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By MICHAEL MILLER | May 7, 2009
Two weeks ago, I spent the night in Cawker City, Kan., a minuscule town in the north of the state whose main claim to fame is boasting the world’s largest ball of twine. It was my latest random vacation around the United States — every so often, I pluck a quarter out of my change bag and visit whatever state appears on the back — and when I read about the massive twine ball in my Kansas guide book, I knew I had to see it up close. As it turned out, Cawker City was one of the strangest, eeriest places I’ve ever visited; the only competition would be the California ghost towns I saw years ago, and even those came equipped with gift shops.
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December 24, 2009
I liked your column about power pop albums and songs (“When lists can’t be resisted,” City Lights, Dec. 17), but I love music, period. Some suggestions: “Little Red Corvette,” Prince “Waterloo,” ABBA “Lorelei,” Styx “Go All the Way,” the Raspberries (yeah, they are great!) That’s it for now. Regarding “When lists can’t be resisted,” City Lights, Dec. 17: My favorite has got to be the Plimsouls’ “A Million Miles Away.
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August 21, 2012
I liked your article "'Just remember, it's mostly good'" (City Lights, Aug. 16). It did touch me. I caught the Colorado lead-in and thought…what in the world would this person have to say about that, but you took a tricky turn with the UCI candlelight vigil. And the part about "take a picture with a Sikh" was funny. We just spent a week traveling to Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam, the Grand Canyon and Sedona. Honestly, it is mostly good. Rebecca Gonzalez Newport Beach * Not this writer's cup of tea While many departments in the city may be reducing costs, I don't think they are asking their employees to pay out of pocket for their legitimate business expenses.
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October 10, 2012
By now, many people have seen the orange posters around town that say "No on Z. " But what exactly is Measure Z? Measure Z proposes the elimination of a property tax that helps to fund the pensions of public employees. Unfortunately for the city and its residents, if this passes, the city will still be obligated to pay these pensions and will consequently be forced to cut essential safety and social services in order to do so. So even though homeowners would save around $6.25 a month, they would lose so much more.
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By Michael Miller | March 23, 2011
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Michael Miller | June 3, 2010
A t least one Huntington Beach resident didn't have a relaxing Memorial Day weekend. But he wouldn't have had it any other way. A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about Tom Jones, an athlete who planned to paddle from Florida to New York to raise awareness about plastic in the ocean. Jones, who described himself as "the Red Cross for the ocean," set his sights on raising $500,000 to fund clean-up efforts. It's not the first time Jones has undertaken an epic journey. In 2007, he ventured 1,250 miles from Oregon to Mexico.
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By Michael Miller | August 18, 2010
All right, I have three months to move to Huntington Beach. During interviews, sources often ask me whether I actually live in Surf City. I tell them no, I live in Costa Mesa, but that's "close enough. " Nonsense. The first Mr. Huntington Beach pageant in nearly 20 years is coming to town Nov. 18, and I want in. After all, I have talents to spare. I can sit on a beach chair wearing a Gumby costume and have an assistant fit a kite string in my hand. I can write and sing a horrible rap song.
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By Michael Miller | August 11, 2010
James Cameron was once quoted giving advice to people who seek a career in the movies. "I think the most important thing if you're an aspiring filmmaker is to get rid of the 'aspiring,'" he said. "You shoot it, you put your name on it, you're a filmmaker. Everything after that, you're just negotiating your budget. " That's easier said than done, especially if "Titanic" and "Avatar" aren't on your resume. Every year, I listen to acceptance speeches at the Academy Awards with the same bemusement I feel hearing tales of million-dollar lottery winners.
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By Michael Miller | August 24, 2010
There have been a couple of Oscar-winning movies in recent years dealing with the disconnects between people in different walks of life. One was "Babel," which tells the story of how a random act of violence connects people in dirt-poor Mexico, terrorist-scarred Morocco, posh Japan and a wealthy American suburb. The other was "Crash," a study of modern-day Los Angeles in which, to paraphrase a line of dialogue, some people exist in such isolated worlds that it requires a car accident to bring them together.
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