Inga


Stories by Inga

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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. ...

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Let Inga Tell You: My book is out - at last!

Dec 3, 2014, 9:53 a.m.

Hundreds of hours and a year of angst later, my book, “Inga Tells All: A saga of single parenthood, second marriage, surly fauna, and being mistaken for a Swedish porn star,” is finally out! It’s available on Amazon, Kindle, and most importantly, at Warwick’s, which is matching Amazon’s price. (If you’re going to buy it, I really hope you do so at Warwick’s.) In celebration of this event, my husband Olof and I are having a Meet & Greet at ...

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Let Inga Tell you: Little House of Horrors

Nov 19, 2014, 4:53 p.m.

Editor’s Note: Inga Knows Best This edition of Inga marks the fifth anniversary of her humor column in the La Jolla Light. To celebrate, congratulate and thank her for all the laughs and reality checks she has provided us over the years with her lighthearted looks at life, we shamelessly and happily plug her new book, “Inga Tells All: A saga of single parenthood, second marriage, surly fauna, and being mistaken for a Swedish porn star.” It’s just $13.49 at ...

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Let Inga Tell You: El Nino: The movie

Nov 12, 2014, 6 p.m.

Well, it looks like the much-hoped-for El Niño is going to be a no-show, and I couldn’t be more disappointed. I don’t think there is a single Californian who wouldn’t like to see the end of this really scary drought. I was really hoping we could get a good El Niño-produced soaking à la 1982-83 or 1997-98 and be done not only with empty reservoirs and declining snowpack, but the stringent new watering rules that took place Nov. 1. My ...

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Ruining one's whole day

Nov 5, 2014, 5:04 p.m.

There are two phrases that always strike fear in my heart: “packed flat for easy assembly” and “it’s a simple outpatient procedure.” I’m adding a third: “diverting to LAX for emergency landing.” Let me tell you, those are words that really ruin your day. But as my younger son later observed, “There’s worse things than making an emergency landing. Like NOT making an emergency landing.” We’d had a lovely five day reunion with Olof’s college roommates in a remote scenic ...

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Let Inga Tell You: Have you heard the one about ...

Oct 23, 2014, 5:22 p.m.

Have you heard the one about … There’s just something about six-year-olds and jokes. My grandson was visiting recently and I couldn’t help but notice that he was really into the joke and riddle phase. What I also couldn’t help but notice was that the jokes haven’t changed since his dad, Rory, was six, or even when I was. Actually, the worst culprit was Rory’s younger brother, Henry, who pretty much made all of us insane for his entire first ...

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Let Inga Tell You: So over it!

Oct 15, 2014, 2:10 p.m.

A few years back when I wrote about our birds, I cautioned that one should never get a pet with a longer life expectancy than yours. I really, really mean it. It all started when my older son, Rory, then age 9, talked me into a cockatiel. It was such a simple request. Sure, I said blithely, you can have a cockatiel. Who knew what far reaching ramifications that simple line would have. What I didn’t know I was really ...