March 13, 2004
Oh, how the mighty have fallen! Could there be any clearer proof of horse racing's rapidly failing pulse than that the Santa Anita Handicap -- for decades one of the most important events on America's sports calendar, the revered Big 'Cap -- has been relegated to being televised on KDOC? I don't mean to knock the dead, but KDOC is the Wally George Channel, for heaven's sake, and I'd wager most people don't even know how to find it. Even poker has become more important and accessible on TV than horse racing.
May 6, 1990 |
How to find it: Facing the Venice train terminal (Ferrovia), turn right and walk straight ahead, ignoring the first bridge on your right. Cross the next bridge, after about 10 minutes, and look for the yellow sign in Hebrew at first floor level on the building at the end of it. Follow the arrows another few hundred yards into the ghetto piazza. The museum, closed Saturdays, is at the far right hand corner.
August 17, 1986 |
Using a personal computer to access an electronic data base or a hobbyist's dial-up bulletin board service can be an intimidating experience. Strange jargon confronts you; the right codes and symbols and abbreviations must be used or you fail, and, because the commercial services charge according to how long you are signed on, there is a very real and potentially expensive penalty for your lack of experience.
August 9, 2012 |
If you're someone who tends to obsess about pizza 24 hours a day, here's the sleeping bag for you. Put in some zzzs wrapped in a hand-sewn sleeping bag shaped like a slice of pizza. Textile artist Brook Abboud developed the piece in her work towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fibers and Material Studies at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. It's true to the original enough that it comes embellished with two mushroom, two olive and one broccoli pillow. If your fave pie requires other ingredients, contact Abboud through her Etsy shop, B Fiber and Craft Emporium . An anchovy, perhaps?
November 28, 1985
As Roraback is taking his time and hasn't reached Canoga Park yet, let me say something about Lee's Lake. If he can find an old Thomas map of the city he'll see a tiny blue triangle labeled "Lee's Lake." It has been replaced by a guard-gated development of condos or "town homes" with a fountain. About 20 years ago, when we took up bird watching, we stumbled on Lee's Lake. It was a small pond surrounded by tall trees and bordered by green lawns and a deserted old wooden mansion.