Monthly Archives: May 2009

A Death in the Pond Family

The big old catfish no longer lurks in the shadows of the lily pads and lotus beds in Balboa Park’s reflecting pond. He was partial to the bed in the pond’s southeastern corner, and people who loved him say he would emerge from … Continue reading

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100 Years of Positive Spin

We’re still a half-dozen years from the celebrations that will doubtless erupt in Balboa Park to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition (the influential event that, among other things, made the park what it is today). But … Continue reading

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Border Tourists

The US-Mexican border is so many things to so many people, it’s easy to forget you can go right up to it and touch it.  Sort of. It wasn’t so many centuries ago (less than one) that it was only an … Continue reading

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Tern Return

The first least terns of the season have returned (as they do every year in the late spring) to build their nests next to the runways at Lindbergh Field, according to the airport’s e-newsletter.  Although I suppose a sharp-eyed passenger … Continue reading

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Brewing a Sense of Community

As I write this, it’s 3 p.m. on a May-gray Thursday afternoon — the deadest time of the week at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, by my reckoning — and it still feels like a sociable place to be taking a … Continue reading

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Bountiful Bowls

It’s hardly the biggest charity event in San Diego, but for my money the Empty Bowls fundraiser benefitting the nonprofit Third Avenue Charitable Organization (TACO) is one of the most charming. The third annual one took place Saturday, May 9, once again … Continue reading

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The San Diego leg of the Red Bull air races don’t officially start till Saturday (May 9), but the warm-ups have already begun, and they can be pretty diverting in themselves. I was downtown Wednesday afternoon and among those enthralled by the … Continue reading

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Slime City?

Terri Somers’s April 29 article in the San Diego Union-Tribune announcing the formation of the new San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology (SD-CAB) included some interesting nuggets about the impact the green stuff is already having on the local economy. Quoting … Continue reading

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