‘Oh, Yes! Let’s Raise the Water Rates – Again!’

August 10, 2022 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

Two days ago, I received in the mail, as I am sure that almost all of you did, a notice from the San Diego Public Utilities Commission notifying us of a “Notice of Public Hearing.”

And what is this hearing about?  A “Proposed Increase to Water Rates,” to be considered by the San Diego City Council.  (In case you did not receive the notice the public hearing will be held September 20, 2022, at 2:00pm.)

In italics starting the second column is says that “ . . . you have the right to protest the proposed rate increases.”

To say that the directions are a bit cloudy is a bit nebulous.  It states, in part, that

“only formal written protest will be considered under the City’s Proposition 218 protest tabulating procedures and must be received before the close of the public hearing either in person at the public hearing or via mail to City Clerk, 202 C St., MS 2P, San Diego, CA 92101.”

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Restaurant Review – Sabor Brazilian Grill in the Midway

August 4, 2022 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Sabor Brazilian Grill
3944 West Point Loma Avenue
Midway District
San Diego CA 92110

By Judi Curry

The last primary election that was held in San Diego introduced me to a new group of people interested in the same solutions for our community as I have.  It has been a refreshing, and exciting time. As we get to know each other better, we are branching out and doing more than discussing political aspects of San Diego.

This day was a perfect example, because I went out to lunch with Mandy Havlik, a current elected member of the Peninsula Community Planning Board and former city council candidate. There are several new restaurants that have opened in the Ocean Beach/ Point Loma area.  We decided to try Sabor Brazilian Grill. It is located just behind Grocery Outlet to the north.

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This Is District 2 Candidate Linda Lukacs, Part 2

August 3, 2022 by Judi Curry

Judi Curry’s views are her own and do not necessarily reflect those of the OB Rag.

By Judi Curry

Part 2

For those of you that did not read “Who Is Linda Lukacs, Part I,” let me briefly state that she is running for City Council Seat, District 2, against Jen Campbell, the incumbent.  I voted for Dr. Campbell when she was elected because I felt she was the best for the job – and the fact that she was a Democrat did not sway me in my decision.

After all, I am a registered Democrat.  On the other hand, Linda is a registered Republican

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Who Is Linda Lukacs? She’s Running in District 2 Against Jen Campbell – Part 1

July 27, 2022 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

There is one thing about the San Diego City Council that some people do not realize. The seats on the Council are bi-partisan. Whether the “owner” of that seat is a Democrat or Republican should not make any difference. They are elected to do the best for the community.

Suffice it to say that it is well known that the incumbent is a registered Democrat – and, in my opinion – a “do nothing” Democrat. Yes, I supported her and yes, I even voted for her. When she came out ahead in the most recent primary election I knew I would have to do some investigation into her opponent, because I knew that I would not cast my vote for her again.

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A ‘Feel Good’ and Bizarre Tale

July 21, 2022 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

Sometimes I find myself in a position of writing a story that I think will find the reader feeling good without any negative vibes. I am hoping that this tale does that for you, because it did for me.

Let me give you a fast background. I met Mona in 1992 when I was hired to be the Vocational Manager at San Diego Job Corps. Mona was the Academics Manager. Our offices were on the same floor but at opposite sides of the room, and our interactions took place numerous times during the day.

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The Widder’s Lament: Firecrackers and Fireworks

July 6, 2022 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

I am not a violent person. I do not believe in guns for any purpose other than military, and even then I have some doubts.

I do not like hunting innocent animals for fun; I do not like people to have guns in their homes, cars, tents, etc. I do not fish anymore – something I used to do until I heard a lobster scream when I put it in boiling water.

I do not like Ice Hockey because of the fighting that goes on; I just realized that I do not like the Tour de France either because of the arguments that take place there. And I do not like people that feel the need to argue with me and tell me that my thinking is wrong. In fact, I am liking animals more than humans recently.

