Monthly Archives: July 2011

RTW: I survived ‘Carmageddon’ in L.A.

Nowhere to turn. Mass hysteria. A traffic jam of biblical proportions. The countdown to ‘Carmageddon’ in L.A. was on … .. And I was right in the middle of it. No doubt you heard about this.  A big chunk of … Continue reading

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RTW, Hollywood: Celebrity brush, Vol. 2: Meeting Mrs. Sitcom

My roommate invited me to a gathering of songwriters. Said there’d be people there who were once big deals. I put on my best pants (too-snug black jeans) and souvenir Indian bangle, and off we went in her Batmobile. So-called because … Continue reading

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RTW, Hollywood: Brush with celebrity, Vol. 1: TV years

In my decade of working in L.A. TV news, I was never fazed by celebrities. I guess it’s because I was either writing about or surrounded by them. The start-up news operation I was privileged to be a part of was … Continue reading

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RTW: Odd Couple — me and LA roomie ‘Felicia’ Ungar

In order to tell the story of how I ended up in the Hollywood Hills, I have to explain how I got there: my temporary roommate. I wanted to finish my RTW trip in L.A. because I felt like visiting … Continue reading

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RTW, Hollywood: Slight brush with celebrity above Sunset Strip

How I ended up at a place I’d never been despite a decade of working in L.A. TV news. (It’s a big deal if you’re of a certain age.) A what-am-I-doing-here moment. Details, if you can stand it, coming up.

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RTW: An Amtrak ride Northeasterners can only dream about

If you’ve ever been on an Amtrak train anywhere along the route from DC to Boston on a weekday, you know the drill. Crowded, rushed, commuters glued to their laptops and cell phones, working, working, working.  Or on the way … Continue reading

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RTW: A B&B room’s friendly ghosts

As the saying goes: “If these walls could talk .”  They can’t, of course. Or so I thought. Until I stumbled onto something during a stay at a B&B in San Diego. The Little Italy Inn has a long history. … Continue reading

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