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Posted on May 20 at 2:17 a.m.
It's like the Indy 500; how many times has a sure winner gone out on account of some mechanical problem? Also, like the "500", you don't really know until the last turn who will win.
On This Year's Preakness Stakes
Posted on May 18 at 7:09 p.m.
Where do I stand in all of this?
On Sleep with Dogs, Wake with Flea Powder
Posted on May 18 at 4:24 a.m.
Sorry, rents are only going one way. Take one guess which way.
Botany (anonymous profile)May 17, 2013 at 5:52 p.m
On Housing Experiment Makes Debut
Posted on May 18 at 4:20 a.m.
Where was he coming from?...a private residence...a bar?
On Bernie Taupin, Elton John's Lyricist, Arrested for DUI
Posted on May 17 at 2:33 p.m.
To add to Tabatha's comment while I don't know the exact minimum wage in 1973 I'm guessing it was somewhere in the $2 range. Anyway, given the increase in house prices from that time (when my parents bought a house in S.B.) and 2005 (when they sold it) coupled with the increase in minimum wage, the de facto increase was at least sixfold. The reality is S.B. is trying to shove ten pounds of sand into a five-pound sack, and the sack is tearing. Any talk about "quality of life" is going out the window. We can define our lives by statistics, but at the end of the day, how do we REALLY feel? I saw the downturn start to really take effect in 1994 when I began to see the aggressive driving become a normal thing. (Where a person simply cannot drive the speed limit without some frantic person riding up their bumper) and so it goes. We are told to get out of our cars and bike more. In and of itself this is not a bad idea, but it is not practical for those of us who have been forced out of the area by high prices and *have to* commute, nor those who are too old/sick to do so but more importantly, the underlying reason for this anti-car push is the fact that there are too many people. Between this, the gang injunction, the addition of speed bumps, and the cameras on top of stop lights, it's all a reaction to the same problem: Too many rats in the cage.
The Bhutanese have a concept called "Gross National Happiness"; clearly, our neck of the woods hasn't even began to grasp this idea, and shoving people together shoulder-to-shoulder while the usual cast of characters who run everything get to go home to their nice homes in their nice neighborhoods is not compatible with any sort of truly "progressive" society.
Posted on May 17 at 3:04 a.m.
Another elliptical thread about gang activity.
On Heated Debate Over Gang Injunction
Posted on May 16 at 3:14 p.m.
Hmm, don't the anti-marijuana people say "marijuana is a 'gateway' drug to other drugs"? I guess they don't include this in their thinking. Having said that, how many people are killed by drivers under the influence of cocaine vs. under the influence of booze?
This seems a bit hypocritical to me.
On Whiskey Richards Dance Permit Suspended
Posted on May 16 at 1:13 a.m.
Kinda of creepy that I distinctly remember sitting in my car in the Gaviota Beach parking lot one night when that song came on the radio.
Now time for The Twilight Zone theme.
On Guns of Gaviota
Posted on May 16 at 1:09 a.m.
Yes, I know that was a ridiculous comment, but not as ridiculous as believing the gang injunction is going to solve the underlying problem.
Posted on May 16 at 1:08 a.m.
Photo caption: "All eyes were on the giant bird that was flying around the auditorium".
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