March 2010

Crabtree & Blankenship New Carlsbad Misses

by The Editors on March 21, 2010

Miss Carlsbad 2010Last night (March 20, 2010) the Carlsbad Lion’s Club held their 56th Annual Miss Carlsbad Scholarship Pageant at the Carlsbad Cultural Arts Center. And according to the North County Times, the new Miss Carlsbad is Alaina Crabtree (pictured left) and the new Miss Teen Carlsbad is Skyler Blankenship (pictured right).

First runner-up in the Miss Carlsbad Pageant was Courtney Jones, second runner-up was Kathryne Lowman, and third runner-up was KellyAnn Boyce. Allie Phinney took the titles of Miss Photogenic and Miss Congeniality. . . First runner-up in the Miss Teen pageant was Natasha Maldi, second runner-up was Tina Li, and third runner-up was Caitlin Clark. Miss photogenic was Kelly Simek and Miss Congeniality was Mercedes Harvey.

Apparently, the queens and their courts will “spend the year of their reign volunteering at many civic and charitable events.” We knew there was some kind of point to all this. . .

[Link: Miss Carlsbad via North County Times]


AFOL: The Lego Fan Blocumentary

by The Editors on March 18, 2010

When we met Jess Gibson last summer and had no idea he was working on an Adult Fans Of Lego “blocumentary.” Now, thanks to Gizmodo, we know. Check it out. It’s 30 minutes long and is required viewing for anyone who lives with in five miles of Legoland California.

It will help us all understand a little more what’s going on back behind the Flower Fields.

[Link: Gizmodo via NemoHQ]

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The McTwist & The Mc Double

by The Editors on March 18, 2010

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The Coast News gets the straight scoop on the McTwist and Shaun White’s Double McTwist 1260 from the trick’s originator Mike McGill (seen above at the Encinitas YMCA).

“It definitely feels good when somebody like Shaun White gives you props for your trick,” said McGill, who landed the first McTwist at a Swedish summer camp in 1984. “I made the trick and I still couldn’t believe how he was going to do two (spins) because you are going blind twice.”

Nice reminder of where things have come from and where they’re going.

[Link: The Coast News]


Carlsbadistan Reads: Travels With Charley

by The Editors on March 17, 2010

TravelswithcharlieJohn Steinbeck is regarded as one of the greatest writers in the English language and we as Californians can be very proud that he is ours. The Carlsbad Library is celebrating Steinbeck in the month of April as the community reads Steinbeck’s classic road book Travels With Charlie: In Search of America.

In 1960, author John Steinbeck took a cross-country road trip with his poodle, Charley, to reacquaint himself with the America he’d written about all his life. The result was “Travels With Charley: In Search of America,” an intimate look at one of America’s greatest authors. . . . Other events scheduled for April include a Steinbeck film series; a program on the travels of early Carlsbad residents, presented by the Library’s Carlsbad History Room; a travel writing workshop; and Carlsbad Playreaders presenting “The Grapes of Wrath.”

Steinbeck’s son Thomas Steinbeck wlll discuss his legendary father in person on Saturday, April 24, 2010. If we can get if for our Kindle app, we’re on it.

For more information on all the Steinbeck events in April follow the jump.
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Woman Falls From Carlsbad Cliff

by The Editors on March 15, 2010

A woman in her 20s was taken to the hospital by helicopter for injuries she sustained after falling down a beachside cliff near Turn Arounds at about 6 PM tonight (March 15, 2010), according to a Jose Luis Jiménez story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

. . . she either fell or the cliff gave way, said Carlsbad fire Battalion Chief Mike Davis. She fell about 20 feet onto Carlsbad State Beach and told paramedics she could not move, Davis said. . . Paramedics cared for the woman until a helicopter from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department lifted her from the beach.

Those paths can be tricky. Our thoughts are with her.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]


Carlsbadistan Sunset Closes The Ides

by The Editors on March 15, 2010

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Sometimes the end of the day in Carlsbadistan is so beautiful that we forget about everything else and wish the moment could last for hours. But it doesn’t. Even on the Ides of March as soon as it’s done, it’s over. Luckily for all of us, there will be another one tomorrow.

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O’Sullivan’s Greening Up For St. Paddy’s

by The Editors on March 15, 2010

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We did a little recon over the weekend and found O’Sullivan’s the place to be for their Pre St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Warm Up session: green hair and all. Looks like everyone is ready for the real thing on Wednesday when The Clay Colton Band and Paddy’s Pig will play “lively renditions of traditional Irish songs, reels, jigs, ballads and drinking songs.”

[Link: O’Sullivans]


Hash House Harriers Run Carlsbad

by The Editors on March 12, 2010

Lah3 HareThe Hash House Harriers of Southern California, a running group whose members reportedly include the mother and stepfather of John Gardner, the man accused of raping and murdering seventeen-year-old Chelsea King, will be holding an event in Carlsbad on Saturday, March 20, 2010.

The run, with the unfortunate title of 16th Anal Humpin Bar2Bar – ‘Sorority Sleepover,’ kicks off in McGee park at “around 11” according to the group’s website.

This same group held a run in the Rancho Bernardo Community Park on December 27, 2009 three hours after a 22-year-old college student was attacked in the park. It is the same park where Chelsea King was running when she disappeared. John Gardner was charged with “assault with the intent to rape” in that attack according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune. The story goes on to say that there is no evidence that Gardner participated in the run.

[Links: San Diego Union-Tribune and Hash House Harriers of SoCal]


Armed Man Robs Carlsbad Citibank

by The Editors on March 12, 2010

At 9:50 AM today (March 12, 2010) a Latino about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 150 to 160 pounds handed a demand note to a teller at the Citibank near the intersection of Marron Road at Jefferson St. and robbed the place, according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Witnesses reported seeing a handgun tucked into the waistband of his jeans. . . The robber was seen getting into a dark-colored, full-sized, lifted truck with off-road tires. Police searched the area but were unable to find the vehicle.

We believe this to be the first reported bank robbery of the new year. He probably needed to buy new monster truck tires. Those things are expensive.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]


Carlsbadistan Dog Napper On the Loose

by The Editors on March 11, 2010

A man who was “walking his dog” by driving in his car while holding his german shepherd by a leash on Haymar Drive near El Camino Real got his dog snatched by someone who didn’t appreciate the man’s dog-driving techniques, according to as story in the San Deigo Union-Tribune.

At about 5:35 p.m., a man approached the dog owner and told him what he was doing was illegal. The man then grabbed the dog, put him in his pickup and told the owner to contact Oceanside police if he wanted the dog back, police said. The man then drove away with the German shepherd, valued at $1,200, police said. Officers contacted Oceanside police, who did not have the dog.

The dog napper was described as a 30-year-old white guy with brown hair driving a “newer-model” truck with a camper shell. Well, that narrows it down. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Carlsbadistan police department.

[Update March 12, 2010: The stolen dog was found Friday evening roaming a neighborhood a few miles from the owner’s home, according to the North County Times.]

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]