Feb. 20 2013 09:31 AM

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Paging Mike Hunt

Is that guy in the band The Paragraphs with his picture on the lower right of the page ["Music," Feb. 6] really named "Mike Hunt"? Hilarious. Seems like a perfect stage name like "Sid Vicious" or "Black Francis."

That's the oldest crank-call name in the book. Call the store and tell them you need to talk to Mike Hunt and could they please page him over the intercom.

"Mike Hunt. There's a phone call for Mike Hunt. If you have seen Mike Hunt, could you contact me at the booth?" Mike Hunt. That's hilarious.

Johnny Reese, Pacific Beach


‘Recovery does work'

I am a recovering heroin addict. Thank you for publishing the article on Vivitrol ["News," Jan. 30]. I have not been addicted to opiates in a long time. I switched my drug of choice to amphetamines during my last years of using. I wish they had a drug that blocked the receptors in the brain that felt pleasure from amphetamines.

I had a hard time getting clean initially; the cravings to go back out and use one more time were overwhelming. I had to hit bottom before I was ready to accept help. I spent years going on and off the wagon, during which time I remained relatively sober; however, I did little to make any significant changes in my behavior and thinking. Needless to say, I just could not stay clean.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to put in place a whole new framework for living—that is something I learned in treatment, where I was surrounded by other recovering addicts and alcoholics. I spent my days waking up early, cooking, cleaning, going to groups, doing laundry, working out and going to more groups. The days were long and structured. I still, to this day, apply those same principles to my living, even though I don't have anyone telling me what to do and when to do it anymore.

I completed a program, Prop. 36, which is like drug court. I have not been in trouble since then. Vivitrol can be a helpful tool, and I think coupled with one's choice of 12-step program, it will lead to more success stories. I have more than 27 months' clean and sober now; recovery does work. I used to be a hopeless case, and thanks to treatment and Alcoholics Anonymous, I have become a very different person. Today my life is worth living.

Nick A., Normal Heights


The right fit

Congrats to Jen Van Tieghem on her new gig as CityBeat's wine columnist ["Editor's Note," Feb. 13]. Anyone who's ever worked with Jen knows that her enthusiasm for writing is a much sought-after commodity. Her fresh writing style is going to be a perfect match for CityBeat.

Vince Meehan, Santee

Calendar

  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • The former local boy and creator of the highly influential blog, Advanced Style, will be signing and discussing his third book, Advanced Style: Older and Wiser, which features inspiring pictures and stories...
  • C.J. Chenier and Bonsoir Catin headline this annual Cajun inspired festival. Also enjoy 10,000 pounds of crawfish, dancing and cooking demonstrations. Held at Spanish Landing Park, across from the...
  • A Cinco de Mayo party featuring $2 tacos, cocktails and live music from Bostich+Fussible, Javiera Mena and Gepe
  • A spoken word showcase hosted by English instructor Karla Cordero and her City College students. There will also be a special reading from poet Mercedez Holtry, as well as an art and photography show....
  • Widely known as host of "Weekend Update" on Saturday Night Live and for his role in the Showtime dramedy Weeds, Kevin Nealon brings his unique humor back to the stand-up stage
  • New works from over a dozen UCSD undergraduate students. Participating artists include Charity Algarme, Richard Lin, Joseph Maas, Ignatius Nguyen, and more
  • This video art exhibition from UCSD MFA candidate Stefani Byrd features two installations that explore the themes of breath, mediation, and the nature of time. Takes place in the VAF Performance Space,...
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