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Let Inga Tell You: Tormenting your descendants

Aug 24, 2016, 1:30 p.m.

— LET INGA TELL YOU: The oil portrait that my father commissioned of me in July, 1966 when I was 18 had been embalmed in bubblewrap for more than four decades in the back of a closet, the downside of my not having moved in 43 years. But when I realized last month that it was the 50th anniversary of this work, I decided it was time to either hang it, dump it, or inflict it on the kids. The ...

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Let Inga Tell You: Living in the Twilight Zone

Aug 17, 2016, 3:12 p.m.

— LET INGA TELL YOU: I’ve written before about living in a house in the Twilight Zone. I’m still trying to figure out if we’d have to disclose this if we ever sell. The house was built in 1947, so you’d think the city would have caught on by now that it’s here. But several city databases — Environmental Services (trash pickup) and Transportation Services (public transit) still maintain there is no such address. I could accept this, except that ...

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Let Inga Tell You: We fall in love with a foo-foo dog

Aug 10, 2016, 10:46 a.m.

— LET INGA TELL YOU: Recently I wrote about Olof and I starting to look at dogs. Olof was not enthusiastic about “foo-foo” dogs that needed professional grooming. Our vet, meanwhile, predicted we would fall in love with any dog that ended up in our house for more than two days. And lo and behold, she was right. It was the Fourth of July, a weekend when shelters are filled to overflowing with dogs that freak out from fireworks and ...

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Let Inga Tell You: 'Foo-foo' dogs need not apply

Jul 28, 2016, 12:12 p.m.

— LET INGA TELL YOU: Olof and I have slowly, tentatively, started looking at dogs, not that our beloved Winston could ever be replaced. We confess we’re ambivalent about it; when we had a lot of yard work done this spring, we couldn’t help but reflect that it was a lot easier not having a dog. Particularly not a dog who would eat power tool-toting people. But we have sorely missed the dynamic of a dog in our household. Winston ...

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Let Inga Tell You: A Mom’s First Amendment

Jul 20, 2016, 11:36 a.m.

— LET INGA TELL YOU: This whole freedom of speech thing was a nice idea back in 1791, but if Ben Franklin’s daughter Sally (yes, he had one) had been trashed online by the mean girls at East Philadelphia Junior High, there would have been a whole different discussion going on down at Independence Hall. That’s my mom view anyway. My husband Olof and I have been debating this for some time. He thinks our forefathers got it right with ...

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Let Inga Tell You: There’s nothing left to eat

Jul 14, 2016, 1:02 p.m.

— LET INGA TELL YOU: Never has eating been less fun. It truly seems there is nothing that’s good for you anymore. Well, except veggies. But even those have to be locally sourced and grown in loamy soil enlaced with deliriously happy worms. I was discouraged to read recently that those pricey organic veggies that aren’t locally grown lose a lot of their nutrients in the days it takes them to be trucked to your local market. But still I ...

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Let Inga Tell You: Coming to California

Jun 29, 2016, 12:55 p.m.

— LET INGA TELL YOU: June 30 will be the 43rd anniversary of my former husband and I arriving in San Diego. A less auspicious beginning you’d be hard put to find. It had all started four years earlier shortly after my husband, a recent medical school graduate, and I were married in 1969 during the height of the Vietnam War. Mere weeks into his internship year, he received a letter asking if he wanted to go to Vietnam next ...

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Let Inga Tell You: Aging Out

Jun 22, 2016, 12:34 p.m.

— LET INGA TELL YOU: Both my husband Olof and I will turn 69 this year and for the first time, we’ve started talking about “aging out” — just being too old to do things. It’s not as though this thought hasn’t occurred to us before. For example, we decided some years ago that we’d aged out of hang gliding, which was fine since we’d never aspired to do it anyway. But what about the stuff we might actually still ...

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Let Inga Tell You: Thinking outside the hose

Jun 15, 2016, 2:33 p.m.

— LET INGA TELL YOU: What is so rare as a day in June that is not gloomy? Actually, for once San Diego’s May Gray/June Gloom season is welcome at our house given how stringent the watering restrictions are. A day without sunshine is an automatic deduction in our water bill. As hard as we’ve worked to conserve water, we sometimes feel we are single-handedly underwriting the Metropolitan Water Authority’s infrastructure improvements. What annoys us is that they do not ...

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Let Inga Tell You: It was more than just a tree

Jun 8, 2016, 3:01 p.m.

▪ LET INGA TELL YOU: In Olof’s and my relationship, I’ve always been the one who resisted change and he the one who embraced it. So it was puzzling that when the big tree in our front yard died, Olof refused to let it be removed. It was when he started using “feeling” words about the tree that I became officially alarmed and knew it was time to call the embassy on Klingon and ask for my real husband back. ...

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Let Inga Tell You: The high school exit exam every kid should have to pass

May 25, 2016, 12:14 p.m.

— LET INGA TELL YOU: I am totally in favor of a high school exit course that every high school student would have to pass to graduate. In fact, mine would be required of kids even before they were allowed to drop out since it would be too scary to unleash them on the general public otherwise. Here would be a few of the required topics: 1. Basic credit card math. Let’s say you rack up $1,000 in charges on ...

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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?” ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...


Photos by Inga

The city’s Environmental Services (trash pickup) Department can’t acknowledge our address.

The city’s Environmental Services (trash pickup) Department can’t acknowledge our address.

Aug 17, 2016, 3:12 p.m.

Increasingly, fish markets are listing the country of origin.

Increasingly, fish markets are listing the country of origin.

Jul 14, 2016, 1:02 p.m.

Parakeets Green Bean and Banana, named by the grandkids.

Parakeets Green Bean and Banana, named by the grandkids.

Jun 22, 2016, 12:34 p.m.

New drought-acceptable landscaping option (dead lawn)

New drought-acceptable landscaping option (dead lawn)

Jun 15, 2016, 2:33 p.m.

Our beloved tree, down to two (moribund) leaves.

Our beloved tree, down to two (moribund) leaves.

Jun 8, 2016, 3:01 p.m.