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May 23 2016
When I was three years old, my parents took me on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland. It's probably no surprise to anyone, but I was a frightened child, and even a slow-moving boat was too...
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May 9 2016
"You had me at blimp." These may not be the exact words I say when my editor Ron Donoho asks if I want to join him on Hendrick's Gin cucumber-shaped blimp, but I'm certain only people who deliberate over...
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April 25 2016
Ryan (right) and So Say We All's executive director Justin HudnallPhoto by Julia Dixon Evans Ryan vs. Los Angeles is a seven-round battle in which Our Hero goes toe-to-toe against the City of An
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April 11 2016
"There's a sucker born every minute." It's a quote that seeps into my thoughts during the opening night performance of The Acro-Cats at Diversionary Theater in University Heights
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March 28 2016
Maybe I'm being judgmental, as I've never really listened to Yanni, but who under 80 years old has? For me, at least, the musician has been the ubiquitous epitome for New Age (aka bad) music, a punchline,...
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Feb. 29 2016
I just about flip a table when I first hear about adult coloring. Of all the darn-tootin', crack-pot, bitter-clinging, pussy-footing liberal/hippie/hipster/woo-woo ideas, this one seems the worst
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Feb. 15 2016
The system is broken. No, the system is fucked. If you're not mad, you're not paying attention. Stay woke, sheeple! Yes, I too, was outraged by Making A Murderer
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Feb. 1 2016
Now, it's difficult to write about the America's Got Talent holding area without plagiarizing the descriptions of Purgatory in classic literature
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Jan. 19 2016
It's the night of Star Wars: The Force Awakens' premier, and I don't see how this night can end well for me. I'm going to fuck up, and the nerds are going to have a field day. I'll get my droids wrong,...
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Jan. 4 2016
Man, 2015. Another year down the drain. Another year that everyone famous will be younger than me. Kids getting their driver's licenses this year will have not even been born to experience the terror of...
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Dec. 21 2015
One of the fundamental aspects of a healthy mentality is the ability to let things go. I'm sure most therapists will tell you that dwelling on past misgivings will only lead to a downward spiral of further...
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Dec. 7 2015
A week before my grandma's death, I talked to Sharon Ross, director of public relations & development for Lifesharing—a federally designated nonprofit committed to organ and tissue donation services...
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Nov. 23 2015
Also, I know they're not actually hoverboards, but more like Segways with the handles removed. (None of this is helping my call for rebellion, is it?)
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Nov. 9 2015
Being at a festival solely devoted to apples, I undergo this remarkable transformation where I suddenly can’t care about anything besides apples
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Oct. 26 2015
There’s nothing goth about the Comic Sans font. I stare at the San Diego Pagan Pride Day’s website, not really knowing what I expected. Something eviler, no doubt
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Oct. 12 2015
Pretend you've never seen a Target before. Not just Targets, but department stores in general. Now go deeper into this fantasy and pretend the fundamental tenets of capitalism and consumerism have not...
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Sept. 28 2015
We're all here to see The Room, a 2003 film that has quickly earned cult status, partly due to its rampant ineptness and partly due to the intrigue that surrounds its director/producer/star, Tommy Wiseau
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Sept. 14 2015
People often ask how we were able to afford a house. Yes, how indeed? When wages don't match the rising cost of standard of living; when the Union-Tribune calculates that it takes 18 years for a college-educated...
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Aug. 31 2015
I do a lot of thinking in my car. I find there are few things more relaxing that being cocooned in a vehicle, away from computers or screens, drowning out the outside world with music. It's only
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Aug. 10 2015
Ehrig-Burgess, sitting in the highest row, announces my arrival: "Ryan Bradford from CityBeat. Heckler #2, everybody!"

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