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Around Town

Here’s a photo of the water gushing into a pool in the Arroyo from our Wednesday dog walk, a day after the last rainstorm ended. Should be a torrent by the time this coming one ends. From the local blogosphere: • Sad to say goodbye to CrepeVine, where we had a memorable New Year’s Eve [...]

Your Favorite Hometown Businesses

Your Favorite Hometown Businesses

Vroman’s is having a contest they’re calling the Local Business Smackdown, and after its blog readers nominated favorites in all sorts of categories, the list of nominees is now down to the finalists. Go to the blog to cast your vote by Friday, February 20. Some of the finalist choices are odd, especially in the [...]

State of the City: the Bogaard Speech

State of the City: the Bogaard Speech

It’s understandable if you missed Mayor Bill Bogaard’s annual State of the City speech on January 22nd — after all, it was just two days after President Obama’s inauguration, and I know on the 22nd all of us at Hometown Pasadena were still having trouble focusing on anything that didn’t involve national unity, hope for America’s [...]

A Laugh with Sandra Tsing Loh

A Laugh with Sandra Tsing Loh

We don’t always catch Sandra Tsing Loh’s “The Loh Life” on KPCC, but we did today, and it was damn funny. If you have a Real One player, you can hear it right here: 20090209_features15 If you don’t, here’s the KPCC link:  www.scpr.org

Snow Day

Snow Day

The best thing about our offices at Prospect Park Books (besides the books, of course) is the view from our two big windows looking onto the San Gabriels. Here’s the view from late Monday morning, when the cloud cover lifted for about 20 minutes to show snow at remarkably low levels. That’s the ductwork from [...]

Hail, Hail, the Weather's Here!

Hail, Hail, the Weather's Here!

Winter finally arrived in northeast Pasadena and Altadena on Sunday night, January 25, 2009: a hail storm.  From 11:30 to 11:35 p.m., ice cubelets the size of rock salt crystals slammed to earth. So much for a quiet blanket of snow. What a racket! With the rains that followed we waited for another power outage [...]

DineLA Extended

DineLA Extended

For the last two weeks a couple of hundred restaurants in the greater Los Angeles area have collaborated in DineLA, during which they offer mostly excellent-value (a few bad apples reportedly scrimped on portions) fixed-price menus. Friday, February 6th was the last day for the program, but it proved such a hit that many restaurants [...]

Pasadena Posts

Pasadena Posts

Some of our friends are so fed up with the shrinking Los Angeles Times that they’ve cancelled their subscriptions. Understandable, but then they miss great stories like this one, about a couple of our hometown folks: Separate Worlds, Bridged by Faith Other links to local things we found interesting: — If you’re not a Facebooker, [...]

Roundabout Shame

Roundabout Shame

I love Pasadena, I really do. But when I drive down Glenarm or El Molino, I am embarrassed for our city. Who thought up these no-doubt-expensive, half-assed roundabouts? Have these people never traveled to the many places around the world that have roundabouts? Do they not understand the whole point of them — which is [...]

my little pony + my little drunken pony

my little pony + my little drunken pony

Tomorrow is Delilah’s puppy class graduation, but she doesn’t exactly have a trick to perform, unless we frame that biting-pants thing as something special — but instructor Penny Scott-Fox (see Concierge) will be onto us in a flash. I think some of our rivals… oh, I mean classmates…  have got their little pups rolling over [...]

Gooden Open House Saturday, January 11

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