Sunday, March 21, 2010

2nd Annual Altadena Primavera Blogger Picnic





I don't know why I can always make a crowd of 50 look like a crowd of 5. I also don't know why I can shoot dogs better than people.

Good scout that he is, Mr. Earl took all the leftovers to a homeless shelter in Pasadena, and they were really happy with the fare. We had a top notch, gourmet spread with nary a hot dog in sight.

(Pasadena Daily Photo has another photo. Maybe Altadenablog will post something his son snapped.)

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  1. I actually recognize several of the people - and great job on the doggy - and I had hoped to send homemade cookies but life got busy. I'm glad everything turned out. Some of us Sister Bloggers here are getting together in May to do a shoot together. I can't wait, I'm sure food will be involved.

    wv splogise
    I splogise for the lack of homemade "Altadena Hikers" (recipe to follow).

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  2. Maybe I can get the exceptionally cute kids in the neighborhood to sell the cookies door to door. Lord knows I'm a non-profit.

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  3. The food and company were fabulous. Who brought that hearty broccoli and peanut salad? I'd love to get the recipe.

    Thanks, Mr. Earl, for bringing the left over food to the homeless shelter. You ARE a good scout.

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  4. Let me just say I am relieved.

    Paula, to say "I can't wait to taste those Altadena Hikers!" seems inappropriate, but I do hope Karin will share.

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  5. Kb, ask some girl scouts or JW's, they are experienced in cookies & door 2 door.

    And, as usual, we canines have to pray for any food crumb that falls down to the ground from the blubberous bloggers.

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  6. I'm going up to Echo to hike off some lemon bars and tart. Susan, I know. Chieftess made the salad (on my blogroll as A Photographic Journey).

    (Petrea, Heehee. You owe me.)

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  7. Nice pics KB. These cameras don't even click, so you don't know you've been shot. I'm using a cropped version of the one you sent me as my FB profile. It was a very healthy lunch - great salads. Most of the sweets seemed to come with me to the shelter. Thanks to Pasadena PIO for the suggestion. I'm going to look for Petrea's "under the table" shot.

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  8. You got a photo of Mister Earl? Can we see??? I LOVE the dog photo, but you probably knew that. Sigh, what a nice gathering of NICE people. Thank you for sharing photos - and Mister Earl, wonderful idea to share the food, too.

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  9. Such a sweet dog! If I'd brought Abby along, there would have been no pastries left for that kind Mr Earl to take to Union Station.

    How about following this up with the Dooh Dah Parade on May 1? Anyone can take part, so long as they make the audience laugh (though come to think of it, the nice women who wear purple and pink aren't there for the laughs). My husband and his friends once went as hanging chads.

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  10. I too recognize many of the 5 faces :) - so glad you had a good time, so sorry to have missed it.

    I see Petrea is implementing the ParisDP blog technique. So cute.

    Thx for remembering my anniversary!
    Ah, Amy would of had fun with the nice pup too.

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  11. Miss Daisy is very appreciative of the great photo of her...she's wagging her tail excitedly!!!!

    Great party AH!!! It was so fun to meet so many of our blogger/commenters!!! And great food too!!! Thank you so much for getting us all there!!!

    As for the broccoli salad...check it out on http://southernfood.about.com/od/broccolisaladrecipes/r/bl30321h.htm and add Planter's Peanuts!!!

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  12. Ah, you guys, I wish I had been there. (I'm a lot nicer in person.)
    I was thinkin' about you all day.

    Someday I'll bring Ambassador Dottie.

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  13. Chieftess, Daisy is beautifully behaved and takes a very nice glamour shot. And thanks for the recipe.

    Brenda, you're so close -- maybe next time you can come?

    Bellis, I remember the hanging chads! Susan Carrier was in the parade last year.

    Tash, we missed you but I'm sure you had a lovely day.

    And Bandit, I'm sure there will be a third...

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  14. Oh don't you worry, Earl has already spilled the nonexistent baked beans, potato salad and deviled eggs. As I told him, "What the hell are you folks doing out there?" Do I have to come out there and take charge or what?

    I love Petrea trying the Tenin Technique and I don't know whose dog that is but I want him/her!

    And a good time was had by all. Pass the sangria.
    V

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  15. Yes, Hiker, I owe you. Big time. I really hate that. You're not a purse person or I'd carry yours for you. Need a sherpa?

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  16. I'm in love with your canine attendee, no doubt the author of Pasadena Dog Blog. :-) Very nice shot of Petrea in a near Teninesque pose. Glad you all had such a great gathering.

