Category Archives: Pasadena

Pasadena City College Flea Market

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The best way to talk about the Pasadena Community College Flea Market might be to explain what it’s not.  It’s not outside, so the sun doesn’t turn you into the Wicked Witch of the West. It doesn’t charge you to enter.  It’s also not pretentious – nobody frowns on you for not knowing the difference between a midcentury modern and contemporary end table.  But mostly, it’s not overwhelming.  Because it takes up several floors of a parking lot, you can’t see everything at once.  Even though there are over 500 vendors, it’s more of a mosey than a mission.

For more information about the Pasadena Community College Flea Market, check here: http://www.pasadena.edu/fleamarket/

Rose Bowl

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Since I do not regularly attend college football games, or any football games for that matter, my initial observations may not pertain to the Rose Bowl.  But, it seems as though it is only under the pretext of football that 7 AM drunkenness is acceptable.  Because the Rose Bowl is surrounded by two 18-hole golf courses run by the Brookside Men’s Golf Club, there are 27.8 acres available for tailgating if you’re willing to pay the 40 bucks to park.  My other observation is that it is only under the pretext of football your average bro will get excited by a tuba.

Anyway, on January 1st 1890, the Pasadena Valley Hunt Club hosted their first tourney.  They invited their fellow East coasters to showoff Southern California’s year-round sunshine.  There was a parade of flowers, and then were games.

Well, the foot races, tugs of war, and jousting battles only lasted for so long before America demanded football.  So, the official football game at the Rose Bowl came 12 years later. In 1902, the University of Michigan clobbered Sanford University, 49-0.

Michigan has also “won” more Beef Bowls than any other university.  The Lawry’s endorsed annual tradition has been offering the Rose Bowl football teams a “competition” in Prime Rib consumption since 1956.  The superstition goes: if you win the Beef Bowl, then you’ll win the Rose Bowl.  Though Michigan won that first Rose Bowl game, they’re the only university to have won more Beef Bowls than Rose Bowls.

This fun website contains 154 facts about the Rose Bowl: http://www.rosebowlstadium.com/RoseBowl_history_154_facts.php

Rose Parade Float Viewing

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The only rule of Rose Parade float decoration is that a float must be covered in organic material.  This is not limited to roses, as the name might imply.  But, this year’s record-breaking float in both weight and length (100,000 lbs and 116 ft) used over 25,000 roses! And that’s just one float.  The 2012 parade had 43 floats, which begs the question… where do all these roses come from?

Though the parade started off showcasing California’s year-round ability to produce flowers, the recent trend has been to import flowers from Central and South America.  This year marks the first ever “California Grown” initiative with two floats sporting materials solely grown in California.

Economics aside, you can either witness the finished floats on your television, as one of 700,000 Rose Parade attendees, or you can catch the blending, chopping, and gluing of the floats while they’re being decorated.  For more info on pre-parade float viewing, check here: http://www.tournamentofroses.com/PasadenaTournamentofRoses/Event/tabid/1482/ModuleID/3601/ItemID/57/mctl/EventDetails/Default.aspx

Upper Hastings Ranch Holiday Light Up

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This 1,100 home, post-war development used to be called Rabbit Hill because there were so many children running around.  While the neighborhood is now referred to by its official name, Upper Hastings Ranch, it’s still a family-oriented community down to its Holiday Light Up’s Snoopy Award (the award given to children 15 & under for best Christmas light decorating skills).

If we must compare levels of Christmas glow, this neighborhood isn’t as exciting as some.  But, the Holiday Light Up has been a tradition since 1952.  Each street gets its own theme, and according to the Upper Hastings Ranch newsletter, “Putting up a display of peace represents the holidays as well.”

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