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Tag: Pasadena

Written by Gerald Boerner




It was cold last night and is only 40 degrees outside as I write this. It’s supposed to get up to about 62 today and will go down to the mid-30s tonight. Brrrrrr. Bring out the big comforter! It’s nice to crawl under the covers and get toasty warm for the cold night’s rest. Sort of reminds one of the verses of the traditional poem, A Night Before Christmas. (I think I wrote a blog on that last year!)

The bad news is that we are supposed to get another weather "low" centered in the lower Colorado River valley that will bring more winds. Fortunately, these new winds are not supposed to be as strong as the last wind storm, thank goodness! Oh well, more cold weather, but it’s almost the Winter Solstice.

It seems that our foothill cities, especially Pasadena, are starting to recover from their wind ordeals of the past few days. Yes, many trees are still blocking many streets. And, Yes, there are power poles down. But apparently SoCal Edison has restored power to most homes in Pasadena. The same can’t be said for Temple City where most residents won’t have power restored until tomorrow night!

The good thing about those storms is that the major damage was to houses, cars, and streets. The bad thing is that many families, living without power, are having their refrigerators and freezers thawing out and the perishable food is spoiling. This means a loss of several hundreds of dollars for many families during these economic hard times. They need our prayers during these trying times. GLB

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Quotations Related to Hometown:


“My mother keeps me abreast of all the hometown things.”
— Faith Ford

“I saw my hometown burning that day.”
— Rodney King

“It’s not necessary to go far and wide. I mean, you can really find exciting and inspiring things within your hometown.”
— Daryl Hannah

“At the time the world was all upside down. The American people were beginning to move around a lot. The old hometown ties had been pretty much broken. The theme of Farmer Takes a Wife appealed to people. Everybody was homesick. And it sold and sold and sold.”
— John Gould


My Musings of the Day: Thinking about Pasadena…


On a more positive note, Grace got back from her home town adventure. Bill and Bena drove her up her yesterday afternoon. That was so nice to see them again and have a chance to talk with them around the table as we drank coffee and some of a special licorice tea that Heather brought us. Conversation was great and I got to relate some of my travel stories. I got talking about some of the places that I have eaten at while on my travels about this country and abroad in Europe and Asia. But that is for another day!

Bill helped us out by taking a couple of doors off so I can maneuver my power chair into more parts of the house. Thank you so much Bill. He also looked at the ramp into the patio from the sliding glass door in the living room. It is a bit narrow for my new chair and he’ll work on making it wider shortly. What a skilled and wonderful brother-in-law Bill is. Thank you, Bill, for all of your help. And thank you, Rosie, for the quality time you spend with my Beloved Gracie while she was on her R&R day.

But my mind goes back to the havoc wrought by the winds in beautiful Pasadena. We’ve spent some time in the Old Town section in recent years with Jim and Carmen. They have had a couple of Laemmle Movie theaters there, but recently one has closed. Now only the Laemmle Playhouse 7 is open; these theaters generally feature one foreign language films and I enjoying seeing some of the French-language movies that are not available elsewhere. Nice, entertaining way to keep up my French!

But what’s really neat about Old Town are the great restaurants. We found a neat little creperie tucked away in an alleyway off of Colorado Blvd. The Crepe Vine had a regular clientele and their crepes and other dishes are authentic French, not like so many "knock-off" restaurants try to foist off on us. There is also a microbrewery restaurant, and some of the upscale chains, like P.F. Chang’s. (In 2001 on our first trip to Europe, we were seated by one of the managers of the chain on the continent while traveling back to London from Paris on the Eurostar that went under the English Channel through the Chunnel. Some coincidence!)

Anyway, over the years I have presented many papers at conferences held at the Pasadena Convention Center. This gave us additional experience with Old Town Pasadena. But I’ve been visiting Pasadena for a lot of years. Why? Because my Grandma and Grandpa Boerner lived there! Their little house is about two blocks off the Rose Parade route, towards the end of the route, at that. But parade thoughts must wait for another day.

We would often visit my Grandma Boerner when I was a kid. When my parents wanted to take a trip to see their old friends in Las Vegas, I remember staying with Grandma Marie and Grandpa Ernest. They would take me to a movie downtown, let me explore their backyard and generally have fun. The had an old console radio in the living room and my Grandma even had a wood-burning stove (with gas as well) in the kitchen. They had the old-style "stick" phones like you would see in the 1940s movies. What an experience.

The city was an exciting retreat from the regular hustle-bustle of regular LA life. It was a retreat into streets lined with old, mature trees and populated with quaint little houses. Yes, there were more modern areas with fancy houses, but my Grandparent’s old house still has some magic to it.

Photo of the Day:

I want to leave you this morning with a photo taken by my daughter’s brother-in-law’s brother in Kassel, Germany. (Pardon the convoluted reference!) Jens is a reporter and photographer who has captured some great scenes. This one is of her niece with a piece of classic sculpture. What I like is the creative use of the juxtaposition of Leah’s head to the sculpture’s head. Hope that you enjoy it as much as I do…


_Leah-n-statue_by Jens(Photo by Jens Nähler, Kassel, Germany)


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Brainy Quote: Hometown Quotes…

Edited by Gerald Boerner



JerryPhotoOn this last day of the year we want to offer some suggestions for taking digital (or film) pictures of significant events on New Year’s morning, such as taking in a parade, like the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. Since these are a one time opportunity for photographing the parade, you need to be prepared, both mentally and equipment-wise. We present both general tips and some specific tips for your convenience. Have a great day watching history go by with each float, band, equestrian group, or other participant.

Even though you may not be a professional photographer, you, too, can obtain memorable images at any parades that will be viewed tomorrow. Some of the key things to remember include: You will get one (and only one) chance to get shots of any float, equestrian unit, or band unless there is a halt to the parade’s progress and you will be surrounded by a crowd. So you need to be ready to shot for each unit and you need to select a location that will not be blocked.

This necessitates planning to pick a good position, selecting the correct lenses, and know the order that the floats, bands and equestrian groups ahead of time. Street corners are usually good, especially if the parade must turn around that corner. Get there early; this may mean the afternoon before to get in front. If you are using a camera with an interchangeable lens, don’t plan on changing lenses! Use multiple camera bodies if you want more than one lens will be needed (one for a telephoto lens & another for a wide angle lens). Extra batteries and empty storage cards (digital cameras) or extra film.

Finally, shot a lot! Remember, only a few images out of every 100. By being well-prepared and shooting a lot should will yield rich results. Good luck!

So, let’s look at some of these techniques…  GLB

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Quotations Related to PARADE

“Leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it.”
— John Naisbitt

“And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.”
— G. K. Chesterton

“Campaign behavior for wives: Always be on time. Do as little talking as humanly possible. Lean back in the parade car so everybody can see the president.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt

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