Inga


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Let Inga Tell You: Lawn Wars

Jun 16, 2015, 2:29 p.m.

Every letter to the editor on the subject of the drought suggests converting lawns to a garden of “attractive native plants.” Is it just me or is “attractive native plants” an oxymoron? We’re clear that our highly-used lawn may soon be a thing of the past. We’re already mourning it and contemplating what we’re going to do that doesn’t involve the five grandtots dodging cactuses in the front yard. I can’t help but observe that people who are most vocally ...

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Let Inga Tell You: Water bills from heck

Jun 3, 2015, 1:54 p.m.

It's never good news when your refrigerator suddenly starts sounding like a fountain. We actually have a small recirculating outdoor fountain that we turn on when we’re reading the paper on our patio in the morning. (Lighten up, water zealots: it takes like a gallon.) For several weeks, for hours at a time, I’d hear the familiar fountain burble and think we’d accidentally left it on until I realized the sound was coming from the refrigerator. Suffice it to say, ...

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Let Inga tell You: In Memoriam: My Dryer

May 22, 2015, 8:48 a.m.

Last week, my 42-year-old dryer gave up the ghost, mid-load. Worse, I think I killed it. I ran a wet heavy blanket on the high cycle, something I’ve done on numerous occasions before. But under the strain, its aged heart, er, power relay, gave out and it tumbled its last. Services are pending. Seriously. Major grief going on here. Now, those who are not pathologically sentimental saps would think of this as an appliance. But this machine and I had ...

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Let Inga Tell You: Fancissimo cars

May 6, 2015, 11:48 a.m.

One night about a year and a half ago, some miscreants wandered up and down our street and smashed the side mirrors and tail lights of more than 50 high-end cars. They significantly damaged our neighbor’s Lexus SUV then moved to our driveway where they whacked Olof’s BMW. But like the Angel of Death, they passed over my 2005 Corolla. I couldn’t help but wonder at the time: was this a class thing? Did they consider my crappy Corolla one ...

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Let Inga Tell You: Walking on the wild(life) side

Apr 23, 2015, 3:18 p.m.

• LET INGA TELL YOU: I was walking on a fairly deserted section of beach on a weekend morning recently when I came upon what looked like a dead sea lion pup lying on the sand. But a few moments later, he half-opened his eyes and lifted his head toward me in an unspoken but absolutely clear message: Please help me. Local papers, including the La Jolla Light, have written a number of stories this year about the puzzling increase ...

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Let Inga Tell You: Revenge of the yellow reading group

Apr 7, 2015, 5:10 p.m.

When my friend’s 31- and 29-year-old sons want to disparage their 21-year-old sister’s intelligence, they’ll note, “Well, you were, after all, in the yellow reading group.” The brothers are quick to remind her that they were both in the blue reading group in grade school, the best readers. Honestly, the reading group you’re assigned to in first grade can haunt you for life. I’m 67 and I don’t remember what reading group I was in but I do know it ...

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Let Inga Tell You: Winston writes home

Mar 26, 2015, 4:13 p.m.

Dear Mom and Dad, As your first and most beloved child (OK, I realize the next three are actual humans), I wanted to update you on how I’m doing here at Camp Grammy and Grampy. Grandma has noted aloud that my sojourns here keep getting longer and longer. A kennel, however, would be unthinkable for a canine of my sensitive nature and exacting requirements. There's been plenty of sunshine here in La Jolla so I'm usually out baking somewhere — ...

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Let Inga Tell You: Torture by password

Mar 11, 2015, 5 p.m.

I should have recognized it as the beginning of the end. When my university employer decided to make the transition from paper to computers some years back, each employee was assigned unchangeable personal passwords to do business with various departments, with the all-caps admonition: COMMIT THESE TO MEMORY! DO NOT WRITE THEM DOWN! (I think we were supposed to tear up the little card and swallow it.) The passwords were all along the lines of *jwqY@7. Well, I didn’t really ...

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Let Inga Tell You: A trip back to the early 1950s

Feb 25, 2015, 11:56 a.m.

April 12, 2015 will be the 60th anniversary of the announcement of the Salk vaccine’s ability to prevent polio. Had it been available at your local CVS like flu shots are today, they would have had to call out the National Guard to handle the stampede. In the early 1950s, there was no diagnosis more terrifying to parents than polio. In the 1952 epidemic, nearly 58,000 cases were reported, 3,145 people died and 21,269 were left with varying degrees of ...

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Let Inga Tell You: Uber Overboard

Feb 11, 2015, 12:38 p.m.

In my previous column, I wrote about what a boon Uber cars could be to the elderly, especially in San Diego where buses are unreliable (and frequently don’t run at night) and many taxi companies, which are expensive, won’t do short runs. Uber has given me a whole new outlook on life. They’ll go anywhere! Anytime! On a moment’s notice! For fairly cheap! In fact, I should probably sell my car right now and just use Uber! OK, getting a ...

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Let Inga Tell You .... A wild and crazy technology frenzy

Jan 29, 2015, 1:39 p.m.

Over the Christmas holidays, I went into a wild and crazy technology frenzy and had the kids install both Instagram and Uber on my iPhone. I’m not actually interested in posting photos on Instagram myself, but my daughter-in-law posts lots of adorable grandtot photos on hers that I was eager to see. Of course, I tried to install it first and messed it up beyond all belief. The kids used to encourage me to try software installs myself (teach a ...

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Let Inga Tell You: 50 years of Inga and Olof

Jan 15, 2015, 2:33 p.m.

• LET INGA TELL YOU: Jan. 20, 2015 will be the 50th anniversary of the day Olof and I met. As he likes to tell people, we were four days old. Actually, we were 17. And we were two of a group of 40 exchange students from all over the United States boarding a Varig flight at JFK en route to Brazil for the Southern Hemisphere school year that started in March. It was below freezing in New York City ...

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Let Inga Tell You: Advice for the Thin Police

Dec 30, 2014, 4:12 p.m.

Several years ago at a holiday lunch, I was seated next to a woman who had opened her own clothing boutique in North County. She thought it was a travesty that women’s clothes were mostly targeted toward the really slender. So in addition to carrying clothes for the emaciated svelte (my term), it was her plan to design clothing for her boutique for the “larger woman.” “What sizes?” I inquired, suddenly taking interest. “8-12,” she says. It was all I ...

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Let Inga Tell You: The ghosts of Christmas trees past

Dec 17, 2014, 4:27 p.m.

A few days ago I went to buy my Christmas tree and couldn’t help but reflect on the ghosts of Christmas trees past. My first husband always insisted we get a small live tree, which we would then plant in the yard in what he considered a charming post-Christmas tradition. Folks: do NOT try this at home! Little did we realize how much those suckers would grow — one to 40 feet! By the time my husband and I divorced ...

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Let Inga Tell You: Hanging it up

Dec 10, 2014, 12:48 p.m.

My first and second husbands probably only have two things in common. First, in perhaps ill-considered moments, they married me. Second, they both prefer to hang their clothes on a wooden clothes valet. You might be forgiven for not having a clear vision of the item I’m talking about. If you Google “men’s valet” you find an assortment of polished wood stands generally meant to hold a single suit jacket, a pair of suit pants, a shirt and a tie. ...