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HauntFest on Main Oct 24, 2014 The third annual, family friendly event in Downtown El Cajon features two stages of live music, a carnival rides and games area, a Kidz Zone with outdoor movies, magic shows, pumpkin patches and more. 70 other events on Friday, October 24
 
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Adaptation of Patricia Highsmith novel tops our coverage of movies screening around town
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Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical leads our rundown of local plays
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City’s contract tweaks both tighten and loosen requirements
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A review of Cygnet Theatre’s production of Sam Shepard drama tops our coverage of local plays
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Monday, October 20,2014
Sordid Tales

San Diego Super Credit Card Chargers

Rewriting the worst team fight song in the NFL

By Edwin Decker
Now that the Chargers have excised the tumor that was Coach Norv Turner and are back to kicking most excellent ass, it's time to address another pressing issue concerning this team. 
Monday, October 6,2014
Sordid Tales

Clarifying the consent standard for sexual assault

Yes plus yes plus yes plus yes plus no means no

By Edwin Decker
On Sept 28, Gov. Jerry Brown passed a bill requiring colleges and universities to apply an "affirmative consent" standard in the investigations and tribunals of campus-related sexual assaults.
Monday, September 22,2014
Sordid Tales

A letter from my younger self to my older self

Don’t be like Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Dwight Howard and Art Garfunkel

By Edwin Decker
Just Google "letter to my younger self" (LTMYS), and it'll return about a gazillion hits. Some are celebrity letters. Other letters are from regular Joes. There are tons of YouTube messages, magazine features and several books. 
Monday, September 8,2014
Sordid Tales

Waiter Math and the demise of mandatory tipping

Servers needn’t gnash their teeth amid new rules for restaurants

By Edwin Decker
An Aug. 28 U-T San Diego story reports that the California Board of Equalization is updating the tax code to ensure that sales taxes will be collected on "mandatory tips."
Monday, August 25,2014
Sordid Tales

The wrong way to role-play—choo choo!

Passive-Aggressive Co-worker? Seriously?

By Edwin Decker
Now, I'm not the role-playing type. The only role I have ever played in a romantic relationship is my signature "Honey I'm busy, can you make this quick" character that pretty much destroyed my marriage.
Monday, August 11,2014
Sordid Tales

Making an appointment for my midlife-crisis-oscopy

The many indignities of getting your intestines inspected

By Edwin Decker
If you're 50 or older, the American Cancer Society advises you to make an appointment to have a camera shoved up your ass via 5-foot tube so that a team of physicians can thoroughly examine that private, secret place where everything you've ever eaten goes to die.
Monday, July 7,2014
Sordid Tales

Ocean Beach would prefer not to be cornholed

Funky community’s residents don’t live in Pacific Beach for a reason

By Edwin Decker
The issue at hand is complicated and tedious, so let me summarize in a way that everyone, including me, can understand. Basically, Satan and his conglomerate minions want to cornhole the little people of Ocean Beach.
Monday, June 23,2014
Sordid Tales

Please do not explode fireworks over the animals

Challenging SeaWorld’s ‘commitment’ to wildlife protection

By Edwin Decker
To salvage SeaWorld's public image, which was recently mauled by the documentary Blackfish, the theme park's spokespeople have been vigorously reminding us that, foremost, they are zoologists.
Monday, June 9,2014
Sordid Tales

There’s no such thing as a bad synonym for ‘vagina’

A response to Nina Bahadur’s column in the Huffington Post

By Edwin Decker
The first three on the list of "terrible' synonyms for vagina are, unsurprisingly, cooter, snatch and pussy, which—in the right context—are perfectly reasonable terms but, OK, I understand why most women dislike them.
Tuesday, May 27,2014
Sordid Tales

The context and history of the Mt. Soledad holy-torture device

Do the cross supporters think they’re going to fool the Supreme Court?

By Edwin Decker
For those who don't know, the Mount Soledad Memorial Association (MSMA) petitioned SCOTUS in March, hoping to overturn the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the gigantic, sacred torture device is in violation of the First Amendment.
 
 
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