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The ‘Queen of Folk’ - Joan Baez and ‘King of Folk’- Bob Dylan were in town for an impromto gig. Hard to believe the biggest stars of the todays folk craze were actually in OB. They were spotted canoodling at Shades Bistro. Ahh, love is truly in the air.

Three thousand miiles away from New York City and ‘The Factory’, Andy Warhol and Nico were in town scouting out possible locations to film Andys new movie project, as yet untitled, but rumoured to be a surf flick. His recent movie ‘Chelsea Girls’ is making the art cinema rounds. Maybe they will show it at the Strand.

I was eating a breakfast burrito and slurping on a smoothie at the Point loma Beach Cafe last Friday when I noticed a brown haired man at the counter. He was wearing a shiny nylon shirt “Caan...I ..Have ..A Mummosa.. Please” he said. He then made his way toward my table by the window “Wow” I said “Bill Shatner”. Being a huge Treckey I was stoked. He explained that he was in town filming on the cliffs, they were shooting what was to be the 44th episode entitled “The cliffs of Neberu”. Unfortunately the film real was destroyed by a freak wave during the final take. With no choice, the studio was forced to rush production of “The Trouble With Tribbles” to fill the gap.

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here are many publications in this area. They are put together by various writers and creators. They range from Giant monolithic corporations to individuals passing out pamphlets at coffee shops. The Ocean Beach chronicle is NOT a monolithic corporate beast, it is just a rag tag group of 3 to 5 local individuals that have a passion for humanity that starts with our local community . When I say “our community” I also mean of course “your community”. With that comes a certain level of responsibility. We at the Chronicle wish to engage the reader and encourage a vibrant debate, a debate which begins in this small sphere of influence, then reverberates to a wider audience, and eventually ‘hopefully’ the entire globe. We in O.B. know in our hearts, that this is probably one of the most liberated spots in the world, maybe even the center of free humanity. It is located on the western hemisphere of the planet in the United states of America on the very edge of the ‘Wild Wild West’. Yes, when it comes to freedom we were dealt a royal flush. The publications that operate in such a place share a special duty, a duty to create a truly positive message for all. We here at the Ocean Beach Chronicle take this duty to heart. Then again you may prefer publications that choose to bombard the reader with a constant barrage of ‘medical experiments’ that prey on the poor and shall we say the uninformed. Then the Plastic Surgery clinics ,and the obligatory ambulance chasing lawyers. At one point you must say to yourself “I am sick of the boob jobs and botox”. I mean how much more negative propaganda can you stand? These ads are designed to play to your weaknesses, not your strengths . They convince you that you are physically imperfect or at the very least improperly drugged. These sponsors are very lucrative and provide the bulk of funding for such publications. None the less, we at the Ocean Beach Chronicle offer a solution, a truly local publication that really cares about this precious community. We truly are one of a kind! What we say reverberates among local artists, papers and video media. We stand for a strong Ocean Beach, and support businesses that will not be absorbed by faceless corporations. We also stand for the fundamentals of this beautiful society including the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, and the creator of the heavens above. We can not do this alone, we need your help. Realize that the Chronicle is, and always will be a symphony of human beings focused locally but directed globally. The ‘Chronnie’ as we affectionately call it is again a free and undiluted dream of our past, our present, and of course our future. We invite you to Join the ‘Chronnie’ and make it your publication. If you wish to stand with us and reject the corporate takeover, then please advertise in the ‘Chronnie’, and tell our sponsors that you saw there ad. If your friend that had a poem published in the Chronnie, please let them know you read it . If you know a local artist, musician or artist that needs our spot light, let us know. Pass the word on, especially to the visitors and tourists, that keep our world abundant and interesting. Finally let the world know that we here in Ocean Beach are not another zip code be be absorbed into the Matrix. We shall remain locally owned and grown and, we will never back down or give up. – Matty Dread out! P.S If you like the groovy graphics and quirky layout of the ‘Chronnie’ then love the graphical artistry of Trevor. If you need graphics for t-shirts, stickers menus, and anything else, then contact Trev. You may even have an idea for a publication of your very own. Trevor has done the design, layout and graphics for tons of these throughout the years.

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Riding The Storm – Confessions of a Jim Morrison Fan I love storms. Forgive me. I take that back. I adore them. The music of The Doors and the voice of Jim Morrison are examples of the few remaining love affairs that we still have with the Gods. I accept them in whatever the frightening guise may be at the present moment in time. However, as all lovers are want to be, I will forever love Jim. Remember though, the Gods are still susceptible to mortal tendencies and lusts. It is worse still- they are cruel. Yet, as mortals we are afraid. What transcends that fear? Sex. We were given a rare gift. The strangest part of sex is that we are far more concerned about the mere physical body and yet, after all is said and donesex is about the spirit and the mind. Mother’s Saloon, May 1966 The Doors were in Ocean Beach for a gig at Mother’s Saloon. I managed to spend a little time with Jim Morrison prior to the show. It went like this ... Trevor: I think fans of The Doors see you as a savior, the leader who’ll set them all free. How do you feel about that? It’s kind of a heavy burden, isn’t it? Jim Morrison: It’s absurd. How can I set free anyone who dosen’t have the guts to stand up alone and declare his own freedom? I think it’s a lie--people claim they want to be free--everybody insists that freedom is what they want the most, the most sacred and precious thing a man can possess. But that’s bullshit! People are terrified to be set free-they hold on to their chains. They fight anyone who tries to break those chains. It’s their security....How can they expect me or anyone to set them free if they don’t really want to be free? Trevor: Why do you think people fear freedom? Jim: I think people resist freedom because they’re afraid of the unknown. But it’s ironic ... That unknown was once very well known. It’s where our souls belong ... The only solution is to confront them -- confront yourself -- with the greatest fear imaginable. Expose yourself to yourself to your deepest fear. After that, fear has no power, and fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free. Trevor: What do mean when you say “freedom”? Jim: There are different kinds of freedom -- there’s a lot of misunderstanding ... The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your senses for an act. You give up your ability to feel and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first. You can take away a man’s political freedom and you won’t hurt him -unless you take away his freedom to feel. That can destroy him. Trevor: But how can anyone else have the power to take away from your freedom to feel?

