Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Camera FOUND! Pictures of Comic-Con opening night and Pasadena

The Camera has been found!

We went right from driving down to Comic-Con, entered the Exhibitor’s Hall as it opened (the rows are like streets starting at 0, 100, 200, up to 5000+: Section 400-1400 is books and publishers, while 3000-4000 was entertainment and major producers). The Exhibitors hall has a mix as everything from penguin and Little Brown are there having signings with free books to lines to get autographs of everyone from the directors and WW from the show Middleman, to Spike from Buffy and Booth from the series Bones. Plus there are games being exhibited and new series being advertised so a touch of E3 as well where games not available are shown as well as signed books not released for months.

I did not appreciate how empty the aisles the first night were as I browsed manga (the bad where the camera was found when packing to leave). I then wheeled over to various sections advertising things like Salt with Angelina Jolie and other films (with real movie or set props). I also didn’t realize that much of the items on the counters, like special artist drawn and stitched book bags were merely ‘give-aways’ for first night people. The SWAG was what everyone but me was grabbing, which included free DVD’s, books, postcards, bookbags, toys and more. The next morning the Director of Pan’s Labyrinth was there but only those in a lottery got to see him and get a signing. I didn’t win.

I did however wander by Square Enix which was advertising their new game in full wall widescreen, along with some Anime set releases. I was offered to play new PS3 and X360 games but turned them down (I didn’t know there would be a line later) and took a look at where people could ‘lift a car’ using a prop car for the new show ‘The Ordinary Family’ about a family of superhero’s (Big theme, also the new Zombie TV show coming out).

On the way down and back we stopped at Pasadena, my ‘home town’ though since my parents moved 18 times between moving from and then back to Victoria, I am not sure what is home. We bought what little furniture from my teen years is left from the parents. So I guess our table is ‘home’. But Pasadena is important to me, where I grew up for almost 10 years. Here is the ‘famous from film’ Pasadena city hall just down from the library. I had stopped to make sure the library had NOT changed over the years. Because THIS was my library, hardwood checkout desk, tapestries and all.
I found the children’s reading room (which I was encourage to leave after finishing the entire summer reading program in less than a week) the same, they only changed some shelving but kept it all the Walnut of the original from the 1920’s.

Here is one of the reference rooms where I used to drag out large books of the first 20 years of superman or batman to read at home. It is the essence of a reading room to me and influences not only how I think about books but about book spaces. My bookstore had hardwood bookshelves and open spaces, my home has dark wood bookshelves and open spaces. This library defined how I looked at books. It was odd rolling past where the Louis L’Amour westerns should be to find they had MOVED them.

We went by the Wrigley Mansion where Mr. Wrigley of Wrigley’s chewing gum lived and where I had jogged past on my way down to the Rose Bowl for training runs
(there is a VERY steep hill on the street by his house, great for training).

We also stopped by the NEW and upscale downtown to Chado’s Tea Room. It reminded me of a tea merchant I went to in Lisbon, Portugal who kept the tea from around the world, sold there for hundreds of years in wooden boxes. Chado’s has a book of 40 pages of teas plus special blends that are not in the book. The owners wrote ‘The Tea Encyclopedia’ and OWN a tea plantation themselves in India. Chado only uses the top tip and first and second leaf, the top three grades of tea possible. They also sell a very enticing collection of teapots.
We bought some tea, as what better gift than some top quality tea from the source, having smelled the 5 pounds of tin in the bin before buying, then ordering by the ounce. It was fun and addictive, and without the help of the tea seller it would have been hopeless as Earl Grey Blends (including dating back to 1814) have more than a page.
That was part of our stop in Pasadena on the way to Comi-Con and the ‘lost’ pictures including those of my library, a place of refuge from LA heat and of finding out how many books I could carry away – I would have them stacked so they were above my head when I carried them – oh, just 25+ books at a time.

We are off to Yosemite, just wanted, with some internet access to let you know what was going on and share a bit of Comi-Con, my past, a gorgeous library and specialty tea house with you.


Baba Yaga said...

Hooray for the finding of the camera. & I hope you managed *some* swag, at least.

That is what a library should be. That skylight is rather a fine detail. As for finishing the entire summer reading program in less than a week, it makes perfect sense to me: 'though the idiotish reponse of adults to children who do such things doesn't.

yanub said...

