Tuesday, December 23, 2008

"He's loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh..."

Yes, well, Santa has a little help from Fedex.

I shipped the last of my holiday packages tonight -- with a spectacular view from the parking lot. I know the tradition calls for snow and icicles but I sure love Southern California's winter wonderland.

23 comments:

Cafe Observer said...

LA, I told you not to FedXXXX my gift!
Last but not least I hope.

Sally said...

My LA friends tell me it's been pretty cold there this year. Nice winter sky there!

babooshka said...

That sky qaluifies for a double wow! Santa may be needing more help from fedex- he was driving the bus i Went into town on this morning. No don't tell me it's an imposter!

bertN said...

Have a Merry Christmas! Keep sharing with us your glimpses of South Pasadena.

Tanya said...

Wow, awesome colors Laurie! Have you ever noticed the arrow in the Fed-Ex name? It's between the Fed and the Ex. My mom pointed it out to me, I had never noticed before!

San Diego Farmgirl said...

I love the pink LA sky! Once I saw the pink sunsets and the pink glow of the nightime marine layer, those 80s OP shirt designs made so much more sense. Great shot!

Knoxville Girl said...

Laurie, you're helping the economy! Hope you and your family have the Best Christmas Ever!

ben wideman said...

awesome image Laurie! love the sky.

washaw said...

Beautiful sky. Hope it is clear enough for Santa to see tomorrow night.

Ken Mac said...

perfect timing to capture the perfect Cali sky. Do locals call it Cali?

Mister Earl said...

We never call it Cali, Ken Mac. Cali is a center of the drug trade in Columbia, I believe.

Mister Earl said...

What an awesome photo, Laurie. The intersecting angle of the building and the sky, the arches, the lights. Oh my gosh!

Mister Earl said...

And we Bay Areans never call it "Frisco," either.

Wayne said...

I'm staying home until the Fedex guy/girl gets here.I don't want to miss the delivery.

It's a dramatic shot LA. Let me know when the temp. gets back up above 70º C.

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

Did they paint the Fed Ex truck green for the holidays?

USelaine said...

Wow! That's cutting it close for shipping, ain't it? Merry Christmas, Laurie. 8^)

dbdubya said...

Mr. Earl is correct, we never call it Cali.

You can call me Cal, or you can call me California, or you can call me C-A, but ya doesn't have to call me Cali.

As I recall, Mr. Earl, locals call San Francisco "the city" as if it's the only city around. Is that still the case?

Mister Earl said...

That's right DBW. SF is "the City," because it was the only city around back in the day. Ken Mac, do NYers call NYC "the City." But SF wouldn't be "the City" if the conversation were taking place in LA.

If you want to know about about Yakking, check out the conversation at Altadena Hiker today.

DBW, are you related to DB Cooper?

Happy Holidays from Mister Earl

dbdubya said...

Mr. E,

I'm no relation to the infamous Mr. Cooper, although I would like to be able to inherit some of his fortune.

There's a few of us from down south that know of San Francisco as "the City." It's odd how we refer to the big city next to us as "LA," but no one would think of calling San Francisco "SF", San Diego "SD" or New York "NY." We're in "South Pas," but not "So Pas" or "SP." Something to contemplate as we enjoy this sunny day before the storm.

Kris said...

I beg your forgiveness for my cutting and pasting – yet constantly reworking – this comment, but there was no way on Earth I would be able to make it around the whole globe to wish everybody a Merry Christmas otherwise.

The magical elves that constitute my staff have demonstrated their lack of respect in either not showing up for work at all, and those that have all seem a little worse for wear, if you catch my drift. All they seem to do is sit around smoking cigarettes that, quite frankly, smell funny. And they play cards and tell dirty jokes rather than do their jobs! Consequently, the reindeer are all filthy and out of shape. And you know, the two rabbits, one wallaby and three wombats I’ve drafted in just don’t cut it as replacements.

Anyway, from myself, Henry and Ezra, have a Merry Christmas/Winter Solstice/Hanukkah/Festivus and a happy New Year!

I hope that all of your holiday photos turn out to be triumphs, your stocking is stuffed full of lots of tasty treats and not coal and that all your pumpkin pies are all as sweet just the way that you like them.

Cafe Observer said...

Dubyah, actually you're in the South of Pasadena. Which is So Pasa, bcuz there are too many cats & other varmits in that town for my comfort.

altadenahiker said...

We're pretty close to snow and icicles, at least it felt like it. Lovely sky-photo Laurie.

Laurie said...

Hello everyone!

Welcome washaw!

Elaine, did you say cutting it close? I'm still waiting on presents for my hubby coming tomorrow from Amazon! I haven't wrapped any presents for my immediate family and my office looks like Santa's workshop. (Now...where's the mulled wine?)

Sally, I hope you're enjoying warm Christmas, Australian style. It's unusually cold here this year.

Babooshka, I guess the world economy is so bad even Santa is moonlighting...

Farmgirl -- I had not thought about those OP shirts in 20 years. You are so right about their inspiration!

Thanks, Bertn!

Tanya, I had not noticed the arrow. How have I missed it all this time?

Now, as to locals calling California Cali... I dated a local who called it Cali. (But he was born and raised in New York!) I remember people calling it Cali after that song came out by LL Cool J. It's definitely not the same kind of faux pas as calling San Francisco "frisco." Or calling South Pasadena "Pasadena." :-)

Pasadenaadjacent, isn't it cool how those fluorescent street lights made the truck glow green? I love the digital sensor. It really picks up cool colors at night.

I hope you got your package, Wayne! (Er... and you too, Cafe!)

I have to go attack that wrapping now. Til tomorrow!