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Postcards from Travel Near and Far by Jia-Rui

91109, Pasadena


Jets in formation on the way to the Rose Bowl

Dear ——–,

We headed out of our office around 5 p.m., up to the roof of the building next door. The BCS Championship was just about to start a few miles south of the lab at the Rose Bowl and we thought we might be able to see the flyover. While we were waiting, we spotted a bright speck of light on the southwest sky. Was that the International Space Station? It was supposed to be visible for a few minutes around 5:25. But it stopped moving. So . . . was it Jupiter? We almost gave up when time ticked close to 5:30 and we saw only a few planes taking off from LAX and some helicopters hovering over the stadium. Jane called her husband who was watching TV. Courtney was about to leave, but Jane shouted out, “Josh Groban is singing!” The planes had to come at the end of the national anthem! About a minute later, these four jets flying in a close diamond cut through the air. (My iPhone photo turned out the best though Jane and Courtney also snapped pics with regular digital cameras.) Then we watched fireworks break over the Rose Bowl.


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I'm a journalist based in Los Angeles who has always said that writing postcards for a living would be a dream job. The posts -- short enough to fit on an actual postcard -- chronicle recent travels near and far. I could blab on about being inspired by epistolary novels, the short poems of Emily Dickinson, and the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" pieces, but I'll just say that I'm aiming to give you a sense of flavor of a place without boring you to death. Wish you were here!

4 thoughts on “91109, Pasadena

  1. Dusk is a tricky time for a flash camera, especially with higher mega pixels…though it’s my favorite time of a day. Must have been quite a sight. Lovely.

    • Yeah, it was pretty great that we got our own kind of pre-game entertainment! Possible look at the space station + SoCal sunset + planes + fireworks = nice way to end the day! Too bad the game itself was a little uneven. It was exciting for a minute when Colt McCoy’s back-up threw two touchdowns, but then he went back to fumbling and throwing interceptions …

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