Trevor: Do you think it’s possible for an individual to free himself from these repressive forces on his own -- all alone?

Still with me? Still working up to the end? Ride the storm with me my friends.

Jim: That kind of freedom can’t be granted. Nobody can win it for you. You have to do it on your own. If you look to somebody else to do it for you -- somebody outside yourself -- you’re still depending on others. You’re still vulnerable to those repressive,evil outside forces, too.

Never would I have thought that I would have lost my virginity to a ghost. A man gone from this world before I even came into it and yet, the resonance is profound.

Trevor: But isn’t it possible for people who want that freedom to unite -- to combine their strength, maybe just to strengthen each other? It must be possible.

Jim. Jim. Jim.

Jim: Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself-and especially to feel. Or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to -- letting a person be what he really is ... Most people love you for who you pretend to be ... To keep their love, you keep pretending -- preforming. You get to love your pretense ... It’s true, we’re locked in an image, an act -- and the sad thing is, people get so used to their image -- they grow attached to their masks. They love their chains. They forgot all about who they really are. And if you try to remind them, they hate you for it -- they feel like you’re trying to steal their most precious possession.

Riders on the Storm-. That song aroused a primordial beat in my inner cor. The initial t touch that brought an awakening from deep inside my body was not just through my own hands. Oh no- it was through Jim’s. I can still feel his voice touch me through my hands as I rose through the downpour and came out through the mist- an elated, glowing and somewhat shaky young woman.

Trevor: It’s ironic -- it’s sad. Can’t they see that what you’re trying to show them is the way to freedom?

Music. Let’s not be mundane and say that was a young girl’s proverbial “sexual awakening”.

Jim: Most people have no idea what they’re missing. Or society places a supreme value on control -- hiding what you feel. Our culture mocks “primitive cultures” and prides itself on supression of natural instincts and impulses. Trevor: In some of your poetry, you openly admire and praise primitive people -- Indians, for instance. Do you mean that it’s not human beings in general but our particular society that’s flawed and destructive?

Instead, let’s see our lives as a continuing song. Sometimes we get lucky or smart enough to listen. However rarely, but I can attest to this being true- sometimes the Gods come to us and allow us to come as well.

Jim: Look at how other cultures live --p eacefully, in harmony with the earth, the forest -- animals. They don’t build war machines and invest millions of dollars in attacking other countries whose political ideals don’t happen to agree with their own.

Ride the storm. Signed, Soul of the Rose

Jim: Some people surrender their freedom willingly--but others are are forced to surrender it. Imprisonment begins with birth. Society, parents; they refuse to allow you to keep the freedom you are born with. There are subtle ways to punish a person for daring to feel. You see that everyone around you has destroyed his true feeling nature. You imitate what you see.

Trevor: We live in a sick society.

Trevor: Are you saying that we are, in effect, brought up to defend and perpetuate a society that deprives people of the freedom to feel?

Trevor: But isn’t there something an artist con do? If you didn’t feel you, as an artist, could accomplish something, how could you go on?

Jim: Sure ... teachers,religious leaders-even friends, or so-called friends -- take over where the parents leave off. They demand that we feel the only feelings they want and expect from us. They demand all the time that we preform feelings for them. We’re like actors-turned loose in this world to wander in search of a phantom ... endlessly searching for a half-forgotten shadow of our lost reality. When others demand that we become the people they want us to be, they force us to destroy the person we really are. It’s a subtle kind of murder ... the most loving parents and relatives commit this murder with smiles on their faces.

Jim: I offer images -- I conjure memories of freedom that can still be reached -- like The Doors, right? But we can only open the doors -- we can’t drag people through. I can’t free them unless they want to be free -- more than anything else ... Maybe primitive people have less bullshit to let go of, to give up. A person has to be willing to give up everything -- not just wealth. All the bullshit he’s been taught -- all society brainwashing. You have to let go of all that to get to the other side. Most people aren’t willing to do that.

Jim: It’s true ... and part of the disease is not being aware that we’re diseased ... Our society has too much to hold on to,and value -- freedom ends up at the bottom of the list.

