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December 30, 1990 | DON SNOWDEN
Pianist Pullen's "New Beginnings" was highly lauded last year but it pales before "Random Thoughts," his second Blue Note album. Pullen's interplay with bassist James Genus and drummer Lewis Nash is Bodyglove tight and his improvisations explore wide-ranging tangents that are logical extensions of his rich melodies.
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January 15, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
"The Biggest Loser's" Cate Laughlan said the red team put in the work in the gym. It just didn't show up on the scale. "It was not a reflection about the work we did," she said of the team's abysmal weight-loss numbers. The only person more unhappy than Cate, who was sent home, was Dolvett Quince, who was flying high after winning the first two weigh-ins. While she was disappointed to be sent home so early in the game, Cate said was completely transformed by her time at the ranch, brief as it was. To date, she has lost about 50 pounds (including 10 pounds more than was shown in the "Where are they now" segment)
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REAL ESTATE
April 14, 1985
On behalf of the city of Claremont, we would like to express our sincere appreciation of the complimentary comments made by Sam Hall Kaplan about Claremont's Excellence in Design Awards Program in his Feb. 24 column, "Random Thoughts on Urban Clutter." ANTHONY WITT Assistant Planner MARY STODDARD Chairman, Architectural Commission Claremont
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2009 | Judith Lewis, Lewis is a writer in Los Angeles.
Three years before Sept. 11, 2001, I attended the eighth annual Computers, Freedom & Privacy Conference in Austin, Texas, and listened to Don Haines of the American Civil Liberties Union give a lunchtime talk called "Is Big Brother Watching You?" Thanks to scanning devices on toll roads and closed-circuit cameras on city streets, Haines warned, authorities would soon amass enough information to find out where we were, how fast we were moving and who walked or rode with us at any time of day.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1992
Dinkins, reacting to a 15-year-old student's killing two fellow students says, "If you don't have a gun, you will not use the gun." It does seem clear that distributing more and more guns to an exponentially growing population has a good chance of destroying our country. I wonder what sensible gun control might do for our deeply ailing economy. Suppose that life in the ghettos was returned to some degree of normalcy. It would then be safe to again open supermarkets, restaurants, movie theaters and other industries, which would employ many thousands of entrepreneurs, professionals and other workers.
MAGAZINE
January 19, 1992 | Sheldon Teitelbaum, EDITED BY MARY McNAMARA
Magazines are folding faster than you can check the "bill me later" box, newspapers are sending grizzled staffers out on the streets and book publishers are all trying to get into television. But the biggest threat to the wanna-be wordsmith may be the very screen and keyboard designed to make producing prose so easy. Just leaf through any software catalogue and check out all the new programs that seem designed to make the writer and editor obsolete. Need an on-line reference?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 9, 1985
Just some random thoughts: In the ongoing has-anyone-noticed-that-this-person-looks-like-that-person contest (Calendar Letters, 1984-85), I submit that the John Madden we see in the Miller Lite commercials is really John Candy in disguise. Think Westerns are dead? Sure, when Indians turned into Native Americans, film producers stopped using them as targets of wholesale slaughter, as it seemed unpatriotic. But what to do? Our blood-thirst had to be quenched. Well, it took awhile, but we finally found another faceless horde on which genocide could be practiced: the Indo-Chinese.
TRAVEL
November 23, 2008
As someone who lived and worked in Mexico for 14 1/2 years and with intimate knowledge of the three cities Reed Johnson mentioned in his article ["Stay Safe, but Enjoy," Nov. 16], I'd like to add some random thoughts. One should never travel lonely stretches of streets or beaches; it's an invitation for robbery. As long as you don't have a car accident, you won't have any problem in Veracruz, which is an otherwise charming city. I married a local girl so I may be biased. Better than Veracruz, though, is Xalapa (from an Indian spelling; the X is pronounced like an H)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2000 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The art of subtext in playwriting--in which a character says one thing, but is thinking something else--has almost become lost in the current theater, where on-the-nose dialogue is king. Except subtext is how real people talk in the real world.
NEWS
October 27, 1999 | CHRIS ERSKINE
Random thoughts--between ballgames--on a too-warm autumn afternoon: L.A. should look into acquiring a major college football team. Soccer balls make lousy pillows. Swimming is the best exercise. Cheddar is the best cheese. Today's NFL coaches look too much like golfers. Two heads are better than one. Ten heads are not better than one. Bill Bradley understands America better than Al Gore. In the long run, companies concerned only about their stock price are doomed. There are too many movies.
