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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

From Sheep to Sweater in 12 Hours

April 24, 2013 |

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

 

Kelly Friedlen believes every home should have three alpacas in its backyard.

She’s so adamant that, in the two days we’ve known each other, she’s said it … Read More

One Steak at a Time

March 20, 2013 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader, March 13, 2013.)

 

Angie Elsbury wears a blood-smeared apron and, in her words, “like, five layers of clothes” underneath. She laughs with her mouth wide open, lifting the apron to prove … Read More

Hands-On High Schools

March 6, 2013 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader March 6, 2013.)

On a Friday morning in mid-January, the students in room 607 at University City High School cluster around computer screens in small groups. Most wear sweatshirts, jeans, and sneakers. … Read More

San Diego Public Market Seeks Permanence

March 6, 2013 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader March 6, 2013.)

Every Wednesday and Sunday morning, Saida Soto and three co-workers spend an hour setting up their two booths at the San Diego Public Market on National Avenue in Barrio … Read More

Temporary TV Fame

February 13, 2013 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader February 13, 2013.)

Michael Binkow stands onstage in the event room at Valley View Casino wearing a headset, gray jeans, and a black zip-up jacket. A seven-piece band stands quietly at stage … Read More

Hasno Ali

February 7, 2013 | 2

(Originally posted in the San Diego Reader February 6, 2013.)

On a warm Sunday afternoon in late September, the San Diego Public Market teems with socially responsible shoppers toting reusable bags.

A crowd of eight to ten people … Read More

Breast milk’s not on the menu

January 24, 2013 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader January 23, 2013)

On Sunday, December 2, Jamie Boyd and Joseph Taylor met at Felix’s Restaurant in Lincoln Park to eat dinner and to swap their children to Mom (Boyd) after a weekend … Read More