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ichard Alden “Rick” Griffin is an American artist and one of the leading designers of psychedelic poster. As a contributor to the underground comix movement, his work appeares regularly in Zap Comix. Griffin is closely identified with the Grateful Dead, designing some of their best-known posters and record jackets. His work within the surfing subculture includes both film posters and his comic strip, Murphy. Griffin was born near Palos Verdes amidst the surfing culture of southern California. Griffin biographer Tim Stephenson notes: His father was an engineer and amateur archaeologist and as a boy Rick accompanied him on digs in the Southwest. It was during this time that Rick was exposed to the Native American and ghost town artifacts that were to influence his later work. Rick was taught to surf by Randy Nauert at the age of 14 at Torrance Beach. The pair had met at Alexander Flemming Jr. High, and were to become lifelong friends, Rick producing much of the artwork for Randy’s future band, the Challengers. While attending Nathaniel Narbonne High School in the Harbor City area of Los Angeles, he produced numerous surfer drawings, which led to his surfing comic strip, “Murphy” for Surfer magazine in 1961, with Griffin’s character featured on the front cover the following year. In 1964, he left Surfer and briefly attended Chouinard Art Institute, where he met his future wife, artist Ida Pfefferle. That same year, he hung out with the group of artists and musicians known as the Jook Savages. He traveled with Ida on a Mexican surfing trip and later planned a move to San Francisco after seeing the psychedelic rock posters designed by Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley. This year, the couple arrived in San Francisco, where they now live in their van.

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here are so many stories and so much fun that have gone on in this bus that I would not know where to begin. Like Jerry Garcia said, “If I told you all that went down, it would burn off both your’e ears”. But, I will tell this, owning a VW bus is a life experience like no other. Life is like a wave, it will have its ups and downs, and its highs and lows, but somewhere in between you will find a middle ground and make it to shore. A few days before my birthday in 2007, I had a dream. It was of me and mine rolling down the coast in a ‘Yellow bus’. When I awoke in the morning, and told my kids of my dream as we left for school in our rental car. On our way, we passed ‘The Dream Machine’ with a for sale sign on it. After a few days with my friends telling me I was crazy... point given... I bought it on my 35th birthday! Now, we have bus gnomes in the ‘Phamily’ Everyone who has a bus knows the gnomes. They don’t like the rain, they don’t like the heat, (Air cooled ), just pull over, Cool down. Jump back in and enjoy the ride. Sometimes they growl right before a show that your’e not supposed to be at any way. None the less we have made it to many a show, needless to say. The rest is history, in the making. Keep on Bussin’ !!!!!! Shaynana

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Players: Pigpen: Ron “Pigpen” McKernan Garcia: Jerry Garcia Kreutzmann: Bill Kreutzmann Weir: Bob Weir

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Winston’s May 1966 / Ocean Beach Trevor: I’m inside Winston’s with Matt talking to some wild characters called the Grateful Dead. Seems like they are one of the popular groups around the area. Around the, uh, table we’ll go, meet first Pigpen. What a horrible name. Pigpen: Not my fault, Jerry gave it to me. Matt: What’s your real name? Pigpen: Ron. Matt: Ron? Uh, your fan club yesterday or something was telling me you’re 21 years old... Pigpen: Um-hm. Matt: You look like 38... what happened? Pigpen: Umm... couldn’t tell ya. Trevor: Uh, Jerry Garcia. Jerry was on a previous interview with us when Ken Kesey was down. And uh, Jerry’s name is mentioned quite often when we talk about guitar pickers. Garcia: Guitar pickers... Trevor: Yeah, we’ve talked about guitar and who’s doing this well and that well and somebody always mentions Jerry Garcia. It’s good to meet you. Garcia: Thanks. Trevor And a wild shirt on today. Uh, Bob was the real name... I didn’t catch... Bill, oh, first of all Bill... okay, doesn’t matter. Kreutzmann: Uh, Bill Kreutzmann’s the real name... Trevor: Kreutzmann... Kreutzmann:’s just too long to pronounce. Matt: And your instrument is... Kreutzmann: Drums. Matt: Drums. Okay, and Bob... Weir: I’m the rhythm guitarist. Matt: Are you the spokesman for the group? You threw something like an 18 syllable word out a while ago here... knocked the whole thing dead. Is he the mouthpiece... Garcia: No, that was a long mumble. Trevor: Oh, is that what it was? And there’s one member... better give him credit. Garcia: Phil Lesh...who’s the bass player, who’s off on an errand or something... somewhere. Trevor: And uh, well, off on an errand is fine.. yeah. But the Grateful Dead, playing almost every weekend somewhere or another around ... things have been going pretty good for you, right? Garcia: Oh yeah, I’d say so... Weir: Real good. Garcia: ...remarkably good. Matt: I’ve had a chance to catch you a couple, three times at the Fillmore... a lot of good blues. And uh, one thing I know about the Dead, seems like the instruments... everything is always right together, there’s never any sloppiness... bing-bang, you know, the guitars are always... everybody hits at the right time. Is that what it is? Garcia: It’s pure luck. All of us have a sense of time that’s funny at best... uh, somehow after being together for a year, uh, we’ve learned to keep it the same type of funny. Trevor: Okay, where did the name ‘Grateful Dead’ come from, and how did the group get organized? Pigpen (to Garcia): Run it down to him. Garcia: Okay, we were, uh, we were trying to think of a name for the band. Our name was originally The Warlocks, uh, not ‘Originally The Warlocks’, just ‘The

