February 3, 2007
THE creators of "Ugly Betty" may say that, since he's only 12, the character of Justin is too young for them to explore his sexuality, but that's patently disingenuous ["Just the Way You Are," by Maria Elena Fernandez, Jan. 31]. Besides the fact that plenty of real 12-year-olds are exploring their sexuality, what they mean is that he's too young for them to treat him as an out gay character and get away with it on network television. So, to keep him on the show, they don't label him explicitly.
April 10, 2009 |
Jim Gaffigan gets offered Hot Pockets wherever he goes. You know, those frozen pastry thingies that can be thrown into the toaster oven or the microwave when the munchies hit? They're also a cornerstone of Gaffigan's comedy career along with his love of bacon, the joys of being lazy and being really, really pale. It's a legacy, however, that leaves Gaffigan with mixed feelings. "I don't want to be known as the 'Hot Pocket guy,' do I?" he said recently. "I never really imagined I would be this guy who talked about the mundane so much.
February 8, 2011 |
Irvin Gordon has put 2.9 million miles on his 1966 red Volvo, earning himself a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. He has crossed the country at least 45 times and rarely gets lost. Still, six years ago, he went out and bought himself a TomTom, not so much because he required navigational assistance but because he missed having someone to argue with. "I argue with her all the time. A lot of times I know better than she does what's the best route," boasts Gordon, 70, a retired science teacher from Long Island, N.Y., who started driving 100,000 miles a year after his divorce in 1996, just because he could.
November 15, 1987 |
This just in: Eric Dickerson's final will and testament is discovered. Authorities confirm authenticity. Dickerson says he will draft new document immediately. But while we have a copy handy . . . I, Eric Dimitric Dickerson, being of sound mind and body, do hereby bequeath the following items: To John Robinson, my former head coach: --Some advice: Get out! Quick! Come to Indianapolis! My cousin lives there, and he can show you around. Won't take but a few minutes. And they paid well, too.
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August 18, 1995 |
You see a lot of misery in this job. Hang around long enough and every form of human travail crosses your desk. I've been around a long time, seen a lot of misery, but the letter from Mission Viejo still caught my eye: "Dear Mr. Parsons," it began, "This is the tale of the recently mandated '1.6-gallon-per-flush' toilets and how I and my husband have become stuck with them." They may have been stuck, but I was hooked. I read on.
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.