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Patchwork: Were You Away?

Patchwork: Were You Away?

By: Chris Quilter If you are one of those people who love hearing about other people’s vacations, I don’t believe we’ve met. Whenever anyone in my gene pool comes back from a trip, especially one that might excite envy in others, our traditional greeting — preferably delivered with a puzzled expression — is, “Were you […]

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Patchwork: Mea Culpa

Patchwork: Mea Culpa

by Chris Quilter     To the young man on a skateboard outside my house: I wish to publicly apologize for being a crosspatch. I should not have called you a rude name and shouted at you to put on your helmet. Amazingly, you complied. But that’s not the point. I violated a sacred principle […]

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Cheers for Quilter’s Erudite Wit

Cheers for Quilter’s Erudite Wit

Editor, Of the many good reasons to read the Independent, that squishy liberal columnist Chris Quilter is yet another. How did we get so lucky that each week we have his erudite wit and clever prose delivered right to our doors?  Thank you, LB Indy.   Korey Jorgensen MD, Laguna Beach

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Son of Susi Q: Cavorting Season

Son of Susi Q: Cavorting Season

by Chris Quilter   I’ve been under the weather lately and it’s made me cranky — or as my friends would put it, crankier. Last week, I ended a two-week course of a cancer-eating face cream whose active ingredient has to be napalm. (I lasted 12 days.) This week, my entire forehead has dandruff, and […]

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Son of Susi Q: Sixth Column

Son of Susi Q: Sixth Column

by Chris Quilter   An overeducated friend emailed me to announce that I’m a fifth columnist, at least for these past two weeks. I was sure he meant the fourth estate — a.k.a. the press — until I looked it up. “Fifth column: a clandestine group or faction of subversive agents.” Oh. What can be […]

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Son of Susi Q: Resting Places

Son of Susi Q: Resting Places

by Chris Quilter   Back when Leisure World borrowed half our name and started calling itself Laguna Woods — eschewing the stunningly obvious Laguna Viejo — I had a pretty snotty attitude about the place. Seizure World! (To think they decided to rename it.) Fast forward: I now own a small condo there. It’s an […]

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Write On About Riding

Write On About Riding

Editor, Thank you for Chris Quilter’s entertaining and informative column about transportation here in Laguna Beach (“Son of Susi Q,” Aug. 17 edition) . I liked his lighthearted sense of humor while pointing out the empty buses rolling around our town. I’d like to hear more from Mr. Quilter, and more ideas on how to make getting […]

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Son of Susi Q: My Two Bits

Son of Susi Q: My Two Bits

by Chris Quilter   I was going to walk to the recent Planning Commission subcommittee meeting on personal transportation options other than cars. Such as feet. But I was running late. My interest in the topic is two-fold: I’ve sworn I won’t become an over-the-hill driver whose car keys, to paraphrase Charlton Heston, must be […]

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Son of Susi Q: Silent is Golden

Son of Susi Q: Silent is Golden

By Chris Quilter               In my parents’ heyday, the social whirl revolved around throwing and going to cocktail parties. Suddenly, or at least when my back was turned, people packed away their fondue pots, switched to wine, and started throwing and going to fundraisers. With all due respect to bake sales, pancake breakfasts, and […]

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Son of Susi Q: Not a River in Egypt

Son of Susi Q: Not a River in Egypt

By Chris Quilter When Alvie Singer was romancing Annie Hall, he bought her a copy of Ernest Becker’s “The Denial of Death.” At the time of this sentimental gesture, I was living in Manhattan and complaining in therapy, just like Woody Allen still does. I look upon those navel-gazing years with mixed feelings. On the […]

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Conflicting Views

Conflicting Views

Editor, In the short time John Pletig has been city manager, he has brought a breath of fresh air to our town. His waiving of rebuilding fees is great, but only til Jan. 10? This sounds too much like our last city manager. His leadership during the rains was great. A wall of water went […]