Warlocks’. But first it was... anyway... ‘The Warlocks’ was our new name now. We discovered that there was a band back east, or something like that, recording under that name. We decided... oh, no, we can’t have that, uh, we can’t be confused with somebody else. So we were trying to think up names and for about two or three weeks we went on the usual thing of like coming up with thousands and thousands of very funny names but none of which we could use. Like uh, ??mnee and the Vivasectionists... Weir: ...and the Reality Sandwich. Trevor: That’s a wild thing... the names of groups. Somebody just came up with the ‘Grateful Dead’ and it sounded right? Garcia: Well no, we didn’t come up with it. Here’s what happened... we were standing around in utter desperation at Phil’s house in Palo Alto, and uh, there was a huge, uh, Webster’s New World Dictionary, I believe... big, ya know, a big monolithic thing. And I just opened it up. And uh, there in huge black letters was “The Grateful Dead” and it was just so, ya know... Kreutzmann(?): ...prophecized...‘out of the book’. Garcia: ...just... canceled my mind out, kind of... and I thought well, you know... So we, we decided to have it, but, it was funny ‘cause like we didn’t really like it too much at first, and we thought it was... it kinda made us shudder. And uh, you know we were worried ‘aw, nobody’s gonna go for it -- it’s too weird’ and whatever and.... But, finally enough people called us that and we called ourselves that enough times that that’s who we are by now. Matt: About a year you’ve been together then? Garcia: Uh year-and-a-half... just about a year and a half. Trevor (to Kreutzmann): Bill, how’d the group get together... what were all of you doing? Kreutzmann: Uh, we were working separately at other jobs as musicians -- other bands... Weir: Jerry, me and Pigpen were in a jugband -- Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions. Kreutzmann: We had a different bass player at one time, who brought us all together and knew all of us. We didn’t really know each other necessarily, and uh, put us all together. Trevor: And then he canceled the scene, huh? Kreutzmann: Yeah, he couldn’t... he couldn’t play six night at the clubs and things, so we found another bass player. Matt: Uh, how often do you have to rehearse? Or do you rehearse? Garcia: We try to rehearse every day, and um, we put in about six hours a day. Trevor: Really? Garcia: Yeah, well that’s because its the only thing we do, really.. Matt: Yeah. Garcia: Uhm, we try and do it as good as we can, uh, and put as much time as we can in on it, but because we’re all human beings and we’re all friends, we can’t make it work, you know I mean we can’t be... we can’t say okay this is punch in and let’s play and then punch out. It’s like we get together and sometimes we might not play at all, we might just sit around talking for an hour or so, telling jokes or something, and then play a little and get some ideas and it kinda works like that.

Trevor: Oh. (To Pigpen) Pigpen, you, uh, play sitting down -- all the time or many times? Pigpen: Not any more. Trevor (perplexed): Not any more... Garcia: Pig buried the stool. Trevor: That kinda cancelled out my question didn’t it. I was gonna... alright, why did you play sitting? Pigpen: It was to easier to play that way. Trevor: Is that right? Just, uh, straight guitar though, I mean, uh, you like sitting down doing it? Pigpen: Not any more. Matt: I thought maybe you were an Arthur Lymann reject or something, with the old Hawaiian guitar. Garcia: Well, he plays the organ... organ and uh, harmonica. He’s not one of the guitar players. He uh... Pigpen: Thanks for straightening it out. Garcia: Okay, don’t mention it... anytime. (laughing) And uh, the thing about the organ is that... Pigpen (interjecting):’re stuck to it. Garcia: have this footpedal, you know, and uh, its more comfortable for Pigpen to sit down and work the footpedal, but we’ve... after a few... Pigpen (interjecting): ...prodded me...(laughing) Garcia: ...sessions of uh...(laughing) Pigpen: ...long sticks...(laughing) Garcia: ...we finally convinced him. Pigpen: ...then they threw my seat away. Matt: Yeah, I hear there’s something called the ‘Pigpen t-shirt’... Pigpen: Yeah. Matt: Does that mean you’ve’re a star now or something? Pigpen: Well, its their fault... over there, sitting down. Matt: They’re the fan club sitting down in the other part of the room. Pigpen: Yep. Matt: I’ll have to get ahold of one of them... Are they in production right now or something? Pigpen: The, uh, people wanted to do for you... Matt: Oh, is that for me? Pigpen: That’s for you. Matt: Alright! Weir: Good news... its fluorescent, no less. Matt Oh, is that lovely. Yes it is you. And I remember the picture now of one of the posters that, uh I think, Family Dog did. Didn’t he use the same picture? Or somebody? Garcia: Who knows? Matt: I don’t know, they’re so many posters. Lovely things too... I’m doing a wall in ‘em right now. Hey, thank you. I’ll figure out somewhere to wear that... (laughter) Garcia: Wear it anywhere.

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Sex and the sixties.

