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Chris Ahrens

Articles by Chris Ahrens

Dennis Martinez leads the swap of guns for skateboards

A farewell to arms It is my guess that none of the 298 guns — shotguns, .22s, .38s, .45s, and the occasional AR — turned in to the Vista Sheriff’s Department at their “Guns For ...

September 15, 2021
Oceanside car guy finds the Holy Grail – and proves it

These days, many family garages function as little more than halfway houses for discards on their way to the Goodwill. Or maybe home-adjacent storage facilities: a place for keeping holiday decorations between holidays, camping equipment, ...

July 7, 2021
San Diego's surf stars and those who've settled for next best thing

“Whenever some kid tells me they want to become a pro surfer, I suggest they take up a tennis racket.” — Four-time World Surfing Champion Mark Richards There are an estimated 17 to 35 million ...

June 2, 2021
San Diego models of happiness

The only time I was ever really happy was as a boy, surfing the waves at Malibu. — John Paul Getty While there is no straight road to happiness, I learned early on what would ...

October 14, 2020
San Diego immigrants sound off on race

I grew up in the United States with a German-American father and a Mexican-American mother. Her name, Lupe, was a common feature of racial jokes at the time, but I could camouflage my Hispanic roots ...

August 19, 2020
Oceanside – eclecticism reigns

Homes at end of Oceanside Blvd. claim emergency The city never got approval,” says Mackin. “They just started doing it. These homeowners had carte blanche to put as much rip rap as they wanted on ...

Bobbi and Mark sleep above the lions in Alpine

Lions and tigers and bears. Is it possible to say the words without at least thinking of Dorothy’s punch line? But a stronger exclamation might be appropriate as Nola the 600-pound white tiger leaps ten ...

July 1, 2020
A San Diego dumpster diver's honor

“We’re a wasteful country. A study by the USDA from 1997, but still in wide use, reports that ‘5.4 billion pounds of food were lost at the retail level in 1995.’ The ‘retail level’ applies ...

June 10, 2020
San Diegans who will be ready for any disaster

I don’t recall when I first heard the word “prepper,” but it was definitely derogatory, perhaps a step above — but certainly related to — “hoarder.” A prepper, as I understood it then, was someone ...

May 6, 2020
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