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Frozen pipes – winter on Mount Laguna

January 15, 2020 |

PHOTOGRAPH BY MATTHEW SUÁREZ

The temperature drops steadily as I make my way east on Interstate 8 — 57 degrees, 54, 49. I have brought four hoodies and the down jacket I wear only when I visit my mom in … Read More

Decay, growth, and rebirth on Pacific Highway

January 8, 2020 |

A trumpet-shaped flower on Cedar and Pacific Highway PHOTOGRAPH BY MATTHEW SUÁREZ

Pacific Highway doesn’t look like it sounds. The name calls to mind surfboard-topped VW buses, sunsets, and bike-riders in bathing suits, something like what you’d see on Highway … Read More

A week in San Diego without a phone

November 6, 2019 |

So much accountability ARDEAA / NADIA_BORMOTOVA / ISTOCK / GETTY IMAGES PLUS

I never take my phone out on the water in Mission Bay, where I go to stand-up paddle board a couple of times a week. Sometimes I wish … Read More

Press 1 for Spanglish

June 3, 2015 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader June 3, 2015)

My friend Pati has lived in San Diego County for 25 years and has never been to Balboa Park. On a Tuesday afternoon in March, … Read More

I’m Judo Math Dude

December 31, 2014 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader December 31, 2014.)

Annette Wilson stands in front of her sixth-grade class wearing a Karate Kid–style bandana tied around her forehead. She explains to her students at Vista Innovation … Read More

Good Fences Don’t Make Good Neighbors

November 19, 2013 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader November 26, 2014.)

 

On Thursday, October 17, approximately one hour after Juan Carlos Pastenes arrived home from work, five police officers showed up at his home. The 36-year-old Pastenes sighed, opened the … Read More

The first time I see Eliza Jane Schneider onstage, I want to be her friend.

October 16, 2013 |

Image by Daren Scott.

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader, October 16, 2013.)

 

The first time I see Eliza Jane Schneider onstage, I want to be her friend.

Or maybe her writing partner, or her personal … Read More

What am I doing in Eastlake?

July 31, 2013 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader, July 31, 2013.)

 

The first day I took my daughter to her new school, I questioned whether moving to Eastlake was the right move for our family. I had stopped by … Read More

Baja is Back

July 24, 2013 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader, July 24, 2013.)

 

In a December 2011 Vanity Fair article, writer Dana Vachon described Chula Vista as “a sputtering neon error of beauty academies and pawnshops, recently terrorized by a homicidal Tijuana drug … Read More

We spend every dime we have on our costumes

May 8, 2013 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader May 8, 2013.)

 

Victoria Markovna sexifies everything. We’re warming up for class with ass-in-the-air pushups, and she encourages us to give ourselves come hither looks in the mirror while we do. … Read More