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The Widder’s Rantings – Abortion and Guns, Drought and More Buildings, Campbell, Trump and Biden – Whew!

June 24, 2022 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

A few days ago my editor-dude wrote to me and asked if I was okay because I hadn’t written anything for some time. I answered back that I was physically all right, but there is so much going on in the world that is pissing me off I was unable to articulate the feelings. Today’s decision, although we knew it was coming, just set everything else off.

Who are these people that think they can control the lives of all of the women in America? What gives them the right to make a medical decision that doesn’t pertain to them in any way? Who are they to make a decision that will affect lives for years and years and years? Do they think that by passing this stupidity that abortions will not take place?

They have effectively removed SAFE abortions from every woman living in a state that prohibits them. I thought that there was supposed to be a separation between church and state? What happened to that? Do they realize that they have reduced women to second-class status?

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Restaurant Review: Country Waffles in the Midway (After 9 Years)

June 23, 2022 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Country Waffles
2323 Midway Drive
San Diego, CA 92110

By Judi Curry

It is difficult to find a time that is convenient for a restaurant owner and myself to have breakfast but Ibrahim (Al) and I seem to enjoy our time together so much that we try to meet at least once a month to discuss his new book, or his new painting, or his new poetry, etc. Yes, I am talking about the owner of Fairouz restaurant.

Our original plan was to go to Perry’s for breakfast, but when we arrived about 9:30 on Saturday morning there was not a parking place to be found. We decided not to wait and would go to the Country Waffles restaurant, a place we had gone to before, but not with each other.

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A Questionable Mother’s Day at Quarterdeck Restaurant on Shelter Island

May 9, 2022 by Judi Curry

Quarterdeck Restaurant
Bay Club Hotel and Marina
2131 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92106

By Judi Curry

Sometimes things happen that leave you shaking your head in amazement, astonishment, disappointment, or confusion. One seldom expects that when making a reservation for a dining experience, but it happened to us on Mother’s Day, May 8th, 2022.

My daughter Michele asked me if I wanted to go out for Mother’s Day breakfast, and, if so where did I want to go. Since my other daughters and their families were not available to join us, I said that it would be nice for her and Lawson and Steve and I to go out to eat somewhere near the water and outside, weather permitting.

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A Warning to Meat Eaters: Recall of Ground Beef

April 28, 2022 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

This is nothing more than a hopeful help to those of you, like me, that have purchased Grass Fed Ground Beef packaged by Lakeside Refrigerated Services and sold under the names of NATURALLY BETTER, NATURE’S RESERVE AND THOMAS FARMS.

Many of these products have been recalled because of E.Coli. I looked in my freezer and found that I had 5 packages, all purchased locally.

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The Widder Curry Disses the Incitement of Violence at Hockey Games

April 26, 2022 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

People that know me are aware that I enjoy most sports. I frequently went to the Chargers game – or Patriot’s games when I lived in Maine; I went to baseball games at Dodger Stadium since I was a little girl – a hundred years ago. I attending Horse Racing all over California, Arizona and Maine; My grandkids played a variety of sports – rugby, soccer, softball, and a grandson was a wrestling champion not all that long ago. I attended their game/matches whenever I could. Every now and
then my husband and I would attend a Gulls Ice Hockey game, and it was enjoyed.

However, those same people that know about my enjoyment of those sports are now aware of my distaste for Ice Hockey. My problem is that Steve has season tickets to the Gulls game; his seats are one row back from the goal, and we have a practically unobstructed view of the game. Perhaps that is some of the problem for me. If Ice Hockey were the only thing played it would be great,

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Restaurant Review: Wild Things Pizza in Ocean Beach

April 22, 2022 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Wild Things Pizza
2163 Abbott Street
Ocean Beach, CA 92107

By Judi Curry

It isn’t often when the owner of a restaurant asks me to do a review of his establishment. In fact, it has only happened two other times. Fortunately, each time the food was good; the service was good, and it was fun to do the review. This restaurant is no different.

