August 28, 2012 |
— Sometimes the pain is so great that the best thing to do is laugh. Saturday in Detroit, members of the Angels' beleaguered pitching staff were lounging together in the clubhouse, watching baseball bloopers on television. Reliever Kevin Jepsen was included in the show, uncorking a wild pitch his catcher couldn't have caught on a 10-foot ladder. Jepsen is a member of an Angels bullpen that has a 6.05 earned-run average with 10 blown saves in 42 games since the All-Star break.
August 26, 2012
Question: I believe I fit this description: 80 is the new 60. I know that sometimes there are upper age maximums when renting a car abroad. I've tried many platforms to see if I can rent a car in Italy, but I cannot get a straight answer from anyone. Can you help? Edward Vance Santa Barbara Answer: Vance is right to be concerned. When I first addressed this issue in 2008, a reader was having trouble renting in Northern Ireland. An On the Spot column ( http://www.lat.ms/TPRIXy )
August 20, 2012 |
I love Phyllis Diller, and I refuse to change the tense of that emotion with her passing because the love is most certainly still alive. I love Phyllis Diller because she was hilarious, because she did stand-up before it seemed women were legally allowed to do stand-up and because well into old age she could still rock a mini-dress. But most of all, I love Phyllis Diller because she was the first woman I ever saw who clearly and joyfully and consistently simply did not give a damn.
August 18, 2012 |
Mike Caston has a serious problem. He's a die-hard USC fan. Maybe die-hard is hitting a little close to home for someone such as Mike, who is dealing with the death sentence that is Lou Gehrig's disease. But as his wife, Judy , explains, Mike really is beyond help. They are celebrating an anniversary over a romantic dinner, married 26 years ago on Valentine's Day, Judy asking Mike for the highlight of their time together. "Without hesitation, and that's without hesitation," Judy says, "Michael replies, 'the Pete Carroll era.' " She's laughing and Mike, who struggles to talk now because of the creeping ravages of ALS, says, "I wasn't trying to be funny.
August 11, 2012 |
He's 41 years old. He's just quit working at the wine shop where he'd been employed since the month before his 21st birthday. And now he's doing something he's never done before: He's buying wine with his own money. As a buyer at the high-volume Wine Exchange in Orange, Kyle Meyer spent most days tasting and evaluating wines. He had a generous wine budget too, and he brought bottles home to taste. In 20 years, he never had to buy wine for himself. When he left the store in December, he had a 100-bottle stash, and by mid-February he was plain out. And so Meyer did what most of us do and went to the closest place where he could get reasonably good wine at a decent price.
August 8, 2012 |
Just like last year, the Lakers may go through most of the season with uncertainty surrounding their roster and leaving one of their marquee players twisting in the wind. It won't exactly be a repeat episode. Pau Gasol isn't expected to publicly wonder whether the Lakers will keep him. The Lakers won't worry over upgrading at point guard, because it already acquired Steve Nash. Instead, the scenario could involve two different characters. If a deal doesn't happen before the season starts, breathless trade reports will emerge on the Lakers' ongoing quest to secure Dwight Howard for Andrew Bynum.
July 30, 2012 |
When Manny Ramirez arrived as a Dodger, he asked me to sit in his lap. Maybe it was the female hormones we would learn later he was taking, but so much for immediately disarming Page 2. Think what you like of him now, but upon his mid-season arrival here a few years ago, Manny Ramirez just overwhelmed Los Angeles. He made baseball entertaining and that's not easy to do most nights. As an example, check out Monday night's game. OK, so later we would learn of the stuff Manny was using, and as awesome a hitter as it made him, I still don't understand why all the Dodgers weren't eating it like candy.
July 22, 2012 |
Images of hippie-era love beads and Native American-inspired headbands can condemn beading in jewelry and accessories to appearing quaint at best. But the artisan level of contemporary beaders crafting today's fashion jewelry and accessories puts that image to rest. Their work has a decidedly modern, vibrant twist that makes it uniquely their own. For starters, the beads themselves are often a global affair. A bracelet might sport rare German vintage glass beads from the 1920s and '30s, antique African trading or vintage Japanese metal beads.
July 16, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS — There's less of Reeves Nelson than before. He has shaved about 15 pounds off his 6-foot-8 hulk since December, shrunk his body fat percentage to 3% and chipped away at the arrogant pride that he says once derailed him. He sits at the end of the Lakers' bench as a member of their Summer League team here, not playing a single second in two games through Saturday, clapping for his teammates, clinging to the edges of his childhood dream....
July 15, 2012 |
Our Kind of People A Continent's Challenge, A Country's Hope Uzodinma Iweala Harper: 228 pp., $24.99 About halfway through "Our Kind of People: A Continent's Challenge, A Country's Hope," a stunning inquiry into the AIDS crisis in sub-Saharan Africa, Uzodinma Iweala makes the thrust of his investigation clear. "I found his words interesting," he writes of a Nigerian politician who blames the disease's spread on long-distance truckers and rest-stop sex workers, "because they seemed to externalize both the epidemic and its primary means of transmission - sex. By focusing on these groups of people that Nigerians traditionally consider promiscuous or of lax morality, he seemed to suggest that normal people with normal monogamous sexual relationships exist outside the reach of the virus.