Tuesday, January 10, 2012

We get letters

Recently, a reader took exception to one of my Patch columns. Oh, why be so modest -- she takes exception to almost everything I write, but prefers to send her comments to me, personally and offline.

“Shut up already," she wrote. “Enough complaining about Altadena. I like the town, just the way it is.”

Really? Well, what about the new second-hand store?

“I found a dress.”

Rite-Aid?

“I get a discount.”

Store-front churches?

"What's wrong with religion? The thing is, Karin, I moved to Altadena because it is Altadena. It’s funky, and not an imitation of any other place. You don’t want us to be,” and here she sneered, “another Sierra Madre, do you?”

Well, no, of course not. Just … maybe. Sort of, a little bit.

“Because if you really like Sierra Madre so much, why stay here?”

She has a point. If downtown (more on Patch)


31 comments:

Patrizzi Intergarlictica said...

HAH!

Kalei's Best Friend said...

I use to want where I lived more like 'the valley' or santa monica, brentwood....but that was back in 1986 when we moved here and there was nothin'... remnants of cowboys w/rifles on the back of their truck cabs... yep.... no mall to speak of... now we are just another bedroom community like Simi....I just wished we had the arts out here!! not a fricking piece of culture out here. Won't mention where I live cuz you already know where I am at..

Patrizzi Intergarlictica said...

It's probably Santa Clarita. hahahaw

MuseBootsi said...

I would love for the Co-op to move in next to Rit (sic) Aid. Or a lovely cafe that served comfort food and coffee and didn't think my children were the anti-christ.

Anything is better than whatever church cashing thrift store that will be there eventually.

And I love a thrift store.

altadenahiker said...

Church cashing thrift stores -- I love it. And your children are not the anti-christs, they're the what-christ-doesn't-know-won't-hurt-hims.

PI - ding,ding,ding. (Kalei, I used to keep a horse out your way. Had lots of acres to run around.)

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Are you in Lake Los Angeles Kalei BF? fess up

Cafe Pasadena said...

I also take XXception to your words! Keep up the eXceptional writing.

altadenahiker said...

Thanks CP!

BaysideLife said...

I don't know a thing about either place, but I love your writing. It makes me smile.

Banjo52 said...

I guess I want to know which of your precious little SoCal burgs is responsible for the air kiss and the boob-withheld, chaste hug, which are now required even in Detroit, have been for some time. Talk about moronic customs . . .

Paula said...

So, if not in Sierra Madre, the hair salon capitol of the West, where DO you get your hahr done?

altadenahiker said...

I cut my own. Which probably explains, oh so many things.

amy said...

hm . i want to call her a nasty word, but i don't know your feelings on foul mouthedness on your blog.
xxa

Margaret said...

At least you get letters. I write my city walks and no one says a word.

Petrea Burchard said...

So weird how the conversation over on Patch has devolved to "Altadena is a cheap place to live." When we were home shopping in 2005 we wanted to buy in Altadena but couldn't find anything affordable. We bought in Pasadena instead.

Margaret, do you publicize it when you post your Patch column? I'd like to read it but I don't know when it posts.

altadenahiker said...

Amy, for some reason the language has been pretty tame of late, but help yourself. (Especially when it's in my defense.)

Trish said...

Sierra Madre...what the hell does anyone have against that quiet little hamlet.

Oh, wait. SoPas is a quiet little hamlet and look what's gone on there!

sigh.

Love the town you're in. Extol the virtues. Be happy to discuss differences between your town and others, but let sleeping dogs lie (especially Boz or Albert or any other special pup).

@Petrea---parts of Altadena have always been much more affordable than most parts of Pasadena. Wait, I know, I know, you were cruising Midlothian for an affordable house...right? ;-)

Anonymos2 said...

So, what’s wrong with Altadena:
No city center,
no hairdressers,
no winter season,
but a trail to Mount Lowe.

Terry at Blue Kitchen said...

I get your point, Karin, as well as that of your detractor. And you're right--somewhere in the middle is a probable sweet spot. Speaking of quaintness, I remember driving around the UK one summer with my brother. After one too many thatched roof cottages, I found myself thinking, "Stop being so damned quaint." I had to remind myself that they weren't being quaint, they were just living. Not so, I'm sure, with Sierra Madre.

On a similar topic, when Marion and I drove the Pacific Coast Highway a few years ago and took a little drive through Carmel, we couldn't get out of that pampered, quaint hell hole fast enough.

Katie said...

Wow, someone really emailed you to say "shut up already"? What's wrong with wanting slightly more from your town? You could have a Trader Joe's and a nice little coffee shop and still be adverse to group hugs.

Bellis said...

Well, I like Sierra Madre because it has a town center where I can park for free, buy a coffee in Beantown and drink it on the sidewalk in the company of my dog, get an ice cream from Mother Moo, and browse the shops. Altadena doesn't have a center where all these things can be found in one place - though I must admit I don't often stop there on my way back to Pasadena from the hiking trails, because I've not found the ideal coffee shop yet (one with plenty of seats outside where I can bring my dog).

altadenahiker said...

It's ok, Katie. Most are tongue in cheek. Except the bikers. Plus, I've had some nicer emails than I deserve.

Bellis, yeah. Can we get a couple of dog fountains around this place?

And off topic, but Terry, anyone who names the boys Terry (Terrence maybe?) and Marlon, well, your folks went the extra mile. I love your names. (Carmel, overly quaint though it may be, does have uber-dog friendly hotel.)

altadenahiker said...

Or make that, uber-friendly dog hotel.

pasadenapio said...

Methinks she missed your point.

Susan Campisi said...

Altadena doesn't have to be just like Sierra Madre, but it would be so nice to have a restaurant or cafe with really good food.

Birdman said...

Sheeeesh! Sounds line an A-hole to me. And you converse with her?

Terry at Blue Kitchen said...

It's just Terry, Karin. I went back and forth growing up wishing it was Terrence and being totally relieved that it wasn't. And with Marion and I both having androgynous first names, hilarity has often ensued, as the hipsters like to say. Most notably, for a while the Art Institute of Chicago very modernly assumed we were a lesbian couple, affixing Ms. to both our names on our membership cards. This provided enormous entertainment for our children, who would introduce us as their lesbian parents.

altadenahiker said...

Funniest thing I'm going to read all week, Ms Terry.

Petrea Burchard said...

Terry, that's hilarious.

TheChieftess said...

Altadena will always be Altadena whether or not it incorporates, gets a few restaurants, a great little coffee spot, Trader Joe's or whatever...it'll just be Altadena, even better!!!

grrl said...

I love how "shut up already" is an inspiration to write.