Inga


Stories by Inga

Inga

Let Inga Tell You: Airline outsources security questions to pod people

Apr 27, 2016, 12:46 p.m.

• LET INGA TELL YOU: Recently United Airlines notified both my husband Olof and me that we would have to strengthen our passwords on our mileage accounts and select new security questions. Olof and I hate security questions. For virtually all of our accounts – financial, travel, etc. – we try to use a single account so we can have security questions that we would both know the answer to. City where we were married (La Jolla) is always a ...

Inga

Let Inga Tell You: Dirt be not proud

Apr 20, 2016, 11:08 a.m.

• LET INGA TELL YOU I’m not the worst housekeeper in the world. But I am a contender. That said, I really do try to keep both clutter and dirt under control in my small garage-less house. I also have an alternate-week cleaning lady, so with the food-shedding goober-fingered grandtots in town only about monthly, the house really doesn’t get very dirty. Where my husband Olof and I disagree about housekeeping is the kitchen. Olof, I can assure you, would ...

Inga

Let Inga Tell You: Inconsolable

Apr 13, 2016, 12:04 p.m.

• LET INGA TELL YOU: I wrote my very first La Jolla Light column about Winston in 2009, and he’s been a regular subject ever since. He started out as our son and daughter-in-law’s beloved dog but from earliest puppyhood spent long periods of time with us. (We have the teeth marks in the furniture to prove it.) At some point in Winston’s commuter career – we’re not sure when – this little dog completely insinuated himself into our lives ...

Inga

Let Inga Tell You: The day the dog went vegan

Mar 30, 2016, 2:16 p.m.

• LET INGA TELL YOU: Over time, our beloved bulldog Winston developed constant itching and ear infections but wasn’t helped by the usual drug treatments (Atopica, Apoquel etc.). Systemic antibiotics didn’t clear up his ears, and localized ear drops mysteriously gave him seizures. Our wonderful vet said it might be time for a specialist consult and food trial. We had resisted a food trial previously since a) we really didn’t think his top-quality grain-free diet was the issue, and b) ...

Inga

Let Inga Tell You: Anything but ask for directions

Mar 23, 2016, 2:42 p.m.

• LET INGA TELL YOU: It’s a common stereotype that guys won’t ask for directions. But my husband has taken it to another level. He will absolutely Not Ask For Directions Ever Under Any Circumstances Period. If I hadn’t been really aware of it before, I learned just how strongly he felt about it when I was meeting him at the downtown courthouse some years ago so that we could get our marriage license. I had looked forward to this ...

Inga

Let Inga Tell You: No One Home

Mar 16, 2016, 4:08 p.m.

• LET INGA TELL YOU: Like most people these days, we use online bill paying. We enter our bill pay information once, the company sends an e-mail notification of the bill, we review it, and if it’s correct, we click Pay. What we won’t do is Auto Bill Pay where you give a company permission to automatically debit your credit card or bank account every month. This is especially true if the company in question is a cable or water ...

Inga

Let Inga Tell You: Insanely grateful

Mar 9, 2016, 1:34 p.m.

• LET INGA TELL YOU: A few months ago, I wrote about the dead possum that died under our house the day before Thanksgiving, its mephitic miasma threatening the holiday meal. Until a local pest control company saved the day by locating and removing the noisome decedent, I had assumed it was a dead rat in the wall. The same day, by coincidence, my Christian Scientist friend Virginia, who likes to send me inspirational items, e-mailed me an article about ...

Inga

Let Inga Tell You: CAUTION - Viewer Discretion Advised

Mar 2, 2016, 1:18 p.m.

• LET INGA TELL YOU Warning: If you didn’t like my column about buying my 4-year-old granddaughter a baby doll that poops, DO NOT READ THIS ONE. Actually, it has nothing to do with poop or baby dolls but it does involve impressionable children and socially-deviant pets. Now, let me say that our English bulldog Winston, were he able to speak, would be grievously offended to hear himself referred to as deviant. From his point of view, a dog’s gotta ...

Inga

Let Inga Tell You: Lexophilia

Feb 18, 2016, 1:51 p.m.

• LET INGA TELL YOU: Recently I was diagnosed with lexophilia. Fortunately, it doesn’t require blood transfusions and it’s not terminal, although that depends on whom you ask. While I didn’t know the term before, it turns out I’ve always been a lexophile, a lover of words. This is good because I really can’t do Sudoku puzzles to save my life. Lots of people collect things. I collect words. I keep a file on my computer desktop so that whenever ...

Inga

Let Inga Tell You: I spy

Feb 10, 2016, 3:27 p.m.

• LET INGA TELL YOU: The downside of living in the same house for 43 years is that you don’t always get around to cleaning out the filing cabinets in a timely manner. And that’s how I recently, in a fit of organizational zeal, came across this souvenir photo given to me by the FBI from State Mutual Saving’s security cameras. It shows the miscreant who pointed a 45-calibre blue steel automatic at me and the teller from a distance ...

Inga

Let Inga Tell You: Whine, whine, whine

Feb 3, 2016, 3:06 p.m.

• LET INGA TELL YOU: The loss of both Jonathan's and the Haggen-Albertsons supermarkets couldn’t have been more clearly felt than during Christmas week. There was no good will among men. No parking either. I had hoped to do my last Christmas food shopping on the Tuesday before Christmas. But as soon as I pulled into the La Jolla Vons lot from Fay, I found myself trapped in a hopeless gridlock. I honestly thought it was possible that I could ...

Inga

Let Inga Tell You: Fat-burning Fantasies

Jan 20, 2016, 4:18 p.m.

Sometimes I wish I had a background in science instead of just a Ph.D. in skepticism. The latter, however, is a seriously good quality to have in an election year. I’m already fully prepared not to believe a single word any candidate says. And speaking of not believing anything, ‘tis the time of year for all the diet ads that promise us redemption for the food felonies of the holidays. It occurred to me as I read the ads for ...

Inga

Let Inga Tell You: What a doll!

Jan 13, 2016, 2:30 p.m.

Since I only had sons and nephews, I never got to buy baby dolls until I was blessed with two tiny granddaughters. This year, my four-year-old granddaughter, Molly, announced that she wanted a doll that “peed and pooped.” I wasn’t sure about the poop part, but even I remember Betsy Wetsy dolls from my youth, so the pee part seemed do-able. A little Internet research quickly revealed the answer to Molly’s dreams: Baby Alive My Baby All Gone comes with ...

Inga

Let Inga Tell You: We (eventually) had a merry Christmas

Jan 6, 2016, 7:54 a.m.

• LET INGA TELL YOU: Will we remember 2015 as the year of holiday crises? The day before Thanksgiving, mere hours before the family was due to arrive, a possum died in the crawl space under my kitchen permeating it with an odor like, well, a dead possum. But for Christmas, we were going to L.A. where in the rarest but happiest of occasions, we would have both sons, their wives, and all five grandtots under the same roof. Life ...

Inga

Let Inga Tell You: Be grateful, or else

Dec 16, 2015, 11:55 a.m.

• LET INGA TELL YOU: As much as I have always loved the holiday season, it was a little trying during my single mom years when the kids were in elementary school. They were off for two full weeks for winter break but if I took that much vacation time, I’d only have a week left for the rest of the year. Those day camps that entertained them during the summer months were few and far between at Christmas. My ...