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Rose Parade

I took Orange Grove Boulevard on my way home from work on December 31 and smiled when I saw all the people with their tents, sleeping bags, and BBQs camped out to see the New Year's Day Rose Parade. (Today's icon is a pic of one of the prizewinning floats, a tribute to "Bollywood").

As is tradition, the weather was glorious on New Year's Day - warm and sunny and crystal clear, so everyone in colder climes can see what Southern California is like mid-winter. (The Rose Parade was started well over a century ago as a marketing gimmick to get people to move to California. I'd say it succeeded.)

As is tradition on January 2, it's gloomy and cold and damp and chilly today. Looks like rain. I don't know how those Rose Parade people do it; it's only rained once or twice on their parade in well over a century.

Wonderful floats! I watched on TV, as my days of camping out on sidewalks are way over. But I did see the stealth bomber as it passed over my neighborhood - though nowhere near as close as the year it passed directly over my house and I got a good view of its undercarriage. Pretty damn impressive plane.

I have a huge long to-do list to do, so I guess I better get moving. :-)

Comments

I hate you right now...it just snowed here AGAIN and we have now about 13 inches. Seriously...HATRED.
Been there, done that, swore off snow forever. Driving in snow sucks, walking in snow sucks even more, and I sure hated all the timewastage of putting on and taking off all the clothes you have to wear. Ditto looking out my window and seeing a large white lump in the apartment parking lot and knowing my car was underneath. Yuk! My car at that time was like a Victorian maiden; let one snowflake touch its delicate skin and it went into a swoon. My gas pedal froze to the floor one time; that was entertaining.

Now, if I want to see snow, I can drive up to the mountains just north of where I live and admire it and drive right back downhill again.

Good luck!
Happy new year, my dear friend!

I wish we had some warmer weather, but we're below 0°C already and prognosis for next week are worse *brrr*

A colleague of mine just mailed me from San Diego. I'm totally almost not envious :P

And Happy New Year to you too! {{{{{{{hugs}}}}}

Keep warm!