Race better than natural disaster

first_imgThe race was difficult for me. I finished about an hour later than I wanted to. My lungs were out of sync with my will to press hard. It was a hot day. I heard that you “hit the wall” around Mile 20. This is a myth. I hit the wall at Mile 3 and kept on slapping, punching and kicking it for the next 23.2 miles. Now I am wrestling between being really proud that I made it to the finish line and a little humiliated that, with a time of 5:45:10, the racewalkers beat me there. If you have never run the marathon or been out there to cheer, it’s a sight worth seeing. I have never seen people in L.A. – average people who are strangers to each other – coming together, encouraging each other, gleefully helping each other out … without being in the wake of a natural disaster. But that’s how it was at the marathon. There were people helping me out. I was helping out other people. I was seeing Angelenos be nice to one another – kind, even. There I was with my fellow human beings of all races, creeds, ethnicities, and nationalities, knowing that we were going to get through this together. The good will, spirit and determination were flowing like Gatorade. You could say that the citywide marathon has all the good attributes of an earthquake (the community coming together, heroes, getting to check out LAFD), with half the cleanup and just a fraction of the fatalities! See you out there next year! Tina Dupuy is a stand-up comic and a writer living in Los Angeles. She’s the author of the blog www.sardonicsideshow.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And that’s just the actual race. Now I have blisters, I think I may lose a toenail and all my leg muscles are ridiculously stiff. I’ve been walking like the lead zombie in “Return of the Living Dead.” “Grains!” “Grains!” It was so brutal. It was so challenging. I so can’t wait to do it again! The race we know today as a marathon started out as an elective distance around 25 miles. In the 1908 Olympic Games in London, the exact stretch between Windsor Castle – the official starting line of the long race – and the Royal Family viewing box at the Olympic arena was 26.2 miles. I’m sure there have been a lot of committee meetings since then to sort this issue out. Nonetheless, it’s a weird number in miles and kilometers (42.19) and that’s not easily accomplished. I got to Mile 25 and started grumbling something about King Edward VII. It’s not like anyone could look at me and think I was crazy; I was running a marathon – I am crazy. “Stupid royal family – my feet hurt!” LOS Angeles holds a special place in modern marathon history. It was during the 1984 Olympics that women first officially competed as marathon runners. Joan Benoit of the United States won the gold with a time of 2:24:52. And then, for the sake of this piece, nothing interesting happened in the sport for the next 23 years – until I picked up my bib. I’m a finisher! I ran the entire length of the 22nd annual Los Angeles Marathon. It was my first marathon ever. I had a decades-long, 30-cigarette-a-day habit. After I quit, I needed a new way to abuse myself. So I trained, and I finished. Do I feel good? No. Marathon running is more painful than “Basic Instinct 2” in a slow-mo, 3D loop. last_img read more

Reality bites real estate market

first_img“A lot of investors bought second homes with the thought they would rent them out,” he said. “Their prices (the Inland Empire) were running up and knocking them out of the affordable market. So maybe they will be coming back into the affordable range,” Kyser added. The only markets ahead of the Inland Empire are the Dallas metro area, overvalued by 19.3 percent, and Pittsburgh, overvalued by 25.7 percent, Geo-stat said. The most undervalued market is St. Louis at 28.4 percent. The study also looked at the relationship between changes in apartment rents and housing prices. For example, from 1990 to 1999 home prices in the Los Angeles area fell by 0.3 percent and rents increased 2.1 percent. But from 2000 to 2006, home prices rose an annual 16.9 percent and rents moved up 7.6 percent. This growing spread suggests an overvalued housing market and that means renting is a more attractive economical option at this time. greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! This means that prices in these areas could fall by a like amount this year, barring any big shock to the economy, said market analyst Nima Nattagh, who prepared the report. “I think the extent of overvaluation is not as much as some people have expected,” he said of Los Angeles. “I think it bodes well for the market.” This also suggests that residential real estate fundamentals are still sound. “I think you still have a robust employment situation and income situation, and I think that’s holding up the market,” he said. The situation is a little more dicey in the Inland Empire, though. Jack Kyser, vice president and chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said there was a land rush out there because of affordable prices but a lot of homes are on the market now. Los Angeles is Southern California’s least overvalued residential real estate market while the Inland Empire is the third most overvalued in the nation, a market tracker said Tuesday. The study also suggests that while most of the nation’s markets “exhibit signs of overvaluation, we are not likely to see massive declines in home prices in most markets.” Nevertheless, when housing is overvalued, renting is a better economic option, the study notes. Housing prices in the Los Angeles, Long Beach and Glendale metro area are currently overvalued by 2.7 percent, still suggesting a soft landing, but that figure soars to 16.7 percent in the Riverside, Ontario and San Bernardino county area, according to Laguna Hills-based Geo-stat Advisory. last_img read more

STUDENTS FACE MAJOR BATTLE TO FIND ACCOMMODATION – McCONALOGUE

first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue says the Government’s failure to address shortages in student accommodation has led to a major crisis in the sector.Charlie McConalogue TDMore than 58,000 students will get their Leaving Cert results tomorrow, but thousands of them embarking on a third level course, will face a huge struggle to secure a place to stay.Deputy McConalogue explained, “Over the past four years we have seen the situation with student accommodation worsen significantly without any tangible action being taken. The most this Minister has done in the issue is commission a report into the situation, which to date has still not been published. The report points to a “significant shortage” in accommodation in all of the main cities, and forecasts that these shortages will remain over the next decade. “The accommodation crisis has been escalating steadily over the past four years, and is undoubtedly being exacerbated by the overall housing crisis engulfing this country. The situation is particularly bad in the main cities, where the majority of students will be looking to rent. Every year students are forced to pay over the odds for very basic accommodation, and in some cases have to take on extended leases in order to secure a house or apartment. Students are spending weeks on end over the summer months travelling to Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick in search of accommodation, often faced with extortionate rents, which is placing a significant financial burden on them and their families.”He added that the current situation is a major source of anxiety and stress, not only for the students who will receive their Leaving Cert results tomorrow, but also for the thousands of others who are already in full time third level education.“Every summer they are faced with the same scenario of trekking around these cities in search of new accommodation for the following semester.“Minister O’Sullivan’s decision to delay the publication of the HEA report is shameful. She should release the contents and start acting on the recommendations. She cannot continue hide behind this document and pretend that everything is ok when the situation is now seriously out of control. New incentives need to be introduced to promote the development of specific student accommodation to increase the number of units available to meet the increasing demand”. STUDENTS FACE MAJOR BATTLE TO FIND ACCOMMODATION – McCONALOGUE was last modified: August 11th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:accommodationCharlie McConaloguedonegalLeaving certlast_img read more