August 1, 2010 |
Whether by necessity or choice, a quarter of Americans take at least one vacation by themselves each year. Some solo travelers are single. Some have partners who dislike travel or have different interests or can't get away. Some just crave freedom. But all face the same question: What's the best trip for the person traveling alone? "The key is to know yourself," said Beth Whitman, author of a guide for women traveling alone and founder of Wanderlustandlipstick.com , a website devoted to advice and tours for women on the go. "There are times when you just need to get away, to recuperate.
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September 1, 1986
Our first brush with the killing grounds of youth was the cap pistol. It made a noise and a satisfactory amount of smoke. But there was no such thing as a hit or a miss, and an adversary didn't have to fall down unless he felt like it. That kept it nicely obvious that it was make-believe. Water pistols were higher technology, and you could actually hit a target if it wasn't moving too fast. But those, too, were harmless enough, except for the occasional friend who was allergic to water.
August 24, 1990 |
When Helen Shaver appears as television co-anchor Kelby Robinson in "WIOU," a new fall series set to air Wednesday nights at 10 on CBS, she'll be wearing L.A.-designer clothes. Much of Shaver's wardrobe comes from Jennifer Joanou and Richard Tyler. Pat Welch, the show's costumer, says she hopes the mix of Joanou's soft lines and sheer fabrics with Tyler's more theatrical twist in suits will "inspire some of our TV anchors to sit up and take note."
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March 27, 2001 |
Now for the not-so-glamorous side of Hollywood. A member of Adrienne Omansky's free acting class for seniors (information:  559-9677) found a job as an extra in the movie "Ali." He reported to a warehouse in the San Fernando Valley that had been converted into a boxing arena. Designated a grade C extra, the lowest form, he sat in the back of the arena amid rows of seats that also contained cardboard cutouts of people.
March 15, 1988
Former UCLA first baseman Pat Dodson is bidding for a spot with the Boston Red Sox, but the field is crowded, so he's looking for options. He doesn't want to go back to the minors, so he asked his agent to check out the possibility of playing in Japan. If he does make it in Japan, Dodson said: "They'd probably call me Nissan." From Marty Noble of Newsday: "Detroit outfielder Billy Bean went to the wall the other day for a fly ball hit by Minnesota's Kent Hrbek.
January 18, 1987 |
Third- and fourth-generation Vermonters often call it Mad River Valley, because the lovely little river flows below the summits of two Sugarbush mountains and Mad River Glen. But to everyone else hereabouts it's just plain Sugarbush. What's more important, it's probably one of the most unspoiled rural areas in the state, the latter-day buildings either hidden in the maples, poplars and elms or designed to fit so comfortably into the Christmas-card scenery that nobody takes offense.
July 16, 1995 |
A 10-day trek Sept. 22 in the Everest region of Nepal takes participants to the land of the Sherpas. Guests will get views of Mt. Everest and other 26,000- to 28,000-foot peaks and will camp by the turquoise water of Gokyo Lake. En route to Nepal, participants will stay overnight in Bangkok, Thailand. After resting a day in Katmandu, the group will fly to Lukla and begin the trek at Phakding. The hike continues to Namche Bazaar, Phortse Khola, Luza, Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Peak and Jorsale.
November 17, 2011 |
With mild temperatures, calm water and minimal fog, this can be a good time of year to visit the Central Coast , and there's no better place to see it than on the water in a kayak. For those prepping for a "big year" of bird-watching, this section of coast, with its diversity of waterfowl and shorebirds, is possibly the finest in California . If you've kayaked only on lakes and prefer water on the tamer side, Morro Bay is the place to paddle. Open-ocean kayaking is a whole different ballgame, and launching from just any beach shouldn't be attempted by novices (as we learned on a recent trip; more on that in a bit)
June 3, 2012 |
San Diego could be improved. If the county had 75 miles of beaches instead of 70. If the Padres won a World Series or the Chargers won a Super Bowl. Or if the municipal sloganeers dropped "America's finest city" in favor of "You stay classy, San Diego. " But this is nit-picking. Besides its most obvious tourist attractions - the beaches, the zoo and Old Town - San Diego's downtown has interesting edges, several old neighborhoods are showing new vigor, and everybody seems to be brewing artisan beer.
May 15, 1993
Mr. Sterling, isn't it time to apply your business savvy in real estate to your basketball investment? It was absolutely pathetic that the Clippers couldn't sell out the two playoff games at the Sports Arena against Houston. The obvious solution is to move to the Anaheim Arena, where sellouts can be achieved as easily as a Stanley Roberts dunk. The association with Disney will greatly improve the Clipper image and open up unlimited marketing opportunities. Clearly, the potential for increased revenues in a far more affluent market will be substantial.