Things to Do

Camp Pendleton: Get Your “Halo” On

If you’ve spent most of your college years honing your pseudo-warrior skills with video games like “Call of Duty-Modern Warfare 2”, it’s time to crank it up a notch and head over to Camp Pendleton — for paintball, that is. About a 40-minute drive north, hidden eight miles inside the navy base and open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., this paintball park has the intensity and realism only a United States Marine base can offer. ...

Nothing Wrong With Feeding the Legacy Tree

Applying to college is a task that I wouldn’t wish even on my worst enemy. It is highway robbery committed in the name of higher education — universities take your $60, scorn your thought-out application and make you ashamed you bought their T-shirt when you visited the campus. The process might not be so stressful for those whose shared DNA with an alumnus gives them a significant advantage when applying to some private schools, a practice that some want to stop. However, a private school is just another business — it too reserves the right to refuse service to anyone. ...

Under 99 Gazillion Served: Hodad’s Burgers

Nestled in the heart of Ocean Beach, 30 minutes from UCSD lies a burger joint primed to give In-N-Out a run for its fast-earned money.  It’s hard to ignore the allure of Hodad’s “world’s best burgers” — founded in 1969, it’s a critic’s darling, named one of CNN’s Top 5 burger joints last year and featured (read: gushed about) on Guy Fieri’s Food Network show “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” only two years ago. ...

Boring us to Death: The Haunted Hotel

We may have outgrown trick-or-treating, but for those interested in dodging the typical booze-and-slutty-costume fare, The Haunted Hotel — located 25 minutes away from UCSD in the Gaslamp District — may be the perfect solution. Open from Sept. 24 to Oct. 31 (7 p.m. – 11 p.m. on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday and 6 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday), this walk-through freakshow is the longest running haunted house in San Diego, and was featured on Travel Channel’s “America Haunts IV” in 2009. ...

Dick’s Last Resort

The moment you walk into Dick’s Last Resort, check your dignity at the door. Look up. A pair of panties emblazoned with I heartDicks hangs on the wall. I went to the restaurant for a birthday party and, though I really should have known better, I had no idea I was about to pay for everyone to be, well, a dick to us. The décor is reminiscent of a rowdy sports restaurant, exaggerated by the hundred bras that line the bar. Some have names, some have numbers, and some look like they’re 20 years old. Surprisingly, I liked Dick’s- — it was deliciously gaudy and occasionally just delicious. ...