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This list includes the music I listened to from middle school up through my senior year of high school (roughly 1993 -1999). These are the albums that have stayed with me more than others. I may add some honorable mentions soon that didn't quite make the cut.
  1. Green Day - Dookie
    Likely the most influential album of my teenage years. This album is single handedly responsible for my love of punk rock.
  2. Nirvana - Nevermind
    My friend Adam Huff introduced me to Nirvana in 8th grade. My life was never the same afterwards.
  3. Five Iron Frenzy - Upbeats and Beatdowns
    First ska album I ever owned, and still one of my favorites. I saw FIF a few days ago and 20 years old, this band is amazing and I love them so much. FIF also had a profound influence on my political outlook with their insightful lyrics.
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In 2015 I finally got a library card, and in 2016 I made extensive use of the San Diego Public Library system! I read more in 2016 than many previous years.
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    The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work - John Gottman
    Man this book is so good. It's had a big impact on my marriage this year. The exercises at the end of each chapter have really helped my relationship. Everyone in a relationship should read this book.
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    Between the World and Me - Ta Nehisi Coates
    A lot has been said of this book and I have nothing new to add. This is the book "white people read to show that they know something" according to the author. Everyone should read this book.
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    The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson
    Legit hard fantasy, around 1000 pages. Best fiction book I read this year. It took about 200-300 pages to really get into but it was worth it. This book is both optimistic and challenging on a personal level. The best kind of fiction! The sequel, Words of Radiance is just as good. Highly recommended.
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  1. What's a favorite childhood memory?
  2. What was mom like when you first met her? What attracted you to her?
  3. Why did you join the marines?
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My favorite bars in the greater North Park Area. Includes Normal Heights, University Heights, and South Park
  1. Toronado
    Legit beer. Pub-ish atmosphere but louder. Needs some sound dampening to make it quieter. Legendary beer selection. Always Pliny on tap, and plenty of other great beers. Occasional $100 bottles of Cable Car available, but FTS.
  2. Livewire
    THE OG BEER BAR IN SAN DIEGO. A total dive but AWESOME IN EVERY WAY. Don't like craft beer, fine then grab a $4 Tecate tall boy. Full liquor license to down your craft beer with shots of Jameson. Punk rock juke box. Dog friendly.
  3. Polite Provisions
    Hipster bullshit, but with cheap excellent cocktails. Seriously this place smells of handlebar mustaches but if the cocktails sucked I wouldn't step foot in this place. Fortunately the drinks are excellent and so is the staff, and the drinks are surprisingly affordable. $8 draft cocktails. $7 buffalo trace. Spend a bit more and get some fancy a fancy scotch, bourbon, or mescal. Love this spot. "It's like I'm in Hawaii but I'm in San Diego."
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My fave casual spots to eat in my hood, in no particular order. Includes University Heights, Normal Heights, and South Park.
  1. Tiger tiger
    Great beer. Puerco sandwich is solid. Decent poutine. Cool vibe, back patio and IPA bar rocks
  2. Chris' Ono Grinds
    Really good Hawaiian food, chicken teriyaki and Kalua pork, and THE MAC SALAD! YES THE MAC SALAD. Better for takeout, grab food to go and head to fall brewing co.
  3. Grand ol BBQ y asada
    CAN YOU SAY BRISKET??? BOMB ASS BBQ JOINT. Next to thorn St brewery. BYO large outdoor patio dog friendly.
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