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Elizabeth Herndon

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    Though the sun has been doing a bit of a peek-a-boo with us the past few days, we can't help noticing the increase in sunshine since we made it past last week's winter solstice. Hooray sunshine! Much as we like a nice blustery day, one of the main reasons we live in southern California is the intimate relationship with have with ol' Sol down here. Esteemed musician/composer/polar bear/lexicographer of hoot Mike Watt seems to...
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    If you're reading this, it means you survived the various horrors of Christmas. No, we don't mean drunk Aunt Cindy's hair catching on fire at the dinner table. We're talking about the horrors of Santa's helpers... the ones our loving American parents don't tell us about. Knecht Ruprecht, who stuffs bad children in his sack and throws them into a river. The cloven-hoofed Krampus, known for raping young ladies (or even your mom) with his...
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    There's nothing like an over-elaborate Christmas lawn display to get us in the spirit of the season. Unfortunately, it seems that this year there has been some neighborly discord regarding a particular display in Hancock Park. You see, a nice Jewish lady in this nice Jewish neighborhood appears to have more of a sense of humor than her neighbors and, among other things, has erected a large Santa in her yard that asks rhetorically,...
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    We're not sure if the realization of "Rambo IV" actually hinges upon the success of "Rocky Balboa" next week at the box office, but if it does, we're buying our tickets for the latter now. True, we've always loathed Rambo movies (perhaps even more so, Rimbaud movies), but something tells us this one could be different. If our favorite Lord of Flatbush can get the bankroll from "Balboa" to just bring a certain Eagle...
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    We really love the TV special "A Charlie Brown Christmas," but it's hard to watch it with a an innocent eye after finding Donavan Freberg's blogs (first link rated "G," second link NSFW). See, Freberg was not only the kid on those ads for Encyclopedia Brittannica in the '80s, but also one of the voices of Linus Van Pelt. And after seeing photos of him online in his underwear and checking out his way-not-safe-for-work...
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    We're thankful for so many things. Really. The only thing we had cause for regret rather than thanks this weekend was the fact that we missed seeing Alice Cooper run into our neighborhood grocery store for some spare cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving Day. Man, that would have been so cool. But like tons of other folks, we skipped town in order to visit family. And a great visit it was. Not only did we...
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    At the corner of Glendale Blvd. and Branden Street in Echo Park (or is that Silver Lake? Will we ever know?), a brave knight guards the threshold of what appears to be an abandoned storefront. There's lots of random crap behind the building, so something's definitely happening in there. There is no other signage on the building other than the knight on the transom, and the windows are either boarded up or obscured with...
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    We used to love reading the Sunday comics. All of them - from Peanuts to Rex Morgan. Even the ones we hated, we read. Okay, so maybe we didn't love the comics. Maybe it was more of a dependence on reading the comics than loving them. We sort of felt lousy each time we were unable to skip over The Family Circus and Ziggy, when we knew they would at best be unfunny and...
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    We've never been that interested in Da Vinci's painting La Gioconda. This lack of interest briefly grew into a loathing when this lady we work with - a dithering fat lady addicted to painkillers - started reading The Da Vinci Code and wouldn't shut up about it. The loathing has mellowed but still, we just can't figure out why everybody cares so much about "the mysteries of the Mona Lisa": the model's true identity,...
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    A Drunken Spelling Bee. Wow. While we would like to thank the organizers of tonight's 4-Square Championships at the Met Theater downtown for including the brilliant concept of a "take a shot and then spell this word" battle in with their arguably more athletic festivities tonight, we've got some questions about the whole set-up: 1. Is there a study list for this, or are we on our own? 2. Is the word pronouncer going...

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