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Horrible, Fascinating, Beautiful, Disgusting Things I Can’t Show You because my Husband Took the Camera

July 25th, 2008
by Kaytie M. Lee

SAN DIEGO, CA-

The Nervous Breakdown’s new car smell is almost overpowering—hold on a minute while I wait for the nausea to pass.

Ahem.

Well.

San Diego has gone crazy this week, and it’s not just because of the ComiCon wreaking havoc on traffic and the greater Gaslamp area. For whatever reason there has been a plethora of oddities, an embarrassment of riches in absurdities, sights that, when I try to explain them, are just too out there.

Ordinarily, I’d photograph them for proof. Alas, Michael has the camera in South Carolina.

Here’s what you’re missing:

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The Outback Christmas Tree and Roo Farm, or, The Crazy Random Whimsical Thing I Did Over Vacation

January 6th, 2008
by Kaytie M. Lee

SAN DIEGO, CA-

When I found out there is a place where you can cut your own Christmas tree AND hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies, I forced my parents and husband to go.

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Your Unusual Holiday Gift-Giving Guide for All Your Impossible-to-Please Relatives, an Attempt to Mitigate the Frenzy with Thoughtful Gifts, PLUS My Holiday Gift to YOU

December 7th, 2007
by Kaytie M. Lee

SAN DIEGO, CA-

Time to pay.

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That’s right. Time to pay for holiday gifts. (Or rather, time to buy
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Not the Hallowiener Picnic! No!, Or, How the Fires Finally Affected Me in the Most Disappointing Way

October 30th, 2007
by Kaytie M. Lee

SAN DIEGO, CA-

The fires are mostly out, the air has mostly cleared, the city of San Diego is returning to a new normal.

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The Helpful and the Not-So-Helpful During the San Diego Fire

October 24th, 2007
by Kaytie M. Lee

SAN DIEGO, CA-

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The sun sets over Lindbergh Field on Oct. 23, 2007.

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And Things Have Gone from Bad to Much, Much Worse in the San Diego Fires

October 23rd, 2007
by Kaytie M. Lee

SAN DIEGO, CA-

Those few little fires I wrote about on Sunday night have multiplied and grown and ravaged somewhere over 300 square miles of land and over 1000 homes throughout Southern California.

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When the Horizon Turns from Clear to Sfumato, I’ve Learned I Should Crank Up the Air Purifier So As to Avoid Sore Throats and Red, Itchy Eyes

October 21st, 2007
by Kaytie M. Lee

SAN DIEGO, CA-

This was the view out my window Sunday:

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The Coronado Bridge, rising from the two towers to the new Hard Rock Café Hotel Condo building, usually sits in the middle of that image.

The bridge is still there, I just couldn’t see it through smoke thick enough to make my eyes burn and my throat raw.

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Others Are Cured, Why Not You? Or, A Few Observations After a Weekend Perusing Microfilm Reels

October 16th, 2007
by Kaytie M. Lee

SAN DIEGO, CA-

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Leroy Groves, 16, a reader of lurid literature, during night stabbed to death his sister Ida, aged 2, and (more…)


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In Which I Provide Pictures to Prove the Ginormous Fruit Bats in Sydney’s Royal Botanical Gardens Were Not a Drug-Induced Hallucination, Except Maybe the Dachshund Part

September 20th, 2007
by Kaytie M. Lee

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-

You may recall, if you have a long memory, that I was coming down with a cold just before we made the jump from New Zealand to Australia.

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The San Diego Comic-Con International, or, How I Braved an Unfathomably Large Crowd to Ogle an Anthropomorphic Slice of Toast

July 28th, 2007
by Kaytie M. Lee

SAN DIEGO, CA-

The strangest thing someone said to me on Thursday was, “Excuse me, can you hand me a bacon?”

I did, in fact, hand her a bacon.

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Catching Cold, and, Conversations I Had With My Husband in New Zealand that Reveal My Otherwise Latent Sci-Fi/Fantasy Tendencies

July 13th, 2007
by Kaytie M. Lee

NEW ZEALAND-

“This would be a great place to hunt Hobbits,” I said to Michael as we walked down a woodsy path at the Auckland Domain.

