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Thanks for this terrific piece about the new wave in Tijuana culture! The Mexico Tourism Board ads have been all over the news this week--and while I understand the importance of tourism to the Mexican economy, I can't help but wonder if they really get it. I mean, who wants a culture driven by Marriot hotels pushing frightened Americans to get wasted on cheap pina coladas by a pool? !Que VIVA la Calle Sexta!

May 15, 2011

Wow. This place looks absolutely, gloriously random. It's kind of rare to see anything legitimately different. Variations on a theme are common, and there's a lot of delight to be had in taking something familiar and putting a refreshing twist on it, but this place looks like it is out and out strange. I dig.

April 28, 2012

Still the only place to get the gyros burrito perfect!

Sept. 27, 2012

More like "An Affair to Dismember."

Oct. 6, 2012

Pizza and Penis Hickey?! How's the crust?

Oct. 26, 2012

Violent crime dropping in Mexico & U.S. border cities

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Multiple reports released, as the year is nearing end, have stated that violent crime is dropping in both Mexico and United States border cities. Tim Johnson with the McClatchy Newspapers reported today, November 5th, that the murder tally in Mexico ...

One quick trip to the mall later...

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Hey, San Diego. I just want you to know I appreciate you.

A while back I ate at, of all places, the Outback Steakhouse. Judge me not. There was a gift certificate involved and a certain amount of curiosity. I hadn't eaten at one of the popular "casual dining" chains in a ...

This is Legoland Santa? Really? I would expect someone more like Scott Marks under the Santa suit!

Dec. 5, 2012

Also noteworthy: the building hasn't burned down in at least a decade - I remember the place going up in flames at least three times while I was a kid, always rising from the ashes...though repeated partial reconstruction could explain the weird layout.

Dec. 28, 2012

Ah, the old mines of Jumal. Does have a bit Tolkienesque alliteration, doesn't it.

Mindat.org lists a number of historic mines in the area, some as gold prospects. But for those looking for shinny nuggets, well, this isn't that kind of place.

I also crawlled in those holes several years ago. Found mostly exploratory holes - with little evidence of pay streaks or production. What can be found is some ores, which might contain contain trace AU (associated with arsenopyrite). But the best grab samples I found were not in the tunnels, but on the ridge line. All I found in the holes was dust, bees, a sleeping rattlesnake, and the rest your dead packrat's family.

On the way out of the last hole, did find a guy in his late 60's with his daughter greeting me. Seem when the guy was a mere lad, he and his mates would play in those same holes. They were told the miners were looking for silver, but had long abandoned the effort decade before.

One this is for sure... in spite of the legends, when the history is lost about a mine, it is because it was a bust.

Jan. 21, 2013

The funny thing is, it's kind of a good song to begin with. The beat is pretty clever.

March 8, 2013

It's true that down in TJ and other Baja cities, even the most humble restaurants treat guests like absolute kings in comparison to standard-fare SD table service.

June 17, 2013

If you want a cheap ride out to Zona Rio from Centro de Tijuana (downtown), go to the corner of Calle Sexta and Avenida Constitucion, the southwest corner. There are green and white cabs (advertising their ultimate destination as Lomas Verdes, which is WAY beyond Zona Rio) which go through Zona Rio via Sanchez Taboada. Less than a dollar each way. $ Bargain. You'll share the cab with others, but you can't beat the price.

Aug. 23, 2013

Breaking news: Scott Marks drinks Fernet. Causes bitterness singularity. End of world as we know it!

Sept. 12, 2013

Prostitution is not legal in Mexico. It is simply tolerated and controlled because the authorities would rather keep it all in one place, confined, which makes perfect sense for Mexico based on how life operates there. In other words, they would rather not see the girls parading themselves near a schoolyard or a shopping mall.

So far as the comparisons of the stories, I can understand your frustration, but you have two writers coming at Tijuana from two different angles. If you go down there to visit and keep your eyes open to avert trouble, you'll probably be just fine. However, if you live there and are out and about on a daily basis, it's like anywhere you might find yourself in a sketchy environment, you'll see your fair share of crime.

But mostly, everyone's moral compass spins in a different direction. The older single gringos don't have any ties to any relationship unless they're dumb enough to believe that a slender, beautiful, 23-year old gal thinks some retired balding gringo with a potbelly is the sexiest thing ever. The old ballplayer, for instance, will tell you that he doesn't pay for sex, he pays them to leave afterward. And there is a lot of truth in that even after taking one's tongue out of one's cheek.

Enjoy the story from the perspective it's written, because to do a comparison is always going to be disappointing. The attitude of a story never tells a complete story, that's never the point. Twain's version of the Mississippi River wasn't everyone's version, and it certainly wasn't the complete story, but it was a damned good story, nevertheless. I'm sure that Faulkner would have done it differently, and it still probably would have been good.

Sept. 29, 2013

Hang out in the Nuevo Perico once in a while in the afternoons. You never know who you'll run into in there.

Sept. 29, 2013

This article is darkly humorous.

1014 Fifth Avenue - (Location of club)

The SDPD also said it would be “in the highest crime area and third highest alcohol-related crime area in the city.”

1401 Broadway - (0.6 miles away)

SDPD HQ.

Oct. 11, 2013
In San Diego clubs Thursday–Saturday, January 23–25

Thursday 23The Casbah crowd will be celebrating the club’s 25-year run as San Diego’s credible showcase of up-and-coming alternative bands and a must-play stage for many underground and international acts. The Birch North Park Theatre ...

January 22, 2014

Crap. Without my glasses I thought it said "hookers."

Jan. 24, 2014
In San Diego clubs Thursday–Saturday, February 6–8

Thursday 6Barcelona band Delorean pulls their stainless-steel dance-rock act into Casbah Thursday night. One of Spain’s most popular underground bands, the quartet “takes cues from their native Balearic beat, Madchester house, techno, and R&B, to ...

February 5, 2014

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