TRAVEL
November 23, 2008
As someone who lived and worked in Mexico for 14 1/2 years and with intimate knowledge of the three cities Reed Johnson mentioned in his article ["Stay Safe, but Enjoy," Nov. 16], I'd like to add some random thoughts. One should never travel lonely stretches of streets or beaches; it's an invitation for robbery. As long as you don't have a car accident, you won't have any problem in Veracruz, which is an otherwise charming city. I married a local girl so I may be biased. Better than Veracruz, though, is Xalapa (from an Indian spelling; the X is pronounced like an H)
SPORTS
May 5, 2007
Let's see, Wilson Betemit can't hit in the eighth spot, he can't hit in the seventh spot and now he can't hit in the sixth spot. When is Grady Little going to wise up and put him in the leadoff spot? That way when he doesn't hit, no one will be on base, so no harm is done. DON WHITE Palm Desert Jason Schmidt. Darren Dreifort. Deja vu? BRAD ZEBRACK Los Angeles I've been to two Dodgers games this year and I know I'm in the minority, but the parking situation is not as bad as it's been made out to be. Although being told where to park is not good, people forget that almost every other stadium does this, so stop acting like it's something new. It is not the system, it's the drivers.
HOME & GARDEN
March 31, 2005 | Chris Erskine
First sign of spring: Strawberries big as baseballs. Second sign of spring: Fall soccer sign-ups. Seriously, is there any food more perfect than a deviled egg? Car I'd most love to wake up next to: the Audi A6. Woman I'd most love to drive around? I'm thinking, I'm thinking.... Middle age is that point in life when you finally understand the infield-fly rule. L.A.'s signature sandwich: the burrito. L.A.'s signature dish: Halle Berry. Squeaky new fan belt? Try a little surf wax.
NEWS
June 27, 2001 | Chris Erskine
Random thoughts on food, baseball and other summer obsessions: All food is comfort food. * Meter maids always park illegally. * Never believe a bank thermometer. * You can tell a lot about a man by the way he flings his golf clubs into a pond. * With every passing day, Madonna looks a little more like Joan Crawford. * Book worth picking up: "One More Time: The Best of Mike Royko." * Video worth picking up: "Finding Forrester," starring Sean Connery.
NEWS
July 5, 2000
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2000 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The art of subtext in playwriting--in which a character says one thing, but is thinking something else--has almost become lost in the current theater, where on-the-nose dialogue is king. Except subtext is how real people talk in the real world.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
"The Biggest Loser's" Cate Laughlan said the red team put in the work in the gym. It just didn't show up on the scale. "It was not a reflection about the work we did," she said of the team's abysmal weight-loss numbers. The only person more unhappy than Cate, who was sent home, was Dolvett Quince, who was flying high after winning the first two weigh-ins. While she was disappointed to be sent home so early in the game, Cate said was completely transformed by her time at the ranch, brief as it was. To date, she has lost about 50 pounds (including 10 pounds more than was shown in the "Where are they now" segment)
NEWS
June 27, 2001 | Chris Erskine
Random thoughts on food, baseball and other summer obsessions: All food is comfort food. * Meter maids always park illegally. * Never believe a bank thermometer. * You can tell a lot about a man by the way he flings his golf clubs into a pond. * With every passing day, Madonna looks a little more like Joan Crawford. * Book worth picking up: "One More Time: The Best of Mike Royko." * Video worth picking up: "Finding Forrester," starring Sean Connery.
NEWS
October 27, 1999 | CHRIS ERSKINE
Random thoughts--between ballgames--on a too-warm autumn afternoon: L.A. should look into acquiring a major college football team. Soccer balls make lousy pillows. Swimming is the best exercise. Cheddar is the best cheese. Today's NFL coaches look too much like golfers. Two heads are better than one. Ten heads are not better than one. Bill Bradley understands America better than Al Gore. In the long run, companies concerned only about their stock price are doomed. There are too many movies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1995 | MARTIN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They want a world where you can depend on the kindness of strangers. A world where instead of flashing the high beams at a freeway slowpoke, you toss them a smile. A world where instead of chuckling as the elevator door shuts on some chump, you--perhaps even surprising yourself--tap the "Open Door" button. What imaginary planet was this again? Our own Spaceship Earth, they say.
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