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Posted on September 2 at 8:18 a.m.

Reminiscent of the coffe mishap, a handmade sign at a health fair identified the School of Pubic Health and Community Medicine exhibit.

On Of Saloons and Sipping

Posted on May 16 at 11:27 a.m.

Your mayor sounds a whole lot more fun than the one our hometown voters mistakenly thought would actually listen to us (the disclaimer that no acutal facts were unearthed in the reporting of this story notwithstanding). The new guy is worse than the one we fired.

May 21 is my birthday, and I have no intention of getting hammered in an earthquake at 6:00 pm. Party first, then the Rapture.

Good story. Hope Nick doesn't get into trouble with the gang of four.

On Mayor Files Lawsuit to Block End of World

Posted on February 25 at 10:38 a.m.

A British judge can tell Julian Assange to take his sinful ways back to Sweden, but California can't lay hands on its own merry mavericks. At least the Quaids are staying out of trouble up north. Vancouver is almost expensive a city to live as Santa Barbara. It would behoove Canadian authorities to learn what they're using for money. Canadian innkeepers beware.

On Canada Cool with Quazy Quaids

Posted on February 19 at 11:49 p.m.

Could the uninvited guests be of a non-Aryan persuasion, trashy nouveau riche or (gasp) both? It is unseemly to mingle with the riffraff.

On Coral Casino Calls Out Ty Warner

Posted on February 16 at 3:01 a.m.

New Age capitalism is trashing the neighborhood. Vortexes climbed into bed with voodoo, and together they spawned Sedona. If the cult were serious about keeping the area pristine, McDonald's woudn't even have a presence there.

I surmise the zealous guardians of earthly beauty manage to keep the rest of the riffraff at bay with pricey eateries, resorts and recreation. Give me the hippie rock hounds and slacker beach bums of yore.

On In Arizona’s Red Rock Country

Posted on February 7 at 8:05 a.m.

Wonderful to see wall to wall, floor to ceiling books in our techno-digital age and not a single geegaw du jour. I'll ignore the swing--we all have our quirks. Bookshelves filled with dog-eared bound volumes--both hard cover and paperback--add color and interest. (Books should not be collected for display; buyers needs to read them.) Find separate niches for family photos and objects 'd.art.

I've had too much fun making my own decorating hits and misses to bring in a professional. Other than reading, there's no more satisfying hobby than rearranging furniture, changing pictures, lamps and pillow covers. But I'm glad Ms. Ellwood found a way to use her expertise, make a living and be a hands-on mom at the same time.

On From Set Design to Interior Design

Posted on January 7 at 8:32 a.m.

Just keep moving around the names and titles and descriptions and responsibilities ... maybe no one will notice . .

It's a tactic familiar to every worker bee in academe, large medical centers and no doubt countless other workplaces where the suits want to get rid of staff protected by union contracts and to reward people they like.

What were the combined salaries of the previous three directors, and how much is saved after reinstating one position? A stripped down program should call for fewer managers. Top heavy administrations will suffocate under their own weight. Eventually. I hope. Maybe.

On SBCC Seeks New Continuing Ed Director

Posted on December 3 at 7:10 a.m.

Surely you jest, Don McDermott.

(Thanks for the memories, Leslie Nielsen.)

On 'A Drop in the Bucket'

Posted on December 3 at 6:56 a.m.

I don't mourn the demise of big box stores Borders and B&N. Used bookstores house out of print and a wider, quirkier variety of treasures than those glitzy behemoths. All you need is an open mind and a big chunk of time to find a long-forgotten favorite or that thin volume of your aunt's poetry. I'm certain Sue would have found cheap, well-preserved Jane Austen novels at a used bookstore. Kindle is so sterile. I hope the marketplace welcomes smaller independents when the economy picks up although Santa Barbara rents will likely keep them away.

On Santa Barbara to Books: Drop Dead

Posted on November 19 at 9:26 a.m.

Can a reality show be in their future? It would solve the couple's financial problems, get Randy back in show biz, shed light on evil brother Dennis and the producers wouldn't have to make stuff up. The Quaid saga is a hoot.

Note to Judge Geck: Canada immigration has Mr. Quaid's passport. He's stuck on the wrong side of the Peace Arch. .

On Quaids Miss Another Court Date

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