When I was in high school I used to volunteer as a worker on the floats for the Rose Parade. I would volunteer for days at a time and glue flowers, flower petals, and other plant material on the floats. I came home with ruined clothes and glue and seeds stuck in my hair. In addition, I would work for about 24 hours straight the day before the parade, spending New Year's Eve right there – decorating the floats.
(Oh sure, sometimes we'd sneak a little alcohol in too; we thought we were clever and sneaky teenagers!)
After working all night long on a float, I'd stay and watch the parade once it started. I'd eventually wander home sometime in the afternoon for a nap.
Yesterday, I woke up at 4 a.m. to make the trip from Orange County to Pasadena to watch the parade.
As you can see from the above photo, it was a picture perfect day.
But waking at 4 a.m?
It nearly killed me.
I didn't move off the couch all afternoon.
I think I've gotten old …..
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