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Surf’s Up Shopping Event Jul 31, 2014 A surf-inspired evening of food, refreshments and shopping. Check out the pop-up shop by surf lifestyle outfitter Aloha Sunday Supply Co., handmade jewelry by Maru Lopez and other local artists. 70 other events on Thursday, July 31
 
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San Diego planning director’s uphill battle to create walkable communities
Editorial
Kevin Faulconer should follow Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins’ lead
Arts & Culture feature
A look at the late architect's lasting impacts as his murderer faces 15 years to life
Film
New Roman Polanski flick leads our rundown of movies screening around town
Seen Local
Casa Familiar suffers funding shortfalls and loses two of its three arts-and-culture employees

 

 
 
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Wednesday, April 17,2013
Sordid Tales

The last bastion of my manhood

Dignity’s final gasps came as she took control of the thing I loved the most

By Edwin Decker
My wife and I recently threw a going-away party for a married couple we know and love. It was while setting up for the party that the last bastion of my manhood flew away.
Monday, April 1,2013
Sordid Tales

The Ten Commandments of figuring out the restaurant bill

How to handle stingy little check-dodging weasels, and other useful tips

By Edwin Decker
You know about these people, right? These chum-sucking, check-ducking, cheap-ass charlatans who'll do whatever it takes to avoid paying their fair share?
Wednesday, March 20,2013
Sordid Tales

Understanding the difference between ‘public’ and ‘private’

My first-ever letter to an editor

By Edwin Decker
After nearly 25 years of receiving hate mail from irate readers, I finally got around to writing an angry letter to an editor myself.
Monday, March 4,2013
Sordid Tales

Why it’s perfectly acceptable to download free music

File sharing is nature’s way of refunding audiophiles for previously purchased crappy albums

By Edwin Decker
Do you want to know why I don't feel sorry for the record companies when they complain about file sharing and other piracy? Because, when you think about it, they still owe consumers a lot of money.
Monday, February 18,2013
Sordid Tales

Nobody needs to ‘need’ an assault rifle

What we ‘need’ is to pursue the things that make us happy

By Edwin Decker
I'd like to state at the outset that I'm not necessarily against gun control. What I am against is a certain argument that many gun-control activists use when referring to assault rifles.
Wednesday, February 6,2013
Sordid Tales

Who the hell cares about Beyoncé lip synching?

I the hell care about Beyoncé lip synching!

By Edwin Decker
I must admit, I’m fascinated by the topic of lip synching. I’ve truly enjoyed watching and listening to all the talking heads bicker about whether Barack Obama knew that Beyoncé was using a backing track at the inauguration.
Tuesday, January 22,2013
Sordid Tales

Mentoring a horny, drunken Pacific Beach baboon

Lesson 1: Don’t hit on the bartender

By Edwin Decker
It was on a busy Saturday night, in a bar on Garnet Avenue, when I unknowingly stooled up beside a horny, drunken Pacific Beach baboon.
Tuesday, January 8,2013
Sordid Tales

Why recycling is a waste of money, time and energy

A defense of conservatism

By Edwin Decker
As a fence-sitting political independent, I’ve taken a lot of grief over the years from my mostly Democratic friends who say it’s a copout to avoid picking a side. 
Wednesday, December 26,2012
Sordid Tales

Who’s really behind the war on Christmas?

It’s not what you think

By Edwin Decker
It occurred to me recently that Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity et al. are right. There actually is a war on Christmas, only it’s not being waged by secular progressives, as they claim. 
Monday, December 10,2012
Sordid Tales

The secret meaning of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’

The truth is, no one knows

By Edwin Decker
As a child, I was always fascinated by some of the mysterious and often archaic lyrics of traditional Christmas songs. For instance, what the criminy is a bobtail in “Jingle Bells”?
 
 
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