Saturday, September 29, 2012

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I hope you came by to vote for your favorite of the past week's Camelot Where You are photo contest entries. The poll is at the upper left of the blog.

We've been wasting spending so much time on contest frivolity that we almost missed some important events. So today, as a community service, here's a partial list:

Today!
September 29
Put the Fork in Hunger
I hope you're reading this early, because the free pancake breakfast at Farnsworth Park at Lake and Mount Curve in Altadena is today, 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. It's sort of not free because you should bring non-perishable food items or financial donations, all of which will go directly to Union Station Homeless Services in Pasadena. And you'll get pancakes!

Also Today!
September 29
Muir Ranch

Tomorrow!
September 30
Wiggle Waggle Walk
Pasadena Humane Society's super annual fundraiser where the canine chic meet, greet and even compete. Sweet!

October 2
NFL at the Rose Bowl?
Personally, I think it would be a disaster for the Arroyo. What do you think? The Recreation and Parks Commission will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, October 2nd at 6:30 PM at the Rose Bowl Media Center, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive in Pasadena. Park in Lot F and enter through the auto gate to the left of Gate A. The draft EIR is available here. Public comment ends at close of business on October 8th.

October 7
Bike the Arroyo Seco!
Starting at Hahamongna Watershed Park at 8am (I'll be there a bit earlier), ride the Arroyo to downtown with fellow riders in support of an Arroyo Seco bikeway and healthy transportation alternatives.

Building a Better Altadena
"Studies show that Walmart hurts jobs because other businesses close when Walmart comes to town." Is this what we want just yards from Pasadena's city limits? Click the Building a Better Altadena link and find out what you can do.

The No 710 Freeway Extension and related No on Measure J issues are gaining support from state and local politicians. Definitely worth learning about, as these issues strongly affect our quality of life in Pasadena.

Be sure to vote! (Now, on the Camelot Where You Are contest, and in November, on all the other stuff.)

Friday, September 28, 2012

Camelot Where You Are, #13

From Virginia Jones we present Quinlan Castle, Birmingham.

Alabama, that is.

Birmingham has its own wiki and of course there's an article about this slightly notorious building, which was built in 1927 and has had its ups and downs preservation-wise.

Virginia has two blogs, both of them daily! Check out Birmingham, Alabama Daily Photo and Paris Through My Lens. Ooh! La! La!

Thank you for your entry, Missy!

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Are you ready? The weekend approaches and it's time to vote. The poll will appear at upper left late tonight or early tomorrow, depending on how late I can stay up. Be sure to vote over the weekend for your favorite of this week's entries. Each weekly winner receives a free copy of Camelot & Vine upon publication in October. Publication day, whatever day it turns out to be, will be the final day for entries.

Then enter the Camelot Where You Are photo contest by sending in a picture of your interpretation of Camelot where you are. It can be anything--a sign, a symbol, a plaything--whatever your imagination sees.

It's easy to enter and anyone can do it. 
Entry details are here. Enter! We're having fun!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Camelot Where You Are, #12

There are castles all over Pasadena's City Hall, but I never noticed them until I toured the place with former Public Information Officer Ann Erdman. This castle tops the lantern in the front entry breezeway. I posted a photo of it the day after the tour. Sort of.

Mister Earl took the bait. But I'm telling you, there's more where that came from.

Thank you, Mister Earl!


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Get ready to vote this weekend for your favorite entry in this week's installment of the Camelot Where you Are photo contest! We've been having a blast and we've got more photos coming next week.

Each weekly winner receives a free copy of Camelot & Vine upon publication, which I plan/hope/expect will be in October. Publication day, whatever day it turns out to be, will be the final day for entries. 

Send in your pic now! It's easy to enter and anyone can do it.  

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Camelot Where You Are, #11

Grand British castles are no big deal to Bellis. She goes to England all the time. So she found something different.

"Imagine my surprise to see the bright towers of Camelot itself! I took the photo from the car as we were heading back to Los Angeles from Las Vegas. Wikipedia tells me that every evening at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino there's a medieval jousting tournament performed with 12 breeds of horses in King Arthur's Arena. It includes a banquet feast served by a costumed serf or wench and is meant to be eaten without utensils.