“Not Hobbits,” he said. “Ewoks.”

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Sorry So Sloppy: Letters I Got Twenty Years Ago and My Struggle to Remember the People Who Wrote Them

June 13th, 2007
by Kaytie M. Lee

SAN DIEGO, CA-

In the interest of pairing down on the amount of junk I carry with me through life, I recently came upon a box I hadn’t opened in years.

My letter box.

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Two Kinds of Tui, or, My Trip Down South on the North Island of New Zealand Introduced Me to a Beer and a Bird

May 15th, 2007
by Kaytie M. Lee

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND-

New Zealanders, who refer to themselves as “Kiwis” without giggling, speak with perfect diction.

They enunciate clearly.

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An Octopus’s Garden, or, Despite What You Might Believe, it’s Actually Quite Noisy Under the Sea, Given All the Mammals Swimming in Packs—the Whales, the Dolphins, the Humans

April 16th, 2007
by Kaytie M. Lee

MAUI, HI-

About three weeks before our Grand Adventure, Michael decided to become a certified diver.

And so, now he is.

I am not.

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I Had Planned a “Backwards Update on My Past Twenty Posts” Post but When It Began to Bore Me I Realized It Would Bore You, and Consequently I Haven’t Posted In, Like, Weeks but Must Before My Second—No Wait, Make That Third—Honeymoon

April 2nd, 2007
by Kaytie M. Lee

SAN DIEGO, CA-

About a month ago I was casting about the ocean in my mind for my next Nervous Breakdown.

I thought it might be fun to revisit some of the topics I had posted over the last half-year-plus.

The idea quickly struck me as gimmicky but I didn’t give up until I tried really hard to make it work.

Nope.

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The Road to Faux-henge, or, A Day Trip to the Columbia River, Complete with Gravel Roads, Gawking Tourists, a Broken Wineglass and a Snapple Picnic on a Pagan Altar

March 4th, 2007
by Kaytie M. Lee

SAN DIEGO, CA-

All you need to know before you read on:

The summer I graduated from high school I played Grace Farrell in a Bellevue Youth Theater production of Annie.

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Englishman on the Beach, Part Two, or: The Secret Ingredient Is Revealed to Be Mildly Disgusting–Why Can’t I Stop Dipping Chips into It?

February 24th, 2007
by Kaytie M. Lee

SAN DIEGO, CA-

Following our trek to the beach (by now stale news) I took Martyn to Shakespeare Pub & Grill.

There’s some question as to whether there’s an “apostrophe s” at the end of Shakespeare and the web page has it both ways.

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Englishman on the Beach, or, Kaytie and Martyn Make Each Other Slightly Uncomfortable One Day Last Week Whilst Passing the Afternoon on the Chilly Pacific Seaside

February 12th, 2007
by Kaytie M. Lee

SAN DIEGO, CA-

I know Martyn.

Martyn knows me.

And because of writing deadlines met, emails to Agent D sent, other projects that will actually pay me money not quite contracted and the absence of any real need to pass my time doing laundry or cleaning the apartment or listening to the construction noise that wafts through the skylight (weirdly, but truly), I picked him up on a Thursday afternoon.

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I Miss Giavanna Kersulis, or, Please Give Me a Moment To Quietly Rage Against the Dying of the Light

January 23rd, 2007
by Kaytie M. Lee

SAN DIEGO, CA-

On Friday morning, January 21, 2007, my friend Giavanna died.

Perhaps you can imagine how horrible I find that.

How incomprehensible.

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The People/Amounts/Things/Love I Owe, or, Let’s Have a Party in the Year 2030 When I’ve Fulfilled All My Financial and Emotional Obligations

January 16th, 2007
by Kaytie M. Lee

SAN DIEGO, CA-

Money

To Visa: 0

To Mastercard: 0

To American Express: 0

To Mitsubishi Motor Corporation: 0

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