August 9, 2011 |
Either Cynthia Elkins, a Woodland Hills employment lawyer, has been burning up the phone lines trying to fix the situation in the Middle East, or she's a pretty obvious victim of fraud. It's hard to draw any other conclusions after more than $20,000 in calls to places like Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Palestinian territories and elsewhere in the region appeared on her AT&T bill. "I'm a local attorney," Elkins, 51, told me. "I don't have an international practice. I don't know anyone in these countries.
June 27, 2011 |
You would have to be in solitary confinement to have not seen that TV commercial for the iPhone that tells you that "if you don't have an iPhone" you can't download music, you can't pay for your coffee, can't easily purchase an airline ticket.... Or, as my daughter Kate called to tell me, you can't overcome OCD. Kate was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder some years ago. Medication tempers the symptoms but does not entirely remove the underlying anxiety. Even under the cloud of Zoloft, her brain still spins — especially, for her, when it comes to making sure the door is in fact locked and the coffee maker actually turned off. She cannot sleep at night without checking doors and windows a dozen times.
March 2, 2011 |
Almost half a century ago, in an epiphanic moment of marketing genius, Kellogg's is credited with inventing the Pop-Tart. Your very own individually wrapped piece of pie. In a toaster. Since that happy occasion, the Pop-Tart has become a part, literally, of the pop culture landscape: Milton the talking toaster, if you watched commercials in the '70s, or more recently last year's Times Square Pop-Tart pop-up shop. Devotees of the Pop-Tart may also remember an old Dave Barry story, in which the humorist set a strawberry Pop-Tart on fire in his toaster, just to prove he could.
December 25, 2009 |
Suja Thomas, who wears holey socks, isn't giving her husband anything for Christmas. When Scott Bahr proposed to Thomas in spring 2008, he offered her a red plastic heart in place of an engagement ring. The couple's intense frugality is by design. Their idea is to save as much as possible in order to give more to those in need. This Christmas, the pair raised the stakes: Thomas and Bahr pledged to give up to $50,000 of their own money to five charities by matching donations from others.
June 16, 2009 |
Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck isn't known for burning much of anything. But his retail products are gaining a fiery reputation. About 1,500 Wolfgang Puck Toaster Oven Toasters have been recalled by W.P. Appliances Inc. and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The reason? The toaster part of the Toaster Oven Toaster can remain on after the toast pops up, causing the elements to overheat and then catch fire, commission spokesman Scott Wolfson said Monday. W.P.
October 15, 2008
THE "Worth It? Not Worth It?" (Oct. 8) article by Russ Parsons and Amy Scattergood about the kitchen equipment they consider a good value prompted more than 100 responses at latimes.com/food and in e-mail. Many readers took issue about whether toasters and mini food processors are indeed not worth it. -- OVERALL I agree with most of your selections. But I have had a mini Krups food processor for over 10 years and have used it probably 10 times more than my big processor.