January 22, 2012 |
Considering how many of his friends are unemployed, electrician Javier Ramirez felt like he'd hit the jackpot when his company scored a contract for government buildings here in Spain's sprawling capital. He gets paid by the hour, and rewiring 250-year-old marble halls is a formidable job that should feed his family for years. The problem is, Ramirez worked only about half of last month, and the time off wasn't his choice. It was courtesy of Spain's slate of religious and municipal holidays — a generous 14 per year, 40% more than in the United States — and a beloved little tradition called the puente , or "bridge.
December 31, 2009 |
The end of the Aughts brings a clean slate, countless resolutions and the opportunity to work off that layer of excess marshmallow fluff and sugar cookies. Whether you've made the promise to live macrobiotically for the next year or are just looking to clean up your act after all of the holiday bingeing, these detox dining options will get you and your body off to a fresh start in the new year. RH at the Andaz West Hollywood (Brunch served 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. New Year's Day)
December 19, 2009 |
Stories about the impossibly gorgeous floats that fill Pasadena on New Year's Day are as ubiquitous this time of year as holiday gift cards. But a half-hour documentary airing at 3 p.m. Sunday on KTLA is hard to resist. The title says it all: "The Making of the World's Longest Rose Parade Float Featuring Tillman, the World's Fastest Skateboarding Bulldog." If there had been more room on the DVD screener, the producers should have added "Only This Time He Snowboards." Yes, it's true.
June 14, 2009 |
Dads aren't getting as many collect calls on their special day. A decade ago, Father's Day saw the highest volume of collect calls in the U.S., according to AT&T Inc. But last year, New Year's Day and Thanksgiving saw a surge in calls to beat that record, while more collect calls were made on Mother's Day than Father's Day for the third year in a row. The volume of collect calling has steadily declined, AT&T said, probably because of increased reliance...
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February 21, 2009 |
Two bar patrons who fatally stabbed a bouncer and injured another customer during a New Year's Eve altercation in Aliso Viejo two years ago were sentenced Friday to decades -- and possibly life -- in prison. Lorne Paul Kelley, 28, of Big Bear faces 71 years to life in prison. Ricky Lee Nelson, 29, of Hesperia was sentenced to 32 years to life in prison. The men were drinking with friends at Time Out Tavern early New Year's Day 2007 when Nelson, an Army veteran, made disparaging comments about Marines.
January 4, 2009 |
I'd never taken a long walk on New Year's Day. Never been bargain hunting on New Year's Day, never been to a beach on New Year's Day. I've never been to church, never been to a restaurant, never been to a friend's house. Never, not once in 39 years of single life, did I ever have a date on New Year's Day. Never, not once in 11 years of married life, have I ever taken my wife to dinner on New Year's Day. One thing and only one thing has mattered for every single New Year's Day of my entire life: bowl games.