McKinley School Mural Restoration

It’s been a “few weeks” since I last wrote from the Café Pasadena.  So you can surmise I have something important or good to say.  You’re correct! Here’s a short piece…

Pasadena, California is known chiefly for being America’s annual welcome to the New Year with its Tournament of Roses parade and Rose Bowl game. But look a little closer and you’ll discover more to admire.

For example, Art.  Did you know that in 2015 Sunset Magazine named our town as the Best Town for the Arts in the western USA!   Continue this short read here for just one example why we’re considered a major  “artsy” kinda place:   McKinely School Mural Restoration




1942 Mural in the McKinley Library


Support the mural restoration!


Gotta Do Stuff! Stay Thirsty My Friends

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Once summer comes to a dead end in September we’re suddenly in the last quarter of the year.  The holidays during this last part of the year come rapid fire one after the other. “It’s the most happiest time of the year”, so the lyricist wrote in a song.  But the quickest too.  We don’t have much time to enjoy “the season” before we realize we’re back in the daily grind of a “new” year.

Don’t you agree this is the fastest part of the year?   Life is what happens when you think you were still into wishing good will to all, Christmas & New Years Eve partying, and shopping until you drop or into deeper debt. 

So, soon, a few weeks only, we’ll all be having to pay for those credit card shopping bills, wishing each other a “Happy New Year” and making those new year resolutions.  One of the most popular resolutions each year concerns improving our health. Every year! What’s that??

Which brings me to my purpose for writing to you today – my concern for your well-being!  This Saturday, 12/6/14, from 10am-3pm you’ll have a FREE opportunity to attend a Pilates open house here in Pasadena: ESSENCE of MOTION PILATES & WELLNESS STUDIO!

You know if I’m writing here then it has to be on a serious or important matter.

As with most things, you have many choices but I recommend Essence of Motion if you’re thinking of Pilates or bodywork. Why? First, besides knowing the wonderful, caring owner, I know a couple of people who love them, and, I’ve read nothing but excellent reviews online.

One more reason to visit: It’s also their 15th Anniversary Celebration! 15 years….they must be doing a good job.

I’m gonna leave you with a link with more details but lemme just say this about what you can experience at Saturdays Open House:

  • Pilates & Bodywork demonstrations
  • Expert Guest Speakers on Pilates, Acupuncture, Herbs, Nutrition, Health, etc, et al 
  • Healthy refreshments to drink & munch on
  • Opportunity to win Free Gifts
  • Special pricing on Christmas Gift certificates
  • It’s located upstairs in a historic 1930s Pasadena building!


Here’s that link for better info than I can give to the wonderful Essence of Motion Pilates & Wellness Studio:  OPEN HOUSE


Alright, I gotta go now.  Check them out Saturday – for 10 minutes or couple of hours –  and I may see you there too. 



1031 E. Green St. #210, Pasadena CA 91106



Happy New Year! Stay Healthy My Friends

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Nick Ut: Photographers Photographer

I last wrote on this website at the end of last year. It’s now 2014.  So, before this new year gets too old lemme be one of the 1st to wish y’all a  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

New years should bring new articles/topics to write about, you’d think. The catalyst for my new article comes from 1)the cover story of the current LA Weekly (LAW), and, 2)I’ve actually met with the subject of the LAW article.


per LA Weekly


Y’all likely remember this famous/infamous photo taken in 1972 during the Vietnam War, (with “Napalm Girl”  Kim Phuc posing now as an adult in the foreground):


The now famous photographer was Nick Ut of the Associated Press.  Nick, a Vietnamese, was looking for that one shot which would “end the war”, or as the LAW article called it, “the shot of a lifetime”!   The following year the war would be officially over, and, that shot has followed the life of photographer Ut since.

His shot of the young girl running in pain, naked, out of a napalm bombing won him the Pulitzer Prize for photojournalism. He was only 22.

Ut was in his 60s when I finally learned who took the photograph, thanks to a mutual friend & news reporter.  Later, I would notice him a couple of times when I was out & about. Yet I was aware of the sometimes burden of fame & people always wanting some of his time so I’d avoided introducing myself besides just saying, “Hi.”

That changed when I was at a Tournament of Roses (PTOR) event to announce the 2015 Grand Marshall (GM). Until last year I never attended this particular PTOR event despite my “white-suiter” friends making mention of it to me.  I’ll write about that 2014 GM event, sooner or later, since I may have had a small part to play in the naming of Vin Scully as GM, haha!

So, here I am at the 2015 GM introduction, and I notice a few people who I usually don’t notice at PTOR events: Pasadena’s Mayor, Police Chief & Fire Chief.  And, Nick Ut, who I’ve never seen before at a PTOR event:




I try to avoid getting in the way of professional photographers trying to do their job among amateurs & paparazzi fighting them for position, unlike some “Iphone shutterbugs.”  My photo above captures four pros, including Ut, doing their job capturing the 2015 GM the late, great Louis Zamperini.  I’ve been lucky to meet & speak “shop” with these pros.  Nick Ut is one. Next time I’ll talk about another – sooner or later…


Afterwards, I was getting refreshed by getting my monies worth of PTOR hospitality via downing as much catered food & drink as fast I could, short of a Dog Haus or Nathan’s hot dog eating contest.  I noticed Nick Ut at my shoulder next to me with the same idea.  So I said something like, “You probably don’t remember me but we exchanged “Hello’s” at some other event.”  Before another word could be said, some official chimed in to say something like, “You know that’s Nick Ut. He’s a famous photographer.  He took that famous shot of that little girl napalmed in the Vietnam War and won a Pulitzer Prize for it!”

I replied, “Yes, I know.  Congrats again, Mr. Ut!”   Then I asked Nick when was the last time he saw our mutual friend – the news reporter who made me aware of who he is – and he said, “Oh, I haven’t seen her in over a year…”  I was afraid that would be the reply. Anyway, our small talk ended, I think, with me asking him for a photo tip.

This is an all too brief and incomplete a way of introducing you to the thrilling LAW article on Nick Ut. A sort of condensed biography of the man who lives here in the San Gabriel Valley. Please grab the current issue of LAW out on newsstands now or read all about it at this link:  Nick Ut’s Shot of a Lifetime!  A must read!

Lemme know what you thought of the LAW article! And, if you ever see Nick Ut out shooting some event say, “Hello” & “Thanks!”



Gotta Go. Have a Happy 2014!

per LA Weeklya