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Stacking logs and fattening the calves for the onset of winter. Harsh conditions are certain to prevail. In no time, the 405 will be a blizzard of sheet metal and ill will. On L.A. freeways, one in 10 drivers is a complete idiot, which can sometimes make for pretty rough sledding. At this time... [Read More]
The real triumph, for my co-hosts and me, was that so many of our grown children came by the tailgate — not because their parents insisted, but for other reasons. Free beverages for one. [Read More]
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The first use of "Black Friday" to describe the mad dash to stores on the day after Thanksgiving is linked to the 1950s, when shoppers clogged streets in downtown Philadelphia. [Read More]
The sun comes up big and orange, like a harvest moon. The angry grit from the recent fires sends bloody beams of sunlight through the oaks and the chaparral. I can hardly sleep lately, for a variety of reasons, but if I could sleep, this alone would keep me up. [Read More]
Welcome to fall, California style, which officially starts with the equinox on Saturday, but has been dressing for the occasion for weeks. In upper altitudes, near peak fall color has already been reported by the state's grand marshal of leaf-peeping, John Poimiroo, and his crew of more than 100... [Read More]
First, I fired my muse. Then the much-anticipated "Burning Man at the Beach" event fell through. Thank goodness for my hiking club, stinky bars and the relentless optimism of loyal friends. [Read More]
In a survey of 4,207 Americans, 54% said a pilot's accent affected their confidence in his or her ability. The accent that concerned them the most? Texas. Upper Midwest and Southern California pilots score best. [Read More]
The Yosemite Facelift is a park-wide volunteer event that was started by the Yosemite Climbing Assn. in 2004 to encourage visitors to clean up the park at the end of the busy summer season. [Read More]
Now is the time to get a taste of the town's hottest new ticket. Practices are free and open to the public, which quickly takes the edge off a piping hot Las Vegas day. [Read More]
My muse most days is an 80-pound dog that might be a wolf that might be an angel. She follows me from room to room because once a day I walk her to the park, and to her mind that is the most exquisite gesture a man can ever make. [Read More]
The young husky doesn't just inspire me … it's better than that. I think she loves me, though it's hard to tell with dogs. Their default emotion is to worship you a little. [Read More]
Big Bear Lake keeps adding events to its autumn lineup, with the various activities joining a large Oktoberfest celebration that dates back almost 50 years. Whether you're looking for pumpkins or fall colors, the mountain retreat two hours from Los Angeles offers plenty of options for a long weekend,... [Read More]
His laugh is what I remember most. Burt Reynolds laughed like your kid sister — a full-bore, coyote-throated cackle. [Read More]
Step 1: Over-marinate the meat. [Read More]
Step 1: Over-marinate the meat. Step 2: Char it till it screams. Don't press me for details. I know just this one recipe. It's like a musician knowing only one song, yet playing it so beautifully and with such bell-tone purity that strangers crowd around. In my case, some beg me to stop. Others... [Read More]
His laugh is what I remember most. Burt Reynolds laughed like your kid sister — a full-bore, coyote-throated cackle. I can still hear him on those old "Tonight Show" appearances, pounding the desk and clucking at some double-take from Johnny Carson or Dom DeLuise. That great laugh seems to echo... [Read More]
Do you pray? Because that might help. Or check this tip sheet, which contains solutions to your airport parking problems, to be sure you'll never find yourself in this situation again. We'll tell you later about a last-ditch save. Lot C, the main long-term lot, has been turning away travelers for... [Read More]
There are trace amounts of autumn in the air – pixie dust, or maybe that's just garden grit. Whatever. Change is good, or so they tell us. [Read More]
There are trace amounts of autumn in the air — pixie dust, or maybe that's just garden grit. Whatever. Change is good, or so they tell us. Soon there'll be a chill blush in the children's cheeks and Christmas trees atop the cars. Halloween has been in the stores since early August. Can pagan dances... [Read More]
And you thought the addition of UCLA head coach Chip Kelly is cause for celebration? It is, if you're a Bruins fan. But adding Pie 'n Burger to the Rose Bowl roster might be this season's first win. The beloved Pasadena diner will have concession stands in Sections 1 and 15 this year, as the stadium... [Read More]
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