It is where the old Surfrider Pizza used to be. That was one of my favorite restaurants but the trouble with it was that I was always cold when I was there because of the open windows and doors. It is no different now, except that Steve and I sat at the far southern end of the building and the windows were not open. If I were to go again – and I am pretty sure I will – I would try to sit in the same location.

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Restaurant Review : Cesarina’s in Point Loma

April 5, 2022 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

4161 Voltaire St.
Point Loma, CA 92107

By Judi Curry

It has been some time since I ate at Cesarina’s. The pandemic, new restaurants opening, etc., but Steve and I had something to celebrate and I wanted to go to Cesarina’s for their octopus and other authentic Italian meals.

A great many of the their recipes come from Napoli, and each of my three daughters spent a year in that city and raved about the food so I wanted to try it out again and see if it was as good as it was three years ago. In case you don’t want to read any more of this review I can honestly say, “It is!”

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Judi Curry: ‘We Stopped by Wendy’s on Midway and Wish We Hadn’t’

March 25, 2022 by Judi Curry

Editordude: Judi and her friend Steve stopped by Wendy’s on Midway Drive on their way to a Gulls’ game the other night. They wish they hadn’t. Judi submitted this as a “restaurant review,” but it’s hardly that – Judi only ordered a Vanilla Frosty (which they didn’t have) but Steve got his order. Here, then, are Judi’s thoughts:

By Judi Curry

I have only reviewed a fast food restaurant once in my career of being a food critic. That was because of exceptional service at the Jack in the Box on Voltaire and I felt they needed to be recognized. The other night, on the way to the Gulls Hockey game, Steve and I decided to stop off at Wendy’s

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Restaurant Review: The Third Corner in Ocean Beach

March 4, 2022 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

The Third Corner
2265 Bacon Street
Ocean Beach, CA 92107

By Judi Curry

At Christmas time, friends gave me a gift certificate for The Third Corner. I had been there many times before; usually for lunch or their weekend brunch, but never for dinner. Steve and I decided to give it a try because we were in a celebrating mood.

That mood almost evaporated within the first 10 minutes of walking in the door. I had made reservations, and when we were shown to our table it was along the wall with the windows facing West Point Loma Avenue; there was a large party just to the left of us, and two women sitting to the right of us. The large party was so noisy that I asked Steve to see if we could change tables.

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The Widder Curry: ‘I Have Family in Australia Where They’re Having a Once-in-500 Year Storm’

March 2, 2022 by Judi Curry

A Grandmother’s Concern

By Judi Curry

Too often we hear about something third or fourth hand, and although we feel sorry for the involved people, we let it pass until the next crisis hits. Many of us know individuals that come from Ukraine that are losing their very foundation of life.

But today I am faced with a problem even closer to home.

Many of you may know that I have a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren that are in Australia.

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Restaurant Review : Ketch Grill and Taps in Point Loma

February 24, 2022 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Ketch Grill and Taps
2614 Shelter Island Drive
Point Loma, CA 92106

By Judi Curry

Almost three years ago to the day I had dinner at the Ketch and did a review of the restaurant. At the time I was impressed with the menu and when I had out of town guests I took them there for lunch. But that time I was very disappointed – the menu had changed – and the food was only fair. That surprised me because the other restaurants in the chain are so good. (Miguel’s, Brigantine, etc.) I have not been back since. Things were about to change.

If you have ever been to the Ketch – the old “Red Sails” restaurant, you know that it is difficult to determine what is the bar and what is the seating area for the restaurant. There was some confusion as to where we could sit; when our table would be ready, etc., and it later turned out that we were comped for our drinks because of the confusion.

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The Widder Curry Has Questions for Her – and Our – Next Year

February 21, 2022 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

As another birthday year comes to an end, I look into the crystal ball and wonder what the next year will bring.

I don’t remember ever seeing the ball as dark as it is tonight – very few shining lights peek through the fog. Will we be at war in the next few weeks? Will the former President of the United States be held accountable for his actions – and his lack of actions?

