May 14th, 2014

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The waiting indeed is the hardest part

Tom Petty was right, so I'm guessing somewhere along the way he was sweating out whether he could move into a new apartment. (Today, of course, his holdings may well include a few apartment buildings.)

The place I'm eying in Los Angeles as home base for Carole Lombard and classic Hollywood research is oh so close, but there are a handful of things that must be okayed before I can sign that dotted line for the lease. ago when he I think my chances are good, and the apartment manager is in my corner, but we're not there yet. I should know more tomorrow. Send some positive psychic energy my way, please.

Meanwhile, I've been roaming between the Dodgers-Marlins game at Chavez Ravine and game six of the Kings-Ducks Stanley Cup series. Of the former, Vin Scully put it so succinctly a few minutes ago when he said, "If you missed the second inning, good for you." It was brutal, all right, as Miami took advantage of shoddy LA fielding to score six runs and give the Fish a 6-0 edge after three innings. (Incidentally, the Dodgers' flagship station, KLAC, is a Fox Sports Net affiliate. The mix of the erudite Scully with Fox "attitude" is like blending chardonnay with Cholula hot sauce.)

A few miles south at the other end of downtown, the Kings -- needing a win to keep their season alive -- lead the Ducks 2-1 after two periods. It has become one of the NHL's best rivalries, as anyone who saw their outdoor game at Dodger Stadium in January can attest.

If you've been following the news, you're aware of the heat and winds leading to fires in southern California, particularly around San Diego. But did you know that above-average temperatures in Los Angeles in the summer of 1963 led to one of Motown's early hits? LA disc jockeys began playing the following record, and it became a national success. We're referring to Martha and the Vandellas' classic "(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave."

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