I wish everyone joy in this holiday season! Christmas is the holiday my family is inclined to celebrate, but whichever festival/holiday/celebration you observe, I wish you glad tidings!
Life in Los Angeles with my family has been low-key and sunny and wonderful with the exception of Christmas morning, which is turning out to be grey, misty, and rainy. Boo. It’s odd being back in my old neighbourhood with a few years behind me; there are buildings that weren’t here when I was in high school and buildings that are now gone. Still, the core of Pasadena is unchanged, especially this: The Fair Oaks Pharmacy.
First opened in 1915 and on the historic Route 66, the Fair Oaks Pharmacy is an old-fashioned soda fountain/pharmacy on the corner of Mission St. and Fair Oaks Ave. that my family and I have been frequenting since I was a child. The decor has changed a little since I was a seven (no more swinging hips Elvis clock and no more unicycling monkey riding back and forth across the ceiling), but it is, in essence, still the same.
Only in Los Angeles can you go out for ice cream in December. I got my usual, a scoop of cookies ‘n’ cream ice cream on a cake cone. I ate it the way I usually do as well: slowly licking around the edges until it gets down flat on top of the cone, at which I nibble until a bit of ice cream appears, and then repeat the process until it’s all gone. It takes me about an hour to finish eating but I am instantly a little kid again when I do so.
The other day I took my dog Tuxedo for a long walk around the neighbourhood and stopped by my old alma mater along the way.
A Tour Through Mayfield Senior School
Isn’t it pretty? Is there no wonder I loved high school to bits?