Wow! You found your camera! Even on a trip full of amazement, that you would be able to find a lost camera at Comic Con is astounding!

The Pasadena library looks astoundingly well maintained. I'm impressed that budget cuts haven't left it a shambles. Good for them, putting a priority on libraries!

SharonMV said...

So glad you found the camera! That made my day. Now you can take some great pictures at yosemite. And loved seeing the pics of your library. I remember my childhood library & having to convince my librarian to let me start checking out books from the adult section when I was about 12. Did the summer reading program too.


cheryl g said...

I really liked the library in Pasadena and could happily spend weeks there. It seemed like a good place to spend a great deal of childhood and adulthood.

When Linda opened the bag and found the camera I was so relieved and happy for you. Travelling means waking into unfamiliar surroundings every time you sleep. Having the things you know (camera, chair, lap top, Linda, ring) probably make that less scarey.

I was trying to describe the scale of the exhibit hall and the crowds at work today but I just couldn't convey how big a space and how full of people it was.

Aviatrix said...

Yes! My camera-finding optimism was not misplaced.

Olivia said...

I'm so glad the camera wasn't lost after all. And I love that library, so beautiful.

wendryn said...

I love the library! Of course, I almost always love libraries, but the space in that one is very nice. The tea store looks like a place worth going, too.

I'm glad you got to visit a good thing from childhood.

Neil said...

Oh Frabjous Day! Calloo, Callay! You found the camera!! Huzzah!

I know why you found it: I found one on ebay for $78 US. Oh, don't worry, I didn't bid on it, but I was going to have Oldest Son keep an eye out for one for you.

Gorgeous photos of the library, dear; I'm so happy that you're having a good time. Drive carefully, take lots of photos, and keep the posts short so you don't have to work so hard on them. Just enough to let us know you're okay is fine by me. :)

Love and zen hugs,

Lorna, Bob and Liam said...

It's all amazing...that you found your camera, the library, the tea room, the Con... I have total road trip envy.

This is slightly mitigated by the fact I'm writing from an internet cafe in Ashland, Oregon, where we are visiting my 89-years-old aunt. The oldest Shakespeare festival in North America is here, and we were able to take 11-years-old Liam to "Twelfth Night" in the outdoor reproduction of the Globe theatre. We're here for a couple more days then back to Vancouver Island.

Enjoy Yosemite and whatever else you find... you always seem to scout out the interesting, beautiful and unusual, and we all appreciate seeing and hearing about it! Cheers!

Cereus-Sphinx said...


I'm so glad you found your camera.

That's one worry gone!

An San Diego was lovely.

Raccoon said...

just a quick little note to say that yes, the convention was amazing. You got stuff from preview night, I think I managed to go down six rows.

Neil, to envision the sheer scope of the event... 125,000 people. I've got some pictures that I'll be posting, hopefully this weekend.

The actors, the vendors, some of the amazing displays, the cosplay in almost every genre...

It is so easy to forget the basics in a situation like that! Food, fluid, and fatigue...

Elizabeth McClung said...

Baba Yaga: I started late but I had gusto and targeted the 'swag' I wanted with my couple hours there every other day (since going wipes me out for a day). So I did get some free hardcover signed books, some free sketches from artists (you wait in line and they do a free sketch for you) and a signiture from Moto, the mother of Shojo manga (and yaoi!) in my book I brought with me.

I totally agree, I was hoping the years had not changed my library - it had, they no longer do loans of records (I used to take out comedy records).

Yanub: I was also impressed, I don't know where all the money comes from as they have a small store but it is a significant thing to have such a beautiful library with no carving in the wood or graffitti. Glad something from my youth remains as I remember.

SharonMV: I will do my best at Yosemite!

I think the library of our youth is always 'special' so I wasn't sure if this library really was until Linda and Cheryl's reactions showed it. What is odd is that is is NOT a Carnegie Library but 100 years old, private funding - I guess that's why pasadena has so many Frank Llyod Wright houses and Green and Green houses.

Cheryl: I love the library and wished I had the time to show you the series I read there - that was where I first started reading books with gorey illustrations and John Bellairs, House with the clock in its walls. Also the half magic series, and others, as you say, they have an amazing collection.

