San Diego CityBeat - Presently Tense <![CDATA[I’m tense no more - Out with this old column, in with a new one]]> Having grown up in San Diego seeing so many creative, smart people move to Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Europe and other, less-deserty pastures, I always admired those who stayed, or relocated, here for their resolve to make it work in a town where picking up a newspaper is less popular than applying zinc oxide to the nasal region.]]> <![CDATA[How may I help you? - Providing a different kind of tech support]]> Punya and Abhijeet, both in their late 20s, told me they were the only two guys from hundreds in the company’s Bangalore office who’d been sent to San Diego for training. So, these were the voices on the phone! I had come face to face with the living, breathing targets of every joke ever told in the U.S. about trying to get a modem fixed.]]> <![CDATA[Cuckoo world - My admiration for a local antiques collector]]> Long before the Gaslamp Quarter became the gentrified playground of San Diego’s young 9-to-5ers, there was this giant antique mall down there, south of Market. ]]> <![CDATA[Sleepless in San Diego - Where can a night owl go for a hoot]]> If New York is the city that never sleeps, San Diego is the city that has a glass of warm soymilk before tucking itself into bed at 8:30.Sure, you’ve got your weekend Pacific Beach bro-fest, your]]> <![CDATA[The politics of dancing - Shaking up the meaning of an American memorial]]> Five people were arrested on Saturday for dancing at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.]]> <![CDATA[A view of the bridge - Balboa Park’s future in the grand scheme of things]]> I’m sure you’ve heard about Irwin Jacobs’ plan to invest in a park renovation that would remove cars from the Plaza De Panama in the heart of the park and divert traffic coming off of the Cabrillo Bridge toward other parking areas.
<![CDATA[Bird of sacrifice - Pelicans are large and in charge, but their future is murky]]> Living smack in front of the tide pools in O.B. for 11 years will make an amateur pelican expert out of you, and it occurs to me that this year, something looks different.]]> <![CDATA[Roe v. Wade on hold - Facing the erosion of abortion rights in America]]> It’s already happening across the country. The New York Times reported that since Republicans made gains in the mid-term elections, 29 states now have anti-choice governors and 15 have both anti-choice governors and legislatures.]]> <![CDATA[Nukikazes wanted - Japan’s crisis offers a glowing opportunity]]> One of the more interesting yet under-reported stories from the ongoing disaster in Japan is about how the Tokyo Electric Power Company has ramped up its effort to find workers willing to brave the dangerous conditions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.]]> <![CDATA[Meltdown versus shutdown - Let’s stop sucking the nuclear boobs]]> Shut down San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant! If enough of us demand it, it will happen. Raise your voices! Send letters! Organize a demonstration! Walk like an Egyptian! ]]> <![CDATA[Phoney behavior - How to know if you’re a rude cyborg]]> A new friend came over to my beach cottage for dinner the other night and spent half the time texting.]]> <![CDATA[A bridge too far right - Protecting the good name of a local landmark]]> Have you heard about the effort to rename the San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge after Ronald Reagan? When I found out about it at the beginning of February, I decided to make damn sure it would never happen. ]]> <![CDATA[The 69-Mile High Club - Let’s bring space sex out of the capsule closet]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Breastfeeding rules - Men tell Facebook to stop being such a baby]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Thinking doggie-style - New study reveals non-human intelligence]]> <![CDATA[Resolved to resolve - Another year of wishful thinking under scrutiny]]> <![CDATA[Supreme effort needed - A reason not to let your disappointment rule]]> <![CDATA[On the fence - Christo’s latest big thing and the bighorn sheep in his way]]> <![CDATA[Woody’s no Roman - Setting the record straight for my lazy friends]]> <![CDATA[New tricks on old Trixon - Learning to take the drumbeat to heart]]>