Pasadena Adjacent

Life Lived on the Edge of Pasadena

Secret Gardens

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Secret gardens are secrets because of a healthy attitude towards neglect from those lucky enough to happen upon them. Being a tracker in a past life (just kidding – maybe) I harbor an unhealthy hyper attention to detail.  A seasoned eye that’s quick to notice a broken lock here, a gate ajar there or some reworked barbed wired hidden in a overgrown bush.

After the fire, satellite maps led to the discovery of secret trails which in turn led to unexplored neighborhoods. One of those trailheads is situated in a well heeled community near an administration building that had escaped the latest rounds of modernization. Someone forgot to lock the gate, which made it possible to enter the grounds. Behind the buildings, a stairway leads to a an even older layer of yesteryear. Terraced in river rock, overgrown and with a fountain for a centerpiece. Non-working, the fountain is covered in ceramic work from the Catalina Tile company. The third photo shows an unadorned backside with it’s protruding spout. Perhaps why they started locking the gate to begin with?

September – the Unholiest Month

Finally Pam Lansden’s ““A Tale About The Cat Who Lived in a Hole in the Wall of SOTHEBY’S Pasadena Parking Lot”  has been concluded. You wouldn’t know that if I hadn’t put this post up; so yeah, go back.  Post seven. Go back one more post and you can see Pam with all her celebrity friends.


So while we were waiting for those damn cats to do something – I made more cats (in ceramics). And other things that artist do, including a loosing battle with the computer program Adobe Illustrator. Guess you can’t teach an old cat new tricks either.

I also took the last of my tomatoes and made bruschetta, or should I say Mr V made bruschetta. When Jack Sprat left the room, I threw in more salt and oil. And it’s not Brushetta. “Bruschetta” is pronounced: Brooscketta. An Italian told me that.

Why the unholiest month? because it’s hotter then hell, that’s why!


Introducing Guest Author Pam Lansden & Her Cat

Dear Abby’s death reminded me of the day I spent with her sister, Ann Landers. She let me read her mail and answer a few letters just for practice. I was writing a column at the time called “String of Perils.” BTW I like Ms. Landers hairdo much better than mine. 

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Pasadena Adjacent is honored to have long time friend, former ‘People’ journalist and real estate agent extrodinaire, Pam Lansden as her special guest.

Besides Pam generously promoting ‘Pasadena Adjacent’ as “the best blog you’ve never heard of” (the kind of flattery which leads to me rolling over and allowing you to scratch my belly and steal me blind) she’s mastered the art of pulling pitch perfect quotes off the top of her head to fit any conversational occasion. This talent charms me to bits and has me feeling grey in comparison. She’s just brilliant that way and probably why she’s so good at what she does – plus she has an eye for objects . When she first walked into my home, she immediately pointed to a peti-point pillow my grandmother had made me – said if I died before she did, it should go to her. Since I plan to see a lawyer soon, I will make a note of it. If your friends with her, she’s probably done the same thing to you. If not, you might consider hiring her to assist you on your next visit to a flea market. Plus she was photographed with her arm around my hero Tennessee Williams. Plus she once owned Elizabeth Taylor’s childhood term paper – if I recall, she made a boat load of money off of it.

Although I don’t think of Pam as being a cat lover first and foremost, I do think we can all agree – with the web as our witness, no one makes a better straight man then a cat. And Pam has a good eye for a good story; so without further adieu may I present……

“A Tale About The Cat Who Lived in a Hole in the Wall of SOTHEBY’S Pasadena Parking Lot” by Pam Lansden

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