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Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Los Angeles: it's all limousines and jacarandas

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This household of doctors didn't achieve verticality until 3:00 PM. We went in search of noodles, and by dint of the awesome power of our combined intellects, located some tasty udon on Fair Oaks. We ate in companionable silence, not for any lack of topics of discussion, but because of the awesome power of our combined hangovers. We drank vast quantities of tea. As we skipped homeward, we paused to compete on the big kid swings in the park (result: stalemate due to nausea) and to stomp the fallen masses of purple jacaranda flowers and crunchy dried leaves. We came back to the house and I finished the first draft of my paper, leaving me free to wake late this morning, read a newspaper over a huge pancake breakfast and snort at the French. It's shaping up to be a good day.
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[User Picture]From: chickenfeet2003
2005-05-30 19:27 (UTC)
read a newspaper over a huge pancake breakfast and snort at the French

One should snort at the french at every available opportunity
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-05-31 15:54 (UTC)
Particularly when they, the champions of European unity, vote against a European constitution drafted by one of their own ex-presidents. The irony, it slays me.
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[User Picture]From: opheliablue
2005-05-30 20:07 (UTC)
That is such a beautiful photo :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-05-31 15:56 (UTC)
Thank you. I wanted to get a good shot of the jacarandas that completely line Del Mar from Lake to Fair Oaks. When I saw the limo, I decided it was a sign. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: tharine
2005-05-30 20:17 (UTC)
*loves this post*
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-05-31 16:00 (UTC)
It loves you too.
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[User Picture]From: leidan
2005-05-31 02:35 (UTC)
Thanks. It's cool to see a photo of good ol' Pasadena sometimes. I can even place where that is.
I do miss it sometimes (and others not).
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-05-31 16:03 (UTC)
Del Mar, just a little east of Los Robles.
I know what you mean. Most of the time I remember Los Angeles without much fondness, but when I'm back in Pasadena, I love it. It's beautiful here.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-05-31 16:09 (UTC)
I've added you as well.
I love San Fran. Marco (my boyfriend) and I used to go there once a year when we were in California, just to spend a week eating, clubbing and used-book shopping.
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[User Picture]From: sadira42
2005-05-31 14:43 (UTC)
Those are pretty flowers.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-05-31 16:12 (UTC)
They don't really have any scent, which is too bad, but there's one street here that has magnolias interspersed with the jacarandas, and it's heavenly.
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[User Picture]From: bellelaqueen
2005-05-31 15:00 (UTC)
Oh to be able to drive on a wide street! (that isn't a motorway).
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-05-31 22:40 (UTC)
Where the streets are laid out in a grid pattern, too.
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[User Picture]From: bellelaqueen
2005-06-01 18:32 (UTC)
grid pattern *drools*
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[User Picture]From: smallfurry
2005-05-31 16:19 (UTC)
Jacarandas...so pretty, so deadly to the paint job of your car. I disagree about the smell, for some reason, they always smelled like flea powder to me, and made me a little allergic.

I miss Pasadena too...especially the food!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-05-31 22:45 (UTC)
The flowers do tend to glue themselves permanently to anything they touch. I never thought they smelled like anything. You must have a preternaturally sensitive nose.

We went to a new Himalayan place on Union for group lunch today. Good buffet, outstanding rice pudding, $7. Woo!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-05-31 23:22 (UTC)
You could always wrap the trunk in heating tape and set up a thermocouple controller and a webcam, so you could monitor it from inside the house.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-06-01 17:14 (UTC)
Eh, you're only frightened for 2d4 rounds. You should be fine in a minute.
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