David Allyn’s Make Love Not War, subtitled The Sexual Revolution: An Unfettered History, is a must-browse for anyone interested in the social and cultural history of American political movements. The 1960’s of lore and legend mixed promiscuous sex and free love with drugs, rock, and the pursuit of pleasure. So you can imagine my surprise when Allyn challenged my perception of the 60’s by noting that norms revolved around “modified forms of monogamy” rather than pure promiscuity. Though I knew that Timothy Leary had always been especially critical of promiscuity and charmed by monogamy, I considered Leary to be an idiosyncratic exception. As it turns out, I was wrong. In Chapter 8 (“In Loco Parentis”), Allyn explains why the 60’s heralded more of a sexual rebellion than a revolution: For hippies, sexual liberation meant not being preoccupied with sex. “You have to remember,” says Jack Gelfand, a professor of computer science who graduated from Rutgers in 1965, “sex for us wasn’t naughty or illicit. It was innocent.... For us, free love was about love, not just sex.” “Make Love Not War”-- it was one of the key slogans of the counterculture. But it was not a rallying cry for casual sex; it was, rather, an almost sentimental plea for harmony and brotherhood. If people would stop hating and killing one another and instead begin truly loving each other, the world would be a better place. Sex was fine, but “making love” was about far more than sex: it was about being profoundly related to another human being. As Bob Dylan advised Playboy readers in 1966, “Sex is a temporary thing: sex isn’t love.” Love was the central tenet of counterculture-- love of nature, love of life, love of oneself, love of love. Sexual intercourse was merely a way to communicate with, and express love for, another person. For those who would like a taste test of this book, Allyn describes the Chapter 3, which looks at the long and twisted story of the birth control pill, is excerpted in full online. For those who would like to know more about Allyn himself, David Bowman’s fascinating interview with Allyn for is worth more than a taste. In this interview, Allyn briefly addresses the “sexual revolution/s” as played out in contemp: People thought that it was really going to happen -- that you could find a rational approach to sex. That you could abolish jealousy. You could abolish all of our hang-ups and shame and fear. And that was the national conversation at the time. I think that is gone. I think people have found there are two ways to look at it. You could say people have gotten resigned, or you could say people got realistic. One might gain a little insight into Allyn’s seeming sexual conservatism knowing that his parents divorced when he was 4, that he went on dates with his dad, that he has an 18-month daughter, that this book began as his history dissertation, or that his own sexual experience has been as complex as most: The first time I had sex I thought to myself, Wow! Now I see why parents don’t want their kids doing this. It almost seemed so animalistic. Our whole civilization is built around this pretense that we don’t go to the bathroom and we don’t masturbate and we don’t have sex like animals do. Allyn’s most valuable insight is his strong distinction between free love and free sex. Contemporary culture a la Maxim tends to conflate the two. Liberation from sexual repression is a far cry from a compulsion to “muck around” (to borrow the Aussie term) with the bar-hopefuls.

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A miniskirt (sometimes hyphenated as “mini-skirt”) is a skirt with a hemline well above the knees, generally halfway up the thighs – normally no longer than 10 cm (4 in) below the buttocks; and a minidress is a dress with such a hemline. A micro-miniskirt or microskirt is a miniskirt with its hemline at the upper thigh, at or just below crotch level; and short shorts--often better known as hot pants are women’s shorts with leg hemlines at the upper thigh. The popularity of miniskirts is going crazy in “Swinging London”, and is now emerging among many women, especially teenagers, preteens, and young adults. Before this time, short skirts were only seen in sport and dance clothing, such as skirts worn by female tennis players, figure skaters, cheerleaders, and dancers. Expect to see them more and more in Ocean Beach this summer. No complaints on this one! Seven square miles surrounded by Reality

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Skittles Taste the Love Quaff the Flow Drink the Aura Absorb the Glow Draw from Deep Pull from Soul Spread the Vibe Watch it Grow Turn the Page Break the Cage Free your Chi It’s time to Rage Don’t mourn the Loss Embrace the space Remember those Past We lift them to A higher place


ahrenheit 451 tells the story of a futuristic world in which books are banned and burned, TV is everyone’s drug of choice, and independent thinking is basically illegal. Ray Bradbury first wrote the tale as a short story called “Bright Phoenix” in 1947. The work progressed to adolescence as a novella called The Fireman, and finally became a full-grown novel in 1953. This was Bradbury’s first Big Important Serious Work, though he was already famous for science fiction stories like his 1950 collection The Martian Chronicles. These stories put Bradbury on the map, but Fahrenheit got his name on the literary A list. While the novel does touch on the dangers of censorship, Bradbury was adamant that this was not his focus. The novel is about the dangers of television, he said, and his fears that such mindless entertainment would replace recreational free thinking. Remember that in the 1950s color TV was the hot new thing; it represented the burgeoning empire of leisure. Add into the mix Cold War fears of “suspect” individuals and a need for straightlaced conformity, and you’ve got an environment ripe for Fahrenheit-style fears. Critics recognized the relevance of Bradbury’s work then, and still do today. Why Should I Care?

Notice that he made this comment over fifty years ago. Consider what has changed since 1951. Bradbury seems to fear most of all the idea of the speed that technology like the radio and TV offers (making us a “QUICK reading people”). We wonder what Bradbury thinks of our Facebooked, MySpaced, Twittered, iPaded world today. One could say his fears have come true: we read at lightning-fast speed. A huge part of a debate that is swirling all across the world about reading. You love literature, right? And you are feeding your interest through the Internet right now. You have a valuable perspective. The New York Times ran a story in July of 2008 about this very thing: Clearly, reading in print and on the Internet are different. On paper, text has a predetermined beginning, middle and end, where readers focus for a sustained period on one author’s vision. On the Internet, readers skate through cyberspace at will and, in effect, compose their own beginnings, middles and ends. (source) New York Times writer Motoko Rich asks us here to consider the Internet’s benefit to our brain, saying that it is used to create our “own beginnings, middles and ends.” Are we, maybe, becoming more creative readers in addition to being “a QUICK reading people”? Is the book dead? Should we care if it is?

