Inga


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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 ...

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Let Inga Tell You: Whatever it takes

Oct 8, 2014, 5:10 p.m.

Now that the airlines have become so relentlessly rude and unresponsive to passengers, I almost wish my older son Rory were 11 again. He’d know how to get their attention. I can say with no hesitation whatsoever that Rory was — and is — the most creative (some would say diabolically creative) and unique individual I’ve ever known. Since he’s adopted, I can’t claim credit (or in some cases, blame) for any of it. I aver, however, that Rory (now ...

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Let Inga Tell You: Please don’t come back

Oct 1, 2014, 2:23 p.m.

• LET INGA TELL YOU It’s an old joke: if you only ate healthy food, would you live to 100, or would it just seem that way? A close friend of many years, Gina, regaled us at a recent birthday lunch at Sammy’s about the Dinner Guests from Hell whose dietary requirements were so draconian she feared serving her first ever company meal of carrot sticks and water. Now, Gina is actually a pro at feeding picky eaters. Some five ...

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The cushy life of the pampered pet

Sep 16, 2014, 3:53 p.m.

For the sixth straight summer, our granddog Winston has summered in La Jolla. We just pretty much expect that Winston will arrive with our younger son when he comes down for the La Jolla Half Marathon in late April and stay until early October. My son and daughter-in-law tend to have a lot of weekend trips in the summer months — weddings, etc. — and it’s far easier for them to just leave Winston here rather than for my daughter-in-law ...

Making it all up to the neighbors

Sep 10, 2014, 10:29 a.m.

I think it should be standard practice that after a remodel, you give a party for your neighbors and beg their forgiveness. The average home remodeler is not living in the construction site but their neighbors are. While the homeowner basks in the idyllic quiet of rental digs, the folks on either side of his remodel project are being subjected to months — sometimes years — of construction noise in the form of backhoes, jack hammers, constant pounding, never mind ...

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Stories your grandchildren don’t want to hear

Sep 4, 2014, 4:56 p.m.

In May, I received the following e-mail from some friends who were doing a driving tour of Israel: “We are thinking about going to the Timna Valley tomorrow to look at the Neolithic copper mines. Totally not sure about it — 100-plus degree heat, potentially getting lost in the desert — but it could be something fun to tell the grandkids about at Thanksgiving dinner over the years.” I immediately e-mailed back. Go, or don’t go, but not for the ...

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What were the odds?

Aug 19, 2014, 4:41 p.m.

I think we’d all agree that no one should have to worry about being run over by a motor vehicle in their own shower. I’m a world class worrier but until it almost happened, it never occurred to me to worry that a stolen car would crash through our front fence and stop inches from joining me in the master bath. This wasn’t recent, fortunately, but it comprised one of the three times that a vehicle has taken out our ...

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A fate worse than death

Aug 12, 2014, 5:25 p.m.

Somehow (an attack of divorce guilt, I think), I ended up becoming a Cub Scout Den Leader for my older son, Rory’s, den. It really wasn’t all that easy to find activities that I could do as a single mom with sons. They’d be willing to go to the occasional movie with me, and I could be a manager of youth sports teams, but even the latter didn’t give me much one-on-one time with the boys. They really weren’t interested ...