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Disaster Prepping w/ Leadership Pasadena 2013

Sometimes I wonder if anyone is really reading my tweets and my blog. Then I find out that you not only read them both, but you are actually going to those events that I am talking about.  Thank you! I do it for you. I do it for Pasadena.  This next post is from my new friend Maria who read one of my tweets and decided to take in a disaster preparation class that I mentioned. Reading her post makes me feel like I should have attended too…Enjoy.

I have a confession:  I’ve never used a fire extinguisher. By Maria Rohmer

The embarrassing thing is it never concerned me.  Sure there was always one around, and sure, I knew where to find it.  But to pick one up and put out a fire where seconds could mean the difference between safety and destruction, life or death?  Nope.  I could picture myself in a fire situation fumbling with the tank, losing precious time and I didn’t want that on my conscience.  The older I got I disliked this fact more.  So when I found out about a fire and disaster preparedness training class thanks to Mr. Pasadena’s twitter I decided to do something about it.

My secret shame and I showed up to class at the senior center on Holly Street.  The training event was part of a day-long community fair hosted by Leadership Pasadena, a local and superbly run organization.  It was attended by members of our local fire department and EMT’s.  What resulted was an exchange of helpful and life-saving tips presented by some wonderful teachers sincere in their desire to impart their best advice from years of experience on the job.  It was a marvelous success.

Following an initial lecture jam packed with basic (and quite genius) information on ways to begin preparing for possible disaster, classes were split into three training groups.  Two groups went outside where one learned about shutting off water and gas lines during disasters.  I mean think about it – how many of us even know where to look for this stuff?  I didn’t and it just felt unacceptable.  These valves are right outside our homes and not impossible to access.  They are part of a pool of basic things we need to know to be safe and prepared.

The second group was instructed on how to safely move heavy objects (think felled tree trunks, walls or shelves).  Imagine a family member or neighbor getting pinned down and unable to move.  How do you safely set about releasing them?  Well, thanks to our firemen we learned how.  All it takes are a few solid wood blocks, a pry bar, steady hand and good partner (if available) and you can move 4000 lbs or more.  Believe it.  I saw the demonstration.

The division into smaller groups made for a casual and intimate feel.  Participants felt at ease asking questions from the mundane to the very serious.  We took notes, we shared information, and we laughed.  In spite of the heavy subject I was actually enjoying myself.

The last class was about (tah-dah!) understanding and using fire extinguishers.  I faintly remembered fire extinguishers came in different class types.  What I didn’t know is they come in 5 different ones: A-B-C-D and K (the newest one).  The letters are clearly marked on the appropriate extinguisher to alert users what kind of fire it can put out.  If the wrong kind is used on a particular type of fire then it won’t work and can potentially cause a worse fire.  A few minutes spent reading a pamphlet online or attending a similar class can make all the difference here.  The final part of this class included using a fire extinguisher to put out a mini-fire set up by our instructors.  The hands-on approach was meant to remove the intimidation factor.  It worked.

I learned operating a fire extinguisher is a simple process.  Too simple to be called a process, really.  It’s just a matter of following the PASS rule which I’d love to share with you:

Pull the safety pin locking the handle.

Aim the nozzle or hose from a safe distance.

Squeeze the grip handle.

Sweep out the fire with a back and forth “sweeping” motion.

And you’re done.  Easy peasy!  In fact everything we learned was simple.  After our three hour training course I walked out feeling enough confidence that if and when disaster strikes I’ll be part of those able to offer assistance.  I’ll have the advantage of information, and I definitely won’t be stuck fumbling with the fire extinguisher.  I’ll be part of those finding solutions while emergency crews are busy saving lives.

For information on Leadership Pasadena contact:  leadershippasadena.org or 626-577-2296

For information on enhanced disaster training and CPR classes contact:  redcross.org or 626-799-0841

For questions about the Senior Center contact:  pasadenaseniorcenter.org or 626-795-4331


Are You Naughty Or Nice In Old Pasadena?