-Bryan (Honeybear) Decker

To the shock of many, Ray Bradbury has argued till the cows come home that Fahrenheit 451 is NOT about government censorship. In his mind, the novel is about the potential for TV to replace books, causing us to forget how to think for ourselves. Back in 1951 (two years before Fahrenheit was published), Bradbury wrote in a letter to fellow science fiction writer Richard Matheson: “Radio has contributed to our ‘growing lack of attention.’ […] This sort of hopscotching existence makes it almost impossible for people, myself included, to sit down and get into a novel again. We have become a short story reading people, or, worse than that, a QUICK reading people.”

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Hi, my name is Rob and this is my best friend Hera. I’ve always been a lover of big dogs so when I was looking to to get a puppy I wanted the biggest I could find and the Great Dane was it. I found my majestic princess 8 years ago in Placerville, CA. and we have been inseparable since. She is a blue Merle and when she stands up on her hind legs she is eye level with me and I’m 6’, not to mention she is about 145lbs. I remember when she was growing up she doubled in size every month for about the first year. I had to learn fast that anything I could reach so could she including any food left out on the kitchen table. She is always making friends when we go for walks dog and human alike she really is my gentle giant. Her favorite places to go are Dog Beach (of course), Fiesta Island but most of all the couch. She has been the best friend anyone can ask for always excited to see me when I come home and always ready to go explore OB on a sunny day Dog’s name? Hera, it is Zeus’s wife from Greek mythology. How did your dog get it’s name? With a dog like a Great Dane, you need a great and powerful name to match the breed, what better than the queen of the gods. What is her best attribute? I love that I never have to bend over to pet her.

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What is her worst attribute? She will take up the whole couch and leave you to sit on the floor. What is your dog’s favorite band? She loves The Beatles because they are the only thing bigger than her.

What is your dogs favorite beer? Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, or the Habanero Sculpin when she feels spicy. What is your dog’s favorite flower? She is definitely someone who takes time to stop and smell the roses. What is your dog’s favorite food? Anything that comes off the BBQ. I remember one year I turned around for one minute and she ate an entire tri-tip. What is your dog’s favorite quote? “Dogs are not are whole life, but they make our lives whole.” Roger A. Caras

How would your dog save the world? Any evil that would come her way she could lick to death. Send a photo of your dog and answer the same questions to be included in our next ‘Dogumentary’ email: Special thanks to Kevin Bray for the inspiration to start this column.

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Song 4: Catfish John Bill: Oh wow, you have to love the beautiful harmonies. These guys are all winners in the genetic lottery. Music is a lot like basketball. Here we have five guys passing the musical ball around. This is teamwork, folks. Walt: Effervescent Ed shining through. EWB sure takes you to another place and time.

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The Oldest Juveniles in Ocean Beach - The Electric Wasteband


iza has the Great Pyramid, Babylon has the Hanging Gardens, Wiltshire has Stonehenge, and Ocean Beach has the Electric Wasteband. Electric Wasteband started as the Elastic Wasteband more than 22 years ago. Through different lineup changes, this dynasty has been the premiere Grateful Dead cover band of Southern California. Jamming is breathing to them and their celebration of the Dead’s music is felt in each note, drum hit and rest. For over 22 years they have played all over the San Diego but most notably every Monday Night at Ocean Beach’s Winston’s. On March 31st, in celebration of College Basketball’s March Madness, Winston’s had two special guests doing “tune by tune” commentary. Ladies and Germs… Say hello to Bill Walton and Walt “Clyde” Frazier! Bill: Ah, what a beautiful evening here in the last truly groovy beach town on the planet. Ocean Beach. We are here to celebrate the music of my best friends, the Grateful Dead. Their message of hope, peace, love, teamwork, creativity, imagination, celebration, the dance, the vision, the purpose, the passion all of the things I believe in makes me the luckiest Deadhead in the world. Walt: And how serendipitous it is to be able to spend the night with you, Bill, while we are serenaded by the great Electric Wasteband on such a be-youuu-to-full night. Bill: I agree Walt, it is amazing. I met the EWB through their drummer, my drum teacher, Ed Fletcher. Ed is not only a great drummer and instructor, but he is also an all around great guy. Walt: That’s right Bill. Now let’s get to tonight’s starting lineup. On percussion and vocals, as you mentioned, the bounding and astounding Ed Fletcher. Creating sultry Jerry-style licks on guitar and vocals, Rockin Bob Harvey. The mind melter himself, Mark Fisher, on guitar and vocals as well. On bass guitar and vocals we have the quantum force of Andrew Lantz. On the keys is the uncanny tickler of the ivories, Dave Chesavage. Bill: Wowzers! This is a great lineup tonight. The great thing about EWB is their ability to mix and match players. So many great musicians have worn the tye-dye jersey

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of EWB and tonight is no different. We are in for a special night, Walt. Walt: Indeed Bill. There will be some dancing and prancing, some moving and grooving, and everyone will be winning and grinning. Song 1: Cortez the Killer Bill: Music is critical in our lives and culture. It’s the inspiration that drives us. It’s also the window to our souls. It’s a reflection of who we are, what we stand for and where we’re going. As we begin the night, Mark and Dave start a little two man game, jamming with the Neil Young gem, Cortez the Killer. Walt: As the other guys step up on stage and join in, we can set the night for a killer show. Mark is such an inspiration for younger players. His soul and timing is a standard of excellence. Dave is playing nicely as well, the guy can fill it up. I believe this song is dedicated to the chief at the door, Big Ted. Bill: You’re right Walt. I bet Ted wasn’t expecting guitar solos this sweet though. Wow. Song 2: Hard to Handle Walt: Oh Yea!! This is what I’m talking about! A little R&B diddy being sung by the slayer of the low-end, Andrew. The candle is being lit and its a hit! Bill: Soulful, smooth, it’s nice to see and hear Andrew back up there with EWB. Walt: Peculating! They are jamming tonight. In synchronicity but also battling bluegrass style. The tune featured multiple solos showcasing the skills of each. While Ed keeps the beat, the guitars alternate shredding solos, Dave throws in a proggy solo on keys, and Andrew gets burly and groovy with a bass solo. Mr. Redding is someplace upstairs smiling down. Song 3: Ramble on Rose Bill: Settling down easy, EWB transition to this beautiful tune, taking us to Ed on vocals. Just like Jerry, Harve throwdowns the Ragtime swag solo. Ramble on Baby!! Walt: Settle down easy… So smooth, I hope this song never ends!

