Motherhood, apple pie -- and beer?

First things first: I was reminded by an ad in Long Beach's Grunion Gazette that today is the day to take Mom out for a brew (see photo).

Maybe shoot a couple of games of pool with her too.

Such a deal

Andrea Adleman, editor of San Pedro Newsblog, spotted a local firm's ad and endorsed the idea of "introducing the smoothie as economic stimulus agent. Imagine the line at the juice bar for the carrots and 'salary' combo" (see photo).

The pen is mightier . . .

I've mentioned such less-than-ferocious nicknames as the Anteaters of UC Irvine and the Banana Slugs of UC Santa Cruz.

Another school with a moniker unlikely to strike fear in the hearts of its opponents is Whittier College: the Poets. Maybe their new shirts will help (see photo).

We're No. 2!

I noticed that Pittsburgh has replaced L.A. as the sootiest city in the nation, according to the American Lung Assn. I couldn't help recalling that, several years ago, a Pittsburgh mayor named Sophie Masloff visited here and commented, "The experts told me the city of L.A. was the city of the future. What a bunch of baloney."

Sure seems like Pittsburgh is following L.A.'s lead though, doesn't it?

Thank goodness the explosive device was disassembled

USC's crime blotter said that "a student reported that she discovered three water balloons taped above her dorm room door and rigged to fall on her when she opened it."

A warning that would scare any parent

Dewayne Smith of La Verne saw a sign at a county fair that said: "Any child left unattended will be given an espresso and a free puppy."


Here's a bit of Mom's Day trivia from, the website of the San Fernando Valley Folklore Society. It quotes singer Paul Simon on his tender composition "Mother and Child Reunion": "Know where the words came from on that? You would never have guessed. I was eating in a Chinese restaurant downtown. There was a dish called 'Mother and Child Reunion.' It's chicken and eggs. And I said, 'Oh, I love that title. I gotta use that one.' "


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