Whether you are naughty or nice this year, Old Pasadena shops, restaurants, gyms, and salons are offering you massive holiday savings! Over 35 Old Pasadena merchants are participating, giving you the best deals for your holiday shopping until December 24th.  Plus many merchants are hosting holiday events with fun, festive giveaways.

Interested in great deals while dining out with friends and family?  Old Pasadena has you covered: Slater’s 50/50 and Tortas Mexico are offering free desserts, Equator is hosting $1 martinis, while Bad Sushi is giving 50% off with a Yelp or Facebook check in.  Want to get in shape for the holidays?  Why not take advantage of Asylum Gym’s complimentary small group personal training session, or Bar Method’s half off premium membership.  Lineage Performing Arts Center is also offering half off dance classes throughout the season.  And if you want a lovely holiday portrait of you and your family, Classic Kids Photography has incredible deals on mini sittings at 60% off.  Enjoy exclusive savings at popular independent and nationally known retailers throughout Old Pasadena, including The Container Store, Lula Mae, Eileen Fisher, Blick Art Materials, Jenette Bras, Bird Pick Tea & Herb, Old Town Music, Crowned City Sports, and many more.   All in all, Old Pasadena has everything you need for a lovely holiday season at great prices.  Plus Old Pasadena offers free 90 minute parking close to all the action at the Schoolhouse, Marriott and De Lacey parking garages.

For more information including all participating merchants and restaurants as well as a download of all the exclusive special offers, giveaways and promotions please visit www.oldpasadena.org/holiday  For further information on parking in Old Pasadena visit www.oldpasadena.org/map.asp

Holiday Photos On The Pasadena Trolley


                Looking for a unique setting for your holiday photo this year?  How about sending greetings from Pasadena, with a family photo in the Vintage Trolley prop at Pasadena Museum of History? I loved this idea so much that I had to take my Holiday photo there as well!

Decorated for the season in festive greenery and ribbons, the standup prop was created by photographer Steve Crise, co-curator with Michael Patris of the exhibition  Pacific Electric Railway, Then and Now.  Bring your family and your camera to the Museum at your convenience — the trolley is accessible seven days a week, from 12:00 Noon until 5:00 pm. at Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena 91103.

While you are at PMH, treat yourselves to the current exhibits:  Pacific Electric Railway, Then and Now and What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been: 35 Years of the Doo Dah Parade, open Wednesdays through Sundays, from Noon to 5:00 pm. The Museum Store is holiday-ready, too, full of great gift ideas as well as official Tournament of Roses merchandise.  Public tours of the elegant Fenyes Mansion resume on December 7 and will be offered every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 12:15 pm.  In addition, PMH will welcome one and all to our free Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 2, from Noon to 5:00 pm.  For a complete schedule of activities, admission prices, hours, directions, and more, please visit www.pasadenahistory.org or call 626.577.1660, ext. 10.

Holiday Shopping For A Cause

Mr Pasadena says-” I think it’s important that we all give back to the community and those charities that we know and love.  I think Jacob Maarse is on to something here and I fully support their efforts”


The Original Tops Celebrates 60 Years

The Original Tops on East Colorado in Pasadena, celebrates its 60th anniversary with a TOPS Special “special.”  To thank the loyal customers that have helped make The Original Tops a Pasadena institution since 1952, the popular TOPS Special will be sold for 60 cents (regular price $6.29) on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20

 The TOPS Special – one of the most popular items on The Original Tops’ menu – is a ¼ lb. Old Fashioned Hamburger (with lettuce, fresh tomatoes, sweet red onion, dill pickle and homemade Thousand Island Dressing), topped with Tops’ Famous Pastrami, Mustard and American Cheese.    

 Have a personal story or special memories about your experiences at the Original Tops?  As part of the 60th anniversary celebration, the restaurant is also encouraging fans to post their personal Tops stories on their Facebook page, for a chance to win $60 gift cards.  Look for more information on the Facebook page.    