"So is this is the place to go to experience the setting of Camelot and Vine? Maybe not, but I think you should have your book-signing party there."

Not a bad idea, Bellis. We'll carpool.

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Enter the Camelot Where You Are photo contest by sending in a picture of your interpretation of Camelot where you are. It can be anything--a sign, a symbol, a plaything--whatever your imagination tells you.

It's easy to enter and anyone can do it.  
Send in your photo, then be sure to vote over the coming weekend for your favorite of this week's entries. Each weekly winner receives a free copy of Camelot & Vine upon publication in October. Publication day, whatever day it turns out to be, will be the final day for entries.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Camelot Where You Are, #10

Adele of Seeing Sierra Madre: One Photo at a Time says of her entry:

"I couldn't find anything in Sierra Madre, but I did spot this little Castle-on-a-Truck in an Urban Forest not far from my home town."

No Camelot in Sierra Madre? Surely there must be, the place is loaded with charm, chivalry and decent coffee.

But we gratefully accept! Thank you, Adele, for your entry!


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Enter the Camelot Where You Are photo contest by sending in a picture of your interpretation of Camelot where you are. It can be anything--a sign, a symbol, a plaything--whatever your imagination tells you.

It's easy to enter and anyone can do it.  
Send in your photo, then be sure to vote over the coming weekend for your favorite of this week's entries. Each weekly winner receives a free copy of Camelot & Vine upon publication in October. Publication day, whatever day it turns out to be, will be the final day for entries.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Camelot Where You Are, #9

My theory is that Camelot is everywhere. Go ahead. Tell me I'm wrong.

Here's Jon's description of his find:

"This photograph is just outside the Settle Inn right outside Lincoln, Nebraska. It's a chain of hotels, but I believe they're mostly midwestern. I'm not certain if all their hotels go this all out, but they certainly seem to have here in Lincoln! A sentry tower sits just outside where weary travelers may enter and take a load off their weary feet (err, well, GPS-equipped, climate-controlled automobiles, that is). A knight in full medieval armor sits atop his steed, as if guarding the entrance.

"I've passed by this hotel countless times, but since hearing about your photo contest accompanying the exciting prospect of your novel being published, it gave me the opportunity I should have taken long ago to get up close and snap a photo of this unique, Nebraskan 'Camelot.'"

Thank you, Jon! I'm so glad you did.


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Happy Monday! The winner of last week's Camelot Where You Are photo contest is Susan Z with entry #7, the Hotel Del Coronado! Susan wins a free copy of Camelot & Vine as soon as it's published. Thank you, Susan, and thank you all for your wonderful entries. I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying the contest and I hope you are, too.

I've figured out how to show you the results: screen shots! I think it's best, in the interest of full disclosure. So here are the shots:

Week 2

Week 1


I've received so many entries to the Camelot Where You Are photo contest that we're skipping Zen Monday this week. We'll do so next week as well. PDP gets the most traffic on weekdays and I want to make sure every entry gets the best possible audience.

Send in your pic now! It's easy to enter and anyone can do it.  
Then be sure to vote over the coming weekend for your favorite of this week's entries. Each weekly winner receives a free copy of Camelot & Vine upon publication in October. Publication day, whatever day it turns out to be, will be the final day for entries. 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Dog Wrangler

John and crew have been shooting his short film, Strong Love, at our house. My job is "dog wrangler."

During the two days of shooting last week I made myself scarce and took Boz to Burbank for play dates. But at 4:30 in the afternoon it's time for Boz to eat. Dinner has to happen because he's got a tummy like a clock. I could take kibble with me in the car, right? Not exactly. This puppy is 14 years old, with a gastrointestinal system like a 19th century sewer. He gets hamburger with his pills. So I brought him home for meals.

After dinner and a long walk, Boz and I closed ourselves in my office and he napped while I worked. Sometimes, between shots, we'd take a break. Dogs just have to be in the middle of things. I don't think he even liked it but he had to be there. (Thus the need for a dog wrangler.)

Two more days of shooting are set to happen in a couple of weeks. That's bonding time for the dog wrangler and her pal.


Be sure and vote before midnight tonight for your favorite of this past week's entries in the Camelot Where You Are photo contest! (Poll at upper left.)