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San Diego Sriracha Festival Sep 20, 2014 The Sriracha Cookbook and Food GPS spotlights the world's most iconic hot sauce with multiple stations featuring a variety of Sriracha-themed dishes, including desserts. There will also be local craft beer, cocktails, sodas, iced coffee and iced tea help tame the heat. 91 other events on Saturday, September 20
 
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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.
Monday, May 12,2014
Sordid Tales

The YMCA is trying to kill me

Have you heard the one about the fat man who enters a gym?

By Edwin Decker

When a fat man walks into spin class for the first time, all commotion abruptly stops—like an American backpacker entering the local pub of a rural, English village with a persistent werewolf problem.


Tuesday, April 29,2014
Sordid Tales

A religious righty says and thinks stupid shit about atheists

Ladies and gentlemen, I present the Rev. Michael Faulkner

By Edwin Decker
For the latest edition of "Religious Right Winger Says and Thinks Stupid Shit about Atheists and Other Secularists," I present the Rev. Michael Faulkner. 
Monday, April 14,2014
Sordid Tales

To be or not to be psychoanalyzed

Filling the existential hole where the factory of awesome Mexican meat logs should be

By Edwin Decker
Forty pounds. That's the amount of weight I've shaved off my torso, ass, thighs and chins. Forty bona-fide, USDA grade-A pounds since late January—just before W. said she was leaving.
 
 
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