San Diego CityBeat - Backwards & in High Heels <![CDATA[M-I-C-K-E-Y-M-O-U-S-E - Disneyland: a human cesspool and the Happiest Place On Earth]]> I should admit right now that I go to Disneyland steeped in existential conflict. The non-conformist in me knows that place is a cesspool of the human condition (an overwhelmingly white human condition, mind you) worthy of the most serious people-watching.]]> <![CDATA[The bastardization of language has me peeved - Oh, yes, I’m about to throw some shade]]> The abbrevs are not only maj annoy, but they’re totes ubiq, too.]]> <![CDATA[Survey says: More screen time, please - Parents worry about their kids’ readiness but also love abundant interaction with devices—weird]]> Rotenberg said that half of the parents surveyed worry about their child’s social and emotional readiness for school. At the same time, 89 percent said they value media exposure for their kids, with television being the most common choice.]]> <![CDATA[Knowledge of black history is in ‘Jeopardy!’ - Game-show contestants save the hardest category for last]]> Since nobody in their depraved CityBeat-reading mind watches Jeopardy!, I’m going to guess that you missed this year’s College Championship tournament and all the excitement that ensued.]]> <![CDATA[Middle-aged sex - Who doesn’t want to read about that?]]> According to The Kinsey Institute, roughly 46 percent of married women age 40 to 49 report having sex a few times each month (almost exactly the same amount of poking being done by married 20-somethings).]]> <![CDATA[Small talks, huge moments - This parenting thing is treacherous and awesome ]]> "Mama, can I ask you a question?" My 8-year-old was in the back seat of the car, and I was spun around in the passenger seat, looking into her eyes. Her face and body language were totally open. ]]> <![CDATA[Ladies, protect your orchids - The future of cosmetic surgery is here ]]> The vagina is awesome, literally; it’s gorgeous, mysterious, multipurpose-functional and unique as all get out. I examined more Internet V the other day than Michelle Duggar’s gynecologist, and I’ll say right now that no two are alike.]]> <![CDATA[2013 was out of this world - A look back at news that haunts]]> The realities presented on Earth 1.0 haven’t made me particularly hopeful; 2013 had its share of disappointments.]]> <![CDATA[Life is dangerous - Drive fast and take chances (but be discriminating)]]> Immediately after the deaths in a car crash of Fast and Furious star Paul Walker and his friend last month, the media wasted no time in turning the dialogue toward deeper introspection.]]> <![CDATA[A common calendar for San Diego Unified? - It could happen soon]]> If you’re a parent of a child in the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD), it’s possible you’ve heard rumblings about the push for a new common calendar, a supposed modification of traditional and year-round calendars.]]> <![CDATA[Thankfulness: a cynic’s attempt to be sunshinier - My temporary attempt to be more positive]]> My husband is the optimist in our relationship. He’s the yin to my yang. He’s the glass-is-half-full to my fuck-that-glass-I-hate-that-glass-so-I-smashed-that-glass-on-the-floor-and-now-it’s-empty-forever-and-you-can’t-argue-it’s-not.]]> <![CDATA[Fundraising adoption fees: Fair or foul? - Crowd-sourced purchase of an African child raises moral questions]]> How is it that we Americans go all the way around the world to "save" children but can’t manage to do the same for those that are living in our cities?]]> <![CDATA[A scary holiday story - Thumb-sucking intervention, a nightmare at Michael’s and the Christmas Creep]]> There I was, standing amid rows and rows of Christmas decorations at Michael’s. In early September. In the middle of a heat wave that buoyed my hot flashes and delivered to me a few weeks later a $445 electric bill (fuck you very much, SDG&E).]]> <![CDATA[In child tug-o-war, everybody loses - Looking back at ‘Adoptive Couple vs. Baby Girl’]]> The court case that had me transfixed through much of the summer was the forebodingly named Adoptive Couple vs. Baby Girl. Maybe you’ve heard of it?]]> <![CDATA[Still aging (not in the least bit) gracefully - How I’m like my car’s tires]]> In today’s pain-free state, it doesn’t begin to seem reasonable that I took a $2,200 ride in an ambulance to the hospital. But it was that bad. I’d diagnosed myself with something imminently terminal, and I wasn’t going to wait around for the mister to show up and find me dead.]]> <![CDATA[Going commando - When Decker’s away, the righteous chicks will play]]> Poor Edwin Decker. I don’t know which is worse. First, his column space gets co-opted by his better half, the wicked-smart Mizz W. (I’ve met her and can attest that Decker is playing up.) And now La Belfer has sneaked in to rearrange the furniture. Oh, the joy!]]> <![CDATA[Let’s not sell our souls to the reform devil - San Diego Unified School District gets Race to the Top right]]> What with the tiresome budget fights, cutbacks and narrowly averted layoffs, there aren’t many reasons to be happy with the San Diego Unified School District’s Board of Education these days.]]> <![CDATA[Trying to look on the bright side for one day - My attempt to put some yin to the yang]]> I was walking through the mall the other day, forced to go to the Genius Bar after the genius move of inadvertently leaving my iPhone in standing water, when I was accosted by the kiosk people. ]]> <![CDATA[The Democratic National Convention afterglow didn’t last long - The impact of going from Obama to the Kardashians in no time flat]]> I know that the echo chamber is crushing Barack Obama since last Friday’s jobs report, but I spent the three nights before that watching the Democratic National Convention, and I am in love! ]]> <![CDATA[The momentary unpleasantness of back-to-school - It’s back on the hamster wheel for me]]> As I sit at my desk, I notice the light has faded. I look out my office window and decide, when the garden lights pop on, that it must be nearly 8:30 p.m., but then I look at the clock and my worst fear is confirmed: It’s only 7:22.]]>