Friday, February 21, 2014

Altadena, Street



We live in a nice place.



And we love our friends.



Let me introduce you to some neighbors. Just across the street.



If you need a used tire, a car seat, a visor, a washer, dryer -- you've come to the right place. Don't let the transmission hit you on your way out.

All right. So everyone on this street has called the County numerous times. About this abandoned property. But, you know, the County is purty darned important, and has bigger fish to fry. Like, where the cars should park on Lake Street, and exactly how tall a front yard fence should be. That kind of fish. Lottsa carp.

Yesterday, early am, a whirly bird chased someone on the 400-block of Athens. A couple of blocks away. It started at 5, and was a gang-thing, allegedly.



My first thought was to worry, about the property across the street. Where lights flicker late at night, in an abandoned house that should have no electric feed whatsoever. My second thought was: go back to sleep. I've got an 80-pound dog that can kick ass and take names.

Well, Albert can't really take names, seeing as he can't print yet. Still, if I were you, I'd bet on him. He's a black lab, but golden.

33 comments:

  1. He may not be able to print but I bet he has a photogenic mind!.. :-)

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  2. Who you gonna call? My first thought was the police. That's who my mother calls when she's worried about her own abandoned house that she hasn't lived in for ten years and is located 150 miles from where she currently resides. Nice county police that they are they actually drive by the place and check it out.

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  3. Albert is a hero.

    But the police sound like a good idea.

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  4. Karin you live in a nice place! Is that beautiful garden yours?
    The white dog looks cute and Albert as always looks adorable!
    I also have in my neighborhood three abandoned houses and it's bad, because the bush grows around them and there are many bats inside these houses. I fear bats, so I never been inside that houses.

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  5. I like the appearance of random topic-wandering here. Among the used items one could take are fairly obvious items like washer, dryer, transmission--but also a visor! Who’s gonna take a visor? I love that. Then you wind around from county fence policies—I hear The Law, The Man—to the actual Law, serious criminal matters and your justifiable worry, then back to the lighter note of Albert. Nicely done!

    In 1990 I bought my yellow Lab (1990-2002) in Detroit. It was a fine neighborhood, yet her uncle had barely survived a serious stabbing when he defended the house against burglars. That’s a little bit relevant, isn’t it? Can something be a little bit relevant, or is it like being a little bit perfect?

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  6. I think Albert is doing a nice job increasing his status within your heart.

    good boy! good boy!

    Yeah, neighbors, what can I say (actually I've said a lot) it's all in the luck of the draw. That or when an errant crack pipe takes the joint down in flames.

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  7. I wonder if the county can locate the current holder of the property deed?

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  8. Hmmm...mighty suspicious. It's good you have someone like Albert around lookin' after the place. Stay safe.

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  9. I'll bet the county would have a lot to say if someone started hauling everything away or some "homeless" people moved in outright. Maybe not. Don't you have some friends who don't mind living rough, KB?

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  10. There's a scam going on around Altadena and Pasadena where crooks rent out abandoned houses they don't actually own. Wouldn't be surprised if they advertise this one. " Charming Craftsman cottage on 1/2 acre, electricity, transportation, and washer/dryer included."

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  11. If that's an IROC I'd tow it in a heartbeat. Who'd complain?

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  12. Well . . . I wonder if the nuisance laws would apply.

    Odd that property in Altadena would go unused. There's a story somewhere, maybe.

    Could be that the owners are rotten people and split because they knew Albert would be on to them.

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  13. Paint a mural on the house and the County will come immediately.

    Don't worry - if the Bad People are too much for Albert, your Killer Rabbit will spring into action. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCI18qAoKq4

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  14. I don't know how the county sheriffs are, but we call the cops at every little thing because they've asked us to. They say it's the only way they're going to know what's up. So we call them, and they come. It's working out.

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  15. I would think you can check county property records to find out who owns the property...you could probably sue them for their negligence...or report them to the police...if there are lights flickering at night...it's possible it could be being used as a crack house...so the next time the lights flicker call a cop!!! It could also be bank owned...

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  16. Oh, I know who owns the place, but it doesn't matter because the county has gotten out of the business of citing neglected and trashed properties.

    (What's an IROC?)

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  17. IROC: '80's Camaro with 350ci racing block, suspension, disc brakes and cooling system. I thought of it for the radiator and treads pictured. They rock! 60 mph on the cloverleaf without losing it. 160 in the straightaway. You don't steer it - you aim it.

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  18. I suggest we all chip in to pay for the tow truck to take it to Bandit's, if he doesn't live beyond South Pas, that is. Will his neighbors learn to love it as he does? Being County, here in Altadena we have lots of these anomalies no matter how fancy the neighborhood. But flickering lights at night? I'd try the Sheriff on that one.

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  19. This neighborhood? it'd be yard schlock.

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  20. Albert doesn't have to take names. After he kicks ass, he'll just keep them there for whoever has to take the names on his behalf.

    And I'll kick in to get that IROC to Bandit. "You don't steer it - you aim it." Great line.

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  21. Run it up to the outfit that holds the note, or bundled derivative of same, on this property.

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  23. As I was saying or typing (does anyone type anymore?), I may have seen your friendly neighbors car on television! Can't recall if it was a drama. or maybe just on the news.

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  24. I'd appreciate it if you quit taking pictures of my property for your dang blob. You're gonna hafta giddup purdy early to...

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  25. Maybe it's a poltergeist.

    Will this piece be in your book?

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  26. Patrizzi, please refer to the next KB blog piece to see about that getting up part.

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  27. Thank you, Doris. I'll do that right away.

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  28. I think Bellis is on to something with that mural idea. In the meantime, let me know if Albert needs reinforcements. Louise would be happy to oblige.

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  29. Albert looks like a lover, not a fighter. If you do have to call someone, let's hope it's the fire department rather than the police.

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