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Pasadena Museum of History Archives

Pasadena Museum of History Archives
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I’m researching to write a book, and one of the characters is an archivist. So I went over to the archives at the Pasadena Museum of History. I thought it would be a fun way to learn how archiving is done. I decided to research my home and street to get an idea. I knew […]

Garfield Heights

Garfield Heights

Garfield Heights is a historic district in Northwest Pasadena. Northwest Pasadena is a big area with a bad reputation.  And boy, is that reputation well deserved. Drugs, gangs, crime… I mean, look at these statistics! Geez.  Gilmore House, 1891 Could you live in this dump? I couldn’t. Gerlach House, 1913 “Adena House,” 1887 The median income in […]

Marketing

Marketing

I was walking with Wilma one day when I noticed that a pretty plant perched on many a front step we passed. Tied around the festive wrapping paper was a card that said “Enjoy your pepper plant!” on one side and showed a business card on the other. Pretty soon we met the woman in […]

Dark Arts

Dark Arts

Our family friend is in medical school. He let it slip that there’s a med school course—two courses, in fact—in Non-Treatment 101 and 102. It’s is a well kept secret, like Dark Arts classes at Hogwarts. As you will guess, these classes are inhumanities electives. Very popular. Non-Treatment 101 teaches doctors how to keep a […]

No Solicitors

No Solicitors

dramatic re-enactment A knock on the door. John answers. John: Hi, what’s up? Solicitor: Hello sir, can you help us out? We’re selling, um… The solicitor stops speaking. There is a brief pause. John: We’re having a physical therapy session. Solicitor: Right! Okay! Bye! Note to schools, summer programs, etc.: please don’t make your kids […]

Now I Am Five

Now I Am Five

I have been living with my humans for a year now. They made today my birthday. I didn’t tell them different because I don’t know. So now I am five. I get two meals and two walks every day, and I get a treat each time the humans have their meal. I think the treat […]

Use Me

Use Me

Camelot & Vine has hit the big time! I’m dealing with some of the same issues that the big New York publishers deal with! 23 cents may seem cheap. But wait. Here’s Diana Gabaldon’s huge hit, Outlander: I doubt she minds. Her book has been made into a big cable TV hit, with gorgeous stars […]

A Charter Invitation

A Charter Invitation

I would take them up on this. Really, I would. It’s about $115 less than what we were paying Charter when we canceled—on January 21st, 2009. But we canceled for obvious reasons. Read the Full Story at Pasadena Daily Photo

Mt. Wilson Observatory: A Great Adventure

Mt. Wilson Observatory: A Great Adventure

The grand finale of the Mt. Wilson Observatory tour is the 100-inch telescope. Here, Edwin Hubble worked to discover his theory of the expansion of the universe. Yep. Major important stuff. Notice anything different about how the roof of this facility opens, as opposed to the roof at the 60-inch I posted about the other […]

Mount Wilson: The 60-Inch Telescope

Mount Wilson: The 60-Inch Telescope

When I said Craig Woods has the keys to Mount Wilson, I meant he has all the keys. He took us inside the housing for the 60-inch telescope. I love that he can flip a switch and the motorized roof opens like the mouth of a big, mechanical monster. Anyone walking by can hear it […]

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