Cable Companies and Street Lights

November 7, 2018 by Judi Curry

The Old Broad

My Cable Company

I wonder if I will get as much flack over this column as I have with all the other ones I have written in the past two months. I have yet to talk to anyone that recommends their cable system, so I have a feeling that I may be treading well. We’ll see.

My cable provider is “Cox”. I have a bundle consisting of WiFi, Television and a Land Line. Someone asked me the other day why I needed a Land Line and my answer was “that is the way I find my cell phone.” Quite honestly I prefer talking on my land line. The reception is clearer; it doesn’t hurt my hand holding the receiver the way the cell phone does, and I can put it on my shoulder comfortably and still have the use of both hands. The cost is reasonable – $20.82 – at least compared to my cell phone.

But I am having some trouble with my landline since Cox went digital.

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Airport Noise and the ‘Caravan’

October 30, 2018 by Judi Curry

The Old Broad Speaks Her Mind

Airport Noise and the Button

Let’s start this column by saying those of you that will tell me that they are used to the airport noise do not have to read any further. Let’s continue this column by saying to those of you that say that the airport was here before me do not have to read any further either. Those of you that will say there is nothing we can do about the airport can also skip this column. And those of you that will say that I am always bitching about something do not have to read any further either. And those of you that are not bothered by the black soot, or the shaking windows, or the air pollution – well – you can skip reading also. Because I am pissed by all of the above.

Today, Sunday, October 28th, I pushed the airport noise button 7 times; four times within two hours.

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Pittsburgh

October 29, 2018 by Judi Curry

The Old Broad Speaks Her Mind

Pittsburgh

I was in Las Vegas when I heard about the shootings in Pittsburgh. It spoiled my entire trip. (Of course not being able to find a Blackjack table for under $10 a hand didn’t help my mood.)

I was raised in a Jewish Neighborhood – the “Borscht” belt in Los Angeles. My high school – Fairfax High – was closed for Jewish holidays. Although I did not go to Sunday School, most of my friends did; most of my friends were either Bar Mitzvahed or, if female, Bas Mitzvahed. I would go to the Synagogue with friends when asked to go with them, and attended many Seder’s on the holidays. I celebrated both Hanukkah and Christmas, and have a Menorah and candles ready for this holiday season.

You would think that people would be safe in the “House of God”. The president’s idiotic comment that if there had been armed guards at the “Tree of Life” Synagogue there would not have been so many deaths.

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Recycling, the Chargers and Sample Ballots

October 17, 2018 by Judi Curry

The Old Broad Ponders – Just Before She Takes Off for Vegas

By Judi Curry

So here I sit with two 36 gallon bags filled with plastic bottles; one 33 gallon bag filled with bottles, and one 33 gallon bag filled with aluminum cans and no close place to go to redeem them. My neighbor said to me that I should just throw them into the blue recycling receptacle and put it out in front of the house come recycling day.

Why? I am paying for those bottles, cans and glass containers. Why should I just throw them away?

I remember when I would return those items to the grocery store and get my “deposit” back. Why can’t I do that now? The closest place to redeem those items will cost me almost the same amount of money in gasoline to get there that I will get back from the redemption.

To quote Turko – “it ain’t right.” We need to have a recycling center in the Ocean Beach/ Point Loma area again.

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Restaurant Review: Ketch (Revisited) in Point Loma

October 12, 2018 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Ketch (Revisited)
2614 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92106
619-814-8080

I reviewed the Ketch just after it opened for another publication and said at the time that if it was not good, or just mediocre – and I would not do a review of it, because I felt they needed some time to get everything together. However, it turned out it was very good, and I wrote the review.

The other day I had the opportunity to go back to the Ketch with a new friend, and, again I was not disappointed in the food. What I was disappointed about was that the menu had changed, and the item that I wanted was gone. Hugh said that he really liked Calamari, and on the menu was a “Calamari & Peppers” item.

