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August 4th, 2010

04:09 pm - health insurance stories
Hi guys,
I'm doing some reporting for an article on the under-26 health reform mandate that will allow some young adults to get back on/ stay on their parents' health insurance. 
Right now, I'm talking to people in order to get real-life stories about their experiences with this new program.
Do you have a story about your own health insurance situation you'd like to share?  Do you have a friend/ family member in this situation? 
The mandate only kicks in starting Sept. 23, but there's a lot of stuff to be untangled, and we're trying to do some of the untangling so that parents and under-26s have some idea of what to expect in advance.
I'd love to hear from you.  My email is dschacko@usc.edu, and I'm from the Center for Health Reporting.

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May 18th, 2010

03:30 pm - Ever want to be a "puppy raiser" for a service dog?
Hi, I've got a unique puppy raising opportunity. I'm looking for a kind of puppy raiser like they use in service/guide dog organizations. I am trying to train my own service dog. At this point, I can't have puppy living in my home because of my living situation (I've got a very elderly dog). But if I want a service dog I've got to start training now since I'm starting graduate school soon.

So here's the deal: I am looking for a sort of modified puppy raiser experience. The puppy would live at your house but I would take him virtually every day and spend at least 8 hours dog training and taking him out- So I would need the raiser to live near or in Pasadena. When my old dog passes, or when I go to school, I will be taking the dog. I will pay for everything; vet, food, toys, etc. I know usually puppy raisers have to do a lot of work like taking him to classes, public places, etc. So I am looking for a 'puppy raiser lite' since I will be doing most of the work (and I want to do it too!). Mostly its a safe haven for the dog and would be good socialization. This would start in July and I would be taking the dog back with in a year (at the very latest).

What you would get:
A cute 8 week old labradoodle puppy (20lb as an adult)
Someone to take him out 8+ hours a day
Free vet care, food, supplies, etc.

The work:
Overnight care- like potty breaks etc.
following my training directions (like using only positive reinforcement)
limited training (like crate training which I could not do since he'll be at your house)
And of course, giving him back to me when it's time (the hardest part!)

This would be great practice for someone who had been thinking about getting a puppy and wants to see what goes into it, or for someone who has always wanted a puppy but hasn't gotten one for financial reasons. Cats are ok as long as they are nice but I would prefer my puppy raiser to have no other dogs. So if you are interested, send me and email and we can talk more about it. thirty2flavors01@gmail.com

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February 7th, 2010

05:09 pm - Dell Inspiron Laptop - $350
Laptop in good condition. Well maintained, XP, wireless, Microsoft Office, CD-Rom and burner. Clean install of XP and totally free hard drive and CD to re-install XP (if ever needed). Carrying case too.
For specs: http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/dell-inspiron-1150-for/4507-3121_7-30825072.html?tag=mncolBtm;rnav
local only. Cash only
Brand: Dell Processor Type: Intel Celeron
Type: Laptop/Notebook Processor Speed: 400 MHz
Screen Size: -- Processor Configuration: Single Core
Operating System: Windows XP Memory (RAM): 1 GB
Primary Drive: -- Hard Drive Capacity: 30 GB
If interested email thirty2flavors01@gmail.com

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January 28th, 2010

08:50 pm - Watching 9y/o nephew, where can I take him?!
Babysitting for my sister, wondering where I can take my nephew? Any cool cheap places that he would enjoy?

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January 17th, 2010

08:49 am
Enjoy the day while you can, the NOAA has issued a special weather bulletin which says our local mountains could get up to 20" of rain by the time the week's three storms are over.

Mt. Wilson web cam
Meanwhile, it is a pretty morning from Mt. Wilson.

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January 7th, 2010

09:19 pm - Bonded, insured and fun dog walking
Q: Need a hand walking your dog around the block or to the park? Feel guilty about leaving your dog home alone all day? Just don't have enough time to give your dog all of the exercise it needs?

A: I have six years of experience owning my own dog walking business. I am also a volunteer for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (S.P.C.A.). I have been trained and certified by the S.P.C.A and I am bonded and insured through Pet Sitters Associates. I also have a reliable and insured vehicle. I will go to your house and pick up your dog and walk him or her with love. I am a pro at teaching dogs to heel and maintaining good walking etiquette! I offer a myriad of services including, but not limited to, individual dog walking and both individual and group trips to the dog park.
I have worked with many breeds. My dog walking clients range from Chihuahuas to Rottweilers.
First walk free if you mention this ad!
Visit http://www.thecooldogwalker.com/ or email info@thecooldogwalker.com or call 510-575-3397
Serving areas in Pasadena, Altadena, La Canada, Monrovia, Arcadia and Eagle Rock

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October 20th, 2009

09:54 am
Just had to share how lovely the San Gabriel Mountains behind Pasadena look this morning.

Image taken five minutes ago

(click for a larger image)

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May 26th, 2009

08:57 pm - Northeast Pasadena?


I’m about to rent a house and was hoping to get some neighborhood advice. About me I’m 26, female, physically disabled. I will be living with one roommate and plan to get a puppy. The house is off Windsor between Ventura St and Figueroa. It looks pretty safe but I’d thought I’d ask. Any feedback would be great!


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May 23rd, 2009

06:08 pm - t-mobile in sierra madre
So I'm bound & determined to get the G-phone, & if possible I'd like to get my whole family on T-mobile's family plan. We currently use Verizon Wireless because when we signed up for it (& over the past few years) it's been the only cell phone service that gets decent reception in Sierra Madre.

Right now I'm living in Florida but I'm still on mom's family plan (because let's face it, it's cheaper), & she still lives in Sierra Madre. My question is this: Does anyone here use T-mobile & frequent Sierra Madre? & if so, has the reception gotten any better over the past couple of years?

Mom wants to move back to T-mobile because it's cheaper, but says we can't because reception sucks (as in, is non-existent). We don't have a house phone because cell phones do us just fine. I'm going home to visit for a few days next month but I'd like to get some info before I head back.

Thx <3

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March 30th, 2009

04:06 am - Family Physician Recommendation?
Hello, I'm looking for a new physician for my wife and me; is there anyone in Pasadena that someone would like to recommend? Ideally, it'd be great if there were a female physician or physician's assistant, as well. Thanks a bunch! :)
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Current Music: Bad TV Infomercials

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