “grom” took note and realizes this sea cucumber of a human being doesn’t represent all the fine people that live in South Mission and/or all of his fellow surf explorers. Let him be an example of all that is wrong with society, the human race, and surfing. His mom is probably very proud. Let’s all make it a point to go surf the SM jetty and tell him how much we like him!

  • Name Withheld
  • via email


Please, Go Outside

Re: News Ticker, “Fresh Water from Nuke Plant, Sure,

I’m calling from Tijuana, Mexico, where I’ve lived for 30 years. I don’t know if anyone else has noticed that, for the last three mornings, there has been a significant difference in the ecological environment. San Onofre has not been shut down! They have been filtering the radiation into our environment.

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