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‘I Used to Like the FBI and Local Bus Service’

October 9, 2018 by Judi Curry

The Old Broad Sounds Off

As we get older, things that we believed in once – Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy – lose their authenticity. There are so many things that I used to believe in that I no longer believe in now. I ceased believing in our Presidential elections when the election was stolen from Al Gore; that feeling was only intensified with the election of the current president. I used to teach how important it was to vote; that each person’s vote counted until it was shown to be a misnomer with the electoral college. I have had to do some changes in my own philosophy and beliefs.

But there was still one governmental agency I believed in up until the last presidential election. I believed in the FBI.

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‘Move the Friggin’ Airport’, Outrageous ER Bills, and the Pinging of Jars

October 2, 2018 by Judi Curry

Musing From the Old Broad

Move the Friggin’ Airport!

As another Saturday passes by and I am woken up by the incessant noise of airplanes taking off, I again wonder many things: Is the flight pattern different on Saturdays? I NEVER hear as many planes passing overhead on the weekdays as I do on Saturday. It is a continual noise that leaves me irritated, frustrated, pissed off, and angry.

When I purchased my house in 1966 the planes did not take off over my house. For those of you that say that the airport “was there first” …

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Midway Traffic, Guns in Schools and All Those Damn Scooters and Bikes

September 25, 2018 by Judi Curry

Musing From the Old Broad

Midway Area Plan

Does anyone else wonder what the City Council was smoking a few days ago when they approved the revitalization of the Midway area? Do you think that they have EVER driven on Sports Arena Blvd. during rush hours? Do you think that they have EVER driven on Sports Arena Blvd at any time of the day, any day?

I had heard years ago that these plans were in the works because different businesses were not having their leases renewed.

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Restaurant Review: Cafe Rio

September 24, 2018 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

CAFÉ RIO
3309 Rosecrans St.
San Diego, CA 92110
(Loma Square Shopping Center)
619-488-6849
Caferio.com

Editordude: When you have two foodie restaurant reviewers, sometimes the reviews end up differently. That’s the case here. Bob Edwards did a review of this eatery back in March and called it “soulless food“. Today Judi Curry has another perspective.

I have heard many different things about this restaurant. Some were very positive; some were negative. I have tried to review it several times with different people but for some reason never got to it until today, when Candy and Irene agreed to trying it out with me. I had no idea what to expect, and told them nothing about what I had heard so that they could form their own opinion.

Physically the restaurant is cavernous. Tables all along the walls, in the middle of the room, with the ordering down at the far end of the building. It is definitely cafeteria style, and as you get in line to place your order

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Miramar Air Show, Trash Pick-up, Immigrant Children and a Warning about Uber

September 18, 2018 by Judi Curry

Musing From the Old Broad

Last week I said that I was boycotting “In and Out Burger” and listed the various reasons for that action. This week I am boycotting the Miramar Air Show for a number of reasons. I realize that this will be an unpopular decision for many of you, but I have several strong reasons for the boycott, and glorifying war is one of the strongest.

I want to quote the “Veterans for Peace” comments because they can say it better than I can:

“ . . . we ask that you question why our government continues spending an increasing amount on the military while reducing spending on programs such as health, education, and infrastructure, programs that benefit out citizens. Our tax dollars can serve us better than by funding war and its implements.”

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Musings from the ‘Old Broad”: In and Out Burger, Prop.6, Nike and Judge Kavanaugh

September 10, 2018 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

Being a widow for 9 years has changed the way I think; the way I live; the way I respond to others.

I have tried to discuss what is going on in the world with “Shadow”, my 6 ½ year old Golden Retriever, but his responses are less than satisfactory and leave me frustrated and angry a great deal of the time.

As I embark on this new facet of my life – a “weekly” column – not be considered a “weakly” column, I probably will impart my pent-up feelings to you and cause some of your great consternation and anger. I am happy to say that the “scars” from previous encounters have healed sufficiently, and I am ready to step into the arena again. Ready? Here goes!

I am boycotting In and Out Burger.

