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Aug. 10 2015
Ehrig-Burgess, sitting in the highest row, announces my arrival: "Ryan Bradford from CityBeat. Heckler #2, everybody!"
July 27 2015
I thought we were encouraged to wear costumes! Its what I want to shout at everyone, standing on the corner of B Street and Kettner, giving me the side-eye. Everybody looks great: Ladies wear fancy...
July 13 2015
If you need an example of my inexperience with drugs, look no further than the image of me, sitting at a Café Rio in Grand Junction, Colorado, typing "weed" into Yelp.
June 29 2015
Bodies glisten with sweat. They writhe together. You feel dirty looking, yet you can't look away. Nobody looks comfortable, but they're not not enjoying it. This is the line of people waiting to get into...
June 15 2015
The column you are about to read is the account of the moral, intellectual and hygienic disrepair that befell one Ryan Bradford when his wife left the country for 10 days, leaving him alone with their
June 1 2015
The night I see Neil Diamond in concert is the first time I've ever wondered if I've inadvertently made a deal with the devil
May 18 2015
The thing is, I love karaoke. I spend ample amounts of time listening to songs that could be potential material, often while playing out theoretical scenarios in my head in which I whip a crowd into the...
May 4 2015
The hangover should've been an omen. Or, perhaps it was the fact that the couple in the neighboring room was rehearsing a play at 9 a.m.both seemed to be shouting their lines in a Mr. DNA-from-Jurassic...
April 7 2015
Last year, I became a cat dad. I'd be lying if that statement didn't spur some internal conflict. I used to roll my eyes at the cat images that littered my social-media feeds, or smugly expound on the...
March 9 2015
My grandma died the week before my debut novel, Horror Business, came out.
Feb. 10 2015
I take smug pride in never having had to court someone through the annals of virtual existence, I also feel like Ive missed out on something that will define relationships in the future. I have never sexted...
Jan. 12 2015
The date is Sunday, Dec. 14, marking the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Two years prior, we witnessed the greatest taboo that our collective conscious could imagine:...
Dec. 15 2014
Listen folks, you don't get your own hubris-infusing column by being book-smart. In this biz, quick-wittedness, perseverance, the ability to create emotionally driven headlines andto a much lesser extentthe...
Nov. 17 2014
Mr. Xtreme greets me with a firm handshake. Hes short but built like a football linebacker. He wears a green helmet and body armor accentuated by a yellow XJL flag that flows beautifully, majestically...
Oct. 20 2014
Craig Oliver was the first person I approached to show me genuinely scary places in San Diego. I'm not talking about touristy haunts like The Whaley House or the Hotel Del, but places of legend that don't...
Sept. 22 2014
Days 3 and 4: Everything sucks. Cranky. Tired. A constant need to urinate. Can't even muster the effort to use pronouns.
Aug. 25 2014
I pull over to check the confirmation email on my phone: Yes, Winkie Conthe annual convention dedicated to L. Frank Baum and The Wizard of Ozis being held here. I don't fault Town & Country for not...
July 28 2014
A real Mormon. The term seared in the part of my brain that hasn't been contaminated by vices, the section that will persevere no matter how much nudity, booze and horror I cram in there
June 30 2014
I like beer as much as the next functioning alcoholic, but sometimes San Diego's craft scene feels like the veiny blob at the end of Akiraencompassing and swallowing everything in its path
June 2 2014
I'm going to tell you about the worst job interview I've ever had

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