One escaped monitor lizard grabbed, one to go

Two monitor lizards who have been on the lam in Escondido for about a year have been reduced to just one after Susan Nowicke of the EcoVivarium reptile museum and her crew captured the smaller  of the two several days ago. The larger specimen remains at large.  “We’re assuming they were somebody’s pets and they turned them loose,” said Nowicke, […]


Ahhh, August. Only a few more weeks until the Santa Ana comes whipping through Escondido at 105 degrees F and 15 % humidity. Can’t wait. Then we hear comments like, “wow it’s so hot but it’s a dry heat.”  Folks, let me tell you that hot is hot no matter. I spent a lifetime one year at Ft. Bliss, Texas […]

A Pedestrian Question

~EsoteRick Observations

Just as I stepped off the curb, I was struck by the obvious injustice right before my eyes! The flashing pedestrian control sign was a symbolic white male, in stride, to indicate it is OK to walk now … I could not believe my eyes! Just how pervasive is this sickness we are all suffering? Why is that sign so […]

“The Piano Men” returns for Center’s 25th Anniversary

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido and The Barn Stage Company will present “The Piano Men,” which is returning to the Center on Saturday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 1 at 2 p.m. in the Center Theater.                                       […]

BIZstory: Aelott Air Conditioning

This week’s BIZstory profiles Aelott Heating and Air Conditioning Service, repair and installation in Escondido, Carlsbad and San Marcos. In 1963 Dick Lott and Ed Aeling found themselves in a difficult situation. The company they worked for, Oceanside Air Conditioning was about to go out of business. Rather than leave Escondido, where they had been working, they decided to buy […]