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Surprise Mom!

Surprise Mom!

I know a few moms who’d be shocked if their offspring went to church today. Don’t do it if it’s going to cause palpitations or anything. Do what’s good for Mom’s heart. New Heart Foursquare Church shares a driveway, and sometimes parking, with Masters Building Supply (yesterday’s post). If you’re looking for a church, you [...]

Small Town Masters

Small Town Masters

I’m attracted by the weather-beaten sign at Masters Building Supply on Woodbury Road in Altadena. I can’t tell you much about the store because I haven’t been inside. This is another one of those places that doesn’t have a web presence–unless you count Ace Hardware’s website, which I don’t. Masters may be an Ace affiliate, [...]

Nothing Lasts Forever

Nothing Lasts Forever

Since September, 2009 we’ve been checking in at the same spot on the last day of every month to see if southern California actually has seasons. We’ve noted slight variations. “Subtle” isn’t normally the word one uses when speaking of southern California, but it applies in certain situations. My plan is to keep taking photos [...]

Real Estate Primer

Real Estate Primer

I read a lot of blogs (too many or not enough, I haven’t decided). One I particularly enjoy is Pasadena Real Estate With Brigham Yen. Brigham is full of ideas and enthusiasm for a better Pasadena. He regularly posts about what’s going on real estate-wise in town. I took today’s photo from a window in [...]

Celestino

Celestino

Have you been to Celestino Ristorante at 141 S. Lake Avenue? It looks romantic. They’ve got this front patio and another one in the rear courtyard. I think I prefer this one. They’ve sheltered the one out back with a little forest of potted plants, but the courtyard is surrounded by offices. I prefer the [...]

Now it Has a Google Image

Now it Has a Google Image

The web offers precious little information about the Pasadena Motor Inn. I learned more about it from the sign at the entrance to the parking lot. weekly ratesover 80 tv channelsfridgefree!! wireless internet In this age, how is one to know without web reviews if the Pasadena Motor Inn is a reputable establishment? The colorful [...]

Zen Monday: #94

Zen Monday: #94

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 means what you think it means, or what you want it to mean. I look for a photo worth contemplating or, failing that, something [...]

Then and Now: Merritt Gardens

Then and Now: Merritt Gardens

A relative of Hulett C. Merritt emailed me after I posted about the Merrit Mansion last week. He was kind enough to send me clippings of obituaries and some lovely old post cards. Above, the sunken garden. Below, as it appears today.To quote Mr. Merritt’s relative:“I was in Pasadena for a week in December 2008, [...]

Theme Day: Statues

Theme Day: Statues

They said the theme was “statues.” They didn’t say what the statues had to be made of. I believe this guy on the Ambassador Campus is beating swords into plowshares. I have a feeling there’s a piece missing. This work (title unknown (Swords into Plowshares), 1992) was created in by J. Kenton Zlab. Zlab isn’t [...]

Maybe Koi, Maybe Not

Maybe Koi, Maybe Not

I have more to tell you about Hulett C. Merritt and the property we’ve been talking about this week at what’s locally known as the Ambassador Campus. But as I write it’s much too late for me to formulate more than one or two coherent sentences, so I’ll have to keep it short for now. [...]

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