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Is “92107” Being Discriminated Against?

December 28, 2017 by Judi Curry

By the Widder Curry

Sometimes you learn the strangest things in the strangest ways. Today was one of those days. Shadow, my golden retriever, needed a bath in the worst way. He does not like to climb up the stairs at the OB Dog Wash, so I called “Four Paws” and Cari Huges to come over with her mobile van and make him smell good again.

After the bath we started talking about things, and she mentioned that she was really upset with “Amazon Fresh.” And there-in begins this article.

I asked her what she was upset about and she said, “they won’t deliver to “92107”. I thought she was being a little pessimistic so I decided to do some research on my own – and – guess what. She is right!

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Restaurant Review: Shanghai Bun on Rosecrans

December 15, 2017 by Judi Curry

Shanghai Bun – Chinese Tapas Bar
1029 Rosecrans St.
San Diego, CA 92106
619-795-1700
www.shanghaibunsd.com

I have visited the Shanghai Bun four times now. Each time I have gone with someone else and the past three times was less than thrilled with the results. One of the people I went with several months ago was Susi, and we agreed that a lot of work needed to be done before we would go back. (Editor: see Judi’s review from May 2017.)

Several weeks ago Susi contacted me and told me that she had gone again with her mother, and the menu had changed and was much better. Because I have wanted to have an authentic Chinese restaurant in the neighborhood I decided to go back and try it again.

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Restaurant Review : To The Point – Where Ocean Beach and Point Loma Meet

December 5, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review –

To The Point
4161 Voltaire Street
San Diego, CA 92107
619-226-6222

The one thing that really impressed me when I ate at To the Point several years ago was the slices of cucumber in their drinking water. I remember at the time it tasted so refreshing that to this day I still add a slice or two in my own water at home. But is pretty much all that I remembered from my eating there then so didn’t know what to expect this time.

Today two of the widow’s from my support group – Candy and Irene – and I got together to have lunch, and I had been asked just this morning if I had had a meal at this restaurant. She told me that the Chef had been changed; the service was better, and the menu and food was very good. I had no trouble deciding where we would go after we met at 11:00am. … Yes. The restaurant has really changed.

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The Widder Curry: The Water Bill Has Hit the Fan

November 30, 2017 by Judi Curry

It seems to me that I wrote a similar article about the high water rates a year or so ago. I know how upset I was with the raise in the water rates after it was announced that the drought was over. I know that many of us either appeared at the City Council meeting or sent letters protesting the rate increase, and, as per usual, we were “overruled” and the rates went into effect.

At that time I was “upset” about the increase. Now I am pissed. And it isn’t just me. I have the names of 286 residents in the Pt. Loma area that are also upset with the water bills we all received this week. And before I tell you the breakdown of a poll initiated by one of our neighbors – Mi Do – of the Fleetridge area, let me tell you why I am so pissed.

I am on a fixed income.

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The Widder Curry : A Look Back and a Look Forward – the Pitfalls of Online Dating

November 22, 2017 by Judi Curry

(Editor’s Note: Judi wrote the following 3 days ago.)

I have thought about writing this article for some time; probably since I began writing my book “Liar Liar”. Perhaps it is because I am very depressed today because it is the birthday of my granddaughter who would have been 30 years old if she hadn’t had an untimely demise.

Or perhaps it is because last night I met a couple that met on line, married, and seem very happy with each other. I know that my editor-dude met his lady on-line and they seem very happy with each other. None-the-less, whatever the reason, here it is.

Let me give you two very recent episodes.

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The Widder Curry: ‘A Boycott I Unintentionally Breached’

November 16, 2017 by Judi Curry

The Widder Curry Pledges Not to Patronize Restaurants that Add Surcharge Ever Again

Several months ago I said/wrote the statement that I would not patronize a restaurant that charged a surcharge after the raise of the minimum wage.

