Saturday, April 3, 2010

Sweet Old Ride

No, you're not seeing Glimpses of South Pasadena. But that's not a bad idea.

When I lived in Illinois I rarely saw cars like this. Harsh winters make them so impractical as to render them impossible. But here in southern California we see them all the time.

I'm no car expert and I don't know what make or model this one is. Do you?

Friday, April 2, 2010

Pardon Me, My Dander is Showing

So where are they planning to put the soccer fields?

This might be a good spot. A nice little forest stood here in Hahamongna before the January flood when I took these photos. There's still water flowing more than three months later and the area's been pretty well leveled. Hey! Flat enough for a soccer field!

Maybe they're thinking of putting soccer fields here. Nice view, huh?

This, too, could work, once the flood debris has been removed.

Of course we'll have to rebuild our soccer fields every few years, depending on how often the watershed basin floods--which I grant you is unpredictable. But I ask you: where else can we possibly put soccer fields?


We can put soccer fields just about anywhere.

Hahamongna is a rare gem. Once it's gone, it's gone.

Soccer fields are fine. But they don't have to be built in an environmentally sensitive watershed. (What part of "watershed" does Pasadena Staff not understand?)

I'm surprised we have to keep fighting for this place, but we do. And we're not fighting other citizens. We're not fighting the Hahamongna Advisory Committee. We're not even fighting City Council.

We're fighting "Pasadena Staff."

Who are these people? To whom do they report? Why do they keep resurfacing, like a hungry monster that won't go away, and attempting to devour Hahamongna? What is their agenda?

Please go to and read the survey that shows what a teeny, tiny minority of Pasadena citizens feels a pressing need for more soccer fields. Then click on "Sign the Petition" to read more reasons to save Hahamongna. As of this writing there are 25 pages of signatures, including some interesting names.

Then please sign the petition. Future generations will thank us.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Theme Day: Red

You would think "red" would be easy, but as soon as that theme was declared I began to see only the most mundane of red things: a car, a faded shirt, a candy wrapper (but the candy was good).

I was relieved when I saw this wheelbarrow because I didn't want to take a picture of just any old red thing.

But a wheelbarrow IS just any old red thing, you say.

Not when it's standing on a 100-year-old path in the Desert Garden at the Huntington Library and Gardens, I say, and especially not when that quiet path isn't open to the public.

There are nearly 1200 City Daily Photo Blogs across the globe. Click here to see how others have participated in today's theme.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Last Day, March 2010

Every time I take one of these Last Day photos I think, "This project was a crazy idea. The view is the same every time." Then I compare the shot to the others and I'm amazed how a place that supposedly has no seasons can change so much in so little time.

Johnson Field is looking a bit shaggy. I love that.

Click the Last Day Project tag below to see them all and compare.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Busy, Work

Forgive me if I'm short on copy for the next couple of days or if my photos bear scant relation to my words. I'm busy busy busy sprucing up my presentation for this Thursday, April 1st, and setting a bad example for myself.

If I haven't already bugged--uh, mentioned it to you, I'm leading a salon at the Pasadena Women's City Club called "Blogging for Your Business: Ten Tips for Putting Your Best Cyberfoot Forward." I hope you'll be there.

If you plan to come, be sure and make a reservation so the Club knows which room to put us in and the kitchen knows to prepare enough appetizers. I want to be damn sure we have enough appetizers.

I think this truck bed makes for an interesting photo but I'm not sure a blog is what this guy needs.

Reservations: (626) 796-0560 or
The Women's City Club is at the edge of the Fuller Theological Seminary campus, 160 N. Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101. There's free parking in the rear. Enter the second driveway south of Walnut on Madison on the west side of the street. Dress is business casual. Men are welcome. $6 charge includes those appetizers. Come as early as 6pm for cash bar and networking. Salon begins at 7pm.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Zen Monday: #89

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 odd or silly. Unless I absolutely must say something I stay out of the comments box to avoid influencing the intellectual path of the discussion (because when I get in there everything goes down hill).

As I post each new Zen Monday photo I add
a label to last week's to identify it if necessary.

Sunday, March 28, 2010