Maitai’s Musings

Maitai’s Musings

TomI’ll post some random thoughts here that occur to me…randomly.  Makes sense to me!

Homes Sweet Homes: Bungalow Heaven Home Tour – Pasadena

Homes Sweet Homes:  Bungalow Heaven 2017 Home Tour – Pasadena Wow, has it already been a year?  If you love to view the interior of historic homes (and not be arrested for trespassing) while strolling along beautiful tree-lined streets, then the 28th Annual Bungalow Heaven Home Tour on Sunday, April 30, is right up your driveway.  Oh, and the gorgeous exterior of houses you will see along the way make for a fantastic day. The theme for the 2017 Tour is “It’s All In the Details” and “celebrates beautiful wood, tile, concrete and brick that skilled artisans used in Bungalow Heaven’s many characteristic Arts & Crafts-era, Spanish revival and English-style homes.” Here is your brief Bungalow Heaven history lesson. Bungalow … Read more…

Global Entry

Coming Home! Global Entry It takes something special for me to wake up at 5 a.m. on a holiday morning, but that’s exactly what Tracy and I did this past Labor Day.  As it turned out, the lack of more holiday sleep was well worth our time.  In May of this year, we finally decided to apply for the Global Entry card so that we could, hopefully, avoid the long lines coming back from outside the country into the United States at Los Angeles International Airport.  On one of our recent trips, when we arrived at LAX, the process took just about two hours from the time we hit Passport Control until we finally exited the terminal. We completed the … Read more…

Down The Rabbit Hole & Back: MaiTaiTom’s True Near-Death Saga

Down The Rabbit Hole & Back:  MaiTaiTom’s True Near-Death Saga Many of my friends who subscribe to this website know my 2010 Hospital Journey To Hell & Back all too well (they lived this story through emails, phone calls and visits).  I was admitted to the Huntington Hospital in Pasadena on September 11, 2010, and didn’t see my home again until Christmas Eve, and although I wouldn’t want to relive this adventure, it was, as Mr. Spock would say, “Fascinating.”  I thought I would put my “near death” story out there (hey, misery loves company). Unbeknownst to me, when I was admitted to the hospital that Saturday afternoon, I was headed to the literal Death Valley.  I believe my story can … Read more…

A Look Inside Disneyland’s “Mysterious” Club 33

A Look Inside Disneyland’s “Mysterious” Club 33 December 12, 2015 –  For the past few years, Tracy and I have been lucky enough to be invited by my longtime friends Craig and his wife Julie to partake in a Christmas feast at the “mysterious” Club 33 restaurant inside Disneyland.  Yes, that’s the place where you can actually get a cocktail inside the park, although Club 33 is so much more than that. Our first trip to Club 33 was back in 2011, when we were joined by Melinda and the late-great Bob, our wonderful, long-time friend who passed away one day before we were planning to go in 2012.  Needless to say, none of us were in the mood to … Read more…

Pumpkin Power – RISE Of The Jack O’ Lanterns

Pumpkin Power – RISE Of The Jack O’ Lanterns October 4, 2015 – The thought of spending an evening with a bunch of children looking at Halloween decorations would not usually equate to a fun-filled experience for me, however I made an exception last night when we visited Descanco Gardens in nearby La Cañada Flintridge. We were there to witness the end of the first weekend of the RISE Of The Jack O’ Lanterns (yes, Halloween comes early). Despite some initial confusion where people were lining up to enter (thanks to a rather clueless worker), the event turned out far better than I expected. Now in its second year (I was going to go last year but spent the night … Read more…

Pops Goes The Music – The Pasadena POPS That Is

Pops Goes The Music – The Pasadena POPS That Is One of the great joys of summer here in Southern California are the warm summer nights under the stars where Tracy and I can enjoy the Pasadena POPS at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia (a wonderful spot that I have highlighted in California Dreaming).                                 This is our second year of season tickets, and there has yet to be a disappointment. A brief history: The Pasadena Symphony Orchestra, which plays classical concerts at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium from the fall through the spring, was founded in 1928. According to its website, “In Fall 2007, the Pasadena Symphony incorporated the Pasadena POPS into its Association under the … Read more…