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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Big Weekend

Need something to do this weekend?

Check out BigSunday.org and lend a hand on a local project of your choosing. Or participate as a customer: you can shop at a flea market, get your nails done or buy a glass of lemonade at a volunteer-operated booth. Your money goes to a good cause.

Activities are all over the Southland. I didn't find any in Pasadena, though there are lemonade stands in Glendale and La Crescenta. But the list of BigSunday's beneficiaries is long and includes groups with offices here (Ability First, for example, and Rebuilding Together Pasadena).

Sounds to me like a worthy cause, even if all the money goes to Burbank!

Below is a look at this giant tree trunk from the other side. It's near the entrance to the trails at Eaton Canyon in Altadena.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Theme Day: Shadows

I've noticed this shadow many times, but hadn't thought of it for theme day until I drove by a couple of days ago. I like how the brick has faded, showing traces of what used to be.

The sign on the door directs you down the street to the main building of Villa Esperanza Services, a school, adult day care facility, support group and endless resource for people with developmental disabilities and their families. The facility takes up more than a city block along Villa street just west of Craig. I found the website inspiring. Take a look.

To see how City Daily Photo Bloggers around the world have interpreted the theme today, Click here to view thumbnails for all participants.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Handsomest Gophers Ever

Meet Ernesto and H.D., from Perry C. Thomas Construction in Monrovia. Their company was contracted by the City of Pasadena to do some electrical improvements, and yesterday they were digging up the corner of Hudson and Claremont.

If folks are going to dig in your neighborhood you want them to be nice about it, as these guys were. I was proud of myself, too. I'm usually nervous to ask people for pictures, but I marched right up and asked, and they said yes. (Thanks, guys.) They had a cohort who opted out, though. Probably didn't want to be referred to as a ground-burrowing critter, handsome or no.

I didn't stay long enough to watch what they did. I don't know if they only made these smallish holes or if they had to crawl around in deep, underground tunnels. I only know that when I got home, everything was working and I didn't have to worry about it. That's what you hire the experts for.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Dog Lessons

Boz is being tolerant.

His new acquaintance, Bruno (aka Sausage Boy) is very young, and has a thing or two to learn about how not to annoy his older companions.

Boz will turn his head the other way. This won't stop Bruno. He'll just stick his nose in Boz's other ear.

Boz will get up and turn around, removing his ears from Bruno's reach. Bruno will lick something else of Boz's.

Boz will roll over. Bruno will nudge, nudge, nudge.

This will go on for quite some time until Boz finally tells Bruno, with a seriously scary bark, that he'd better quit it. Bruno will quit.

I'll enjoy that part, too, because Boz barks so rarely. It's a magnificent sound.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Smitten, Not Smote

With my little camera, I couldn't get the angle I wanted on this building without standing in the street, so we're going to have to miss out on a bit of the lower part. If it was a quiet, out-of-the-way street I'd stand in the middle, sure. But it's Altadena Drive, just north of Colorado Blvd., and not everyone who drives along there is paying attention.

For at least a year, I drove by this building over and over again without noticing it. Now that I know it's there it plagues me. (See? There's one non-attention-paying driver right there.) The building looks abandoned, and it's so beautiful.

I messed with the contrast and sharpening so you can read the lettering at the top: "MUNICIPAL LIGHT AND POWER." I'm sure the place is owned by Pasadena Water and Power; behind it is a full block of electrical grid. But the building itself looks empty.

It's not a complete mystery, thanks to the Building Biographer, Tim Gregory (and thanks to Google). The building was designed by architect Robert H. Ainsworth.

I'd go peek in the windows but there's an iron fence around the lot. It wouldn't stop some people but I was brought up to be scared of breaking the rules, which is another reason I don't stand in the middle of busy streets.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Zen Monday: #46


Zen Monday is the day you experience the photo and give us your thoughts rather than me telling you what the photo's about.

As I post each new Zen photo, I'll add a label to last week's to identify it if necessary (and if I know what it is).

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Off the Beaten Track

I was taking my regular route back from the grocery store. But instead of passing that corner I always pass, I followed my impulse and turned, onto - not just a street, but a treasure trove of sights I'd never seen before.

Isn't it weird how the littlest thing can make your day? (Okay, maybe the littlest thing makes MY weird day.) But I love how a new route can be a surprise. Sometimes I like to get out of town and follow my nose, explore, go where the road takes me. But I can't always do that, so it's nice to know I can explore locally: take a new route, try a new restaurant, shop in a place with an unpronounceable name. There's always a discovery to be made.

When I've got more time I'm going to go back to my new favorite street and take more photos. Talk about unsticking my head.