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Briefs: Fete your father with fashion

FETE YOUR FATHER WITH FASHION: Resist the urge to get Dad yet another golf trinket or power tool. Give the gift that he doesn't know he wants: style. If your father already moisturizes and counts his argyle socks by the dozen, this list may not be for him. But for everyone else, a few ideas:

1. The Murse (man-purse): The briefcase is hopelessly quaint. But too many men still are stuffing their pockets, a definite style don't. Messenger bags are great for guys who need convincing (we like Gap's canvas bag for $28.99). Load it up with his newspaper, a snack and water bottle to prove its worth.

2. Checked shirt, plaid tie: If your father still goes to work in a solid-color shirt with matching tie, it's time to introduce him to something called flair. Go to a sharp-dressed store clerk for help making a smart combo.

3. Time piece: Encourage Dad to update his standard watch with a peppy, preppy watchband from Brooks Brothers that will set you back just $14.50.

4. Skivvies: If you feel weird buying undies for Dad, try a gift of snappy swimming trunks, like the $14.99 color-block swim short from Target.

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Considering what's happening to the Gulf of Mexico, a sense of serenity may be hard to find. So it makes sense that local yoga practitioners are coming together for a unique fundraiser: They'll be doing 108 Sun Salutations Monday at 6 p.m. in downtown Dunedin's Pioneer Park to observe the Summer Solstice and help raise money for charities helping to protect beaches and animals affected by the oil spill. For a $5 donation (feel free to give more), you can join the practice, or just appreciate a beautiful series of postures. For information, go to

DISCARDING OLD DRUGS: Expired pills and leftover prescription drugs shouldn't be left to pile up. Here are tips to get rid of them safely:

• Pour water into pill containers before throwing them away, or mix pills and liquids with cat litter or used coffee grounds.

• Place medications in sealed bags so they won't leak out of a garbage bag.

• Some medications, such as opioids, shouldn't go into the trash. To learn more, go to or call toll-free 1-888-463-6332.

• To protect your privacy, destroy prescription labels before throwing a bottle away.

• Don't give your leftovers to friends, even if they seem to have the same health problem.

• Still not sure what to do with leftover drugs? Contact your pharmacy, hospital, doctor or health department.

FOR THE 'LOSER' IN YOU: Can't get enough Biggest Loser?

Just for you, this fall there's a Biggest Loser weight-loss resort opening in Malibu, Calif. — not far from where the hit reality show is filmed — where you can work out at least six hours each day, fueled by a 1,200-calorie diet.

What's the "resort" part? There will be massages and mani-pedis offered, but only after your workouts. Price for all this fun: Up to $2,700 for the week. Make your reservations at

If that's too pricey, maybe you'd prefer a new edition of the Biggest Loser Wii game, available in the fall for $39.99. Upgrades include features that make the workouts harder as you progress and let you compete virtually with other losers, er, gamers.

SQUEEZE PLAY: Compression garments are popular with athletes who think they lend a competitive edge. Maybe not, according to two new studies. One looked at the effect on oxygen consumption among 16 trained male distance runners who wore lower leg compression sleeves. Verdict: They didn't do much of anything. "However, there may be a psychological component to compression's effects,'' said Abigail Laymon, the study's lead author and a researcher in the department of kinesiology at Indiana University. "Maybe if you have this positive feeling about it and you like them, then it may work for you. It is a very individual response." The other study, also out of IU, focused on upper thigh compression garments and tested whether they would help men jump higher. They did not.

Times staff, wires

Briefs: Fete your father with fashion 06/18/10 [Last modified: Thursday, June 17, 2010 4:31pm]
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