Archive for ‘February, 2009’


Snow Day

Snow Day

The best thing about our offices at Prospect Park Books (besides the books, of course) is the view from our two big windows looking onto the San Gabriels. Here’s the view from late Monday morning, when the cloud cover lifted for about 20 minutes to show snow at remarkably low levels. That’s the ductwork from […]

Vroman's Bestsellers 02/09/09

Vroman's Bestsellers 02/09/09

Hardcover Fiction The Associate, John Grisham Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Shaffer Renegades, T. Jefferson Parker Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Jamie Ford Private Patient, PD James Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson A Mercy, Toni Morrison Story of Edgar Sawtelle, David Wroblewski Music Teacher, Barbara Hall We’ll […]

Hail, Hail, the Weather's Here!

Hail, Hail, the Weather's Here!

Winter finally arrived in northeast Pasadena and Altadena on Sunday night, January 25, 2009: a hail storm.  From 11:30 to 11:35 p.m., ice cubelets the size of rock salt crystals slammed to earth. So much for a quiet blanket of snow. What a racket! With the rains that followed we waited for another power outage […]

Tom Gammill: Writer, Cartoonist, All-Around Pasadena Guy

Tom Gammill: Writer, Cartoonist, All-Around Pasadena Guy

Pasadena man-about-town Tom Gammill and his longtime writing partner, Max Pross, have spent three decades writing for such TV bedrocks as Saturday Night Live, The David Letterman Show, The Wonder Years, Seinfeld, Monk and, currently, The Simpsons. And Tom’s created a new comic strip, “The Doozies,” which appears daily at Gocomics.com and weekly in the Pasadena Independent, […]

DineLA Extended

DineLA Extended

For the last two weeks a couple of hundred restaurants in the greater Los Angeles area have collaborated in DineLA, during which they offer mostly excellent-value (a few bad apples reportedly scrimped on portions) fixed-price menus. Friday, February 6th was the last day for the program, but it proved such a hit that many restaurants […]

Pasadena Posts

Pasadena Posts

Some of our friends are so fed up with the shrinking Los Angeles Times that they’ve cancelled their subscriptions. Understandable, but then they miss great stories like this one, about a couple of our hometown folks: Separate Worlds, Bridged by Faith Other links to local things we found interesting: — If you’re not a Facebooker, […]

Roundabout Shame

Roundabout Shame

I love Pasadena, I really do. But when I drive down Glenarm or El Molino, I am embarrassed for our city. Who thought up these no-doubt-expensive, half-assed roundabouts? Have these people never traveled to the many places around the world that have roundabouts? Do they not understand the whole point of them — which is […]

Because Cupcakes Are Creative

Because Cupcakes Are Creative

My sister is sprawled out on the couch with a back injury. She swears the only thing that will help her are cupcakes. Typically when she is sick or injured she finds cures like ice cream and baked goods. I’m sure. Being the gracious sister that I am, after work I stopped by the new […]

my little pony + my little drunken pony

my little pony + my little drunken pony

Tomorrow is Delilah’s puppy class graduation, but she doesn’t exactly have a trick to perform, unless we frame that biting-pants thing as something special — but instructor Penny Scott-Fox (see Concierge) will be onto us in a flash. I think some of our rivals… oh, I mean classmates…  have got their little pups rolling over […]

"The Last Full Measure of Devotion" – Abraham Lincoln at the Huntington

"The Last Full Measure of Devotion" – Abraham Lincoln at the Huntington

Everyone around here knows the Huntington Library is one of the best archives in the nation. We always knew it had a million magnificent things, but did you know that its collection on Abraham Lincoln is right up there with those of the Library of Congress and the Lincoln Presidential Library? Awesome. In light of the 200th […]

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