SBLA: Celebrity Pasadena

So to embrace Spring Break in LA, I have decided to explore the best of the city. I have lived here for more than a year, but have yet to see so many things! Will you join me?

Day 1: Visiting film locations in Pasadena and surrounding areas.

90210: The Walsh family of “Beverly Hills 90210” lived in this house in the 91001 zip code. Located right down the road from me in Altadena.

Pee Wee Herman’s House: Not as colorful and less cluttered but this is it now! Located in South Pasadena.

Beethoven: One of my favorite movies growing up. How can you resist that face? Located in South Pasadena.

Father of the Bride: All-time favorite movies! Love this house. Located in Pasadena.

Legally Blonde: So this is a super tiny courtyard at a little church near City Hall in Pasadena. They did a great job making it appear to be Harvard Quad! Located in Pasadena.

Parks & Rec: Pasadena City Hall! Much of the show is also filmed in the city planner’s office across the street. Located in Pasadena.

Clueless: Obviously a classic! This was filmed at Occidental College.

Back to the Future: This is Doc Brown’s House. The Gamble House is an historical landmark in Pasadena and was home to David and Mary Gamble of Procter & Gamble. Located in Pasadena.

Mad Men: This is the Draper Residence! Classic! Located in Pasadena.

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Back to the Blog!

Ah! It has been almost a year since my last post. Completely unacceptable!

I could sit here and talk about how busy I have been with school and work and volunteering and blah blah blah, but I know we all have stuff going on. It’s time to make time for creativity in a world drowning in Kanye West’s insecurities.

And so we begin…

Last fall I completed my first semester of grad school at USC! It was a bit of a change to get back into the school zone, but I have enjoyed it nonetheless! Nothing beats spending time with others who share your passion. I feel I learn so much from my peers, that I often invest more time into getting to know them than completing my readings (shhhhhh). This second semester has been great so far and I am looking forward to the challenges yet to come.

I also started a new internship this semester at a PR agency! What fun it has been working with a team of creative and oh so entertaining people. We work with primarily hospitality clients in LA and Las Vegas so I am learning quite a bit about the industry. This is just the beginning for what I hope to be a long, fulfilling career.

My brain is a bit fried tonight so this is all for now. Baby steps…

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Every day I am faced with a choice. Give or take? It is easy to get caught up in our own little bubble and forget that others actually have feelings and needs similar to our own. I am constantly faced with making decisions that I know will only benefit someone else and will inevitably cause me some sort of inconvenience or at the very least, time. Nevertheless, the answer is always the same. 

It doesn’t matter what it is or who it is for or how long it will take or the fact that there are a ton of other things that I could be doing instead. If someone asks, there is a reason. After a while, we tend to stop analyzing and weighing the options and we just give. It becomes second nature.

There is something to say for that feeling we experience when we give of ourselves. Volunteering in the animal rescue world, I am all too familiar. There is such a need that “no” is hardly an option for some of us. Regardless, it shocks me how often people question my giving. “Why do you volunteer so much? Why don’t you get paid?” Simple questions like this tell me everything I need to know about that person. If you have to ask “why give,” then you are clearly a person who has built a life on taking. At some point, someone has given to you. 

I can only hope for the day when we have more volunteers than are needed. When charities cease to exist because all needs are met and all funds are provided. Imagine if everyone donated just 5 hours a week to volunteer? What a different world this would be.

Get inspired. Give back. Repeat.

My Take on the Golden Globes

Every time I watch an award show I can’t help but think “who are these people that think they have the right to deem who is the best?” After all, isn’t film considered an art form? If so, art is open to interpretation. Just because a group of people don’t appreciate a film/TV show does not mean it is unworthy of recognition. While I think it is great to honor the accomplishments, I feel like classifying art takes away from the individual experience. If a film wins a Golden Globe, and I haven’t seen it, I automatically feel the need to see it. The problem is that I am going to view it with a bias that it is an amazing movie!

