Posted in Altadena, Around Town

Pizza of Venice

Pizza of Venice has arrived in Altadena, CA.  It’s been around long enough to garner rave reviews on Yelp.

Say what you will about economic recovery.  When a place like Pizza of Venice opens on Fair Oaks Avenue in Altadena, there’s good reason to rejoice.


When the “Fungi” pizza goes for $7.00 (the one on the left), there’s even more reason to rejoice (mushrooms, caramelized onions, goat cheese, no sauce).  The chicken curry pizza on the left (the special on the day I visited) was $13.00.  It was appropriately spicy and delicious.

Congrats to Sean and Jamie, the owners.  Shout out to Leo for his expertise in the kitchen.


Pizza of Venice, 2545 N. Fair Oaks Avenue, Altadena, CA 91001.  Telephone: 626-765-9636.

Posted in Altadena, Let's Get Visual

Ronnie’s Automotive

Pasadena Twitter meet-up erratum:  Paging Mlle Gramophone…Mlle Gramophone, please step this way for debriefing. We told 9 people you are here when you’re really here. So I’m here with a shout out to Mocha Momma, LeahPeah, Pa Kettle, Go and Go, Adrienne, JSPepper, the Everyday Goddess, and Serena. Please understand that when Mlle G says bscan she really means dbscan as in Daily Brain Scan. Twitter here.

Ahem. Now, some photos by The Scout.

At Ronnie’s Automotive in Altadena, CA, looking toward the Coffee Gallery across the street. I love the Coffee Gallery, even if they do play music (which I find distracting when I’m trying to work).



What year is it?


Here is the mythical man of my dreams.


You see, I have owned my Subaru for over ten years now, and I still don’t have a mechanic who I trust. Going to a dealership is pricey. Finding someone in SoCal who knows Subarus is dicey. Subarus are somewhat rare in SoCal, unlike the Northeast and the Northwest and for all I know the middle north in between.


Here she was her prime (photo credit: Edmunds). Now she’s got dents, and a bit of a putt-putt sound, and some squeaks too. I’m over 215,000 miles and I want this baby to make it to at least 250,000, if not 300,000 if not (gasp!) 500,000. But I’m going to need a Subaru expert to get me there. Or am I mistaken…is familiarity with Subarus not needed? I’ve been to this guy in Orange County, but it seems silly to go so far.

Have you found your mythical mechanic? Are you living happily ever after?

Posted in Around Town

Hello MTA 762

Monday, 30 June was the first day for one of MTA‘s newest Rapid lines, the 762. (Sorry to be persistent with the randy date format, but we on this continent are ever so far behind.)

I don’t think Rapid is an acronym. How refreshing.

I read about the new 762 line last week while at a bus stop. Like any good me-o-centric Pasadenan, I was dismayed to learn that this new line doesn’t go as far north as Woodbury Road.

Being the sporting type, I took the 762 yesterday anyway. While on the bus, I picked up a copy of the schedule. According to the graphic on the cover, the 762 runs from Artesia to Altadena.

I know you can’t quite see the word at the top of the squiggly line. Trust me, at the northern tip of what looks like erectile dysfunction it says Altadena. No offense to Altadena, of course. It’s just that the MTA doesn’t know where you are.

Actually, the new 762 bus line ends at Fair Oaks and Washington. Last I checked, that intersection is in Pasadena.

The driver told me that she’s been with “the company” for 19 years. Yesterday was the first time she drove a “Rapid” bus. She could see that people were afraid to get on it.

Here’s what it looks like inside an MTA bus on the first day of new service at rush hour:

Shot taken around 18:30. (I’m not being militaristic here. That’s how the rest of the world tells time.)

Don’t scroll back up. You read it correctly. The MTA’s printed bus schedule for the new 762 Rapid line indicates that it goes to Altadena.

It doesn’t.

For what it’s worth, the 762 does not stop at Memorial Park Station either. The closest the bus gets to that Gold Line station (which is located on E. Holly Street at Arroyo Parkway) is Fair Oaks and Colorado. Yahoo maps tells me that the station is .22 miles from Fair Oaks and Colorado.