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Cool As Ever Tech SD Tweetup now FREE!


The next SD Tweetup on August 8th was already shaping up to be a doozy: the site is the Del Mar Racetrack, the entertainment is swing band Big Time Operator, and attendees will get private seating, private betting booths and tech swag galore. TechZulu is providing live streaming and will debut their show TechPunch with host Amanda Coolong there. Though the SD Tweetup had never charged for admission before, $35 seemed like a steal for such a great day at the races.

Would you believe it’s now free?


Meet My Invisible Friends

Los Amigos Invisibles

Los Amigos Invisibles are a fantastic band from Venezuela. They play a mélange of funk and disco flavored with Latin rhythms and put on one of the very best live shows I have seen. They’ll be at the House of Blues on Thursday August 6th.


If you miss their show, you might want to pick up one of their albums; their latest is titled Commercial.

The Complete History of America (abridged)

Hurry, the show tomorrow at the San Diego Repertory Theater is the last one. That’s the bad news. The good news is that it’s funny. Really, really funny! Although The Complete History of America (abridged) was premiered by The Reduced Shakespeare Company in 1993, it has been updated with references to Obama, Gitmo, and more. The company can be found on Twitter and have a podcast too.


Bowling for Bunnies


It’s Bowling for the Animals (B4A) time again. The eleventh annual event will be held Sunday, April 26th at the Vista Entertainment Center. With snacks, a raffle, and bowling it’s sure to be good, clean, family fun. Proceeds this year go to the Spay Neuter Action Project to help build a new Stationary Spay/Neuter Clinic which will provide family planning to cats, dogs, and bunnies. Help the Bun City Bowlers by visiting and sponsoring them and, if you can, come to the event and cheer them on.

Whale Watching Cruise

Sea Lions

Sea Lions



I won a couple of tickets on twitter (thanks LG!) for the Hornblower Whale watching cruise last Saturday morning. It’s a 3-1/2 hour whale and dolphin watching event out of the Cruise Ship Terminal located in downtown San Diego.

The last time I went on a whale watching trip was a very long time ago on a fishing boat that was nothing like the large yacht we were on for this trip. The Hornblower Adventure has plenty of room with three decks available for viewing all of the sights out on the ocean.

It was a beautiful day to be out on the water. The air was clean and we enjoyed the scenery as we chatted with our fellow travelers.

We saw sea lions and dolphins, but sadly no whales, as it was late in the season. Not to worry though, because of Hornblower’s whale sighting guarantee, we received a couple of “rain check” tickets so we can go out again earlier next season. I’m looking forward to going back out again!

Hornblower Cruises & Events

San Diego’s first Sonic Burger!

Sonic Cheeseburger

Sonic Cheeseburger

So if you’re anything like me, you’ve lived in San Diego a while and you watch TV. … okay well I guess “up till 2am watching cartoons on adult swim and cartoon network, piddling on the internet, and generally causing trouble”. If that’s anything near you then you’ve probably been seeing the commercials for sonic burger on tv for YEARS NOW.


Smells like roller derby…

See the San Diego Derby Dolls this Saturday!

See the San Diego Derby Dolls this Saturday!

Roller derby. Fishnets. Catfights. Hairspray. Sweat. Lip gloss. Kneepads. Admit it…these words have already got you turned on and scouring Netflix for a copy of Raquel Welch in Kansas City Bomber.

How about something even better? This Saturday, there will be live roller derby action at Del Mar.

The San Diego Derby Dolls, the pre-eminent banked and flat-track local roller derby league, will be fielding their flat-track team the Wildfires in a bout against the Central Coast Roller Derby on Saturday, April 4 at Wyland Center Hall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. General admission tickets are $13 in advance at or $15 at the door. VIP bleacher seating is $20, and kids 7 and under get in free.

I saw a few bouts when the Dolls used to appear monthly at SkateWorld in Linda Vista, and believe me, they are some serious ath-a-letes. With names like Isabelle Ringer, PT Bruiser, Splint Her and Kiki Diazz, they’re also kinda scary. Don’t tell them I said so.

To get a taste of what’s coming, check out the Derby Doll’s YouTube channel.

Live Jazz in San Diego


Dizzy’s, a project of musician Chuck Perrin, is currently hosted by the San Diego Wine & Culinary Center at 2nd & J Street. On many nights of the week, one can have a nice, simple meal and listen to great music! Dizzy’s upcoming calendar has dates featuring Gilbert Castellanos, Jaime Valle, Kendra Shank, and Peter Sprague.  It’s an all-ages venue, so you can bring the niece or nephew with musical aspirations along. You can purchase a meal or beverages with plastic, but Chuck only takes cash for the cover; be prepared! See the FAQ for any questions you may have. I hope to see you there some night soon.

Tips for Showing Visitors a Good Time

It’s Spring Break in Canada, and I’m happy to be hosting visitors to San Diego this weekend. To keep it fun, I’ve got a five sure-fire tips to pass along.

We took our guests to Torrey Pines State Park on Friday afternoon and cruised down to Flat Rock, watched dolphins play in the surf, and enjoyed the bluffs, caves and tidepools. Our friends loved Torrey Pines and said it was more fun than the outrageously expensive and crowded Disneyland experience they’d had the previous day. (more…)

Relive the Snuggie Pub Crawl in photos and video

Get your Snuggie on!

Get your Snuggie on!

If, like me, you didn’t have the gumption to put on a Snuggie and toddle drunkenly around North Park last Friday the 13th, don’t worry.  Video and photos of the event are now available for your viewing pleasure.

I especially like the Snuggie Patriot, who described herself as “red white and blue, representing America, and San Diego at large.” It takes a few beers in you to make such a bold claim.

Hope they have another one before the nights get too warm. As one attendee put it, “This sh–‘s hot!”

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