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A week in San Diego without a phone

November 6, 2019 |


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

Not that horrible woman from the Reader!

May 13, 2015 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader May 13, 2015.)

When I open the door to Room 315, I receive a standing ovation from kids I’ve never met before. They stand around clusters of desks, … Read More

Give me the pills and nobody gets hurt

April 1, 2015 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader April 1, 2015.)

At around 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 13, a man in a blue hoodie, brown beanie, jeans, and work boots walked into a La Jolla CVS, and … Read More

The visionary behind the Help Neil Catch Fish Foundation

March 4, 2015 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader March 4, 2015.)

Keith Berkley wants to share his lobster with me. And by “share his lobster with me” I mean, he wants me to witness the bay-to-table journey of … Read More

Pennies an Hour

January 21, 2015 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader January 21, 2015.)

In April 2013, Ryan Grainger and Bobby Sullivan found themselves faced with a particular First World problem at Coachella. The then-20- and 19-year-old University of … 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

Door-to-door fraudsters steal local nonprofit’s identity

December 10, 2014 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader December 10, 2014.)

Around 7:00 p.m. on a Thursday evening in October, San Diego resident J. Turco opened his front door to a man selling candy on behalf of a youth … 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

BACKSTORY: My New Best Burlesque Lady Friends

May 7, 2013 |

After starting several opening paragraphs for this post, it occurred to me that most who visit will care less about what I have to say than they will about getting a peek at the dancing ladies. And so I’ll jump … Read More