May 30, 2013
Re "Putting Malibu's shore on the line," Column One, May 27 I'm glad that environmental writer Jenny Price is helping Malibu beachgoers find the accessways often deliberately obscured by wealthy beachfront homeowners. But it's too bad that because these gazillionaires think they own these public beaches, this issue is taking so long to get resolved. If you visit my town (right on the Pacific Ocean), you will find easily accessible beach walks and parking lots. Walkers, surfers, boogie boarders, horses and dogs can use the beach whenever they want.
April 20, 2013 |
Los Angeles celebrates its sixth CicLAvia on Sunday, with Venice Boulevard mostly closed to cars from downtown to the beach. Parts of Alvarado, 7th and Main streets will be closed downtown. The idea is to give people on foot and bicycles the chance to experience the city from a different perspective. About 100,000 people have taken part in past CicLAvia events, organizers say. There will be food trucks along the route and spots for children to learn bicycle safety. Rental bikes will be available near City Hall and in Mid-City Los Angeles, and there are water stops, rest rooms and first aid on the route.
February 17, 2013 |
Robert Reid frequently gets sick when he travels. He has suffered dehydration, heat exhaustion, food poisoning and bronchitis. "I thought I was dying when I had several days of bronchitis in Vietnam," said Reid, the U.S. Lonely Planet editor. "Same for when I had a tropical fungus growing out of my toe. " Getting sick on a trip is no fun. Hotels sometimes take over in an emergency, and many airlines and airports offer medical services on the ground and in the air. But travelers should not depend on these.
November 3, 2012 |
You're meticulous about monitoring the expiration dates on milk cartons. You carefully check sell-by dates before putting meat in your shopping cart. And you take a moment to scan cans, bottles and jars for their "best before" dates. But have you ever checked the expiration dates on the contents of your first-aid kit? Do you even have a first-aid kit? Just face it: It's time for a medicine cabinet makeover. If you're like the rest of us, you are probably missing items that you or your loved ones will need in case of an injury that falls short of requiring a visit to the emergency room.
September 16, 2012 |
Question: On a recent flight from Los Angeles to Shanghai, an older woman passenger collapsed on my lap and then on my feet. The flight crew had to bring an oxygen tank to her. It was terrifying, and I didn't know what to do. If this ever happens again, what should I do? Kevin Orbach Nantong, China Answer: The quick answer is to summon help, stay calm and do what you can, which sounds simple but isn't. What you are required to do, what you can do and what you should do are different questions, so we'll start with the easiest one first.
July 28, 2012 |
For an emergency, Relief Pod International offers a kit that contains first-aid items and tools you'll need. The top-of-the-line Relief Pod Deluxe Emergency Kit contains 69 items, organized in clear pockets and color-coded categories -- red for first aid, yellow for tools, blue for food and water, and green for sanitary items and toiletries. Each category has its own zippered compartment. The kit folds into a 15¼-by-8¼-by-5-inch-deep zippered bag with a carry handle and shoulder strap.