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  • Motherhood 101: Gas Money

    By Ilana Angel

    December 19, 2013 | 2:57 am

    I love my kid. Love him in a profound way that makes me marvel at the blessings I have been given in being the mother of this remarkable human being. My son is smart, funny, kind, gentle, aware, talented, compassionate, fair, open, handsome, and delicious. I marvel at who he has...

  • The Tough & Sexy Dodge Ram Truck

    By Ilana Angel

    March 4, 2013 | 7:21 am

    Today I drove a Dodge Ram truck for the first time.  I am not sure what happened exactly, but when I got behind the wheel I changed into another person.  The shear power of this machine changed everything.  I suddenly felt invincible.  I am not quite 5’4” and it was hard to even...

  • Secrets of Success on the 405 (Kosher Sutra: Nitzavim)

    By Marcus J Freed

    September 13, 2012 | 8:22 am

    What if life doesn’t seem to deliver all we'd hoped for? How do we get more of what we are lacking (money, clients, relationships)? Today’s Kosher Sutra reveals more…

    Moving from England to Los Angeles was a big culture shock and I still haven't become used to the driving style...

  • My Mother, My Son, Myself—Happy Mother’s Day

    By Ilana Angel

    May 13, 2012 | 7:58 am

    I am sad to be away from my mother on Mother’s Day.  I’ve been thinking back and I don’t believe I have been with my mom on Mother’s Day for 20 years, which seems so wrong.  We talk of course, but it’s not the same thing.  Ever since I became a mother myself, we have had...

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  • Homework: Perspectives of a Mother & her Son

    By Ilana Angel

    April 23, 2012 | 1:09 pm

    If you read my blog on a regular basis, or happen to stumble upon it on one of the days I write about my son, you know that I love him in a profound way.  He is perfection to me and there is nothing I would not do for this kid. 

    We don’t fight, but when there is a difference of...

  • A Rainy Day in Los Angeles is Hell on Earth

    By Ilana Angel

    December 13, 2011 | 1:26 am

    It rained on Monday in Los Angeles.  This means I thought about killing people for most of the day. By killing them of course I mean I wanted to get out of my car, knock on their windows, and ask what the hell they were doing. I wouldn’t have had time to kill anyone because the...

  • My Son, My Teacher, My Oh My

    By Ilana Angel

    November 2, 2011 | 7:07 pm

    I love my son.  He is almost 16, and truly perfection.  Our relationship is not always perfect, but he is the single greatest person I know, and being his mother is a blessing.  He has always been a wonderful child.  A few bumps along the road to be sure, but I am beyond lucky to...

  • My Hiatus from Online Dating Sadly, and Thankfully, Comes to an End

    By Ilana Angel

    September 26, 2011 | 10:36 am

    I have not had a date in 2 weeks.  One crazy date too many put me over the edge, and I had to walk away from it all.  I simply could not handle going out on another nightmare.  I knew I hit the wall when a man contacted me online and his email made me sick.  Everything he wrote made...

  • Sunday Drive with a Howler Monkey

    By Ilana Angel

    August 29, 2011 | 8:42 am

    I was home all weekend with a sinus infection and bronchitis.  I can’t breathe, have a horrible cough, and I could have spent all day in bed.  My son was great and took care of his dear old mom.  He did his homework, checked on me throughout the day, and made me lots of tea with...

  • A Teenager Drives, A Teenager Dies & a Mother Cries

    By Ilana Angel

    August 25, 2011 | 10:06 pm

    I spent Thursday afternoon with my son at the DMV.  It was exciting and scary, and yes, since you asked, I cried.  When he passed the test he went through the entire room and high fived everyone.  It was really fantastic and I was so proud of him.  Watching this child grow up is my...

  • Sex, Drugs & Driving:  Surviving the Teenage Years

    By Ilana Angel

    August 17, 2011 | 1:06 pm

    When my son was a baby I could not wait for him to walk, now I wish he would just sit still.  I could not wait for him to talk, now I wish he would be quiet sometimes.  I could not wait for him to drive, and now I find myself praying he will fail his permit test and not be allowed to...

  • Its Just Like Riding a Bike! In My Case a Big-Wheeler…

    By Julia Bendis

    July 29, 2011 | 9:48 pm

    The teenager in me is at it again!  Every time I pass a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, I have to stop, look at it, examine it and maybe even take a picture for my “wish list” of things I want on my future bike.  Sometimes I’ll even talk to the owner of the bike to get more details on...

  • Oh Carnival Cruise Line, how I wish you’d step up to the rest of them…

    By Julia Bendis

    July 18, 2011 | 9:26 pm

    Maybe some of you noticed that I haven’t written in the last week.  Alright, none of you noticed but that’s not the point.  My husband and I took the boys on a long awaited vacation on board the “brand new” Carnival cruise ship called ‘Splendor’, or as I am calling it ‘Ineptness’.

    ...
  • Carmageddon: Hitler is Not Funny

    By Ilana Angel

    July 11, 2011 | 8:35 pm

    As those of us in Los Angeles are painfully aware, the 405 freeway is going to be closed this coming weekend.  For a city where people drive across the street instead of walking, it shall be hell on earth.  I plan to stay within 4 miles of my home over the weekend, in addition to not...

  • More Facts, Questions and Things I Will Never Understand or Have Answers To.

    By Julia Bendis

    June 29, 2011 | 4:22 pm

    1. Why Oh why do people insist on asking how you are doing, when they don’t plan on listening to the answer?  Just say “Hello” and keep walking!  But don’t ask people how they are, and then interrupt them mid-sentence to tell them how late you are and need to run!

