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Once, I was sent to Los Angeles from Australia as part of my job.  At that time I was working in Sydney for an American company that had a new product soon to be released and they wanted me to undertake training on how it worked and write it up.  “Sales Support” they call it.

This was the first time I went to the USA.  The companies manufacturing plant was located in Pasadena.  Me, not having been to the US before ( the closest was from watching Bonanza on television ) so I was surprised to discover that Pasadena was not in Texas, but was in fact, a suburb of LA.   Well, it seemed like a suburb to me as there are no trees between downtown and Pasadena.  Still, I think it funny how I would hear people say they live in Pasadena, or work in Pasadena, no matter who in the world they are talking to at the time.

Reminds me of this person I over heard being asked in the Philippines by a local, “Where are you  from”.  To which this Sydney sider, replied, “Pymble”.  Like anyone not from Sydney, this Filipino could only manage a blank polite face as a reply.  Pymble happens to be where my first girlfriend lived, but that is another story. But Pasadena, I had at least heard of that name before from the movies.  Sounds like the wild west and cow boys.  Maybe it was once, now it was were things were made, this company I worked for and others.  Though I did happen to meet some cowboys and girls there… Continue reading

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