Archive for ‘August, 2013’


Councilman wants to prevent the return of Echo Park Lake swap meet

Councilman wants to prevent the return of Echo Park Lake swap meet

Echo Park Lake swap meet vendors in 2010. Photo by Echo Park resident. The fate of a sprawling weekend swap meet at Echo Park Lake seemed resolved a few years ago when police began enforcing a state law  against the pedlars while former City Attorney Carmen Trutanich was working on a citywide law that would […]

How diverse is your circle of friends?

How diverse is your circle of friends?

Do you have a diverse set of friends? ; Credit: Flickr/tyfn A recent poll conducted by Reuters found that many Americans do not have friends of another race. The poll found that nearly 40 percent of white Americans and 25 percent of non-whites are surrounded by friends of their own race. In certain regions however, […]

Special Days, special times, special Loves

Special Days, special times, special Loves

Yesterday, August 15th,  Kate and her husband Matt celebrated their 15th Anniversary.   Today, August 16th, James and I celebrate our 33rd Anniversary.  Tomorrow, August 17th,  Matthew celebrates his 28th year.   Not too surprising that I’ve been thinking about weddings and how we are usually focused on the couple or a blended family.  But […]

Los Angeles 3rd Annual Taco Festival

Los Angeles 3rd Annual Taco Festival

In the land of forkless food, the one-handed taco is king. Especially in Los Angeles. This Saturday,  exercise hand-to-mouth coordination  and access your innermost Angeleno at the one-day-only Los Angeles 3rd Annual Taco Fest where you pay for the food, not the sunshine. That’s right; it’s the rare L.A. food fest without an entry fee. Spend all […]

Filmweek: Jobs, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Kick-Ass 2 and more

Filmweek: Jobs, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Kick-Ass 2 and more

In this composite image a comparison has been made between Steve Jobs (L) and actor Ashton Kutcher. Kutcher plays Steve Jobs in a film biopic directed by Joshua Michael Stern. ; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Wade Major and Claudia Puig to review this week’s releases, including Jobs, Lee […]

New Chaos Chronicles Podcast: The Happiness Episode

New Chaos Chronicles Podcast: The Happiness Episode

It’s (almost) All About The Happy today on the Chaos Chronicles podcast… Direct download: chaos_713.mp3 A Hot Chocolate Study that made me happy ( for a short time) 9 Ways to take a Bliss Trip, thanks to Health Magazine. The article by Kate Lowenstein is not online but you can find lots of other articles on […]

Dodger Stadium gets skunked

Dodger Stadium gets skunked

The aroma of Dodger Dogs is not the only pungent smell wafting through Chavez Ravine these days.  Skunks have been spotted under stadium seats, food and souvenir carts and in the parking lot this summer.  The skunk sightings began in early June and have continued, according to an L.A. Times story. What to do when […]

Wonder of Rome

Wonder of Rome

“At the very south ende of the chirch of South-Cadbyri standeth Camallate, sumtyme a famose toun or castelle, apon a very torre or hille, wunderfully enstregnthenid of nature. . .The people can telle nothing ther but that they have hard say that Arture much resortid to Camalat.”– John Leland, 1542 I’m honored to participate in […]

Black Water Rising

Black Water Rising

There’s a place somewhere between the overdone, show-off prose of some “literary” fiction, and the merely serviceable, pulp genre stuff. In either case, the language can kick you out of the story. “That’s a beautiful sentence!” you think. Or “This is godawful stuff.” It doesn’t matter which, because the same thing happens. For a moment, […]

Breaking: bear spotted, Altadena & Mendocino

Breaking: bear spotted, Altadena & Mendocino

by TImothy Rutt Some bruin is where he ain’t ought to be: several newsgroups have reported sighting a bear at Mendocino and Altadena Drive, last seen heading in the general direction of Eaton Canyon, about 9 PM tonight, so be careful out there! UPDATE: Community correspondent Bob Meyer writes: Just thought you would like our […]

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