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  17. Finally getting around to the reviews of yesterday's event (I haven't even had a chance to post yet!). There was such an outstanding variety of food to match the outstanding company, it looks worthwhile to do this every year!

    Thank you KB for the french fries with extra oo-la-la.

    Wish somebody had taken a picture of Revelle's shoes, tho'!

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  18. Oh, I'm finalizing the recipe, a ginger lemon base, and I'm sure there will be enough to go around. You like ginger lemon Petrea? And Virg, these are BIG cookies, no boxes. I guess I should work on the companion beverages...

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  19. Eeeee! Can't believe Paula is making an original cookie recipe for Altadenahikers. I'm jumping up and down in anticipation.

    Margaret, no worries. You have enough on your plate.

    Kim, how nice to hear from you. I've enjoyed visiting Seattle thru your eyes for some time now.

    Virg, quit passing notes to Earl. You get in enough trouble all by yourself.

    Ditto Petrea and Tim.

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  20. Not just a talented bunch, but a good looking crowd too! Sorry I couldn't be there. The Altadena Hiker cookie sounds like a winner. I'd also like to see the subject of Petrea's photo.

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  21. Oh it looks like it was so much fun! Yummy food and great people, love seeing the photos.

    Darn family visiting. :(

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  22. Have you no heart? Give that dog a cookie already.

    GG

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  23. Paula, you're asking me? We don't even know yet if Karin's going to give me any. I'll eat if if she'll let me.

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  24. KB, puppy dogs just have that built-in photographic X factor that proves them to be infinitely better than us. So that's Miss Daisy ~ she's gorgeous!!

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  25. Sounds like a great day and I'm glad to hear nothing went to waste.

    P.S. Love the dog!

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  26. The first photo is beautiful !! Great shots !!

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  27. How many pounds of potatoes was that? And how long of a hike? Ooops, sounds like an algebra problem...

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  28. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Can I have that dog please? It's gorgeous, who could resist that look?

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  29. Water seeks its own level.
    Virg

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  30. More pics, please. I thought you existed only in cyberspace, and the prospect of your gathering as actual humans is somehow very troubling. Well, odd, anyway.

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  31. Can anyone point us to cites with more blogger picnic photos?

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  32. They do it in Paris, Mister Earl. I haven't seen it anywhere else.

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  33. Hi Petrea - I meant, are there any more blog sites (other than Karin's and yours) with photos of our picnic on Saturday?

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  34. oh, duh. I thought you meant cities.

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  35. There aren't enough hikes, Dez.

    Banjo, most of my pictures look pretty much like the one in the middle, except the food gradually disappears.

    Earl, not that I know of. I think for most, taking pictures would have been like a busman's holiday.

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  36. Dang. Looks like I missed a great time.

    Love that shot of crouching Petrea, hidden blogger...

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  37. Miss Daisy thanks you all for your wonderful comments about her...she's blushing...she also would like to thank you for the offer of a cookie, but she is watching her weight...

    Miss Daisy came to live with us about 7 years ago, she was about 5 or 6...On the second day, she got out while I was out running errands and when I returned, I searched for her for a couple of hours...the hubman came home early and searched as well, even checking with the shelter...to make a long story short, we're sitting at my computer, depressed, and the Hubman hears a bark...we go to the front door, and there she sat...wiggling all over and basically saying to us "hey! I checked out the neighborhood, and this is pretty cool!!! I think I like my new digs!!!" We now can actually leave her on the front porch, and she just stays right there...she's not goin' anywhere!!! We love her to pieces, and even though she was quietly sitting under the table at the party (after all, she is a bit elderly), she was quite excited to be there...she loves a good party and can usually be found lying on the ground right smack in the middle of it!!!

    wv: lablogin...we are lablogins!!!

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  38. Crouching Petrea
    Hidden Hiker

    The Musical

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    Person2Person meetups are always a good thing. Picnic on!

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  39. Good one, Laurie!

    Chieftess, that's similar to Boz's story. He made one foray out, and now we can leave him on the porch unattended and know he'll stay. He likes parties, too.

    Havisham, missed you.

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  40. No wonder Miss Daisy and Mr. Boz got along so easily...they must realize a kindred spirit when they sniff one!!!

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  41. Laurie and Dianne, next year we won't let you off with just a warning.

    Chieftess, Albert will not leave the house either. He's afraid I'll never let him back in. Phoebe, on the other hand, is more of a free spirit. She'll go where the wind and her nose takes her.

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