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Parking spot blues in Golden Hill

22nd Street...bizarrely popular

22nd Street...bizarrely popular

The block I live on in Golden Hill is popular in the most bizarre way. Though it only has 6 residential buildings, all single-family homes except for one duplex, it has 32 public parking spaces, which are always filled, day and night. Even more bizarre, my side of the street has 20 of those spaces–and only 2 residences.

It gets better.

– My next-door neighbor doesn’t drive and doesn’t own a car. Even if he did, his property has a small parking lot on it. He doesn’t use or need public parking.

– Of the other 4 residences, 3 of them have driveways. They don’t need public parking.

– The one business on our block, a Victorian home converted to office use, has its own parking lot. Oh, and it’s vacant right now.

So who owns all these cars and why are they parking here?

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Listen up, Dickheads!

L-R: Bobby Ricotta, Frank Feta, Richard Cheese
L-R: Bobby Ricotta, Frank Feta, Richard Cheese

Fans of Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine (Dickheads) will be thrilled to know that the 2009 Martini Hero Farewell Tour is coming to San Diego. That’s right! The Big Cheese and his band will be at the House of Blues in downtown San Diego on the 22nd of July. General Admission tickets start at only $29. Hurry! This may be your last chance to hear Richard sing his swankified versions of hits like American Idiot, Hot for Teacher, Badd, and Baby Got Back. Well, at least until next year.

Update: Richard recently sent an email addressed to “Fans, Friends, and Packaged Liquor Store Owners” letting us know that, “This year, I am performing my final farewell tour. I’ve been lounging against the machine since our first CD debuted in 2000, and it’s time for me to hang up my tiger-striped tux. THIS IS REALLY IT. The concerts scheduled on our 2009 “MARTINI HERO” tour will be the last ones we ever play, so I hope you will please try to make it to one of our shows and experience that swing thing that we bring.

It’s Not Too Early to Think About ComicCon 2009

Comic Con Logo

It’s getting to be that time of year and the San Diego Comic Convention is just around the corner.

This year’s con is July 23-26, and will mark the 40th anniversary of the convention and my 16th year in attendance.  Even before I lived in San Diego, I made the annual pilgrimage to San Diego and it has definitely been one of the things I look most forward to every year.  For me, the Con is a like Holiday observed with great fanfare, celebration, and best shared with friends (and sometimes beer).

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Fitness on the Cheap Tuesdays

Image Courtesy of CrashMattBs flickr photo stream under a Creative Commons license. Check out his entire Hello San Diego set for more great photos around town.

The Embarcadero Marina Fitness Course @ Sunrise. Image Courtesy of CrashMattB's flickr photo stream under a Creative Commons license. Check out his entire "Hello San Diego" set.

Now is the time of year when most of us start thinking about the summer months (which in San Diego is most of the year).  Unfortunately this year, now is also the time that many of us are letting our gym memberships go due to tough times and prudent frugality.  Who’s got disposable income for the fitness center right now?  Fortunately for San Diegans, the city has got you covered.  For the next couple of weeks I’m going to reveal all the good local free fitness spots I know of around the downtown and surrounding areas.

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Hard Times Visit Even The Finest of Cities

It seems like these days everyone, including San Diego, has been feeling the effects of an economy turned sour.  Perhaps the most obvious sign of this has been a visible increase in the number of homeless under bridges, sleeping in cars, or wedged in stoops.

The bridge near my house has always been a safe haven for local hobos, most of whom were friendly and usually only stayed there an evening or two before rotating to one of the other bridges nearby or visiting Father Joe’s down the way.  These days though, there are so many new faces setting up semi permanent tents that I really wonder what sort of steps, if any, we as citizens or the city could take to help all these folks. (more…)

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