March 14, 1994 |
My wife and I were driving north on the Pasadena Freeway the other morning and it suddenly came to me why we live in Southern California--or, specifically, in Los Angeles. It was February. It was a gorgeous day. The blue-denim peaks of the San Gabriel Mountains were shadowed by luminous white cumulous clouds. The car's sunroof was open and the wind was brisk and clean. The freeway, Los Angeles' oldest, was undamaged in the earthquake. It was uncrowded. We felt as if we owned the road.
September 20, 1988 |
You sleep through the alarm. The coffee pot breaks and the bus whizzes by without stopping. You sit on the curb and begin to feel the unmistakable dawning of a bad mood. At other times, it's nothing you can put your finger on, just the underlying sense that all the cylinders aren't running, and things are getting off to a bad start. From Stony Brook, N.Y., to Long Beach, Calif., psychologists are trying to learn why our moods change and why we have bad ones. Although conclusions differ, researchers and clinicians at several U.S. universities are beginning to find some answers.
September 2, 1998 |
"If someone at work is snotty or glum or flippant, I find it affects my ability to concentrate on what I'm doing," says Susan Lenser, of Los Angeles, a former TV reporter who now works as a temp in an office with 40 employees. "I wonder, 'Are they angry at me?' "I make a point of being in a good mood. I leave my problems at the door." "When I'm cranky, it brings down everyone I work with," says Eleanor Zeddies, a supervisor at a Burbank coffee shop.
November 5, 1989
Peter S. Greenberg's article ("It's Time for Business to Get Back to the Basics," Oct. 15) about the lack of service for the traveler is right on target. However, it reminds me that during 15 years of almost weekly travel in the United States, and a total of nearly 30 months' travel throughout Europe over several years, it is amazing how many stupid, ignorant, inefficient and rude people I have met when I was in a bad mood. JAMES T. HUMBERD La Quinta
April 12, 2009 |
What do you want to watch during a recession? Hollywood is racking its brain to find out. Foreclosure-free fare such as "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" has performed better than expected, and the conventional wisdom in Hollywood says to keep a light touch.
June 5, 1990 |
It's no surprise to the perpetually gridlocked: Commuting times are up in Southern California. It takes 10 minutes longer to get to work now than it did a year ago, according to Commuter Computer, the nonprofit transportation research group. The average travel time to work is now a half hour. The trek home averages 40 minutes, or 15 minutes longer than it took a year ago.