Post-Labor Day post

Hope you had an enjoyable Labor Day weekend, whether you labored or not. I didn’t leave the confines of the Inland Valley; in fact, I think I stuck exclusively to Claremont and La Verne after scratching the idea of a Metrolink day.

Mostly I read, sought air conditioning and watched movies, catching “Boyhood” and “A Most Wanted Man” at the theater and watching 1921′s “The Phantom Carriage” and 2010′s “The Trip” at home. Also, I booked a flight and made reservations for a vacation in November, and cleaned my bathroom.

How was your weekend?

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Column: He’s retired, but he seems to be tireless

Friday’s column kicks off with an update about Ken McNeil, a former San Antonio Heights man who made our news pages now and then with his activism. After that, I have items about the past: the 1950s “Burns and Allen” show, visits to Pomona by foreign delegations in the 1950s and 1960s, and a local reference in the 1995 Disney movie “A Kid in King Arthur’s Court.”

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Column: Claremont film festival keeps it short and snappy

Friday’s column starts with news about the 5 Second Film Festival, now in its sixth year in Claremont. It takes place May 8. After that, I have items about three cultural events all taking place Saturday (Free Comic Book Day, California Bookstore Day and National Train Day/Union Station 75th anniversary), and an item about an inadvertently hilarious editorial in a Rancho Cucamonga newspaper.

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Back from Austin

Vacation went well, thanks, and I hope to write about that soon (although two of my three columns this week are already committed to time-sensitive topics, so this might be tricky). In short, though, good food, some culture, a lot of walking, a lot of transit, a visit to the LBJ Presidential Library and a fascinating boat tour to watch the bats leave the Congress Avenue bridge at dusk.

What did I miss around here?

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