|Spencer and a couple of books he likes to read while we're at work.|
The first book is "Southern California Story: Seeking the Better Life in Sierra Madre," written by historian Michele Zack, and published by the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society, not long after the city's 100th anniversary. (The link leads to an order form from the Historical Preservation Society.) Locally, it's also available at Lizzie's Trail Inn, Sierra Fitness, Savor the Flavor, Sierra Madre Public Library, Vromans (Hastings Ranch & Pasadena), Mary’s Market and Arnold’s Hardware. Lots of interesting stuff to learn about!
The other book is called "Southern California in the 50's: Sun, Fun and Fantasy," by Charles Phoenix. If you don't know about him, and you enjoy Mid-Century Modern or Googie-Style, or even if you just grew up in the 50's, 60's, or 70's, he's well worth checking out. His website bills him as "Showman, Author, Humorist, Ambassador of Americana." He is all of these things and more, and his shows are Not To Be Missed events. Charles' slideshows are culled from thousands of "other people's vacation slides" that he first began picking up in thrift stores several years ago, and are fun, funny, and even educational. Another cool thing is that his shows are often in interesting locations that are sometimes, in themselves, an event. We've been to see him at Descanso Gardens, the Palm Springs Art Museum, and the REDCAT at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
And by "we" I of course mean just the people in our family. Spencer has no interest whatsoever in leaving the house. There are coyotes, veteranians and other nefarious creatures out there, just dying to get their hands/paws on an adorable orange cat. Or so he tells me.