February 14, 2012 |
They say Valentine's Day is all about the love -- but it's also about the numbers. Take greeting cards: Folks will send about 150 million of them for V-Day this year, not including the packs of notes that children hand out at school, according to the Greeting Card Assn . The holiday is the second-biggest day for cards, topped only by Christmas. Valentine's Day is also one of the five most popular calling days of the year, at least for expats. International calls on Feb. 14 from Swiss-born U.S. residents, for example, are typically more than triple the volume on a normal day, according to calling services provider VIP Communications Inc. The only bigger calling days are Christmas, New Year's Day, Mother's Day and Father's Day. As for other ways to show you care, men will shell out an average of $168.74 on clothing, jewelry and other gifts this Valentine's Day, a survey by the National Retail Federation indicates.
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June 16, 2013 |
Officials in Chinatown unveiled a 7-foot bronze statue of Bruce Lee to a crowd of several hundred in the historical Central Plaza on Saturday night. The unveiling caps a five-year effort to bring the statue to Chinatown, said Shannon Lee, Bruce's daughter and president of the Bruce Lee Foundation. The statue, created by an artist in Guangzhou, China, is the first such statue of her father in the United States, Shannon Lee said. Though the statue will not be permanently installed until business leaders can raise $150,000 to install seating and a concrete plinth, the timing was right for the unveiling, Shannon Lee said.
May 8, 2012
Eighty-four percent of Americans planning to travel this summer expect to travel primarily by car for at least one of their trips, a survey from Choice Hotels International found. Those same Americans plan on racking up an average of 1,172 miles on all their summer vacations . . . . The biggest celebration of the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th birthday takes place May 27, the anniversary of its opening. Organizers are inviting the public to share personal stories and photos of the bridge online at goldengatebridge75.org . . . . Mother's Day tip: The historic Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside is hosting a “Miss Manners Afternoon Tea” Saturday.
June 13, 2013 |
With Father's Day is just a few days away, it may be time to start shopping. But before you go off and buy a tie, cologne or another polo shirt, remember, dads are more tech-savvy these days. After all, he did wish you “happy birthday” on Facebook. This year, get dad an upgraded version of something that he can actually use. So, whether your father is an outdoors man, a bookworm or loves to grill for the family, there are plenty of Father's Day gifts for the new millennium dad. And as for the other dads, well, now is your chance to help your father enter into our brave new world of smartphones and tablets, e-readers and apps.
May 29, 2013 |
Mom still gets lavished with more expensive gifts, but this year, Dad is catching up on affection with expected Father's Day spending rising 2.1%. Sales for the holiday on June 16 will reach $13.2 billion from $12.9 billion in 2012, as the improving economy puts more discretionary income in consumers' pockets, according to research firm IBISWorld. Earlier this year, spending on Mother's Day rose 0.2% to $17.1 billion, the Santa Monica-based group found. The most substantial chunk of money dropped on paternal appreciation will go toward special outings, with 18.8% of total sales generated from meals out or sporting events.
June 16, 2012 |
Father's Day 2012 arrives in cutting-edge style: Via a Google Doodle featuring an animated, remote-controlled robot serving a coffee mug declaring dear old dad #1. Google Doodles typically offer up honors to the obscure and the offbeat. This Google Doodle , however, underscores the challenge many Americans face when the Father's Day holiday rolls around on the third Sunday of each June. Buy a tie for dad? Or some grilling accouterments? Socks? A round of golf? Why is it so hard to find the perfect gift for Pops?