Last night's wanderings had us go to Echo Park to a party where I was expecting to spend some time with old college friends that I rarely see. Randy and Heddy were having a party at their place; Randy's often seen at our parties for the last few years. Although they had karaoke equipment, we braved entering the house to enjoy sandwiches, snacks, and wine. The other partiers included some of the voices from KPCC and their news department, which I found interesting, now putting a face on those names. Then home to crash well past midnight.
In the morning, we rose to catch the first iteration of KTLA's coverage of the Rose Parade. Neither of us could wake in time to watch it live. I found the Star Wars parade to be a bit of a hoot, especially as I "know" (via Internet) at least one of the stormtroopers. The Rose Parade has a lot of meaning for both of us; forestcats
went to Cal Poly Pomona, and she loves seeing their float every year with their sister school in San Luis Obispo. I love seeing Raul Rodriguez of Fiesta Floats on his annual float ride with his blue macaw, Sebastian, on his arm on the Santa Fe Springs float; this is meaningful to me, because his father used to be my patient, and was always so proud of his son's work on the floats each year. Then, there was the roping team from Broken Horn, a store we've visited many times over the years for horse-related items. We just feel very connected to the parade, though we aren't Pasadena residents. In addition, this year, one of forestcats
friend's kids was marching with the Pasadena City College Honors Band. It's all great fun.
If you're ever here at this time of year, all the floats are parked for a couple of days after the parade as well as immediately following, and they can be viewed for a small fee. It's so different, seeing them up close, rather than on the TV, and one thing that makes it all very different is that you can smell them; each one has a different predominant odor, which varies dependent on what the primary colors were. I'd urge you all to try to catch it if you can.
Happy New Year, one and all!