San Diego CityBeat - Archives San Diego CityBeat - Archives http://sdcitybeat.com/articles.sec-17-1-Archives.html Wed, 24 Aug 16 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[Spoiler: the surfing dog competition sucked - How anxieties and the pressure to live our best lives can prevent us from having fun]]> Spoiler: the surfing dog competition sucked - How anxieties and the pressure to live our best lives can prevent us from having fun
On my darkest days, I'm convinced that the human race isn't capable of having fun anymore. I think what now passes for "fun" is actually a simulacra of joy meant to convince others that we're experiencing an emotion...]]>
<![CDATA[A guide to your first month of playing Pokémon GO - 10 easy steps to help you master the shame, embarrassment and ultimate acceptance of trying to catch them all]]> A guide to your first month of playing Pokémon GO - 10 easy steps to help you master the shame, embarrassment and ultimate acceptance of trying to catch them all
After catching the Squirtle, you return to your co-workers and proudly proclaim, "I just caught a Squirtle." Thus begins the normalization of sounding like an idiot...]]>
<![CDATA[10 of the worst garbage characters in X-Men - Don't bother celebrating these idiots during Comic-Con]]> 10 of the worst garbage characters in X-Men - Don't bother celebrating these idiots during Comic-Con
Oh yeah, you like Wolverine? Are the Lakers or Yankees also your favorite sports teams? Is Green Day your favorite punk band?...]]>
<![CDATA[If it’s not a Scottish Fair, it’s CRAP - Coming to terms with Brexit, ancestral pride and overpriced beard oil at the Scottish Highland Games & Gathering]]> If it’s not a Scottish Fair, it’s CRAP - Coming to terms with Brexit, ancestral pride and overpriced beard oil at the Scottish Highland Games & Gathering
My interest in the Scottish Festival is distinctly American, i.e. whimsical and appropriating when it suits me best...]]>
<![CDATA[CityBeat's Drink Issue: The 10 Commandments of Drinking - Our sacrilicious guide to imbibing in San Diego]]> CityBeat's Drink Issue: The 10 Commandments of Drinking - Our sacrilicious guide to imbibing in San Diego
Hallelujah. Sing praise for CityBeat’s annual Drink Issue. Can we get a witness for spiritual guidelines for a flock moved by the holy trinity of spirits, wine and beer?...]]>
<![CDATA[24 hours of living screen-free - Processing the Orlando massacre without a phone, computer and TV]]> 24 hours of living screen-free - Processing the Orlando massacre without a phone, computer and TV
I try to think of the last time I had a screen-free day. Certainly not in the three years since I got my first smart phone. And even before the ubiquity of computers, there was always television. Have I ever actually had a screen-free day?...]]>
<![CDATA[The Ten Commandments of Drinking: 10. Thou shalt not covet - Unless thou art a cougar]]> The Ten Commandments of Drinking: 10. Thou shalt not covet - Unless thou art a cougar
The 10th Commandment is covered in greater detail in Exodus 20:17: "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's."...]]>
<![CDATA[The Ten Commandments of Drinking: 9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor - Finding something to Yelp about]]> The Ten Commandments of Drinking: 9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor - Finding something to Yelp about
We're guessing God was running to fill word count when he came up with this wordy and cumbersome commandment, which is basically: "Don't lie."...]]>
<![CDATA[The Ten Commandments of Drinking: 8. Thou shalt not steal - Stiff drinks at a two-finger discount]]> The Ten Commandments of Drinking: 8. Thou shalt not steal - Stiff drinks at a two-finger discount
It's one sentence on the stone tablets we never have trouble remembering: Thou shalt not steal. It's common sense, of course, but it's also so easy to break...]]>
<![CDATA[The Ten Commandments of Drinking: 7. Thou shalt not commit adultery - But sometimes you gotta date in the dark]]> The Ten Commandments of Drinking: 7. Thou shalt not commit adultery - But sometimes you gotta date in the dark
We'd never engage in a naughty affair, but if you do there's definitely an out-of-the-way bar for that...]]>
<![CDATA[The Ten Commandments of Drinking: 6. Thou shalt not kill - Drink Bloody Marys instead]]> The Ten Commandments of Drinking: 6. Thou shalt not kill - Drink Bloody Marys instead
The last time I had a hangover was last week. An impromptu, civilized cocktail with a friend turned into weirdo group dancing to Goth jams with CityBeat homies (says my iPhone camera roll)...]]>
<![CDATA[The Ten Commandments of Drinking: 5. Honor thy parents - Another round with mom and dad]]> The Ten Commandments of Drinking: 5. Honor thy parents - Another round with mom and dad
One of the joys of growing up is drinking with your parents. There's nothing more humanizing than seeing your mom and dad tipsy, spill their guts and act silly, and realizing they're just stumbling through life like you...]]>
<![CDATA[The Ten Commandments of Drinking: 4. Keep the sabbath day holy - Or, a guide to boozy brunches]]> The Ten Commandments of Drinking: 4. Keep the sabbath day holy - Or, a guide to boozy brunches
KindredPhoto by Candice Eley And on the seventh day, the Lord rested. As do most of us after a long week of toil and tribulation. If we're being honest, it begins on the sixth day; if we're rea...]]>
<![CDATA[The Ten Commandments of Drinking: 3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain - Unless it’s a goddamn good drink]]> The Ten Commandments of Drinking: 3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain - Unless it’s a goddamn good drink
