Jim Lair Beard

Jim Lair Beard

Jim Lair Beard is a writer who worked as a server at the Hyatt Andaz for two years.

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Don’t Do It, Iron Chef!

I’m going to hate writing this. Every word. Last week Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef fame was outed by my union, UNITE HERE, Local 11 as being in talks with ...

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My Mother-in-Law’s Wal-Mart Moment

“James, would you mind driving me to Wal-Mart?” Ugh. My mother-in-law asked me this question on a day when my wife was at work and I was desperately trying to ...

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Occupy’s Obligatory Leaders

It seems inevitable that national coverage of the Occupy movement has been dying down. The sporadic stories I read are of arrests of occupiers in different cities, but I surmise ...

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Wing Nuts

My wife and I are bird nuts. Our weekends are spent hiking around the hills of Los Angeles with binoculars in hand. I have a somewhat louder jaunt and am ...

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