    2. Why is it that...

  • Obvious vs. the-Not-So-Obvious!

    By Julia Bendis

    May 31, 2011 | 1:18 pm

    Lately I’ve been thinking about the many jobs I have had, all through my teenage years and adulthood.  The reason I started thinking about them is simple: every time my children talk about what they want to do when they grow up, and it changes daily, I usually have a funny anecdote...

  • Jury Duty!

    By Julia Bendis

    May 23, 2011 | 3:17 pm

    As much as I love to participate in any and all civic duties, being chosen for Jury Duty just wasn’t going to happen.  Believe it or not, this was the first time I had ever received a notification requiring me to fulfill my civil duty.  As I opened the letter, immediately I started...

  • The longest cab rid ever…from New York to Los Angeles

    By Lauren Bottner

    April 25, 2011 | 12:34 pm

    What’s worse than wandering through the desert for 40 years? Riding in the backseat of a New York taxi for 6 days while enroute to LA. 

    John Belitsky and Dan Wuebben embarked on their own modern day Exodus Belitsky’s father claimed no cabbie would ever drive that far from New...

  • Oh Jared Leto, how little I knew about your band…

    By Julia Bendis

    April 11, 2011 | 2:07 pm

    What started out as a surprise of a lifetime, quickly turned into a XXX porn show for many children and one particular fifth-grader.

    I like to think that I am a pretty fun parent, but when my husband and I surprised our eleven-year-old with tickets to Thirty Seconds to Mars concert,...

  • Pet Rescue or a Scam?

    By Julia Bendis

    April 4, 2011 | 2:30 pm

    My son and I were spending last Sunday together, just the two of us.  We ran some errands, bought him things for school, and went to lunch.  As we were driving past a Petsmart store, we saw a sign for an organization that adopts out dogs.  Knowing my son, I tried to avert the car so...

  • My evening at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honoring “Hot in Cleveland”

    By Julia Bendis

    March 31, 2011 | 6:04 pm

    Last night I was at the Academy of Television’s event honoring the TV sitcom ‘Hot in Cleveland’.  They often have these events for up and coming shows, mainly as a panel Q and A and a celebrity host/moderator.  This time it was the legendary Larry King moderating, asking questions...

  • Quitter-ville

    By Julia Bendis

    March 28, 2011 | 10:13 am

    I am a big quitter, and I come from a long line of quitters.  My whole family is that way, we get excited to start something, but rarely do we actually finish or go through with it.  We always have the best excuses to quit something, not only does it make sense for us to quit...

  • Home buying options according to a Kindergartner!

    By Julia Bendis

    March 24, 2011 | 2:31 pm

    I started on an endless journey to find a new house.  Everyone knows how incredibly daunting and frustrating that can be, but throw in a few plumbing issues in the house that we are currently in, and it makes for a very urgent matter…  For days now, my husband and I have been going...

  • Words of Wisdom or something like it.

    By Julia Bendis

    March 21, 2011 | 5:52 pm

    - When people say that they are only 5 minutes away, they are really 20 minutes away.

    - If your Doctor’s appointment is at 3 p.m., show up at 3:15 to skip sitting in the waiting room.  It works like a charm!

    - When your kid is going on and on about something, and the story doesn’t...

  • Recall on our cars, and what they are NOT doing to fix them!

    By Julia Bendis

    December 30, 2010 | 7:45 pm

    I got a letter from my car’s manufacturer, saying that my car is part of a Recall due to a faulty brake part.  I was told to call the nearest dealership immediately, and bring the car in to get the part replaced.

    They listed all possible malfunctions that could result from Not...

  • Email OCD and other social media overload!

    By Julia Bendis

    December 20, 2010 | 2:26 pm

    The other day, I started to wonder if anyone else has the same obsessive compulsive behavior when it comes to Facebook, cell phones, Blackberry’s, Blueberry’s, ipods, iphones, ipads and God-knows what else…

    For a long time, I resisted getting a more ‘appropriate’ cell...

  • VideoGuide to L.A. - Volume 2 - driving

    By Jay Firestone

    October 10, 2008 | 1:29 pm

    The other key to enjoying this city is, of course, your car. When I moved out West, I was a timid, passive driver. Now I’m aggressive, confident and, most importantly, mostly safe. Follow my tips and you’ll feel confident behind the wheel ... and you won’t even have to lift a finger, let alone “the finger.”

    Click here for a full schedule.

  • I’m ready to take the wheel

    By Derek Schlom

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I turned 16 on June 26. After so many years of impatiently waiting, and six months of misjudging left turns and getting away with some pretty serious traffic violations while my mother sat horrified in the passenger seat, I am finally eligible for my driver's license. Sayonara,...
  • Gridlock

    By Idan Ivri

    July 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    On a particular stretch of Wilshire Boulevard near Westwood at 6 p.m., right-lane traffic is hopelessly stalled. A stream of cars crowds the intersection, trying to squeeze into the nearby parking lot of a well-known synagogue.

    It's a familiar sight: With most people heading home...

  • Going Forth as a Driver

    By Jane Ulman

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    On May 7, exactly 16 years minus 5 1/2 hours after his birth, my son, Gabe, took his driving test at the Winnetka Department of Motor Vehicles office.

    "Are you nervous?" the test instructor asked.

    "Yes," Gabe answered.

    "Don't be, or we'll both be dead."

    I, too, was nervous....

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