Jan. 23, 2017 @ 4:53 p.m.
Author here. As an "Irish twin" myself (I'm half-Irish, with a sister two years my junior), I can't understand why that would be offensive. "Baja Kensington," had more to do with the sense of Adams Ave. being a huge divide — the moniker, as I understood it, was more a geographical joke than a slur, seeing as San Diego is a border-town. Also, Baja California is awesome, have you been recently? The "taco stand" chalk vandalism tidbit was included because it is an illustration of how passive-aggressive and rude some people can be, even in supposedly nice neighborhoods, and the anecdote also revealed the more friendly attitude of the man who shared this story of what happened to him upon painting his house. On another note, I love Normal Heights, along with many other San Diego neighborhoods, I spend a lot of time there. So I can see why you'd take it! :)
Aug. 31, 2016 @ 2:18 p.m.
Thank you, Dave! I'll see you on Twitter. ;)
Aug. 31, 2016 @ 2:17 p.m.
Thanks, Ian. Hugs and Kisses. xoxo
Dec. 9, 2015 @ 10:35 a.m.
Even though my article was turned in prior to the (most recent) horrific shooting, I want to address this letter, for anyone who reads the comments here. In my "Diary," I write about my personal experiences. I make it a point not to discuss world events unless I have a very direct, first-person experience with it. Such as 9-11. Ultimately, my column is meant to be a light-hearted slice-of-life installment, with whatever occasional real-life issue that I may be facing at any given time. I don't write about politics, I'm not a pundit. My column is memoir. As horrified as I am by many things happening in the world right now, as much as the news often makes me cry, you will not likely see any of that in my column. One of the most important things, especially in times like these, is that we do not lose our humanity. We keep living our lives. Otherwise, the terrorists win. If you're looking for reactions to shootings and/or the political circus, there are plenty of columnists, journalists, and talking heads covering that already.
Dec. 1, 2015 @ 11:01 a.m.
Yes, I've been to France, a few times. I say so in the story above. Just reading the headlines today? ;)
Oct. 26, 2015 @ 3:58 p.m.
No, at least not that I saw. But on the next corner, there's both Village Vino (that sells wine retail) and Clem's, which has wine, an incredible selection of beer, and booze. So all on the same block, thank goodness. ;)
Aug. 12, 2015 @ 2:36 p.m.
A flash of color (or bright feathers) sounds like a great way to celebrate such a milestone. :)
Aug. 12, 2015 @ 2:35 p.m.
Super cool, I didn't know that, and I dig their music. Thanks for the bit of trivia. :)
Aug. 1, 2015 @ 3:41 p.m.
Thank you! Such sweet words. And wow, to sleep outside! That would freak me out, too many bugs out there. Your dad sounds strict, but what an AMAZING experience! Almost worth the bugs to have wild skunk snuggles. Almost. ;)
July 1, 2015 @ 12:53 p.m.
I wish there were more to tell. He left, and we called the insurance company, and they sent out an appraiser who gave an estimate, and then we went and got the car fixed and the insurance company sent a check to pay for it, all within a week. Once the insurance company takes over, you have no direct contact (or need to) with the other party. Though I wonder, still, whether I should have pushed for a citation. A friend in law enforcement said this officer most definitely should have processed the guy, and that he probably just wanted to save the paperwork. But I'm on the fence about that, because what if he thought he was doing us a favor by handling it civilly? Then again, the only one who really got a favor by not getting prosecuted was Mr. Monster Truck. I'm still pondering the whole thing. I thought about including my thoughts about this, but I didn't want to be unfair to the officer in case he was really just trying to be a good guy, which I respect. As I mentioned at the end of the story, I really hope it was enough to keep this guy from doing something so thoughtless and stupid again.
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