Archive for ‘December, 2010’


New Lucky Baldwin’s Signage Goes Up in East Pasadena

New Lucky Baldwin’s Signage Goes Up in East Pasadena

First reported on Feast, the popular local Pasadena pub Lucky Baldwin’s–known for their fish and chips and Guinness on tap–will be opening up a second location in Pasadena on Colorado Blvd just a stone’s throw from Pasadena City College (PCC) … Continue reading → Read the Full Story at Brigham Yen

Holiday gifts gone bad…real bad

Holiday gifts gone bad…real bad

It’s cute to get a home-made gift from a child, but what about when it comes from an adult? And while we all like to get a knit sweater, a knit toilet seat cover is probably less appropriate. What about a plush-toy “PhartEphant,” a stuffed elephant that makes certain, uh, noises when you squeeze it? […]

The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas

The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas

It's tough for an atheist on Christmas. Everyone's a-ho-hoing or a-ring-a-linging, and it's an obstacle course these days trying to avoid long shopping lines and at-capacity parking lots. When even the gas stations have nativity scenes and the elevators play Christmas music, where is an atheist to turn? Why to <i>The Atheist's Guide to Christmas</i>, […]

An Insider’s Guide to The Rose Parade and The Rose Bowl

An Insider’s Guide to The Rose Parade and The Rose Bowl

Wave to the Queen! She'll wave back! The Rose Bowl: A Classic. Here Come the Badgers! Here Come the Horned Frogs! Here Come the Bandies! It’s that time of year again in Pasadena: Rose Bowl Time. New Year’s Weekend is right around the corner and my in-box has been filled with a unusually high number […]

Old man river in Pasadena

Old man river in Pasadena

Wednesday morning, with the rain still coming down, they — “they” being county flood control — hadn’t fully released the water coming down from Devil’s Gate Dam in the Arroyo Seco concrete channel. This morning — Christmas eve eve, with the six days straight of rain behind us — they have, and it’s as brown […]

Lake Ave. merchants trying to cope with blackout on major shopping day

Lake Ave. merchants trying to cope with blackout on major shopping day

Pictured: Webster’s Fine Stationers staffer Aaron Akers works in a darkened store. What lights the store is getting come from a gasoline generator that is being used by Webster’s Community Pharmacy next door. The tree that fell over on Maiden Lane last night knocked out the power in a sizeable section of Altadena, including businesses […]

Mama’s Hot Tamales

Mama’s Hot Tamales

WHY Indulge in these tamales not only because they’re delicious, but because they’re making L.A. a better place. Good coffee, too, and a gallery showcasing local artists. WHAT Sure, the tamales from every region of Mexico and Central America are wonderful, and yes, the café is a vividly colorful community center, but this nonprofit is […]

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

After last Saturday’s post I implemented many of your suggestions and am now caught up in the holiday spirit. That day I promised “Christmas cheer on the blog, rain or shine, through Christmas day.” It’s been easy to feel cozy and cheery these past few days with the rain pouring outside and Christmas music playing […]

Asking and telling: President invites Altadena author to bill signing

Asking and telling: President invites Altadena author to bill signing

Altadena author Miles Corwin was in the front row at the Interior Department yesterday when President Barack Obama signed the bill repealing the military’s "Don’t ask – don’t tell" policy, and told the story of Corwin’s father, whose life was saved in World War II at the Battle of the Bulge by his buddy — […]

Tests detect early onset Alzheimer’s but, without a cure or treatment, should they?

Tests detect early onset Alzheimer’s but, without a cure or treatment, should they?

Advances in spinal taps and M.R.I.’s now make it more possible than ever for doctors to run diagnostic tests to diagnose early onset Alzheimer’s. But should they? There’s still no treatment for the degenerative brain disease or even a test to verify a patient is suffering from Alzheimer’s and not severe dementia. That moral dilemma […]

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