Last week I attended a birthday celebration at BO-Beau’s in Ocean Beach, and at the very top of the menu was the following statement:

“A 3% surcharge will be added to all Guest checks to help cover increasing costs and in our support of the recent increases to minimum wage and benefits for our dedicated Team Members.”

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Restaurant Review: Humphrey’s on Shelter Island

November 13, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Humphrey’s
2241 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92106
619-224-3577

As a general rule, I stay away from doing reviews of known entities because they are generally priced out of my budget, and they are usually well-established businesses. I had no intent of doing a review of this restaurant when I knew I was going to go to celebrate my “besties” 65th birthday, but the experience was so good I knew within several minutes of being seated that it would become a review.

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Musings by the Widder Curry on Women Coming Out With Tales of Sexual Harassment

November 9, 2017 by Judi Curry

As I sat in the beauty shop the other day waiting to have my hair cut, I picked up a copy of the latest People magazine. On the cover was a picture of Harvey Weinstein and page after page of women talking about how he had molested, raped, threatened etc. And as I looked at the pictures – I wasn’t really interested in reading about all of their experiences – I had to sit back and reflect over my life time, because what happened to those women did not just happen to famous people; it happened, and is still happening to women all over the world.

I am getting old. Very old. But it sure doesn’t take much to remember the assaults that I faced; the threats I faced; the acts foisted upon me. And the interesting thing is that even at my age it hasn’t stopped.

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Restaurant Review: Ocean Beach’s BO-beau Kitchen Bar

November 7, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

BO-beau
Kitchen Bar
4996 W. Point Loma Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92107
619-224-2884

Sometimes people celebrating their birthday want to just forget about it; others want it to go on for a few extra days. My friend Mary is one of the latter people, and, after celebrating her birthday Saturday night at another restaurant, she decided it would be fun to celebrate again at BO-beau’s in Ocean Beach.

It started out as a frustrating experience because when I called to make a reservation I was told that they didn’t take reservations but I could be placed on a “waiting list” and would be called as soon as our 6:30pm table was available. (Their menu on-line encourages you to make a reservation.)

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The Widder Curry Says ‘Thanks’

October 30, 2017 by Judi Curry

Thank you.

When the OB Rag throws a party, they know what to do: Food, entertainment; raffles; drinks; good company; great people, etc.

I would like to thank those of you that introduced yourselves to me and thanked me for the articles I have written for the Rag for over 8 years.

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Restaurant Review: Sunnie’s in South Ocean Beach

October 30, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Sunnie’s
4723 Pt. Loma Ave.
San Diego, CA 92107
www.SunniesOceanBeach.com
619-693-5298

I have been so reluctant to go to Sunnie’s since they have reopened. My review of them awhile back was less than stellar, and I was afraid that this time it would be no different. I am so happy to say that it was 180 degrees different this time than last time.

It was a very hot night and I just didn’t feel like cooking. Hitomi had school until 7:00pm, and my other student had gone out for “Taco Tuesday.” I decided to “bite the taco” – and try Sunnie’s again.

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Restaurant Review: Meechai Thai Cuisine in the Midway

October 23, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Meechai Thai Cuisine
3960 W. Point Loma Blvd. #4
(Midway Town Center at Sports Arena)
San Diego, CA 92110
619-224-4871

On the one day of the week that the weather changed from 80 degrees to 68 degrees, windy, and wet, was the one day that the Widows were getting together for lunch. So it was left up to me to find a place and I remembered going to the Meechai 25 years ago. I wondered how much it had changed over the years.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that not much has changed.

The ambiance was inviting; the seating was cozy; and Janet, the server, was the same server from many years ago. What probably has changed was the menu.

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City Road Blocks and Other Shenanigans Keep ‘Surf Check’ From Happening in South Ocean Beach

October 19, 2017 by Judi Curry

At a time when many protests over the fact that Target wants to becomes established in Ocean Beach rile the community, I think it is about time that people become aware of how a “little man”, wanting to start a successful business in OB is being met with frustration after frustration.

