November 6, 2002
Re "A Comforting Spouse Could Turn Out to Be a Real Pain," Nov. 4: Someone please tell me how many thousands of dollars went into this ridiculous research project. Apparently, our neuroscientists needed conclusive evidence that the spouse who coddles, babies and mollifies his or her significant other might be worsening or prolonging the condition. I wonder how this analysis was made. I can just see the project specs now: During successive "Monday Night Football" games, spouse A developed a spontaneous, crippling leg cramp when asked to take out the garbage by spouse B. Those spouse Bs who acceded the point found no garbage was dispatched outdoors for approximately 3.5 hours, or four quarters of the game.
August 3, 2004
I now realize why the L.A. Times' Outdoors section has a different slant, flavor, viewpoint. It's all written by women. There's no testosterone. No male attitude. Women are good word wizards, but they are not experienced in the macho outdoor stuff. They haven't been there and more important, they don't want to go there. Turning words, sipping latte is not duck hunting. Pete 'Jackpot' Balwan Glendale
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2000
I was pleased to read, "Some State Park Fees Ended; Others May Be Cut" (Dec. 28). Paying to use our public lands has always irked me, and it was reaffirming to hear that visitors and employees alike dislike this. I can well imagine that an employee of a state park or forest service did not plan to be a cashier when he or she applied for the job. Closer to home for me is the infuriating situation of being told I must buy a pass to hike in my local mountains (which, by the way, carries no fine for those of us who refuse to pay to use our public lands)
July 29, 2002
Thank you for "If It Takes a Leap of Faith to Talk to a Stranger, Our Values Need Some Work" (Commentary, July 24). When I was a child, 20 or more years ago, all of the children in the neighborhood played in the streets until the street lights came on. Parents would check on us periodically, and nosy neighbors would extend their watchful eyes. We were relatively safe from danger; safety came in numbers as well as from neighbors who cared. Times have changed. Instead of children interacting with each other and exercising outdoors, they are inside on computers, telephones and PlayStations.
September 16, 2003
George Plimpton caught a three-second glimpse of a California condor? Big deal. One landed in front of my car and chomped on a chipmunk on a reservation. Henry Rosenfeld Santa Monica The voice of your writers is a bit edgier -- more youthful -- than the rest of The Times. Perhaps an occasional article for the senior? Marianne Wallace Monrovia The burning of pallets on the beach, mentioned by Outdoors editor Bob Sipchen, is a bad idea. Nails and staples left behind are impossible to find and remove from sand.
October 23, 1988
We recently came back from a 10-day tour of the Northwest arranged by Harry Ellis' Adventures Outdoors. We don't normally take tours because we like to set our own agendas and like to have the freedom to make unscheduled changes as the mood arises. With Harry Ellis we had about as much freedom as a tour can allow. Given the distance between the points we covered in the state of Washington and in British Columbia, Canada, a tour such as Ellis' is the only way to go. The trip we took is always scheduled around the first 10 days of September to take advantage of the best weather.
HOME & GARDEN
October 19, 2006
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Joe Robinson's article on front porches ["Say Hello to an Old Friend"] in the paper Oct. 12. My husband and I have long recognized the beauty of a front porch and take great pride in ours. Our neighbors have teased us about our affinity for the front porch, saying we were born in the wrong time, in the wrong part of the country. Because of our time on the porch in the evenings, we know all of our immediate neighbors. I am so glad to hear porches are making a comeback!
July 3, 2012 |
Even in Southern California, stargazers recommend plenty of spots dark enough to see the night sky. Look for stars around the new moon, when the sky is darkest. Some of the best views: Mt. Pinos: This 8,831-foot-high peak in Los Padres National Forest is one of the region's best stargazing spots. http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres/index Red Rock Canyon State Park: Try Ricardo Campground, 54 miles north of Lancaster. http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?