Comicon was huge and strange and the Klingon Cafe Day and the walking forever to try to get from he 600's to Nene Thomas at 4700 seemed like an adventure quest (you are losing hit points due to exhaustion and hunger....).

Aviatrix: I am glad you kept up hope. I will show parts of nature today in the new blog with NEW camera pictures.

Olivia: I love beautiful old wood, and am so glad they did not rip it all out and put in plastic or something else as emotionally devestating - what did you think of the tea merchant?

Wendryn: They offered free iced tea of the day special while we shopped and had a small day resturant as well but mostly tea purchases. Linda bought tea and a strainer, but now needs a teapot!

Neil: $78 would be an amazing deal and almost worth getting as Amazon it is cheapest at $599 and that is about the only other place I can find it.

Lorna, Bob, Liam: I hope your trip goes well. Linda was "That's on, ah, I was hoping to avoid that traffic!" - I am glad we went to the best parts of my memory and the NEW old town of pasadea, though I do miss all the old bookshops.

Cereus-Sphinx - Yes, it was, I wish we could have gone to old town with you but the gems were amazing, the earth sure has lovely diversity. The heat there was hot but okay compared to the 101 degrees of the central california the last two days, very taxing, heading back to 70's as soon as possible.

Raccoon: Ahh, the cosplay pictures, I am inspired to make a cosplay post of about 30 pictures when I get back, though like you I probably have far, far more. I loved the children who were Halo or Supergirl or batman.

FridaWrites said...

That is a beautiful library! And those teapots--drool.

You sound like me about the free bags: "wait! where did everyone else get those cool bags?" I hope you got some free swag.

Enjoy Yosemite--if you change some of the pictures to black and white, you can pretend you're Ansel Adams.

Lene Andersen said...

Woo! Congrats on finding your camera again!

Spike? Spike was there??? Sorry. I have a huge crush. On a fictional character. Who's a mythological creature. Do know how to pick 'em, don't I?

I love your story of the tea shop - it reminded me of when I was a child, about once a month or so going with my mother into the town next to ours to buy tea. The shop wasn't as big as the one you wrote about, it was small and there was tins of tea everywhere. Walking into it enveloped you in exotic scents and while the proprietor mixed my parents' tea - knowing them well enough to know what blend they took - I'd wander around, lost in things to see and things to smell. And at the end came the best part, because the shop owner would give me a cookie from the big glass jar on the counter. They were very special cookies, glazed with icing in different colors and I'd happily munch it as we walked out of the shop and down the street again. Never had that kind of cookie anywhere else. Your story brought the whole experience back to me.

also thanks for sharing your story about the wonderful library. I could positively smell the aroma of the books and I bet the floor creaks in that way old hardwood floors creak. And if it doesn't, don't tell me - I like the image in my head. ;)

Kate J said...

I really liked the library. It reminded me somewhat of the school library at my high school - happy memories of hours spent there... on the odd, lucky, occasions when I managed to get excused sport! Lots of wood... books somehow 'taste' better when the shelves are real wood, aren't they?!
I'm about to spend a few days with our mutual friend KathZ! She's coming to visit me in Wales today. Maybe we'll post a joint comment for you.
Enjoy the rest of the road trip, it really does sound fabulous, and places I'm never likely to go, either!
Love & peace

Elizabeth McClung said...

Sorry for the lack of blogs, it turns out do NOT trust the back of the map book when it says driving will take '5 hours' (that means it will take 12 hours or something). With me navigating and Linda driving, we get there at 10 pm to midnight and fall unconcious until the next day. But I am putting up the yosemite post today (or really the Mariposa post, a part of Yosemite with the big trees up at 6,000 feet).

Lisa: I am glad you saw the movie theatres you grew up in, going back to Pasadena was like that for me, odd what was left still, and odder what had changed.

Kate J: I do like the darkwood and what a wonderful light in the children's section, I was distressed as these were the pictures and thus memories that were lost when the camera was lost. But back now. Ha. Have fun with Kathz. Go Wales.

Lene: The hardwood floors do creak, in fact I was very disappointed in the adult section when they took out the single floor and made it into four floors as the original walnut floor which creaked as you walked/wheel was replaced by the tile, which just was not the same. Thankfully nothing else had been changed including the Peter Pan fireplace (show that later).

Frida: I hadn't thought about doing that. Must try.