June 27, 2010
It is difficult for me to place any credibility in Karl Zimmermann's story on cross-country train travel ["Make Tracks," June 20] based on my experience. Zimmermann says the Coast Starlight is one of the best trains in the Amtrack system. Here's a slice of reality: My wife and I rode the Starlight roundtrip between Los Angeles and Seattle for several years to visit our son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. Things were fine for a while. Then they started to go downhill fast. On the last four legs we traveled — two northbound and two southbound — the train was never less than seven hours late in arriving.
June 13, 2010 |
A rerun of "Animal Planet" flickered across the TV screen as my roommate yawned deeply, lay down on the floor in front of me and rolled over on his back, his long, gangly legs sticking straight up. "I get the message," I said. "Too much TV. So let's go somewhere." Darby, my happy-go-lucky wheaten terrier, jumped up and ran to the front door, panting. "I didn't mean right now," I said. "We have to plan it. But you get to pick where we go: North? South? East? West?" He barked four times.
October 25, 2009 |
My pal Darby and I love to go where the wild things are. In his case, that's because he qualifies as one of them. Darby is a happy-go-lucky wheaten terrier with a penchant for travel. The mere whisper of the words "Let's go" unleashes boundless enthusiasm in him. We make great traveling companions because I also get pretty hyped when I hear those words, although I try not to leap around and whine. Last month the great outdoors called, and we answered with a resounding yes and a hearty woof.
September 21, 2008 |
My friend Darby revels in the good life when he travels: Egyptian cotton bed linens, gourmet meals whipped up by the chef, a workout with a private trainer or a day of in-room massage and grooming. Happily, some of Southern California's finest hotels leap at the chance to accommodate his penchant for luxury. They greet him with open arms, tell him how handsome he is, then give him the run of the place. Never mind that Darby speaks only in monosyllables, doesn't carry a credit card and ambles across the lobby on four legs instead of two. He is treated as an honored guest.
February 14, 2008 |
On HBO's hit sitcom "Flight of the Conchords," Rhys Darby steals scenes as hapless band manager Murray Hewitt. The 33-year-old Kiwi comic recently wrapped his first feature film, "Yes Man," with Jim Carrey, and will be recording two stand-up performances at the El Rey Theatre this Sunday for his first DVD. WHAT CAN PEOPLE EXPECT AT THE SHOW? My stand-up essentially is quite physical. I put aspects of mime and sound effects into my performance. I like to give a 3-D picture instead of just telling a story.
June 22, 2007 |
The fast, furious and enigmatic career of late-'70s punk rocker Darby Crash, who died of a heroin overdose Dec. 7, 1980, at the age of 22, remains a half-buried L.A. legend. His demise was overshadowed by another rock death the next day -- the shooting of John Lennon 3,000 miles east. As explored by debuting director Rodger Grossman in "What We Do Is Secret" -- screening at 10 p.m.