Walking Topper: The Trail to Paris

Molly May enjoys walking almost as much as Topper. On any given day, the 25-year-old Cal Poly graduate can be found hiking along the trails that blanket Cerro San Luis, the mountain directly overlooking Highway 101 and the city of San Luis Obispo. Molly has walked the mountain regularly for the past eight years, theContinue reading “Walking Topper: The Trail to Paris”

1 Out of 350

In a perfect world, this would be an easy story to tell. After all, Lori Atwater is a young woman of considerable talent and achievement. Bright. Articulate. Hardworking. Playing a major role in the shaping of our community. As the information coordinator for the city of San Luis Obispo, Lori’s directly responsible for getting theContinue reading “1 Out of 350”

Topper Meets the Material Girl

Author’s Note: Topper (1983-1997) was a one-of-a-kind dog who started with me back in Indiana and spent the last ten years of his life on the Central Coast. In 1990, while a reporter for the San Luis Obispo County Telegram-Tribune, I used Topper as the basis for a series of popular articles called “Walking Topper,”Continue reading “Topper Meets the Material Girl”

Drink. Drank. Drunk.

He was to meet his friend for a birthday drink at McCarthy’s downtown. Another friend joined in. The three drank and drank, and then drank some more, until they decided it was time to stop. Well, at least, to stop long enough to wander down Higuera Street to McClintock’s and drink some more. He hadContinue reading “Drink. Drank. Drunk.”

Nine O’Clock Town

Dear John Linn, I was simply delighted when I recently read that you and your wife Renee are planning to open up a new Linn’s restaurant in downtown San Luis Obispo. While some skeptics have called this move half-baked, I applaud your decision. The location at Marsh and Chorro has great potential. Your culinary reputationContinue reading “Nine O’Clock Town”

A Dream Comes True

Editor’s Note: “Mean Mike” Veron was a true character of the Central Coast, the first non-Cal Poly friend I made after arriving in San Luis Obispo in 1987. Mike was a psych tech at Atascadero State Hospital and fledging standup comedian. From 1982 until his death from cancer in 1998, Mike tried just about anythingContinue reading “A Dream Comes True”

The King of Chorro Street

The 1300 block of Chorro Street sits along the fringe of downtown San Luis Obispo. Ten separate buildings occupy the block, almost all of them older houses. They are houses that used to be homes, places where people returned to at night, places where people ate their meals, raised their kids, and contemplated life onContinue reading “The King of Chorro Street”

Boom, She’s Gone

Barbara Boom has decided to trade in the SLO Life for a Rocky Mountain High, so by the time you read this, she should be safely established at her new place in Denver. Barbara called San Luis Obispo home for the last twenty years. She wasn’t trying to move away. It just happened. During aContinue reading “Boom, She’s Gone”