Signs of the impending apocalypse (heard during my elliptical workout at the Y yesterday morning):
-- It rained dead birds in Esperance, Australia and then Austin, Texas, within the span of three weeks.
-- The latest teen fad is a game called "punch out," whose rules are self-evident.
-- Joe Torre, baseball's Gentleman Manager, just published a tell-all memoir. Guess that's what living in L.A. does to your sense of ethics.