“I’m a Marine and I’m not going to run from a fight. You wouldn’t want a Marine to run from a fight. Call me crazy, call me stupid. I got shot once and it just angered me more. I wanted to get this guy. I got shot twice, and I re-evaluated that decision. I decided I need to stay alive.”
— Florida-based Marine vet Lt. Col Karl Trenker • Discussing how he got shot, days before Christmas, in a Craigslist-transaction-gone-bad. The Iraq and Afghanistan vet’s fiance tried selling a man’s gold-chain necklace, but Trenker offered to make the transaction due to safety concerns, which turned out to be correct, as the alleged buyer picked up the necklace and ran. Trenker ran after the man, known only as “Galven,” only to get shot twice. Here’s the dramatic part: Following his training as a Marine (29 years experience), he plugged the bullet holes with his fingers, a move which likely saved his life. Say what you will about the Craigslist transaction (it certainly wasn’t the best idea), but that’s pretty amazing, no matter how you look at the situation. source (via • follow)
Heather Peters is miffed that her Civic doesn’t get its claimed fuel economy, and she isn’t satisfied with a proposed settlement. So she’s trying a new approach to litigation.
On Jan. 3 she’ll take her case to Small Claims Court in Torrance, where California law prohibits Honda from bringing an attorney. She’s asking for the maximum of $10,000 to compensate her for spending much more on gasoline than expected. Honda said the Civic would get about 50 miles per gallon, but because of technical problems the car gets closer to 30 mpg.
“I love Los Angeles. I know a lot of people go there and they see just a huge sprawl of sameness. But when you’re there for a while, you realize that each section has its own mood. The golden age of cinema is still alive there, in the smell of jasmine at night and the beautiful weather. And the light is inspiring and energizing. Even with smog, there’s something about that light that’s not harsh, but bright and smooth. It fills me with the feeling that all possibilities are available. I don’t know why. It’s different from the light in other places. The light in Philadelphia, even in the summer, is not nearly as bright. It was the light that brought everybody to L.A. to make films in the early days. It’s still a beautiful place.”—David Lynch, Catching The Big Fish (via bbook)
I'm visiting LA for the holidays (dec 24-27) but I don't celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah. Tips for how I can get the full LA experience during the seasonal times? What are somethings that I can not leave LA without seeing/doing? (unique adventures like a graffiti point are not off limits!) Thanks!
Excellent question. Personally, I’m more of a food person than a sightseeing person, so I’m going to put that question up for grabs to our Angeleno followers. (But since the weather’s been so nice, I definitely suggest a hike up in Runyon Canyon or Griffith Park.)
Not sure where you’re staying, but we have this entire series on what to do in Southern California. Downtown is Part 1, but you can find other areas with the menu bar at the top.
Opinion: The 2010 election ushered a big class of freshmen into Congress — 94 House members and 13 senators — unfamiliar with the ways of Washington. As it turns out, many of them also seemed unfamiliar with the basic concepts of governing. Things that absolutely had to get done couldn’t get done until the last minute, if not later. And proposals with broad bipartisan support were stymied by an intransigent minority and a fractured House leadership.
A 51-year-old woman in the Louisiana died after she was infected with the “brain-eating” amoeba Naegleria fowleri, which enters the body through the nose and sometimes causes devastating meningitis. Apparently, the amoeba lurked in tap water the woman used in her neti pot, a pitcher-like device used to rinse nasal passages.