Content for Wednesday, December 11, 2019

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1940s clay poker chips, 1920s crystal doorknobs

San Diego Reader Classified ads, December 11, 2019

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Riding a bike from Canada to Mexico in 27 days

“I’m waiting to see what the universe has to offer.”

“Whew,” says Dan Laster. He flops into a chair at the Cafe Madrid in Coronado. “Been walking?” I ask. “Riding. Bike riding.” “Around the island?” “From Canada.” “Riding a bike from...Canada? How long did that ...

Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big San Diego Christmas Show: Ha! Humbug

There’s a reason it’s not called A Christmas Carol

The holiday season is a fine time for recalling the way that familiarity breeds…well, if not contempt, then comfort. If a thing sticks around long enough, it’s easy to forget the revolutionary, shocking, or even ...

Cory Briggs' real estate

Brian Maienschein, now a friend to big labor

Million-dollar lawyering Attorney Cory Briggs, a perennial target of local developers who is taking on San Diego city attorney Mara Elliott in next year’s primary, owns at least a $2 million interest in rental property ...

San Diegans who entered death row in the last 16 years, part 2

Michael Flinner, Jean Pierre Rices, Derlyn Threats, George Williams

Continued from last week’s issue… Michael Flinner — condemned to die on March 29, 2004. Flinner, a landscaper from Alpine, was sentenced to death for killing his 18-year-old fiancée in 2000 to collect insurance money. ...

$15,000 Halloween destruction in Rancho Santa Fe unpunished

But charges of rock-throwing on I-5 remain

The owner of the nice estate on Via de Santa Fe splurged on his Halloween decorations. Two years ago, in 2017, he bought $15,000 worth of animatronic creatures from a high-end “prop” store. He shared ...

John Drehner: the Christmas card man

“My cards are me writing to one person. We’re actually talking to each other. And this is my handwriting, as crappy as it may be.”

You could call John Drehner a Luddite, a technophobe, or just a grumpy old man. Except he’s not grumpy. Ask him to imitate anyone from Bogart to Reagan to Trump. The guy has them nailed. ...

FireBirds Chicken is hot out of the gates

The city’s first Nashville hot chicken restaurant could be hotter and Nashviller

For a restaurant in City Heights, FireBirds Chicken has come up a lot in local foodie conversations over the past three weeks; especially surprising because that’s about how long the place has been open. There’s ...

Sustainable, artisanal, alternative Christmas music

I would call it A Very Cat Christmas

Dear Hipster: It’s getting to be that season, when I can’t enter a retail establishment without having my ears bombarded by the same old Christmas songs I’ve heard over and over again for the past ...

Hike Carlsbad Beach, bluffs, & seawall from Buena Vista Lagoon to North Ponto Beach

Explore the worlds of the ocean intertidal zones.

This beach hike extends from North Carlsbad Beach and Carlsbad State Beach to North Ponto Beach. Along the way, notice our natural beach ecology, especially the intertidal zone, its plants and wildlife, along with the ...