Song 5: Music Never Stopped Bill: Come on children, clap your hands! The band brings up a talented vocalist named Amanda to make sure the music will never stop. They are sure having a good time. Walt: Bill, you talked them up on the way here, and quite honestly, they have surpassed any expectations. These guys are the best at what they do. As Mr. Walton and Mr. Frazier continued to enjoy the night, an earthy looking fellow shared a thinly rolled cigarette with them. It was one of those thinly rolled cigarettes that would make even the most professional of professionals leave their post and decide it was best to get out their dancing shoes and move. So as Bill and Walt made some new acquaintances and reunited with some older, old acquaintances they were experiencing what many of us enjoy every Monday night at Winston’s; pure bliss. Remaining set list: Rock n Roll Hoochie Koo, Feel Like a Stranger, Brown Eyed Women, China Cat > I Know You Rider, Cumberland Blues < Set Break > Ship of Fools, Sugaree, Crazy Fingers, They Love Each Other, Have a Cigar, The Other One Set Notes: Current EWB Bass Player is Bob Rosencrans. Bob wasn’t available on this particular Monday night. He’s been a great addition to the band the last year and when he is not there he is definitely missed. Past members and friends of the EWB family that should be mentioned: Dan Nielsen (Tenor Sax, Vocals), Howard Coven (Guitar, Vocals), Paul Bell (Keys, Vocals), D.J. Bonin (Drums, Vocals), Matt Wallace (Drums) Ian Livingstone (Strings) Dennis Whalen (Drums), Bradley Smith (Guitar) and many others. Also, all those who have made Monday nights their own personal “church” at Winston’s. Only in Ocean Beach!

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By Joe Jough ‘Boom Flex’


t’s a beautiful day in Ocean Beach, drinking cold beverages on Sunshine’s rooftop. As happy hour sets over the pier, the setting sun tells an opposite story, this of a rising, talented trio: Crucial Blend. Listening to Crucial Blend reminds me of the first time I discovered Slightly Stoopid. I remember my mind traveling miles away to a place I didn’t know existed. Being 3,000 miles away from Ocean Beach, my first glance of her beauty and diversity was in these songs. Now that I live here, I understand this beauty each and every day. Ocean Beach is a sanctuary for those who don’t want to be defined by any stereotypes. Thankfully, local OB band, Crucial Blend, carries on the torch of fusing different sounds and genres into one overall blend. It’s crucial they are introduced. Crucial Blend is Ryan Hughes on guitar and vocals, Luigi Rizzo on drum kit, and Adam Andres on bass. Their different backgrounds and path to OB helps their music stand out. Ryan’s from Jersey where he ain’t going back to. #Smartmove. Luigi traveled the magical green pipes all the way from Sao Paolo, Brazil. Adam traveled less, ate the mushroom and grew up in San Diego. Ryan moved out here because he knew the root of his music was the beach reggae sound. Vocally, he combines hip hop flow with smooth vocal tones on the

chorus. The music Ryan writes relates to the trials and tribulations in life that everyone can share in. However, he doesn’t fail to pay homage to the finer things in life. #womenandherbs It should also be mentioned that he rips on guitar. For Luigi, music was his refuge to the United States. After rooting himself deep into the Brazil music scene, contracts took away his freedom. He broke free to make the music he loves right here in Ocean Beach, though not losing the Brazilian flavor of course. Adam, naturally gifted on the bass, cruised into the band sporting the laid back spirit of San Diego. The “blender” was then plugged in and ready to get to work. Sounds Like: Slightly Stoopid, Iration, Sublime with influences from G Love, Rage, Less Than Jake, Lions of Israel, and the Notorious B.I.G. Tunes to Check out: My Turn, Harder We Come, All Night Long, Ring the Alarm, Oceanside Look for Crucial Blend to play locally in OB at Winston’s, Gallagher’s, and Mother’s, as well as beyond. Along with the release of their 5 song EP Disconnected, (download free on bandcamp), they plan to tour the West Coast in the near future. Do yourself a solid, check out Crucial Blend by any means necessary.

