January 20, 1994 |
When the keen observer gets three Christmas presents that are all basically for the same purpose, he can't help but detect an implied message. When the gifts come from people very important in the observer's life, the message is magnified, often displayed in bright neon, and demands reflection.
September 5, 2011 |
He carries a dictionary under his arm and wears a very large Star of David around his neck. His name is Fidel Babani, but you can call him Senor Scrabble. Babani, in addition to being an active member of Cuba's tiny Jewish community, is president of the also small, but growing, Cuban Scrabble Assn. Two very different passions, perhaps, but in his island nation, adherents have followed parallel paths: From both vantage points, Babani has seen slow, sometimes contradictory change.
April 3, 2012 |
Most mornings, when the slanted dawn light hits the nearby Tower Palace luxury high-rises, Cho Su-ja can't help but stare, struck by their grandeur. The 72-year-old grandmother lives in a two-room shack with plastic flooring, sandwiched between other shacks built from planks of wood, corrugated tin, castoff door frames and bamboo screens, like a jumble of shipwrecks. But Cho doesn't envy her wealthy neighbors, not one bit. She's proud to be one of the original inhabitants of Guyrong village, a ramshackle shantytown sprawling alongside the exclusive Gangnam area, the highest-priced real estate in South Korea.
October 31, 1999 |
This was the way to look at things from a different side. My boyfriend, Rich, and I take frequent day trips to Big Bear Lake, with its rental speedboats, bustling village and chairlifts that whisk lazy mountain bikers like us to the top of mountains. But on a Sunday drive around the lake last summer, we came upon a house on the north shore with a sprawling porch overlooking a yard so green that it glowed in the afternoon sun.
August 17, 1986 |
A harried corporate lawyer who hates to shop was delighted recently to discover that his landlord at the Koll Center office building in Irvine had provided an easy way for him to obtain a birthday present for his girlfriend. He summoned the building concierge, who an hour later returned with a pearl necklace at "just the right price" in exchange for a $25 errand fee. And like clockwork every Monday morning, the president of Irvine-based National Education Corp.
September 8, 1999 |
When Brenda and Kerry Cotter were engaged last year, they didn't announce it in the local newspaper or tie up the phone by calling every one of their relatives. They sat down at their computer and created their own Web site for their wedding. In fact, the Hermosa Beach couple used the Internet to plan much of their July wedding in Santa Monica. They used online gift registries, budget planners and etiquette advice available on many Web sites. They're not alone.
June 22, 2008 |
Here, based on my own adventures and conversations with several experts, are 14 things to know about vacation rentals. -- Christopher Reynolds 1. Know whom to call when the AC breaks down: Get your host's cellphone number -- and his handyman's. Sure, it's nice if your host leaves behind some ideas of local attractions and restaurants, but chances are you've covered a lot of that ground with your own research.
November 14, 1986 |
Fanfare. Roaring crowd. Chick Hearn's unmistakable "voice of the Los Angeles Lakers" cuts in above the cheering. The Celtics lead the Lakers by a point. Thirty seconds to go, and suddenly the game depends on you. You? Hearn announces your name to the crowd. Coach Pat Riley orders you into the game. Hearn fires descriptive verbal salvos detailing your height, weight, nickname and alma mater. The crowd roars as you tie up the Celts' great Danny Ainge. Two seconds left on the clock.
October 25, 1992 |
I suppose I knew I could not get away with it forever. I suppose I knew they would track me down someday. It may come as a surprise to you that I am an outlaw. But I am. Just ask the folks at La-Z-Boy. "Dear Mr. Simon," the letter began, "La-Z-Boy is a registered trademark of La-Z-Boy Chair Co. Your commentary in the Baltimore Sun some months ago on the Perot presidency referred to La-Z-Boy lawmaking.
June 1, 1989 |
Under rows of harsh fluorescent lights, they sit at folding tables, hunched over boards covered with small, square tiles. The room is silent as 10 pairs of players sweat it out in a battle of wits, probing their minds for obscure words and letter combinations. They're playing Scrabble, but this is not exactly the game that many people remember playing with their grandmothers over pound cake and iced tea on Sunday afternoons. These are hard-core Scrabble players, many of whom also play chess, who enjoy the game for its challenge, discipline and mental stimulation.