Truly a Californian's dream in the City of Brotherly Love: the Mummer's Parade was rained out and THREE TV stations were broadcasting the Tournament of Roses Parade from Pasadena. And, just for icing, my college, Cal Poly, won the Theme Trophy for their float!
Yeah, I know, big deal. But consider this: my school was a commuter campus with [no kidding] 16,000 students [now up to 19,000], a working cattle and horse ranch on its triangle of 1,400 acres bordered by the 10, 57 and 60 Freeways, and no football team [they disbanded it after my freshman year]. This was the only thing we had to cheer for, so it was a big thing on campus. Here's a little history:
Since 1949, the Cal Poly Universities-Pomona and San Luis Obispo-have been a part of that tradition. As the parade's only float entirely designed, built, decorated and financed by college students, the cooperative project has garnered more than two dozen banner awards over the years as well as a reputation for combining innovation, animation and humor into a perennial crowd-pleaser.
Many students volunteer to decorate the float and there is always a huge contingent of Cal Poly students lining the parade route. In past years, the float always had a hidden water source on board that sprayed the Cal Poly section with water during the parade, but the commentators announced that they weren't allowed to do that any more. The horrors of water have apparently been exposed.
Dad was watching football games and Mom was putting together her 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle today. We used to do that together on New Year's Day, and Mom has the largest collection of 999 piece puzzles in the state, compliments of our dog, Velvet. I thought about getting one to do today, but figured that Ms. Suki would reduce it to a meaningless pursuit.
She is sleeping off her afternoon injury. She snuck into the laundry room and apparently hurt her paw in a horrible bicycle tire accident. She has been limping around, looking balefully at me, but seems to be on the mend.
Well, I haven't decided on a resolution yet. I'll work on it.
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Quote du jour:
"Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual."
-- Mark Twain
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