The Third Commandment reminds us not to take the Lord's name lightly, and mixologists and brewers have not always listened diligently. While the alcohol content might be heavenly, the labeling calls for a direct drop-off to the underworld...]]>
<![CDATA[The Ten Commandments of Drinking: 2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image - Tiki bars are back]]> The Ten Commandments of Drinking: 2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image - Tiki bars are back
Tiki culture had its heyday in the '40s and '50s, when restaurants and clubs started using Polynesian design themes. For bars, there was an emphasis on sweet, rum-based cocktails that were often served in an elaborate mug or glass and garnished with all kinds of flair...]]>
<![CDATA[The Ten Commandments of Drinking: 1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me - Locals bars are like places of worship]]> The Ten Commandments of Drinking: 1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me - Locals bars are like places of worship
Sure, it might be fun to try a hip bar once or twice, but it doesn't beat the feeling of comfort that comes when you find a dive you can call your sanctuary...]]>
<![CDATA[Gong, baby, gong - Finding the chill in a politically violent world through gong immersion]]> Gong, baby, gong - Finding the chill in a politically violent world through gong immersion
The gist behind gong immersion is: You lie down in a room and yogis play various gongs and you, like, hallucinate and shit...]]>
<![CDATA[A 31-year-old, grown-ass man’s first time at Disneyland - Inadequacy, sadness and drunk driving fuel the fun at the Happiest Place on Earth]]> A 31-year-old, grown-ass man’s first time at Disneyland - Inadequacy, sadness and drunk driving fuel the fun at the Happiest Place on Earth
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 intense for my little brain...]]>
<![CDATA[Big blimpin' - A gin-infused blimp ride exposes the insanity of brand promotion]]> Big blimpin' - A gin-infused blimp ride exposes the insanity of brand promotion
"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 free blimp rides are damn fools...]]>
<![CDATA[San Diego writers vs. Los Angeles: a battle fought in seven rounds - Attending a recent literary conference proved that no one really wins in L.A.]]> San Diego writers vs. Los Angeles: a battle fought in seven rounds - Attending a recent literary conference proved that no one really wins in L.A.
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...]]>
<![CDATA[In the meowth of madness at the cat circus - Reassessing our relationships with felines during a performance of the Acro-Cats]]> In the meowth of madness at the cat circus - Reassessing our relationships with felines during a performance of the Acro-Cats
"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...]]>
<![CDATA[The sensuous chill of watching Yanni in 2016 - World-renowned musician can still give you all sorts of confused feelings]]> The sensuous chill of watching Yanni in 2016 - World-renowned musician can still give you all sorts of confused feelings
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, and cursed to the annals of awkward family holiday parties and elementary art classes for eternity...]]>
<![CDATA[What's the deal with adult coloring parties? - Revisiting the childhood activity turns a hater into a believer]]> What's the deal with adult coloring parties? - Revisiting the childhood activity turns a hater into a believer
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...]]>
<![CDATA[Mocking A Murderer - Turns out participating in a mock jury doesn't give you expertise to fix the system]]> Mocking A Murderer - Turns out participating in a mock jury doesn't give you expertise to fix the system
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...]]>
<![CDATA[Staring into the abyss at the ‘America’s Got Talent’ tryouts - Self-reflection, inner demons and existential crises at the reality show's San Diego auditions]]> Staring into the abyss at the ‘America’s Got Talent’ tryouts - Self-reflection, inner demons and existential crises at the reality show's San Diego auditions
Now, it's difficult to write about the America's Got Talent holding area without plagiarizing the descriptions of Purgatory in classic literature...]]>
<![CDATA[Raising an artist - The benefits of encouraging kids to embrace artistic skills]]> Raising an artist - The benefits of encouraging kids to embrace artistic skills
Back in December, clothing chain Old Navy found itself in hot water after releasing a toddler-sized line of shirts that read "Young Aspiring Artist."...]]>
<![CDATA[Appy days - Technology comes to the aid of parents]]> Appy days - Technology comes to the aid of parents
Parenting skills are by no means exempt from the app pool overflowing from the iTunes database...]]>
<![CDATA[The kids are alright - San Diego’s young musical hearts run free in variety of ways]]> The kids are alright - San Diego’s young musical hearts run free in variety of ways
Former SOR student getting the most out of his final examPhoto by Charlie Homo It's the music-loving parents' dream—your children decide they prefer the piano to PlayStation and Fenders to F...]]>
<![CDATA[Cool Star Wars party, bro - Rediscovering fandom on the night of 'The Force Awakens' premier]]> Cool Star Wars party, bro - Rediscovering fandom on the night of 'The Force Awakens' premier
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, and they'll crucify me. I'll accidentally question whether Han shot first, and they'll "actually" me to death...]]>
<![CDATA[Feed thine own - Chefs’ kids eat differently than your kids]]> Feed thine own - Chefs’ kids eat differently than your kids
It is a borderline bitter irony of the life of a chef that they feed anyone and everyone every night except their loved ones. It's a part of the profession's dark side that isn't depicted on the Fo...]]>