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Spectacular day, ghoulish sights

ghouls pasadena

chris pasadenaThe DGs are staying at the Langham (formerlu the Huntington), a landmark hotel that just happens to place them along the long Saturday running route they used to do from their South Pasadena home. Demonstrating a half full approach (we can walk together – probably the first real walk since the female DG’s Achilles tendon surgery) rather than displaying a “oh-those-were-the-good-days-poor-us” attitude, they set out on a walk around the neighborhood which is lined with gracious homes, many of which were built in the early 20th century. They don’t know if they’re just lucky but the views to the mountains have been crystal clear ever since they arrived; a hotel concierge says that this is the way it is now, thanks to increased emissions controls. There were lots of Halloween decorations along the way, but none as elaborate as in the front gate and interior courtyard of one house on Oak Knoll Avenue that was chock a block with ghouls and ghosts in movie set proportions. And by the way, it’s looking like a spectacular night for party.

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Deja vu – all over again

christineIn a day that started way too early for the DGs (6:00 am, the usual wake up time), they made their way down to their former home territory of Pasadena/South Pasadena for a big anniversary bash tomorrow night that friends the McCrarys are hosting. But tonight  it was all about meeting the female DG’s college roommate Christine, who suggested a restaurant in now thriving old town Pasadena. Punch line is that when they got there it was in the space formerly occupied by the restaurant that had played a huge part in their lives during the 80s- Cafe Jacoulet. Not surprisingly, the current interior was much changed but the basic structure remained the same. Many of their very best meals, not to mention after church brunch with jazz guitarist Phil Upchurch, happened in this space. It was so much the same but very different, just as their life is today.

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