My name is Armando, I would like to introduce our member of the family POPEYE. When my kids were little, maybe 5 or 6 years old, we had a female Chihuahua, called Olivia and after searching for her soul mate we found Popeye in a ranch outside Tecate Baja California, Mexico, he was a long tan hair chihuahua. I brought him home and introduced him to Olivia, everybody loved him except her, my kids were so happy, he was a playful little dog and our other dog Olivia was a grouchy dog. Her and Popeye never consummated the marriage and never had little doggies, but after years of living together they learned to take care of each other and they lived together for 12 years until Olivia got sick and he advise us that she wasn’t doing good. Olivia passed away on October 12, 2009. After that Popeye became a baby to us because he was always so sad without her, now he is 17 years old, super healthy and would only eat fresh organic dog food for seniors. He is partially blind so he barks until he smells you and only likes 4 members of the family, every one except my older son. No one can touch him but us four and he is usually sleeping around in the sun or in the house between his three pillows. He farts and snores all day. His favorite day is when we wash all his six blankets and he takes a warm bath. We’ve been with Popeye for 17 years now and we love him so much. How did your dog get it’s name? Popeye was named after the cartoon character since the female chihuahua was named Olivia or Olive as the character. What is his best attribute? Popeyes best attribute is his smile, as you can see in the picture. What is his worst attribute? His worst attribute is his farting and his breath snoring. What is your dog’s favorite band? My dogs favorite band is Mana mexican band.

What is your dogs favorite beer? XX equis Of course stay thirsty my friends. What is your dog’s favorite flower? Popeye likes hydrangeas he stares at the cluster of flowers. What is your dog’s favorite food? His favorite food is ham. What is your dog’s favorite quote? “Life is too short or too long either way don’t be bitter and enjoy the sun”

How would your dog save the world? Popeye would save the world with his happy spirit and his stinky farts.

Send a photo of your dog and answer the same questions to be included in our next ‘Dogumentary’ email: Special thanks to Kevin Bray for the inspiration to start this column.

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When: Thu, May 1, 5pm – 9pm Where: 2265 Bacon Street Description: Join us every Thursday in OB for Chef Juan’s sushi grade Ahi tuna dinner special. This luscious, melt in your mouth entree is sure to satisfy. Pastry wrapped, seared rare, and served Nicoise style, this dish includes green beans, oven-dried tomatoes, Nicoise olives, capers, and roasted potatoes. It is then topped with a beurre blanc and finished with Sriracha and wasabi drizzles. Yes, it’s as good as it sounds. Call 619-223-2700 for reservations. Ahi Nicoise Every Thursday in OB 5p-out of supplies $ market price

Friday, May 16, 6:00pm Join us and Be a Part of the 20th Annual OB EXPOSED! Photographic Impressions of Ocean Beach & Point Loma Fri., May 16th at 6 PM-8:30 PM at the Masonic Center, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B. Featuring Wonderland Series Documentarian Noah Tafolla • A photo exhibit & contest open to all levels and ages. (You don’t have to live here)

• Photos must be taken in Ocean Beach or Point Loma • Old photos, new photos, color or black & white... any mounted photo Winning categories are: Best in Show, Best Color, Best Black & White, Best Vintage (historic), Best “Special Effects”, Best Child’s Under age 16 & People’s Choice (voted by show attendees) Photos in above categories will be judged and eligible for prizes. Winners in each category will be awarded cash prizes and a ribbon. Photographers are asked to donate image to the OBHS archives. Professional Category: For Exhibit Only... Not Judged. • Photographers will be allowed to put cards and/or brochures by their work. • Professionals do not have to donate photos in this category to the OBHS archives, unless they choose to. Specifications: Please Submit by May 13th to OB Business Center, 4876 Santa Monica, OB (9 am-5 pm, Mon.- Fri.) Limit 5 photos total, other than Vintage (historic). All photos must be mounted on white or black card stock,matboard or other art paper (No frames) Fill out the entry form and attach to the back of photo, Include a $2 entry fee (per photo) when you drop off photo(s) Ocean Beach Historical Society is not responsible for lost or damaged photos.

4-7pm: Visit the Surfrider Foundation Booth along with local surf shops and surfboard shapers. Get information of Surfrtider, free demos and information on surf lessons. 7-10pm: Join us for a screening of the classic surf film Endless Summer as this year marks the 50th anniversary of Endless Summer.


You and your friendly dogs are invited to join the Friends of Dog Beach at their regularly scheduled Dog Beach CleanUps. They are held the second Saturday of every month from 9:00-11:00am.

OB Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off

Looking forward to our 35th Anniversary OB Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, June 28th, 2014. Check back here for more updates on vendors, music and all of the fun we will be planning!

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During the American Civil War, three men set off to find $200,000 in buried gold coins. Zuco and Blondie have known each other for some time now having used the reward on Zuco’s head as a way of earning money. They come across a dying man, Jack Carson, who tells them of a treasure in gold coins. By chance, he tells Zuco the name of the cemetery and tells Blondie the name of the grave where the gold is buried. Now rivals, the two men have good reason to keep each other alive. The third man, Angel Eyes, hears of the gold stash from someone he’s been hired to kill. All he knows is to look for for someone named Jack Carson. The three ultimately meet in a showdown that takes place amid a major battle between Confederate and Union forces.

Based on the 1951 Ray Bradbury novel of the same name. Guy Montag is a firefighter who lives in a lonely, isolated society where books have been outlawed by a government fearing an independent-thinking public. It is the duty of firefighters to burn any books on sight or said collections that have been reported by informants. People in this society including Montag’s wife are drugged into compliancy and get their information from wall-length television screens. After Montag falls in love with book-hoarding Clarisse, he begins to read confiscated books. It is through this relationship that he begins to question the government’s motives behind book-burning. Montag is soon found out, and he must decide whether to return to his job or run away knowing full well the consequences that he could face if captured.

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