Stories by Inga


Let Inga Tell You: Saving your own life

May 18, 2016, 2:48 p.m.

— LET INGA TELL YOU: It’s a cruel twist of fate to be lucky enough to live in the Sunbelt but not be able to go out in it. After Olof’s four surgeries for in situ melanoma (the less serious form that hasn’t penetrated below the top layers of skin) and my surgery for malignant melanoma (the type that has) we asked our dermatologist where we’d ever be able to go on vacation again. She replied, “Oregon in the winter?” ...


Let Inga Tell You: Nursery school revisited

May 11, 2016, 12:15 p.m.

• LET INGA TELL YOU: Preschool is a whole new world since my sons went. Two of my grandchildren go to a preschool in L.A. that is not only very environmentally conscious but also has a zero tolerance policy for sugar (bad for you) and nuts (someone could be allergic) on school grounds. (Knives would probably be OK.) I’m almost sure I remember my preschool sons being given ice cream from time to time, and certainly cupcakes for a classmate’s ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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) ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...