Will he have to answer questions about his part of the January 6th resurrection? Will he have to answer why he took to Florida 15 boxes of classified information? Will he have to answer to the New York Attorney General his business dealings? Will he run for office again in 2024? And if he does will the American people reelect him?

What does the future hold for my children and grandchildren?

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Hugo’s in Ocean Beach Is Not Closing

February 17, 2022 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

HUGO’S IS NOT CLOSING! It is opening up under new management effective immediately. And the menu is basically the same – vegan, vegetarian and traditional Mexican food. There are Appetizers, Tortas,

Quesadillas, Enchiladas, Tacos, Tamales, Burritos, Special Combo Plates, Vegan Special Options, plus Sides and Extras, Breakfasts, Salads, Soups, and even a Kids Menu.

So who are the new owners? Two women whose history goes back to when the restaurant was Rancho’s. They are both single mothers; both love to cook; both love to meet new people, and both have a delightful sense of humor. Let me introduce you to Erika Leyva and Georgina Ballesteros.

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The Widder Curry’s Last Rant for January: ‘Have You Been to a Large Sports Gathering Lately?’

February 1, 2022 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

As a new grandmother today (Jan.31) – well, not exactly new as Elliott is my 20th grandchild – I am somewhat mellow. But only a little bit mellow – because there is a lot bothering me that I will be saying in the next few months. But let’s start with the new garbage collection procedure.

Have you watched any of the football games during the past few weeks? Have you attended any concert? Ice Hockey game? Wedding? Large gathering activity?

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Restaurant Review: Pop Pie Co. in Ocean Beach

January 31, 2022 by Judi Curry

Pop Pie Co.
4195 Voltaire Street
San Diego, CA 92107
Soft Opening Hours – 10:30am-7:00pm Daily
9:00am-9:00pm Friday and Saturday

By Judi Curry

Under normal conditions, I would never review a restaurant during the first week of operations. However, this is not “normal conditions” and people have been waiting for the Pop Pie Co. restaurant to open ever since it was announced that they were going into the old “Nati’s” building. (Obviously that did not work out.)

The Pop Pie Co. has been in Hillcrest for a long time, and since this is an adjunct of that restaurant, using the same menu and recipes, I decided to do a soft review to go with their soft opening. And yes, they are open now. I also want to be a little more clear about their location. They are on the corner of Catalina and Voltaire, next door to Cesarina’s and inside the storefront that stayed vacant for years after the coffee house moved out. Just down the street is another restaurant “Peace Pies” which is an entirely different restaurant.

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Hugo’s Cocina in Ocean Beach to Close

January 20, 2022 by Judi Curry

A Sad Day in OB

By Judi Curry

Several years ago – December, 2016 to be exact, I wrote an article for the OB Rag about one of my favorite restaurants closing – but opening up with the same name and same menu as the original one. That restaurant was Rancho’s– and it would be reopening as Hugo’s Cocina. Many of you remember Hugo – he had been a waiter at Rancho’s for many years, and he was delightful.

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The Joy of Buying a New Mattress

January 17, 2022 by Judi Curry

The Widder Curry wonders whether a good night’s sleep in the offing?

By Judi Curry

Every now and then you go to a merchant in your neighborhood and you are treated like royalty. That doesn’t happen too often but when it does you almost would like to shout about it from the roof top of the closest building. I had one of those experiences today and want to share it with you.

For the past ten plus years I have been sleeping on a mattress that sags in the middle.

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The Dinner Menu at Cocina de Barrio in the Midway

January 12, 2022 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Cocina de Barrio
3924 West Point Loma Blvd
San Diego, CA 92110

By Judi Curry

Back in mid-December around the time of my friend Steve’s birthday, the restaurant I wanted to take him to had no tables available for the time we needed. I had been to Cocina de Barrio with three others a couple months earlier, but it was for lunch, and because that menu was very different than most Mexican restaurants, I was curious as to what their dinner menu might be like. There was no problem getting reservations and I did call the restaurant directly.

