August 8, 2010 |
Nearly two decades have passed since tough-as-nails trail boss Curly Washburn hurled insults at the three "City Slickers" who invaded his turf, a Colorado cattle ranch, in search of a Wild West adventure. The 1991 movie, which earned Jack Palance a supporting actor Oscar for his portrayal of Curly, the crusty cattleman, spurred an increase in dude ranch vacations as urban and suburban cowboys tried their hands at riding, roping and herding cattle. I thought I might like riding the range too. But my interest waned when I realized I'd have to sleep in the dirt — and pay for the privilege.
HOME & GARDEN
September 19, 2009 |
There are certain phrases I never expected to utter in my lifetime. Things like, "Excuse me if I don't shake your hand. Mine's covered in horse urine." Or, to my son, "When you're finished with dinner, clear your plate and feed the scraps to the worms." Yet those are exactly the sorts of things I've found myself saying in the months I've been an urban farmer. A year ago, I didn't have a vegetable garden. I had a couple of lemon trees, but I'd given up on potted plants, having killed every rooted thing I'd attempted to nurture on my back deck.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 2006 |
Jack Palance, the leather-faced, gravelly voiced actor who earned Academy Award nominations for "Sudden Fear" and "Shane," and who finally captured the Oscar almost 40 years later as the crusty trail boss in the 1991 comedy western "City Slickers," has died. He was 87. Palance, who had been in failing health with a number of maladies, died Friday of natural causes at the Montecito home of his daughter Holly, family members said.
March 8, 2006
WHAT a sheer delight, Russ Parsons' article on beans, lamb, cowboys and his own past ["Beans Again? Gussy 'Em Up!" March 1]. Thank you. The article was well received and is being shared with very special foodie friends way beyond L.A. CLAUDIA SHAMBAUGH Irvine
May 14, 2005
Regarding the May 7 letter from Frank Borzilleri griping about the L.A. Angel moniker: I can't decide if it's ironic or hypocritical to be an Anaheim resident complaining to an L.A. newspaper about the name change. Frank Collier Long Beach
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2005 |
At the reins of a team of Clydesdales, Craig Underwood posed for photos with a posse of suburbanites and city slickers before taking them on a wagon ride around his farm in eastern Ventura County. This isn't exactly where he thought his career would lead. His family has farmed in these parts for four generations, raising vegetables for markets around the world. But today, the 62-year-old grower is pushing a cash crop of a different kind.