Some people only think of Pasadena on New Year’s Day when the   Tournament of Roses Parade   moves along its 5-½ mile course up Orange Grove Boulevard and then east on Colorado Boulevard to Sierra Madre Boulevard. Fans of American football may associate Pasadena with its Rose Bowl football stadium and the game played there, generally on January 1 following the parade. Other people may only think of Pasadena when they hear the Beach Boys’ version of   The Little Old Lady From Pasadena.

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A look at the past reminds us of how great is the distance, and how short, over which we have come. The past makes us ask what we have done with us. It makes us ask whether our very achievements are not ironical counterpoint and contrast to our fundamental failures.”

Robert Penn Warren – Pulitzer Prize winning   novelist and poet

The New York Times reminds us that 23 years ago rioting erupted in Los Angeles “that claimed 54 lives and caused $1 billion in damage … after a jury in Simi Valley acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of almost all state charges in the videotaped beating of Rodney King.”

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What makes a memorable restaurant experience? Recently I dined in San Francisco at a restaurant that perhaps even Lewis Carroll would have been reluctant to introduce into Alice’s wonderland. The staff was so remarkably disorganized that we delighted in trying to predict the unpredictable outcome our routine restaurant protocol generated.

Customers and staff disregarded the restaurant’s wait-to-be-seated list, much as New York pedestrians ignore red lights. 

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