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The (often moronic) emotions of NFL fans

Are local Chargers fans back on bandwagon?

For a number of years now, I have pedaled eastward from my house near Morley Field with the goal of eventually depositing myself on a stool at True North Tavern, on 30th Street just south ...

SANDAG needs spin help

Applicants asked to “describe why it is important for SANDAG to have both public information and public involvement programs.”

Newly reconstituted by legislation sponsored by Democratic assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, the San Diego Association of Governments, blasted in the media for its lack of transparency, is seeking a spinmeister. “The Senior Public Outreach Officer ...

Godfathers of vinyl

"I thought I was out, but they pulled me back in."

After a five-year break, former M-Theory owner Eric Howarth is getting back into the brick-and-mortar record-store business. His new shop will be a mere stone’s throw away from the old M-Theory location on the corner ...

Albert Schweitzer — the mystical Lutheran

"Affirmation of the world... is only possible if I devote myself to other life"

Affirmation of the world, which means affirmation of the will-to-live that manifests itself around me, is only possible if I devote myself to other life. From an inner necessity, I exert myself in producing values ...

Barbarians at heart

The Square is lengthy, sometimes luxuriating in its long takes...to the point of discomfiture

What is The Square? Well, it’s a piece of art, so there are no doubt any number of interpretations. But I’ll hazard a guess: The Square is writer-director Ruben Östlund’s latest salvo against institutions that, ...

Not melted cheese, not sour cream

Fonda Don Diego casts cold eye on border food

Guy sits at a bar, staring at a bull. Or is it a pig? Or is it a man? The bull’s part of a fresh-painted wild-colored mural on the wall behind the Negra Modelo and ...

Unapproved by Country Dick (22 years ago)

Chris Giorgio has come a bit of distance since 1995

“It seems to me, Ocean Beach has long been a place for songwriters to feel creative and free,” says drummer and bandleader Chris Giorgio, whose upcoming album as Jackslacks, Earthling Sessions, includes an ode to ...

SDG&E pillow talk

Hedberg was found to have a “remote interest” in any business with the power company

A member of the board of the San Diego County Water Authority, married to a computer engineer for San Diego Gas and Electric, will have a little less voting to do, as a result of ...

Best of Anne Albright's Kid Stuff columns

Intimate writing about life as a mom

The case for motherhood Unlike a lot of my classmates, I don’t practice law anymore. I stay at home with my kids. On a good day, I’m happy about my decisions. I wouldn’t trade Johnny’s ...

Where to get your pie in San Diego

“When it comes to pumpkin, we go to Costco”

“I say make the whole dinner a pie,” said my friend May when I asked for Thanskgiving pie suggestions. “Patton Oswalt may have been right about KFC’s Famous Bowls being failure piles, but that’s because ...

Pedal to the metal

"There are at least 1000 guitarists for every steel-guitar player."

When retired veterinarian Jim Palenscar opened the Steel Guitars of North County store 15 years ago, he knew his storefront was destined to be more about personal gratification than a business slam-dunk. “It’s such a ...

The line between genius and stereotype is just so thin

And a hipster bucket list is a contradiction in terms.

Dear Hipster: What’s the most hipster thing you have done recently? What’s the most hipster thing you have ever done? What’s the most hipster thing you can possibly conceive of doing but have not yet ...

Close encounter of the drone kind

The drone passed less than 100 feet below the airplane

The pilot of an Airbus passenger jet descending for an August landing at San Diego’s Lindbergh Field has reported a harrowing encounter with an unmanned aerial vehicle at 1200 feet. “The drone passed less than ...

Youngblood blues

Casey Hensley's record deal avoids the sometimes messy

To help launch her career internationally, North County blues belter Casey Hensley turned to Vizztone Records’ more streamlined approach to market her first album, Casey Hensley Live, featuring Laura Chavez, released three weeks ago. “This ...

Wonders of the Tijuana Estuary

Goldenbush, lemonadeberry, pickleweed, buckwheat, sagebrush, and 398 kinds of birds

The Tijuana River Estuary is unique in California as the only estuary that does not have a road, railway crossing, or bridge across the river mouth. The salt-marsh estuary has remained connected to the sea. ...

The 411 on 311 and Queens of the Stone Age

Plus Zebra, Bruno Major, and Crooked Colours

Back in early ’83, when a newly opened musicians’ shop out near Morena Boulevard was running TV ads starring a mullet-headed rock singer who crooned “Music Mart, your complete music stoooore,” one commercial announced an ...

The truth behind mustaches and charity

Weather the criticisms of your friends, buy the drinks

Dear Hipster:My friends and I agreed that we would all participate in Movember this year, each fully committed to grow his bushiest mustache. As a somewhat hirsute gentleman, my mustache has grown well and rapidly, ...

The past tells me I won’t learn from it

Four poems by Kyle Manning

Hooked We complicate In savage glee Casting many Lines into Lifeless waters Hooking each Other’s hooks and Pulling mad to Never have the Tension reveal itself As the tangle of Our wild dreams Of darling ...

Troubling lullabies by Chad VanGaalen

"You’d like us on top of a cake/ But you won’t let me take a bite.”

Chad VanGaalen’s got a troubling voice. The Canadian singer/songwriter sounds like a cross between another Canadian named Neil Young and a smoke alarm. He uses that singing voice to bait a listener into simple-sounding little ...

New to San Diego this week: Global Winter Wonderland

Plus David Sedaris, San Diego Bay Wine + Food, and Art of Élan

Thursday | 16 David Sedaris David Sedaris returns with social critiques that have made him one of America’s preeminent humor writers. Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice and several collections ...

E-lynched in Barrio Logan

“Knock some sense into this bitch.”

On October 26, Jenny Niezgoda launched a Kickstarter campaign for La Gracia Modern Fruiteria, a café and coffee bar she planned to open in Barrio Logan. Hours later, with 14 backers and $812 of her ...

Double-duty lobbyist

City hall influence-peddling

The lawyer representing San Diego city councilman Chris Cate in matters related to state attorney general Xavier Becerra’s investigation of Cate’s leak of a confidential memo to SoccerCity lobbyists has been doing a little city ...

A word on Scripps Ranch NIMBYs

Reader comments on the Reader

NIMBY = not in my back yard Re: “Scripps Ranch — cows gone, rattlers remain,” cover story. 1) Be prepared for the onslaught of Scripps Ranch protectionists (they are not just NIMBYs). 2) The article ...

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