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October 24, 2009 | Jessica Gelt
The strange little retreat called Troutdale in Agoura Hills could best be described as a cross between Clifton's Cafeteria and Disneyland's Country Bear Jamboree. A tiny shotgun shack, which looks as if it belongs in the backwoods of "Deliverance," is nestled beside its dirt-road entrance. And once inside, anglers can grab bamboo poles to fish in its two murky concrete ponds, stocked with nearly 1,200 trout and surrounded by carved wooden bears and Indians. It's hard to believe that such a place exists just 37 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles on the 101 Freeway.
September 19, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Guy Graham Babylon, 52, a Grammy Award-winning musician who played keyboards with Elton John's band for more than 20 years, died of arrhythmia Sept. 2 at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. Babylon, an Agoura Hills resident who swam competitively during his youth in Baltimore, was stricken while swimming and later pronounced dead at the hospital. "I am devastated and heartbroken at the death of Guy Babylon," John wrote in a tribute on his website. "He was one of the most brilliant musicians I ever knew, a true genius, a gentle angel -- and I loved him so much."
September 4, 2009
Re "Cheney calls CIA probe 'outrageous,' " Aug. 31 Like many has-beens, Dick Cheney struggles to remain relevant, not accepting that he has become an anachronism. Yet it is beyond me why President Obama -- and the media -- continue to engage him. As G.K. Chesterton noted, even a poor shot is dignified when he accepts a duel. Or to put it in less elegant terms, never argue with a fool -- people might not know the difference. Robert Ouriel Los Angeles Cheney blasts Obama: Wow, what a surprise!
July 5, 2009
Re "Palin's exit as governor stuns, puzzles," July 4 If Sarah Palin desires to run for president in 2012, it seems strange that she would think that the best way she can serve her current Alaskan constituency is by not serving them at all. Jonathan Horowitz Irvine -- It surprised me to read in your article that her remarks were "disjointed and cryptic," because I heard her speech, and they were sincere, profound and eloquent....
June 7, 2009
Re: David Lazarus' consumer column, "Finally, AT&T writes a contract in plain English," May 31: "The 8,000-word contract was a triumph of consumer-unfriendliness" -- and clearly was written by lawyers on steroids! Michael Lohnberg Agoura Hills
May 30, 2009
Re "Realtors abandon a listing ship," May 25 The thinning ranks in the Realtor membership is not because of Internet-based brokerage, but rather the slowing economy. With property values having fallen 50% or more in the last few years, the number of traditional sales has declined, requiring fewer agents to sell what is on the market. The information available to the consumer has increased over the years, but what remains is the need for a professional to help that consumer evaluate the data, negotiate the best price for the home and provide counsel throughout the transaction.
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