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Friday, March 12, 2010

Playtime!

It's fun time for the San Gabriel Valley blog community. This means not just bloggers, but blog visitors, too--whether you comment or not. Just because you're reading this right now, you're invited to the SGV Blogger's Potluck on March 20th! Wasn't that easy?

It's a chance to meet your blog friends face-to-face.
It's hosted by some of your favorite Altadena bloggers.
Last year it was a blast (not like the picture, though).
Come!

There's one catch. You have to bring something to share. You know, like, food. It's a potluck.

Today's photo is a relatively nondescript parking lot at the corner of Walnut and Marengo. I keep taking pictures of it and not liking them (gee, I wonder why). I finally just played with it and was satisfied. After all, today's post is about playing. Sometimes you've just gotta.

UPDATE: Look what Thal sent: according to his comment today, this was the Beaux Arts style Wilson School, formerly at this location. "After the 1933 Long Beach earthquake," says Thal, "many such buildings were demolished as unsafe. Then this corner remained vacant for a long time, owned by the city, and then when the LA County Court needed a parking lot, this ugliness was built."

Meaning the parking lot which, even with my most playful alterations, doesn't hold a candle to the Wilson School.

22 comments:

Dina said...

Sounds like it'll be a riot. Wish I could come. Have fun at playtime. The play's the thing.

lewi14 said...

Wish I could come too. It sounds like an interesting and funny meeting.

Turquoise Diaries said...

It should be so much fun. I always love meeting my blog friends..

Petrea said...

I'd love to have the three of you there! Wouldn't it be great to have a world-wide blogger picnic? One of the joys of this blog project has been meeting blog friends, as you say, Aysegul. People turn out to be just as wonderful in person as they are on line.

Bellis said...

You've managed to make that parking structure look so much better! How about recolorizing a few more Pasadena buildings, like the new one at the corner of California and Fair Oaks? Can you make shades of gray go away?

Petrea said...

Bellis, I can give it a shot.

Katie said...

Add me to the list of "I Wish I Could Come" people, as I'm sure there will be lots of jocularity (and good food). INext year? I think you've achieve a perfect vintage 1960s postcard coloring in your photo, which is perfect for this style of building. Bravo!

ben wideman said...

Sigh - I'll be at home in Ontario during the get together. So sad to be missing out again!

Petrea said...

Katie, it would be fun to have you. But I suppose there must be some time in the year when you actually work.

Ben, I can't believe you have to miss it. I'm bummed.

Thal Armathura said...

Petrea, this was the site, Marengo and Walnut of the Beaux Arts style Wilson School. I'll email you the photo. After the 1933 Long Beach earthquake, many such buildings were demolished as unsafe. Then this corner remained vacant for a long time, owned by the city, and then when the LA County Court needed a parking lot, this ugliness was built. Such a shame. The original Beaux Arts John Muir school was located on the NW corner of Walnut and Los Robles and suffered a similar fate.

pasadenapio said...

I'll be at the bloggers' picnic! Don't yet know what I'll bring. The spirit will move me that morning, I suppose.

The parking structure was built by and is owned by the County of Los Angeles -- that government entity known so well for uglying up the Pasadena Civic Center with squared-off, non-descript, unimaginative architecture a'la that parking structure and the county courthouse.

Petrea said...

Thanks, Thal. Post is updated, everyone, with a beautiful historical photo!

Shell Sherree said...

Have fun, all!! That's a lovely photo from Thal ~ such a shame this wonderful old place isn't still around.

pasadenapio said...

Thal is a great resource!

There's also a post on my blog from last year showing the school all decked out for President Theodore Roosevelt's visit to Pasadena.

Virginia said...

I'm having BLogger Picnic Envy in the biggest way. OH I wish I could join you rowdy Cali bloggers. Don't talk about me behind my back now , you heah??? :)
V

Petrea said...

Shell, I agree. (Wish you could come to the picnic.)

Ann, I agree with you, too--Thal's a great resource and so are you. I remember that post! Now I know why the building looks familiar.

Virginia, we talk about you behind your back all the time and we always say nice things. I wish you could be here, too.

Bellis said...

The school was so much more interesting than LA County's replacement. And from Ann's Mystery History about it, I got a great quote from Teddy Roosevelt that we should use for the present-day preservation of Hahamongna: "Oh, Mr. Mayor, don't let them spoil that! Just keep it as it is."

Thal Armathura said...

Ann, It's so nice to see the pepper trees of Marengo back in the day. There are many old postcards with a colorized view of those pepper trees. Does anyone know the origin of the name Marengo as applied to this Pasadena street? All I can find out is this on Wikipedia.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Marengo
It is a place in northern Italy and a battle in the Napoleonic War, and also the name of Napoleon's horse, but definitely related to Italy. Ann, any ideas?

Petrea said...

I vote for the jumping spiders, Thal.

Skrip said...

I might finally be able to do this since its in the daytime. The wife might be too tired, but I can take my daughter. Sounds like fun! I'm helping to spread the word.

Petrea said...

Thanks. Be sure and introduce yourself around. Bring business cards for your blog, too!

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