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Just a Reminder…

Picture 3Immigration requires a certain daring and initiative.

From where I sit, these are virtues.

Imagine our nation awash with the virtuous.

And then there’s this:

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

So let’s all relax a little.

With compliments – and happy Thanksgiving (from the descendent of an immigrant).


The Americanist Independent

Old (Really Old) Town Pasadena

Picture 6Things have changed a lot in Pasadena since the city’s early years. I’m not sure you can still get lumber on Colorado Blvd. But you could in 1880. My guess is that lumber and other building supplies were in high demand during this era. The 1880s saw a Southern California boom cycle and cities like Pasadena were growing exponentially. Picture 7

One thing is for sure – Colorado Blvd quickly gained a reputation for bad traffic. Did the powers that be ever get a handle on that? Well…I’ve seen worse. Here’s the same general area today – known as “Old Town Pasadena.” I think I can even see a parking space.

With compliments,