Just about a year ago I wrote an article about the Surf Check – a dream of Richard Aguirre‘s to own a small business that would enhance the local neighborhood. For those of you that are not aware of the Surf Check it is located on the northwest corner of Sunset Cliffs and Point Loma Avenue.

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Restaurant Review: Broken Yolk Cafe in Point Loma

September 26, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Broken Yolk Cafe
3577 Midway Drive
San Diego, CA, 92110
619-358-9966

Many years ago, when my husband was still alive the Broken Yolk Café was one of our favorite restaurants for breakfast. When the widows decided to get together last Friday we thought it might be fun to return to the restaurant on Midway Drive. We had all been to the one in the Grossmont area together and although I do not usually do a review of a “chain”, we decided that this chain was smaller than many and we’d give it a try.

Parking is not a problem and getting to it from Midway was relatively easy.

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The Widder Curry Says: ‘Water, Water Everywhere, But Too Expensive to Use’

September 19, 2017 by Judi Curry

In the past few days – probably after everyone received their new water bill, I have been inundated – not to be confused with the terrible floods on the east coast – with calls from people asking me if I saw a difference in my water bill this month. Without exception, everyone that called found huge increases in spite of the fact that their water consumption had not increased.

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Restaurant Review: The Pho Shop in Point Loma’s Midway District

September 8, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

The Pho Shop
3760 Sports Arena Blvd., Suite 3
San Diego, CA 92110
619-222-1447

I am always delighted when someone that has read my reviews asks if they can do one with me. I want to encourage my readers to do just that. And today, I met a “new friend” – Kareen, who agreed to try out The Pho Shop – (where the Mandarin Plaza Chinese Buffet used to be, behind the Red Lobster.)

In talking to Michael, our server, we found out that the restaurant is family owned and many of the recipes are from different members of the family. Michael, by the way, knew his menu and his food, and was a delight to have as our server.

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The Mindless Wanderings of the Widder Curry

September 5, 2017 by Judi Curry

After finding out that I write for the OB Rag and sometimes the San Diego Free Press, people frequently ask me what I write about besides doing Restaurant Reviews. It is difficult to pinpoint what I EXACTLY write about – because I find that my mind (yes – I still have one -) tends to wander all over the place; sometimes enough to write an article; sometimes to get really p – – – – – off; sometimes just to create a discussion.

So this Labor Day Weekend, alone for the first time in 4 ½ years since Cowboy dumped me, I have had a lot of time to ponder many different things. Some I’ll share with you. And for those of you that don’t like my wanderings – DON’T READ IT! I’m writing this as a catharsis for me. I’d like you to enjoy it; think about it, but if you don’t want to do so, it’s fine. Just don’t write back and tell me that my Editordude must have gone soft because he published this drivel. Here goes –

As a former educator, Administrator – read Principal – I was appalled when the Boards of Education in many school districts changed the starting dates for school to the middle of August.

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Restaurant Review: Guahan Grill in Point Loma

August 28, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Guahan Grill
3373 Rosecrans
San Diego, CA 92110
619-693-5766
Closed Monday

In all my years of reviewing restaurants, I have never come across a true Guamanian restaurant, food from the island of Guam, an island that’s been in the news of late.

Guahan Grill is a family run, Chamorro restaurant. In fact, one of our servers – Wilma – was born on the island of Taipei , just off the coast of Guam. Christine, our other server, has never been to Guam.

Their menu states:

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Restaurant Review: Kaiserhof Restaurant & Biergarten in Ocean Beach

August 21, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Kaiserhof Restaurant & Biergarten
2253 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92107
619-224-0606

It’s been almost 30 years since I have had a meal at Kaiserhof. The last time I did they were still located in the Mission Valley/State College area.

When my friend Barbara suggested that we go to lunch at Kaiserhof I jumped at the chance. My background has German/Hungarian heritage and I thought it would be nice to see how authentic Bavarian food would taste compared to what I make in the kitchen.

Although there is a parking lot in the back of the building, there were no available parking spaces

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