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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.
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HOME & GARDEN
December 25, 2010 | Chris Erskine
Merry Christmas, sucker. They got you again, didn't they? You said you wouldn't get seduced by the whole holiday mess this year. Now look at you. Like something the reindeer dragged in. Way to go, tinsel teeth. Look, I was born in the 4th century, and for as long as I have known it, Christmas has been too long, too bloated, too everything. Even our selflessness is tested. My friend Linda tells of how she once got a new car for Christmas. Worst. Gift. Ever. "Who the !
HOME & GARDEN
December 21, 2010 | Rosemary McClure
Jane Fickling lives in Dallas, but with the holiday looming, she undertook a cross-country decorating job in Orange County. Armed with a Christmas tree, a nutcracker, a poinsettia and some other seasonal favorites, Fickling swept into her 95-year-old father's apartment last week to add a little holiday cheer. "He's always so happy when I come," says Fickling, a Delta Airlines employee. "And I'm happy to be with him. The Christmas decorations were a plus for both of us. " Her dad, Burtis Taylor, lives in Regents Point, a retirement community in Irvine.
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
December 6, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Update: Former major league pitcher Bret Saberhagen has sold his gated Calabasas home for $2.4 million. The renovated and rebuilt compound includes a single-story Tuscan-style villa and two guesthouses on 1.2 acres. The main house, built in 1969 and renovated in 2008, has a home theater with a 90-inch screen and eight recliners, and a wine cellar that can seat 12. There are four bedrooms, six bathrooms and 5,300 square feet of living space. Outdoor amenities include a cabana with a fireplace and television, a swimming pool with spa, a wet bar and a putting green.
HOME & GARDEN
December 4, 2010
Adamson House, Malibu The landmark house's special holiday night tours (see above) will start at 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m. Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18. These tours cost $15 and include refreshment and a small souvenir. Reservations and prepayment are required. The regular Adamson House tours are offered 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, last tour at 2 p.m. These tickets are $2 to $5, cash only; children 5 and younger are free, and no reservations are needed. (310) 456-8432, http://www.
HOME & GARDEN
November 20, 2010
Some suggestions if you're the family elder: Adjust your expectations. Give yourself permission to do only what you can reasonably manage. Choose activities and traditions that are most important to you, and eliminate the rest. If time with family is the priority, skip cooking and host a potluck or get restaurant meals to go. Some suggestions if you're the son or daughter: If Mom or Dad insists on playing host but can't handle the job, organize other family members to take over tasks.
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November 13, 2010 | Chris Erskine
With Novemberfest now upon us, I'd like to remind you that you cannot bring food into our house without someone lunging for it: a sandwich, a blintz, a side of pork. What usually happens is you'll be sitting there reading the paper ? contentedly mumbling to yourself the way semi-sane people do ? and someone will stroll by and just take a huge bite of whatever you're eating. Particularly vulnerable are the Bay Cities sandwiches (on Lincoln in Santa Monica). Los Angeles is not really a great sandwich town, so when the lovely and patient older daughter brings by a gloppy Bay Cities sub, it's like the first day of deer season in Duluth.
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November 6, 2010 | Chris Erskine
I packed Grandma away with the Halloween decorations the other day. Honest mistake. You know how it goes; you get a little rhythm going and pretty soon you're just throwing everything in the box, boom-boom-boom. Fortunately, my wife heard Grandma yelling from the box in the basement later in the day. Seriously, she couldn't have been down there more than a few hours. "What's that?" Posh asked. "Just my stomach," I said. "Mom?!!" So, we unpacked the old heirloom and plopped her on a stool near the kitchen TV. Nobody was really to blame, of course, yet Posh seemed a little frosted over the whole episode.
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October 29, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal has put his home on a golf course in La Cañada Flintridge up for sale at $4,449,000, the Multiple Listing Service shows. The contemporary Mediterranean, built in 2000, has a two-story entry, marble and limestone floors, a study, a media room, a wine tasting room and a billiards/game room. The grounds include a swimming pool with spa, an outdoor kitchen and a built-in barbecue. Six bedrooms and nine bathrooms are in about 7,400 square feet of living space.
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