November 10, 2012 |
If the Lakers rehire Phil Jackson, there will have to be one concession. They'll have to give him his old office back. Jim Buss has been in it since Jackson left after the 2011-12 season. Whatever. The solution to the Lakers' problem is right in Jerry Buss' backyard. He lives maybe a mile from Jackson, two multimillionaire brethren in need of one another again. For a third time. The Lakers officially contacted Phil Jackson to gauge his interest in their coaching vacancy. Nothing was offered, nothing was solved, but a lot was gained.
November 4, 2012 |
In a strong episode hosted by comedian Louis C.K., “SNL” helped lighten the post-Sandy mood but without being too heavy-handed or comparing the storm to Sept. 11 (as Mayor Michael Bloomberg did, to some criticism, when attempting to keep the New York City marathon from being canceled). C.K. did address the seriousness of the storm damage, however, in a separate letter to his fans sent prior to the show. The cold open gently teased the mayor, played by Fred Armisen, as he addressed the city and pointed out that his ban on giant sugary sodas probably prevented the deaths of many obese New Yorkers who would have otherwise floated down the Hudson River.
October 5, 2012 |
FAIRFAX, Va. - President Obama's new companion on the campaign trail these days is Big Bird, star of every campaign speech since Mitt Romney vowed to kick the giant yellow Muppet off the dole. Don't worry, Obama facetiously assured a crowd here on Friday, Romney is onto this layabout and his friends at public broadcasting who are now "driving the deficits" of federal government. Romney wants to lighten the load on Wall Street, he went on, "but he's going to bring the hammer down on Sesame Street.
September 23, 2012
Re "El Monte lifeguards still in the deep end," Sept. 20 This was my impression of El Monte: It is the town where novelist James Ellroy's mother was murdered in 1958, and it was the subject of an amusing song by Llyn Foulkes and the Rubber Band in the 1970s. Comes now a young, exuberant crew of lifeguards who enjoy their jobs, doing absolutely no harm and entertaining more than 1.5 million people worldwide. You can't buy that kind of positive publicity. And Mayor Andre Quintero's response?
June 22, 2012 |
On NBC, viewers got a glimpse inside Mitt Romney's campaign bus on Thursday night and learned that he likes Cocoa Puffs. The night before on TBS, Romney's five sons yukked it up on Conan O'Brien's show, sharing tales of their dad's pranks. Romney, whose image as a stiff businessman has proven hard to shake, is on a new charm offensive. It's standard for presidential candidates to show the lighter side of what they're like in private, or at least try to, in the friendly realm of late-night talk shows, MTV or ABC's “The View.” For Romney, this is no laughing matter.
May 6, 2012 |
Question: Many hotels, both in the U.S. and abroad, piously announce that they are helping to preserve the environment and reduce water usage by offering guests the option of not having towels and sheets changed daily. We are instructed to hang up the towels if we are willing to not have them changed. Many hotels do not provide sufficient towel racks, making it difficult to hang up the towels. If we do manage to hang up the towels, they are changed anyway. I routinely complain to the front desk, though I always sense that the staff has no idea and no interest in my complaint.