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Jott

I love Jott, a free  application you can download to your phone. Here’s how it works. When you think of something you know you are in danger of forgetting within seconds (this happens to me a hundred times a day as I am brain-challenged),  you speed dial Jott and at the prompt, …

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Retail Therapy: It’s the Lipstick, Stupid

When the economy tanks, life becomes challenging for those of us who depend on retail therapy to maintain balance. You need to cut your spending, but what do you tell your inner shopper? If you’ve been struggling to suppress your urge to shop (UTS) while your 401K is gasping for breath, last …

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Retail Therapy: H’ween Costume Redux

I found out what one daughter is wearing for Halloween because I read about it in Glamour magazine. What happened was, she was in Boston one day last summer and Glamour employees were asking every college-age kid they saw what their Halloween costume was going to be. Amazingly, my daughter  already knew …

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Tie One On

If you want to get with the Democratic program and join the Brotherhood Of The Traveling Tie, here’s some info on where you can buy a light blue tie (if you live in L.A.): Bloomingdales carries their own brand for $50, Macy’s has a variety of light blue ties ranging in price …

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White Paint

I wanted to paint my walls white. How hard could that be? You go to the paint store, buy a few gallons, and slap it on. So I did that first part: I went to a paint store. I gravitated towards a salesman who resembled the coach of the Boston Celtics.”Um, I’m …

Chopstick Wine Rack

Okay, this is one of the more imaginative recycling efforts I’ve come across. This guy (I can’t be more specific as his name is unknown, although we know he lives in Oregon) collects used chopsticks (in China), cleans and sanitizes them, and uses them to construct a wine rack. Who would even …

The Tennis Shoe Mattress

Like my dog Oliver, I prefer to sleep where I can be a) cool and b) near a human. Unlike Oliver (seen at left, napping on hardwood), I am choosy about sleep surfaces. This is why I paid a visit to a store called Livingreen in Culver City, a shop that sells …

New Santa Monica Ferris Wheel

I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to ride the new ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier. The old one sold on Ebay in April for about $132,000, and its new owner is a real estate developer from Oklahoma who has an idea of incorporating it into one of …

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Disposable Plates

Okay, so I found these Reborn disposable plates at City Bakery, and they are all-natural, completely biodegradable, made of “naturally-shed betel palm spathe (I’m too lazy to look up that last word in the dictionary) that is collected, cleaned, and heat-molded at sterilizing temperatures.” So don’t think too much about the carbon …