Archive for ‘December, 2009’


Zen Monday: #77

Zen Monday: #77

Zen Monday is the day you experience the photo and give us your thoughts rather than me telling you what I think the photo’s about. There’s no right or wrong. It is what it is, whatever that means to you. I look for a photo worth contemplating or, failing that, something odd or silly. And […]

First-hand report of Saturday burglary

First-hand report of Saturday burglary

Matt Bogaard sent out this message on an incident he participated in yesterday: On Saturday, December 19 at 3:40pm, I was driving southbound on Porter approaching Mendocino in the 2300 blk.  I saw a male Black / 18-20 years of age / sitting in the driver’s seat of a Honda Accord.  The engine was running […]

Your early morning wake-up call [UPDATED]

Your early morning wake-up call [UPDATED]

… for those of us on the east side of town, around 6:20 — the whirlybird was in pursuit of a burglary suspect, says the sheriff's station. Per scanner, it had to break off to handle a gun-related incident elsewhere (no details on that), but sheriff units are still in the neighborhoods as of 6:40. […]

Mandaloun

Mandaloun

If you haven’t been to a wedding or a bar mitzvah in a while, head to Mandaloun on a weekend night, and you’ll experience the next best thing, Middle Eastern-style. Three-generation family groups (all dressed up) and large tables of friends come for a night of dancing to the band (it’s loud-don’t plan on having […]

Your early morning wake-up call

Your early morning wake-up call

… for those of us on the east side of town, around 6:20 — the whirlybird was in pursuit of a burglary suspect, says the sheriff's station. Per scanner, it had to break off to handle a gun-related incident elsewhere (no details on that), but sheriff units are still in the neighborhoods as of 6:40. […]

The Dinosaur Farm

The Dinosaur Farm

If Santa needs a little help this Christmas, I have no doubt he’ll turn to The Dinosaur Farm. Dubbed by its owners as “not your ordinary toy store,” this specialty shop has been a local favorite for the last 15 years. Pasadena Weekly voted it Best Toy Store for the third year in a row. […]

The Horned Man of Pasadena

The Horned Man of Pasadena

My little book of pagan holidays (you’d be amazed what I keep handy for research) says the winter solstice is always on December 21st. That’s true this year but sometimes it’s the 20th, and since here at PDP the 21st is a Zen Monday (which isn’t so much pagan as accepting of what is, pagan […]

Shopping, hopping

Shopping, hopping

The Altadena Arts Coalition, the merchants of North Lake Ave., and Christmas Tree Lane put together a fine Shop-Hop experience during an unseasonably mild December day (contra last weekend!)  It was a good day to shop, visit, and add to your Christmas Tree Lane memorabilia (yes, that is our banner in Galloway Alley). Read the […]

Sheriff and community work for a brighter Christmas

Sheriff and community work for a brighter Christmas

Today's the day the Altadena Sheriff's Station and members of the community distribute the fruits of their holiday food and toy drive. 223 needy families will receive toys, some staple foods, and a turkey to lighten up their holiday season. This morning, the Community Center parking lot was a beehive of activity as the sorting […]

Why We Live Here: Reason #19

Why We Live Here: Reason #19

The reason is not the Rose Parade itself, which to be honest we much prefer half-watching from the sofa instead of fighting the battle to leave our Rose Bowl-adjacent neighborhood, which is pretty much in lockdown on January 1. No, what we love is the everydayness of the parade preparation in the month of December. […]

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