February 1, 2011 |
The following is a blog documenting two Los Angeles Times editors' attempts to lose weight. It all began on Jan. 10 . One benefit of my move from Boston to Los Angeles this year has been the avoidance of snow. Not that I mind it. I like the winter. But even a veteran of ‘real winter’ can tire of the constant Arctic pummelings. Like the humongous storm beginning to wreak havoc on a significant part of the country today. Headlines around the Web are screaming: Monster winter storm takes aim at one-third of US; Life-threatening blizzard is on its way; Snowstorm to bury New England!
January 24, 2011 |
The following is a blog documenting two Los Angeles Times editors' attempts to lose weight (even on an NFL playoffs weekend). It all began on Jan. 10 . My trainer, Mike, weighed me in at 205 pounds on Jan. 8. Two weeks later on the same scale, I scored a 195. That’s a 3 ½-pounds drop in the last week after the initial 6 ½-pounds decrease the first week. Now I’m on the highway to the danger zone. Just like Tom Cruise in "Top Gun," I’m doing battle this Monday in the sky. No, not with Iceman or some Russian MiGs.
February 1, 2011 |
NOTE: This is a blog about two guys attempting to lose weight over a six-week period. They kicked off their weight loss "strategies" on Jan. 10 . A commenter named dpnowell is upset. "Are you serious? You weigh 165 pounds and write an article about your 'beer belly'?" he complained after my blog post Monday. "Two guys lose weight? what!?" he wrote. "I feel cheated. " Poor dpnowell, and poor America. Because this is part of the problem. A guy says he wants to lose some weight before the end of the year, maybe change the way he does things -- and instead of getting a little support from his friend, the Internet, the Web proves, once again, to be an unreliable amigo.
January 26, 2011 |
One of the nice parts of my job is I get to interact with a large number of people in the building. And although I have written hundreds of items for The Times, this series has gotten the best reaction among my co-workers and friends than anything else I've done. People who hadn't any reason to do more than say hi are now passing by saying, "Lookin' good, Slim" or "I love what you're writing. " It's hilarious and very supportive, and you can see that they're genuinely rooting for Jimmy and me. RELATED: Temptation lurks at every corner None of which would have happened if I didn't have a big mouth and announced my plans, which I recommend to you. Add a little pressure to your goal.
March 27, 2011 |
Megumi Sasaki was looking for the white bicycle helmet. Working patiently, a flock of seabirds nagging incessantly overhead, the 36-year-old mother of two sifted through the rubble of the only home she had ever known, taken from her by the devastating wave that swallowed this seaside community on March 11. She had bought the helmet for her daughter Sara's seventh birthday. But she had hidden it in a family car swept away by the tsunami that rolled across northeast Japan on the heels of a killer magnitude 9 quake.
March 10, 2011
A crooked clock tower. A science building with defect-riddled labs. A running track that cracked and athletic field turf that wrinkled. The list of construction errors ? from goofy blunders to serious mistakes ? across the nine campuses of the Los Angeles Community College District is stunning. A recent series in The Times looked at the district's much-needed construction overhaul, financed by $5.7 billion in voter-approved bond money, and estimated that it has lost tens of millions of dollars due to bad workmanship, repairs of mistakes and poor planning.