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February 19, 2011 | Chris Erskine
The thing about men doing chores around the house is that when we are done, a simple "thank you" will not suffice. What we really want ? and expect ? are a parade and ceremony involving government dignitaries, beauty queens and an F-16 flyover. After that, a catered lunch is in order, some short speeches about the man's selflessness and dedication, and a modest cash grant. That's about it. Maybe they could name a school after him, but that's only for really special chores ? like laundry or bathing the kids.
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HOME & GARDEN
August 20, 2010
Regarding "Incredible Lightness," the July 31 cover article on a Venice house brightened by skylights, glass walls and glass flooring: Several big problems come to mind with all those creative openings. They undoubtedly give the house an eerie look and feel at night and let in too much light for sleeping. All that sunshine fades the furniture and furnishings. The heating and air conditioning bill must be astronomical. Enjoy your clever design. Stephany Yablow North Hollywood Architect Dennis Gibbens responds: Actually, the amount of glass and skylights means that I don't have to have supplemental lighting during the daytime.
HOME & GARDEN
October 15, 2011 | Chris Erskine
For me, exasperation is a form of exercise. You should've seen me at the soccer game Saturday, big gasping breaths as if drowning. I recommend it to anyone looking to lose a few pounds while tiptoeing the fine line between sanity and suburbia. "You look like you've lost weight," our friend Barbara said after the game. "I'm mostly wasting away," I explained. "You look good," she said. Thanks. The team performed well, except that in the second quarter I realized that my players seemed unable to run sideways.
HOME & GARDEN
February 26, 2011 | Chris Erskine
You know that IBM computer that won at "Jeopardy!" recently? I wonder if it can be reprogrammed for marriage. Here's the question I would ask it: What is the correct answer when a husband struggles to help his wife zip up a tight evening dress and she asks, "Is it the zipper or is it me?" Millions of years of human misery go into crafting that response correctly. I'd like to see Watson answer that one. Or, how about: "They have such a nice house. " Whenever my wife Posh and I go somewhere new, she always comes home saying, "They have such a nice house.
HOME & GARDEN
January 15, 2011 | Chris Erskine
We decided to finally put Christmas away when the little guy directed his remote control Apache chopper into a trio of ceramic angels his mother loved. Angels are pretty defenseless in such situations, singing "The Messiah" with their chins up. The little copter's rotors caught them right in the songbooks. Ouch. The angels ? I named them Curly, Moe and Larry ? could only fire back with their dark ceramic eyes as the little chopper plowed into them, accidentally, we think, though the investigation is still in progress.
HOME & GARDEN
October 9, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
"Glee" mastermind Ryan Murphy has purchased actress Diane Keaton's Spanish Colonial Revival in Beverly Hills for an undisclosed amount, public records show. Keaton restored the Ralph Flewelling-designed hacienda, which she bought in 2007 for $8.1 million. It first came on the market in March 2009 priced at $12,995,000 and was most recently priced at $10.95 million. It could be months before the prices of September sales appear on public records. The courtyard-style house, built in 1927, has an oversized front door that opens to a hall with a library.
HOME & GARDEN
December 18, 2010 | Chris Erskine
I devote a lot of valuable time to a small nonprofit that's very special to me ? my own family. We never turn a profit. Which is why I need to be inventive come the holidays. For instance, I bought my wife a TSA pat-down for Christmas. The TSA actually works on an out-call basis now. All major credit cards accepted. For a small additional fee, it also will misplace your luggage. "Your husband is so thoughtful," her pals will tell her. "Yeah, he's a saint," my wife Posh will sneer.
HOME & GARDEN
August 17, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actor Matthew Perry has bought a newly built custom house in the Sunset Strip area for $8.65 million. Walls of glass off the main living area and master bedroom open to an outdoor dining room, living room, lawn and swimming pool. Steps lead from the infinity pool down to a theater, which has velvet seating for nine and a 2-inch-thick underwater pool window. The 4,000-square-foot home also has a sleek kitchen centered on a lime green island, plus three bedrooms and four bathrooms.
HOME & GARDEN
February 22, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actress Jennifer Aniston has listed her Beverly Hills estate for sale at $42 million. Designed by Hal Levitt, the 1970s house sits on about an acre in the Trousdale Estates area. The indoor-outdoor home of glass, wood and stone was designed for entertaining and for use by an extended family. Restored by Aniston, the redesigned and expanded interior living space encompasses nearly 10,000 square feet. There is a rosewood paneled formal living room, a secondary living room with a wet bar, two kitchens, a gym, five bedrooms, 71/2 bathrooms and a three-car garage.
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