Sure it was. It was anything but a relaxing Saturday picnic in the park in AltaDena for this dog yesterday. I left dog-tired.
If it wasn’t for the brilliant organizing work of the AltaDena blogger’s, at the end of this day I would’ve felt dead-tired! Here’s a quickie recap of this prestigious annual event, while I was there. Let’s start with me getting to sleep at 2:30am, Saturday morning. That should earn some points for sleeping in late until at least noontime. Then, waking up to some R & R. Right?!
Well, no winning numbers here. Instead, I need to rise early enuf to start brushing up on tax exempt organizations by 11am. That requires a coffee at EuroPane. My fav ray of sunshine, Jill, is working this particular Saturday so that helps with the brain fog!
This turned out to be a beautiful spring Saturday. The kind our area has used to lure in, unfortunately, trillions to Southern California. I grab my chicken & egg salads, plus rosemary currant bread, as an offering to the Open Mouth/Insert Forker Goddess, and head outta de Cafe to begin my trek…up north. It’s the latest episode of Meet The Blogger’s, of the San Gabriel Valley!
Toward AltaDena, a town – but not a city. An area with a peculiar people. Civilized? That’s too complex a question even for a canine to contemplate. I’ll leave it to my betters & lesser’s, and the county, to debate. But one sign of civilization in these parts is they recognize, and hold, picnics in the park…with great FOOD!
So, I’m hiking up looking for a picnic potluck at Farnsworth Park on North Lake. That’s North – not South – believe me. Then suddenly I see the sign below. A big sale??! Oh, woman, I gotta stop to ck that out!
Wow, with prices like these, it’s like for FREE, as in FREE FOOD!
Unfortunately, I had to leave this picnic at halftime to rush back down the hill to meet with a new client in Pasadena, who as it turns out lives nearby in AltaDena! I wanted to call her to say I was gonna be late but…weak cell reception up in these parts! So, I didn’t have much time for anything besides try to meet in person with some of the interneters I’ve never seen face 2 face, such as Jennifer the Mother Scribe and Elise the editor of the Sunroom Desk in Glendale – both absolutely delightful women; take a few shots, & gulp down a couple delicious things. However, it meant missing the opportunity to taste everything, such as these OREO cookies exported to us from PJ de PensaCola Daily Photo Shutterladybug. One item I didn’t miss was Pasadena Intelligence Officer Ann’s wunderful Broccoli Cole Slaw, from Von’s. Can’t believe I didn’t take a picture of it!
I was happy 2009 DooDah Parade Queen Julie Klima was able to make this gathering. Her majesty is a sweetheart of an artist. She planned to make our last one in January, but because it was the day of her parade, the organizers wouldn’t set her free to join us that morning! She felt bad about it. And I feel worse each time I turn down her invitation to one of her events. Told her I gotta make the next one coming up in April. So should you!
As you can see from the patient sign-in sheet below, handwriting analysis shows this to be a diverse, troubled, wild bunch to put it mildly. It looks like about 30 blogger’s on here, yet there are so many more loco’s who choose to remain anonymous & shy, hiding behind their computer monitors. You know who you are, and most importantly, we know who you are! Please try to join us for the next one – I’ll promise to let you know which of these are good with the food!
An update on my above comment saying, “30” blogger’s attended. According to TR, including non-blogger’s, a total of about 50 showed up. I can only reconcile this by saying probably a couple of blogger’s came with their entourages: Dr. Burchard with her groupies, Karin deHiker with her idolizers, and The Madame with her worshipers.
Well, this is all I have to show for my time. I’m sure you’ll find others posting something about this event. As I said, I had to leave at halftime so I’m sure I missed some blogger’s who walked in later. After this I had a 3 hour meeting with a new client. Didn’t get home until 11pm. We were driving down Colorado Blvd late last night & it seemed to have everyone out on the street.. Must’ve been the great weather. Who’s spreading rumors about an economic crisis? Dog tired by midnight.
One important purpose of these gatherings, AFTER eating!, is to bring the loco’s out from hiding behind their computer playing the nerd so we can create a closer knit community despite our differences & backgrounds. The result? You know: The lion will lay down with the lamb, the liberal will crack rosemary currant bread with the conservative, the politician will listen to their constituents, and etcetera. We’re part of the Internet, so stop complaining and start Interconnecting.
Ok, gotta run, gotta get some more sleep before it’s off to brunch…