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Humor / Katiedid Langrock /

The Trailer

It was cinematic.

The loud bang. The huge pull-behind trailer flying through the air, twisting and spinning as it bashed into vehicles and bounced back into the air again, barreling toward us -- debris, gasoline and lawn care equipment tumbling out, seemingly in slow motion, and falling onto the crushed cars below. The pickup truck...Read more

Jason and Egg Rolls

Humor / Katiedid Langrock /

It was 11 p.m. There was a knock at the door.

I thought it was the Chinese food delivery guy. He had forgotten the egg rolls I ordered. Perhaps he had noticed this most egregious mistake when a piping-hot oblong deep-fried noodle rolled under his gas pedal on the way back to the restaurant. For the next two hours, his mistake pounded on his ...Read more

Magical 2017

Humor / Katiedid Langrock /

2017 is here, and it's going to be a wondrous and magical year.

On Jan. 2, my kids had the day off school. Great! I planned a morning of fun because 2017 is going to be wondrous and magical! And what better way to start the year than with a magic show?

I piled my tiny people into the car and drove out of the neighborhood toward the library, ...Read more

Reflections on 2016

Humor / Katiedid Langrock /

2016 was rough. We lost heroes and icons and royalty from a galaxy far, far away. Clowns jumped out of woods. Brangelina broke up. And I don't know whether we'll ever survive the trauma of YOLO's making it into The Oxford English Dictionary. But those of us afflicted by the above got out easy.

Many of you gorgeous readers know that this year ...Read more

Santa and the Scary Head

Humor / Katiedid Langrock /

As most of you know, the mall Santas are not the real Santa Claus. Rather, they are Santa's coalition of holly-jolly helpers. (Don't let the "coal" in "coalition" scare you -- unless you've been naughty.) Sure, sure, the real Santa might pop up occasionally in your local library, but it's comparable to Bon Jovi unpacking his guitar in your ...Read more

Making a Sticker Coalition

Humor / Katiedid Langrock /

A move across the country, a new school, a bout of bullying and thus starting at another new school has made my 4-year-old ... challenging. For the first time in his life, he is aggressive. Rough. Angry. When asked why he has been behaving this way, my preschooler said, "It's embarrassing." I promised him I wouldn't judge. He took a deep ...Read more

Flapping on the Interstate

Humor / Katiedid Langrock /

were driving down the interstate at 75 mph. A minivan pulled up next to us, keeping pace with our car. The woman driving waved, trying to get our attention. I ignored her.

A recent altercation between me and an automatic door had left my hand bleeding and my entire arm stiff and bruised. The automatic door may claim I started the fight by ...Read more

Finding Humor

Humor / Katiedid Langrock /


"Too old-school."


"Too close to 'con artist.'"

"Fair. Farren?"



"Like the kid from 'The NeverEnding Story'?"

"Exactly, like the kid from 'The NeverEnding Story.'"


"Interesting like you'll actually name your kid Atreyu?"


We were huddled together, my whole family, suggesting ...Read more

Holiday Traffic

Humor / Katiedid Langrock /

Ninety-nine thousand two hundred eighty-three bottles of beer on the wall, 99,283 bottles of beer. If one of those bottles should happen to fall, 99,282 bottles of beer on the wall.

Holiday traffic blows (the car horn). Holiday traffic with two young children, well, this is how Santa Claus got the idea for giving coal. It's how elves got the ...Read more

The Ongoing Battle With Nature

Humor / Katiedid Langrock /

I did it! Or at least I'm doing it.

For months, I bemoaned the loss of my former nature-loving, trail-hiking, wild berry-eating, squirrel-high-fiving, bareback-riding self. I wholeheartedly admitted my embarrassing fears that had crept in over the years and nestled comfortably like a bear hibernating in a warm cave. I spoke freely about soul-...Read more

The Cheese Aisle

Humor / Katiedid Langrock /

When I was in college, I had a stalker. This man would sneak in to my apartment at night, picking the lock or climbing through a window. I would wake up with him sitting on my bed, caressing my face. It was terrifying. So I did what any reasonable young woman would do: I dyed my hair red.

"Desert rose," to be exact.

Sometimes we indulge in ...Read more

Miss Mischief

Humor / Katiedid Langrock /

My daughter just turned 1. She was born Oct. 30, known as Mischief Night where my husband and I grew up, so for a few minutes one year ago, we toyed with the idea of naming her Mischief. We didn't. But I believe she heard us.

A few months ago, my family moved into the wild on the outskirts of a college town. We can live our whole lives ...Read more

Opening Doors

Humor / Katiedid Langrock /

"When one door closes, another one opens." -- Alexander Graham Bell

"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." -- Milton Berle

"Be an opener of doors." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Hodor!" -- Hodor

There are so many quotations about doors in American culture that it seems as if the door is intrinsically linked to opportunity, success and ...Read more

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