Then of course you have the fashion aspect which again, could be considered an art form. Why is their so much emphasis on the clothing the stars wear? If fashion is a form of self-expression then why would someone else have the authority to criticize whether or not their choices were acceptable.

By the end of it, I feel like the entire production is just an excuse to put celebs on display and criticize. Not much different than a high school prom.

Generation selfish

I must say. Although I am usually attached to my phone, I often take a look around and notice others missing out on some amazing things because they are so focused on capturing the moment on their phone! Since when did our memories only become worthy when they could be shared with others?

My New Year’s Promise

I hate the word “resolution.” I don’t resolve to do things. If I want to do something, I just do it! I have never understood the concept or the point of creating a New Year’s Resolution(NYR). Let’s be honest here. How many people actually stick with it? I would love to see those stats! Not that I am trying to rag on anyone for setting goals, but if you really want to achieve something, why wait for the first of the year to commit to doing so?

I digress…

Rather than make a resolution that I am unlikely to keep, I have chosen to make a promise to myself. And so that others can hold me accountable to it if I might fail, I am sharing it on the WWW. This year, and every year, I promise to do.

To do...
what is right
what is honest
what is noble
what is unexpected
what is loving
what is kind
what it takes
what I feel
what I believe
what is unimaginable
what is noteworthy
what is breathtaking
what is jaw dropping
what is generous
what is unheard of
what no one else has done before
what I can!

” For painting my roses red someone will lose his head.” – Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Today we attended The Tournament of Roses, one of many Pasadena traditions we are excited to be a part of! I had anticipated an unruly crowd comprised of hangovers and sleep-deprived campers. The hard core spectators set up along the parade route the day before and prepared to camp out until the next morning. By 4:00 pm campers could be seen lining the sidewalks of Colorado Blvd. Blow up mattresses, space heaters, fire pits and even TVs could be seen throughout the campsites, some more primitive than others. As we barhopped on New Years Eve, we passed by the diehards and anticipated the events to come. Of course, we enjoyed a night’s rest from our warm and comfy bed.

The next morning we hopped in a cab and headed for Old Town. We found a spot on one of the corners and got situated. As vertically challenged as I am, visibility is always a concern when it comes to parades. I found a little nook in between a small asian woman and a little boy who had been camped out in his pop up chair. If I stood a little to my right and tip-toed up on my left foot I could see just enough of the parade route. The weather was perfect and the crowds were surprisingly peppy.

Soon enough the white vespas were paving the way for the floats. Each float was unique and vibrant. The skill and precision it must have taken to create these masterpieces is beyond my comprehension. Roses of all colors covered the floats from top to bottom. The theme was Dreams Come True and each float possessed a magical quality that couldn’t quite be explained. From dogs to spaceships to mythical characters every float took you to another place and embodied the theme magnificently.

A few highlights were of course the Seaworld float that was escorted by police while a SWAT team monitored the activity in the crowds as the float passed by. With the recent documentary Blackfish, many are outraged by the treatment of the animals at the well-known theme park. PETA petitioners could be seen carrying signs and encouraging spectators to join in their cause. Needless to say, the float passed by unscathed and a few even managed to muster up an applause for the nervous looking float riders representing the theme park giant.

The other highlight was the AIDS awareness float. It had been announced that two gay men would have their wedding ceremony performed atop the float. There had been such controversy over the ceremony that people were actually boycotting. Some had gone far enough to create a Facebook page encouraging others to boycott. Naturally, a rival page was created for those in support. There had been such a fuss with people claiming the parade was being ruined and corrupted and they would not allow their family to be a part of it. By the time the float came by, it was nothing more than two men and a woman, assumed to be the officiant, waving from the top of a giant cake. Hoping for more kindness and tolerance in 2014.

Before we knew it the giant football float made its way along the route, signifying the finale. The crowd cheered and started to disburse. The parade had been everything I had expected and more. It was definitely a great way to spend the first day of the new year. Until next year!