If I thought that the lunch menu was different, I should have been prepared for the dinner menu. It definitely is not for the “gringo,”

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The Widder Curry Looks Back at the Jan. 6 Riot at the Capitol

January 6, 2022 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

In beginning this blog I want to point out that this is MY opinion. There is too much going on to have to defend myself to those of you that will disagree with me. You already know that I am an “anti-trumpster” and January 6th, 2001 did nothing to change that; rather it only reinforced my beliefs about the evilness of this man. With that in mind……

I am not a television fanatic. With the exception of MSNBC, local news daily, and an occasional “Jeopardy” I seldom have the television on. After the Chargers left San Diego my interest in football stopped; I have never been a Padres fan, and I do not like to watch movies or sitcoms on the tube.

So when I began watching the news on January 6th, 2001, I wondered why a movie about the Civil War was being shown?

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Reflections and Predictions by the Widder Curry

December 28, 2021 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

As I look back over this past year, I am so dissatisfied with my lack of accomplishments. In the past I have written books, been active in many organizations, attended classes, etc. This year I didn’t write a book, and with only the brief thought of beginning cookbook #4, I let that thought pass. But there are some things that I am thankful for.

I have a new grandchild – number 19 – and she’s adorable. My grandson graduated college with his B.A, and was hired at his first choice here in San Diego.

I met a person that has relieved the loneliness and depression I have suffered from for the past twelve years. I do not have any of the after effects from COVID, and I have had all three shots so if I should be exposed again my case will be milder than if I hadn’t had the injections.

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Restaurant Review: La Doña in Ocean Beach

November 24, 2021 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

La Doña
1852 Bacon
Ocean Beach, CA 92107

By Judi Curry

One of my favorite Mexican restaurants in Ocean Beach was Nati’s. I think that when they closed down almost the entire town was unhappy and many experiences there just became old memories. I was happy to see that another Mexican restaurant – La Doña – was going in to the same place, and hoped that new memories would be established there.

The other day was the day that four older ladies decided it was a perfect time to visit the new restaurant. Although it has been open for some time, we thought it was important to give it a chance to establish its own persona.

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Restaurant Review: Coffee Hub and Café in Point Loma

November 18, 2021 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Coffee Hub and Café
2907 Shelter Island Dr.
San Diego, CA 92106
(Note: They are open 7 days a week)

By Judi Curry

Now that many restaurants are open with the restriction for Covid being eased, it is time for me to try some of the places people have told me about over the year. The Coffee Hub and Café was one that I wanted to try.

It is located in the small shopping center on the corner of Scott and Shelter Island Drive, that also houses another restaurant I reviewed some time ago – Supanee House of Thai – and across the street from Miguel’s. They are open for breakfast and lunch, and although Google has them closed on the weekdays, that is not correct. They are definitely open.

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Restaurant Review: Point Loma Fish Shop

November 11, 2021 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Point Loma Fish Shop
1110 Rosecrans Street, #100
San Diego, CA 92106
619-794-2449 (To-Go Line)

By Judi Curry

In order to celebrate Meredith’s new position, we decided to go to lunch at the Pt. Loma Fish Shop and both of us were happy that was our choice, for selections were tasty, hot, and good.

The restaurant is slightly different than most when it comes to ordering.

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The Widder Curry’s Rants for the Week

November 9, 2021 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

Many of you have said in the past that I am too negative; that I must be very unhappy to be able to find so many “wrong” things in the world. I wouldn’t want to disappoint you, so I have decided to add to my negativity to keep you happy.

For those of you that might share my unhappiness – I want to tell you that I am happier than I have been in a long time; people are remarking on how well I look which is nice to hear about this old lady since I just became a grandmother for the 19th time with the 20th due in a few weeks! So without further wait here it is:

I just spent a hilarious (albeit dangerous) ten minutes watching people try to navigate the new round-about in Ocean Beach.

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