Thursday, December 31, 2009

Around Town: Maybe they'll crash our party


It’s party season in the Foothills. This month, thousands of La Cañada Flintridge residents will hold private, invitation-only parties. There will be Christmas parties, Chanukah parties, New Year’s eve parties and Rose Parade parties.

I predict that Michaele and Tareq Salahi, the White House party-crashers, will not be invited.

And yet how dreary the world would be if there were no Michaele and Tareq Salahi. We would be reduced to just making fun of people like Richard Heine, the balloon boy hoax mastermind. But no, just in the nick of time, we are rescued from boredom. At the 11th hour, here come Michaele and Tareq, to brighten our day.

Michaele and Tareq! Come crash the 91011! You can be arrested here just as easily as inside the beltway.

Why would anyone crash a 91011 party when the 90210 is so close, yet, as the song goes, so far away?

Why would you want to crash a party in Flintridge when there are perfectly good parties at the White House? Perhaps this is another example of our region’s failure to woo back television and movie production, despite the enticement of a sales tax approaching ten percent.

On the other hand, the post-crash gigs are better in California. Michaele and Tareq, you crashed a White House state dinner and landed Matt Lauer on the Today show, but if you had crashed a party in La Cañada, you would have enhanced your presence on TMZ! South Park! Leno! George Lopez!

But enough about me, let’s talk about you. Let’s look at the ethics. The entire social action analysis of party crashing is questionable. Take the balloon boy’s family, for example. They built something. They built a balloon, thereby stimulating the economy. Michaele and Tareq, all you did was gobble hors d’oeuvres. You merely consumed. Had you been as ethical as the balloon people, you could have created something, like a balloon. Or a wind machine. Or a little tinfoil hat.

Meanwhile, I’m suggesting the La Cañada Valley Sun, the oldest newspaper in La Cañada Flintridge, institutes a new three-step security plan, designed to exclude you, Michaele and Tareq.

The first step? We can’t have party crashers without a party. So the La Cañada Valley Sun should plan a party. I hope I’m invited.

The second step? Printed invitations? No! We only need hors d’oeuvres.

The third step? Don’t invite Michaele and Tareq and maybe they’ll come. I liked her dress.


Get in touch ANITA SUSAN BRENNER is a longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident and an attorney with Law Offices of Torres and Brenner in Pasadena. E-mail her at">anitasusan.brenner@

Published Published: Thursday, December 3, 2009 4:11 AM PST
Around Town:
Maybe they’ll crash our party
By Anita Susan Brenner

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