Off-Ramp host John Rabe and contributors share thoughts on arts, culture, and life in L.A.

Dan Savage + John Rabe - Desk Jockeying

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On Sep 29, 2009, at 8:02 AM, Rabe, John wrote:

Dear Dan Savage,

Okay, buster. You have Ann Landers' desk. I bought Ingmar Bergman's desk at auction. Let's have an “Advice Off!”

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Dear John and Dan:

My father beats me. My mother is a drunk. My brother attracts me. I also have seasonal affective disorder. What should I do?

– Suffering in Stockholm

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Dan: Move to a sunny climate, break ties with your family, and get counseling … and do it now before the Santorum hits the fan!

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John: I recommend you stew about it for thirty years, then call a family meeting at your summer house, reminisce for hours, but never address the issues.

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(Okay, Dan, I didn't really buy the desk, etc. It went for $900k with other stuff.)

-- John

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Send Scary Stories Soon

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I don’t know how often it happens, but this year, for the first time, Off-Ramp will air on Halloween, so we’re collecting scary stories, and we want yours.

It could be something weird that happened to you, or a friend, or your grandfather the cemetery caretaker. It could be your favorite campfire story, told with a flashlight under your chin.

You can e-mail us the text at offramp@kpcc.org; make a movie and send it in, or post it and send us a link; or leave it in the comments section below. We might air some, let it live here on the blog, move it over to the website and dramatize it, who knows?

Thanks,

-- John

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LA Times Squanders Another Chance

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Don't get me wrong, the LA Times' Bill Dwyre and Lance Pugmire do a great job covering Chris Arreola's loss to Vitali Klitschko last night. But why did the paper bury the story?

It was on the front page ... of the sports section. It deserved to be on the front page of the newspaper.

Why?

-- Arreola was vying to be the first Mexican-American champ.
-- Arreola was raised in East LA and lives in Riverside.
-- The fight, for the world heavyweight championship, happened in downtown LA at Staples.
-- Arreola is funny, charming, and candid (see the Off-Ramp interview).

But even more, and I don't care if you rank this first or last, the newspaper is dying for readership, and is perceived as a white liberal paper. Put the damn thing on the front page, where Mexican-Americans might see it and think, "Oh, a story I might want to read." And buy the paper. (Hell, it might also increase readership by Ukrainians.)

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Joys of Adulthood - Part 1

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Why act like a poor college student if you don't have to?

In my book (and YouTube movie), throwing away nasty socks and stinky sponges is an affordable and gratifying luxury.

Please feel free to nominate others in the comments section below. Or excoriate me for forgetting the lessons of The Great Depression.

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Point of Personal Privilege

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Huzzah for the birth of a dog!

She's Cara the Irish Terrier, aka Danu's Bright Eyed Cara Colleen, for her mother, Danu, and my grandfather Karl's dog, Shelia's Colleen.

Today we celebrate her fifth birthday.

Thanks to Linda and Alain for giving her to us, bringing us an amount of joy I used to think was overkill, in my jaded pre-dog days.

(Here she is at about 2.5 years, in Eaton Canyon.)

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