Archive for ‘December, 2009’


Coffee Break

Coffee Break

These guys have obviously finished their Christmas shopping… Read the Full Story at Glimpses of South Pasadena

Oh, sort of frazzled. You?

Oh, sort of frazzled. You?

Christmas is in less than a week. I’m not ready. That’s why I’m posting a photo of the swings at Washington Park instead of the Christmas tree at City Hall or the decorations at Christmas Tree Lane or the Balian Mansion in Altadena. I’m notorious for this, but at least I’ll have gifts in the […]

My Year in Books: Sag Harbor

My Year in Books:  Sag Harbor

Can a book be a coming of age novel if nobody really comes of age in it?  Colson Whitehead’s Sag Harbor is many things — smart, funny, weird — but I don’t really think anybody goes through a radical, life-altering experience.  This isn’t Stand By Me.  Benji Cooper is a dichotomy, a walking contraction — […]

A Rising Tide when Christmas shopping Old Pas

A Rising Tide when Christmas shopping Old Pas

That’s Alex Kritselis, left, dean of the arts at PCC, and his wife Joey at the Thursday night opening of his multi-media installation piece “Don’t Blow It / A Rising Tide” at One Colorado. This part’s in the windows of the now-shuttered Gordon Biersch inside the courtyard, but there are also crazy watery slide shows […]

Visit with Santa at Loma Alta Park today at 5 PM

Visit with Santa at Loma Alta Park today at 5 PM

Loma Alta Park will be hosting the Big Red One himself this afternoon, 5-7 PM at 3330 N. Lincoln Ave. There will be refreshments, a raffle and prizes, special celebrity guests, and Santa will give toys to children 12 and under. The event is co-sponsored by the California Highway Patrol (Altadena branch), the US Marine […]

Hurry before the time flu away

Hurry before the time flu away

Winston Lieu of the Los Angeles County Dept. of Health tries to entice people to get the H1N1 vaccine at Farnsworth Park today.  The county was offering free shots today (we got one), and business was really slow.  Shots will be available until 2 PM today, so hurry over! Read the Full Story at Altadena […]

My Year in Books: The Great Perhaps

My Year in Books:  The Great Perhaps

The Great Perhaps is set in the days leading up to the 2004 presidential election.  It couldn’t have been set at any other time.  If I might delve into a little bit of personal history here, I think the incredible anxiety, fear and anger that so many of my friends felt as that election approached […]

Joe Hayashi Memorial

Joe Hayashi Memorial

Paul Little reminded me that I neglected to mention the Joe Hayashi Memorial in yesterday’s post. U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Joe Hayashi demonstrated dauntless courage and exemplary leadership in Italy that enabled his company to obtain its objective before he was mortally wounded. He was presented the Medal of Honor in 2000 by President Bill […]

Title Wave! A book lover’s roundtable

Title Wave! A book lover’s roundtable

What do you do with the person in your life that’s just impossible to shop for? You throw the book at them! Patt talks with two local book aficionados about their favorite books of 2009 and opens up the lines to you. What are the best books of 2009? Call in with your choice or […]

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

I know. This image is way too similar to another one I posted last week. I just can’t help it. Whenever I see those snow-kissed mountains I just want to jump up and down, squeal, break out the egg nog and start belting It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Southern California offers such […]

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