| Sep 21, 2013
| 1:36 PM
In an empty Lido Marina Village office space, Duncan McIntosh has assembled his boat show preparation essentials: a coffee maker, creamer and sugar.
"All the stuff that'll probably kill you," he said with a laugh.
McIntosh has organized the yacht...
| Mar 5, 2013
| 4:55 PM
They're the questions that vex leisure travelers across regions, languages, origins and destinations: When will I find the best fare? Should I buy that plane ticket now or wait?
Websites are increasingly responding to these universal questions with...
| Apr 14, 2013
It's difficult to know when to buy an airline ticket and when to wait. Some sites offer to guide you on the timing of your purchase.
I recently examined the fare prognostication tools used by Kayak and Bing, which advise travelers whether to buy plane...
| Mar 19, 2013
| 6:36 PM
In the last Travel Mechanic column, I examined the fare prognostication tools used by Kayak and Bing, which advise travelers whether to buy plane tickets while searching those websites or to wait. Both sites use data from scores of past searches to...
| May 31, 2013
| 11:14 AM
Participating in youth sports can be a deep passion for families, but it also appears to be taking a toll on young athletes. Parents, if you've played chauffeur, calendar coordinator and cheerleading squad for your kids, you know how taxing their athletic...
| Apr 1, 2013
| 4:21 AM
I'm filling in for your regular recapper, Janell. I'm usually on b's dance show beat, covering "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance." This show is pairs of people doing things that are uncomfortable, so how different can it be?
| Oct 8, 2012
| 5:19 AM
"He went to the cellar, to draw a little beer; And quickly did return, to say there was none there." -- "Blue Bell Boy," traditional nursery rhyme
"Blue Bell Boy" is a stripped-down, brilliant episode of "Boardwalk Empire." Outside of Nucky's immediate...
| Sep 20, 2012
| 4:11 AM
The crazy is coming out early this season.
We're back for the 25th season of "Survivor." Really? 25th? That makes me feel old.
Anyways, the twist this year is they've brought back players who had to be removed from the game for medical reasons. When...
| Sep 14, 2013
| 7:53 AM
SAN FRANCISCO -- Having written about Oracle at various points over the last decade means I have also followed founder Larry Ellison's obsessive pursuit of the America's Cup.
The race has always been there in the very distant background, until...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 2:32 PM
For 20 children from the Oak View community in Huntington Beach, getting to sail in 4-foot boats at the Newport Sea Base is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Since June, they learned how to tie different types of knots, learned essential boating...
| Aug 10, 2013
During the depth of the 2008 financial crisis when Bill Miller's funds were in free fall, a colleague advised him to get a dog.
"I needed to change my luck," said the Legg Mason money manager, famous for beating the market 15 years in a row. "I reasoned...