 About The Original Tops

The Original Tops, celebrating 60 years in business, is a restaurant steeped in history and tradition and a local symbol of the “American dream.”  Founded by a hard working immigrant from Greece, Steven Bicos, who sought out to provide good “family food,” this former old school coffee shop turned bustling walk-up window was one of the first pioneers to create the fast casual concept of true American dining.  Today, the restaurant, now owned by Steven’s sons John and Chris, still prides itself in making everything “from scratch,” using the freshest ingredients and staying true to the philosophy of homemade food at reasonable prices. 

“They say you only turn 60 once. So my recommendation is to be there on Oct. 19th and or the 20th and order the Tops Special. It’s great at it’s regular price, but at 60 cents it is a special NOT TO BE MISSED.  Cheers to Tops on turning 60!” –Mr. Pasadena


Every Thursday in the months of September and October, Old Pasadena merchants will offer special discounts and promotions to Pasadena residents as well as those who work in Pasadena during Old Pasadena’s Locals Only Thursdays.  Old Pasadena’s Locals Only Thursdays draws thousands of Pasadena residents and workers to Old Pasadena to enjoy a wide range of in-store giveaways and promotions including massive exclusive sales.

Restaurants; stores; coffee, tea and dessert shops; and spas and beauty salons throughout Old Pasadena will offer special giveaways and exclusive savings. Old Pasadena’s finest merchants including Forever 21, The Body Shop, Eileen Fisher, Intelligentsia, The Luggage Room Pizzeria, Vertical Wine Bistro, Lather, The Loved One, Blick Art Materials, Sushi Roku, and many more are offering thousands of dollars in savings, and many are offering free gifts to customers.

Residents can show their driver’s license or electricity bill to receive the discounts and promotions every Thursday throughout the months of September and October.  Pasadena workers need to present a business card showing a Pasadena address to their workplace to also receive the special deals.

Mr. Pasadena says: ” This a great time for great deals for Pasadena workers and residence. Take FULL advantage of this opportunity to flash the driver’s licence or business card. The more you take advantage of this locals only time better the chance it will be back next year.”

For more information including all participating merchants and restaurants as well as a download of all the exclusive special offers, giveaways and promotions please visit www.oldpasadena.org/localsonly


The Old Pasadena Management District (OPMD) is a non-profit business organization that creatively plans, manages and develops Old Pasadena as a unique, authentic and vibrant downtown experience. The OPMD currently contracts with the City of Pasadena to manage the Old Pasadena Business Improvement District (BID). The BID enhances the basic City services by funding district-wide security, marketing, and maintenance programs to provide a clean, safe vibrant downtown experience.

Curiousity Burger Is Landing At The Original TOPS!

TOPS Special the “Curiosity Burger” here for a limted time

I just got word from my friends over at TOPS and I wanted to share the “out of this world” news!    

In celebration of the latest progress announced by Pasadena’s very own Jet Propulsion Laboratory and its historical Curiosity rover mission on Mars, another Pasadena institution, The Original Tops, is renaming its popular TOPS Special the “Curiosity Burger” from Thursday, August 23 through Sunday, August 26. 

 Additionally, to honor those hard-working JPL staffers on Martian time (working an extra 40 minutes a day), The Original Tops will give away a free Curiosity Burger to anyone presenting an official JPL ID.  Just ask for the Curiosity Burger and show your badge to The Original Tops staff.   

 The Curiosity Burger (a.k.a. the TOPS Special) is a ¼ lb. Old Fashioned Hamburger (with lettuce, fresh tomatoes, sweet red onion, dill pickle and homemade Thousand Island Dressing), topped with Famous Pastrami, Mustard and American Cheese.    

 About The Original Tops

The Original Tops, a Pasadena institution since 1952, prides itself in using the freshest ingredients and staying true to the philosophy of homemade food at reasonable prices.  Once an old school coffee shop turned bustling walk-up window, The Original Tops was one of the first pioneers to create the fast casual concept of true American dining. 

 The Original Tops

3838 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107

(626) 449-4412